Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile 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
I’m going to go out on a limb and predict Lightopus will be a future Hall of Famer for the App Store. It's a mix of colorful environments, simple yet challenging gameplay, and upbeat soundtrack make for one of those “lightning in a bottle” games you can’t stop playing. You’re the last fully grown lightopus, and it’s your job to protect the baby lightopus (called “bulbies”) from certain annihilation. Each area has bulbies to collect, and bad guys to destroy.
Here’s where things get interesting. Instead of ramming those creeps head-on or performing some kind of attack, the bulbies that follow in your wake are your offense. You’ll have to maneuver around the bad guys in order to allow the bulbies to destroy the evil things headed your way. It makes for a fresh spin on an old concept, and powerups only enhance the twist.
Just about everything in Lightopus is designed for fun, including its environments. The dazzling neon landscapes and animated backgrounds are simply marvelous, and you’ll never tire of the sights you’ll see as you progress through the game. Now all I need is for developer Appxplore to give me this game in glorious retina display on my new iPad!