It seems as though as the App Store game entries grows exponentially, our true, heartfelt suggestions have dropped off inversely, but recently on Offworld
we made one of our strongest, most unreserved recommendations yet with Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
, the debut game from the former Thief/Splinter Cell
devs at Tiger Style.
It's a game that works brilliantly on two levels: first, as an intuitive action game that sees you finger-flicking/spinning webs to catch the insect inhabitants of the long-abandoned titular manor, but second, and just as wonderfully, unraveling the secret narrative that's running underneath, just under your nose if you're careful enough to look -- it's instantly become one of our top 3 iPhone games of all time.
Elsewhere, we took a look at two of the best meta-games to come to the web
in recent months, with the one level exploration of, er, This is the Only Level
and the self-purchased enhancements of Upgrade Complete
, and listened to both a wonderfully diverse Songs to Frag By videogame mixtape
, and the live house/trance styling of PixelJunk Eden director Baiyon
Finally, we saw the first dazzling entry in the AI-controlled Mario contest
, made our own Noby Boy catnip toy
, saw LucasArts/Double Fine dev Tim Schafer reveal his hidden Rubik's talent
, and our 'one shot's for the day: the geographical secrets of Left 4 Dead
and the amazingly ugly excesses of the women of Leisure Suit Larry