August was yet another great month for iOS gamers, with a handful of Must Have titles coming out across a number of genres. But there can be only one Game of the Month, and this month it’s Mikey Hooks.
Mikey Hooks is the venerable sequel to last year’s Mikey Shorts, from BeaverTap Games. Like that title, Mikey Hooks is a colorful 2D platformer done up with impossible-to-resist retro flair. The controls deliver with insane touchscreen precision, and the levels just beg to be played and re-played to collect all the stars.
New to this installment is a grappling hook mechanic, which lets you cross long chasms without missing a beat. This becomes important, as the game gives you good reason to beat the levels with a speedy end time. They’ve also added a new Race Mode, where you try to beat spike-covered competitors to the finish line. It all adds up to the most fun we had on iOS in the month of April.
Our runner-up for Game of the Month is Terraria. This is a seamlessly done port of a PC game that plays a lot like Minecraft, but with a hint of Metroid thrown in for good measure. In it, you gather materials and build shelters for yourself and other characters that wander in once you’ve completed construction. Terraria doesn’t give you many guidelines about what to do in the game, but that won’t matter to creative gamers.
Congratulation to BeaverTap Games and 505 Games for making our two favorite titles in another month of great games. Also be sure to check out our other Must Have titles for August, including Dropchord, Plants Vs. Zombies 2 (which we named GotM last month), Abyss Attack, and R.Type.