Two games got five star reviews this week, and in my opinion, they’re both absolute must-haves. One is even free, so it makes things that much easier (although if you like it you should think about tipping your hat in the form of the single IAP unlock). Lots of great games were released this week, so next week’s best games post should be pretty rad as well.
Checkpoint Champion, Free [Review] – There’s a certain craft that goes into making a game that feels great. Protostar’s Checkpoint Champion is a fun game on its own, but the game shows a certain craftsmanship that elevates the whole experience. This is a stunt racing game, where the goal is to drive a constantly-accelerating car around tracks full of checkpoints, collecting them in order, then hitting the final, golden checkpoint, in order to complete the level before time runs out. The game is about precise challenges across multiple terrains, presented in a simple way, but the game is stylishly presented and makes the most out of everything it does.
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, $2.99 [Review] – Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is one of those wonderful little gems that too many people missed when it first came out. It was an amazing game then as a full-priced retail console game, and it’s every bit as awesome now on a mobile device. The price feels like a steal for a game of such substance. The only real thing I can say against it is that if you can’t deal with virtual controls and don’t have an MFi controller, you might run into trouble here the same way you would with any game with virtual buttons. Other than that, this is a huge, beautiful, unique game with excellent gameplay design. There’s truly almost no competition in its category on iOS. Now, go on and bag your bounty, Stranger.
Additionally, we reviewed a few other games this week. As always, you can dig into all of our reviews by clicking here. Alternatively, you can hit up specific scores by using these links: