Every week, our staff will handpick a game from the past two weeks 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!
Platformers — you can never have too many. And with that, our Game of the Week should be a fine addition to your collection: Atom Run.
Atom Run will charm anyone with the stunning industrial visual style. In fact, it makes me think of a Sonic game, with a little steampunk mixed in to create a one-of-a-kind world to run and jump your way through. Atom Run features a 2-D game engine with full 3-D graphics that are incredibly detailed and look great on your Retina screen. The soundtrack has an electronic tune and is quite adrenaline-pumping, which is perfect for the gameplay.
There are multiple zones to get through, but you’ll need to make your way through the levels one-by-one. While this may not sound like a hard task, the stages do get more difficult as you go, and if you want to earn a perfect, then prepare to replay a level multiple times until you memorize it. Each level has you getting to the exit point as Elgo, the last robot who hasn’t gone crazy, and wants to start a new world with atoms. So along the way, you’ll need to collect the atoms, and make sure that you beat the clock — taking too long will deduct from your score. The obstacles will range from things like spikes, fire, spinning blades, and more.
We’ve been enjoying Atom Run as our platformer of choice over the past week, so if you’re in the mood for a robotic, steampunk-themed action platformer, make sure to give this a try. You can get it on the App Store as a universal download for $2.99.
For more information on Atom Run, don’t miss out on my original review.
Feeling a little bloodthirsty for a good puzzle? Then look no further than our Honorable Mention, Darkin.
This delicious link-three puzzler features a dark and Burton-esque art style that is sure to appeal to match-three fans. The vampires in the game look quite creepy and dark, and definitely don’t sparkle. The game pieces, which range from various power-up items and enemies, all look great, and animations are smooth. The music is quite catchy as well, and will have you hooked when you listen to it.
The game features three different game modes, though you’ll have to unlock the other two through a lot of playing. Almost Eternal will be the mode where you just last as long as you can. Bloody Countdown will need you to last 100 turns to beat, and Sunrise Survival has you racing against the clock to get as many points as you can. There are three difficulty modes for each as well.
The game concept is pretty simple, where you just draw lines across matching pieces (at least three or more) to do specific actions. If you link teeth with enemies, you can attack them for damage. Hearts will heal you, moons can be accumulated to earn power-ups, and coins can be collected to spend on power-ups. Additionally, there are a total of three different vampire clans that you can play as, each with their own unique talents and abilities in battle.
We’ve really been enjoying Darkin and the link-three gameplay it offers. If you’re a fan of match-three games in general, and don’t mind a little Burton-esque vampires and ghouls in the mix, then you need to check out Darkin. It’s available on the App Store as a universal download for $2.99.
For a more in-depth look at Darkin, check out my review.