This Week In Mobile - Spaceships, Space Marines, and Space Battles

by Isaac Federspiel on Apr 04, 2014 at 12:30 PM

This week in Mobile has a couple names you’ve likely heard, and a couple that are probably new. You should read on if you’re interested in captaining a spaceship, solving puzzles with visual trickery, or  looking for some good, old-fashion shooter action.

FTL: Faster Than Light: Advanced Edition
Developer: Subset Games
Platform: iOS (iPad 2 or newer)
Price: $9.99

FTL: Faster Than Light was a big hit when it came out on PC back in 2012. If for some reason you skipped it or you want a version you can play on the go, FTL is now available on the iPad. In FTL, you are in charge of every aspect of your spaceship. You’re able to give orders to your crew and manage how your ship’s power is distributed to engines, shields, weapons, etc. The mobile version of FTL comes with the recent FTL: Advanced Edition expansion. Check out the review we did of the PC version to get a better idea of what you’re getting into.

Monument Valley
Developer: ustwogames
Platform: iOS (Android coming soon)
Price: $3.99

If you’re into games that are more about experience than gameplay (like Journey) or puzzle games that play around with perspective (like Fez), then you should consider Monument Valley. You play as a silent princess, and must move around different sections of your environment to press on. The M.C. Escher-esque puzzles mess with your spatial perception and constantly introduce new challenges. This one has been on our radar since we wrote about it in the March 2013 issue of Game Informer magazine, and is definitely worth checking out. 

Hectic Space
Developer: James Swiney
Platform: iOS and Android
Price: Free

If you’re a fan of old-school shooters, you admittedly have a ton of options. That being said, Hectic Space is a solid choice. Its 8-bit style is reminiscent of Space Invaders, while the actual gameplay is similar to Gradius. Your rate of fire is fixed and you only control movement, but the screen is littered with power-ups that make the game more fun. Your shield is effective as a weapon, compared to some games where it’s only a defensive tool. It will wipe out enemies that you ram and bounce back enemy projectiles. Hectic Space has a bumpin’ techno soundtrack that is a compelling reason to give it a try.

Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance
Developer: Eutechnyx Limited
Platform: iOS (Android coming soon)
Price: $4.99

Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance appeals to two different niches: gamers who are into the 40k universe, and gamers who enjoy lane-based strategy games. To play, you build different structures and train units to add to lanes when you have enough resources. Units travel down the lanes and fight the opposing force on their way to the lane’s end, where they then attack the enemy structures. Two different campaigns come with Storm of Vengeance, so you can play as the Dark Angels and Orks.