Mobile Monday №154
Sports and ladders! Snakes and beer! Can you imagine a combination of things more exciting than that? More exciting combinations that do not involve sharks, bears, dinosaurs, or anything capable of fusion, that is.
Ladders to Heaven (universal) - A gorgeous digital interpretation of an ancient Indian board game, this single "button" action game challenges you to work through different levels by doing little more than tapping the screen a few times. Time your jumps to grab ladders, leap off of walls, change directions, and climb higher and higher. Avoid the snakes, though, as they'll pull you down and force you to repeat parts of the level. A great game that looks and sounds phenomenal, especially if you love Indian art and music!
Bar Oasis (iPhone/iPod Touch) - This quirky visual novel blends a "realistic" bartending simulation with a surprisingly complex story and a big cast of characters. Looking to pick up a bit of extra cash, you manage to land a bartending gig despite a complete lack of experience, and soon become wrapped up in the complicated lives of the people who come in the door. You'll make use of the iPhone's motion controls to pour and mix real drinks for each customer, trying to juggle good service with speedy bartending. It's a bit of an odd duck, with an occasionally stiff translation, and the motion controls can feel oversensitive at time, but the clever premise combined with the eclectic characters, lovely artwork, and massive list of drinks to make turn this one into a title you should definitely at least try out. The free Bar Oasis Lite is also available.
Realistic Summer Sports Simulator (universal) - With all the tense moments and accuracy of QWOP, only with over a dozen Olympic events to compete in! Hammer toss, javelin, diving, equestrian events, pole vaulting, and much more, this old-styled game puts you in charge of blocky pixel characters from almost-familiar countries and allows you to compete against friends or against your own score for complete athletic mastery. And sometimes, it even looks like the real sport!
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.