It’s not just another Angry Birds clone. Personality, strong mechanics, great visuals and, most of all, addictive gameplay, make Kickin Momma, a hit. It’s a physics puzzle game that’s similar in many ways to Rovio’s monster bird-slinging hit, yet manages to be different in its own way. That’s why it leads this week’s best games list, but it was a bit of a toss-up – there were many of great titles this week, so check out all of them below.
Kickin Momma (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Another physics puzzler in the vein of Angry Birds and the hundreds of games like it, Kickin Momma has you shooting characters at objects in order to score points. But you’ll soon find Kickin Momma just as addictive because of the precision you’ll need to use to advance through its many levels, and the luck and planning required to notch up a high score. In each level, you “kick” little baby blue monsters toward gems in spaces that make up the stage. The point is to bounce your little guys around, racking-up points for smashing into gems and other objects before they hit the ground. It sounds weird, and it is, but Kickin Momma’s Angry Birds-meets-Pachinko style is a whole lot of fun.
Anomaly Warzone Earth (iPhone, iPad) $1.99
An award-winning port of the PC and Mac game of the same name, Anomaly Warzone Earth reverses the formula of tower defense games to avoid becoming yet another entry into an already-flooded sector of the App Store. Instead of placing defensive towers to destroy enemies that march along set paths, you command a squad of vehicles that have to fight enemy towers along the way. The path is up to you to determine and you can change it on the fly. You get to choose which vehicles are deployed with you in each mission, making the game about the strategy of getting to your destination not only with the right team, but also by the best route. You’ll need good speed and reflexes to keep your team alive as it battles through alien defense towers, creating a strategy game with a new spin and plenty to keep you busy.
Greek mythology and platforming: it works surprisingly well in NyxQuest. You control a winged character named Nyx in search of Icarus. Instead of jumping from platform to platform in the game, you get the ability to fly for short distances to reach your destinations. Before long, you also unlock the ability to manipulate the world around you using the power of Zeus (read: touching and moving objects). This gives you the ability to solve puzzles as well as help Nyx make her way through levels and discover hidden rewards. The two dynamics work really well together and elevate the game above others in its platforming genre; NyxQuest also has a great graphical style and looks really nice.
Let’s Golf 3 (iPhone, iPad) Free
Another edition of Gameloft’s golf sim series, Let’s Golf 3 is brimming with features. There’s plenty of golf to play in the game’s single-player campaign. You start by creating your own golfer with specialized skills and can play through the game’s six courses, a bunch of mini-game modes and even some challenges that get unlocked as you work through the courses. When you’re finally done beating Let’s Golf 3 on your own, you can take-on live opponents, both in a four-player multiplayer mode, and in a turn-based mode. You can log your score on a course and challenge friends to beat you. There’s a whole lot to do in this one, and best of all, it doesn’t cost anything.
Bug Heroes Quest (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
The original Bug Quest is an interesting and dynamic mix of lots of different game genres: tower defense, dual-stick shooter and role-playing. Bug Heroes Quest, a spin-off of the original title, takes a more direct approach, dropping the original’s tower defense aspects to tell a straight story in which you play a single character. It’s not a bad switch, allowing Bug Heroes fans to get something new while maintaining much of the gameplay that made the original great. This is a more focused experience but still a good time, with lots of room for character development for players and plenty of exploration and action in each of Bug Heroes Quest’s 60 levels.