Give 1-Bit Hero a shot
Sick of Temple Run and looking for something new to play on your iPhone? TIME rounded up some favorites worth a download this week.
Although many developers have been designing retro 8-bit games for a few years now, it takes a lot of courage to go back to square one and put out a game that evokes an entire lost generation of entertainment. 1-Bit Hero is a true, 1-bit game in which players guide a hero through increasingly challenging obstacles with the simple goal of keeping the character alive. In the style of traditional 1-bit games, this one also overstates itself in its cover art.
1-Bit Hero is available free in the App Store.
Although Angry Birds: Star Wars will forever be the ultimate crossover iPhone game, Doodle Jump DC comes close. Play as Batman and jump through different levels of Gotham city, fighting villains from both the comic book and film Batman universes. Half the fun is toying around with Batman’s gadgets. Overall, a very well designed iPhone game and a lot of fun to look at.
Doodle Jump DC is available free in the App Store.
A close second to Stick of Truth, this may be one of the best games to come out of the South Park universe. The game brings together an entire cast of beloved characters just in time for the show’s newest season, letting players zoom through familiar spots around town, looping in countless jokes from the show. South Park’s cut-out animation has found a perfect marriage with an equally simple and no-frills kind of game.
South Park Pinball is available for $3.99 in the Google Play store.
Similar to Myst, The Sailor’s Dream allows players to explore a long-abandoned fantasy universe in order to piece together a narrative. It’s less a game played for entertainment than it is a storyline to be explored by gamers who enjoy puzzles and plot-driven entertainment. However, The Sailor’s Dream is just as much a visual game, offering striking digital seascapes and glimpses into this strange, almost-haunting world.
The Sailor’s Dream is available for $3.99 in the App Store.
For those still mourning the end of the all-too-short Halloween season, or for the crowd already planning their costumes for next year, Haunt The House is a fast-paced, charmingly designed game in which players take the form of a ghost. The object is to float from level-to-level until the entire town has been successful spooked and haunted. The game also has a puzzle component, which must be solved before the night is over in order for the ghostly character to reclaim possession of the town.
Haunt the House is available for $.99 in the Google Play store.