This probably goes without saying, but I play a lot of iOS games. Over the course of the average week, I usually check out somewhere between 20 and 30 new titles. Some are sent to me by developers/publishers/promoters who want coverage on iFanzine, and others I download from the App Store myself because they catch my eye, or because I’m a fan of the particular genre or dev.
As much as I might like to, sadly, I simply don’t have the time to write a full article about every cool game that I install on my iDevices. That’s where ‘Now Playing’ comes in. It’s a new feature in which I’ll be posting quick, concise write-ups on handful of games I’m currently enjoying and that I think deserve your attention.
I recently played through G30 – A Memory Maze in preparation for an upcoming interview with the game’s developer, Ivan Kovalov, and came away mightily impressed. This indie puzzler, which revolves around a character suffering from a cognitive brain disease, is truly unique, beautifully made and very affecting. All the rave reviews and awards it’s being lavished with are well-deserved.
Groovy Woovy’s Trivia Guy has become my default go-to game to play whenever I’m having a sucky day and need a bit of cheering up. This comedy-fueled quiz app from the creator of Mister Smith & His Adventures is filled with so much warmth, energy, and cheeky humor that it never fails to put a smile back on my face! If you’re in need of a good laugh or just fancy putting your trivia skills to the test, be sure to check it out.
My latest gaming addiction is a deceptively simple-looking high-score chaser by the name of ChickenPOP. I’ve been glued to this one for the past week thanks to its lovably goofy characters, hilarious ragdoll physics, and gameplay that strikes the perfect balance between challenging and fun. Interestingly, it was made by a former police officer turned indie game developer (who I’ll be interviewing in the very near future).
Apple recently bestowed one of their much-coveted design awards on Playdead’s INSIDE, and it’s not hard to see why. This spiritual follow-up to LIMBO is a masterpiece and easily one of the most riveting, imaginative, hauntingly surreal, and aesthetically astounding games I’ve ever experienced on iOS. If you haven’t played INSIDE yet, you should drop whatever you’re doing and give it a download.
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