It’s day two of our countdown to the 50 best iOS games of 2015. Today we present numbers 40-31. Stay tuned all week until we reveal our game of the year on Friday.
31.) Hitman: Sniper ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: Perched atop a mountain, the assassin takes aim at the unsuspecting target, then pulls the trigger, and in an instant a life is taken. Each shot fired has the potential of triggering an alarm with the body guards, and sending the target fleeing. Hitman: Sniper delivers an intense challenge throughout since every shot fired is so important. A headshot feels great, and even more so when it leads to propelling a body into the pool so the dead body isn’t sitting out there calling for attention. You need to kill a number of people, but do so discretely for as long as possible
32.) I am Bread ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: An adventure game that pits you as a piece of bread, and your goal is to move about the house in an attempt to get toasted. It’s easy enough in the kitchen as you head towards the toaster, but as you travel to a bedroom, bathroom, and the garage, you need to find all new heat sources to become a nice golden brown. There’s a quirky physics engine, and a challenging control method to depict the act of moving around as a piece of bread. It’s not easy to move, and it isn’t supposed to be, which means you need to be patient as you flip around to gain ground in the given room.
33.) Five Card Quest ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A turn based RPG that delivers a familiar, yet fresh style. In each battle, you’re given five cards at any time with each card tied to a different member of your team. Your journey is randomly generated as you go from room to room defeating any enemies that you come across as you try to make your way to new regions. It’s always a fresh challenge each time you play based on the way the map is set-up, and which enemies you face. The battles are highly engaging as they move relatively quickly with a lot of damage done by both sides on a given turn.
34.) Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition ($4.99, iPad) [Review]: A survival adventure in which your goal is to scavenge, craft, and simply survive by any means necessary as you explore a new realm, and try to use anything that you come across. Don’t Starve throws you right into the thick of things with no tutorial or guide, and instead lets you fend for yourself in this mysterious land. Each time you play, you will pick up on the nuances for survival to go from dying the first night of the first play through to crafting weapons, killing monsters, and making structures.
35.) Magic Touch: Wizard for Hire (Free, Universal) [Review]: When knights try to invade your castle from above, it’s best to hire a wizard, and you get to be that wizard. The invading knights come riding in with balloons, and each balloon has a specific shape that you need to draw to pop that balloon. Magic Touch does an excellent job at gesture recognition, and the recognition system gets out of the way to let you focus on the extreme challenge at hand. You end up frantically drawing these shapes with multiple knights on screen at once with some holding a few balloons for even more shapes to draw. It’s frantic fun that everyone can enjoy, and it’s all made for your flowing fingers.
36.) Door Kickers ($4.99, iPad) [Review]: A tactical strategy game with a top down perspective that has been ported with touch in mind allowing you to draw paths to direct your squad. The focus of the game is to draw routes to advance your soldiers with the ability to pause the action at any second and to change routes for a constantly evolving strategy against the enemy. One of the best parts of Door Kickers is that there are multiple ways to victory from a stealth approach to a gun blazing option. As you play through the game you pick up on the strategic nuances with the different abilities of your team members.
37.) Dust An Elysian Tail ($5.99, Universal) [Review]: The game provides a deluxe action RPG that pits the player as Dust, who wakes in a meadow to find the mythical Blade of Ahrah that is talking to him. There’s an open world set-up to Dust An Elysian Tail allowing you to activate multiple quests at once, and choose which region of the map to explore. Speaking of exploring, there’s a huge world for the action RPG adventure with hours and hours of gameplay ahead of you.
38.) Rocket Cars (Free, Universal) [Review]: ou get to pilot rocket cars through killer switchbacks, wooden moving obstacles, past lava pits, and more. There’s never a dull moment in Rocket Cars, and each race is relatively short to make it great for on the go gaming. Rocket Cars is simply fun above all else as you speed around corners, flip through the air, and collide in various ways in a mad dash to the end. Each one of the 67 challenges delivers it’s own action packed engagement, and every race plays out different due to the chaotic nature.
39.) The Guides ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: Prepare yourself for a series of tests as you journey through this logic puzzle game. The Guides isn’t easy, and the puzzles included will take time to get through, and will stump you at times. You will be faced with ciphers, hidden codes, messages in images, and much more. The best part of The Guides is the variation with each puzzle providing a relatively unique challenge. There will be nothing quick and easy, and you will have to use significant brain power to handle the variation, rather than just facing tougher versions of the same puzzle.
40.) Please Don’t Touch Anything ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: A puzzle adventure that gives you all kinds of clues, but no real guidance leaving you to experiment. You never know what’s going to happen when you press any given button, but it could potentially lead to a nuclear explosion, or even a worse fate. Please Don’t Touch Anything isn’t about offering a tutorial, or holding your hand through the first few levels, and instead leaves you to your own devices. There are 25 unlockable endings to discover based on what buttons you press, in what order, and if they match the given clues.