The Thursday Find, our weekly iPhone and iPad recommendation – The Muscle Hustle

Okay it’s Thursday. Normally I’d kick things off with some epic preamble about literally nothing, but I don’t want to do that today. Instead I’m just going to hit that content hard.

And that content is the Thursday Find. Click the emboldened name of the game below and you’ll be able to download it from the App Store. Disagree? Add a comment in the comments section. Sweet. We are good to go.

The Muscle Hustle

What would happen if you crossed wrestling with marbles? Well a lot of people would say you were crazy. They’d say you’d gone too far. Others would call you a maverick, a visionary, the sort of person who could lead us into a golden age of mash ups between pretend sports and childhood pastimes.

Either way the end result would look a lot like The Muscle Hustle. It’s a game that sees you collecting a roster of wrestlers, training them up, then taking them to the ring to do battle. And it’s in that ring that the marble comparisons kick in.

You see, rather than grappling with your foes, you’re flicking your wrestlers into them. It’s a bit like Angry Birds, I suppose, but rather than destroying structures you’re trying to pound faces. And there are some interesting twists that add a layer of tactics to proceedings.

For example, your wrestlers have their own special moves that you trigger by smashing an ally into them…

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The Thursday Find, our favourite game of the week – Time Recoil

Oh look it’s Thursday again. I know I said things were going to change around here last week, but I’ve decided some things are better staying the way they are. At least for the time being anyway. But don’t get too attached to anything, destruction is the nature of the universe.

All of that means that we’re going to do another Thursday Find. That’s when we write about one game that you definitely should be playing this week. It was hard picking just one, but I think I’ve spotted an under-appreciated doozy that’s going to make you go “oh, thanks for finding us that under-appreciated doozy, Harry.”

As usual you can click on the emboldened name of the game below to download it from the App Store. And if you’ve got your own suggestions for a Thursday Find, feel free to share them with the class by adding them to the comments down there at the bottom of this excellent content.

Time Recoil

This one has been out on various other consoles and gaming devices for a while now, but it’s just landed on the App Store and it’s pretty damn good. If you like twin-stick shooters you’re going to lap it up.

Bear in mind though that this is a twin-stick shooter with a twist. Namely that there’s only one stick. And when you shoot people you slow down time. Oh, and if you kill enough people you’ll unlock special moves that can literally destroy walls.

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The Thursday Find – Kick Ass Commandos

Thursday has barrelled into view like a drunken bear stumbling through the woods in search of picnic baskets to snaffle. Silly Thursday, what are you like eh? Always stomping around and getting up to mischief.

Anyway this Thursday we’re going to do a Thursday Find. It might be the last one, I haven’t decided yet. If it isn’t, next week’s is going to be a little different. So if you’re a fan of the content you’d best get snuggled in, because things are going to be changing in seven day’s time.

As usual though you can click on the emboldened name of the game below to download it from the App Store. And if you wanted to say anything in the comments, they’re down at the bottom of the article. It’d be nice to know you’re there, so it would.

Kick Ass Commandos

Kick Ass Commandos is a beautifully retro experience. It’s a top down twin stick shooter that’s dripping with action movie references. You’re getting to the chopper, saving POWs, and mowing down waves of frankly useless enemy soldiers.

The prisoners you rescue join your team. They obey the same controls as your main character, so you can easily end up with a team of five blasting out showers of chaotic explosions, bullets, and grenades.

And yes, that is as much fun as it sounds. The game is split into a number of different missions, and each has a different goal. Sometimes there are…

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The Thursday Find – REKT

Well hello there. It’s nice to see you. Been a while. Been up to anything nice? You didn’t!?! Really? That is certainly a turn up for the books. Although you should probably go to the doctor and get that checked out. Y’know, just in case.

Anyway, you might have noticed that it’s Thursday. And that means it’s time to do a Thursday Find. That’s when we pick the one game that’s come out this week that you definitely, definitely should be playing. And quite frankly this week the choice was pretty damn simple.

As usual you can click on the emboldened name of the game below to download it from the App Store. And if you’ve got experiences with the game you want to share, or you just want to tell me I’m a stupid jerk who gets everything wrong, then feel free to let me know in the comments. Peace out.

REKT

What would happen if, while you were playing Rocket League, you accidentally managed to drive your rocket car out of the arena and directly into the path of a mobile skateboarding game? Well, in that highly unlikely scenario, you’d probably end up with REKT.

It’s a game all about driving a super-fast car around an arena. There’s no ball though. Instead there are a series of ramps, jumps, gates, boxes, and loop-de-loops. And you need to score points by pulling off tricks on them.

Your car drives forwards automatically. You control the direction it’s goin…

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The Thursday Find – Stormbound

It’s Thursday. Hi there Thursday, how are you doing? Well. Cool. Let’s cut to the chase then. Thursday is when we find things for you. And that’s exactly what we’ve gone and done this week. You read that right, it’s time for the Thursday find.

You can click on the emboldened name of the game below to download it from the App Store. And if you’ve got your own suggestions about what people should be playing, feel free to share them in the comments below.

Stormbound

There are some really great games out on the App Store this week, so you should definitely check out our round up tomorrow, but for the Thursday find, I thought I’d share this little gem with you.

It’s a mobile MOBA, but it does things really differently. There’s a lot more strategy here, and far more to think about than in the likes of Clash Royale. For starters it’s turn-based, and all about smashing up just one base.

You could think of it as a multiplayer tower defence game, but with a card-playing twist. It’s deep, it’s tactical, and there’s an awful lot of game here for you to explore.

Matches are one on one, and you and your AI or human foe each have a base. Yours is at the bottom of the screen, theirs is at the top. You need to throw out troops to try and destroy your opponent’s base before they destroy yours.

