Would you like to build a castle? There are some ruins in play, but you need to drop the blocks from the top of the screen as the Castle Inspector demands you create the perfect construction. This Xbox Live title (that's right, Xbox Live isn't dead) is an attractive game that is entertaining with little of the freemium frustration the cynic would expect.
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Vrooming onto Windows Phone a full two years after iOS (I know, I know....), Mini Motor Racing at least benefits in that it arrives fully formed, with every possible track, level, upgrade and bonus pack, all available off the starting line. Moreover, it's in pole position in terms of monetisation too, with the absolute perfect combination of small initial purchase and in app purchases if you really want to add or unlock extra cars, tracks or upgrades. Gentlemen, start your engines!
Can you build up your village into a town and then a city, by matching three pieces of grass? Can you do all that while trapping the wolves? Ah! Wolves!! hopes to find out, with an interesting mix of puzzle genres.
A great pool game is always a good thing on a mobile device. Pool Arena Online is decent, at least. A great online multi-player experience is also always a good thing. And, again, Pool Arena Online is... decent. Put the two together and what have you got? A somewhat disjointed pool-centric gaming system that occasionally delights and often disappoints.
Following on from its freemium success in Rule the Kingdom and My Country, Game Insight Global takes to the skies with Airport City. Can you build up an international airport with multiple destinations and aircraft? Can the app keep you interested to ensure you want to come back to play, and maybe even spend some real money to improve your building? Let's find out.
I have to take the word of BBC Sport here, but the English football season is approaching a thrilling end. Capturing that excitement in a computer game is not easy, although EA have managed to do just that every year - with FIFA 14 they have outdone themselves both in the excitement stakes, and in the ease of play. This is a mobile game conversion done correctly.
The challenge appears to be a simple one... spin the hexes around to match the colours, clear the level, and proceed through the 100 challenges offered in this 'puzzle adventure'. Is it enough to have a cute puzzle mechanic, or do you need more in a modern game than the Xbox Live branding and some primary colours?
Dengen Chronicles is a multi-player collectible card game (I don't know, you wait and then two of them come along at once). You'll build up your choice of cards, and then take a handful of them into combat. Win and you gain the spoils of currency, jewels, and crystals that power the game's merchandising side of things. A reliance on freemium does potentially unbalance an interesting take on the genre.
Abandoned in the bowels of a Star Destroyer, Han Solo breaks free from his cell. Can he find his friends, navigate the mammoth ship, and escape the Imperial Forces to live another day? This is Han's adventure, and you are in control. Star Wars: Assault Team certainly reads like a movie, and at some points it looks like a movie as well. Unfortunately, that movie is 'The Phantom Menace'.
Thrown forward into the future, can you clean up the Earth and find your way home? Never Future is an RPG with a difference, and that difference is in an educational storyline that is paired up with a competent game engine.