Our top 3 mobile games of the year so far

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Our top 3 mobile games of the year so far

Mobile games have come a long way since the days of Snake on the Nokia 3310. With bigger and better mobile technology comes a new wave of more immersive gaming options, underpinned with sophisticated graphics and intricately-woven storylines.
 
What's more, some of the best games available on iOS and Android are cheap (or even free), opening up the gaming world to a much wider audience. So if you've become bored with Candy Crush Saga, or Angry Birds just really isn't doing it for you anymore, why not check out our top three favourite mobile games of 2014.

 
1. The Walking Dead: Season Two 
 
Okay, okay this is a bit of a cheat seeing as the first instalment of this popular point and click zombie-fest was actually released in December last year.
 
However, with three further episodes already out in 2014 and the finale set to hit our (mobile) screens by the end of the year, we think it's a justified inclusion. In fact, now might be just the time to catch up on the game ahead of the start of the TV series' fifth season in October.
 
The game is a mix of conversation-driven storytelling and frantic button bashing as you guide Clementine, a young zombie apocalypse survivor, through the trials and tribulations of a barren landscape.
 
Each decision makes non-playable characters react differently, creating new alliances and enemies among the living – all while you attempt to avoid being munched on by a multitude of shambling corpses along the way.
 
Brutal moral choices, a constant sense of foreboding and beautifully-rendered characters and backdrops make this an engrossing, yet gruelling adventure for the hardened gamer.
 
2. Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake
 
From flesh-eating zombies to a more family friendly bunch of greedy beasties, Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake (MAMBC) is a light-hearted puzzler that probably won't leave you scarred for life.
 
However, the game still delivers a punch in terms of its expansive nature and complex puzzles. At first glance, MAMBC's colourful visuals and innocuous plot – the clue's in the title – may prejudice some, but this is certainly a game suitable for all age ranges.
 
You must switch between multiple characters to solve different puzzle-based challenges in an effort to re-unite protagonist Niko with his titular birthday treat.
 
Every controllable character has a speciality, whether it's moving blocks, digging up soft ground or breaking objects, and players must mix and match these abilities to progress through each level. 
 
Despite its seemingly flimsy premise, the game comes into its own through a captivating soundtrack, stunning graphics and a range of interesting characters and creatures.
 
Challenging without verging on frustrating, MAMBC is an excellent pick up and play adventure that will get you through long commutes and lunchtime breaks in style.
 
3. VVVVVV
 
It may have one of the worst names in living memory, ZX Spectrum-esque graphics and a soundtrack straight out of the chiptune catalogue, but there is a reason why many gaming fans have been looking forward to VVVVVV's mobile release.
 
Anyone who has played outrageously-addictive independent games like Super Meat Boy will know that great playability doesn't necessarily come in the prettiest packages – and VVVVVV continues this trend with aplomb.
 
Originally built in Adobe Flash for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X three years ago, and a range of other platforms since then, it has only now just become available on iOS and Android.
 
You control Captain Viridian as he searches for the crew of his spaceship after being teleported to an alternate dimension. Unlike many other traditional 2D platformers, the captain is unable to jump, but does have the power to shift gravity.
 
This means the player is able to flip between the floor and the ceiling in an effort to dodge enemies, traps and other obstacles as you progress through the game.
 
Boasting brilliant level design and an old-school approach to difficulty (in other words, it's incredibly hard), this is a much-anticipated arrival for mobile gamers.
 
If you're looking for something a little different, VVVVVV often delivers.

 

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