Five cool mobile phone games

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5 THE SIMS 2: MOBILE EDITION
You wouldn’t think The Sims, which on PC relies so heavily on the mouse’n’keyboard combination, would translate to a mobile keypad. But thankfully it does, providing a stripped-down version that’s retained all the character of its big brother. The goal is still the same – meet people, get a job, bling up your bachelor pad and settle down – but it’s been revamped to suit the confines of the mobile screen and controls. BUY IT

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4 TURBO CAMELS: CIRCUS EXTREME
Forget the self-consciously wacky name – this is one of the most challenging games mobile has to offer. It does have an exceptionally silly premise, though. You play a camel called Baldwin, who’s fired out of a cannon at the start of every level, and has to rocket-boost himself around collecting objects before landing in the right place. It’s like a dromedary cross between Thrust and pinball, with a dash of Sonic The Hedgehog. BUY IT

Stranded

3 STRANDED

The basic plot of this game may remind you of a certain TV show. You’re stranded on a desert island with a bunch of strangers, and some spooky stuff lurking in Them Woods. Yes, Stranded unashamedly takes its inspiration from Lost, and the result is an absorbing adventure game that keeps you glued to your phone. You explore the island, learn to hunt, fish and cook to keep yourself alive, with the ultimate aim of escaping. Great fun, even if there is no Lost-style fat bloke. BUY IT

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2 SPLINTER CELL: DOUBLE AGENT

In the absence of a decent James Bond game for mobile, this is your best bet for spy-related action. Based on the popular console game, it’s a classic 2D platformer where stealth is the key. Lurk in doorways, duck under trip-lasers, and sneak up behind security guards to progress. The Double Agent part of the title refers to you being undercover, so you spend most of the game being a terrorist, before revealing your true colours at the end and preventing them from blowing up the world. BUY IT

Towerbloxx

1 TOWER BLOXX

The best-selling mobile game by a country mile is Tetris, which needs no introduction from me. But Tower Bloxx is thus far the only mobile game to make a decent fist of becoming as iconic a puzzler. It’s wonderfully simple to play – you construct an enormous skyscraper by pressing a button at the right time to drop a new block, which is swinging about from a crane. Get it right, and people parachute into your lovely straight tower (why they don’t take the lift, we don’t know). Get it wrong, and the building sways about like a drunken navvy. BUY IT

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