Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our top five games this week:
GAME OF THE WEEK
“Wow.” -- That’s the first word out of our mouths after booting up the iOS port of Bastion on our iPads, and it’s well deserved. If you’re not already familiar with Bastion, it’s the first game from developer Supergiant Games, and it’s been showered in awards and accolades across multiple platforms (XBLA, Steam, Linux, Mac App Store, and even the Chrome Web Store). Now, it’s been brought to the iPad, and it’s just as transcendent.
We don’t want to give too much story away, so we’ll just say this: You’re a kid who’s world is shattered, and you’ll have to work alongside a mysterious stranger to help rebuild it. It’s simple, yet effective, and the interactive dialogue between you and the stranger as “The Kid” progresses through each level is masterful. Oh, and the voiceover for the stranger is downright incredible -- no joke -- and takes Bastion to another level of perfection. He’ll speak reactively as The Kid wanders through the world, offering exhibition and comments that set the mood of the world.
Bastion’s combat system and control schemes have been revamped for the iOS port; they’re very well done, offering a fluid and fun gameplay experience. There are also plenty of upgrades available for different types of weaponry, and any combination of items are viable in combat. Bastion is one of the best games we’ve ever had the pleasure of playing on iOS, so if you’re on the fence about picking it up, we’re telling you to take the leap. You won’t be sorry.