The calendar has flipped over to 2016, and now it’s time to take a look back at all that happened in 2015. For us, that means looking at all of the great releases in the App Store in 2015, and try to cut them down to the 50 best iOS games of 2015. Once the top 50 is set, it comes down to sorting them to truly find the game of the year for 2015.
Our list is complete with each one of these games deserving their own recognition for 2015. It’s the 50 best iOS games of 2015 according to Apple’N’Apps.
Game of the Year:
Pac-Man 256 (Free, Universal) [Review]: An all new form of Pac-Man with an endless set-up. Rather than fixed mazes, and number of ghosts, the maze stretches upwards endlessly, and there are a ton of ghosts that keep on coming. You don’t have forever to chomp dots, as you need to stay ahead of the glitch that is eating up the maze down below. To further spice things up, Pac-Man 256 gives you all new power-ups beyond just the power pellet. Now, you can activate a laser, giant mode, freeze, and more to turn the tables on the ghosts. The game gets its name from the ability to chain together 256 consecutive eaten dots without a break to earn a bonus and temporarily clear the board.
Runner Up #1
Does Not Commute (Free, Universal) [Review]: A unique and excellently crafted iOS experience. The game is all about guiding cars from point a to point b, but the twist is that you need to keep guiding cards in the same area. The first car has wide open streets, but later cars need to avoid all of the previous cars that you have driven. The main challenge is that you have to drive past all of your own previous driving efforts, so your earlier driving performance will have an impact later on. It’s a fun mechanic for fresh chaos management that is presented with an outstanding physics engine, and great looking 3D design. There are also witty storylines for each of the drivers to add extra flair to the game.
Runner Up #2
Lifeline… ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: A choose your adventure style narrative that is developed in real time, so it’s almost like you’re getting text messages from the character in the story. The character is Taylor, who has crash landed on a strange planet, and your job is to guide Taylor around. What really makes Lifeline stand out is the writing, which establishes the scenario, and makes you care about Taylor. There’s a ton of personality involved as Taylor reacts as you would expect in trying to survive a crash landing on a distant moon. The game is made with the Apple Watch in mind, but is fully playable without one. Lifeline is all about time as though Taylor’s life is playing out in real time. It makes for a compelling adventure that is a must have experience with such a great story that is provided through an all new form that fits your daily lifestyle.
4.) Alto’s Adventure ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: An endless snowboarding challenge where your goal is to round up the llamas that have escaped while traveling through quiet mountain towns, desolate woodlands, and even ancient ruins. Alto’s Adventure focuses on replicating the essence of a wintery scene on the hillsides to let the player be immersed in snowboarding through the picturesque environment. Alto’s Adventure delivers a dichotomy of emotion as you have the familiar challenging tension, and yet there’s a relaxing air to the fluid motion and tranquil scene. You can get lost just going down the hillside, and appreciating every rise and fall of the hillside, while leaping over any rocks in the way.
5.) Her Story ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: An interactive crime drama with an aesthetic designed around a mid-90s computer that shows archived cassette tape style footage. In Her Story, your job is to comb through all of the archived footage by typing out specific words to find matching clips. Every video clip delivers live action content that is well performed as the actress really embraces the role, and the setting. A lot of time went into recording the over 250 videos, and the game makes it an extremely compelling way to discover them as you watch the videos based on search, and not chronological order. Her Story is a completely unique experience that is more than an interactive movie as you guide the flow of the narrative. It’s great to watch this intricate character develop one minute at a time with no particular order to the findings you come across.
6.) Badland 2 ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: The sequel maintains the flying action adventure style jam packed with chaotic action set against gorgeous colorful backdrops which are silhouetted through black foreground. The sequel takes the essence of Badland, and simplifies it beginning with the ability to move in all directions. The new system allows for all new level layouts that span greater distances as the path forward moves all around. It feels like a brand new game that is still familiar. It’s hard to believe that the action could become more chaotic than the original Badland, but the developers have definitely delivered that in the sequel.
7.) The Room Three ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: The series known for superb 3D craftsmanship and tactile touch interaction returns for a third time. The biggest new addition in The Room Three is the continuous experience across a greatly expanded location. There’s a logical structure to every single part of the game so that the puzzles, unlockable boxes, and interactive items all connect. The best part is reaching a box, and proceeding to unearth a dozen different panels and clues with beautiful rendering of each shift in the box.
