Lee West has dived into the world of mobile games and gives us his selection of the best recent releases on iOS and Android.
We've seen this kind of game many times before.
You run from left to right, shooting enemies, opening doors, jumping over obstacles and avoiding traps. As with Spelunky levels are randomly generated, but Megatroid adds the nice detail as they are generated by the name you give them. A level only takes a few minutes to complete, and once done you can easily pass on the name to let a friend have a go with the same level.
There is a story part to the equation, and you face off with bosses based on your experience level. It's surely no coincidence that the name reminds us of Metroid, but to be honest it has little to do with Nintendo's sci-fi series apart from a female protagonist and endless space. The game itself is incredibly addictive, and the controls are just perfect, with the nice option of adjusting the size of the buttons to fit your needs. The brilliant chip tune music is just icing on the cake. It's free and out now on both iPhone, iPad and Android.
In spite of the qualities of Megatroid, it was this freemium title that we spent most hours on (and subsequently most money on).
Galaxy Life is a well-made freemium title where you create a horde of colourful aliens to engage other players with. As expected you upgrade and update your army throughout, and you fight with other players over resources to improve your army even more. It's that simple. And before you know it you will have friends (and enemies) hooked. It's very addictive and free (as long as you're holding on to your credit card when you're building your base).
Joe Dredd is one of the fiercest science fiction characters (forget about Stallone's version) ever seen. And it's high time to clean up the many shady neighborhoods of Mega City once and for all.
Judge Dredd is an interactive book from the folks behind Fighting Fantasy. In other words it lets you read a few pages and then you make choices and the story progress depending on what you chose.
It mixes role playing elements with science fiction and heavy tunes and you can pretty much tune the experience to cater to your tastes. Everything from music, sound effects, difficulty, horisontal/vertical format, dice rolls, and font size can be altered. If you're into this kind of thing Judge Dredd won't disappoint.