On the slim chance that you’ve run out of games to play on your smartphone or tablet, here are five that we think everyone should download right now.
Mega Mall Story
Don’t be fooled by the cutesy pixelated graphics. Kairosoft’s epic simulation games take a lot of effort to get right. Take Mega Mall Story, a SimTower-esque title that sees you designing a never-ending shopping centre over a 15-year period. It’s tricky stuff – what will bring in the bucks? Do you go the organic route or fill your real estate with fast food options. The level of detail in Mega Mall Story is simply astounding, every store can be upgraded and with a little bit of smart planning, you’ll keep the customers coming.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Line: Disney Tsum Tsum
Tsum Tsum is a quirky match-it-up puzzler that gives Disney plushies a life of their own. The gameplay is simple – connect matching plushies (think Mickey, Donald, Pluto, Winnie the Pooh) for points, experience and rubies. You have a limited amount of time to do it in and five regenerating lives (hearts) to work with. Each Tsum has a unique power-up. Once available, a quick tap turns a whole row of plushies into Dale, clears all the Tsums in the middle of the screen, or adds bonus time. The trick is that you only get one kind of Tsum to start, and have to unlock the rest. The game also works with LINE (the Asian instant messaging app). You can still play Tsum Tsum without it but won’t be able to bug your friends for heart-lives. Probably a good thing hey?
Rating: 4 Stars
Minecraft Pocket Edition
The ridiculously addictive crafting PC game has made the jump to mobile. The new touchscreen controls work very well, letting players mine for minerals and build shelters, weapons and better equipment with which to defend themselves from the monster hordes that descend on them at night. The game’s signature blocky graphics are intact, and even look good on mobiles with very little slowdown or lag to ruin things. Players can either attempt to survive through clever crafting – Minecraft’s main mode – or simply enter the Creative mode that lets them build anything their imaginations can come up with, using unlimited materials. Just as addictive as the PC version we say.
Rating: 5 Stars
iOS (Free, with in-app purchases)
Godus is the latest game from the mind of Peter Molyneux, the creator of the god-game genre, except this time you’re using a touchscreen to inspire love or fear in your devotees. Using swipes and gestures you’ll guide your little followers through the trials and tribulations of their daily lives, helping them along the way or hindering them just because you can. You won’t have direct control over them, of course, but you’re free to be as cruel or as kind as you want to be to the surrounding landscape, which ultimately determines how your people feel about you. Feel like flinging fire? Do it. Want to make it rain so that crops grow? Make it happen. The point is, it’s your civilization to make or break, and whether you want to inspire love or fear to do it is entirely up to you.
Rating: 4 Stars
Terraria Pocket Edition
When you think Terraria, think “side-scrolling Minecraft” and you’ll have a good idea of what you’re holding in your hands. Terraria charges you with exploring the 2D world you’re in, harvesting resources and making things out of them to fight the creatures that come for you at night. Its deceptively cutesy 8-bit style belies the kilometres of depth you’ll find when you go looking. You’ll start by cutting down trees for wood and harvesting basic resources to make a home and tools, and as you build better equipment you’ll equip yourself to take on increasingly tougher creatures as you mine your way around your world. It’s compelling stuff that’ll keep you digging, building and exploring long into the night.
Rating: 5 Stars