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This Week In Mobile – Demons, Doodles, And Collectibles

by Cameron Koch on Mar 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

It’s a blast from the past this week with a classic JRPG making its way stateside for the first time and a shooter that looks like it came straight out of an 80s arcade. We also have a free-to-play card-based strategy game from the creators of Crysis. Check out our picks this week.

Developer: Bulkypix
Platform: Android, iOS
Price: $0.99

If you’ve ever played the arcade classic Tempest, then TriBlaster will instantly be familiar to you. If you haven’t, let me sum it up. You control a triangle on one side of the screen and must shoot approaching enemies. Enemies attack from different lanes, which require you to move back and forth between lanes at a frantic pace in order to destroy them. If you have yet to play Tempest or want a fresh new take, the retro look and gameplay of TriBlaster is definitely worth checking out.

The Collectables
Developer: Crytek
Platform: iOS
Price: Free

Developed by Crytek of Crysis fame, The Collectables is a free-to-play card-based strategy game. You control a four-man team looking to liberate a series of islands from a hostile military group. A deck of cards lets you augment your team’s abilities and can be used once per mission. More cards can be purchased with an in-game currency and in-game currency can also be bought with real money. An Android version of the game is planned, but no word on a release date. You can check out more about the game here.

Roll Back Home
Developer: Dawn of Play
Platform: iOS
Price: $1.99

Of all the mobile games released this week, the visual style of Roll Back Home is far and away the most impressive. The game looks like a living doodle, as if a bored eighth grader decided to draw a series of puzzles across an entire notebook rather than do their algebra homework. You control a ball by tilting your iOS device to roll and jump in order to make your way through various physic based obstacles and puzzles. A simple premise beautifully executed.

Star Horizon
Developer: Tabasco Interactive
Platform: iOS
Price: $3.99

We all long for a new Star Fox game. That doesn’t look to be happening anytime soon, but thankfully games like Star Horizon help fill the void. If you are in the mood for some old fashioned on-rails space fighter action, Star Horizon with its extensive ship customization and impressive visuals is a great pick.

Dark Guardians
Developer: Mathieu Akita
Platform: Android, iOS
Price: $2.49 for Android, $1.99 for iOS

Endless runner games are a staple of the app store, but what sets Dark Guardians apart is its incorporation of rhythm-like gameplay and a slick art style. According to the elemental nature of approaching enemies, you must choose the corresponding element to slay them and continue your run. The pace quickly becomes frantic. As you play you acquire points which can be used to upgrade your hero to continue progressing through the stylishly visualized world.

Shin Megami Tensei
Developer: Index Digital Media, Inc.
Platform: iOS
Price: $5.99 for a limited time, then $7.99

The JRPG series Shin Megami Tensei has gone on to become quite popular here in North America with its numerous spin-off series like Persona, Devil Summoner, and Devil Survivor. However, the 1992 demon combining Super Nintendo RPG that started it all never made it out of Japan. Atlus has now remedied this by porting the first game in the franchise to iOS devices. Fans curious about the genesis of the series will want to check this out. Keep in mind that the $5.99 price tag is only until March 31, so if interested you can buy it sooner rather than later and save a few bucks.