Another Monday, another wide range of iTunes App Store games for your amusement! From the frantic shooter to the calm and collected poker table with a little critter munching and physics toppling in-between, you won't have any trouble passing the time on train rides, car trips, or the annoying space in-between breakfast and lunch most people call the "workday".
We would also like to congratulate the winner of last week's iTunes gift certificate drawing: waycooler! Each week on Mobile Monday we offer you the chance to win an iTunes gift certificate that will cover the cost of every game featured in the article. All you have to do is sign-in with a Casual Gameplay account, leave a comment giving feedback about one of the games, then check back the week after to see if you've won. Simple!
Space Deadbeef - A sidescrolling shmup on a touch screen-only device? By all rights it shouldn't work, but this free game is surprisingly playable (and tons of fun). Touch and slide your finger to move your ship up and town, tap it to shoot the gun, and use your right hand to fire homing missiles at the enemy. It seems like an awkward setup in words, but when you play it, you'll see how well-made this hectic game is!
Topple - A fun physics-based shape stacking game with one of the most satisfying control schemes on the iPhone/iPod Touch. Simply use your finger to move blocks around the screen, setting them wherever you like with the ultimate goal of building a pile as high as you can. To rotate pieces, hold your finger over a block, then touch another point on the screen with a second finger and twist.
THTouch - A classic Texas Hold'em Poker app that looks great, makes excellent use of the touch screen, offers decent opponent AI that will challenge most any casual player, and is also light on the wallet. Play against up to 10 computer-controlled opponents in tournament-style poker. Checking, betting, and folding are all accomplished with a flick of a finger. Not many sounds in this one, and there's no option to play a cash game instead of a tournament. Still, if you love poker like many of us here at JIG do, then you will likely enjoy this little gem.
Critter Crunch - Most match-3 games have run their course on my gaming shelf, but Critter Crunch breathed a little life into the well-used puzzle genre. Slide your finger across the bottom of the screen to move the hungry little creature around. See the little guys lined in the columns above? Tap your critter to eat the bottommost one, then move and feed it to a larger creature. Feed it again to cause it to burst, setting off a chain reaction and eliminating same-sized creatures nearby. Several unique combo moves add a lot of strategy and chain reaction possibilities to the mix. Critter Crunch Lite is also available to get a free taste of the gameplay before you take the plunge.
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.