Mobile games are a huge, and sometimes under-examined, aspect of gaming. The rise in smartphones led to a massive opportunity for a variety of developers to create video games that can reach millions of people. Because of this, more people consider themselves gamers than ever before, with people checking their app stores almost daily to find a new game to obsess over.

Every Thursday, Apple’s App Store updates their “Best New Games” section with a collection of paid and free games to choose from. Each week, I’ll take a look at the free choices on this list and let you know which one deserves some of the precious space on your hard drive.

This week, the honors go to the newest addition from developer Nitrome, “Rust Bucket.” Although the name does the game little favors (how am I supposed to know what to expect from a game called Rust Bucket?) Rust Bucket is tons of fun, and had me coming back level after level.

The gameplay is simple; you control your character, a disembodied horned helmet by sliding your finger on the screen in the direction that you want him to move. Although the developers describe it as turned based gameplay, your opponents or obstacles make their moves simultaneously with you, often following a pattern that you have to decipher to advance through each level. Each level often requires the player to find a balance between attacking enemies and attempting to hit triggers that’ll help them move past blockades. All of it is very easy to learn quickly, but the increased difficulty in higher levels forces the player to think a little faster and adapt to each situation.

Aside from the challenging and creative gameplay, Nitrome must also be praised for their graphics and sound quality which bring me back to the days of Super Nintendo. It’s very clear that the developers tried to tap into that old-school feel with the way that their game looks and sounds, and it really works. All of it gives the game a Zelda-like quality. Personally, I prefer it when mobile games go the old-school route, as it’s hard to make the most visually stunning titles playable on your phone. By tapping into techniques used by their predecessors, Rust Bucket is a game that is very well-balanced and keeps the player coming back for more.

Rust Bucket is available on iOS and Android and is very much worth the download for fans of old and new school gaming.

Score: 8/10

 

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