It's amazing what a simple change in perspective can do. Dropping the third dimension of typical sims in favor of a side-scrolling approach made the original Super Stickman Golf a revelatory mobile experience, both with its puzzle-platform single-player courses and the raucous speed-based multiplayer showdowns. Considering the ample success of the debut, Super Stickman Golf 2 expectedly doesn't mess with the formula too much, employing the same mechanics while adding fresh courses, customization options, and another gripping multiplayer mode.
NIt's almost certainly not pulling in as many users as Words With Friends, but the App Store's buzziest word game right now is Letterpress, an elegantly designed asynchronous experience that even loops in territorial control elements. And it's a slick freebie that actually lives up to the hype. Spawned by Tweetie creator Atebits, Letterpress is a marvel of minimalistic design.
Used together in the same sentence, terms like "free-to-play" and "browser-based" generate images of the kinds of fluffy, gameplay-light play experiences that often result in rolled eyes and shoulder shrugs. Curiously, MechWarrior Tactics -- coming later this year to browsers on Mac and other platforms via the Unity engine -- hits both of those points and yet still remained on the lips of many writers covering the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last week. What's different here?