this week in mobile

This Week In Mobile: Listen To Confessions And Hide From The Apocalypse

by Hershall Cook on Jun 26, 2015 at 11:20 AM

From platforming through optical illusions to investigating a potential criminal, this week in mobile ranges from silly and fun to dark and grim. For those still reeling from all of the announcements at E3, take a step back and check out this week's hot mobile titles.

Her Story
Developer: Sam Barlow
Platform(s): iOS
Price: $4.99

Ever heard of Sam Barlow? He served as the lead designer and writer for Silent Hills: Shattered Memories (our review here), an intriguing game that suffered from poor motion controls. In Her Story, Barlow ditches complex control schemes and instead focuses on his main talent: writing. Her Story follows a woman who has been interviewed seven times by the police. You, the investigator, must shift through a database of interviews in order to learn her story. 

For more details, check out our review of Her Story for PC. 

Running Circles
Developer: BoomBit Games
Platform(s): Android, iOS
Price: Free (ads and in-app purchases)

Running Circles uses the well-known mobile formula of combining a cute art style with addictive gameplay. Due to the simplicity of the game's controls – players navigate by tapping the screen  – Running Circles feels both engaging and intuitive. That said, simplicity and difficulty are different things. Because 'Easy Mode' costs $4.99, prepare for a steep learning curve.

Monument Valley
Developer: Ustwo
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Price: $3.99

Astute Game Informer readers may note we reviewed Monument Valley when it released in April 2014. Featuring optical illusion puzzles, this indie gem released great critical acclaim and was even named Apple's Game of the Year. Still, why does Monument Valley belong on this list? In response to concerns about the game's length, Ustwo created Ida's Dream, an expansion that until yesterday cost a dollar. As a result of the expansion's shift from $.99 to free, Monument Valley has become an even better deal than before.

Fallout Shelter
Developer: Bethesda Studios
Platform(s): iOS
Price: Free (in-app purchases)

Bethesda's charming simulation game offers the unenviable task of managing an undermanned and vulnerable Vault-Tec shelter. With limited resources, tough decisions arise in whether you should prepare clean drinking water, build more defenses, or focus on expanding your population. Fallout Shelter launched to great fanfare last week, eventually topping Apple charts in 48 countries.