The Formula One World Championship is one of the biggest racing syndicates around, and while you may never get the chance to get behind the wheel of one of these powerful machines, F1 Manager gives you the opportunity to manage your very own team. Create a pit stop strategy, decide whether to go all out or sneak the lead on the final lap, and recruit and level-up real-life F1 drivers. It looks great and plays excellently — though keep in mind it has some items for sale, so lock down your account if you’re handing control over to a child.
If you don’t know what Minecraft is, well, you’re about to have a very good time. Minecraft is, without a doubt, one of the biggest games of the last decade. Essentially kickstarting the survival genre’s mass popularity, Minecraft drops you into a box-based world and tells you to survive and build. From modest beginnings of creating your first pickaxe and punching trees, you’ll soon be building yourself a house, starting a farm, and even adventuring into creepy other dimensions. Just watch out for Creepers — you’ll know when you find one.
Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom
While his games may not have made the lasting impression of long-time rival Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog is still a hot topic, thanks in large part to his recent film adaptation. Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom is an endless runner in the vein of games like Temple Run, and it’s really the most natural fit for everyone’s favorite hedgehog. You’ll play as Sonic characters from the recent popular Sonic Boom TV show, including Sonic, Tails, Amy, Shadow, and more.
Crying Suns ($9)
Explore a fallen empire as the commander of a fleet of spaceships, discovering the mysterious reasons behind the fall of the empire and taking part in tense battles between battleships. Coined as a blending of rogue-lite FTL and science fiction classics like Foundation and Dune, Crying Suns spares no expense with its vast world-building, offering more than 300 possible story events and six chapters of drama. It’s a rogue-lite, so expect to die often and quickly — but every mission takes you farther into the procedural-generated universe, and reveals more of the mystery at hand.
Our British and Irish history is a little hazy, but we didn’t remember much tennis. Regardless of historical accuracy, it turns out fantasy tennis is a lot of fun, and it means QuestBall thrives. Play as up to eight characters (including Boudica) with their own sets of strengths and weaknesses, and a variety of power-ups and special shots to exploit in your battles with royalty, outlaws, giants, and gods. A fun little time-waster.
If you’re looking to relax a little, settle down with Vía‘s collection of maze puzzles. It may seem like a simple premise to go from A to B, but hurdles will jump in the way, forcing you to think carefully about the choices you make while playing. It’s difficult enough to be challenging, but not too tough to put you off — and it’s oh-so addictive as well. The first 30 paths are free to play, but you’ll need to purchase the full game for access to all 10 journeys. However, it’s well worth your dollar