Drizzle Days Are Here Again

Rainy days are back here in Vancouver, a town known more for its ceaseless rain than the snowpocalypse the East Coast saw last week.

But whether you’re tucked into a Seattle coffee shop to duck out of the drizzle or snowed into your New York studio apartment, you can always count on some rays of sun coming out of Cupertino and Mountain View.

This week we’ve got a few titles that will let you expense your gaming habit, so when you do shuffle back into the office, you’ll be a step ahead of your peers.

Best,
Adrian

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Downwell

Why Play? There’s been a lot of chatter about Downwell lately and all of it has been about how amazing it is. This extremely challenging rogue-like shooter takes you cave diving in a minimalistic retro art style that keeps the focus on the gameplay. It’s not for everyone but for those looking for a challenge will fall in love with it.

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Headshot Heroes

Why Play? Chillingo manages to meld two of the hottest mobile genres into a soccer game. Leveraging the quick reflexes needed for burst games with the endless progression of idle games makes this small title have big value for its users. A nice addition to the tiny feature set, where pulling off a ‘headshot’ on the opposite team nets you their head for your ongoing collection, Futurama style.

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BattleHand

Why Play? BattleHand is one part turn-based RPG, one part card game in a shiny polished package. Kongregate’s newest title relies heavily on a restrictive energy system, some inspiration from Puzzle and Dragons and other card battlers, and a hasty ramp up in challenge. Worth checking out for its beautiful art style and interesting approaches on combat and quest design.

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Churchill Solitaire

Why Play? Churchill Solitaire is a version of solitaire that was popularized by Winston Churchill himself. The game was designed in part by retired politician Donald Rumseld, who at 83 wanted to pay homage to Winston. The app itself is well made – there is a campaign mode to make the game have progression, as well as multiple IAP types as monetization. Solitaire apps have shown to be popular, so this app will be key to watch this month to see how this type of “celebrity IP” can perform on the top charts.

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CompulsionLoop is AC+A’s (adriancrook.com) weekly pursuit of providing a Featured List for those in the games industry. A look at the latest must-play apps, along with short, useful takeaways from our team of game design and product experts. If you have a game that you think your industry colleagues should try, we’d love to hear about it at games@compulsionloop.com. Don’t forget to tell us why industry insiders should be compelled to try out the game (see what we did there?).

Know a game that you think others should play? Let us know and tell us why we should play it.

Thank you for reading and we look forward to helping you discover more games that you can glean learnings from. Feel free to reply to this email or contact games@compulsionloop.com — we’re always happy to hear from you.

Have a great week!

- Adrian Crook www.adriancrook.com