For the default way we view the world, the first-person perspective has been shockingly limited in videogames, home to a million disembodied gun-wielding hands and little else. HelloRun corrects the error with this first-person runner into some dimly-lit future labyrinth. The halls echo with music; each step is synethesia. The real taste of science-fiction is how you play: Use Leap Motion’s 3D camera and run with your hands.
Perfect for: Leap Motion owners done with Dropchord, arm-chair sprinters, restless DJs
Playtime: More of a sprint than a marathon (a few minutes)
Tiny Towers brought you miniature hotel management. Pocket Planes offered air-traffic controlling writ small. And now Pocket Trains comes barreling down the track with your latest dose of ultra-addictive sim action that’s too cute by half. Listen for the teensy-weeny choo-choo and just try not to hop on board.
Perfect for: Wannabe conductors, those immune to microtransactions, Eurorail backpackers
Playtime: Minutes to hours to days
THE CAVE (iOS)
BY DOUBLE FINE PRODUCTIONS
We know what you’re thinking. After thirty-some years of videogaming, how could the name The Cave not be taken? It could be that Ron Gilbert, the revered curmudgeon of adventure gaming, called dibs—and you don’t want to get on his bad side. He came out of semi-retirement to give us this bawdy tale of hotdog machines and body-swapping, so best sit down and listen.
Perfect for: Bite-sized cave adventures, skitzo spelunkers, urban excavation from your patio furniture
Playtime: around 4 or 5 hours