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This week's Game Reviews

Have-a-go hero – the chance to be a saint

Title: Saints Row IV Re-elected/Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell

Platform: PS4 Genre: Action Price: £29.99

The Saints Row IV: Re-Elected/Gat out of Hell combo is perhaps the ultimate bundle of outlandish action from the series so far. You’ll find yourself leaping over buildings, singing songs, fighting in a 2D side-scroller, curing cancer, saving Santa Claus... and more. The special next-gen collection includes Saints Row IV and all of its DLC. After saving the world from a terrorist attack, the leader of the 3rd Street Saints is elected to become President of the United States. But an alien warlord named Zinyak attacks the White House and abducts his entire cabinet. Now stuck inside a reality bending simulation, the President and the Saints fight to save themselves, Earth, and the entire galaxy. It’s a wild and wacky open world adventure.

Rating: 87%

Title: Shadowmatic

Platform: iPhone/iPad Genre: Puzzle Price: £2.29

New year, new realms of innovation when it comes to mobile gaming. Independent developers Triada Studio Games have burst onto the scene with a touchscreen game that defines a new sub-genre within the puzzling domain, seizing the concept of shadow puppets and turning it into an intriguing brain-teaser. You’re faced with a selection of weird and wonderful shapes hanging in mid-air, and must twist them into a position where the shadows they cast on an adjacent wall represent a more recognisable apparition. Controls are delightfully simple and intuitive, yet remarkably accurate. If you have two objects to juggle, a button allows you to easily switch from one to the other. This is premium, laid-back puzzling, perfectly constructed for the devices you can download it onto. 

Rating: 90%

Title: WWE Immortals

Platform: iPhone/iPad Genre: Wrestling Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

What’s not to like about a fighter that throws traditional wrestlers into an alternate world where they become blessed with magical powers beyond their obvious physical prowess? As a free-to-play brawler, you might be sceptical about the merits of taking this challenge on, but there’s a surprising amount of fun to be had before you have to think about dipping into your pocket to purchase additional stamina or other battling boosts. Yes, you’ll spend most of your time bashing your screen to emerge victorious in the intense short and ever-so-sweet bouts, but the obvious care that has gone into the controls and presentation of this fantasy fighter certainly prevails. It’s as mad as a box of frogs and the special moves are something to behold, so if you’re looking for a high-adrenaline pick-me-up, take a walk on the wild, immortal side. 

Rating: 86%

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