Quality Index: The week's best iPhone games – Bike Baron, Worms Crazy Golf, Mage Gauntlet

Quality Index: The week's best iPhone games – Bike Baron, Worms Crazy Golf, Mage Gauntlet
What's this all about? Why it's the weekly Quality Index (Qi) round-up, Quality Index being one of Pocket Gamer's many, many sister sites.

In many respects, Qi is a lot like Metacritic for iPhone games, collating everybody's opinions in one handy resource. It's managed to accumulate over 110,000 reviews already. And it's not even considering stopping.

Every Friday, this column takes a look at the games that have made the biggest critical splash in iPhone gaming over the past week.

Flipping marvellous

Soaring through the sky like some kind of elderly moustachioed Evil Knievel and straight to the summit of our leaderboard with an 8.7 Qi rating comes the Bike Baron, Mountain Sheep's part-time daredevil, full-time lunatic.

Despite owing a large debt to RedLynx's seminal Trials HD, Bike Baron remains a rollicking good side-scrolling yarn in which you manipulate the aristocratic rider and his motorcycle to traverse obstacles dotted around each of the 40+ levels.

The trial bike fun doesn't end there, though, as 148Apps gleefully explains: "Players are given the opportunity to use their creativity to construct their own obstacle courses for Baron to ride. There is also the option to download the most popular user-generated courses using codes from the developer's site."

Par for the course

While the Northern Irish contingent of McIllroy, Clarke, and McDowell preserves its position as the preeminent power in professional golf, it's the northern ENGLISH troop over at Team17 that's taking the world of iPhone miniature golf by storm.

In Worms Crazy Golf, the Yorkshire-based veteran has imbued the 15 puzzle-based challenges with the same irreverent humour and cheeky personality that permeate its 'regular' Worms titles.

Interactive objects like cannons, teleporters, and magnets by turns hinder and help your dimpled ball's progress from tee to hole, with each of the maniacal club-swinging invertebrates fully customisable to your taste.

Run the Gauntlet

Amassing a quintet of masterful reviews from around the iOS galaxy in no time whatsoever, RocketCat Games's fast-paced action-RPG Mage Gauntlet fuses snappy combat with deep exploration and oddball wizards.
Slide to Play's nonpareil adventurer commented: "After you beat the game, you can play through Master Mode. This mode features reworked versions of all 42 levels, along with new loot tables, secrets, and unforgiving enemies."

You can get the up-to-date information about which games are reviewing best over at the Quality Index.

With a degree in German up his sleeve Richard squares up to the following three questions every morning: FIFA or Pro Evo? XBox 360 or PS3? McNulty or Bunk?


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