There was a period of my life during which I spent all of my time either playing pen-and-paper role-playing games or running from Wal-Mart to Wal-Mart in search of the hottest toys. This Week in Gaming Apps is dedicated to that guy. He would have loved this.

We've got two games based on cartoons with heavy toy tie-ins, one a classic 80's adventure show and the other the ultimate adventure show of modern times. We've got two runners, one mystical and strange and one action-packed and punchy. And then we have a game that's about role-playing pen-and-paper role-playing.


They say you can't go home again. Apparently they've never heard of a crowbar and a ski mask.

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Jumping Finn Turbo Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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This is Role-Playing in Its Purest Form

Long before there was a Final Fantasy or an Ultima, role-playing was strictly something a group of friends did around a dining room table cluttered with pieces of paper, rulebooks and dice. Knights of the Pen and Paper captures that experience beautifully. More »

Run, Run, Run For Your Life, And Sometimes Space-Punch A Zombie

I like a good runner as much as the next guy; any game that requires me to run forward and time my taps to keep my on-screen character alive for as long as possible. From Canabalt to Jetpack Joyride to Temple Run, the key to a good running mobile game is simplicity. More »

Nobody Takes He-Man Seriously, And That's Why I Love His Mobile Game

In late 1982 Mattel fashioned a generic fantasy barbarian with an even more generic name into a children's media goldmine. First came the toys. Then came the cartoon, with its horribly-limited animation. It got so big that in 1987 Dolph Lundgren starred in a live action Masters of the Universe movie. Glitchsoft's He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe is better than at least one of those things. More »

The Stylish Totem Runner is a Worthy Savior in a Dark Time

Forgive me, this will sound like damnation by faint praise, but I almost didn't know what to do with myself after completing a level in Totem Runner. I can't remember the last time a new mobile game didn't use the intermission to sell me something I didn't want. Most importantly, Totem Runner is good on its own merits, and is well worth a look from platformer fans with a buck to spend. More »