Good New Games: Salvidor Dali Edition
Okay, only one of these games has anything remotely in common with Dali. Can you spot it?!!
Hero Academy (iPhone)
What it is: What we’ve all been waiting for — an asynchronous multiplayer turn-based tactics game where you draw units and items like cards, with random online game matching. (I’m “Jammy” on there if you’d like to play.)
Why it’s interesting: If you can find one thing in the description above that’s not interesting, I will give you $100.
What it is: A seamless iPad port of Vectorpark’s surrealist Flash masterpiece. Strong contendor for most beautiful app on iOS.
Why it’s interesting: You can enable “see-thru” mode to check out how all the little pieces fit together, which somehow makes the game’s simple geometry even more stunning.
War of the Roses (Universal)
What it is: Basically, a super simplified take on Go. You and an opponent place stones, and you get exponentially more points as your contiguous groups grow. Placement is based on cards, which limits the paralysis of choice and keeps the game moving.
Why it’s interesting: Four times a game, if you have the right card, you can swap out an opponent’s stone and put yours in its place. This can drastically swing the score, so matches never feel completely hopeless.