We’re here to remind you of a fact that will fill you with either joy or dread: football season is upon us. That’s right, even though the calendar hasn’t quite flipped to September and the calendar people assure us it’s officially summer for a few more weeks (something about solstices and whatnot), the surest sign that fall has arrived is about to assault your senses from every angle.
College football starts up in earnest this week. The NFL? Just around the bend, believe it or not, with a brand new season kicking off on Sept. 7. There will soon be no escaping it.
While members of the Gamezebo staff enjoy our fair share of sportsball from time to time, we’re more jazzed by things that don’t change with the season. For example, the fact that new mobile games have arrived on app stores and beckoned to us to sample their wares. Consider this a little counterprogramming advice just in case the pigskin’s not your thing.
The Walking Dead: March to War
The survival aspects of The Walking Dead and the idea that the remaining people might be just as dangerous or more so than the walkers makes for a surprisingly compelling backdrop for a build and battle game in a “Why didn’t I think of that?” way. Disruptor Beam did, and March to War should have the studio’s usual panache for storytelling to go with an awesome but gritty art style. Looks like a must-download for fans of the franchise.
Invaders… From Space!
Correct us if we’re wrong, but wasn’t there an arcade game a long time ago with some of these same words in a different order? Feels like there was. In any case, The Frosty Pop Corps obviously means this action-based title to be an homage to more than just one classic, because these visuals are about as retro as they get. The developers say you will need “your mad geography skills with your mad arcade skills to excel at this genre mash-up,” so maybe Invaders cares about the children. That would be nice.
- App Store (free)
Think of Clash Royale-type strategy battles but with tanks and planes instead of fantasy and turned sideways and you’ve more or less got the idea behind this one. The graphics give us some Advance Wars vibes too, which is never a bad thing. If there’s an upper limit for mobile strategy games, we haven’t hit it yet, so we’ll certainly be giving Mini Guns a go.
Angry Birds Match
This franchise sounds vaguely familiar … can’t quite place it … oh yeah, Angry Birds! With the slingshots and the pigs and the movie and all that. Just when you thought Rovio had taken their avian creations to every possible niche of mobile gaming, the company proves you wrong with projects like this. It’s quite possibly the one millionth match-3 title out there (and should win some kind of a prize if it is), but you know it’s going to have style. Also, props for making the baby birds the focus instead of the way scarier 3D adult Angry Birds. Seriously, they’re kind of frightening at this point.
So Battlefield wants to take it back to World War I and Call of Duty is going back to World War II, eh? We say that’s not far enough. Here’s a game that goes all the way back to 1896, when men were men and guns shot one bullet at a time. But wait, this is an alternate reality 1896 with Steam Tanks, Gatling Guns and Airships. That’s pretty cool if historically inaccurate. We approve.
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While this could easily be confused with a mobile app that gets you to the front of the line at a waterpark or helps you order drinks at some all-inclusive island getaway, this is actually the latest from Kongregate. It looks like it’s an idle tapper with some builder elements, a combination that has already worked pretty well for other titles. Fruity drink with little umbrella optional, we imagine.
Sure, you can flip, but are you the Flip Master? IRL, probably not, but in this game you just might be. It’s billed as the ultimate trampoline game, and Miniclip has amassed what we can only believe is a medium-sized fortune with simple but addictive fare like this. Sometimes you don’t want to think too hard when you’re doing your mobile gaming and just want to have a few minutes of fun, and this looks a likely candidate to help you with that.
Get some air with cows. And other things. Whereas Flip Master was about bouncing and flipping (perhaps obviously), Verticow just wants to see how far you can fling stuff. Plus the graphics look like something left over from Monty Python sketches, and we mean that as a compliment. Bet your boot we’re going to see what this game is all about.
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Box Cat Bash
Noodlecake Studios wants to assure you that you’ve not seen the last of Box Cat. His presence in this sequel is all the proof you need. The core concept isn’t complicated, as you simply smash falling cars before they explode. Wait … smash or explode? There are no bad outcomes there. It even offers controller support if you feel the need for more precision in your cat-based smashing. Those kinds of details suggest the developers have given this way more thought than we would have, and we’re glad for that.