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Dysmantle – an epic-sized mobile game (image: 10 tons)

GameCentral’s regular look at the best smartphone games includes a Cthulhu take on FTL and the excellent open-world RPG Dysmantle.

This month, App Store legend Phillip Stollenmayer updated Bacon, his silly and hilariously entertaining physics-based meat throwing game, with a real prize for anyone who completes all of his levels. New releases include Dysmantle, a PC port with the kind of scale and openness rarely seen in mobile; Guns & Dungeons, a brazen Archero copy; and sophisticated puzzle game Loco Looper.

Cooking Mama: Kitchen! – looks good enough to eat (Picture: Office Create)

Cooking Mama: Kitchen!

Apple Arcade (Office Create)

The seemingly never-ending Cooking Mama franchise arrives in all its slightly surreal glory on Apple Arcade, in which you must prepare authentic meals from raw ingredients as usual.

All the chopping, stirring, sifting, and rolling is ideally suited to touchscreen play, its frenetic action reminiscent of the brevity and madness of the WarioWare games, if not nearly as inventive.

There’s a point where frustration sets in, as the randomly assigned ingredients make it difficult to predict exactly what you’re cooking, making filling out the final pages of the game’s cookbook an unnecessary chore, but for a bit of knockabout cooking – centered fun, the first few hours remain very entertaining.

Result: 7/10

Weapon & Dungeons

iOS & Android, Free (Miniclip)

In Gun & Dungeons, you control your hero through enclosed spaces, dodging enemies and incoming ammo, and releasing your thumb to return fire. At the end of each room you collect gold and power-ups before moving on to the next wave.

If that sounds almost identical to Archero, that’s because this is actually a slightly second-rate rip-off of that game, replacing Archero’s bow and arrow with a weapon, but everything else, from the gameplay to the power-ups, is exactly the same remains.

The level of plagiarism is amazing, although apparently it’s not really illegal given the game’s presence on both Google Play and App Store, but for anyone craving a barely noticeable twist on Archero, this will absolutely get the itch scratch.

Result: 6/10

low life

iOS, Free (Mike Twomey)

Lowlife’s take on the idle genre places you in the role of a healer, administering medicine to a group of adventurers as they hack their way to victory.

It has a sparse UI that doesn’t represent the fight itself, but rather a series of energy bars and healing spells, each with different functions and working on one or more party members over different periods of time.

Incremental games are difficult to verify due to their long lifespan and purposely slow progression, but early signs are positive and their developer has discontinued frequent balance updates based on player feedback.

Result: 7/10

Offroad Unchained

iOS & Android, Free (Redbull)

Free downloadable games often get a bad rap for being “experiences” rather than games, offering glittery rewards, trinkets and power-ups that come with little or no player skill.

Although Offroad Unchained requires a bit of focus, it plays more like a rhythm action game where your swipe gestures go into corners connected by tapping as you take off and land, and timing right gives you a little boost.

As always, it’s mostly about upgrading to stay competitive in a game that’s about cars and not related to the mechanics of driving.

Score: 4/10

leave ship

iOS & Android, Free – Full Version €6.99 (Plug In Digital)

You play a bit like another roguelike, FTL, but on a pirate ship in a gritty Lovecraftian world. Your job is to sail and maintain your boat, looting everyone that gets in your way while saving gold for new ships and upgrades.

This is also reminiscent of indie jewel Sunless Sea, but here the fights are handled quite differently. They still take place in real-time, but you can pause at any time to issue detailed orders and instruct crew members to fight, repair damage, and board enemy ships.

Abandon Ship is interesting, deep and well constructed. It’s not quite in the same league as FTL or Sunless Sea, but it’s still a solid game. It’s definitely not free though, with only a 15-minute tutorial playable before you have to buy the game.

Score: 8/10

Loco Looper

iOS, £3.49 (James Vanas)

Set on a series of charmingly drawn spherical planets, it’s your job to lay out railroad tracks so that a miniature train can travel around them while doing your best to use every single piece of track in each puzzle.

You start by learning how to place, rotate and erase track pieces using an interface that is elegantly designed but a little too eager to guess which piece you want to place next and regularly gets it wrong .

Still, its networks of straights, curves, bridges, tunnels, crossings and end-of-track buffers require some highly interesting experimentation to fit into the terrain, with initial 10-second solve times quickly giving way to 10-minute headaches.

Result: 7/10

Void-X

iOS, £1.79 (James Swiney)

Void-X is a near-monochrome, side-scrolling 2D shooter that owes more than a nod to Gradius and his ilk, while still retaining its own distinct personality.

Every time you play you start from scratch, waves of invaders are riddled with mid and higher level bosses that drop power-ups and extra lives when you take them out.

It’s a compelling game, but as your skills improve, sessions can get nerve-rackingly long, making it not particularly mobile-friendly.

Result: 6/10

dismantling

iOS, £8.99 (10 tons)

Set in the massive open world of the aptly titled Dysmantle, you’ll slay various denominations of post-apocalyptic undead while smashing absolutely everything in sight to salvage crafting components.

The north of the map is progressively getting colder while the south is getting hotter, forcing you to switch gear to compensate and adding extra spice to the game’s gated progression.

Few mobile titles come with such scale, freedom, and lack of hand-holding. It’s refreshing to be treated like an adult for a change, and its controls work well on a touchscreen. Highly recommended.

Result: 9/10

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