I’ve never been a big mobile game player, but I ended up working in a mobile games company (opinions are my own etc), so I’ve been trying to expose myself to more games in this market and attempt to gain an ever-better understanding of them. One of the ways I’ve been doing that is in trying out new games, seeing what they do wrong and right, and try to draw conclusions from them that I can use in the future to make our games better. One of the resources I’ve been using for this is TouchArcade (not sponsored), and their columns listing the new iOS games of the week.
This resulted in me playing a lot more new games during my daily bus rides, but I also feel the need to discuss them somewhere and keep a log of my thoughts instead of just internalising them. So, Commuting Cognition. These will be brief, bus-ride-long thoughts on these games, and should be seen less as reviews and more as first-impression brain dumps. They also may not be daily, depending on how full the bus is that day.
Bacon May Die is an auto-moving brawler. I don’t think i’d ever played a brawler game on mobile before so i don’t have much to compare it to, but it’s pretty fun.
The automatic movement means you only need to focus on attacking, which is done by tapping (melee attack), holding (ranged attack), or swiping (dash attack) – no virtual buttons, which is a huge plus for me (i hate virtual buttons). Everything feels intuitive but it did take me a while to realise you could tap on the left side of the screen to move and attack to the left, probably because i’m too used to auto-movement being one-directional. Up until that point i attacked enemies coming from behind exclusively by swiping left, which still did the trick surprisingly well. Maybe this could’ve been more explicitly stated in the game, though i did figure it out quickly enough.
The matches are lengthy but didn’t get boring for me, with the range of attacks available and new types of enemies appearing on the regular. You also unlock new weapons throughout the game to keep it a little fresher, in addition to the many customisation items available in the shop. It’s good!