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It’s been a slow couple of weeks for mobile gaming, so This Week in Mobile actually goes all the way back to July 1. On deck: Limbo, The Walking Dead, and Deus Ex.
LimboDeveloper: PlaydeadPlatform: iOSPrice: $4.99
While this critically-acclaimed indy game certainly deserves a full-size television, it ports well to the smart phone and tablet. As of last week, iOS users can now jump into Limbo’s silhouetted world to help an unnamed boy find his lost sister. This game’s dark artistic and narrative themes successfully make it stand out from your typical side-scroller.
The Walking Dead: 400 DaysDeveloper: TelltalePlatform: iOSPrice: $4.99; in-app purchase
The newest episode for Telltale’s The Walking Dead is now available on iOS. 400 Days follows five different playable characters, all of whom have unique and interesting stories. The Walking Dead is truly an outstanding game, and although 400 Days is short, its quality is completely up to par with Lee and Clementine’s storyline. It’s a shame this game isn’t available on Android.
Deus Ex: The FallDeveloper: Eidos Montreal; N-FusionPlatform: iOSPrice: $6.99
The Fall is the fourth game in the Deus Ex series and is closely related to 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The story follows directly after the novel Deus Ex: Icarus Effect. While the combat can get a bit sloppy at times, this entry rings true to the depth and narrative power of past Deus Ex games. A version for Android has been promised, but we have no word on an official release date.
Tiny ThiefDeveloper: 5 AntsPlatforms: Android; iOSPrice: $2.99
Tiny Thief is published by Rovio, which means that it’s destined to be downloaded bajillions of times. It’s potential to break the mold certainly looks promising, though. This game is a well-polished and colorful point-and-click adventure set in a number of diverse stages. Players advance through each stage by collecting (via five-finger discount) and using items in a linear order. Not only is Tiny Thief’s gameplay fun, its cartoonish animation is offbeat and stylish.