Did you know that you can download handheld games now? That's amazingly convenient! The only inconvenient part of it is finding the right games to buy -- and that's where we come in, with our Portabliss column. In each installment, we'll tell you about a downloadable game on the iPhone, iPad, Android device, DSi, 3DS, PSP, etc. Today: Age of Monsters - Rock Paper Scissors.
There's something adorably goofy about Age of Monsters. So much effort was put into making an absolutely beautiful game, with lots of well-animated characters rendered in lovely, hand-drawn 2D art by Jeff Matsuda, character designer on The Batman. Those characters face off in a side-view, fighting-game like presentation, with dramatic sound effects.
And then it's rock, paper, scissors.
Yes, Age of Monsters is a game that presents best-of-three rock, paper, scissors matches using brilliant fighting-game-esque animated sequences between a bunch of ghost/monster type characters. It's overkill. It's like building a checkerboard in which each piece is a tiny remote-controlled car.
But if you have any interest whatsoever in playing rock, paper, scissors with your Game Center buddies, this is totally the way to do it. It's a pleasure to behold and -- oh yeah -- it's free. Technically, it's freemium, with extra characters available as in-app purchases. But for all intents and purposes, it's just free.
That's the right price for a digital rock, paper, scissors simulation, even one in which said objects are psychically projected by a pair of spooky children.