Get in touch with your inner free-running assassin in Assassin's Creed Identity for iOS

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Assassin’s Creed Identity isn’t the first mobile Assassin’s Creed game—but it’s the first mobile Assassin’s Creed game that really embodies the open-world, role-playing style of the franchise.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a fan of Assassin’s Creed to play Assassin’s Creed Identity—in fact, you don’t even have to really know what Assassin’s Creed is to enjoy this game. The game’s controls can be tricky, but they’re fairly easy to pick up quickly, and you don’t need to learn an entire battery of skills for sneaking about, dodging enemies, and performing parkour to become a competent mobile assassin.

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Peter Panic is a delightfully demented video game musical

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Just as it has done with late night television, Adult Swim has built up an impressive selection of strange and wonderfully offbeat mobile games over the years. Pocket Mortys is one of the more recent treats, but Robot Unicorn Attack, Amateur SurgeonHeads Up! Hot Dogs, and Giant Boulder of Death are all old favorites—and that’s just scratching the surface of what they’ve published. 

Even given all of that, Peter Panic is certainly one of Adult Swim’s most distinctive games to date. While the core gameplay is clearly inspired by Nintendo’s WarioWare series, what with its speedy barrage of micro-games, it’s all encased within the guise of a musical—a proper stage show with characters singing out exposition, tutorial phrases, and even info about in-app purchases. And no surprise: it’s a weird musical, at that, as the tale of young director trying to revive his hometown’s broken-down theatre takes a demonic twist.

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Slice up the world to succeed in the puzzling Splitter Critters

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Many console and computer games can work well on iPhone and iPad with the right kinds of modifications, or with virtual buttons atop the action, but it’s always refreshing to play something original that only really feels at home on a touch device. Splitter Critters is definitely one of those games, and it rejiggers the puzzle-platform genre by changing the way you interact with the world.

Rather than directly control a character to guide it to the exit in each stage, you’ll alter the world—and you’ll do that by slicing a giant gash into it. After swiping in your split, you can shift either side of the world so that formerly separate pathways are now one, or so that obstacles that once blocked your creatures are no longer a threat. By chopping up the world, you can effectively cut and paste together a new layout that gets your little aliens to their escape ship.

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Chameleon Run is a short but super-sweet color-changing sprinter

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Like the namesake lizard, there’s more to Chameleon Run than initially meets the eye. It’s a side-scrolling auto-runner with compact, yet typically complex stages, quite like Rayman Fiesta Run and other series entries, but there’s more to it than just leaping at the right moments: you’ll also need to change your character’s color quite frequently.

Keeping with the inspiration, your little sprinter can shift between yellow and pink body colors with a tap, and it’s essential to staying alive long enough to make it to the end of each level: land on a platform that’s a different color than your body and the attempt ends. Luckily, Chameleon Run throws you right back into it, immediately beginning another run, and this can go on and on dozens, if not hundreds of times until you finally figure out how to clear each stage.

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Paint with pinballs in the enchanting Inks for iOS

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State of Play has a knack for making video games look like fabulous, imaginative art, as seen in the wonderful Lumino City for iOS and Mac—a game that was made by filming real papercraft locations and characters and forging them into game elements. So it’s little surprise to see the studio’s next effort deliver another eye-popping and totally original concept. 

Inks is the team’s latest game, and it’s best described as pinball meets action painting: as you bounce the ball around the stage using the familiar flippers at the bottom, you’ll trigger explosions of color that splash onto the canvas like a burst paintball. And that’s the goal, really: you’ll complete each stage once you let loose every colored panel on the screen, no matter how many balls it takes.

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Go on a snarky sci-fi adventure in Milkmaid of the Milky Way

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I love point-and-tap adventure games—they remind me of those old-school text-based adventure games of my youth. (Hey, they were still pretty retro when I was a kid, because, come on guys, I’m only 30.) Milkmaid of the Milky Way is a charming, whimsical point-and-tap adventure that perfectly captures what I loved so much about those games—the simple gameplay, the mildly-challenging puzzles, and the witty (and sometimes confusingly odd) snarkiness.

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This game is charming and snarky—a great combination.

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Fresh powder and frisky pups await in the charming Dog Sled Saga

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Video games make it possible for us to experience things that we never could—or would—do in real life. Now, commanding a dog sled is one of those things. Frankly, it’s not something that I’ve ever aspired to do, and the whole enterprise seems exhausting, immensely challenging, and unavoidably cold. But wrap it up in an adorable iPhone game and I’m there with my fuzzy pixel boots on. 

Dog Sled Saga is the game in question, and it’s the first one I can recall that has ever tried to recreate the centuries-old ritual of sled dog racing. It’s not all that realistic of a simulation of the sport, however, instead splitting its approach between two types of play: the arcade-style races themselves, which find you tossing out snacks to keep your pups lively and energetic, all while avoiding mishaps. And then the rest of it is a management sim that has you oversee your team while managing the business that grows around your success.

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