As the end of the year approaches, things tend to get a little sleepy on the App Store and Google Play. iTunes Connect — the service iOS developers use to upload their games — goes on a brief vacation, and frankly, so does the rest of the world.
This year, however, developers seem to be cheek-to-cheek as they all squeeze through the last release window of 2016! There’s a crazy good selection of titles to choose from this week. Download something now so you’ll have some playtime at the ready while you’re waiting for the turkey to hit the table.
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier
If you’ve been eagerly anticipating the third season of Telltale’s Walking Dead series, we have very good news. Not only has the first episode debuted, but the second as well — and you can get the second for free! More surprises like this please, Telltale.
- App Store ($4.99)
Angry Birds Blast
Colorful puzzling gets angry… or avian… or something. Regardless of my never-ending quest for a clever sentence, you should probably check out Angry Birds Blast. It’s the latest spin-off in the Angry Birds franchise, and it puts some of the “puzzle” back in block-popping puzzle gameplay.
Punch Club: Fights
If you’re one of the few people who wished Punch Club was less about training and more about punching, the team at TinyBuild have obliged with this new free twist on one of 2016’s best experiences. Punch Club: Fights serves as a demo of sorts for the bigger experience — but if you had wished that experience was pared down anyway, this might just be the app for you.
Geometry Dash World
Ready for your third dose of blisteringly difficult platforming from RobTop Games? Plenty of developers have chased this dragon before, but few have gotten the experience so right. Fans of Geometry Dash can enjoy a little more personality this time around — and all the challenge they’ve always loved from the series.
It’s been a pretty great year for pinball (and heck, this isn’t even the only pinball game launching this week), but we think there might be something really special about Snowball. For one, it takes place in a giant snowfort. For another, it’s from Pixeljam, the acclaimed indie creator of games like Potatoman Seeks the Troof and Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic
Love RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 on mobile, but wish you could have more of the franchise in your pocket? Surprise! Atari has just launched this collection that bundles the first two games, and offers their expansions as in-app purchases. That’s a crazy amount of content to take with you on the go.
Grumpy Cat’s Worst Game Ever
Grumpy Cat isn’t happy about many things, so you’ll have to forgive him the title of his latest mobile outing. This one looks like a lovely collection of mini-games, and it’s created by the team behind the wonderfully surprising Combo Critters, so there’s plenty of potential for a good time here.
Stern Pinball Arcade
To the best of our knowledge, Stern is the last company in the world that still produces new pinball tables. That makes them heroes in our books. And if they want to bring those tables to mobile? We’re all for it.
- App Store (free)
War Commander: Rogue Assault
Tired of the everyday, ho-hum strategy games that seem to cut and paste from each other? We have some big hopes that War Commander: Rogue Assault will break from those ranks. For one thing, it promises direct control over units in combat — and for another, it was designed by the original Command & Conquer creator Lou Castle.
A top-down adventure with plenty of puzzles and an anti-gravity gun. If that sentence doesn’t excite you, it’s possible you don’t like video games.
- App Store ($2.99)