With the recent (and insane) influx of Flappy Bird clones popping up on the App Store over the last week or so, it really got me thinking: wouldn’t it suck if every single new mobile game was basically the same? After all, who only wants to play the same thing over and over again? Well the good news is that we don’t need to worry about any of that, as some of this week’s biggest new iOS games speak of variety in spades.

This week’s batch of new releases couldn’t be any more different from one another, as players will jump back and forth between a whimsical pop-up book journey, an early 90s-styled dungeon crawling adventure, a mind-bending puzzler with quantum mechanics, and a squad-based action game with some ugly bugs making up the frontline.


Tengami – It’s not very often that a new game comes out looking like absolute magic in every sense of the word. But that’s exactly what the highly anticipated Tengami from Nyamyam is: a game that looks and plays like a living, breathing pop-up book, which features a dark and moving fairy tale story that takes place across the papery plains of Japan. But are you ready for the coolest part? Apparently every single thing in the game could theoretically be recreated in real life using paper, scissors, and glue! So how long do you think it will be until we start seeing the first real-world Tengami adaptation start popping up online?


Coldfire Keep – One of my favorite things about this new age of independent developers is that we’re beginning to see more and more fresh homages to classic games and gameplay of the past. Coldfire Keep from Crescent Moon Games is the latest in line to harken back to the good old days of late 80s and early 90s dungeon crawling adventures. With gorgeous 3D environments and classic dungeon crawling controls, Coldfire Keep represents the perfect blend of old-style gameplay and new-age visual polish. And I hope you like spending a lot of your time wandering around in said dungeons, because this one is supposed to give players over 10 hours of monster-filled exploration!


Perloo – The mysterious new puzzler Perloo is a strange and ethereal kind of beast. Described as a “geometric fairy tale” of sorts, the game presents players with a series of mind-bending puzzles that will literally have them bending their device in order to solve them all. Perloo also aims to mix in different elements from the real world and the virtual one, with concepts of physics, quantum mechanics, philosophy, and perception just scratching the surface of what will be in store. And as if all of that wasn’t enough to make you mightily intrigued, the game is also said to be so downright hard that “you might cry.”


Bug Heroes 2 – The bugs are back! And this time, they’re not messing around. From the creator of the infectious Block Fortress, Heroes and Castles, and of course, the original Bug Heroes, Foursaken Media’s Bug Heroes 2 marks a return to the stylized squad-based gameplay as players hunt for food scraps, battle with other enemy insects, and do all the other things that war-hungry bugs are prone to do. The game also features an impressive roster of 25 unique bug heroes, like the Waterbug pirate, the Bumblebee boxer, and the poison-obsessed Stinkbug.