If you were wondering what the best-reviewed iOS and 'droid games on the web last month were, here are the iPhone Quality Index, iPad Quality Index, and Android Quality Index round-ups for April to fill you in.
The iPhone, iPad, and Android Quality Indexes boast over 650,000 reviews (in total) from websites like 148Apps, Pocket Gamer, and IGN, and use a unique metric to create a single definitive score for each iOS and Android title.
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A lot of developers have tried to capture the roguelike experience on mobile, but RocketCat Games has just served up one of the most convincing efforts yet.
Wayward Souls tops April's iPhone Qi chart thanks to its superb action-RPG core that encompasses random level design and permadeath.
Just behind at #2, Monument Valley wowed, soothed, and befuddled in equal measure. It's a brain-twisting puzzler that tips its cone-shaped hat to M.C. Escher's logic-defying art.
Hitman GO is one of the smartest console-to-iOS treatments we've ever seen, playing out like a particularly deadly puzzle boardgame.
If you thought arty games were the preserve of the console gamer, check out David. This unusual mix of 2D shooter, platformer, and physics-puzzler strolls enigmatically into ninth spot on this month's games chart.
Qi's Top 10 iPhone games of April 2014
|3||Ace Fishing: Wild Catch||8.6||3|
|5||iOOTP Baseball 2014 Edition||8.2||4|
|7||Sometimes You Die||7.9||5|
We're not at all surprised that Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has topped April's iPad Qi gaming chart. It's the current multi-platform king of freemium deck-building games, with a streamlined interface and thrilling tactical potential. Still, Blizzard had some stiff opposition from another PC conversion, FTL, which sits at #4. Subset Games's epic space adventure has you taking control of your own spaceship, managing its systems and crew and gathering precious resources. Indeed, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft also faced competition from another top-notch deck builder in April in the shape of Yomi. This one combines card collecting and the basic principles of the one-on-one beat-'em-up... to unexpectedly brilliant effect. Finally, we have Leo's Fortune, a graphically lush platform-adventure that feels every inch the accomplished console creation, though it's been developed exclusively for mobile.
Qi's Top 10 iPad games of April 2014
|4||FTL: Faster Than Light||9.2||10|
|5||Ace Fishing: Wild Catch||8.6||3|
|8||iOOTP Baseball 2014 Edition||8.2||4|
|10||Sometimes You Die||7.9||5|
Astro Golf finishes atop April's Android Qi games chart. Yep, it's a mini-golf game that's simply out of this world. Putting cheesy puns to one side, Astro Golf is more of a physics-puzzler than an outright sports game, and it's all the better for it.
Speaking of physics-puzzlers, April saw the much-anticipated Android release of Cut the Rope 2, which lands at #4. Everyone's favourite candy-munching critter returns with all-new companions and new-found mobility.
While we're linking things up so smoothly, April bore witness to another long-awaited conversion in the shape of Mikey Hooks. Surfacing just a few months after Mikey Shorts, this sequel features the same speedrun platformer gameplay as the original but with a new swinging mechanic.
Finally, we have a true original in Shattered Planet. It's an isometric action-RPG set in a sci-fi world, and it's another of those challenging roguelikes filled with random level design, permanent death, and huge amounts of replayability.
Qi's Top 10 Android games of April 2014
|3||4 Pics 1 Song||8.7||3|
|4||Cut the Rope 2||8.4||4|
|8||The Amazing Spider-Man 2||8.1||3|
|10||Ace Fishing: Wild Catch||8.1||3|
N.B. While we only display the average score to one decimal place, the lists are generated to further significant figures. We just don't show them all. And, naturally, these are static graphs based on live listings which are subject to constant change as new releases and reviews emerge.
In order to provide a regular marker of the critical zeitgeist, however, we will continue to round up the best of the iOS and Android games released each month to provide the definitive Quality Index top tens.
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