10 New App Store Games To Watch [May 31 – June 6]
Once again the week started out slow, but eventually the interesting titles started filtering in. Of course the biggest news was the release and subsequent pulling of Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within due to a bug in the menu system. Also of note was the release of Call Of Duty: World At War: Zombies II, which if you ask me needs a shorter title. If you like a bit of classics merged with modern horror there’s Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, and adventure game buffs actually got an iPhone only and original release (in other words, not a port) in the form of Hector: Badge Of Carnage.
Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within – What can I say? With the release of Sands Of Time in the theatre, what better opportunity to release a Prince Of Persia game for the iPhone, even if it has nothing to do with the movie? The graphics look sensational, and given Gameloft’s penchant for action games I’m sure it plays well. There are 12 chapters in the game, so it should keep gamers busy for a while. Let’s just hope they get it back into the App Store soon, because as of the writing of this article it still isn’t available.
Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies II – First off, this needs a shorter name. Second, it’s interesting to note that while they’re technically billing it as a sequel (hence the II at the end of the title), it appears to be nothing more than an additional map for the first outing. In fact, you can actually buy the map as an in-app purchase in the first game for $4.99 instead of $9.99. I guess the real question, then, is how much zombie slaying do you want to do? If you don’t own either game and think you’ll get both, you might as well buy the first and use the in-app purchase feature to get the second. As for the game itself, the primary focus is first person Nazi zombie slaying in a multi-player atmosphere. How can you go wrong with that?
Activision Publishing, Inc., Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies II – $9.99
Carcassonne– This game is of special interest to me, because I spent quite some time playing a freeware “port” of the game on the PocketPC called Cities. While I loved Cities, this official version sounds much nicer. The basic objective is to construct a medieval landscape out of tiles where all roads are connected and a certain number of roads lead “out of town”. The game supports multi-player over internet, WiFi and Bluetooth, and there’s even a solitaire mode if you don’t get along well with others. If that weren’t enough, when the iPad version is ready it will be a free upgrade to early adopters as a universal app.
TheCodingMonkeys, Carcassonne – $4.99
Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! The Shamutanti Hills – Big Blue Bubble has already brought two of the original Fighting Fantasy gamebooks to the iPhone, and now David Lane brings us an offshoot to the main series that promises more complex storylines, the chance to play as either a warrior or a wizard, and the ability to cast spells. Originally, the series of four Sorcery books were written in such a way that you could carry your character over from one book to the next. It will be interesting to see if that feature makes its way to the iPhone should the next book arrive in electronic format. I’m always up for a new take on the novel / RPG combination, so this should be quite interesting.
Bright AI Ltd., Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! The Shamutanti Hills – $4.99
HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 – This game sounds like a cross between the Police Quest and Leisure Suit Larry series from Sierra Online, and it’s one of the few original adventure games that is also exclusive to the iPhone / iPod Touch. It sports great cartoon graphics, witty, professionally acted dialog, and 23 characters to interact with. It sounds like the developers have a great sense of humor, evident even when reading their iTunes description, and the disclaimer that the game isn’t for kids means it should be filled with off color jokes and tasteless sayings.
Straandlooper, HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 – $3.99
RollOut– Rollout is brought to you by the same folks that created Saving Private Sheep, so puzzle fans should already be intrigued. The thing about Rollout is that you really have to play it in order to appreciate it. The game has a rather unique control mechanism in that all the items you can use to control your character are on a scrolling plane that you turn on and off by tapping the screen. You can also speed up and slow down the plane by scrolling the screen. It’s a bit hard to visualize through words, so if nothing else I highly recommend checking out the video here.
Bulkypix, RollOut – $0.99
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – When you take a classic piece of literature and infuse it with the power of the undead, there’s got to be something worth seeing there. Admittedly it looks like pretty standard scrolling zombie fighting fare, but the stylized graphics look pretty sharp, and the turn of the 19th century setting is a nice change of pace for this type of game. There are 12 levels of zombie infested England for you to fight your way through, and the developers promise an intuitive gesture-based control system for executing awesome attacks. The only real question is if Elizabeth Bennet can play with the big boys like the star of Zombieville USA.
Freeverse, Inc., Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – $2.99
Attack and Destroy – I was pleasantly surprised with how fun Hand Of Greed was, so that gives me high hopes for Attack And Destroy, Appular’s second outing. The game is turn based strategy with limited resources (you get to choose three units per mission). The action is top down shooter style, and movement is via the now famous line drawing mechanism. It’s an interesting combination that sounds worth exploring to me. Add to that the ability to play versus another human via Bluetooth, and there are plenty of possibilities. The graphics don’t look that inspiring, but if the game play is solid the visuals are a small price to pay. Also, the game is a universal app, so you can start building your iPad collection with this one.
Appular, Attack and Destroy – $3.99
The War of Eustrath HD – This is an iPad only affair, so I say “lucky you” if you happen to own one. First you create a tactical turn based RPG. Then you throw in some giant mechs to battle with. Finally you add in some sharp graphics, including incredible looking cut scenes. Plus, if you’re into stats this game has a couple interesting ones: 50 campaign levels, over 20 unique characters and 40+ units. Add this all up and it sounds like a winner to me. I just hope it lives up to its potential, since there is an iPhone version coming down the road.
iQubi Inc., The War of Eustrath HD – $3.99
Deadly Dungeon – Since these articles are supposed to be about games to watch, I thought I’d throw this one in. Right now it doesn’t seem like that much, sporting only 8 levels, 3 monster types and one character type (with male and female versions). However, I have a feeling if this one gets enough user support we could see a lot of interesting enhancements. Add to that the fact that the action is Diablo style and the world is in 3D, and there’s a potential winner in the currently rough package. Besides, it’s currently free, so you’d have nothing to lose for trying it out.
Monstro, Deadly Dungeon – Free
And, just because I like to help the little guy out, here are a few more that look interesting that I just didn’t have the room to report on:
As always, if you played a game that was released this past week which you felt was particularly interesting, please feel free to let us know in the comments section.
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