Putting all of July’s Must Have games together in a list made me realize that July 2013 was one of the biggest months in the history of iOS gaming. An unbelievable number of great titles hit the App Store, including ports (Limbo, Sine Mora), remakes (Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded, Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame), new installments in established series (Layton Brothers Mystery Room, Magic 2014), and new titles entirely (Bloodmasque, Kamikaze Pigs). But there can be only one Game of the Month, and this month it’s Plants Vs. Zombies 2.
Plants Vs. Zombies 2 is currently only available in New Zealand and Australia, but it will creep over to the rest of the world in due course. When we first heard the game was going free-to-play, we were nervous the freemium aspects of the game would ruin the fun. We didn’t need to worry. The new pricing model has made it accessible to all gamers, and it hasn’t curbed the fun of the gameplay one bit.
This gorgeous sequel brings players through a smattering of environments based in different time periods. You’ll ward off the undead in ancient Egypt, the Old West, and on pirate-infested seas. The game is packed with new plants, new enemies, and new power-ups. It even has gesture-based super moves that deal ridiculous amounts of damage to the zombie walkers. The game has tons of content already, and more is presumably in the works. All that, and you don’t have to spend a dime.
Our runner-up for Game of the Month is Deus Ex: The Fall. This is a full-fledged prequel to last year’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution, so expect stealthy action, a meaty story, deep character customization, and multiple ways to get through levels. Square Enix has also done a terrific job of paring down the complex controls so they work on the touchscreen. Any way you slice it, this game’s a winner.
Congratulation to PopCap and Square Enix for making our two favorite games in a month packed with great games. Also be sure to check out our other Must Have titles for July, including Delta-V Racing, Bloodmasque, Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame, Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded, Sine Mora, Sky Gamblers: Cold War, Kamikaze Pigs, Tiny Thief, Hero of Many, Siegecraft TD, Magic 2014, Limbo, and Layton Brothers Mystery Room.