The developers behind Republique aim to bring console-quality gaming to the small screen. And they've largely succeeded, with this jailbreak story that asks players to help free a young girl from the stronghold of a dystopian surveillance state. It sets the scene with stunning graphics, simple but exciting game play and a story line that will grab you. Strong writing and voice acting bring the title home -- not to mention that it's just good, sneaky fun. The game is expensive for an app at $4.99, and folks might balk at the fact that you get only a few hours of game play at that price. (Further chapters of the game will come later, at an additional cost.) But it certainly sets a new benchmark for mobile game quality. $4.99, for iOS devices.
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