The world of mobile gaming moves at a mile a minute. In what other corner of the gaming world do you see 100 new games released every single day?
Covering that ceaseless procession of new releases is full of challenges.
How do you filter out the muck? Where do you spend your time and resources? How many endless-runners can possibly be released in one 7-day period?
We're always coming up with new ways to make it easier to digest, though. One of which is a weekly digest. Like this. So, to get you up to speed in the quickest possible time, we've picked out five things - new games, big events, and whatnot - that you absolutely need to read.
We stared, wide-eyed, into the future
This was a week for peering over the horizon. Peter, for his part, went to Casual Connect in Kiev and came back with stories of Borscht, dangerous driving, and upcoming indie games (like The Inner World and Algo-Bot).
Chris, on the other hand, looked at all 656 entrants in the 2014 IGF awards. He found a handful of bizarre, promising, and downright silly mobile games. Including "a metaphor for life, told through the tasteful mechanic of cannibalism."
And if you want to know what's just around the bend, we've compiled a list of hotly anticipated iOS and Android games that are out in November. That list includes Rayman Fiesta Run, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, and Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas.
A bunch of iOS games came out
As ever, the App Store was invaded this week by a band of huge new games. We got to play musical auto-runner Bit. Trip. RUN!, chip shop simulator Chippy, reverse tower defence game Anomaly 2, and more.
You can see our first impressions of all those games in our weekly round-up of new iPhone and iPad games.
A few more new releases managed to sneak out just before the end of the week, so don't miss top-down racer Blur Overdrive, Zelda-inspired indie adventure Ittle Dew, and silhouette platformer Naught 2.
GameStick came out... maybe?
I'm not sure what's going on with Kickstarted micro-micro-console GameStick. After several delays, it was supposed to go on sale earlier in the week. But it looks like it has been delayed once again.
Whatever the case, we reviewed it... and found it wanting. It's a cute little console and it's great for playing media, but it falls down as a console 'thanks' to its dodgy controller and underwhelming selection of games.
We partook in the most important and time-honoured tradition of this pagan festival: playing horror games.
Here are five iOS and Android games that spooked the bejesus outta us.
To be honest, it was a hard list to make. There just aren't many horror games on mobile. So, we sent intrepid freelancer Matt to find out why, and to hunt down some game makers that take a different approach to deliver their scares.
The Walking Dead 2 announced
This was a good week for news stories. We got our first glimpse at the new Tiger Style game, we saw Batman crop up in Puzzle & Dragons, and Ravensword received a huge new batch of content.
But nothing can beat the announcement that The Walking Dead will be back for a second series later this year. We went weak at the knees seeing Clem's bloodstained baseball cap in that teaser image.
Another season of heartbreaking moral choices, guilt-ridden decisions, and the imminent death of our closest allies? We can hardly wait.
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This week at 148Apps, the infamous Editor's Choice was awarded to Bit.Trip RUN!, The Stormglass Protocol, Tricky Stories, and Papa Sangre II. Yeah, it was a good week. Read more about the week that was at This Week at 148Apps.