10 New App Store Games To Watch [Aug 9 – 15]
I think this weekâ€™s biggest news is the potential Angry Birds killer Cannon Cadets.Â It looks like it might have more of a puzzle solving bent to it, which will hopefully keep it from being labeled â€œjust another cloneâ€.Â For you action fans thereâ€™s Shoot To Kill, a freemium game thatâ€™s the first in a potential line of â€œfree for freaksâ€ games.Â You only need to pay if you want useful save games? Platforming fans were treated to the second installment of the revitalized Ghosts â€˜N Goblins series, and if itâ€™s anything like the first it should be a blast.Â Oh, and I guess thereâ€™s that little sequel to a largely unknown iPhone game called iShoot 2â€¦
Cannon Cadets â€“ Could this possibly be the Angry Birds killer?Â Iâ€™m not sure, but it sounds like fun.Â The premise is similar in that you have to start a chain reaction that squashes the enemy in each level.Â In Cannon Cadets, however, the levels look more like something out of the old board game Mousetrap than simply a pile of wood, bricks and ice that must be demolished.Â On the down side, even though you get to choose between 4 characters, I think you only use one at a time, as opposed to Angry Birds where you have multiple birds and types of birds on the same level.Â Still, it could prove to be a fresh variation on the physics puzzle theme.Â The game has 80 levels, and the option to in-app purchase the ability to play the levels out of order, which would be a great bonus for people who might easily get stuck on certain levels.Â Hopefully the game will follow in Angry Birdâ€™s footsteps by adding extra levels from time to time.
XMG Studio Inc., Cannon Cadets, 31.66MB – $1.99
Shoot To Killâ€“ Clearly Shoot To Kill is a shooter, but itâ€™s hard to tell for sure if itâ€™s one where you stay in the middle and just make sure everything doesnâ€™t get to you, or if itâ€™s more of a dual stick shooter.Â Based on the screen shots Iâ€™d wager itâ€™s the former.Â What I can tell you is that there are 6 different game modes, including some multiplayer affairs.Â In campaign mode there are over 30 levels, and youâ€™ll get to blast 14 different types of demons with your choice of 5 weapons in order to earn 13 unique achievements.Â The visuals look pretty slick, and hopefully it will have a rockinâ€™ soundtrack.Â Itâ€™s â€œsellingâ€ point, however, is that the game is â€œfree for freaksâ€.Â What you pay for, should you choose to make an In-App Purchase, is the ability to restore a game from where you last saved should you die.Â The â€œfor freaksâ€ qualifier implies that if you can actually finish the game without having to buy any saves, you must be a freak.Â Hereâ€™s hoping I can be a freak for once!
Me-Stars, Shoot To Kill, 24.15MB – Free
GHOSTS’N GOBLINS GOLD KNIGHTS 2 â€“ Ghosts â€˜N Goblins was the OTHER difficult platform game from Capcom for the NES – the favorite of course being Mega Man.Â Unfortunately it never garnered the success of the robot with the always changing weapons, and only saw a few sequels here or there on various platforms.Â I was excited when the first Gold edition came out for the iPhone, and wasnâ€™t disappointed when I finally got my hands on it.Â Hopefully the same will hold for part 2, because the game play of the first was pure retro gaming goodness.Â On the other hand, the graphics and sound were very much up to todayâ€™s standards, and provided some of the better platforming entertainment for the iPhone.Â This time around we get a brand new character, the ability to rearrange the user interface, and in-app purchases that imagine will give you access to new weapons and armor â€“ and maybe even new levels?
CAPCOM, GHOSTS’N GOBLINS GOLD KNIGHTS 2, 12.91MB – $4.99
Attack of the Kraken â€“ This is a fun little shooter that pits you against UFOs and 4 different types of kraken through 16 different levels in 7 unique locales.Â Your ship is constantly moving, and you rotate the ship left and right to change your heading.Â You can actually run into the kraken, but donâ€™t let them shoot you.Â You also donâ€™t want to get too close to the ground, because that marks instant death.Â Scoring is based on shield strength â€“ the stronger your shield, the more points you get.Â Killing kraken with a fully loaded shield earns you research points, which in turn make it easier for you to kill the kraken that helped you earn the points.Â Your shipâ€™s a bit tiny, but overall the graphics are pretty slick (the blurred screen shots donâ€™t do it justice) and the music is great.Â The only problem is it technically only supports 3G(S)+ devices.Â It will run on 2G iPod Touch, but you have to load it on-device, and if you sync to iTunes it will get removed.
Quantum Sheep, Attack of the Kraken, 11.76MB – $0.99
Guns’n’Glory AD-FREE â€“ This latest release from Handy Games is in one of my least favorite genres, and yet it has me quite intrigued.Â Itâ€™s a tower defense game, but the setting is the Wild West, and you actually play the bad guys!Â Your job is to loot the passing wagon trains and make sure no one escapes to alert the sheriff.Â Youâ€™ll have at your disposal â€œcool cowboys, crazy Mexicans and brave Indiansâ€, and eventually youâ€™ll be able to afford cannons and steam trains with mounted Gatling guns.Â The graphics look quite amusing, and the setting makes it stand out among the crowd (the only other western themed tower defense game Iâ€™m aware of is Cowboys Vs Zombies).
