Some stories are timeless, and some of the best mobile games build their own storylines around the stuff of myths and legends. Timeless stories capture the imagination; when translated into an interactive game, these stories come alive and allow players of all ages to immerse themselves in a classic tale.
“Naked King” is a free game from ActOn that takes the iconic image of the emperor stripped of everything and builds a delightful castle defense strategy adventure around it. Instead of a king duped by unscrupulous advisors, however, this Naked King has lost his clothes by force. He needs to reclaim them—not to mention his crown—or he’ll be late for a very important date. It’s not just any date, either. It’s a wedding date with a princess. Don’t worry, warriors, this isn’t much of a romance.
“Naked King” is first and foremost about defending, improving, and fortifying one’s own castle while reducing the enemy castle to rubble in each progressive stage. The enemies are pretty easy to spot, being a fantastic array of monsters, with some challenging extra-monstrous bosses thrown in. To emerge victorious (and fully clothed), players start by producing food using worker units, increasing resources until they can build an army consisting of knights, snipers, heroes, wizards, and more.
“Hero of Sparta II” is $4.99 and from Gameloft that tells a new tale in a legendary setting. The dedication of the Greek city-state of Sparta to a culture of combat is historical fact, but it’s been raised to the status of legend. “Hero of Sparta II” mixes history with myth by adding a liberal dose of Greek mythology, and then sets the player loose in this fantasty hack-n-slash as the warrior Argos returns from the Underworld. The Spartan warrior faces a new set of challenges and ever-more imposing enemies, inviting players to unleash their own inner warrior in incredible combat scenes.
“Ikaros” is a $1.99 and from Riverman Media LLC that takes the famous myth of a young man who builds his own wings in order to fly and transforms it into an addictive game experience. Beautiful 2D animation complements the well-designed gameplay. Ikaros, better known as Icarus to much of the world, must escape the island of Crete. In order to do so, he takes flight—but it is a risky endeavor. Limited flapping ability means that players must time their landings in order to progress. Along the way, they’ll gather treasure in order to fill Ikaros’s Flight Meter. In the myth, of course, Icarus does not succeed—but in the game, players have a chance to rewrite history.
Whether it’s one man against gravity, one man against the world, or one man and an army against a mob of pants-stealing monsters, these three games know how to entertain. iOS mobile apps can be the perfect portal into a more magical, mythical world for players who want to exercise their imagination.