Two games scored highly this week in our onslaught of reviews, and I’ll go out on a limb and say that everyone should play these games on whatever platform they can. Papers, Please on iOS is iPad only, but it’s also available on Mac/PC/Linux and should run on just about any computer out there. Tales from the Borderlands is just great, and like all Telltale games, the performance may be better on other platforms but there’s just something about playing it with touch controls that makes it great.
Papers, Please, $7.99 [Review] – Papers, Please ($7.99) is a weird game, as it’s incredibly difficult to succinctly describe in a way that makes it sound even vaguely fun. Developer Lucas Pope (Of Helsing’s Fire ($0.99) fame!) manages to turn pedantry and tedium into gameplay elements and in the process crafts an experience that will likely be among the most memorable games you’ve played this year. It’s been out on the PC for about a year now, but much like FTL ($9.99), it always felt like Papers, Please truly belonged on the iPad.
Tales from the Borderlands, Free [Review] – Well, this episode is a great way to start off this series. The promise and potential for Tales from the Borderlands was very high, and “Zer0 Sum" generally gets off on the right foot. It does a great job at setting up the stakes of the series, as a con deal goes belly-up in many ways, and the protagonists and new characters to the series Rhys and Fiona find themselves unwittingly working together to get their hard-earned money back while trying not to be killed by the people they’ve screwed over.
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: