Welcome to a brand new feature here on JayIsGames: Mobile Monday! Since the launch of the iPhone and iPod Touch App Store last summer, mobile games have not only been easier to come by, but far more plentiful. An explosion of content has flooded our way, drenching us lucky gamers in a cornucopia of gaming choices. But with so many games to download, what's a time-pressed budget-minded casual gamer to do?!
Rather than buying all 80 bajillion iPhone games yourself, JayIsGames will do what we've always done best: sift through the deluge and let you know what games are worth your time. If you know of an iTunes App Store game that deserves a mention, use the "Suggest a Game" link at the top of the page to let us know. Now, kick back, grab your favorite touch-enabled Apple device, and get ready to be... distracted!
Aurora Feint II: The Beginning - Puzzle/role playing hybrid games are all the rage, especially after Puzzle Quest came along and made the new genre a household obsession. Aurora Feint is all about Bejeweled-style matching and clearing blocks, though the twist is you can only move them horizontally. Tilt the iPhone to the side, however, and the blocks tumble and shift, allowing new moves and a whole other level of combos to be created. As you clear blocks you level-up and earn "essences" which can be turned into RPG-style tools. If you enjoy this version of Aurora Feint, check out Aurora Feint II - Arena Daemons and Aurora Feint II - The Tower Puzzles as well.
Tap Tap Revenge - Fan of rhythm games such as Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, or Frets on Fire? Tap Tap Revenge, one of several music games from Tapulous, is your cup of tea! Play through a good-sized catalogue of popular songs on three levels of difficulty, tapping the appropriate "fret" when the note comes to the bottom of the screen. You even have to shake and tilt the iPhone on occasion!
Enigmo - One of the first physics puzzle games released for the App Store is still one of the best. Enigmo is all about moving water droplets to pots using reflectors, converters, sponges, tubes, and spring-loaded platforms. Set the gadgets using the simple touch-based interface (pinch the screen to zoom in and out), then turn on the water and see what happens.
Toy Bot Diaries - A short and quirky arcade-style puzzle platform game that quickly turned into a series. You take control of the Tiny Toy Bot who awakens inside a strange machine and wants to get out. Tilt the iPhone/iPod Touch to move left and right, and a simple tap on the screen fires his handy grappling hook that can latch onto coins (which are used to open gates) or hold onto objects and swing back and forth. Toy Bot Diaries makes good use of the system's accelerometer and features a surprisingly fun (if unrealistic, at times) physics engine along with a delicious blend of puzzle/adventure gaming. In addition to this free version, try out the full Toy Bot Diaries, Toy Bot Diaries 2, and Toy Bot Diaries 3!
A big "Thank you!" to Mat Annal of Nitrome for the wonderful artwork that we commissioned him to create for our new banner. Cheers, Mat!
NOTE: Games listed may not be available outside of North America. Prices are subject to change and are therefore unlisted. Please see the individual game pages for purchasing info.