Sidescrollers: Games only at the Apple Store

Here's one of the many odd images in the bizarre "Demon Chic." Credit: Beret Applications
Here’s one of the many odd images in the bizarre “Demon Chic.”
Credit: Beret Applications

Today multi-platform games are all the rage. From an economic standpoint, it makes a whole lot of sense. Why buy the cow when you can, uh, spread the milk to different devices and thus increase your market share? Due to the DIY-spirit of the Apple Store, however, their devices end up getting plenty of exclusive content. Here’s some!

‘Demon Chic’
iPad
Beret Applications
$5
4 globes

The coolest part of the Apple Store is seeing what off the radar developers can come up with when they aren’t facing down a boardroom of concerned investors. “Demon Chic,” which may be the strangest game to ever grace the platform, could never have existed except as a labor of love for the game’s two designers.

It’s sort of a turn-based RPG, sort of a word game and also sort of a love letter to crudely drawn art, drugs and the slacker lifestyle. It’s sort of a lot of things. The game is messy, occasionally broken and still manages to be a whole heap of fun. The soundtrack is also fantastic, calling to mind the more lo-fi Adventure Time productions. 

‘Scurvy Scallywags’
iPad/iPhone
Beep Games
$2
5 globes 

Ever since “Bejeweled” started invading our retinas in 2001, match-3 puzzlers have been a staple of phones, tablets and PCs. The genre usually has you matching three similar objects in order to clear a field. In this, “Scurvy Scallywags” is no different. In every single other thing, however, it’s playing in a league by itself.

This game was headed up by Ron Gilbert, who is better known as the creator of the legendary point and click adventures “Maniac Mansion” and “Monkey Island.” Here he takes that sense of humor and willingness to turn tropes on their head to the puzzle genre. Kookiness seeps from every pore of this game, from the ridiculous characters to the jovial and haphazard soundtrack. You’d be hard pressed to find a better way to spend two bucks.



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