Thomas Was Alone (AND)
9.0 Game Score
Minimalistic 2D platformer showing the fate of a group of rectangles being the first representatives of artificial intelligence possessing feelings. We use the characteristic features of individual characters while learning about their personalities, problems and reflections.
Alto's Adventure (AND)
8.7 Game Score
A simple arcade endless runner game by indie studio Snowman. The protagonist is a llama shepherd. When the animals scatter across the area, he has to catch them all. During the game you ride a snowboard on procedurally generated hills — the character move forward automatically and your task is to avoid obstacles on the snowy route, perform acrobatics (which give you additional points), and escape the angry enemies, whose sleep you interrupt. There are also simple challenges to complete, which earn you extra gadgets and allow you to unlock five bonus characters. The game features pleasant simple visuals, well-done animations, very good physics, day and night cycle and dynamic weather.
Hill Climb Racing 2 (AND)
8.3 Game Score
A sequel to the crazy mobile arcade games by Fingersoft. In Hill Climb Racing 2, once again, you drive a variety of vehicles, and your task is to complete a given track within a time limit. You can drive off-road vehicles, motorcycles, scooters, and even buses, and to win you have to use ramps scattered all over the tracks to perform various tricks and acrobatics, which vary depending on your vehicle. The game utilizes a side view and features both a single player mode and a multiplayer mode for up to 4 players. Moreover, you can customize both your character and vehicles. Since it is a free-to-play production, modifications are unlocked as the game progresses.
Super Mario Run (AND)
7.8 Game Score
A mobile installment of the famous platform game franchise by Nintendo, and a typical autorunner production for portable devices. You play, of course, as the eponymous plumber, who constantly moves to the right side of the screen, and your task is to avoid obstacles while eliminating enemies and gathering special golden coins. There are two game modes in Super Mario Run. In the first one, you only have to complete the levels, in the other you compete against the other players, trying to get a better result. What matters here is not only completing the level, but also your method of achieving that. You can also create your kingdom, which is what you use the coins you gather for. The game features the visual style known from the fist installments of the series, although the graphics have been enhanced so that they would not seem old-fashioned by current 2D platform game standards.
PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist (AND)
7.8 Game Score
A 2D mobile platformer game which focuses on the person of the titular youtuber. PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist was created by Outerminds - a Canadian developer popular for the freeware app Tadpole Tap. Similar to other representatives of the genre, the player explores subsequent levels, jumping across platforms, overcoming obstacles, searching for collectibles, as well as fighting various enemies (wolves, illuminati, or powerful bosses for example). The experience was diversified by implementing additional levels that require the player to pilot a plane or jump across the roofs of speeding cars. Apart from the single-player story campaign, the game offers an arena mode featuring online rankings on Facebook. PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist comes with retro-styled 2D graphics, notorious for large pixels. Similar to PewDiePie's videos, the game is filled with absurd-driven humor that can be appreciated to its fullest mainly by the fans of the titular youtuber.
7.5 Game Score
Very unique two-dimensional platformer from the independent developer PlayDead. We play as a small boy who sets on dangerous journey to save his sister. He traverses surrealistic landscapes, coming across many deadly traps and running away from monstrous spider, which follow him tirelessly. In terms of gameplay, Limbo borrows from classic platform titles, though not without adding a few original features. The games revolves around advanced physics, which plays crucial role in most puzzles and arcade sequences, during which the players must display quick reflexes. What stands out the most, however, is Limbo’s unique, mysterious and grim atmosphere, mainly coming from its audiovisuals. Sparse use of sound and graphics, consisting only of shades of black and white, makes it look like a work of a movie expressionist from the beginning of 20th century.
Angry Birds (AND)
7.5 Game Score
A PC version of the best-selling dexterity game, well known primarily to users of tablets and mobile phones. The task of the players is to shoot the title "furious birds" from the slings in the piggies hidden behind various obstacles.
Rayman Adventures (AND)
7.4 Game Score
A colorful 2D platformer that continues the long-standing game series developed by the Ubisoft company. At the same time, it is the third installment designed with mobile platforms in mind. The story of Rayman Adventures revolves around a sacred tree growing in the middle of a magic forest. When the ancient eggs that sustain the tree are stolen, the task of bringing them back falls on no one else than the brave Rayman. Accompanied by the fearless Viking warrior Barbara, he sets off on a perilous journey. The game revolves around collecting the eggs and using their special powers in appropriate moments. Similarly to the previous Rayman mobile games, this one too is an auto runner, although this time the gameplay bears more similarities to the full-fledged installments in the series (namely, Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends). As its predecessors, the game is powered by UbiArt Framework game engine.
