We're Deadly Serious About This Week in Gaming AppsS

Seriously, we're not kidding. Were today two days from now you might have cause to question our daily selection of spotlight-worth mobile games, but I specifically set up the Gregorian calendar to make sure that never happened.

If today were Sunday... well, then all bets would be off. I'd have a round-up of five popular games for the Nokia N-Gage, and by popular I mean played by more than one person. I might have to drop the list down to four or three.

But no, fair and noble reader. You can rest assured that there was no humorous intent behind the inclusion of a $20 Square Enix RPG, or a game about dodging bullets with pigs. Swordigo earned its spot, as did Crytek's Fibble, despite being a far cry from the sort of games they normally produce.

The jury's still out on Madcoaster, however. One can never tell with the wily Tina Amini.

If you have a suggestion for an app for the iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows Phone 7 that you'd like to see highlighted, let us know.

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