Mobile Monday №132
Cut the Rope: Experiments (iPhone/iPod Touch; iPad) - Do you like cutting ropes as much as we do? Do you like feeding that adorable little monster Om Nom? Well, Cut the Rope is back with even more rope cutting to be had. Over 75 new levels in this sequel of sorts, introducing a few new mechanics and a whole lot of challenging physics puzzles to solve. In each stage, you must find a way to move the candy to Om Nom's hungry little mouse. Ropes, spiders, air blowers, and loads of other contraptions get in your way/help you out a ton, so you have to learn to act fast, thing smart, and never be afraid to retry the level. Swipe the screen to cut ropes, and feel free to collect those stars you see floating around. Can't hurt, right? Cut the Rope: Experiments HD for iPad is also available.
Sr. Mistu (iPhone/iPod Touch; iPad) - A game that may be too simple for its own good, Sr. Mistu more than makes up for fragile gameplay with a phenomenal presentation. Our little blind protagonist has run out of olives for his pizza. So, naturally, he wanders around the world looking for olives floating on the ground. To traverse each level, you must draw a path for his dog, Gaido, to lead him on. Avoid the moving obstacles by predicting their location when Mistu reaches that point. It isn't a very deep game, but it's somehow satisfying thanks to the colored pencil visuals and soothing music. Sr. Mistu HD for iPad is also available.
NyxQuest (iPhone/iPod Touch; iPad) - Over the Top Games' PC/Mac game has made the transition to iOS devices, and hey, it went over better than you might think! The story centers around Nyx and Icarus, pals at first until Icarus gets struck down by the sun. Nyx decides to go find him, so she sets out across the sun-drenched Earth, an army of enemies and puzzles standing in her way. You begin with very few abilities but soon earn telekinesis and the ability to create fireballs, which is not too shabby! The touch controls are predictably awesome, making this port possibly a bit more accessible than its grown-up WiiWare and computer counterparts. You can also grab NyxQuest Lite for iPhone as well as NyxQuest HD and NyxQuest HD Lite for iPad.
Dream:scape (universal) - For touch screen systems, playing 3D games is still a strange experience.A flat plastic panel with no tactile feedback isn't exactly the best way to move a character in a three dimensional world, but this hasn't stopped developers from trying. Dream:scape is one such effort, and even though it isn't a perfect game, it takes some huge strides into the realm of atmospheric exploration games on the iPhone and iPad platforms. Built using the Unreal engine, you control a character who can move freely about a country setting, exploring his past. Trigger certain events to continue the tale, and you'll need items at certain points in order to proceed. Overall, it isn't a very action-filled experience, but the prospect of exploring an atmospheric world on your iOS device is still intriguing. The free Dream:scape Lite is also available.
NOTE: Games noted as 'universal' have been designed for iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone devices alike. Any game not listed for iPad will work on the system, but native full screen will not be present. 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.