5 New App Store Games To Watch
Welcome to the inaugural post of a new article that should help consolidate the previous weekâ€™s game releases for the iPhone / iPod Touch (and possibly iPad).Â This past week [May 17 – May 23]Â saw the release of Shrek Forever After: The Game, a fairly standard looking platformer with a big green ogre as the protagonist.Â For the racing fans thereâ€™s Split/Second from Disney, the game that promises â€œif you canâ€™t out run them, use the city to take them outâ€.Â One thing thatâ€™s great about the App Store is that thereâ€™s always a wide variety of new releases to choose from.
Shrek Forever After: The Game – Shrek Forever After lets you relieve the plot of the final movie in the Shrek franchise through 11 levels of Far Far Away recreated in glorious 3D on your iPhone or iPod Touch.Â Youâ€™ll have the chance to play as Shrek, Donkey and Puss In Boots as you try to right Shrekâ€™s wrongs and turn Far Far Away into the happy place it once was.Â I donâ€™t want to call this an Avatar in ogreâ€™s clothing, but Iâ€™d imagine that itâ€™s quite like James Cameronâ€™s Avatar in that it doesnâ€™t really do anything new for the genre, it just happens to do what it does rather well.Â Besides, how often do you get the opportunity to play an ogre, a donkey and a cat all in the same game?
Gameloft, Shrek Forever Afterâ„¢ : The Game – $6.99
Split/Second – Split/Second is not your ordinary racing game, and being a good racer is not enough.Â The city youâ€™re racing through has been rigged like a set for a TV show, and itâ€™s up to you to use that to your advantage.Â Trigger explosions at opportune moments to cause the city to come crumbling down on your opponents, thereby giving you the advantage to win the race.Â There are 4 different tracks to race through, and 15 different cars with unique attributes to provide you with plenty of variety.Â You always need to keep on your toes, because the course of action can change in a split secondâ€¦
Disney, Split/Second – $6.99
MPad â€“ Plane / MPad â€“ Controller – MPad â€“ Plane is an iPad game that lets you participate in space combat with up to five other players.Â The game itself is really not that exciting conceptually, but itâ€™s free.Â Whatâ€™s more significant here is the MPad â€“ Controller, which is an iPhone / iPod Touch application.Â This acts as the virtual joystick for any MPad games.Â In essence, it allows you to play multiplayer games on your iPad without ever touching your iPad.Â The controller costs 99 cents, and will let you to play Plane and any other MPad games that come out in the future.
PLAY More Limited, Mpad – Controller – $0.99
Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior – For the Kung Fu lovers, or for all the little boys that dreamed of being Bruce Lee when you grew up (you know who you are), Dragon Warrior is the first officially licensed game on the iPhone to use Bruce Leeâ€™s likeness.Â Youâ€™ll battle through 9 different opponents in 5 exotic locations to prove you are the worldâ€™s greatest martial artist.Â The characters are all rendered from the motion captured movements of professional martial artists, so it should look highly realistic.Â Thereâ€™s even a story mode that will take you through the â€œdetailsâ€ of how Bruce Lee came to be the master.Â I can just hear it now: â€œEverybodyâ€™s Kung Fu fightingâ€¦â€
Indiagames Ltd., Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior – $4.99
Aurifi – I threw this in because it deserves special mention for trying something different.Â Itâ€™s one of those â€œniche audienceâ€ type of games, but itâ€™s the reason a platform like the iPhone can be so successful for games â€“ it allows developers to think outside of the box.Â The game has no visuals.Â In fact, you are encouraged to close your eyes while you play.Â Instead of fancy graphics, Aurifi uses a finely woven tapestry of sound effects and music to create a gaming experience unlike anything youâ€™ve ever experienced before.Â Just be sure to use your headphones so you get the full effect of the game.
Punk Pie, Aurifi – $4.99
Normally this roundup will include 10 games, but I jumped into this mid-week so decided it would be better to cut the first article short.Â However, even at full capacity Iâ€™m sure there will be games that I donâ€™t cover that you feel are worthwhile.Â Please feel free to leave a comment letting us know what youâ€™ve found to be enjoyable that was released during the past week.