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The Unfinished Swan

Developer: Giant Sparrow

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Genre: Adventure, Puzzle

The Unfinished Swan
It’s been out on PlayStation consoles for years, but The Unfinished Swan feels like a great fit on mobile. It’s a first person narrative adventure of uncommon beauty.

The game sees you feeling your way through an intimidatingly sparse world, flicking specks of black paint to lend form and depth to your brilliant white surroundings. A brilliantly delivered story featuring the vocal talents of Terry Gilliam rounds things off.

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Rowdy City Wrestling

Developer: Colin Lane

Genre: Sports

Rowdy City Wrestling
Colin Lane makes great sort-of-sports games. Here’s another. Like Rowdy Wrestling before it, Rowdy City Wrestling is a brilliantly simple brawler that captures the colourful chaos of the real thing.

But this time Lane has added a proper career mode with some compelling light RPG mechanics. It’s a more fleshed out, complete game, with an exuberantly cheeky sense of humour. And we love it.

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Crux: A Climbing Game

Genre: Simulation, Sports

Crux: A Climbing Game
You don’t get many games that seek to replicate the demands of climbing, especially on mobile. But Crux makes us hope for more.

Crux turns the methodical sport into a kind of puzzle game, as you plot out where to position each of your limbs in order to traverse the next perilous gap. You can even design your own routes to share with your fellow players.

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Pako Caravan

Pako Caravan
The Pako games have always been rambunctious affairs full of colourful automotive mayhem. Pako Caravan takes the top-down Pako formula and adds a large helping of Snake’s arcade madness.

As you drive around its levels, you’ll add a growing tail of trailers that need to be corralled and hopped over. The game then gives you a bunch of entertainingly random tasks to fulfil. Mad.

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Ord.

Ord.
A narrative adventure with a precious little in the way of narrative, Ord is something a little bit different. It distils things down into a series of single words – Racoon, Home, Portal and so on. Your available responses are similarly singular.

But the scope and variety that the developer draws out of this sparse use of language is quite something to behold. It’s not always massively cohesive or satisfying, but Ord’s experimental freewheeling nature keeps dragging you back for another run.

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Truberbrook

Truberbrook
A point and click adventure with a stunning stop-motion art style. Truberbrook takes you on a ’60’s-set mystery tour, as your clueless protagonist experiences strange goings on in a remote German village.

There’s a sense of physicality to Truberbrook’s claymation world that you simply don’t get with most games. It serves to ground you in its tale like nothing else.



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