As the mobile marketplaces wake up from their holiday slumber, new games start emerging like little flowers in the snow. Steady your gaze and look towards the future, the mobile game drought is almost over!
Vacation Vexation (iOS, Android, Kindle) - A brand new adventure from Nostatic Software, Vacation Vexation is a sequel to Quiet, Please! with an extra helping of sun, sand, and mini-games. Explore your seaside vacation world with the arrows at the bottom of the screen and use the "interact" and "item" buttons to work with the environment. You have limited inventory space, you'll need to do a lot of investigation and experimentation to get items where you need them. A nice and simple diversion that's perfect for a quiet evening of fun!
Star Trek summons the freemium rage - Everybody likes Star Trek, right? And clever mobile simulation games that use pretty pixel art? Combine the two and you've got Trexels, a fully licensed Star Trek game that recently appeared on the iOS marketplace. There's just one problem: the game is so loaded with in-app purchases it'll make you want to hurt your iOS device. Not only are there early and frequent paywalls, absurd in-app purchase prices, and broken timers that exist to prevent you from playing, but the game carries a 3 USD price tag. Pay to pay some more, yay! As a friendly word of warning, avoid Trexels until these microtransactions are balanced.
Dungelot 2 trailer - Did you forget how crazily addicting Dungelot is? You're about to be reminded in a very dramatic way. Red Winter recently released a trailer for the upcoming Dungelot 2, a sequel that improves on the original's tap-based casual roguelike gameplay with an overworld map, better visuals, new abilities, and plenty of new baddies. Don't worry, though, it's still all about tapping to reveal squares, fighting enemies, and gathering loot! Look for Dungelot 2 on Android and iOS in January.