Remember the other week, when I promised a brand new Week in Gaming Apps that would change everything forever. Forget that. I was contact drunk. Let's get back to the tried-and-true format of yesterweeks, just in time for some of the greatest games ever.
Seriously. Hidden within this week's apps are some of the finest games to ever grace a tablet, Android, iOS or otherwise. I'd name them specifically, but I wouldn't want Baseball Slame, Groove Racer, Super Paper Pool, Wheel of Fortune Cubed, Black Gate: Inferno, Smooth Operators, Blastron or Turd Birds to feel inferior.
They are like my children, and I will not pick favorites (Archer).
Hey look, there are the games I've played over the past two weeks!
Once there was an amazing fluid dynamics-heavy puzzle game called Sprinkle. Then it got even better, with floating objects and impressive boss battles. So good.
Black Gate: Inferno - iOS - Free
It's an MMO! A Diablo-style MMO, to be exact. Not exactly PC quality, but it gets the job done.
Smooth Operators - iOS - $2.99
Having worked in a tech support call center for seven years, this call center management sim makes me realize what a pain-in-the-ass I was back then.
I just wanted to say "Turd Birds" again.
Cannon Crasha - iOS - $.99
Oh holy god, this is so good. It's one part defense, one part trajectory strategy, and several parts old school video game reference. So much win here.
Wheel of Fortune Cubed - iOS - $.99
A clever, social way to play the game show. Players take turns selecting consonants and then attempting to solve a 5x5 crossword-like grid. There is wheel-spinning! And a single-player mode for the anti-social types.
Blastron - iOS - Free
You ever wish Worms had customizeable robots instead? Well here you go, Roger. It's free-to-play, which in this case means folks can spend money on better weapons, but the single-player campaign is unsullied by big budgets.
A gorgeous little pool-meets mini-golf sort of game. The challenge is high, but so is the sense of accomplishment.
Groove Racer - iOS - Free
It's slot car racing, but incredibly pretty slot car racing. It's free as well, which is a plus. Not a lot of substance, but tons of style.
This is a delightful puzzle/adventure/stealth game — an odd combinnation you really have to play. Seriously. Go play it. Now. Ignore Baseball Slam.
Baseball Slam - iOS - Free
I told you to ignore this one. What the hell? Okay, fine. This is actually a pretty nifty...baseball...puzzle...action something. Really rather cool.