This week brought us a sequel to the beloved mobile platformer, Cordy, though Cordy 2 blows its predecessor out of the water. We’ve also got a new holiday spinoff of Where’s My Water?, a fantastic retro dungeon crawler, a slick new skateboarding game, a stylish new Parkour-based runner, and a wacky and colorful new racing/platforming game. Valentine’s Day may have come and gone already, but that’s no reason to deny these great new games the love they deserve!
Cordy 2 (Free)
The first Cordy was a fun platformer with a unique aesthetic, and overall a solid game. Developer Silver Tree Media is back though, and Cordy 2 improves on the original in many ways. This free to try platformer is packed with awesome content, from the smooth platforming to the customization options and unlocks, plus more of the unique robotic world that Cordy and his new helpful friends inhabit. Everything has been improved for this sequel, with a thick coat of polish thrown in for good measure. This is probably one of the best mobile platformers out there today.
Where’s My Valentine? (Free)
Where’s My Holiday? was the first Where’s My Water? spinoff to be based on a holiday, and it turns out it was just the first of what is likely to be many more. As before, this is like a free sample platter of both Where’s My Water? and Where’s My Perry?, featuring a short story for each of them with 12 exclusive Valentine’s themed levels. You can even buy the full versions of the other two right from the app itself. For those of us who already own those games, this is worth checking out strictly for the new levels, but otherwise it’s the same brilliant physics gameplay that we’ve come to know and love.
This is probably my favorite new release for this week. It’s an old school, grid based, first person dungeon crawler. This is just another example of a near extinct genre being resurrected by the good grace of mobile gaming, and the freedom it provides developers. If the nostalgia alone isn’t enough to carry you through this game, then you can rest easy knowing that the vast, non-linear, pixilated world is full of items to find, enemies to fight, with plenty of things to discover on subsequent playthroughs. Plus, an optional perma-death roguelike mode is there for the hardcore among you. They don’t make them like this anymore.
Boardtastic Skateboarding 2 (Free)
This is really more like a big update or expansion to the first Boardtastic Skateboarding, which released early last December. It updates everything, and introduces a multiplayer component for a complete package. This game is sure to satisfy any skating fans, especially since there are less skating games to be found on mobile in general. Heck, you can even play this at the skate park! The 3-D visuals are awesome, the gesture based controls are well implemented, and there are plenty of customization options for your skater as they skate around the world, with plenty of upgrades attached to clothing and decks.
Surprisingly, for all the popularity Parkour and Free Running have attained in the YouTube age, there haven’t been many games to make use of them as a theme yet. Sure, consoles have Mirror’s Edge and Assassin’s Creed, but on a platform with so many darn runners, you’d think there’d more than there is. Well, Vector is here to fill that exact niche. With a gorgeous silhouette art style and excellent animation, you’ll leap across rooftops, using gesture controls to pull off awesome tricks with an emphasis on maximizing speed. It’s easy to pick up, but difficult to master, with 20 tough levels to play.
Roller Rally – Snake Pass ($1.09)
This is a new platformer from Milky Tea Play. It involves zooming downhill in your roller skates and building up speed as you race the clock or your opponents. The whole game takes place in a colorful and random world, with you playing primarily as a stuffed bunny rabbit, though there are other characters to unlock. You can challenge your friends on the leaderboards in any of the game’s twenty levels, full of ramps, loops, and so much more. The key to victory is to hit all those jumps just right, keeping up your momentum throughout.