TailsUp! (Free on iOS, Android) – Brought to life by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), TailsUp is a charades-style multiplayer game, challenging players to identify pictures of animals using verbal clues from their friends. Like in the popular franchise, Heads Up!, one TailsUp player holds their phone near their forehead, where they can’t see the screen. The other player shouts out clues, with the goal of identifying as many animals as possible in each round. The game offers multiple picture decks, relating to different kinds of animals (water animals, endangered species and more). Proceeds from the purchases of additional or customizable decks goes toward AZA’s animal conservation missions.
Magic Cat Story (Free on iOS, Android) – This puzzle game from Netmarble US follows Kevin the Cat on a journey to rescue his friends from an evil wizard named Constantine. The level-based title challenges players to remove blocks from the screen by dropping groups of additional blocks on top of them, making matches of four-or-more like-colored squares to remove them. Gamers can tap on the screen to rotate the orientation of the new blocks, before swiping down to add them to the board. Levels become more complex as players progress, introducing various obstacles and level objectives, from clearing a large number of blocks, to dropping key items to the bottom of the board (and so on), all without running out of moves. Magic Cat Story is also available on Facebook.
President: The Card Game (Free on iOS) – This card game from BulkyPix and Almateos is based on the the popular card game “President,” (also known as “Emperor,” “Landlord” and other names). In the game, players must get rid of their cards as quickly as possible, with suits being irrelevant, and gameplay focusing on each card’s rank. In each round, players remove their cards by playing the lowest card possible from their hand, which is also higher than the active card on the deck. While the game is rated for users aged 4+, it should be noted the game does include adult language, relating to a title given to a player after each hand. President: The Card Game is coming soon to Android.
Super Monster Mayhem: Rampage (Free on iOS, Android) – This endless climber from eRepublik Labs challenges players to cause as much destruction as possible to a skyscraper filled with citizens. The monster climbs the building automatically, leaving players to swipe right and left to avoid signs sticking out from the building. Players can also tap on the screen to punch the building, causing damage and earning coins. Gamers work to earn the highest score possible in each game, and can spend their coins on new playable characters, including gorillas, robots and even luchadores.
Nova Smash (Free on iOS) – This slingshot-themed puzzle battle game from PlayNext challenges players to complete battles by tapping and dragging their finger to aim and fire their squad members at enemies like they’re firing them out of a slingshot. Like in a game of pool, squad members will bounce off of enemies, sometimes triggering attack combos. If the fired unit hits another friendly unit, it will also attack, causing greater damage. As players complete battles and collect more units, they can fuse lesser units into those they’d like to keep, making them stronger. Eventually, units can be morphed into rarer, stronger forms. In addition to single-player gameplay, users can compete with up to four friends in cooperative multiplayer missions, and they will receive more rewards for playing with others.