The 5 best games for iPhone and iPad this week – May 26th

It’s the end of the week, and if, like me, you’re melting, you might be looking for a game to play in the fridge over the weekend to avoid the sun.

But what game should you get? What are the tippest toppest games that have hit the App Store this week? Oh I dunno, it’s probably the five I’m about to tell you about in this sexy hunk of gorgeous content.

As usual you can click on the emboldened name of a game to download it. And if you think we’ve missed anything, feel free to chuck your suggestions in the comments down there at the bottom of the article.

Jaipur

A fast-paced and engaging card game that’s all about trading. No! Wait! Come back, it’s actually really good. There’s very little drudgery here, just a smart game of throwing down cards and making as much money as you can.

Read the Pocket Gamer review here

Pokemon Magikarp Jump

Sure, it’s no Pokemon GO, but as games about leaping fish go it’s pretty darn solid. Silly in all the right ways, it doesn’t ask much of you, but you’ll find yourself engrossed in its comings and goings all the same.

Click here to read more.

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Update: Crazy Taxi (Games)


Crazy Taxi 2.01

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: Free, Version: 2.0 -> 2.01 (iTunes)

Description:

Please note – if you have previously bought Crazy Taxi, please use "Restore Purchases" in Options, then restart the game to remove non-SEGA ads.

Hey hey, come on over and have some fun with Crazy Taxi! Barrel through traffic packed streets, hurdle off parking garages, and crazy combo your way to crazy money in a wild frantic race to scare up the most fares. In Crazy Taxi, time is money, and only the craziest cabbies come out victorious.

TRANSPORT BACK TO 2000
-Remastered for mobile devices based on the hugely popular Dreamcast Classic
-Rock out to original music by The Offspring and Bad Religion

FIERCE ENVIRONMENTS TO MAKE YOUR PASSENGERS GO INSANE
-Extra large hills for extra long hang time
-Parked transporters with conveniently angled ramps
-Occasional deep sea exploration opportunities

DONT GET TOO DELIRIOUS
-Choose from 3, 5 or 10 minute game play in Arcade Mode and Original Mode
-Play in touch or tilt control modes

OTHER FEATURES:
-Continue the madness with 16 Mini games
-Listen to tracks from your own music playlist
-Game Center Leaderboard and Achievement support
-Universal Build – Play across multiple iOS devices

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Terms of Use: http://www.sega.com/terms

SEGA, the SEGA logo and CRAZY TAXI are either registered trade marks or trade marks of SEGA Holdings Co., Ltd. or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

What’s New

Hey hey, come on over have some fun with Crazy Taxi! Now Free!

If you have previously bought Crazy Taxi, please use "Restore Purchases" in Options, then restart the game to remove non-SEGA ads.

Crazy Taxi

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Price Drop: Morphopolis (Games)


Morphopolis 1.0.0

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 1.99 -> Free, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Embark on a lucid and fantastical journey of transformation and discovery through this beautiful and unique point and click / hidden object adventure.

Unlock puzzles, solve fun mini games and collect items amongst the gorgeously detailed and hand illustrated environments.

Undergo metamorphosis and parasitically inhabit ever larger insects as your interaction with the scenery develops, each chapter progresses and the scale of the beautiful world increases.

“a finesse that matches the techniques of fine art … sheer beauty”
Chris Priestman, Indie Statik

"visually gorgeous"
Keith Stuart, The Guardian

▶ 16 Beautifully Crafted Environment Scenes
▶ 216 Objects to Discover
▶ 10 Puzzles to Solve

Winner : Design, New Talent
Association of Illustrators Awards 2013

Morphopolis

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New: Jaipur: A Card Game of Duels (Games)


Jaipur: A Card Game of Duels 1.0

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

** WARNING: iPad 2, iPad Mini 1 & iPhone 4S are NOT compatible. **

*** Special Launch Price for a limited time! ***

*** "Looks Gorgeous! I love the interface, so smooth and intuitive!" *** – Brett Nolan, OTGGamer

*** "I’ve been playing a ton of the new Jaipur app!” *** – Pep McDonald, Watch it Played

A Spiel des Jahres Recommended game, Jaipur is one of the most most well-loved 2-player tabletop games. Jaipur is a fast-paced card game for two players with a blend of tactics, risk and luck. You are one of the most powerful traders in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. You and your opponent duel to demonstrate to the Maharajah that you can earn a greater profit than your competition. At the end of a round, one player receives the Maharajah’s seal of excellence, and the first player to earn two seals of excellence wins the privilege of being invited to the Maharajah’s court!

