Have an 'appy new year: The top 3 smartphone and tablet app games of 2013 ; GAMEZONE [Hull Daily Mail (England)]
(Hull Daily Mail (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Year Walk (Pounds 2.49) Year Walk presents such a novel and intriguing game experience that to say too much would ruin the individual's mini voyage of discovery. So suffice to say that a Year Walk is an ancient Swedish tradition where men venture into the forest on New Year's Eve in a effort to see their future. Cue an early shock that sets the tone for a chilling tale, leaving you on the edge of your seat for the few hours it will consumes your attention. The puzzle-solving and adventuring is outstanding, while the cinematic graphical approach and disturbing audio effects further heighten the uncomfortable feeling lingering with you while you play (particularly in a darkened room).
Joe Danger (Pounds 1.99) He started life as a paperboy, and now Joe Danger has reached the dizzy heights of stuntman extraordinaire trading pedal power for full throttle on his motorbike. All you've got to do is keep him on it, as you hurtle down the dozens of craftily constructed tracks, jumping obstacles and collecting all manner of items along the way. You'd better have your wits about you, because once the action warms up, you'll be tapping all over the screen to net you three stars on each level. Joe Danger's slick, simple controls reward lightning reactions for when you're jumping (or ducking) at the right time. Oodles of character customisation content adds a humorous layer to the colourful, super crisp presentation.
Real Racing 3 (Free) "Free" these days can often be shorthand for "freemium", where gamers must pay within the game itself to access the features they would much rather have available up front for a fee. Here, Real Racing 3 can absolutely be enjoyed in its totally free status, and it certainly offers one of the finest racing experiences yet to hit app stores. Yes, you'll probably need to spend a fiver or so to avoid any major periods of inconvenience, waiting for cars to be repaired or serviced, but it's a small price to pay for a game that is technically unbelievable, and worthy of being mentioned alongside the likes of Gran Turismo when it comes to attention to detail. Drop into the driver's set and find out for yourself...
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