8.) Lumino City ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: An adventure game that provides a big city to explore with multiple different regions to make your way through. There is an eccentric cast of characters that reside in unique buildings that call for equally odd solutions to their problems. It’s a rewarding experience to see a puzzle solution in piecing everything together, and then watching the world in motion. Lumino City is a beautiful game that is created with real world objects including paper, cardboard, miniature items, and more. It’s a handmade world that is beautifully rendered digitally to be an absolute joy to interact with.
9.) Shadowmatic ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: An iOS game that relies on the core concept of shadow puppets, but evolves it into a challenging puzzle experience. Rather than using your hands to cast shadows, you’re given intricate 3D objects that you can spin around 360 degrees to cast varying shadows. Each of the over 70 levels has one mysterious shadow to form, and you have to discover it by rotating the pieces given to you. It’s always a fresh challenge, since you don’t know the objective until you start manipulating the pieces.
10.) Prune ($3.99, Universal) [Review]: A zen like game that is all about guiding the growth of trees so that they can reach the sunlight to sprout flowers. The trees will automatically branch outwards, and you want to cut off certain extensions to help one main branch grow towards the sunlight to reach the ultimate goal. Each tree has a fixed amount of energy, and pruning a branch allows for that energy to be repurposed in the other branches of the tree. Prune begins by just challenging you to reach the sunlight, and then introduces poisonous red circles to avoid, wind that pushes the tree growth, underground caves to grow in, miracle grow style blue circles to reach, sun discs that you can drag around to guide the tree’s growth, and much more. Every level delivers a unique challenge on to itself as well as the iOS platform as a whole.
11.) Lara Craft GO ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: A turn based puzzle game in which you swipe to move Lara Croft across fixed paths in an attempt to dodge obstacles, get past enemies, and unlock new sections of the temple on the way to hidden treasures. Lara Craft GO isn’t about running forward and simply reacting to what you come across, and instead focuses on thinking ahead. There will be switches, floor triggers, moveable pillars, snakes, Komodo dragons, spiders, rolling boulders, and more. It’s great to see a solution take shape one move at a time, while still being able to react to the way obstacles move as you move. As you move through the Lara Craft GO world, you can’t help but appreciate the craftsmanship in the level design with great 3D details. The further you go, the more you get lost in the total experience as the puzzle layouts, 3D design, swipe controls, and overarching progression all fit together so well.
12.) Minecraft Story Mode ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: A new edition of Telltale’s 3D interactive adventure games. Minecraft Story Mode delivers a lot more action than past TellTale games with obstacle avoidance, numerous timing based sequences, and enemy combat. This is the most active of TellTale’s games, but the story and decision aspects aren’t sacrificed. The ultimate highlight is how the Minecraft world is brought to life to create a wide ranging appeal regardless of your opinion of Minecraft. Minecraft Story Mode delivers a thoroughly engaging adventure that just may be TellTale’s best yet.
13.) The Executive ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A bare knuckles brawler with werewolves, minotaurs, possessed blobs, demon fairies, boxing warthogs, and a whole bunch more. The Executive is a combat game first and foremost with a control scheme made for touch, and a quality art style that builds upon the developers’ first game, Pizza vs Skeletons. The touch controls are so intuitive, and it gives you a greater feel of really giving these enemies a beatdown with combos possible through specific swipes. The Executive is designed to not just be a button masher, and instead there’s a little thought involved with each move aiming for top or bottom, focus on defending, or going for a special move with a limited energy meter.
14.) Horizon Chase ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: An arcade racer fashioned after the classic arcade racing games of the 80s and early 90s, but updated for today’s standards. One of the highlights of Horizon Chase is the art style with a 3D polygon set-up that calls back to the 16-bit era, but with all new depth and polish. There’s a great sense of speed as you whizz past trees and opponents, and see the lines on the roadway go by. The tracks are also set-up with great curves and subtle rises and falls that can hide what’s upcoming next until right when you’re upon it. Every race features 20 cars, and your goal is to pass your 19 opponents on your way to the finish
15.) Transisitor ($9.99, Universal) [Review]: An action RPG set in the future that gives you access to a powerful electricity infused sword that also is your main companion. Transistor comes from the makers of Bastion, and the parallels are obvious to identify from the get go whether it’s the extraordinary visual design, or consistent voice over narration. Bastion presented an omnipresent voice over, while Transistor provides narration through your sword companion, but either way it’s a compelling way to present a story. Transistor is similar to Bastion, and yet offers up an all new way to play with an infusion of strategic planning. You always have the ability to move around, and tap one of the Transistor powers to take down enemies. The game also lets you tap a button to freeze time to gain an overview on the screen, and then chain together planned attacks.
