You won't find many lighthearted themes or actual fun in “The Hunger Games” book and movie series about survival, so it feels a little strange to be touting a mobile adventure game related to the post-apocalyptic story.
But the free “The Hunger Games Adventures” from Lions Gate Entertainment does a decent job of offering a relatively interesting game for the iPad while avoiding the morbid, heavy plot twists. Don't turn to this app for fast-paced killing, racing or dodging objects being hurled at you; it's designed for players who like this slow-paced adventure style of game-playing.
When you start the story, you're a person who has things to build, tasks to complete and people like Katniss, Gale and Peeta, the main characters in “The Hunger Games,” to help or talk to as you explore the land of Panem. The app is straightforward in lining up your tasks, but you're performing them against nicely designed backdrops that include places like the Seam and the Hob in District 12 and others at the Capitol. In playing this game, developed by Funtactix, you see the Games unfold from another perspective than that of the main characters, a tactic that keeps the mobile game fresh.
This new iPad game coincides with last month's release of the movie on DVD and is separate from the older “Hunger Games: Girl on Fire” app on the iTunes store.
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with these types of games. Sometimes they feel like an addictive waste of time that keeps me from a lengthy to-do list. Other times, I find it relaxing to play them because I can focus on one task and let my mind rest, especially when they involve problem-solving or seek-and-find puzzles.
If you like this style of games then also check out some of the storytelling apps by Big Fish Games Inc., such as “Drawn: The Painted Tower” and “Drawn: Dark Flight,” both for $6.99. Watch for discounts from Big Fish on these games or sample the first chapters free. Spooky and compelling, these include some interesting problem-solving interludes.
I also like “Hidden Objects: Gardens of Time” (free, Walt Disney). Other popular ones in this category include any of the “Story” games by TeamLava — like BakeryStory and DragonStory, also free.
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