Wingspan ($9.99) by Monster Couch is a digital adaptation of the original board game with the same name designed by Elizabeth Hargrave. This digital release already debuted on other platforms including Steam, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox and it has finally arrived on iOS and iPadOS as a premium game with every feature you’d expect from prior versions. With many board games getting digital adaptations, the iPad in particular feels like a perfect fit with its large screen and touch support. I hadn’t played Wingspan before on any platform, so it has been interesting learning how to play it and experiencing it over the last two weeks.
Following its debut back in 2019 on Nintendo Switch and PC, Baba Is You has slowly become one of my favourite puzzle games of all time alongside The Witness. Many indie games debut on PC and sometimes consoles before they come to mobile and I gave up on Baba Is You ever hitting mobile considering I didn’t really see any discussion of more ports and figured we would see PS4 and Xbox versions before anything on mobile. After last week’s surprise release, Baba Is You ($6.99) from Hempuli is now on iOS and Android in addition to PC and Nintendo Switch platforms and this new port is just about everything I hoped for in a mobile conversion but it is lacking in one key area.
Image & Form’s SteamWorld franchise began back with SteamWorld Tower Defense which was a DSiware title. The franchise finally had a breakthrough hit with SteamWorld Dig that was released on Nintendo 3DS before seeing multiple ports following. Since then, the Swedish studio released two of my favourite indie games of all time with SteamWorld Dig 2 and SteamWorld Heist so I had high expectations when I played SteamWorld Quest on Nintendo Switch.
After a long wait, Forager from HopFrog and Humble Games finally hit mobile this month by way of an iOS port done by BlitWorks, bringing the crafting survival idle hybrid experience that players on PC and consoles have been enjoying for a while now. BlitWorks does fantastic ports to consoles and I had high expectations for Forager on iOS going in once I learned that the port was done by them. I initially played Forager on both PC and Nintendo Switch and had fun despite the lack of updates on Nintendo Switch initially when I put in close to 60 hours across both platforms. When Forager finally hit Xbox One, a major update hit Switch and PS4 bringing it up to speed with PC, but that update was and still is buggy.
The fantastic tactical RPG XCOM Enemy Unknown surprised a lot of people when it hit iOS a long time ago not just because of the port but also the price point. Fast forward to today and the full sequel has arrived on iOS devices in the form of XCOM 2 Collection ($24.99) as a premium and very demanding release.
Call of Duty: Mobile (Free) from Activision has been doing great on mobile ever since it launched a while ago on iOS and Android. It has received loads of new content, modes, and updates since launch and continues to be very polished experience. A now deleted Activision job listing spotted by Charlie INTEL was looking for an Executive Producer, Features for WZM. A lot of the job description involved translating Call of Duty: Warzone‘s essential features into mobile, proposing mobile-specific additions and changes, and more. Call of Duty: Warzone debuted earlier this year on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It is a massively popular battle royale experience. Watch the trailer for the console version below:
Today has already been a good day for iOS gaming with Company of Heroes going universal in addition to some great Apple Arcade updates and the weekly new release. The day improved tenfold for me thanks to Annapurna Interactive who just brought the excellent PlayStation classic The Unfinished Swan ($4.99) to iOS as a premium release. Recently, Annapurna Interactive have been teasing a few things related to The Unfinished Swan and I expected a PC port with a small chance of an iOS port. The Unfinished Swan is out now on iOS as a premium release bringing Giant Sparrow’s classic to mobile for the first time. Watch the original PlayStation trailer for The Unfinished Swan below: