April's best new mobile games: 'Disney Crossy Road,' more


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  • Tuesday, 03 May 2016

See what's at the top of the mobile pile for April 2016 with five of the best new games released for smartphone and tablet: the 100+ characters of Disney Crossy Road, a speedy colour rush in Chameleon Run, the engrossing world of Fallen London, cute robot battles in Warbits and Scrabble with wizards in Spellspire

Disney Crossy Road, iOS, Android
Ratings: 4.5/5 on iTunes and Google Play
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Australian studio Hipster Whale had already blended breakout hit Crossy Road with Pac-Man, but this Disney/Pixar collaboration takes everything to another level, thanks to a panoply of new characters and corresponding levels, sound effects, and in some cases, special powers. Extra characters can be unlocked via a virtual slot machine or for US$0.99 (RM3.88) to US$4.99 (RM19.56) a pop. A big month for licensed games on iOS and Android with this, Lego Jurassic World, and Powerpuff Girls' Flipped Out.
Website | iTunes | Google Play 

Chameleon Run, iOS, Android
Ratings: 4.5/5 iTunes, 4.5/5 Google Play
Price: US$1.99/RM7.80 (iTunes), US$2/RM7.84 (Play Store)
The endless runner genre gets a colourful twist in this, the latest from Stickman Golf studio Noodlecake; tapping one side of the screen makes your character jump – handy when avoiding those fast-approaching obstacles or drops – while tapping the other side makes it change colours, ensuring your outfit matches your landing pad. Everything gets more complicated as extra tricks are added into the mix.
Website | iTunes | Google Play 

 

Warbits, iOS
iTunes Rating: 4.5/5
Price: US$2.99 (RM11.72)
Raise a virtual army of mechanised infantry and enter into a series of titanic struggles to take enemy land, level by level, through devious strategy and manufacturing nous. Play against AI through 20 missions or against people across 40 maps.
Website | iTunes 

Fallen London, iOS
iTunes Rating: 3/5
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Escape from prison and find work among the curious locals of a decidedly strange underground city, Fallen London. Portable, pocket edition of Failbetter Games' textual, browser-based 2009 expedition. In-app purchases allow for more than 20 turns per 15-minute period. Android version to follow, pending iOS success now that updates have significantly improved performance.
Website | iTunes 

Spellspire, iOS
iTunes Rating: 4.5/5
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Use the power of words to travel upwards through a treasure trove of a monster-filled tower, with each handful of ten letters providing the means to dispatch a level's worth of beasts – longer words prove much more effective against the column's creatures, with judicious equipment upgrades aiding even the most lexically adventurous.
Website | iTunes 

App ratings correct as of April 26, via AppAnnie. — AFP Relaxnews

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