16.) The Trace: Murder Mystery Game ($3.99, Universal) [Review]: A 3D puzzle adventure that requires you to investigate a crime scene, and uncover clues by solving puzzles. The Trace begins with a murder at an auto body business, and it’s the owner who has been killed. It’s up to you to solve the case by uncovering clues, piecing together evidence, and solving various puzzles. What really makes The Trace stand out is the deluxe interactive 3D environments that you’re presented with. Not only do you get to discover evidence, but you get to use hacksaws, wrenches, and screwdrivers with tactical interaction, all in an attempt to access new potential clues.
17.) Spider Rite of the Shrouded Moon ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: Embrace crawling on walls, spinning webs, and munching on insects all over again in the Spider sequel. The new installment maintains what made the original so good, and enhances it in numerous ways. Playing as a spider is highly enjoyable with great challenge in either forming webs, tackling hornets, or even crawling on the ground to snack on ants. The highlight of Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is the inclusion of a day/night cycle and weather system with both aspects woven into the core components of the game.
18.) Dark Echo ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: A game in which you envision sound waves to see a path forward. In Dark Echo, all you have are sound waves that collide off walls to paint a picture of the path forward. Each step you take radiates sound to slowly uncover the path, while leaving most of the world shrouded in darkness. There are 80 levels included that continue to increase new challenges as paths shift, unlockable gateways are introduced, and glowing red enemies start to appear.
19.) Lost Within ($6.99, Universal) [Review]: A 3D survival adventure that focuses on horror by staging the entire thing in a broken down mental hospital. A number of mysterious things start to happen including visions from the past, monstrous looking creations, and the discovery of a lost boy. Lost Within does a great job of getting you to first focus on escaping, but soon changes your goal to figure out multiple mysteries that keep getting more and more out there. There will be times in which your skin is crawling, and others when your heart is racing based on the immersive experience that has been created.
20.) Tiny Rogue ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A turn based rogue-like experience with every dungeon descent an endless challenge. Each run through the dungeons feels fresh, and you always feel that you can do better with new plans against specific enemies, different uses of power-ups, and better level up ability selections. Every dungeon has the challenge come together quickly, and you need to make the right moves right from the get go to get through multiple enemies. There’s also a fluid supply of power-ups that are counterbalanced with numerous enemies to keep the challenge consistent throughout.
21.) Card Crawl ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: Imagine solitaire, but with a combat based set-up more akin to a dungeon crawler than a traditional game of solitaire. There’s a 54 card deck filled with enemies, potions, and swords, and your goal is to completely clear every card with four cards dealt at a time, and three cards to use per turn. There are a lot of intricacies involved in Card Crawl, so you will need some strategy in using specific cards at just the right time. Every turn delivers numerous decisions based on the cards that are dealt to make for a completely engaging experience. With each deal of four cards, you need to act on three cards to get the next deal.
22.) This War of Mine ($14.99, Universal) [Review]: goes in a different direction to show the other side of war in the fight for survival as just a citizen of a war torn city. It’s a survival adventure game in which you guide a group of civilians trying to live in an abandoned building during the day while scavenging for any goods they can find at night. This War of Mine revolves around a consistent day/night cycle to deliver two unique gameplay types to play through with a crafting system at day, and a stealth adventure at night. The emphasis on This War of Mine is the theme and setting which puts the player in the shoes of the survivors.
23.) Agent A ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: The life of a secret agent includes many challenges, and now there’s a new game that focuses those spy challenges into puzzles.The game presents the classic point and click adventure style infused with a great theme that is applied to every aspect of the experience. Agent A is all about exploring each room of the secret lair to find anything that could potentially help later on. The highlight of the game is that there’s a constant flow to every interaction, so that you’re always piecing things together. There’s a string to grab on to that leads through the entire game as you find an item in the bedroom that fits into a lock in the lounge that then ties into the bathroom.
