While console games take an extended Christmas break, Glen Ferris takes a look at the latest and greatest from the world of mobile gaming…
Gaming On The Go
With the big guns having shot their bolt early to get on as many Christmas lists as possible and January proving to be a desolate new-release wasteland, there’s very little to hark on about in consoleland at the moment. You could keep downloading those new multiplayer maps and character skins for your tried-and-tested favourites but then you’d be missing out on some great stuff that's specifically tailored for mobile gaming. And to prove just that point, we’ve picked out some of the best new and upcoming titles…
Dizzy: Prince Of The Yolkfolk
Gamers of a certain age (read: old dudes who should know better) will remember with great fondness the eggy adventures of Dizzy. Given a HD makeover and benefiting from a handy cheat option for when the puzzles get too tricky, this point-and-click resurrection for the unfertilised embryo is cracking fun and well worth shelling out on. More info here.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
When the February 22 release of PlayStation’s much-anticipated new handheld, the PS Vita, rolls around, the essential launch title will be the release of Nathan Drake’s latest adventure. Looking utterly stunning even on the shrunk-down screen and featuring the requisite amount of gunplay, puzzle-solving and witty banter, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t be handing over your hard-earned cash. More info here.
The aMAZEing Labyrinth HD
Here’s one for all you iPad owners. Based on the old-school board game, this HD remake sees players entering a Dungeons & Dragons-lite world where you have to create a grid-like maze to block your opponents and grab the hidden treasure for yourself. Play against AI or friends via online multiplayer. More info here.
Imagine a 3D version of Tetris with cartoon animals and fiendishly complicated puzzles and you’re somewhere close to envisaging the appeal of this great little budget title from the Nintendo eShop. Achingly cute and retina-scorchingly bright, this is a real head-scratcher of a game and, as such, is more than deserving of your time, attention and spare pocket money. More info here.
Red Bull BPM Play
Not so much a game as a very cool way of teaching you the basics of DJing, this free (yes, FREE!) iPhone app allows you to mix the tunes in your music library, mess about with the built-in effects and then share the fruits of your labour. A great intro to deck wrecking, the app also lets you scratch, add accelerometer-based effects and fade in beat-matched tracks with the crossfader. All in all, it’s a great way to get your head around the very fine art of getting a party jumping. More info here.
• Can you believe it’s been 23 years since the release of the very first Prince Of Persia was unleashed? Time, like a quality magic carpet, really does fly. Since the original, there have been franchise ups (The Sands Of Time) and downs (The Fallen King) but all have stayed true to the progenitor’s mixture of athletic action, sword-slinging set pieces and Scheherazade-style storytelling. Now gamers are being given the chance to go back to the beginning as two classic versions of Ubisoft’s legendary platformer (Game Boy Color and SNES) become available to download via the Nintendo eShop and the Wii Shop Channel this week. Still a brilliant game and pretty damn tricky to boot.
• While we’re on the subject of cool stuff available to download from Nintendo, the Japanese gaming giant has just announced a partnership with Red Bull Media House to offer 3DS owners a series of unique 3D clips via Nintendo Video. A range of clips will be released over the coming months, with the Red Bull Rampage mountain biking championships, the US final of Red Bull BC One, wave riding at the US Surfing Open and kayaking at Red Bull Northern Exposure 2011 among the delights set to jump out of your screen. Check out the official 3DS site for more info.
• If you own a Google TV then your gaming horizons will soon be broadened thanks to OnLive console-class gaming. For just a few pounds, euros or dollars per month, you’ll be granted access to the instant-play cloud system where you’ll be able to choose from a growing library of big-name titles in glorious HD when the service is integrated. If you want instant access to the likes of Saint’s Row: The Third and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, both on the move and at home, then OnLive is a smart way to get your game on. Check out the recent announcement below…
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