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Best iPhone Games: Drop7

CVG hand-picks the greatest mobile games available to download right now

Mobile games are fun, simple and accessible, but that doesn't mean they are lightweight or insignificant. They have the ability to bend time and make commutes bearable; they transform idle moments into thrilling distractions. In a new series, CVG celebrates the most impressive examples of this exciting new wave of games.

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Best iPhone Games: Drop7

Also available on:
Android, iPad (HD)

"For years, the mainstream games industry has fed us a steady stream of lowest-common-denominator drivel: brightly coloured mascots scampering around childish fantasy lands; hyper-violent, testosterone-soaked war simulators; vacuous, marketing-driven movie spin-offs; and the endless grind of mindless, massively-multiplayer treadmills." - Spectre

Drop7 originated from an alternative reality marketing stunt for an episode of US cop show Numb3rs in 2007. Addicts playing Chain Factor would, as a half-hidden polemic on the site suggests, help destroy the existing economy and allow us to re-build a new one - "a culture of micro-markets, user-generated currencies, and chaotic utility".

The opening paragraph above comes from Chain Factor's FAQ, a game tutorial written through the lens of its fictional creator's manifesto. It is, admittedly, a touch dramatic.

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Chain Factor

Here in the real world, Drop7 hasn't caused a global gamer epiphany. Nor have the walls of the existing games business come tumbling down. But it has helped an explosive new marketplace to grow, to be taken seriously and to demonstrate how good mobile games can be.

Drop 7 is a pure videogame. A bewitching, mathy re-incarnation of Tetris for the iPhone generation. The visual design is smart, functional and never fussy. There is no plot, no characters and certainly no cut scenes. In Chain Factor's alternate world, it was so addictive that the millions compelled to play it were unknowingly contributing to total financial collapse. In ours, Drop7 is just as hypnotic. It is a reason to be disappointed when journeys come to an end, or to lie awake in bed building a high score, illuminated only by the light of your iPhone.

Stripped of its augmented reality back story, it's a game that has outlasted the faddish late noughties boom in augmented reality games. And what might its anarchic, fictional creator think of its eventual acquisition by Zynga? Regardless of its owner or origins, Drop7 is the definitive encapsulation of everything a great mobile game should be. Download it here.

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