Each turn, you can choose to take one card, exchange your cards for other goods, buy the camels needed to transport your wares, or sell at the market. The sooner you sell and the more you sell of a single good at once, the higher your profit.

If you take cards, you have to choose between taking all the camels, taking 1 card from the market or swapping 2 to 5 cards between the market and your cards. If you sell cards, you get to sell only one type of good per turn, and you get as many chips from that good as you sold cards. The chips’ values decrease as the game progresses, but you get increasingly high rewards for selling sets of 3, 4, or 5 cards of the same good at a time, so it’s all about waiting just the right amount of time to make your trade.

You can’t sell camels, but they are integral to trading and they’re also worth a little something at the end of the round, sometimes enough to secure the win so use them smartly!

In this digital adaptation of the award-winning card game, find a comprehensive interactive tutorial and an extensive campaign mode. Solo play is available at three levels of difficulty. Play online 2 player cross-platform or locally in pass & play mode. Track your achievements within the app and use your Asmodee Digital account to sign on.  Enjoy beautiful illustrations by Vincent Dutrait.

Languages available: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish.

Jaipur includes:
• A faithful adaptation of Sebastien Pauchon’s original Jaipur game
• Online cross-platform 2 player mode
• Local pass & play mode
• Solo play against 3 difficulty levels of AI
• An extensive campaign mode
• All new artwork by Vincent Dutrait
• Detailed, interactive, turn-by-turn, in-game tutorial.
• Achievement tracking
• No in-app purchases or ads
• Languages available: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish.

Awards:
2014 Juego del Año Finalist
2011 Games Magazine Best New Family Card Game Winner
2010 Spiel des Jahres Recommended
2010 Lys Grand Public Finalist
2010 International Gamers Award – General Strategy: Two-players
2010 Golden Geek Best Card Game Nominee
2010 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Nominee
2010 Fairplay À la carte Winner

For more information, please visit http://asmodee-digital.com/jaipur

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Jaipur: A Card Game of Duels

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Price Drop: Captain Cowboy (Games)


Captain Cowboy 1.3

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ .99 -> Free, Version: 1.3 (iTunes)

Description:

Captain Cowboy is a puzzle adventure set in a giant asteroid space maze.

– Explore a huge handcrafted world
– Get lost in your quests for diamonds
– Get back on track with the handy automap
– Find the mysterious exit warp room
– Cross paths with friendly Snorkhogs and dangerous Gnurfs!
– Create avalanches of falling rocks in front of motion sensitive laser turrets
– Explore the underwater caverns with quite impressive water physics
– Visit the secret space station Discotek
– Simulated 8 bit char based videochip using 1008 volumetric parallaxed tiles on screen and a quirky CRT-shader

All in this little one handed portrait puzzle adventure featuring no in-app purchases, no advertising and extra continues are included in the price. And no tutorial! It’s just you and the game. Go for it!

Created in Vislanda, Sweden by Wadonk AB.
Optimized for iPhone 5 or later.
Compatible with iPhone 4s and iPads with fullscreen.

What’s New

– huge iPad performance optimization.

Captain Cowboy

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Price Drop: Castles of Mad King Ludwig (Games)


Castles of Mad King Ludwig 1.1

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 6.99 -> $ .99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes)

Description:

"Castles of Mad King Ludwig is a great port of a really cool castle building board game." TouchArcade

"A diverting tile-laying game. Excellent series of puzzles and tough AI." PocketGamer

Ted Alspach’s castle-building board game comes alive on iOS! The winner of the prestigious 2015 Mensa Mind Games award tasks players with building extravagant castles for King Ludwig of Bavaria. Castles are constructed one room at a time, with a different player each round setting the prices for the others, resulting in a competitive, engaging game where building is as much fun as winning!

