An impressive list of games to start of your iTunes gaming week, and each one does something special in the artwork category, giving you some gorgeous eye candy to stare at while you play. And don't forget: 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! Congratulations to last week's winner, Donut!
Skybound - A surprisingly addictive physics-based arcade game created by Tumbleweed Interactive. Bounce the ball upwards by drawing clouds on the touch screen. Hit a brick and the ball becomes heavy for a few seconds, but land on a floating balloon to get a massive boost upwards. Three modes of play are available: Easy, Normal, and Boss, which pits you against a tres cool floating eye monster. A number of interesting achievements keep you coming back for more, and I just can't get enough of the awesome artwork. A free lite version is also available.
Trace - Similar to the web-based Draw Play (though much less frantic), Trace combines drawing and traditional platforming to form a creative blending of genres. Using the arrows and jump icon at the bottom of the screen, move the little character through the stage, swiping your finger on the touch screen to create platforms where needed. A great variety of stages, simple artwork, a simple idea, simple execution, but a very fun result.
SPiN - Super Shape Puzzle - A silhouette looms in the center of the screen, then a 3D object appears in front of it. Rotate, flip and twist the object to make it match the silhouette. Multiple game modes give you plenty of variety, and a free lite version lets you try things out before buying. The idea is simple, but the execution is nothing short of perfect. And check out the amazing art style! The studio behind SPiN, Secret Exit, is also working on a few other games, so definitely keep an eye on these folks!
Ruben & Lullaby - An uncommonly artistic game on the iTunes App Store, Ruben & Lullaby plays out like a visual novel, only without the text! Ruben and Lullaby are a young couple having their first fight. The future of their relationship is quite literally in your hands. Rub the screen to calm each character down, shake the iPod Touch/iPhone to make them angry. You can even direct where their eyes look, all of which has an affect on the other character's emotions, facial expressions, and the argument as a whole. It's a stunning use of emotion in a game, and the dynamic soundtrack and multiple endings are worth experiencing several times over.
Bobby Carrot Forever - A beautifully illustrated top-down adventure/puzzle game reminiscent of classic gaming's best offerings. Move Bobby Carrot around by touching the edges of the screen. Collect carrots, hit switches, find and use a number of creative items (watering cans, lawn mowers, etc.) to carve your way to the exit in each stage. Surprisingly imaginitive design. Around 60 levels will offer hours upon hours of gameplay, so you won't run out of things to do for a very long time. Fans of Adventures of Lolo and the Wonderland series will definitely want to check this one out. A free lite version is also available.
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.