HandyGames, Guns’n’Glory AD-FREE, 12.67MB – $2.99
So Long, Oregon! â€“ I have to confess that Iâ€™m not really sure this would interest me.Â Iâ€™m mentioning it, however, because I find it amusing that someone wants to spoof a 20+ year old game.Â I know Gameloft recently updated the game for mobile devices, but this looks like itâ€™s more in line with the original, as much as thatâ€™s possible within the context of the spoof.Â The description promises â€œrealistic Conestoga wagon physicsâ€ and â€œ5 exciting diseasesâ€, and even lets you veer off course and head for El Dorado, the â€œlost city of goldâ€.Â After all, itâ€™s not like youâ€™re going to find gold on the The Oregon Trail, right?Â The context is cheesy and the graphics are a little too retro for my tastes, but I think this will definitely have a certain appeal, especially to those who were fans of Enviro-Bear 2010.Â Of course, since these were also the folks that created Skullpogo, I might have to give it a chance anyway.
Blinkbat Games, So Long, Oregon!, 20.11MB – $1.99
Gravity Runner â€“ Gravity Runner looks like Canabalt taken to the next level.Â The mechanic is basically the same, where you are continually running and must jump over deadly obstacles.Â However, a second tap while you are in mid-air will reverse gravity, giving you a new view of the situation.Â It also appears that there might be items to collect along the way.Â Iâ€™m not sure Iâ€™m totally sold on the graphical style, but the grid based look of the foreground objects certainly does make the images stand out from the crowd.
We Are Colin, Gravity Runner, 12.87MB – $0.99
iShoot 2 â€“ What can I say?Â Long before Doodle Jump and Angry Birds, iShoot was the original phenomenon of the App Store.Â Now itâ€™s back and better than ever.Â The graphics and sound have been overhauled for your sensory pleasure.Â The weapons system was completely redesigned, hopefully allowing for even more destructive fun.Â Combat takes place on vast scrolling and zooming landscapes.Â Your tanks are customizable, though it would be nice to know exactly what that means.Â Multiplayer is now available over Bluetooth, which is great for those with iDevice friends and no WiFi.Â Thereâ€™s even a campaign mode for the unsocial type like myself.
Naughty Bits, iShoot 2, 56.52MB – $2.99
The Incident â€“ This game takes a slightly different approach to the whole â€œclimb as high as you canâ€ motif.Â The structure youâ€™re climbing here is a pile of everything and anything, and itâ€™s actually being chucked down at you as youâ€™re climbing it!Â Not only do you have to keep going higher, but you have to dodge your â€œladderâ€ as itâ€™s being made.Â There are plenty of power ups, power downs and collectables to keep you occupied while youâ€™re jumping.Â The graphics and sound will make you long for your old NES or Sega Master System.Â Can you discover the source of The Incident?
Big Bucket Software, The Incident, 8.21MB – $1.99
NinJump â€“ The â€œcontinual climbing or fallingâ€ genre seems to be gaining momentum these days, and itâ€™s nice to see some developers putting a little creativity into it.Â With NinJump youâ€™re actually jumping between two buildings instead of jumping on platforms, but there is still plenty to dodge.Â Whatâ€™s cool is that if you run into something while youâ€™re jumping youâ€™ll slice it with your sword, and if you get three of the same thing in a row youâ€™ll get a temporary power based off of whatever you sliced.Â The graphics are decent, the sound is good, and the game is free as long as you donâ€™t mind ads.Â Of course, you can pay to get those ads removedâ€¦
Backflip Studios, NinJump, 18.28MB – Free
And here are some other notable releases that you should keep you occupied for hours on end:
- Mikengreg LLC ,Â Solipskier, 14.5 MB – $2.99
- 2K Play, Inc. ,Â Carnival Games for iPhone, 88.7 MB – $3.99
- UI-SANG,Â Creatures – THE FIRST BLOOD, 24.8 MB – $2.99
- TeamLava, LLC,Â City Storyâ„¢, 8.7 MB – Free
- Digital Bridges,Â MotoGP 2010, 59.0 MB – $3.99
- Escalation Studios LLC,Â Splode, 18.3 MB – $0.99
- Blockdot, Inc. ,Â Chicktionary by Bing, 5.0 MB – Free
- Gamerizon,Â Chop Chop Soccer, 26.8 MB – $0.99
- Orange UK ,Â Lambi Islands, 18.8 MB – Free
- Ken Neth Wong ,Â Glow Puzzle, 2.2 MB – Free
That wraps up another week of games to watch.Â As always, if thereâ€™s something that came out last week that you think is worth our readers knowing about, please feel free to comment on this post.Â Until next time.
Previous weekly installments of ourÂ New App Store Games Roundup:
- 10 New App Store Games To Watch [Aug 2 – 8]
- 10 New App Store Games To Watch [July 26 – Aug 1]
- 10 New App Store Games To Watch [July 19 – 25]
- 10 New App Store Games To Watch [July 12 – 18]
- 10 New App Store Games To Watch [July 5 – July 11]
- 10 New App Store Games To Watch [June 28 – July 4]
- 10 New App Store Games To Watch [June 21 – 27]