Choose your strategy carefully as you compete against your friends or AI (computer) opponents. Or take on the Campaign, and travel to 15 real-life castle sites, each with up to 3 unique Crown Goals, providing hours of fun and challenge.

• Two to Four Player Pass-and-Play/Computer Matches
• Campaign Mode with Levels based on Real Castle Sites
• Training Tower Levels teach Game Basics
• Help System with Illustrated Rules, Tips, and Tile Reference
• 75 Different Room Tiles
• Game Center Achievements
• Orchestral Soundtrack
• Share Your Castle on Twitter, Facebook, and more

* For best user experience, an iPhone 6/6s or larger or iPad is recommended. The original iPad and iPhone 4s and earlier are not supported. *

What’s New

• Two New Hidden "Bonus" Campaign Levels: Waldeck and Sauerburg
• Resolved issue with disappearing Corridors on restored levels
• Resolved issue with Pass button being shown when switching back from viewing another player’s castle
• Other bug fixes and enhancements

Castles of Mad King Ludwig

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New: Beholder (Games)


Beholder 1.0

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Welcome to a grim dystopian future.

"Beholder is stressful on a moral level, but as a game, it’s simple and entertaining" – Game Critics

“The choice is up to you, and even more exciting is that the storyline unfolds differently depending on your decisions giving several endings to the game”
– Gaming Cypher

"Beholder is a title that everyone should play — if not for the game itself, then for the questions it forces us to ask about the real world, and about ourselves" — Game Time Reviews

A totalitarian State controls every aspect of private and public life. Laws are oppressive. Surveillance is total. Privacy is dead. You are the State-installed manager of an apartment building. Your daily routine involves making the building a sweet spot for tenants, who will come and go.

However, that is simply a facade that hides your real mission…

The State has appointed you to SPY ON YOUR TENANTS! Your primary task is to covertly watch your tenants and eavesdrop on their conversations. You must BUG their apartments while they’re away, SEARCH their belongings for whatever can threaten the authority of the State, and PROFILE them for your superiors. You must also REPORT anyone capable of violating the laws or plotting subversive activities against the State to the authorities.

You MUST! But WILL YOU???

BEHOLDER IS ALL ABOUT MAKING CHOICES – CHOICES THAT MATTER!
What will you do with the information you collect? Will you report the suspicious activities of a father and orphan his children? Or will you withhold the details about his illegal activities and give him a chance to make things right? You may also choose to blackmail him to acquire the money your family desperately needs.

Features:

You decide what happens: Every decision you make affects the way the story unfolds. All that matters are the choices you make when you interact with the game’s characters. Even a seemingly minor decision can have disastrous consequences. So, think twice and choose wisely!

People aren’t just objects: Each character you meet will have a thoroughly developed personality with his or her own past and present. This myriad of characters creates a unique labyrinth of relationships in which you must communicate with others and then decide what your next steps will be. Essentially, your relationships with others form a puzzle you must solve.

No decision is easy: If you are given the power to destroy the privacy of another person, should you? Or should you treat those on which you are spying the way they deserve? Then again, who decides what anyone deserves? What if two people deserve to be saved, but one has to go? Who will you choose? Is there such a thing as a lesser evil?

You don’t know where you’ll end up: "Beholder" is a game of multiple endings. Although you’ll always have enough information to make a wise decision, there will always be something about you which you might be unaware. "Beholder" is no beautifully calibrated virtual reality! It is life! And it is real!

Meet other Beholder fans at:
https://beholder-game.com
https://www.facebook.com/BeholderGame
https://twitter.com/Beholder_Game

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

OS Version: iOS 10+,
Optimized for: iPhone5, iPad 4
Wifi: Not required

Privacy Policy: http://creative-mobile.com/privacy-policy/
Terms of Use: http://creative-mobile.com/terms-of-use/

Beholder

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Price Drop: Demon’s Rise 2: Lords of Chaos (Games)


Demon's Rise 2: Lords of Chaos 1.31

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 7.99 -> $ 2.99, Version: 1.31 (iTunes)

Description:

Pocket Tactics "RPG Game of the Year 2016" Award Winner!

Touch Arcade RPG Reload Golden Poncho 2016 Award Winner (Top 5 Original RPG’s on App Store)

4.5 out of 5 stars – Touch Arcade: "Demon’s Rise 2: Lords of Chaos is one of the finest turn-based strategy RPGs on the App Store"

4 out of 5 stars – Pocket Tactics: "Demon’s Rise 2 is one of the better role-playing games of the year. It’s certainly the deepest in terms of tactical decision-making opportunities and challenging combat encounters."

9 out 10 – KickMyGeek: "Demon’s Rise 2: Lords of Chaos is an excellent turn-based, tactical RPG game, with great strategic depth."

***

You are no hero … no prancing knight or scholarly wizard but a champion of the dark gods. As their chosen, you have command of legions of barbarians, beastmen and demons. Wield unholy strength, necromancy and hellfire to bring ruin to the civilized realms. Honor your gods on the bloody fields of battle in a quest for power and ascension.

Demon’s Rise 2 is a turn-based, tactical RPG set in a brutal and unforgiving fantasy world. Taking place amidst a horrific war in the cold north, the campaign will see your party fight innumerable enemies, huge monsters and powerful sorcerers. Victory will require the tactical use of terrain, morale, formations and magic. Build an increasingly powerful war band, command demonic allies, and crush those that stand against you.

•Tactical Choices: Use terrain effects, cover and line of sight to gain an edge over your enemies. Employ spells to hinder powerful enemies, area effect damage to clear the field of lesser foes and buffs to strengthen your allies.

•Build Your Party: Choose from 15 diverse character classes to build your war band. Your warriors will improve with every victory, becoming stronger and unlocking new powers and skills. Acts of courage and savagery on the battlefield will bring favor from your gods, which can mean the difference between glory and defeat.

•Collect Gear: Equip your warriors with powerful weapons, arcane objects, runic armor and legendary artifacts. There are thousands of items to find and collect, each with their own stat effects and background lore.

•Campaign: Fight through a lengthy campaign and numerous side quests that span more than 80 hours of play time. No level caps and the ability to replay levels at a harder difficulty add to the longevity.

•Engaging Lore: Immerse yourself in the history of Tarren, the world of Demon’s Rise. A land of broken empires and shattered kingdoms where armies of humans, demons and other races fight for bitter survival.

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What’s New

Enhancement: Improved UI graphics on new turn indicators.

Game Balance: Reduced the benefit of several buffs for missile troops. Several buff abilities now grant fewer attacks but instead greater melee damage and / or melee critical chance. This is to reduce effectiveness of these buffs on missile troops in the late-game strategy.
Game Balance: Increased damage of several missile abilities, including those that do area-effect damage.
Game Balance: Increased potency of Blood Shaman and Blade Dancer heal abilities while reducing potency of Huntress’ heal ability.

Bug Fix: Fixed a bug where units or tiles would not respond to user input at random times.
Bug Fix: Corrected bug where Alansiyan Plate leggings would disappear from inventory.
Bug Fix: Several minor bugs resolved.

Demon's Rise 2: Lords of Chaos

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New: Chroma Squad (Games)


Chroma Squad 1.0.85

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 4.99, Version: 1.0.85 (iTunes)

Description:

Chroma Squad is a tactical RPG about five stunt actors who decide to quit their jobs and start their own Power Rangers-inspired TV show! Cast actors, purchase equipment and upgrades for your studio, craft weapons and giant Mechas out of cardboard and duct tape. Once the cameras are rolling, you will control your cast of five colored-jumpsuit-clad warriors in dramatic, turn-based battles!

Optimized for devices with 1GB of RAM or more.

• Customize your TV studio: hire actors, upgrade your gear, do marketing, craft weapons, costumes and giant cardboard robots!
• Tactical RPG combat with a twist: combine your heroes’ abilities with Teamwork maneuvers!
• In-Depth RPG systems with skill trees, random equipment, crafting, and branching storyline with 3 different endings!
• Giant Mecha combat – destroy the city to save the city!
• A love letter to Power Rangers, Tokusatsu and the Japanese series of our childhoods!
• Deliciously-animated pixel art and a chiptune soundtrack that shines like justice!

Chroma Squad

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