The mainstream Korean mobile game scene contains a whole bunch of garbage. Like a planet of garbage. Mostly it’s just basically re-skins of Progress Quest, where you slowly grind levels so that you can see bigger numbers. I guess that’s mobile gaming in a nutshell world wide, but the current Korean scene seems pretty trash heap to me. Partly this is because I am a huge snob.
And good news for snob, wizards, and the like is that the good folks at Humble Bundle put together a Made in Korea mobile bundle. It’s well worth the five bucks. The charity du juor is SpecialEffect. So, you can buy these and even help some people. Good for you. There’s a week left on it at time of this writing*. I thought I’d run it down quick like.
I.F.O. by Total Battery
This game is number one and the best. Worth your paltry $1. A fun little shooter that looks like an old Tiger Electronics handheld, but plays like a modern game. Shoot aliens. Save farm animals. Get power-ups. This is really addictive and one of only a handful of twitch action games that I’ve found to be playable on mobile. Here’s a Burpy rundown of Totaly Battery’s games.
the SilverBullet by Byulbram Studio
Neat little top down zombie shooter. I didn’t get too far into this one yet, but what I played was fun. Found the grenade throwing mechanic to be a little bit tricky to use.
Dim Light by SANBAE
Atmospheric mobile survival horror. Slick monochrome graphics. You have a flashlight that can only illuminate a small triangular area. Pretty low key in the beginning, but then OMG WHAT ARE THOSE ZOMBIE BUG THINGS RUN. Good times.
Sally’s Law by Nanali Studios
So, I guess the Law is that Sally is some horrible ball person! She must roll everywhere! It is body horror much worse than the ZOMBIE BUG things from Dim Light. This is a two part plat-former where you initially roll sally through a level and then you go back and roll her father through a different path in the level removing obstacles from Sally’s path. Because he is a caring father even though he is distant, he is protecting his daughter. Also, he is a ghost. When did simple little puzzle games like this start to add touching stories to basic puzzle-y game-play? I blame Braid. I mean, I ain’t need to know the feelings of the 1 x 4 block to enjoy Tetris. I don’t care about it’s life. I just want it to clear blocks.
Replica by SOMI
This game is also great. Worth the $5 for the top tier. Some not wizard reviewed it a while ago on some site. I’m looking forward to SOMI’s new game “Legal Dungeon.” Got a look at it at BICFest, but it is currently only available in Korean and my Korean reading is the sucks, so text heavy games are out.
REDDEN by Team Bulosodeuk
This one I didn’t spend a ton of time with. Guide an arrow or a bullet through some gorgeous art work.
6180 the Moon by Turtle Cream
This one has been on Steam a while and now it’s on Android! Hooray! It’s a high difficulty plat-former with the gimmick that gravity is very low and you can jump right off the top of the screen and come back in from the bottom. It’s fun, but I can help but feel that the lack of precision on the Android touch pad makes this less fun than it should be. I’m really keen to try this out with a proper controller. Burpy Fresh reviewed the Steam version here.
*If you come to this post late go get I.F.O. and Replica. In my snobbish opinion those are the two gems here.