Mobile Monday №60
Well, it was only a matter of time. While not everyone on the JIG staff is a fan of social games, they seem to be gaining ground like a bowling ball tied to a freight train rolling down a hill. We Rule is the first heavy-hitting social app to hit the iPhone, and it's got the mojo needed to draw in an enormous player base.
We Rule - From iPhone developer ngmoco (creator of Topple and Rolando, among others) comes the addictive social game experience the App Store has been craving. We Rule is a lot like a certain farming game for Facebook. Plant and harvest crops to earn some cash, then spend that cash to upgrade your little village to include houses and other businesses, all of which bring in a little more money. Invite friends to build their farm near yours and keep expanding your village. The farm works in real-time, meaning if a crop says it takes five hours to grow, look at your clock and come back in five hours to harvest it. The game is driven by microtransactions in the form of mojo, completely optional "potions" that, when used, make things happen immediately. If you're impatient, a little cash can speed things up, otherwise it's easy to make do with the mojo you get for leveling up. Share your Plus+ username in the comments below to get a few new We Rule pals in on the fun.
iDrop Dead - From Perfect Balance creator Ttursas comes a mega-gory game that's all about destroying cute little ragdolls. Toss the doll with the flick of a finger, sending it into buzzsaws, whirling traps, exploding mines, and lots of other contraptions. Do as much damage as you possibly can to score more points and unlock new levels. Some of the point requirements to proceed are a bit steep, forcing you to go back and replay levels with your fingers crossed hoping for a higher score, but it's strangely addicting and otherwise built very well. The free iDropDead Lite is also available. If cartoonish blood isn't your thing, iDrop Dead: Flower Edition and iDrop Dead: Flower Edition Lite replace the "gore" with cute, sweet things like... flowers!
Earth vs Moon - Always thought the Earth and its lovely satellite were best of friends? You were apparently wrong! Missiles are careening towards our blue planet, and the only way you can save it is to launch your own volley of missiles. It plays a lot like the classic Missile Command, only power-ups and certain special moves make things way more interesting. The free Earth vs Moon Lite is also available.
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