This week’s big crop of games has seen quite a few quality entries. Paper Monsters leads the group, bringing a 2-D platforming experience with great 3-D graphics. Ant Raid successfully makes the strategy genre easy, casual and hard to put down, and One Epic Game adds lots of power-ups and goodies to the endless runner genre.
Paper Monsters (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Platformer Paper Monsters has a lot in common with the PlayStation 3 game LittleBigPlanet, including a similar art style and protagonist. You play a hero made up of cardboard, running through a 2-D platforming world and searching for hidden objects to collect in each one. The more exploring you do, the better you’ll be able to discover the things you need to buy new stuff for your hero, as well as pull down the best scores in each stage.
Paper Monsters’ best feature is its smart level design. You’ll find warp tunnels that rocket you into caves or the clouds, or take you into areas visible in the distant background. The game includes 16 big levels across four worlds, and includes Game Center support as well as Airplay mirroring, allowing you to play the game on your other iOS devices.
Ant Raid (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
As bees, snails and other critters attack various ant royalty strongholds, the only hope of the tiny insects and their queen lies with the battlefield abilities of one commander: you. In Ant Raid, you command a battalion of ants, tapping their groups and assigning them to attack enemies on the screen to destroy them. Ant Raid is partially an action game and partially a strategy title, scratching the itch for both and using simple, easy-to-pick-up touch controls to do it.
A former iPad-only offering that just made its way to the iPhone and iPod Touch, Ant Raid packs 100 levels spread across two game modes. There’s also a lengthy campaign (it stretches on for 60 levels) and a challenge mode, as well as Game Center support that’ll provide achievements and leaderboards to reward your command skills.
One Epic Game (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Endless runner One Epic Game will probably feel a bit familiar to you. It’s a lot like other entries in the genre, notably Monster Dash, although the game features levels with definitive ends that makes it a little different from its counterpart from Halfbrick. It also separates itself with its comic book art style and a number of power-ups that change the way the game handles, like lots of different guns and a short-term jetpack.
One Epic Game includes three game modes: a comic-like story mode, the pick-up-and-play freeplay mode, and a challenge mode that ups the difficulty of the game. It also includes five big worlds to run through and plenty of enemies to blast for big points.