Not just a puzzle game: with these 5 apps you will be able to play with barbarians, hot-air balloons and cute boar riders. And with your index finger mentre the game giants buy mobile billionaires as they are candy the common user snatches the toys for smartphones and tablets thinking that the gameplay that this market can express is made by some swipe on boring puzzle game or by a Forsened touch on an unlikely and now dead bird.

Although casual gaming is the industry’s evil in the eyes of real fans, while it is a phenomenon capable of sparking sparks in investor and manager pupils, it’s not always true that smartphones only develop games by the beat and away. Sometimes we need to be able to scratch the surface of a $ 10 billion phenomenon in 2015 (the figure is going to rise in the years to come) to come across real pearls of programming whose echoes have an impact not only on the portfolios of the players involved but Even on pop culture.


The high number of releases on the App Store (about 25 titles per hour) does not help you navigate the innumerable clones published to follow the latest trend and the titles in which it is fair to invest your money. That’s why we went to find five really unbelievable games recently released on iOS.

Clash Royale (free)

Let’s start from the mastodontic last work of Supercell, the first of the 50 companies that dominate this market with profits in 2015 billion dollars thanks to 100 million players per day scattered on only 4 titles. The creators of Clash of Clans are the equivalent of Blizzard Entertainment in the mobile world: they do not mistake a shot by creating not just games but real trends designed to change the App Store. Their last effort is called Clash Royale and is based on the “lore” of their most famous title: you will find barbarians, hot-air balloons and cute boar riders (Hog Rider).

This time however, the multiplayer is not asynchronous, but in real time, to ensure truly never experienced emotions on a mobile device. The game is a RTS with a splash of tower defense and a clutch of MOBA: you have to place your troops on a battlefield at the cost of several elixir units in order to destroy the 3 opposing towers. Downloadable and enjoyable even without spending one euro, Clash Royale is actually a freemium: you can buy gems to speed up your progression and become stronger than your rivals faster. Those who believe that you have to pay to win, however, are wrong: the strategic component is very high and a distraction of half a second is enough to turn a sweaty victory into a fierce defeat. Simply perfect.

Cut The Rope: Magic (0.99 euro + purchases in apps)

I like the simplicity of Zontolab’s Om Nom, which has now become a global phenomenon comparable to the Minions and appeared on t-shirts, plush, web series and toys of all kinds. The hungry and green creatures, born in 2010 by the minds of twins Efim and
Semyon Voinov, come back with powerful potentials in this new chapter of the series. The gameplay follows pedissequently what has made the saga famous all over the world and is suitable for both young and old: static puzzles where you have to cut some lashes that hang candy juices with the aim of dropping them into the mouths of the Om Nom present in the level.

The novelty of the “Magic” chapter is really remarkable and unpublished: the player can turn their fishermen into birds, birds or even dragons by exploiting new abilities to solve the complicated levels drawn by Russian developers. Colorful.

Chamaleon Run (1.99 euro)

The kind of runner game is perfect for smartphones: it only has one finger, but a lot of skill. In Chamaleon Run, in fact, two fingers are used, one to skip and the other to change color replicating the reptile’s homely behavior: each surface of the game can be touched only with the corresponding color, pending the level failure. This game reminds mobile slots I used to play – so many colours, action and possibilities to win! The title of Independent Hyperbolic Magnetism is able to transmit a seldom experienced speed sensation and is a real joy to the eyes. A very smooth 3D graphic accompanies the user through nonlinear levels that play with physics, gravity, and most of all, unconventional patterns. Whenever you arrive at the end of a race you will start over with a different goal: never change color, collect all the buds, be the fastest. Frenetico.


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Finger Hero (free + in-app purchases)

Tell the truth: You bought an iPhone 6s and never use the 3D touch. But here comes the rescue of the heroes most absurd: your index finger. Finger Hero is a game of embarrassing simplicity that will keep you glued to your smartphone for hours and hours. Holds your finger on the screen and avoids the obstacles between you and your record score. Stronger prizes using 3D touch and the speed of your hero will increase. Simplicity in mechanics, however, does not show little attention to the details in the realization of the game, indeed: they are the very ones who make this title a classic. Each unlockable character will have its own personality, will change the level graphics and the sounds in a fun way. It will become compulsory to unlock all of them. Exhilarating.

Framed (2.99 euros)

Despite Framed’s almost two years we did not feel we would exclude him from this list, given the approximately 30 international awards he earned. The game even captivated Hideo Kojima, the “director” of Metal Gear Solid, who defined her personal game of the year. Developed in Australia by Loveshack, an independent team consisting of only 3 people, Framed is a smartphone masterpiece that would not compromise on the lineup of a home console. This is a puzzle game based on a completely new concept: the player will have to change the order of the events that are narrated in the comic book page, so that the destiny of the main character changes.

To the unique gameplay and to a sublime technical achievement, we add a totally undervalued plot. Dropped in a noir atmosphere made of chiaroscuro, silhouette and jazz music, the player must accompany a dark pair of thieves at the delivery of a mysterious briefcase. For fine palates.

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