Golden Joysticks 2012: The nominees for Best Mobile/Tablet...
9th Oct 2012 | 11:00
The HMV sponsored GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards have arrived, and you're all invited to vote and win prizes here! Each week we'll be casting a beady eye over different categories, taking you through the prime contenders before leaving you savvy lot to duke it out in the comments section. This time around, we're talking Mobile/Tablet.
Another competition-crammed category, where the contenders range from pop cultural phenomenon like Angry Birds Space to AAA beasts like Infinity Blade 2 and inspired ideas like the stalk-your-neighbour 'em up Code Runner. Exciting ideas, exciting games, exciting times - vote now!
Ever wanted to manage an airport? No? Soon you will. From the creators of the unputdownable Tiny Tower comes this gorgeous little airline sim that oozes both cute character and unexpected depth.
Bored of killing things? Try bringing them to life instead in this epic adventure, which casts you in the (moon) boots of a space explorer tasked with reawakening the Red Planet's florae.
Cross a wordsearch with Scrabble with Boggle with a brain aneurysm and you've got yourself the most intense - and original - word play game on iPhone. To the Spellmobile!
Lost Winds 2: Winter of the Melodias
Proof that mobile phones can handle the big games - Frontier's wind-manipulating platformer was the crown jewel of Nintendo's WiiWare service, and it's a gale-force hit on iOS.
Do you remember the Pacifism mode from Geometry Wars? This is that, fleshed out into a full game and given touch screen controls so silky you'll purr during play.
Soundtracked by The One With A Welsh Name from pop group Super Furry Animals, this psychedelic endless runner (or in this case, glider) will cause you to smile your face clean off.
It's espionage on the go with this ingenious Orwellian spy game. Clever GPS integration is its trump card - allowing you to literally snoop around in your neighbour's back garden.
Assassin's Creed: Recollection
Incredibly still free-to-play, this enthralling card game gets medieval on your mind by adding a real-time battling element. With over 200 cards and multiplayer, it's got longevity too.
Now free to play, Imangi Studio's Aztec-themed temple-racer is an endless running game that offers endless amounts of replay value. Also featuring: demonic monkeys. Bonus!
Purpose-built for iOS, this mini-Gears of War clone wows with killer visuals, smooth controls and more blammo than you could shake a stick (or indeed, a smartphone) at.
Chaos Rings II
Hero Darwin unwittingly becomes 'the Nominator' and has to slay innocents to restore order to the universe. This lush adventure sees RPG A-listers Square Enix bring their mobile A-game.
Beat Sneak Bandit
Duke Clockface has stolen all the world's clocks! This unlikely deed sets the scene for a fiendish rhythm action game, in which your movements are dictated by the funky tempo of the soundtrack.
A gripping turn-based strategy game (as it should be - most of the team behind it worked on the Age of Empires series), made all the sweeter by its social-friendly front-end.
Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation
Modern Warfare in all but (very similar) name, this miniature tech marvel brings the horrors of war to your ickle iPhone. Visit locales like Hollywood and Alaska and blow stuff up real good.
'80s far-out ledge Jeff Minter's Minotaur Project powers up with this superb re-working of the classic twitch shooter Gridrunner. Fantastic controls and a deceiving amount of tactical depth.
Mass Effect: Infiltrator
Is this the PS3 or the 360 version, then? It's neither: Randall Enzo's sidequest brings full-fat Mass Effect cover-shooting to mobile, with tech that would impress even the Geth.
Think Angry Birds in yer bathtub - Mr Shark uses soap, bubbles and other bathtime staples (such as, er, a plug-slashing swordfish) to gethis fins on the rubber duckies who have fishnapped his wife.
Angry Birds Space
Not content with taking over our planet, Rovio's affronted avians take to outer space in the first true sequel to their original smash hit. This proves they're no one-trick pigeons...
Fibble: Flip 'n' Roll
When they aren't busy rendering gritty post-apocalyptic horrorscapes, Crysis devs Crytek like to unwind by...knocking up cutesy, addictive physics puzzlers? Believe it.
Infinity Blade II
Not just a stunning demonstration of the frightening power Apple has crammed into their Pop Tart-sized phone - this gorgeous hack 'n slash adventure has the brains to back up its beaut.
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