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Mobile review round-up: Halloween games, Need for Speed, Pocket Warwick

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Released on Tuesday, Oct 30 2012

Each week, Digital Spy rounds up the biggest mobile gaming releases with reviews and trailers. This week is a special Halloween treat with Need for Speed: Most Wanted, a virtual actor in your pocket, and two zombie games for the season that have you both fighting against and helping the shambling undead.

'Need for Speed: Most Wanted' screenshot
Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android
Price: £4.99 / $6.99

Need for Speed: Most Wanted may share the same name as the new console racing game, but it shares little else. The open-world city of the console game has been replaced with a series of missions that gradually open up as you complete races and win medals. Since the game is called Most Wanted, you will also have to contend with chasing cop cars and police roadblocks along with the other racers. While that sounds good on paper, all it means in practice is that there is an additional driver on the road who is more aggressive than your other competitors and can be heard from a mile away thanks to a constant siren.

The racing itself has some interesting controls for a touch device. Cars will automatically accelerate, and you tilt the device to steer. Tapping the left side of the screen is your break, while the right side of the screen lets you boost by swiping up or drift by holding on the screen and moving to either left or right. It's that drift mechanic that makes Need for Speed: Most Wanted stand out among mobile racers, and it works well for a smooth driving experience. Winning races earns you cash to buy new cars, and eventually you'll start working your way up the ten most wanted list racing against more challenging A.I. opponents. With gorgeous visuals and smooth controls, Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a great, if unsurprising, pick for your mobile racing needs.


> Download 'Need for Speed: Most Wanted' from the App Store




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Pocket Warwick

Platforms: iPhone, iPad
Price: Free

Pocket Warwick lets users bring a little bit of Warwick Davis along with them wherever they go. It is essentially a virtual pet game, which dips into slightly creepy territory when that pet is an actual person. Your job is to take care of Warwick, meaning feeding him, making sure he exercises, sleeps and showers. You can also get books for him to read to keep his IQ high, or just let him watch some television to ensure he's entertained.

The reason you're taking such good care of him is to make sure he's prepared for his vast array of acting jobs as he climbs the celebrity ladder from Z-list to A-list. Jobs will require Warwick's stats to be in good condition, so it pays to take the best care possible. You will also have to buy outfits and dress Warwick up for the jobs, spending his earnings on the next suit, beard prop or leprechaun costume needed for the job at hand. Pocket Warwick actually moves at a fast pace for this type of sim game, with new jobs coming in within a matter of seconds rather than minutes or hours as mobile sim games tend to do. It ensures you always have your next goal ready, but still allows time to just fool around and see how Warwick reacts to your random tapping on the screen.


> Download 'Pocket Warwick' from the App Store



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Zombiewood

Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android
Price: Free

Zombiewood takes the zombie apocalypse to the movies as you fight your way through hordes of the undead in various movie-themed sets. As a twin-stick shooter, you'll be moving with a left virtual joystick and aiming with one on the right side of the screen, as you scour the level to shoot as many zombies as possible. Each level gives you several goals, which actually add a lot of variety to the game. Sometimes you're simply shooting zombies, while other times you're rewarded for destroying props in collateral damage or collecting coins. The main object in each stage can also vary, as some levels will ask you to put out fires, destroying fire hydrants, or defending a location and repairing barriers as zombies try to break in.

It's hard not to smile at the charming cartoonish visuals, though that smile can easily go the other way after a few of the action hero's cringe-worthy one-liners. Cash earned in levels can be used to buy new guns, of which there are many, or to upgrade your existing ones. The gun prices can get expensive though - an attempt to get users to shell out real money for the in-game currency. Assuming you're comfortable turning down the volume, Zombiewood is a fun twin-stick shooter to help get you in the Halloween spirit.


> Download 'Zombiewood' from the App Store



'Infectonator' screenshot
Infectonator

Platforms: iPhone, iPad
Price: 69p / $1

With so many games about fighting zombies, Infectonator takes a different approach by letting you spread the undead infection with a tap of your finger. The game breaks down into missions across the globe, where your goal is to infect as many people as possible. At first you only get one tap, which sends the virus out in four directions to infect anyone it touches, who then turn into zombies and try to infect the rest of the population. Converting people and completing missions earns you money, which you can use to upgrade your virus's effectiveness in a variety of ways.

As you increase your abilities, eventually you'll gain additional taps, allowing you to unleash an additional zombie swarm or special powerful zombies. You'll need them, as the military quickly starts fighting back against your zombie hordes. At times the challenge can become too much, and you're forced to repeat and fail over and over again so you can earn enough cash to buy the right upgrades. However, there is an undeniably addictive quality to spreading the infection, as you pick just the right spot to drop the virus and zombify entire populations in a matter of seconds.


> Download 'Infectonator' from the App Store



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