24.) Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: The third installment introduced an all new 3D design to show all new depth to the rides, and bring more life to the parks you can create. Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 for iOS delivers the full game with a new touch control scheme combined with the classic theme park simulation gameplay. You’re given the classic Roller Coaster Tycoon style allowing you to build coasters piece by piece, place concession stands, construct pathways, set up queue lines, clean up puke, and more. Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 also features a first person camera view for your roller coasters allowing you to sit in the front row, and whiz along the track.
25.) A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: You plays as a cute monster making snowmen in a park. Your goal is to make a snowman of three pieces in each section of the park as you build up a big bottom, roll on the medium mid section, and add the small head. The monster names each snowman, and each complete snowman comes to life with charm. At the beginning, you’re given the three sizes of snowman pieces, but later on you need to roll small snowballs over the snow to make them bigger to build up the base. As you advance, you’ll need to create multiple snowmen in a single small area requiring you to plan out your moves, so each piece has room to maneuver, and enough snow to build up the full snowmen. It’s a throughly engaging puzzle mechanic that challenges your order of operations, and does so in a fun loving and creative way.
26.) Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions ($9.99, Universal) [Review]: The third in the series maintains the familiar frantic arcade shooter style, but emphasizes a new dimension with 3D level layouts. The third in the series lets you blast away neon geometric shaped enemies, but now while traversing the surface of spheres, cubes, and many more 3D shapes. There are ten game modes in total, and when combined with the different 3D designs lets every level offer a fresh challenge within this game, and in comparison to the previous installments.
27.) Scribblenauts Unlimited ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: A puzzle game that emphasizes creativity allowing you to solve puzzles in any way you can think of. You need to help people all around the world, and you can create anything to try to help their situation. Scribblenauts Unlimited gives you a keyboard, and from there you can create all sorts of things ranging from a simple chicken to an electrified fire breathing frozen ghost. You can type out objects or adjectives, and the app poofs your creation out of thin air, and it may or may not work in the given situation.
28.) Octodad: Dadliest Catch ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: An adventure game that pits you as the Octopus trying to be a father. Playing as an Octopus out of water isn’t easy as you try to manage unwieldy boneless tentacles that make even the most mundane tasks extremely challenging. Making coffee, mowing the lawn, and shopping for groceries has never been as difficult as it is in Octodad. Your goal is to be a husband and father, while trying to keep your octopus nature under wraps. The game definitely resembles I Am Bread as you try to move a character that isn’t made to be moved in the current environment.
29.) Dead Effect 2 (Free, Universal) [Review]: The sequel maintains the Sci-Fi first person shooter style of the original, but introduces an all new storyline, 3D graphics engine, and mission set-up. The game really establishes the settings, and continues to develop it with each new mission, environment design, and leaping zombie. There’s a ton of action as you need to fire at multiple quick moving enemies that continue to get tougher. The controls lend themselves to quick FPS action as you simply drag to aim, and the game auto-fires.
30.) Impulse GP ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: Strap yourself in and get ready to speed along futuristic track in the new racing game Impulse GP. You get to race hoverbikes across gravity defying tracks with all new boosting mechanics to really amplify your speed. Impulse GP is a futuristic racer that is great to look at with a superb 3D design that is rendered at 60 frames per second to really make the races look great in motion. The game is designed with speed in mind, and delivers an immersive sense of speed, so it feels that you’re almost flying at times.
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.
41.) NBA 2K16 ($7.99, Universal) [Review]: NBA 2K is the name in basketball simulations on consoles, and has really been the only choice on iOS. Each year we hope for the best and 2K has yet to really deliver the full flavor of a basketball sim on iOS, and 2K16 delivers. This year’s installment includes the full season mode with iOS based settings including customized scoring length, and in-game saving. There’s also a new dribble stick as well as numerous enhancements to player design, animations, and flow. 2K16 is the first year that truly brings a basketball sim experience to iOS
42.) Rusty Lake Hotel ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: A puzzle adventure game for iOS that delivers animal personification, and mystery. The game delivers familiar elements for the genre, and yet easily stands on its own with a fresh approach and storyline. There’s an overarching puzzle scheme that is developed by solving little puzzles in each room of the guests. You get to explore each of six rooms one at a time, trying to solve each little brain teaser that you uncover. Rusty Lake Hotel grabs you at first glance with a beautifully crafted art design that merges early 20th century style with artistic flourishes. The game draws you in, and you stay compelled by the individual puzzles building up the overarching storyline.
43.) Last Voyage ($0,.99, Universal) [Review]: A mysterious adventure in which you never know what’s coming next. Last Voyage presents a five chapter journey with each one providing unique puzzle concepts to dive into. There’s an overriding futuristic minimalistic space theme to dive into as you shift 3D shapes, speed through portals, identify patterns, and much more. Each chapter is completely different, and the puzzles within a given chapter always keep you guessing. Everything is designed with touch in mind, and it’s just intuitive enough to let the player fend for theirself in deciphering what comes next.
44.) Odd Bot Out ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: It’s up to you to help odd bot out of the recycling area by facing a series of 100 puzzle platformer levels. You need to use blocks, electricity, physics, and other abandoned robots to help odd bot escape the trash heap. Every level of Odd Bot Out provides a unique challenge to contend with, and the variety keeps you constantly engaged throughout all 100 levels. You will come across robotic centipedes, shuttles, elevator cars, and things you simply wouldn’t expect. Each new item comes with new interaction, and all of it revolves around touch.
45.) Alpha Omega ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: A challenging word puzzle game that offers crossword style puzzles, in which you need to rearrange the letters to form words. Each of the 360 levels gives you a set of words that have one theme to help you identify each word. Have you ever seen those optical illusion puzzles where you can raed mpslilseed wrdos as lnog as the fsrit and lsat ltertes are in the rgiht pcale? If so, and you can read the last sentence, then you’re prepared for Alpha Omega.
46.) Mayday! Deep Space ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A game unlike any you have played before, as it provides a voice driven adventure that merges audiobook, and video game into one. Rather than using virtual buttons, touch gestures, or tilt controls, you simply use your voice to guide the main character to safety. The story of Mayday! Deep Space offers its own compelling sci-fi narrative that you will want to get to the conclusion of. Pulled from the App Store temporarily due to a bug, will return soon.
47.) Cut The Rope Magic ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: An all new installment that brings Om Nom back in search of candy. The main difference in the new edition is magical abilities allowing you to transform Om Nom at just the right time for all new solutions. There are also boss battles against an evil wizard, and magical elements in the environment including transporters, fairy dust, and more. Taking Cut The Rope Magic by itself, it’s a great puzzle experience that will keep you engaged through the entire course of the over 100 included levels.
48.) You Must Build A Boat ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A puzzle adventure that lets you slide columns and rows to make matches with all of the potential tiles at the bottom of the screen with your character and obstacles at the top of the screen. Your goal is to match specific tiles based on the obstacle that you’re facing as you need swords and magical staffs for monsters, but keys for treasure chests. The ultimate challenge arises in that there’s a time component, and every second you’re not getting past an obstacle, you’re closer to being pushed off screen, which ends your run. What really makes You Must Build A Boat stand out is that every run contributes to advancing the storyline.
49.) Shooty Skies (Free, Universal) [Review]: The game delivers an arcade shoot ‘em up, and all you have to do is drag your finger to pilot your ship around the screen as it fires automatically. It’s a simple control scheme that lets you focus on the action at hand, and there’s a ton of aerial action in Shooty Skies. Shooty Skies does a great job of reducing the barrier to entry, and then applies a chaotic and friendly gameplay style. It’s so easy to drag your finger to avoid enemy fire, while lining up your ship to blast away wave after wave of enemies. You also have the ability to lift your finger off the screen to change your shot. It’s a nice risk/reward mechanic of leaving yourself vulnerable for as long as possible to then really cause some destruction.
50.) Staying Together (Free, Universal) [Review]: A multi-character puzzle platformer where you get to play as a man and a woman at the same time where every single move impacts both characters simultaneously. When you tap to jump, both characters jump, and when you move in either direction both characters move together, just in the inverse. Each one of the 60 levels begins with the characters separated, and your goal to reunite the characters in the glowing region. The levels are designed so that you can move the characters together to overcome two unique sets of obstacles on the way to the joined finish.