This is a free game, but but you can't save at any of the checkpoints until you upgrade to the Premium version, which costs £1.49.
Down The Mountain
You might detect a whiff of Crossy Road (above) when first laying eyes on Down The Mountain. It has similar cartoonish, cuboid, colourful characters. There's instadeath when you mess up. And there's a hint of Crossy Road's collector mentality, in you gradually amassing a bunch of misfits to guide down the seemingly infinitely high hill from hell. But there any similarity ends, because Down The Mountain is simultaneously much simpler and far trickier than Crossy Road.
It's much easier in the sense of the controls. Like Crossy Road, there's old arcade game DNA in Down The Mountain, but it's a Q*bert playfield of isometric cubes, rather than endless Frogger. But whereas other characters on the mountain have free movement, you don't - you can only bound downwards, to your left or right. The tough bit is everything else. The mountain is chock full of deadly hazards, such as bounding cars, stabby spikes, lava blocks and ravenous beasts. Some tiles temporarily reverse the controls, while others poison you, leaving mere seconds to find an antidote.
Down The Mountain, then, swiftly becomes a bit overwhelming, with you having to juggle all kinds of tasks and dangers. Games are short. Yet if you persevere and get yourself into 'the zone', it becomes a thoroughly addictive experience; and even if you get frustrated, the game's hugely charming nature always draws you back for one more go.
(There's IAP here, but it's all avoidable. If you'd like to reward the devs, though, 79p removes the unobtrusive ads, or gets you four keys that can be used to unlock crates that award you new characters. Keys are otherwise found on the mountain.) Craig Grannell
Hill Climb Racing
Hill Climb Racing is an excellent time filler which you can pick up and put down at a moment's notice. Better still, it's an excellent free time filler.
You spend the game driving a 4x4 up hills, across bridges, down hills and then up more hills. Along the way you collect coins and fuel. Drive too slowly and you'll run out of petrol; drive too quick and you'll flip the vehicle over. There's just a brake and accelerator, but you must use these controls carefully - and mastering them is tremendously rewarding. Before long you'll be beating the steep hills you previously thought impossible.
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