And this month's best new iOS games are...
It'd be an understatement to say that the Apple App Store is a big place - there are thousands of new titles hitting its digital shelves each and every week.
It's an unprecedented situation that often results in great games being overlooked, buried under a mountain of soulless endless runners, tepid Candy Crush clones, and uninspired MMOs.
With that in mind, we want to shine a spotlight on those games fighting the good fight. Here are this month's most interesting new releases.
illi (£free + IAP)
A short, snappy, and undeniably beautiful one-touch platformer, illi proves once again that, when it comes to mobile gaming, sometimes less really is more.
Mind you, that's not to say illi is lacking in depth, and the steady addition of new traps, challenges, and mechanics ensures things stay interesting until the very end.
War Tortoise (£free + IAP)
War. War never changes. Actually, that’s not strictly speaking true, because you probably never imagined there’d come a time when tortoise riding mice decided to suit up and take on the rest of the animal kingdom, but here we are.
A tower defence title with a twist, War Tortoise asks you to stand your ground and protect your furry rodents in arms by taking down endless waves of enemies and upgrading your lumbering reptilian tank.
It’s a silly premise, but one that’s strangely compelling thanks to the inclusion of a tactical upgrade system and a rich roster of enemies that stamp out even the faintest hint of complacency.
Cube Escape: Theatre (£free + IAP)
A surreal point-and-click puzzler, Cube Escape: Theatre is the eighth entry in Loyalty Game’s unusual series, and one that proves there’s life in the old box yet.
The idea is simple; you're trapped in a cube - in this case, one that takes the shape of a theatre - and you need to escape by solving its many mysteries. As you might imagine, that’s easier said than done, with each decoded riddle simply leading to another, more complex conundrum.
For all of its peculiar twists and turns, however, Cube Escape is never unfair, and if you can't find the answer, it just means you aren't looking hard enough.
Star Knight (£0.79)
The first thing you’ll notice about Star Knight is that it looks out of this world, and while it’s obvious that developer JungSang You took more than a few cues from fellow platformer BadLand, who can honestly blame them?
The second thing you’ll pick up on is that every aspect of Star Knight, from the game's expansive 2D worlds to its clean cut, minimalist user interface and loading screens, has been polished to near-perfection, and then polished some more. Those of you looking for a mobile game with a bit more bite will also be pleased to hear that it isn’t afraid to serve up a challenge. Sure, it’s not quite Dark Souls, but you’ll need to have your wits about you if you want to save the world.