A few months ago Google had announced that their app store had reached 65 billion download mark by May 2016. It’s an exciting time to be around and observe hundreds of outstanding game titles jocking for audience in such a growing community of players and game developers. Smartphones have become the Game Boys* of the present and Google’s Play Store one of the most vibrant app stores in existence.
While Google Store does offer millions of games in total, the cream of the crop for this year looks very promising.
Developed by Starbreeze Studios, A Tale of Two Sons proves that gameplay itself can be an effective storytelling tool. Brothers is a twin-stick action adventure game that has the player controlling the two characters simultaneously. Brothers is a game which puts experience before the actual game. The game dazzles with an emotional story, endearing characters, beautiful visuals and a soundtrack to match. So whether or not you pick the game up really depends on what is more important to you – the game or the experience.
Never Alone is a puzzle platformer with an ideal balance of entertainment and cultural education. With the awe-inspiring Never Alone, we finally have a video game that delves into that most primal of story telling traditions – folklore. As a part of an effort to convey the stories of the Alaskan Inupiat people to a new generation, Never Alone tells the age-old story of Kunuuksaayuka – a quest to relieve a village from an unending blizzard. Never Alone is definitely best played with a friend, although solo play is possible. From a simple, even tedious opening, the game rapidly progresses into a fantastical adventure portrayed in a gorgeously rich pallette of colors.
While Evo Explores looks and feels like Monument Valley, it has its own unique puzzles, storyline and music. Core mechanics of the game are pretty simple – we are controlling a small robot with an easy touch that gives him commands to move. Our goal is to find the way out of the puzzle. The world of Evo Explores is very bizarre and has 15 chapters each of which has 3 levels. The atmosphere is great thanks to the stunning music, minimalist appeal and nice graphics.
This game was published by Natural Motion Games, and the idea behind it is to compete in drag races to earn cash so you can upgrade your cars or buy new ones. This game really raises the bar for drag racing games on mobile devices. The graphics are really impressive and the options of tuning and upgrading your car are nearly endless. Overall it’s a really impressive and fun game.
Mekorama is a new puzzle game for Android and iOS. The basic concept of the game puts the player in a role of a keeper of an adorably dumb robot which needs to be guided through levels by telling him where to walk and removing obstacles out of his way. Levels are wildly different. The game is technically free, but the developer will keep reminding you throughout the game how much effort was put into the game, which should motivate you to donate.
The Play Store is full of undiscovered gems. And with such an abundance of good titles, the gaming community has a bright future ahead.
* Nintendo’s hugely popular handheld video game console from the 1990s