HungryMaster ($0.99) by xionchannel takes the basic gameplay mechanic that carried its predecessor ElectroMaster, and builds a full-fledged game around it.
The premise is simple: you are a young girl who has been tasked to feed the village. This involves venturing out into countless creature infested forests collecting fruit to bring to the various houses.
As you complete each level the difficulty ramps up, adding more houses to feed, higher fruit requirements, and more monsters to avoid.
The controls keep things basic. You hold your finger on the screen and your avatar moves towards it. To kill monsters you must start a swipe on your character and drag across any nearby monsters.
This pixie dust trail you create will freeze any monsters you select, and upon your release will turn them all into collectable fruit. This simple gameplay is complemented by charismatic pixel art, pulsating music, and 8-bit sound effects.
Don’t let the rough English translation scare you off, this is a fantastic game. Misleadingly complicated in its appearance, I quickly realized I was playing something special. It’s not a spinoff of an iOS classic, throwing in a few extra features; it is a truly original game built around an authentically fresh mechanic.