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Worms makes a comeback, Ultima IV gets a makeover, and Adult Swim releases another childhood-altering title, all in our latest edition of This Week in Mobile. Enjoy.
Ultima Forever: Quest for the AvatarDeveloper: MythicPlatform: iOSPrice: Free
Ultima IV (1985) is one of the most beloved titles of the franchise, and it’s now been reimagined as an action RPG for iOS called Ultima Forever. Undoubtedly a complex and perhaps “core” experience the first time around, Ultima Forever manages to maintain that flavor while granting a greater level of accessibility. The overall success of this game will largely depend on how much steam its dungeon-crawling multiplayer picks up, but for the low cost of $0.00 it’s certainly worth checking out.
Mikey HooksDeveloper: BeaverTapPlatform: iOSPrice: $1.99
BeaverTap Games is responsible for last year’s iOS platformer, Mikey Shorts. Its sequel, Mikey Hooks, expands upon those mechanics and is getting rave reviews from mobile gaming websites. Run, jump, slide, and hook through 36 levels as you collect coins and silly outfits. Mikey Hooks may not offer much in the way of innovation, but its precision control scheme and challenging level design should appeal to platform lovers.
Worms 3Developer: Team17Platform: iOSPrice: $4.99
The Worms series isn’t known for drastic improvements from entry to entry, and Worms 3 doesn’t change that trend. What it does do, though, is offer a very polished, team-based, worm-to-worm combat game. One notable feature of this entry is a new class system that includes Heavy, Scientist, Scout, and Soldier. It also introduces strategic cards, which can be used before and after turns to alter the course of matches.
Amateur Surgeon 3Developer: Adult SwimPlatform: iOSPrice: Free
This is the third iteration of Adult Swim’s Amateur Surgeon series, but the first one that’s free-to-play. As Dr. Ophelia Payne, players perform surgery under incredibly unsafe conditions with tools like salad tongs, staplers, and pizza cutters. Broken bone? Get it out of there with a chainsaw. Fish-infested wound? Shock it with battery-powered electricity. Not for the faint of heart. Please do not try this at home.
An Alien with a MagnetDeveloper: RejectedPlatform: iOSPrice: $2.99
An Alien with a Magnet packs in a number of different elements – platforming, item-launching, puzzles, and even a bit of pinball. Tasked with guiding an alien safely home using only a magnet, players will have to carefully think about angles and paths for stage completions. Don’t let the player character’s dumb smile fool you, though; the 45+ levels included here can provide quite the challenge.
Let us know of any notable games we missed in the comments below.