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Technical.ly's Editorial Calendar explores a different topic each month. The July 2016 topic is gaming. See gaming coverage from all five of our East Coast markets here.
Between SEPTA’s ongoing regional rail woes and the 50,000 guests we have in town this week during the Democratic National Convention, chances are your transit commute is going to take a bit longer than usual.
So if you’re sick of finding lame Rattatas and Zubats on Pokémon Go as you pass through SEPTA stations, we lined up a few Philly-made mobile games to keep you entertained on your way home.
1. Flyclops’ Domino!
One of Philly’s biggest mobile game success stories, this high-paced dominoes game has been downloaded nearly 6 million times (3.1 million on Android, 2.7 million on iOS), according to Flyclops co-owner Dave Martorana.
The game was launched in 2011 by the Old City-based game studio, and has been continually been building an audience over the years. In fall 2014, an updated version was released, featuring three different game modes and an overhauled iOS interphase.
2. Cipher Prime’s Monster Want Burger
People looking for kid-friendly games might not think immediately of Cipher Prime, the makers of the explosive, hellfire-ish Tailwind. And yet here’s a perfectly adorable game sure to keep kids entertained until the train gets to its station (and then some).
This minigame, published in June 2015, is only available for iOS.
3. Ghost Crab Games’ Drive to Hell
This addictive, fast-paced game lets you ride through an army of monsters to take revenge on this Demon King guy who sounds like a real moron.
4. Dumb And Fat Games’ Sling It!
Before indie game dev Greg Lobanov left Philly for Vancover, he made this fun physics-based game, where a “slingship” tries to destroy Pollutnik robots in a bid to end the endless winter they started in the first place.
5. Semag Studio’s Hoopity Stick
Push an old-timey hook with a stick? Seriously? This insane premise seemed so bogus when I heard it first at Philly Tech Week 2016 presented by Comcast that I just had to download it.
Big mistake. It’s very addictive.
(My current record is at 245, which is totally lame, btw.)
6. PHL Collective’s Knight Strike: Knightfall
Old-school PS1 gamers, might be reminded of MediEvil and that first Spyro the Dragon when playing this game. There’s also an old-timey feel to the two-thumbs control mechanism. Good luck fending off the waves of pesky enemies that seem to reproduce Gremlins-style.
7. Space Whale Studios’ Railblazer
Keep a train from running into a mountain as you drop five different tiles to keep the steamer on a roll. Be careful not to overstep your own path.-30-
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