Best iPhone games: Granny Smith

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Best iPhone games: Granny Smith

Also available on
iPad (HD), Android

Granny Smith and Ski Safari feel like they come from the same App Store family tree. There's plenty of shared DNA between the two - both games are relentlessly pacy downhill romps with a tap-and-hold-to-somersault mechanic, and both are excellent.

The differences between the two make Granny Smith the choice for more experienced game players. Your Gran is on rollerskates in pursuit of an apple thief, and has a couple more moves than Sven had in Ski Safari. Like Defiant Development's alpine epic, jumping and daring to hold your finger down for a showy somersault is a classic risk-reward choice. Hold the left side of the screen and Gran sticks out her cane to hook it onto high-wires - an octogenerian, overhead spin on Tony Hawk-style grinding. Later, she picks up projectiles which can be lobbed ahead of her to smash through obstacles which might ordinarily slow her down.

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Switch straight from Ski Safari and playing Granny Smith's courses feels floatier and far more perilous. Miss an overhead zipline or time a jump badly and she is sent flying, her arms and legs flailing hopelessly as she clatters into a wall or thumps into the ground. The ragdoll physics add a weird, wince-inducing realism to the ludicrous set-up. Gran will certainly need more than a hip replacement after a big tumble, but she just dusts herself down and tries again. She lived through a world war, you know.

Developer Mediocre has split its gran racer into stages, each with a three-star rating system, and its terrain takes in grassy knolls and cityscapes. A replay mode sounds like the sort of dull extra you'd skip past immediately, but re-watching your downhill capering never fails to raise a smile. They are filtered through grainy sepia-brown and have a smooth jazz soundtrack - a slice of golden-era cinema slapstick.

Granny Smith isn't nearly successful as Ski Safari, but it should be. It's a fine game, and one which adds knockabout comedy value to the thrill of relentless downhill pursuit.

Granny Smith is £0.69 on the App Store. Download it here.

Granny Smith is £0.83 on Android. Download it here.