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Tengami’s laid-back approach to puzzles makes this a must-play iOS game

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

The opening scene of Tengami takes place in a tatami room, a traditional Japanese style consisting of matted floors. Tap ‘New Game,’ and the camera zooms in, onto a table that holds a thick book. Your first task is to open this book, because the entire game takes place inside this ornate pop-up book.

tengami book

Tengami is an adventure inside a stunning, dynamic pop-up book.

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Collect-and-battle-em Pocket Mortys brings this Adult Swim show to life

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Who knew the world needed a Pokémon trainer parody? Adult Swim Games and Big Pixel have created a thoroughly weird, funny, and oddly enjoyable collect-and-battle-em title in Pocket Mortys. For those who aren’t familiar with Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty television show, just think of Back to the Future if Doc Brown was an abusive alcoholic and Morty was a neurotic, voice-cracking teenager. But you don’t have to be a fan of the show to enjoy this game—here are three reasons why Pocket Mortys is the next role-playing-game you download.

Meet Rick and Morty… and Morty… and Morty…: In this game, scientist Rick discovers that “Morty fights”—again, think Pokémon-style battles, here—have become a popular hobby in other dimensions. Rick has to defeat six other Ricks (another Pokémon nod, but this time to its gym leaders) with his team of trained Mortys. Yes, the entire premise of the game is a grandfather training and then throwing versions of his poor grandson into combat. But in defense of Rick, battling Mortys is a great deal of fun.

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Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey is the best new Japanese RPG in the App Store

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Japanese role-playing games (JRPG)—it’s just not my favorite genre. But Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey, the first chapter in a full-scale multi-part game designed for mobile platforms (though it will eventually be released on the PlayStation 4 and the PS Vita), may have changed my mind.

Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey is a stunning role-playing adventure game with a strategy-based combat system and lots of lore. You start out playing as Cael, a swordsman who joins Arcon City’s Borderland Patrol and ends up accidentally interacting with a mysterious Celestial Shard (your typical unknown artifact with mystical powers). You are then thrust into an adventure that involves chasing down kings and battling monsters. Oh, and you’re adopted, so there’s probably some backstory there involving the mysteries surrounding your birth and whether or not you’re the chosen one (you probably are).

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Twofold Inc. could be your next iPhone puzzle obsession

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

twofold chain

That’s a huge chain that’ll clear requests from two different sets (see above the grid), but I’m already thinking about that yellow request ahead.

Many people turn to mobile games to fill small pockets of time during their days, which is why fast-paced puzzlers—or ones that limit you to a set amount of moves—tend to rule the App Store charts. But sometimes, it’s nice to have a thoughtful, well-crafted puzzle game to really savor, one that challenges you to consider each move before committing to it because the ramifications are significant.

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Spend hours exploring Terraria, an open world classic game for iOS

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Exploration. Crafting. Soul-eating demons. All in a good day (and night)’s work.

That’s the appeal of Terraria, a 2D sandbox game by Re-Logic. Though initially released in 2011, Terraria initially slipped by under the radar. To my surprise, the game holds up surprisingly well—the pixelated open world exploration and core crafting mechanics are still compelling features that are comparable to more modern sandbox titles like Don’t Starve. Here are three reasons why Terraria will be the next game you download for your iOS device.

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Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a delightful, oddball gem of a game

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There’s a fine line to walk, and it goes against everything we typically assume about video games—but frustration can not only be fun, but also funny. Games that intentionally muddle your control and make it difficult to perform typical gaming tasks can generate fantastic laughs in the process. Surgeon Simulator is a prime example, but the granddaddy of the genre may well be QWOP.

That amazing Flash game challenged you to run even a few meters as a professional sprinter while separately controlling his thighs and calves. It’s nearly impossible, which is also why it’s absolutely, gut-bustingly hilarious. And Octodad: Dadliest Catch surely owes QWOP a debt of inspiration (it’s even subtly referenced at one point), even as Young Horses’ game takes that idea to brave new extremes. 

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