this week in mobile

This Week In Mobile: Upper Cuts, Rockets, And Wolves

by Justin Mikos on Feb 27, 2015 at 12:32 PM

There is a lot of variety on mobile this week and the best part is nothing is iOS or Android exclusive! Everyone can enjoy this week’s selection of games that range from puzzle games, visual novels, RPGs, and even fighting games.

GAROU: Mark of the Wolves
Developer: SNK Playmore
Platform: iOS, Android
Price: $3.99

Garou is the final game in the Fatal Fury fighting game series and features a unique and well-balanced roster of characters. The fighting action largely works well enough on the touch screen alone and you can also plug in a gamepad/fight stick accessories for better control. The big draw with Garou is that it is the first SNK fighting game port to feature online multiplayer.

Flop Rocket
Developer: Butterscotch Shenanigans, LLC
Platform: iOS, Android
Price: Free 

In Flop Rocket you must guide a fragile rocket ship through a randomly generated cave by tapping the ignition and adjusting its angle via a slider. Each run has a mission that you have 3 attempts to complete and offers currency that you can use to permanently upgrade your ship. I tried Flop Rocket out for myself and found that it actually controls pretty well. 

Heavenstrike Rivals: A Monster Tactical TCG!
Developer: Square Enix
Platform: iOS, Android
Price: Free

Heavenstrike Rivals is a PVP card game featuring over 200 cards to collect and ranked and unranked matches to participate in. New cards and events will be added in over time to keep the game feeling fresh. There is also a single player story mode for Heavenstrike, but you do need to be signed in online in order to play it. While there are in app purchases, they appear to not be terribly intrusive and you can play the whole game without paying.

Ones!
Developer: Magic Cube
Platform: iOS, Android
Price: $0.99 (launch sale price, normally $2.99)

Don’t be fooled by the similar name, Ones! is not a Threes! clone and it isn’t developed by the same developer. Ones! is a match three puzzle game with falling blocks, but the twist is that your three pieces when placed next to each don’t clear off the board. Instead, your three matching pieces consolidate into one piece a level higher than the original three. The goal is to chase high scores by making as many high level pieces as you can before the board fills up.

Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf: Complete Edition
Developer: Bulkypix
Platform: iOS, Android (Episodic Version on Kindle, HD Remastered Version on Steam)
Price: $9.99 (first 48 hours sale price, will revert to $12.99 soon)

Lone Wolf is a visual novel adaption of a popular gamebook series and now there is new edition that compiles all four stories into one complete package. Essentially you read novel sections of the story and make decisions as you go. As you can see above in the screenshot, whenever combat occurs all the action is fully rendered and easily accessible to those familiar with RPGs. Lone Wolf was recently highlighted in our Entry Guide To Visual Novels feature so it comes highly recommended.