Five iOS Games That Made Me Ignore This Year's Greatest Games
I, like many other gamers during this time of year, "suffer" through this bottleneck of triple-A quality games being released all at once. My copies of Deux Ex: Human Revolution and Batman: Arkham City? They're both still in their original plastic wrap. I probably won't be able pop these guys into my system until 2012 at this rate.
With such a daunting task to complete these games before the year's end, I've found comfort in the bite-sized games found on my iOS devices. Strangely enough, I've spent more time playing these micro-sized games than the ones on my PS3 and XBOX 360 combined. The following are the iOS games that have taken over my gaming life during the past month.
Having the game only last one minute per round makes it so much more accessible. Bejeweled is incredibly addicting. Players will continue to have that "one more game" mentality just to be at the top of the scoreboard, even though it'll only be up there for a week (high scores reset, forcing players to come back!).
2. Hanging With Friends
The game has consumed my everyday life. Every time I have a free couple of minutes, whether I'm waiting in line at a fast-food joint or in my car at a red light, I whip out my iPhone to try play a few rounds. Whenever I see a unique word used during a conversation, I'll often think to myself, "Hey, that's a good word to use on Hanging!"
3. Infinity Blade
Sure, the game is nothing more than Punch-out and a grind-fest. But the ability to earn money to upgrade your character and his armor makes the game so addicting. You can also play the game as long as you want -- run through a single battle in about a minute, or traverse the entire castle in 10. However, there is no doubt about it: The loot and constant character upgrading is nice, but the real joy of playing this game is how damn good it looks.
4. Jetpack Joyride
However, developer Halfbrick (the Fruit Ninja guys) added more to the same old "move in one direction for as long as possible" gameplay style. Players are given silly missions that will change his/her playing style each time. For example, there is a mission that requires players to high-five a certain number of scientists during the round.These NPCs are constantly running aimlessly in the lower part of the screen. So instead of flying over everything to avoid obstacles, players will have to make a conscious effort to land and high-five these poor guys..
5. Puzzle Agent 2
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