Game of the Month, September 2012: Rayman Jungle Run

As we approach the holidays, we’re going to start seeing a lot more licensed games and big-budget originals hit the App Store. For September’s Game of the Month winner and runner-up, we’ve got one of each: a console hero returning to iOS, and a one-of-a-kind mobile game that you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Game of the Month winner for September is Rayman Jungle Run, an action-platformer from Ubisoft. Rayman’s had a tough run on iOS, with Gameloft porting a lackluster version of Rayman 2 a few years ago, but Rayman Jungle Run is built from the ground up for mobile devices. The result is an action game that’s fast and fluid, with graphics pulled straight from Rayman’s recent console reboot, and a catchy original soundtrack.

In Rayman Jungle Run, all of the running and turning is handled automatically, but you have to carefully time every jump, propeller spin, and punch in order to collect 100 lums on each level. Completing five perfect runs will reward you with a tough-as-nails bonus level, which is extremely satisfying. The levels are perfectly sized for a portable game, and we loved playing each level again and again until we aced them all.

Our runner-up for Game of the Month is the gorgeous adventure game Lili, from BitMonster. Lili is set on the island of Geos, where Spirits maintain control over their wooden servants. You play as Lili, a student who is just trying to complete her thesis, but who ends up caught between the two factions. To help free the wooden servants, you have to climb on the back of Spirits and pluck flowers off of them, which is an engaging and unique twist on traditional combat. Lili is also one of the very best-looking iOS games to date, making incredibly lifelike use of the Unreal Engine.

Congratulations to Ubisoft and BitMonster for making our two favorite iOS games for September. But don’t forget to check out these other highly recommended, Must Have new games:

Final Fantasy Dimensions

Fifa 13

Bad Piggies

The Room

Hotel Transylvania Dash Deluxe

Apocalypse Max: Better Dead than Undead

Lunar Silver Star Story Touch

Spectromancer HD

Super Hexagon

Dragon Island Blue

Splice: Tree of Life

Avengers Initiative

Blast-A-Way

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