App Watch: the best new iPhone and iPad games released this month

February 2018

Pako 2 (£1.99)

Are you a real hero, and perhaps even a real human being? Good, because the would-be criminals in Pako 2 need a getaway driver, and it sounds like you might fit the bill. Being a wheelman ain't easy, though.

You'll need to get your hands dirty if you want to make a name for yourself and snag sweet new rides. There's a lot of cash in the heist game, but get caught and you won't be seeing anything but a cell wall for the rest of your days. Best step on it, then.

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Bring You Home (£2.99)

Bring You Home is a cute, wildly inventive puzzle platformer that does away with conventions by putting players in control of the levels, rather than the hero. So, if you want to help alien adventurer Polo find his kidnapped pet, you'll have to rearrange the hostile worlds he's exploring to ensure he doesn't get chomped, squashed, or absorbed by an gloopy entity.

You see, the universe is a dangerous place, and Polo has a knack for getting himself into some decidedly sticky situations. It's an unfortunate mix, but with your guiding hands we're sure he'll be reunited with his cute companion in no time at all.

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A Hollow Doorway (£Free+IAP)

A Hollow Doorway is the latest surreal mobile experiment from Circa Infinity and Yankai's Triangle creator Kenny Sun. According to the developer, the twisting match-em-up is "a love letter to nothingness and an introspective look at the heart of purposeless infinity." Hardly a barrel of laughs, then.

Even so, there's something strangely appealing about the game, which sees players desperately trying to match the rotation of rapidly approaching walls by spinning and swiping shapely doorways. It's straightforward, elegant, and undeniably absorbing, and it's hard not to slip into a trance as the title's eclectic shapes and bold colours wash over you in waves. It might be meaningless, but it ain't half fun.

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The Room: Old Sins (£4.99)

The Room: Old Sins is the fourth instalment in Fireproof Games' atmospheric puzzle franchise, and its a title that proves some things do get better with age. Despite being a tried-and-tested formula by now, The Room's deft combination of horror-tinged narratives and rewarding, tactile puzzles is still as engaging as ever.

Old Sins mixes things up slightly by moving the action into a creepy dollhouse (as if there's any other kind) that hides more than a few secrets. The clues to unravelling the miniature mansion's mysteries lie buried in the puzzles themselves, but whether or not you'll be able to crack them is another question entirely.

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Finger Driver (£Free+IAP)

Remember Baby Driver? Last summer's smash-hit blockbuster about hot rods, heists, and sweet, sweet funk 'n' soul? Well despite having a vaguely similar title, Finger Driver has absolutely nothing to do with that. Sorry. Instead, Finger Driver concerns itself with the fine art of steering. More specifically, the art of steering using only one finger - hey, get those thumbs outta here!

Any drivers out there will know how troublesome that can be, but with enough practice you'll soon be able to impress your friends by cruising down meandering digital roads with a simple twist of yer digit. Trust me on this one, it's more fun than it sounds, especially if you're a sucker for score-chasers.

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Meteorfall: Journey (£2.99)

Meteorfall is a procedurally generated card battling roguelike that wins the day because of its dedication to delivering accessible, captivating single-player adventures. As you'd expect from any fantasy offering worth its salt, there are towns to explore, monsters to vanquish, and loot to collect - but that's hardly new.

What's new is how Meteorfall tells its story. Your adventure plays out as an unfurling deck of cards, with each fresh flip revealing the next twist in your winding tale. As you progress you'll be given the chance to bulk out your deck by taking risks, or push ahead safe and sound by avoiding them entirely (though you'll be weaker for it).

It's a fine balancing act that places strategic thinking above all else, and those who don't plan ahead will find themselves dancing with perma-death sooner rather than later. Gulp.

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Super Fancy Pants Adventure (£4.99)

Super Fancy Pants Adventure is one of the most aptly named games I've ever encountered. Sure, that's partly because the free-running adventure centres on a man with decidedly snazzy trousers. But it's mainly because the breezy title serves up a metric ton of super fancy, super polished platforming and then asks 'would you like some more?.'

Your answer, of course, should be a resounding 'yes.' Some of you might find that hard to believe, and I know Fancy Pants might look little rough around the edges, but if you can get past the (intentionally) slapdash visuals you'll be treated to one of the tastiest morsels the App Store has to offer.

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