Now that you’ve hopefully recovered from your food comas — and remember, tryptophan in turkey is way overrated, it’s the insane amount of carbs in Thanksgiving dinner that usually get you — it’s time to get shopping. Black Friday and all that.
(You may also now start listening to Christmas music full time if you want, without fear of scorn, at least from us.)
You might be surprised as you do your running around this weekend that mobile game developers haven’t neglected the holiday week at all, but have instead dropped some very high profile titles onto our app stores. Not that you need another reason to give thanks, but you just might be grateful when you discover the new goodies available for download this week.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Nintendo took its sweet old time jumping into mobile gaming, but now it is making up for that delay with a vengeance. Every one of the company’s mobile titles has been a little more suited for phones and tablets than the last, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is the best one yet. Build your perfect campsite, help out your friends and become pals with the ridiculously cute denizens of a world you already love from the console series, in a game that is destined to be living on the top app charts for some time.
Naruto X Baruto Ninja Voltage
There’s a built-in audience for all of Bandai Namco’s anime-based titles, but this one deserves a longer look even if you aren’t super conversant in Naruto lore. You build a team of four shinobi for tackling both solo missions and invading the bases of other players, plus you build a base of your own and fill it with traps and ninjas to keep attackers out. The action is fast, the graphics are outstanding, and there’s as much of a story to Naruto x Baruto Ninja Voltage as there was in previous Naruto mobile games if that’s your thing.
If ever there was a game that was ahead of its time because it released way before mobile was even a thing, it was Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. Dropping blocks, Tetris-style to make matches to attack the opposing fighter is a mechanic that has touchscreens written all over it, which is why Puzzle Fighter dusted it off and made it into a brand new game using the DNA of the original. Fast and frantic and more challenging than you might think, you don’t have to love fighting games to want to try this, though a knowledge of games beyond Street Fighter will pay off when it comes to the character list.
World War Heroes
With gamers super psyched about the Call of Duty franchise going back to basics and returning to a WWII setting, it only makes sense to take advantage of that on mobile too. We’re not saying World War Heroes wouldn’t have come out anyway, we’re just calling its timing … very convenient. Anyway, this FPS is indeed set in WWII and features five game modes, seven different maps, four types of vehicles and dozens of weapons, so there should be plenty to keep you occupied.
Talking Tom Pool
Nope, this one has nothing to do with billiards. It might not be pool season for most of us right now, seeing as the temps are hovering right around the freezing point, but you can at least dream ahead to next summer with this matching game that is, indeed, set in a swimming pool. Talking Tom and a bunch of other talking animals (because it shouldn’t just be cats that can speak) are waiting for you to take command of the slinging mechanic over 270 levels while also building your dream water park. Which could be inside, we guess. Never thought of that.