Science and Tech
Offline games for mobile
Happy Valentine’s day! Well, sort of, since the bandh in Nagaland has caused all mobile data to be cut off. Moreover, if you are single today and don’t have WiFi, I feel for you since you can’t play those great online games like Clash of Clans. The only option is to look for offline games, so strap on your boots and run to your friend’s house to get WiFi and download any of these games to keep you entertained! Here are my choices for the best and latest offline mobile games.
Snail Boy – Rise Of Hermitron
If you are looking for a simple puzzle game with tons of levels for your iOS device, then this is the game for you! With great voice acting, really cute graphics combined with fluid animation, this game is one of the best puzzle game which is guaranteed to keep you entertained for a long time. In this game, the main character, “Snailboy” jumps around the ocean floor to collect items and try to save the Coral Kingdom from the evil hermit crab known as Hermitron. The controls are really simple and since I’m positive that you’ve played angry birds at least once, you will feel quite at home because it uses a similar technique of pulling back and releasing to make the character jump. To move the character slowly, you simply tap on either side of the screen and Snailboy will hop around. The graphics for this game are really cute, with each element blending together beautifully to create this work of art. All the levels have secret areas for you to explore along with secret spots where treasures are hidden and this makes it a great game where you can replay the levels again and again, trying to find all the secrets hidden within. You can earn badges at each level, for example, if you find a secret area, you will earn an ‘explorer’ badge, collect all the blobs to earn a ‘sliminator’ badge and collect quest items to get another badge. Before you know it, you will end up trying to find all the badges for all the levels to get the perfect score. At present, this game is available for iOS only.
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
The Kickstarter campaign which became hugely popular when it was released for PC two years back has finally come to mobile! With beautiful cartoon-ish graphics, simplistic gameplay and great humor, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a masterpiece and I absolutely love it! When I first played the game, it reminded me of the old classic game “Monkey Island” which was one of my favourite game growing up. There are parallel storylines set in a fantasy world, one story is that a plague has turned all the dangerous and powerful creatures into cute and cuddly ones and you are on a quest to find out what happened, and another one is to find a murderer and so on. The whimsical characters have a great sense of humour, backed by some very talented voice acting which will keep you entertained. The world is full of hidden elements and easter eggs and most of the time, if you find an Easter egg, the characters will utter a witty comment. Small details like these make up this masterpiece and even though this is a paid game, I have to recommend it since there is around 20-25 hours of gameplay and if you explore everything, then you can play it even longer. One great thing about this game is that you don’t need to solve the puzzles in sequence, if you can’t figure out the puzzle, just go to another area and solve another one and you can always come back later to solve the first puzzle. This makes the game stress free and friendly. It is available for both Android and iOS.
If going on quests and solving puzzles isn’t you thing and you are just looking for a game which you can pick up and play anytime, then Skydancer might be the one you’re looking for. Think temple run with a lot of jumping and acrobatics. Yeah, every time I show this game to others, they all say “It’s just like temple run right?” and sure, Skydancer is a lot like temple run since you run for an infinite distance, jumping from one platform to the next, but once you start playing it, you will quickly notice that it is nothing like temple run. The game is simple – tap on either side of the screen to move the character to that side and tap on both sides of the screen at the same time to make the character jump. The way the game works is that there are floating platforms and your aim is to make sure that you jump from the edge and control your fall by tapping left or right so that you land on the next platform. It sounds simple enough but as you cover more distance, you will soon find that some platforms are so far down that you feel your toes twitch as you try to make the character land on that platform. It really is an entertaining game and since the graphics are low poly style, you won’t be needing a very powerful device to play this game. Skydancer is available for both Android and iOS for free.