Smart Phone Games Worth Playing: Sometimes You Die

Year: 2014
Genre: Platformer
Platform: iOS, Android
Creator: Philipp Stollenmayer

Everything you need to know about this platformer can be learned from that picture. You control that block on the left with the arrow. On this particular screen, you have to get that block in the pit on the right. But you can’t actually jump that far. How do you get there? Well, sometimes you have to die, using your block corpses to get to where you need to go.

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Smartphone Games Worth Playing

I’ve been using smartphones since 2011 and honestly I still haven’t come across that many games I enjoy playing. Some games–even Angry Birds–are decent time wasters, but rarely do I think, “Dang, I’m glad I spent my time on that!”

I’m going to guess many of you also share this experience, so over the next several days I’ll review the smartphone games I really enjoyed and felt worthy of keeping on my phone. I am also hoping I can parlay this into great recommendations from you guys.

The only other caveat for this list is that I’m reviewing games that were originally designed for smartphones only. In other words, no Walking Dead, Final Fantasy VI, or Limbo.

Beatles Song Countdown: 10-6

10: I’m Looking Through You

Album: Rubber Soul
Writer: McCartney
Singer: McCartney

Verdict: Similar to Run For Your Life in that it’s about the angry devolution of one of the singer’s relationships, only without the violence and misogyny. Also, it’s got Paul’s amazing voice (have I mentioned that before?). I might be the only person who loves this song this much. The rhymes are simplistic, the rhythm generic. It’s just his voice. And I like the ending where instead of the usual decrescendo, Paul just keeps amping it up through the fade-out. 

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Beatles Song Countdown: 15-11

15: Run For Your Life

Album: Rubber Soul
Writer: Lennon
Singer: Lennon

Verdict: Lennon cited this as the worst song in the entire Beatles catalog and regrets writing it. I can see why. It’s misogynistic and violent. So yeah. For me it’s so over-the-top it comes off more as an angry hyperbolic fantasy to blow off steam. The guitar work isn’t great either. There’s just something about desperation in John’s voice that draws me in. The way he sings, “Baby I’m determined…” just sends a cold one through me. 

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Beatles Song Countdown: 20-16

20: Penny Lane

Album: Magical Mystery Tour
Writer: McCartney
Singer: McCartney

Verdict: Such an evocative song, probably because it’s about a real place and about real things. Probably more than any other Beatles song I have a hard time describing what I love about it. It’s not Paul’s best voice work. And there’s perhaps too many background instruments. I’m not even sure how I feel about the piccolo trumpet solo. Very strange, indeed.

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Beatles Song Countdown: 25-21

25: I Am The Walrus

Album: Magical Mystery Tour
Writer: Lennon
Singer: Lennon

Verdict: An intentional nonsense song John wrote just to confuse the analytically obsessed. The lyrics themselves are not that attractive; it’s definitely not a song I ever just sing to myself. But dang it John’s voice is spectacular as are the backing musicians, especially the strings. I also love all the crescendoing, as if the song means something more than it does. 

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Beatles Song Countdown: 35-31

35: Rocky Raccoon

Album: The Beatles
Writer: McCartney
Singer: McCartney

Verdict: I think I overrated this a bit; satirical songs usually wear thin after a while. Especially since Paul is trying his hardest not to use his best singing voice. I think I just like how most of the song is just one long breath. I also had a girl go on a date with me once after I told her I liked this song. Then again, it wasn’t the best date. 

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Beatles Song Countdown: 40-36

40: Mother Nature’s Son

Album: The Beatles
Writer: McCartney
Singer: McCartney

Verdict: A virtual solo by Paul. He sang while playing acoustic and dubbed in the percussion. Mostly lyrically absent, but nobody can do “doo doo wahs” quite like Paul. Definitely a song the guitar guy at the party could do to try to get attention. 

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