Every week, our staff will handpick a game from the past seven days that we believe is a must-download for your iPhone or iPad. These games will always be from a wide variety of genres, but they are chosen because our own staff members love it and can’t quite put it down. So here are this week’s picks! Enjoy, and happy gaming!

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2

Defeat Dr. Eggman and Metal Sonic in our Game of the Week!

Sonic is back and better than ever! Join everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog and his buddy, Tails, as they embark on a brand new adventure on your iPhone and iPad!

Episode 2 takes place after the events of Episode 1, where Dr. Eggman and Metal Sonic join forces. But now you have Tails on your side to fight this evil team.

If you’ve played any Sonic game in the past you will feel right at home with this one. Go as fast as you can, collect rings along the way (they are your lifeline!), and defeat your favorite Sonic villains once again. The game features gorgeous Retina ready graphics that really give the franchise a whole new look.

Worried about touch screen controls? Don’t be! The game features two control scheme options: a D-pad with two buttons or you can even use your device’s accelerometer to control the game with tilt movements.

Need some help with defeating evil? Episode 2 features Bluetooth connectivity for cooperative play with a friend. There’s even Game Center support if you want to brag about your score and get some more achievements.

If you’re a Sonic fan, or want to dip your toes into the franchise, then there’s no better time to start than now. Check it out in the App Store for $6.99! You can also get Episode 1 for $3.99.

Check out our original review here.

Honorable Mention

Pastry Panic

Help this cute dino eat up all the pastries and more in Pastry Panic!

Here’s another retro-themed game for our readers! Pastry Panic has you helping a cute little dinosaur eat up all the sweet pastries on moving conveyor belts! Oh, and make sure to get the metal bolts too.

Featuring 16-bit graphics and a cute chiptune soundtrack, Pastry Panic will have you helping our adorable friend in a frantic gobbling down of everything around him.

There are two game modes: Mad Dash and Tongue Tied. Mad Dash will have you moving our little guy left and right, as well as up and down the conveyor belts, in his dash to eat up everything in sight. Tongue Tied will have our dino in a solitary spot in the middle of the screen, unable to move. But you can still grab all the sweets and bolts by utilizing that obnoxiously long tongue.

Collecting pastries will earn you points, and some are even power-ups (or power-downs) that will make things easier for you. You’ll also have to make sure to eat up the metal pieces too, because if you let a certain amount of bolts “escape,” then it’s game over.

Pastry Panic is a lot of fun and has Game Center support for leaderboards and achievements. It also reminds us of Super Crate Box, without all the monsters and weaponry — you are, after all, collecting pastries.

This game will keep you entertained for a good while, and it’s great to see another title come out from Underground Pixel. You can grab it for $0.99 in the App Store.

Check out my original review here.