The series everyone loves to love is back with its seventh installment! We’ve been busy this month with our Chartboost University: Boot Camp announcement as well as featuring Neon Play in our January Developer Spotlight.
For those that don’t know (shame on you), the aim of What We’re Playing is to shine some light on games that might otherwise go unnoticed and to give you a peek into our twisted definition of “fun” when it comes to mobile games. One thing to note: While we here at Chartboost truly do love our game developer partners and play just about every game that uses our technology, not every game you see here will be a partner title. This is what we play when we’re home from the office with our feet up on the couch looking for a bit of gaming R&R.
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*How far we’ve come!
Christine Lee – Business Development Lead, North America
I used to think card games were boring, and then I found Fairway Solitaire. The game has a catchy storyline with an adorable but obnoxious gopher that takes you through the golf course. If you play golf, you’ll see how the entire experience is as if you are on the fairway as you travel to various golf courses and holes around the world. Each hole is a game of Solitaire, increasing in difficulty and variety level by level- but scored similar to golf with techniques such as par, birdie etc. It’s highly addictive and I’ve been playing it for months now- not sure if I could ever get bored of this game.
Nate Barker – Publisher Relations Manager
I spent my Middle School days dreaming I was an Andalite, shape-shifting into cool animals and battling Yeerks. If that sounded like gibberish to you, I recommend skipping to the next review. If your interest is piqued, however, then you will enjoy playing Infestor, the innovative puzzle game by Ravenous Games. In Infestor, you play the part of a brain slug that is trying to escape the clutches of an invading army of human colonists. The fun of the game is infesting (get it?) human characters to take advantage of their unique characteristics. The puzzles are fairly simple, save for level 57 which is technically impossible (and will require an update to fix).
Sachin Goal – Coding Things and Eating Wings
Whale Trail is my all-time favorite mobile game. What’s not to like? The colors are HYPNOTIC. The music is so uplifting it will brighten you up on a bad day. The game play is pretty similar to other cave runners like Jetpack Joyride, but in this game the object is to continue scrolling to the right by collecting energy orbs and by avoiding evil storm clouds. The game even has a complimentary music video if you can’t get enough of the tunes!!
Yena Park – Graphic Designer
I have been playing this game for awhile now on both my old Android and now with my iPhone. One of the reasons I like this game is that it’s not an addictive mobile game but it keeps you occupied when you are waiting for a doctor’s appointment, on the bus, waiting on commercials, etc. I also like it because I get to learn words that I didn’t know existed by playing with others. For me, english is my second language, so it’s fun way to get to know some crazy words. My favorite part of playing Hanging with Friends is described by its name. I play with some smart ass friends who like to beat me and it’s exciting when beat them instead. The other way around too. Sometimes it’s fun to beat some same friends all the time and see if they can beat me this time. Also, on that excitement, it’s always fun to use chat interaction on Hanging with friends to throw some comment on each other. This is the game that always will be on my phone to play.
Nate Ahearn – Marketing Manager
Zombie Road Trip is easily one of the most addictive games I’ve played on iOS, thanks in large part to its game mechanics and GameCenter challenge system. It’s an endless runner that combines Tiny Wings jumps with aerial tricks and weapons on the ground. The need to beat my friends has been a constant theme in my life and this game capitalizes on it wonderfully. I’m notified whenever a friend bests my score, thus making me want to hop back in the game and plow through some zombies, flipping my way to victory. The only downside is the feeling of loss that happens after you’ve been on a great run for 10 minutes, only to have the zombie horde catch up to you and fall short of beating a friend’s score.