But since everything is tu…

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The Thursday Find – AKA To Blue

Hi there Thursday party people, and welcome to another edition of oh cool it’s Thursday I should probably make some content. But it’s fine, because I always know what the content is going to be because I plan ahead and I am dead smart.

Thursdays are when we pick one game that came out on the App Store this week that’s definitely worth your time. And I’m pretty sure we’ve got ourself a doozy here. Especially if you like bullets and hell.

You can click on the emboldened name of the game to download it from the App Store right this second. And if you’ve got your own suggestions about what game people should be playing this week, feel free to whack them in the comments below.

AKA To Blue

Yes, it’s got a completely nonsensical name. Yes, it costs eight quid. But don’t let any of those things put you off, because this is one of the best shooters that has landed on the App Store in a good long while.

It looks absolutely stunning, it plays with all of the slickness that the genre needs, and you’re going to enjoy every second of the time that you spend with it.

As is standard for games like this, you’re controlling everything with just one finger. Move it around the screen and your spaceship responds in turn.

If your finger isn’t on the screen then you’re not firing. And trust me, you’re going to want to be firing as much…

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The Thursday Find – Iron Marines

Thursday. It is Thursday again. How on earth did that happen? Doesn’t time fly when time is flying. In fact time always moves at the same speed, that’s literally how it works. Anyway, I don’t care to bore you with my rambling, so shall we push our faces straight into the Thursday find?

As usual you can click on the emboldened name of the game below to shoot off to the App Store and download it. And if you’ve got your own stuff to get off your chest, feel free to stick it in the comments section all the way down there at the bottom of this hot, hot content.

Iron Marines

Iron Marines isn’t just the best game that’s come out this week, it’s the best games that’s come out in a good few months. It’s an incredibly polished RTS that’s been squished down into a perfect mobile shape, and it’s really rather brilliant.

You’re in charge of the titular marines, who you’re leading on a series of missions against an evil invading alien foe. You need to protect humanity. By shooting the aliens until they’re blobs of viscous goop.

The controls are super simple. You drag to move, and your units start blasting when they’re in range of the enemy. Your hero character has some special moves, and you’ve got other bits of ordnance you can toss into the fray.

And it all smashes along at the perfect mobile pace. You’re not rushing through the lev…

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The Thursday Find – Atomine

Hello there. It’s Thursday. Let’s cut to the chase here. We all know what happens on Thursday. It’s time for the Thursday find. So I’ve gone out and found something for you, and now I’m writing it down for you to read. No messing about, no long intros. Just smoking hot content.

You can click on the emboldened name of the game below to download the game from that there App Store. And if you’ve got some suggestions for your own find, even though it won’t be as good as mine, chuck them in the comments at the bottom of the page. Harry out.

Atomine

Atomine is a twin-stick shooter with attitude. It’s got a unique visual style that makes it stand out from the rest of the top-down blasters that make up the genre on the App Store. It’s a wonderfully glitchy, cyberpunk game that’s full of tight and taut shooting.

When you first load it up you’re not even sure what sort of game it’s going to be. But then the blasting kicks in and while things might look a little strange, you’re instantly at home in the gorgeous chaos.

A stick on the left of the screen moves you around, a stick on the right lets you fire. It’s as simple as that. Each level there are a number of critters you need to blast into digital bits. Clear them and you’ll move on to the next challenge.

There’s more depth here than that though. You can have different load-outs of we…

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The Thursday Find – Portal Walk

Oh look, it’s Thursday. Time, as ever, is moving inexorably onwards. Soon the heat death of the universe will be upon us and then, finally, the content can stop being created. Not yet though. Not just yet.

Thursday is when we regale you with the Thursday Find. It’s the game we think you should be giving a go this week. If you only get one, then get this one. If you want more, then join us tomorrow when we list the five best games of the week. If there are five games worth mentioning that is.

As per ever you can click on the emboldened name of the game below to download it from the App Store. And if you think we’ve got this week’s find wrong, chuck your own suggestions at the bottom of the article.

Portal Walk

It’s a platformer. It’s set in a lot of dungeons. It’s got chunky chunk chunk pixel graphics. I mean, from that description you’re probably going to think this one is super tough. And you’re not going to be wrong.

Well, you sort of are. Because this isn’t a twitchy platformer like most of them on the App Store. It’s tough because the controls are a bit floatier than you’re going to be used to.

You’re not so much relying on split second reactions as you are having to modify your timing to fit in with the slightly old-fashioned rhythm of play.

It’s not perfect, that’s for sure, and there are some frustrating moments. But when…

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The Thursday Find – Standby

Thursday is here again. It’s quite sunny and nice out, but that doesn’t mean that the content train is going to get derailed. I’m far too much of a professional to go outside and play in some fountains. Instead, it’s time for the Thursday Find.

If you’re new here you might not know what the Thursday Find is. Well, it’s our weekly suggestion of the one game you should definitely be playing this week. And I reckon we’ve found you a doozy this time. So long as you actively hate yourself and avoid success at all costs.

As usual you can click on the emboldened name of the game below to download it from the App Store. And if you’ve got something to add to the discussion, feel free to chuck it in the comments below. I might even read it.

Standby

Standby is a super tough platformer. Now, I know that’s a phrase that gets chucked around quite a lot on mobile, but this time it’s super applicable. You’re going to die. A lot.

The controls look simple, but there are a number of different combinations of button presses you’re going to have to learn if you want to succeed.

And the game takes no prisoners. It’s fast, it chucks streams of obstacles at you without a care in the world, and it’s only too happy to kick you back to the start of a level when you die a hair’s breadth away from the exit.

But it’s more…

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