Version Played: Android – Price: Free (ad & donation supported)

If it feels like only yesterday that I was talking about mobile games that can struggle to find an audience – because of the bad name the biggest games give the sector – that’s because it was.

Yet here I am again, with another mobile game that I think is well worth checking out.

A Lonely Alpaca is a cute little puzzle game, albeit very different to the puzzling platform action of yesterday’s mobile game, Lab Chaos.

Your task is to guide your lonely, adorably pixelated Alpaca to the bottom of each mountain. Tapping the screen to move in a specific direction, one square at a time and holding the screen to pick up an object or drop it in a specific space is generally as complex as it gets.

The game’s touchscreen controls could do with a bit more on-screen guidance (the first few stages do have directional arrows displayed – it feels like these should have been kept in as the game progresses), but the leisurely pace – and no pressure to move your Alpaca at speed – means that this is not a game-breaking issue at all.

There are currently 25 levels available and some can be very tricky, but it’s a challenging little game without being frustrating. The pixel art visuals are lovely and it has an excellent soundtrack too.

Refreshingly, though it’s a free download that’s ad supported, you have to actually click on a little face peeking out of the corner of the menu screen to find the support page – where you can choose to watch an advertisement in order to support the developers. There’s a donation button here too; it’s all very unobtrusive, restrained and generous. It’s an approach that definitely gets the thumbs up from me and needs to be highlighted. In my opinion, the developers deserve every bit of support they get; not just for the cute little game they’ve created, but also for their friendly approach to monetisation.

Please do give A Lonely Alpaca a chance if you can – it’s well worth a look.

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