What We're Playing #2
October 20, 2012
This is the second installment of our seminal series detailing what the fine folks in the Chartboost office are playing in their spare time. The aim is to shine some light on games that might otherwise go unnoticed and to give you a peek into our twisted definition of “fun” when it comes to mobile games.
One thing to note: While we here at Chartboost truly do love our game developer partners and play just about every game that uses our technology, not every game you see here will be a partner title. This is what we play when we?re home from the office with our feet up on the couch looking for a bit of gaming R&R.
Cori Savaiano - Publisher Analyst
"He’s the devil’s attorney! Devil’s Attorney!" One of the greatest intros to a game ever and the experience gets better the more you play. The cut-scenes are actually kind of funny, the game play is unique (you’re a sleezeball attorney who defends some pretty hilarious clients), and it’s insanely addictive.?Oh, and the song has been stuck in my head all week. Freakin’ fantastic.
I?m deleting flaregames’ ?Royal Revolt? from my phone - not because it is bad but because I am horribly, horribly addicted to this game. It’s like a glossy, slimmed down single-player version of the PC title, ?Defense of the Ancients.? In the game, you lead your hero and his army through a maze of traps, enemies, and castles ? destroying them along the way. Your hero will attack anything he is near, while your armies continue to march forward attacking anything in their path. This relatively simple control scheme combined with a few interesting power ups makes ?Royal Revolt? an easy game to pick up with increasing difficulty to keep players engaged.
Rayman has been a staple of gaming for nearly 20 years and while he’s made other appearances on iOS, none compare to Rayman Jungle Run. It looks fantastic on both iPhone and iPad (especially in Retina) and the gameplay manages to be both challenging and instantly accessible, while still offering solid variety. A 2D action platformer may sound run of the mill, but Rayman Jungle Run is anything but.
It has a wonderfully retro look and feel and it’s from the creator of Super Hexagon, what more do you need to know? Don’t Look Back is all about making your way from left to right and either avoiding or slaying the wonderful little miscreants that populate the world. Eventually you’ll hit stages where you actually can’t see the terrain which only amplifies the already challenging difficulty level. The on-screen controls aren’t ideal, but Don’t Look Back is still a lovely nostalgic jaunt that harkens back to a more unforgiving time in gaming.
If Jetpack Joyride gets the title of best game ever created, then Ski Safari by Defiant Development definitely gets the silver. It?s so addictive, I wouldn?t be surprised it the government banned it!
The game starts off as you?re awoken by an avalanche racing down the mountain towards your cabin. In a blink of an eye, you hop out of bed and into your skis as you?re speeding down obstructed slopes trying to escape. And it gets even better, you meet a bunch of furry friends to hitch a ride from along the way: penguins, yetis, eagles, wolves, and more!
Death is inevitable, but how long can you survive?
PS: A free beer to anybody who can beat our high score (1,835,343 right now)
What has now become a good old classic game, Hero Academy blends tactical gameplay with quick thinking. Think Chess but with some awesome power-ups! Perhaps most important is the fact that when you lay the smack down on a coworker, you get automatic bragging rights!
Unblock me is a classic puzzle game with ever-increasing difficulty. The puzzles never get old and there’s always replayability. Anytime I have a minute of boredom — Unblock Me is my go-to game.
Be sure to check back on November 2 for the next installment! In the meantime, follow @Chartboost for all the latest happenings and tomfoolery.