A slew of slick video games is keeping us hooked to our phones. With stunning graphics and gripping gameplay, these are truly developed for gourmet gamers. So whip out that smartphone and let the games begin!
Those who watch the American TV series House of Cards would remember this puzzle game as the one President Frank Underwood plays after a gruelling day of mind-numbing politics.
When you see the game, you’ll know why even a President (albeit, a fictional one) would get addicted to it. The graphics are stunning, the mood is soothing, and the gameplay – where you "manipulate impossible architecture and guide a silent princess (through Escher-ish castles)" – is almost meditative.
Available on Android (Rs 245), iOS (Rs 250) Limbo
One of the sexiest-looking and creepiest-feeling games you can lay your hands on this year. It’s a puzzle-adventure game, where you control a little boy out to find his sister. You follow him through jungles, underground water systems, abandoned cities, all the way navigating traps and solving puzzles.
Sounds like child’s play? Far from it. Done entirely in black and white, the graphics, minimalist background sounds, and the gore – oh so much of it! – are outright spooky, and downright addictive.
Available on Android (Rs 290), iOS (Rs 300) Alto’s Adventure
When this game debuted in February this year, Wired magazine called it "a new game that rivals Monument Valley in its beauty." It’s an endless runner game that Time said was "magnificently designed".
Alto’s Adventure – it’s truly an adventure, of endlessly snowboarding down mountains while pulling some tricks, collecting some coins and capturing some llamas – will make Temple Run and Subway Surfer look crude, unsophisticated and plain ugly.
Available on iOS (Rs 120) Two Dots
Take Candy Crush, remove the hyperbolic gaudy graphics, add minimalistic artwork in matte that gives you that earthy, warm, cosy feeling, simplify the gameplay and you have Two Dots.
Its premise is exactly like that of Candy Crush, only here you match dots of different colours instead of crushing candies. You move up through the different levels from a wooden ship to the deep blue sea, to the Arctic tundras, and more.
Available on Android and iOS (Free)
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From HT Brunch, June 14
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