Developers have been pumping out loads of great games this year, and April was no exception. Whether you wanted to play a huge, classic RPG like Final Fantasy V, or get the wits scared out of you with Eyes – The Horror Game, the App Store had you covered. But only one game can receive our coveted prize for April, and this month it’s Badland.
Badland, developed by Frogmind, puts you in control of a fluffy winged creature–but instead of a cartoonish creation like in Angry Birds or Tiny Wings, you’re a glum-looking thing that can barely keep itself aloft. The art is fantastic, with detailed, colorful backgrounds, and a bleak, silhouetted foreground, where the action takes place.
This is a single-button game, so you flap your wings by pressing on the screen. The camera moves forward automatically, and your job is to navigate through all the tricky environmental obstacles the game throws in your way, like movable logs and whirring saw blades. Power-ups let you grow, shrink, and multiply, adding a large dash of strategy to this weird, wonderful title.
Our runner-up for Game of the Month is Robot Unicorn Attack 2 by Adult Swim. This candy-colored title takes place in a fantastical bizarro world in the sky. Like in the original, this sequel has you controlling the titular beast as it dashes and leaps through the air from platform to platform. The great thing about this iteration, oddly enough, is its freemium elements. As you play, you can customize your unicorn, rank up, and compete in global team-based challenges. They’ve even included a handful of amazing ’80s background tracks that can be downloaded for a buck apiece. It’s free to download, so be sure to pick up Robot Unicorn Attack 2 if you haven’t already.
Congratulations to both Frogmind and Adult Swim for making two of our favorite iOS games last month. For more Must Have games released in April, check out They Need to be Fed 2, Eyes – The Horror Game, Gemini Rue, Mr. Crab, Cut the Rope: Time Travel, Final Fantasy V, Magicka, and Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops.