This week brings with it a long awaited sequel, a strange spin-off and a charming pinball game.
First up we have Temple Run 2, from a series which has often been duplicated but rarely replicated. The sequel's biggest boon is the revamped engine, which is far prettier this time around. There's also a lot more verticality, as levels heave and sway with hills, traps and ropes. As an added bonus, it's free-to-play and is surprisingly not very demanding of IAP. It's there, of course, but you'll get a large amount of enjoyment without having paid a cent.
Next is a strange one called Final Fantasy: All the Bravest. Imagine the graphical style of the original 8-bit Final Fantasy games, but with the gameplay of, well, I'm not really sure this is gameplay. You tap on the screen a bunch and the guys attack until the monster is dead. There's no real strategy to it. As evidenced in the video above, I was able to look away from the screen and still win battles handily. Also disconcerting is the price, which comes in at $3.99, but is packed full of IAP, which seems to be Square's MO. If it were free I'd say it's worth an experimental download. At that price, though, I'd stay far away unless you're a diehard FF fan.
Lastly we have Momonga: Pinball Adventures, an adorable pinball game starring some sort of flying squirrel. Unlike standard pinball, it's not about playing the same board over and over again. Instead, Momonga offers up a handful of exploration-heavy boards, akin to Sonic Spinball. There's also a considerable amount of replay value, as each level has multiple challenges to complete. At just a buck for the universal app, it's an excellent deal.