iOS And Android Games Of The Week: November 9, 2012
A couple days ago, we thought Angry Birds Star Wars would easily sweep both the iOS and Android best games awards. To be fair, plenty of quality titles appeared on the respective app stores, but none seemed to be as good as Rovio's sci-fi puzzler. As you'll soon learn, Activision had something to say about that.
iOS: Skylanders Lost Islands
We've played quite a few world builders on iOS, each one borrowing from the same tired formula. That said, it would take something special for us to consider making one of these titles the iOS game of the week, and Skylanders Lost Islands is exactly that, a free-to-play effort that goes far beyond what we've come to expect from these by-the-numbers copycats. Yes, the game follows a somewhat predictable path of customizing one's magical island, but the friendly user interface, wealth of missions and integration with the Skylanders toy line greatly enhances the experience, so much so, that fans will thoroughly enjoy Activision's wonderful creation in conjunction with the recently released Skylanders Giants. Don't be put off by Lost Islands' cartoon exterior. It's great in just about every respect.
Android: Angry Birds Star Wars
Although Angry Birds Star Wars came in second in this week's iOS category, it easily grabbed the Android top spot for a variety of reasons. Rovio did an excellent job weaving the Star Wars license into this game, redesigning its feathered heroes as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. But there's more to it than aesthetics. Each character possesses a unique ability that dramatically improves the Angry Birds slingshot experience, from Luke's spinning lightsaber attack to Obi-Wan's powerful Force Push. Throw in more than 80 levels, bonus stages featuring C-3PO and R2-D2, Darth Vader pig and hidden droids, and this is without question one of the coolest games on the market. The Force will be with you. Always.