Everyone has time to kill at some point in their lives. The question though, is how will you go about doing it? The iOS ecosystem is rife with great, and not so great, title for the gamer on the go. Here’s a run down the App Store’s top five paid games.
Most Fun iPhone Game
Cut the Rope: Time Travel
Cut the Rope: Time Travels is the latest iteration of ZeptoLab’s hit game, Cut the Rope. Cut the Rope: Time Travel stays true to its heritage: gamers simply cut ropes, albeit strategically, with finger swipes in order to get candy to drop into a green monster’s mouth — a green monster (aptly named Om Nom) who travels through time.
Om Nom’s adventures will take him through various time periods like ancient Greece, the Stone Age, the Renaissance and more. The little green man’s adventures will also have him team up with other Om Noms based the period to solve increasingly complex puzzles with rockets, bombs and portals.
Don’t worry, it’ll all make sense. Om Nom’s a professional.
(iPhone $0.99, iPad $2.99)
Fish Out Of Water!
Fish Out Of Water! is the latest game from Halfbrick Studios, the makers of hit mobile game like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. In Fish Out Of Water! players will be flinging fishes across their screens in order to please a very judgmental panel of crabs.
Gamers will select three out of six types of fish to flick, and each fish has their own unique trait, like being able to skip, cut through waves, and to travel farther than others. And those are important elements: the panel of crabs will judge each round based off of a player’s accomplishments in each category.
Players can also participate in competitions with other players, as well as completing in-game missions. The game also changes it weather, which affects wave size and in-game elements, every few hours for variety.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is a side-scrolling, endless-running, platformer game for iOS. Based on the popular cartoon, players will have the turtles ninjas jump, jive, and ninjafy their way through New York City while fighting off an invading alien army.
The game features a combat element, unusual for endless runner games, pitting players to go shell-to-toe with members of the Foot Clan and other TMNT villains. The slick style, smooth controls, and unlockable cost characters will have fans of the genre begging for more turtle time.
Minecraft — Pocket Edition
Minecraft — Pocket Edition is the mobile variation of indie Swedish developer Mojang’s hit game, Minecraft. You’ll find yourself lost in a randomly generated world with no items or instructions. It’s dependent on you, the player, to mine, craft and explore your way to the top of your world’s food chain.
Minecraft — Pocket Edition started out as a scaled-down version of its PC counterpart, and missed a lot of the features that made its big brother a hit: it didn’t include enemies and some items. But updates to the mobile game have since made Minecraft — Pocket Edition a lot more robust, and a lot more addictive. Those who want to be drawn into a new world — even a blocky one like Minecraft’s — will get their satisfaction with Minecraft — Pocket Edition.
Temple Run: Oz
Temple Run: Oz is a Wizardly iteration of the popular endless running Temple Run game by Imangi Studios. The game pulls players into the world of Oz, based off the latest Disney movie “Oz: The Great And Powerful.”
Players will try to get as far as they can in Oz by swiping and tilting their phones to avoid flying baboons, growing thorns, and other obstacles along the wondrous Yellow Brick Road. Gamers will also collect gems and coins to unlock new abilities. It’s a great game to scratch that endless, and mindless, time-waster — though its Temple Run counterpart is free.
Guest Post: Angie Picardo is a writer at Nerdwallet, a personal finance website that offers advice on topics from fun apps to locating LAX wifi.