Just because I spent the second half of the week making my first visit to
Kotaku's headquarters in five years doesn't mean I had time to play a dozen gaming apps this week. All the drinking does.
I did my best to look at a diverse selection of games this week, but when Tina Amini commented on how I probably shouldn't be playing
Monster Crew in the middle of the closest thing we've had to a full staff dinner in years I realized that I should probably tone things down a bit.
So know that the games on this list were powerful enough to distract me from Owen's piercing gaze, Tina's rifles, Evan's wondrous pants, Kirk's humming, Jason's being Jason, Chris's eating all the Chinese food ever and Stephen's habit of changing his mood in mid mood-change. Congratulations!
iOS Allods Adventure HD
A monster strategy companion to Allods Online. Gets wonderful deep and it's so very pretty.
An endless run into a field of shambling undead, with weapons and upgrades — incredibly moody and satisfying. Into the Dead Skee-Ball 2
Yeah, I was surprised I had fun with skee-ball myself. Deepworld
A very deep exploration, mining and crafting game that I will explore more in the near future. For now, play it. Knights and Dragons: Rise of the Dark Prince
Gree's epic role-playing game / fantasy management game with a social twist. Definitely worth checking out.
Android (also Sleepwalker's Journey on iOS)
A gorgeous little stumble through a fantastic dream world. (also Monster Crew on iOS)
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