This Week In Mobile – Snow, Toads, and Final Fantasy
Heavy-hitters like Final Fantasy and The Wolf Among Us Episode Two landed on the mobile scene this week, but there are plenty of other titles worthy of your attention. Check them out in This Week In Mobile.
Originally released in North America as Final Fantasy III on the SNES, the game now known as Final Fantasy VI is making its way to mobile devices. The game features 14 playable characters, the classic turn-based battles the series is known for, and an incredible score by composer Nobuo Uematsu. The game also carries a hefty price tag for a mobile title, but you won’t find this classic anywhere much cheaper outside PSN and the Wii's Virtual Console.
Snow is not your friend. Living in Minnesota, where the Game Informer office is located, for any extended period of time will teach you this. Dawn of the Plow knows this as well. It's a game with a great 8-bit art style about everybody’s favorite public service – snow plowing. Snow is the enemy here. The point of the game is to clear roads of snow, with your score determined by how many cars make it from one side of the map to the other safely. Salt and various other power ups are at your disposal, if you can traverse the snow and get to them without losing control of your plow. Come to think of it, why isn’t there a Snow Plow Simulator?
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse
Broken Sword is a long-running adventure game series resurrected on Kickstarter more than a year ago. This first episode of a planned two-part story made its way to PC and PlayStation Network in December last year and has now found its way to iOS. The game puts players in the shoes of American lawyer George Stobbart and French journalist Nico Collard, who find themselves hot on the trail of a stolen painting and a murder conspiracy.
Developer: Abdullah El-Sayed
This is a runner-game inspired by one of the most soul crushing levels in video game history – I speak of none other than the Turbo Tunnel stage from the NES classic Battletoads. If that doesn’t immediately scare you away I think I can say with confidence that Toad Rider is not near as difficult as Battletoads, and while inspired by the infamous stage has an identity all its own. The game does feature in-app purchases, but they aren’t necessary to win. Plus there are plenty of characters and vehicles to unlock while playing.
Developer: Sirvo LLC
The concept of Threes! is simple: slide the blocks to combine factors of three. That’s it. It is sort of like “Addition: The Game.” Only there is one catch – when you move one tile, you move them all. If a tile is able to combine with another, it will. If a tile can move into an empty space, it will. And if it can’t do either of those things, it will stay where it is. Threes! quickly becomes a frantic game of block management that requires quick thinking, making for an addictive and somewhat educational puzzle game experience.
The Wolf Among Us: Episode Two
Developer: Telltale Games
The first episode of The Wolf Among Us is a stellar adventure title filled with some tough choices. If you're ready to figure out what happens after the crazy cliffhanger at the end of Episode 1, Smoke & Mirrors has you covered. You can read our review of the PC version here. Even if you plow through this latest episode, Telltale fans won’t have to wait much longer to get their fix – the developer has teased the next episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two is “just around the corner.”