this week in mobile

This Week In Mobile: Five Nights At Freddy's Creeps Onto iOS

by Hershall Cook on Aug 07, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Several notable mobile games released this week, so we went ahead and selected the top four for our weekly round-up. That said, each of these titles offers a very different experience: From harvesting wheat on a farm to protecting a child from monsters, these mobile gems feature something for everyone.

Paradise Bay
Developer: King
Platform(s): iOS
Price: Free (in-app purchases)

From the makers of Candy Crush Saga, a game as devious as it is delicious, comes Paradise Bay. While both of King's titles employ a freemium model, Paradise Bay ditches match three for resource management. After building a seaport, players dive into the ocean to uncover hidden treasures. If underwater exploring fails to catch your interest, then you can use the port to spark trade. For those people who would rather focus on improving their personal island, they can ignore outsiders in favor of raising animals. Paradise Bay showcases a wide variety of ways to play, and any gamers willing to put up with in-game purchases will find themselves in possession of a polished, robust game.

Farming Simulator 16
Developer: GIANTS Software GmbH
Platform(s): iOSAndroid
Price: $3.99

Our second mobile title also deals with resource management, albeit in a much more realistic manner. If you'd like to try farming without taking out a loan to buy a farm, you owe it to yourself to download Farming Simulator 16. Although this game takes a while to sink your teeth into, it also offers a deeper experience than most of its competitors. For example, thanks to a dynamic market, players must exercise caution when selling crops. When compared to last year's version, Farming Simulator 16 features better graphics and AI along with plenty of new tractors and machinery.

Five Nights At Freddy's 4
Developer: Scott Cawthon
Platform(s): iOS
Price: $2.99

On August 3, the terrifying Five Nights at Freddy's franchise launched for the first time on iPhone and iPad. The third sequel in developer Scott Cawthon's well-received series changes the main character from a security guard to a child, further lessening player agency. Using only a flashlight to protect yourself, you must prevent monsters from sneaking in through the doors, windows, and closet. If you enjoy scaring yourself silly, consider picking up this indie horror game.

Spider: Rite of The Shrouded
Developer: Tiger Style Games
Platform(s): iOS
Price: $4.99

Spider: Rite of The Shrouded Moon places the player in the role of a spider exploring a decrepit mansion. As players progress through the abandoned building and the surrounding area, they uncover dark secrets hidden behind complex puzzles. In order to move around, the spider both jumps and creates lines of sticky web. Spiderwebs are formed by connect the web strands into geometric shapes.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this game lies in its unique weather and time systems. On a cloudless day, you may find yourself sneaking past a wasp's nest filled with aggressive hornets. Rain, however, keeps bees in their hives, instead prompting mosquitos to emerge from the woods. At night, fireflies provide flashing sources of light. The real world causes these changes, as running the game requires you reveal your location to the app.

Rite of The Shrouded Moon released yesterday, but we've had our eye on this mobile gem for since its impressive showing at GDC