As we hinted at yesterday, a week where everybody who makes games is at the same conference in Cupertino is going to be a slow week for new releases. It just can’t be helped. But that doesn’t mean it’s not without surprises. For example — TRANSISTOR IS NOW ON YOUR PHONE.

Bet you didn’t see that coming.

Our eight picks for this week’s highlights should keep you knee deep in fun, but if you somehow can’t find a gem, be sure to check out our picks from last week and the week before. It’s been an embarrassment of riches lately.



Well now there’s a surprise! The folks behind Bastion released their second title to consoles and desktops last year, with nary a word about mobile. If you’re a fan of action RPGs and you haven’t picked this up on another platform yet, you owe it to yourself to give this a play. Read our PC review from last year to see why.

Zen Pinball – eSports Edition

zen pinball esports edition

If you think you’re good at virtual pinball, it’s time to go pro. Zen Studios (makers of most of your favorite mobile pinball games) are now offering real cash competitions.

Angry Birds Fight!

angry birds fight

Is it Angry Birds match-3? Absolutely. But match-3 — especially match-3 combat games — can be done really well. Now that it’s out (and free), it won’t cost us a thing to find out if Angry Birds Fight! is among the genre’s better titles.

Green Ninja: Year of the Frog

green ninja year of the frog

The latest free download from Nitrome is an action-puzzler about sliding a frog around to spin-kick the ever-living heck out of his enemies. You’re welcome.

Threes! Free


Like the idea of Threes? Hate spending money? Good news, cheapskate — you now have an option that doesn’t have 2048 in the title.

Slippy Slopes

slippy slopes

If you loved Dudeski and Skiing Yeti Mountain, there’s one more SkiFree-inspired release you can add to your collection this week.



There was a time when gravity-flipping platformers were all the rage, but in our estimation, it’s been a long while since we’ve seen a game built around this mechanic. Pills4Skills breaks that silence, and looks like a crazy difficult challenge too.

Zombie Defense: Modern RTS & TD Hybrid

Zombie Defense: Modern RTS & TD Hybrid

Phew! That title is a mouthful. But at least it communicates pretty clearly what you’ll find within. If you’re a fan of real-time strategy and/or tower defense, this new mashup aims promises to have both genres covered.