Mobile Game Roundup: Cooking Dash 2016, Vegas Aces and More

We take a look at some of the new mobile games released this week.

This year’s E3 video game convention may have been the major focus for many game developers this week, but many still made time to release new games for mobile devices.

Bethesda led the week, launching Fallout Shelter after its E3 press conference Sunday evening, while Disney released its newest title, Inside Out Thought Bubbles, in association with the theatrical release of Disney Pixar film Inside Out.

Finally, Garfield turns 37 this week, and Animoca Brands has celebrated the occasion by releasing two different match-three games: Garfield’s Epic Food Fight for Android and Garfield Chef: Game of Food on iOS.

Of course, these aren’t the only games that hit app stores this week. Here’s a look at a few others which are now available.

Cooking Dash 2016 (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – Flo is back in this latest installment of the popular time-management franchise. From Glu Mobile, Cooking Dash 2016 is a level-based title, asking players to cook dishes for customers to match their specific orders. As guests order dishes, players tap on raw ingredients, and tap again on the appropriate prep or cooking stations to prepare each dish. The faster players serve hungry patrons, the more coins they’ll earn and the more stars they’ll receive for the level. Coins can be spent on upgrades for the restaurant, which may improve individual appliances, improve food quality or improve customer patience.

Lines ($2.99 on iOS, Windows Phone) – From Dutch developer Gamious, Lines is a puzzle game offering 250 levels at launch, which can play differently each time they’re tried. In each level, players place or remove a dot to cause multiple colors to fill lines and complete a drawing, in a sort of race. The color with the longest line wins the race.

Bonza National Geographic (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – From Bonza Word Puzzle creator MiniMega, Bonza National Geographic is a word and image puzzle game combining elements from crosswords and jigsaw puzzles. In keeping with the National Geographic theme, the puzzles here focus on topics like animals, travel, Earth, humanity and science. In each game, players tap and drag pieces of a crossword or jigsaw puzzle, which each contain portions of images or words. For instance, in a word puzzle, one piece may contain the letters “pl,” while another piece contains “us.” Players would combine them to form the word “plus.” While the game offers a few puzzle packs for free, additional packs can be purchased with free currency or real money.

Dream Drop (Free on iOS) – From 505 Games, Tic Toc Games and The Broken Toy Studios, Dream Drop is a level-based puzzle game, challenging players to help a young girl defeat Night Terrors and protect the world’s “sleep.” In each stage, players are presented with an assortment of colorful Night Terror symbols at the top of the screen, and must tap to pick up a chosen Night Terror at the bottom of a column. Players tap again to launch the symbol back at the formation, with the goal of creating groups of three or more like-colored Night Terrors, removing them from the screen. Dream Drop offers 120 levels at launch, and players have access to power-ups to help them complete stages.

Happy Kitten (Free on iOS) – An endless survival game from Pine Entertainment, Happy Kitten sees players helping a flying kitten progress through space by tapping on the screen to help her land on floating islands. As the kitten bounces off of islands, players must time their taps to ensure that she lands safely on the next island and doesn’t fall off of the screen. Players are encouraged to share their high scores with friends.