Cyberpunk or not, The Dose HQ is all about 80s vectors revisited (think Darwinia!), abstract geometrical forms and intense finger-flicking action, when it comes to handheld games. Until the i-platforms receive their well-deserved share of Flash, here’s a brief rundown of all the apps – mostly games – we came to love in the past few months. They sometimes look like Rez, cover you like Music for Airports and they often frustrate you into an inhuman piece of shrieking Neanderthal who’s been just defied by the complexity of a cube. Grab some demonic wisdom here!

Even when I firmly discard anything even vaguely resembling The Laws of Simplicity, there’s one thing where most iPhone developers miss the point and that’s pretty much in the flowcharts. The platform in itself requires best-selling apps to surrender themselves easily – even if they’re ungratifying in their complexity. That is where Bloom, brainchild of ambient founding father Brian Eno, really shines, turning you into a grinning five-year old after you fiddle around a bit on the touchscreen. Bloom is an intuitive music software based on synaesthesia, “part instrument, part composition and part artwork” – you tap musical notes on the touchscreen that loop and leave gradually fading coloured spots over a soothing visual and musical background. If making up a quick remix of the older Eno albums is not exhilarating, you can let the random algorhythms take over. (bloom on itunes)

Radio Flare is the closest to Japanese cult rail-shooter Rez and although closest still means miles away, buckle up – you’re in for a treat of two-thumbs slide-frenzy, a pleasant techno soundtrack and a horizontal shooter gameplay that includes locking onto targets before your cannons would automatically destroy them. Four long levels and an extensive achievement list makes this a worthy download. (radio flare on itunes)

The Newtonica family comprises three members, all three being completely different, so make up your mind wisely. Newtonica Player is a piece of techno art – spin the Starpanel, a sphere of two pink and two purple cores, to play a techno track pretty much in the vein of Ken Ishii (or anyone back in the nineties who sounded vaguely like Japanese minimal electronica), different kinds of spinnings invoke different sounds and you can clap and play a cymbal gorgeously out of sync. Newtonica uses the Starpanel for a different purpose – you have spin it to catch incoming pink and purple meteors with the same-colored segments – if you’re efficient with flight simulators using a mouse, you’ll be good with this one as well. Newtonica 2, on the other hand, is a logical game based on warp technology, 2D physics and a space duck. With a helmet. The “guide your space duck into safety with oscillators” is certainly weird enough to drive you into action and the look’s still very polished. (

Radius is elegant, stylish (remember, grey and blue being the new black?) and it’s gonna make you whack your passengers on the bus if it Mike Tysons you out. Which is, to make your day really interesting, inevitable. Spin a sphere to detect little circles of doom. Tap circles (once, twice or a good number of times) to make them disappear before you’d need to punch the bus passengers in anguish. Different color circles behave differently and to make things better, you have powerups. And to scalpel this into your brain again – this app is a real design beauty. When it doesn’t crash into oblivion, which is a known bug and it happens every now and then. And even then it’s so good, you wouldn’t care at all. (radius on itunes)

Low Grav Racer is one of the very few futuristic racers and it instantly lends itself as a potential Wipeout clone with different racer models, a good selection of tracks (color schemes and decors are between moderate and great) and a huge number of powerups (mines, cannons, speed boosts) that can dramatically help or hinder you. Controls are not for beginners and when you pick up the speed boosts, you need to turn your phone like it’s on fire or you’re screwed. If you’re a racer fan, you’ll definitely enjoy this – casual gamers should consider staying away. (low grav racer on itunes)

Edge is pretty much the hands-down winner of the App Store – it has the best interface design (and the best looking stat screen!), decent graphics, gameplay and some kick-ass retro 8-bit soundtrack. Direct a cube from startpoint to endpoint, complying to same basic rules – be swift (environmental hazards are a bitch and their number is legion!), be skilled (falling off anything is easy) and grab as many colored cubes as possible. As for environmental hazards (falling platforms, timed platforms and switches that basically multiply your chance of falling off anything), their placement is of pure genius – without too many spoilers, every level is Pure Gameplay. I’m still stuck on level 25 (of 26), later levels will really, really make you squeal. Still, if you’d pick one game out of many, look no further. (edge on itunes)

Aliens meet Crimsonland in Xenotracker, a small and quite abstract shooter that relies on one single gadget that built up the perfect atmosphere in Aliens 2: the motion tracker. Tilting your iPhone turns your view, touching the incoming aliens equals aiming and firing them – and you have three grenades to spare. This is a very abstract representation of the classic top-down killer classic and still, it’s quite heartwarming. (xenotracker on itunes,

Alphabetic is all glory and win in its looks, design and all the colored polka dots you’ll see after playing this for half an hour. Your aim is to find letters on the screen in alphabetical order (and you have some tweaked modes when you have to do this in reversed order or find numbers instead of letters) – the pressure is immense, the whole design is very polished, full of ideas and eventually it dawns on you that you’re over thirty and still don’t know which letters comes after K. For coffee breaks when you needto revel in your mental deterioration. (alphabetic on itunes)