Mikey Shorts (iOS)
Mikey Shorts is pure retro goodness, all wrapped up in a modern package. While its influences may be visible from space, it doesn't change the fact that this game is pure fun to play. In story mode, the goal is to get through levels as quickly as possible. You don't need to worry about enemies (there are no lives and there is no dying in Mikey Shorts), but you do need to navigate jumps, ledges, dissolving platforms, and more. As you run through the level, you need to hit all of the statues to progress through barriers, and you're given a star rating based on how fast you can finish. There's a secondary goal of collecting all of the coins in the level, and a tertiary goal of finding the hidden golden shorts that are located in each stage of the story mode. As you can imagine, doing all of this at once is next to impossible, so you're encouraged to play through levels multiple times. Despite its rough edges, Mikey Shorts gets to players because it brings players to a place where they can play and have a great time, without hitting walls, without getting frustrated, without having to pass it on to the next kid in line. It's a good feeling, one gamers don't particularly want to give up.