This has been a terrific week for gaming for those with an iOS device. Gameloft’s hugely impressive N.O.V.A. 3 leads our roundup having set an incredible standard of mobile FPS games, with stunning visuals and terrific gameplay. We’ve also got a wonderful sequel to Frontier Developments’ LostWinds, an original skateboarding game from Penny Skateboards, and lots more.
I’ve been itching to get my hands on N.O.V.A. 3 since Gameloft revealed its first teaser trailer, and I could not be more impressed. I was a fan of the first two titles in the N.O.V.A. series, but this one is by far the best yet. In addition to those jaw-dropping visuals, the game delivers an epic storyline across 10 immersive levels, and an intense, 12-man multiplayer mode with six different game types.
If you’re a fan of first-person shooters, then you really must check out N.O.V.A. 3 — you won’t be disappointed.
The award-winning LostWinds adventure continues in this sequel, Winter of the Melodias, which takes you on a quest through the picturesque Summerfalls village. This game features a unique “season-switching gameplay” mechanic which allows you to instantly transfer between summer and winter to aid your progress, like turning icy winter ponds into warm summer pools which you can dive into to unlock secrets.
If you liked the first LostWinds, you’ll love watching the enchanting journey continue in this beautiful sequel with charming new characters, new powers, and expansive new environments.
Penny Time is an innovative side-scrolling platform game in which you ride “the original plastic skateboard” in search of points, multipliers, tricks, and secrets. It’s set in a “post-retro” world where the player has the ability to freeze time, allowing you to skate through frozen worlds collecting over 90 achievements.
It features quirky visuals and really addictive gameplay, customizable skateboards, and loads of character. There are five levels to play through in this release, but its developers promise that more content is arriving on May 24.
In Jake Escapes you play the world’s greatest thief who has become so bored of stealing that he’s now seeking “the ultimate challenge” — to obtain an alien artifact known as “G.R.A.I.L.” from Area 51. Use its innovative touch controls to climb tall buildings and outrun the devilish crime lords from across the globe, who want to get their hands on the mysterious artifact before you do.
Jake Escapes is a great pick-up-and-play game that’s plenty of fun, and well worth its $2 price tag.
You are an Oakguard apprentice. One day you will be a fully fledged Oakguard, charged with protecting the Great Oak—the tree that gives life and power to your Village. But first you must pass the Path of Pain.
This Could Hurt is an amazing 3D platform game based in four colorful worlds in which your main aim is to not get hurt. You’ll need to avoid spinning blades, pitfalls, giant mallets, and more as you make your way around each 3D maze. Collect the acorns hidden in each level to unlock a variety of power-ups that include protective shields and health boosts.
This Could Hurt is a challenging game that takes patience, quick thinking, and precise reactions, and it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Who doesn’t love dual-stick shooters with monsters and aliens? Monster Shooter: The Lost Levels is the premium, ad-free edition of Monster Hunter, with new and exclusive features and content. Survive wave after wave of alien enemies in a bit to save the lovable little kitten that the aliens want to destroy.
This has everything you could possibly want from this genre, including 12 upgradeable weapons, over 60 levels, 80 Game Center achievements, over 100 missions, and one cute little kitten.
What’s Your Favorite?
So that concludes our list of this week’s must-have iOS games. If you’ve picked up something that you think we should have included, be sure to let us know about it in the comments.