In this alarmingly addictive puzzle game, you and your opponent take turns to use the letters in a five-by-five grid to build a word, thereby causing the tiles you use to change into your colour. At game end, whichever player has turned more tiles to his or her colour emerges the victor. Serious fun for word game fans. Lex Friedman
FREE | Download Letterpress now
Here's a video in which we discuss the iPad version of Letterpress, but the iPhone one's great too, and almost exactly the same.
The little critters in Los Aliens know how to make things hard for themselves. They're very much into exploring new worlds, but also create rigid rules about how to do so. For some reason, they can only move about like knights on a chessboard, working their way around grid sectors by way of L-shaped leaps. As they go, they dump fuel required to power their spaceship. Should a complete line be built vertically or horizontally across the current zone, the ship blasts forwards; do this enough times, and it heads into orbit, ready to zoom to a new planet.
As you work your way through the game, it merrily lobs new curveballs in your direction: limited moves or limited time; the requirement to collect native species; teleporters; and more. The visuals are vibrant, and the game's mechanics feel quite fresh, even if this is fairly standard puzzle fare. There are ads and timers lurking, as you might imagine. But if you play a little every day, the former won't irk, and the ads can be blasted into space by way of a single £1.49/$1.99 IAP if they begin to grate. Craig Grannell
New Star Soccer
It's a testament to the brilliant gameplay that even football haters will get something out of this.
You're a striker starting out in non-league football and aiming for the big time. On the pitch, you're tasked with setting up and scoring wonder goals. But the game also deals with non-match activities: training, selecting clothes and kitting out your house in a load of tat. Alan Martin
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