Worms Crazy Golf tops iPhone Games of the Week

Oct 20, 2011
Games

The strategy game series Worms is generally about big explosions and cartoonish wars, but the earthworm battle atmosphere is pretty well translated to golf with Worms Crazy Golf. A worthy title for the Games of the Week, it heads up a great list of titles that includes multiplayer, puzzle and action titles. Check them out […]

The strategy game series Worms is generally about big explosions and cartoonish wars, but the earthworm battle atmosphere is pretty well translated to golf with Worms Crazy Golf. A worthy title for the Games of the Week, it heads up a great list of titles that includes multiplayer, puzzle and action titles. Check them out below.

Worms Crazy Golf (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Worms manages to hit a stride similar to Super Stickman Golf – a side-scrolling golfing game with crazy environments – and takes it up a notch. First is the Worms license, which adds a humorous and cartoonish bent to the game. Then, the game expands on the simplicity of its golf undertones by throwing in things like the ability to choose what club to use or add spin to the ball after it lands. There are also obstacles like groundskeepers and sheep with which to deal, resulting in a fairly deep golf experience that’s also light-hearted and fun. It has pass-and-play multiplayer, so it’s great for a party as well as alone.

Death Rally update (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Finally, Death Rally has multiplayer! The racing-and-shooting title has been great for a long time and has only gotten better as developer Remedy added more and more content with each of its six updates. But with this seventh update, the game finally hits its stride by adding online multiplayer for as many as four players. Death Rally has always felt like a perfect multiplayer game, what with mixing racing fast cars on beautiful courses with shooting missiles at your opponents. The missing multiplayer aspect was a serious disappointment – up until now. Given that the game is as fun as it is alone, it’s even better with friends. Fortunately, now you and your buddies can enjoy blowing up each other’s vehicles.

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Corona Indie Bundle (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

It’s hard to argue with a lot of content without having to pay a lot of money, and that’s what’s available in the Corona Indie Bundle. It’s five games for the price of one, and the titles contained within are pretty decent. Just two or three of these games would be nice, but having all five is quite a bit of content, and worthy of picking up for any mobile gaming fan. All are notable indie titles, but The Secret of Grisly Manor is worth the price of entry on its own. Throw in the other addictive titles (Chicken’s Quest, Walkabout, Robot 99 and Float) and this one becomes a great deal.

Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

It’s hard to deny the highly addictive nature of Fruit Ninja. But the game hasn’t been changed too much since its release. With the movie tie-in title Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots, players get some new challenges to put their fruit-dicing skills to the test. One half of the game is much like the Fruit Ninja of old, but the Challenge mode is where the real fun is at. Colorful fruits fly in formations that have to be quickly diced, or appear from behind doors only to disappear quickly again. Some are even covered by huge bombs. They’re all obstacles you have to deal with in the Challenge mode. Even the various stages are slightly different in this game mode, with fruits bouncing off walls and hitting floors to change how they move. It successfully takes all that time you put into Fruit Ninja and forces you to apply those skills in a new way.

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Zombie Parkour Runner (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

A side-scrolling 2-D running title, Zombie Parkour has a great art style, lots of fast-twitch action, and zombies. The game requires quite a bit of attention to be paid to it to rack-up high scores, but in general it’s just addictive to try to time your taps on the screen to leap, vault and slide under various obstacles throughout the course of the game. Zombie Parkour is weirdly hypnotic and it’s generally possible to replay levels to increase your high score. The game has enough of a hook to keep players coming back, and features 24 levels to keep you occupied. But more than anything, finding the collectibles and the challenge of executing levels perfectly is what will keep players coming back.

*Full disclosure: Zombie Parkour Runner is made by Up Up Down Down Games, a subsidiary of Break Media, which owns GameFront.com, for whom I write about video games. My affiliation with Break is how I found out about the game, but that’s all the interaction I’ve had with anyone from Break regarding it. I paid for it and enjoyed it, which is why it’s included here.

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Phil Hornshaw

Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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