Crashlands brings humor to an otherwise bleak survivalist game

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Think of the movie Castaway... but your sidekick is with a robot instead of a volleyball named Wilson... and you’re in space and not alone. That’s Crashlands—maybe not so much like Castaway, but it’s a humorous action-adventure role-playing game with a survivalist focus. Developed by Butterscotch Shenanigans, a team who finds themselves exceptionally funny (and are, for the most part), Crashlands tasks the player with surviving on an alien planet after your ship crashes. Your play a space delivery person, Flux, who has only her wits and her robotic companion (named Juicebox) to help her in a quest for survival.

Here are three reasons why this thoroughly silly game is worth your time:

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Neon Drive delivers '80s thrills while testing your skills

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As a culture, we can’t help but love the 1980s. Blame it on the kids of that era growing up and creating so much of today’s entertainment, or maybe we just have a sudden appreciation for garish colors and synth-pop, but the influence of that decade’s entertainment just isn’t fading. And Neon Drive might be its biggest fan, at least when it comes to iPhone games.

It’s a game inspired by the aesthetic of the ‘80s through and through, both broadly in look and sound and even specifically with pop culture references. As the title suggests, Neon Drive is absolutely drenched in glowing lights and vivid colors that pair well with the synthesizers, and it recalls everything from Tron to Blade Runner along the way. 

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

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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

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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

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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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