Super Mario Run

If you take a gander at the App Store today, you’ll see the first instance of an app being featured for editor’s choice – without being able to download it! To commemorate the inaugural game featuring Nintendo’s Mario character, Super Mario Run, Apple is utilizing a new “Notify” feature – where those who press the button will get notified when the game goes live in the store.

This notification allows for wait list or pre-order type functionality, which is a whole new world for mobile apps.

Best,
Peter

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Ketchapp Tennis

Ketchapp

Why Play? Ketchapp gets another hit with this one-touch reflex game. Your tennis player moves around automatically, and you simply try to time your shot as perfectly as you can. Get your tennis fix in without having to leave the couch!

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Tricky Test 2

Orangenose Studios

Why Play? This minimalistically designed trivia game is a cross between an IQ test, and a logic puzzle. Players have 60 minutes over the course of 60 questions to reach the end. The questions are unique and challenging.

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Star Crusade: CCG

ZiMAD

Why Play? Star Crusade is a new deck builder with all the standard F2P checkboxes hit and a solid meta structure. The actual card battle bit features a handful of interesting pivots made to what one would expect from a modern mobile card battler.

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Stretch Dungeon

Nitrome

Why Play?  Stretch Dungeon is an endless faller that does some unique things with movement and controls. You’ll manipulate the walls of the dungeon rather than the player using only one-touch. Check out the physics engine on this one!

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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?).

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- Adrian Crook www.adriancrook.com