Our leader, Jim Squires, is away. He’s galavanting around London — and since this guy is on TV, that word is acceptable to use again — leaving the rest of us to mind the store.

Is that going to stop us from highlighting the most interesting new iOS games to hit the App Store this week? Probably not, as long as we can figure out how to publish stuff without the boss looking over it first. So strap in and get ready for Master Builders, yaks, questing heroes and more. Alas, not all in the same game, as far as we know.

And if we missed something, you can leave us a comment below. We’ll still blame it on Jim being away, though.

The LEGO Movie Video Game

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Will someone please decide if this game’s title is spelled with video game as two words or one? On the console and PC, it was one. According to the App Store description, it’s two. So we’re going with that. Anyway, this one follows the plot of the film, gives you access to over 90 characters, and probably asks you to smash stuff into its component bricks quite often. ‘Cause that’s how LEGO games roll.

 “HOOK”

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Though its official description calls it a “relaxing, minimal, puzzle game,” it also reminds me of my abortive attempt to be an electrical engineer when I first went to college. Trust me, there’s nothing relaxing about that. If the visuals don’t give you nightmares of circuit diagrams, you might find this useful to scratch your itch for a new puzzler.

Yak Dash: Horns of Glory

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I’ve never ridden a yak before, but they seem like they might not be the most agreeable animals in the world to ride. This game wants you to ride one “across perilous mountains at break-neck speeds.” That just sounds like something better done from the safety of your phone or tablet, doesn’t it?

Dragon Quest V

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All good Dragon Quest games come to mobile gamers who wait. Dragon Quest V is the granddaddy of games like PokĂ©mon, in the sense that it was the first to allow monsters to join your party. Heck, some of them even ask you to join once you’ve roughed them up. Wikipedia claims it’s also the first RPG with a playable pregnancy, so there’s that too.

Murder in the Hotel Lisbon

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Point-and-click adventure as you like it, provided you like it with pixel graphics shown at the same resolution as a Nintendo DS. A murder too mysterious for the local authorities has been committed, and the duo tasked with solving it consists of the world’s worst detective and Clown Bot, who wants to be a real clown but is afraid of children. This could get a little tricky.

Potatoman Seeks The Troof

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This one is a platformer from Pixeljam games, and one that seems to have its tongue firmly in cheek. If the usual anatomy of faces still applies to Potatoman, that is. Help the main character through all kinds of environments as he seeks “The Troof.” Can he handle it, though?

Spongebob: Sponge on the Run

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Ripped from the headlines! Um, I mean, based on the incredible true story of a sponge and his aquatic buddies as they leave Bikini Bottom. Hmm, that’s still not right. Well, it follows the adventures of that yellow sponge fellow as depicted in SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water. Expect to see some unique super heroics, among other things.

Skyward

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This game claims that the journey to the sky starts with a single step. Sadly, the journey to the ground starts (and ends) with a single wrong step. Dynamic boards influenced by the work of M.C. Escher challenge you to make the right step with a single tap.

Blood Brothers 2

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It’s the follow-up to the original Blood Brothers, which you may have already figured out for yourself. Context clues and all. A century has passed since the first game, but that doesn’t mean all is right in Arnashia. Return to fight alongside your favorite characters again. They age slowly, I figure.

Defend Your Life!

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I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for anyone who throws an exclamation point at the end of their game’s title. This game has a little Fantastic Voyage feel, as you fight against bacteria and viruses on battlefields inside a human body. Which body? Hopefully that’s not important.

The Witcher Battle Arena

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Yes, it’s another mobile MOBA. Yes, we’ve seen a lot of them in the last year or so. But this one is set in the rich RPG setting of The Witcher franchise, and it directly ties into the upcoming third console/PC game. It’s supposed to be quick, easy to learn and be very fair with its free-to-play system, so it might be able to win you over. You cynical person, you!