Captain Antarctica

Best Apps of July 2012

Captain Antarctica 
(Developed by Ideal Bureaucracy)
Available for: iOS 
Price: 99 cents

Forget James Bond--Captain Antarctica introduces a different kind of tuxedoed secret agent, this one a penguin that returns to his igloo home to find his wife and children abducted by evil creatures. To get his family back, Captain Antarctica must rely on the technological innovations of the eccentric Inventor Ed, who supplies an arsenal of oddball gadgets including an experimental fish-powered jet scuba suit. The captain's mission also pits him against a host of underwater opponents and obstacles spanning six different environments, each with its own massive boss lying in wait.

Captain Antarctica doesn't break much new ground, but what it does it does exceedingly well. The basic concept is delightful, the graphics and character designs are top-notch, and the controls are intuitive and responsive, giving gamers their choice between tilt and touch options. Developer Ideal Bureaucracy also includes bonus comics depicting more details of Captain Antarctica's adventures, as well as Game Center leaderboards and achievements. Hail to the Captain.