World of Goo (AND)
7.3 Game Score
World of Goo is a logic-arcade game produced and published by Kyle Gabler and Ron Carmel, a two-person development team from the 2D Boy studio. The game, designed exclusively for one player, consists in building various constructions of gelatinous slurry balls, i.e. the title Goo, which is permanently disturbed by gravity and other laws of physics. The title, characterized by specific visual setting and original situational humour, was considered one of the most original games of 2008.
Angry Birds Star Wars (AND)
7.2 Game Score
Angry Birds Star Wars is the fifth installment of one of the most popular logic-arcade games in the world. This time, in the well known production of Rovio Mobile, Furious Birds are fighting piggies in the universe of Star Wars.
Goat Simulator (AND)
7.2 Game Score
Goat Simulator is a humorous simulator that serves as a commercial extension of the joke game made by Swedish Coffee Stain (known primarily from the Sanctum series). The game lets you control a crazy goat named Pilgor which destroys everything in the virtual world. The goal is to cause as much damage as possible with the use of a wide range of absurd accessories, like rockets, explosives, etc. It was the developers’ ambition to create a big cliché parody, mocking low-budget simulators. Therefore, Goat Simulator features loads of purposely implemented humorous bugs. The editor gives you a chance to create your own levels and share them with others through the Internet. On the technical side, the game utilizes the power of Unreal Engine 3.
Space Frontier (AND)
7.0 Game Score
A 2D arcade game by Ketchapp, a famous mobile game producer, known from e.g. 2048. You task is to colonize Mars. To achieve that, you use special rockets, which consist of modules. Those modules are incinerated during flight, and you have to tap the screen when the fire is closest to a green bar on each module. The gameplay requires good timing and patience, and features other elements for additional variety. You can e.g. change the color of your rocket by tapping a special machine. You can also add more modules, and you should hire adventurers, who'd like to live on Mars. The gameplay of Space Frontier seems slightly repetitive, but it's very exciting. A big asset of the game is the fact that it's free and does not feature microtransactions; the only thing you can buy with real money is a permanent function of blocking ads during the game.
Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari (AND)
7.0 Game Score
A free mobile game developed by Featherweight Games, the creators of Skiing Yeti Mountain. In Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari, the player assumes the role of a rodeo champion whose job is to ride different kinds of animals and manage his own zoo. Therefore, we travel around the world to catch creatures that live in savanna. Our main goal is to get the highest possible scores by riding animals. While playing, we have to incessantly jump on running creatures, including buffaloes, gorillas and even birds. In the air, you have to tap your finger into the screen at the right moment to catch your “prey”. If we manage to stay on its back for a few seconds, the animal goes to our zoo. The game also features management elements since our zoo has to be managed and developed. Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari is distinguished by cartoonish graphic style presented in an isometric view.
5.9 Game Score
A sandbox platform game by indie studio Re-Logic, sometimes called the 2D version of the popular Minecraft. There is no set goal; your task is basically to shape the randomly-generated world around you. At first you only have a few basic tools, which allow you to dig and find resources, chop wood, and create simple structures. As the game progresses, due to the extensive crafting system, you discover better tools, allowing you to create advanced materials and to fight monsters. There are many possibilities in the game, and the only restriction is your own imagination. Terraria features a single player mode, but you can join forces with other players, thus gaining precious allies, who can help you with the more challenging tasks.
Angry Birds 2 (AND)
5.3 Game Score
The second full-fledged installment in an extremely popular action-logic game franchise that earned the Finnish studio Rovio worldwide fame. After a string of spin-offs that combined the original gameplay with elements from other genres, this title goes back to the roots of the franchise, using well-known mechanics with a handful of new solutions. What is different, is the design of levels, which now feature not just of a single structure but also contribute to a larger entity. Moreover, the available arsenal of birds must suffice to complete the entire level, which introduces a strategic layer, requiring you to carefully manage your resources. Additionally, some new elements has been introduced to the game, namely spells and collectible cards. The second part of Angry Birds boasts noticeably better visuals than the previous games. The title is based on free-to-play model with numerous of microtransactions.
Hello Neighbor (AND)
2.0 Game Score
An unusual first-person stealth game by Dynamix Pixels. In Hello Neighbor, we assume the role of an owner of a suburban house who suspects that his neighbor hides a terrible secret. To confirm his suspicions, he decides to sneak into his home, which won’t be easy since the man is incredibly alert and will stop at nothing to protect his privacy. The goal is to infiltrate the neighbor’s house undetected. Decoys and other distractions are helpful in turning the attention away from us. The primary element of gameplay is the advanced artificial intelligence that lets the neighbor remember the player’s actions and thus foresee his future ones. The paths that we take most frequently are quickly armed with numerous traps and alarms so the game requires creativity and flexibility to be won.