We're back with more iTunes App Store gamery! Two of today's titles are iPhone ports of their bigger casual cousins, one a full-fledged downloadable game, and the other a browser-based adventure. Each one adapts extraordinarily well to the small screen and touch-only interface, and it's surprisingly handy to have them in a portable form.
We're still giving away iTunes gift certificates to cover the cost of every game featured in the current Mobile Monday article. Simply 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! Congratulations to last week's winner, Rek!
Submachine - If you've visited our site more than a few times over the years, you've seen several games Mateusz Skutnik has been involved with. One of his best-known works is the Submachine series of point-and-click adventure games. Here is a perfectly-preserved touch-enabled implementation of the original game, ready to puzzle you on the train, lounging around at home, or in the corner at a big party with a bunch of people you don't like.
Ancient Frog - Slow and steady wins the race, and in this case, gets the bug. Move the little froggie's legs one at a time to position him near the fly. Simply touch and drag to place a foot onto the water droplets, but remember that the frog can't stretch too far. Use as few moves as possible to make it under par for each level. There are over 100 stages to play, six different species of frogs, and a number of unique environments to traverse, each as gorgeous and soothing as the last. A free Ancient Frog LE version is also available.
geoDefense - Tower defense games are gaining popularity on the iTunes App Store, and geoDefense delivers one of the most strategic (and visually stunning) experiences of them all. Place towers on each map to maximize its effectiveness against hordes of unique enemies. Your buildings can be upgraded just like most TD titles, and here you really have to decide which is more important: extra firepower, or bigger guns. The vector graphics are nothing short of gorgeous, and I can't get enough of the particle explosions and wobbling grid! The free geoDefense Lite is also available.
Azkend - I have a soft spot in my casual gaming heart for most games created by MythPeople. Azkend is a matching puzzle game released last year for PC and Mac, and it's a great fit for the iPhone's little touch screen. A team of archaeologists have discovered a relic in the far East, but there seems to be a curse attached to it. Group similar tiles together to create matches as you traevel from temple to temple on your way to return the relic, earning talismans that grant you awesome powers (hammer of destruction, anyone?) along the way.
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