A simple premise, simple controls, and simple aesthetic combine appealingly in Pako, a game about evading police cruisers in a parking lot and a suburban town. You'll simply steer left and right to keep your car from crashing into the cops, other cars, or buildings, and hitting anything at all ends your attempt – so the goal is to stay on the lam for as long as possible. And that proves both very tense and very entertaining.
Candy Crush Saga
Candy Crush Saga has become a phenomenon – a potentially painful one for some – which is amazing given its generic look and hardly innovative play mechanics. But even if you come in cynical, it's hard to resist this powerfully addictive match-three puzzler, which grabs you with tricky stages and increasingly complex demands. The freemium shenanigans are aggressive here, but it remains oddly engaging all the same.
Admittedly, Spider-Man Unlimited is very similar in design and approach to Gameloft's other licensed behind-the-back runner, Despicable Me: Minion Rush. But that's a great game itself (and on this list). Plus, Spidey's version adds a bit of comic flavour and beat-'em-up action to the mix. You'll run, jump, punch, and even swing through the air as the webhead, and it's a lot more enjoyable than most comic book games.
Kids, download this. Searching for hidden words will improve your vocabulary. Great for wordsmiths too, if you’re up for a challenge with your friends. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to top the leaderboard and claim your rightful throne as the Lord of Words.
Two Dots doesn't look like much in the heat of things – it really is just colored dots on a screen – but this great puzzler makes great use of its minimal assets.
You have to link together nearby dots to create lines and squares, all with an eye towards clearing the requirements of each stage. Things get tricky thanks to anchors, bombs, and more, and this simple-looking game gets rather challenging before long. The delightful artwork outside of the stages themselves adds to the overall appeal.