25 of the best games apps
iOS (69p on iPhone, £1.99 on iPad), Android (76p), Windows Phone (79p)
Assassinate oranges and watermelons instead of people in this reflex-honing slice ‘em up, where finger swipes become sword strokes. Combos – i.e. multiple fruits pared with a single slash – gain bonus points.
iOS (Free), Android (£2.17)
Tetris meets Sudoku in this puzzle game, in which you have to eliminate rows and columns of discs by dropping other numbered discs onto them – if the number matches the number of discs in a touching row or column, those discs are eliminated. Yep, it’s one of those games you have to play to understand, but once you pick it up you may have a struggle putting it down.
New Star Soccer
At the time of writing, the iOS version of this footie career simulator has been pulled from the App Store (it’s rumoured to be returning soon once a technical issue has been ironed out), but the Android edition is still going strong. Combining a flick-kick action game with an RPG-esque quest to go from non-league journeyman to top division superstar. A must for any football fan.
Windows Phone (£5.49)
The first “big” game to land on Windows Phone 7, The Harvest is a shooter set in the aftermath of an alien invasion of Earth. Boasting brilliant 3D graphics and a raft of RPG elements like skills and upgrades to keep you coming back, it’s a fine demonstration of what Microsoft’s OS can do.
This side-scrolling actioner (sadly no longer available on Windows Phone) rocks a cutesy-yet-blood-drenched visual style and gameplay that owes a debt to console games like God of War or Devil May Cry. You play a gun-toting nun battling evil by slaying zombies and other abominations in gory fashion.