10 New App Store Games To Watch [Aug 16 - 22]

Two important theatrical phenomenons received iPhone games this week.  Top Gun 2 lets you continue the adventures of the fighter pilots made popular by the hit 80s film.  In Jaws, on the other hand, it’s up to you to save the naive and innocent swimmers from the deadly grip of the great white shark.  For the pocket strategist there’s Nobunaga’s Ambition, the first iDevice version of a series that began in 1988.  For the person who needs to keep a to-do list but finds the effort boring there’s Epic Win, the “game” that lets you earn experience and upgrade a character just for doing your chores.  And, if you’re a zombie slayer in hiding you get two cool looking offerings this week in the form of Zombie Escape and Zombie Flick.

Top Gun 2 – Who doesn’t want to relive the lives of their favorite characters from what is arguably one of the most popular fighter pilot movies ever?  In Top Gun 2 you’ll take to the sky in one of 3 different aircraft, each with upgradeable cannon and missile systems as well as offensive and defensive specials.  There are several different missions to complete, including rescuing Iceman, who has been shot down behind enemy lines.  You’ll travel across 7 unique theatres of operation, even heading up into outer space.  Breathtaking 3D visuals make the action come to life, and the music is spearheaded by the all time classic “Danger Zone” with a backup soundtrack by the band Daredevil Squadron.  If you’re a fan of the movie, it sounds like now’s the time to fly the not so friendly skies.

Top Gun 2 Paramount, Top Gun 2, 215.16MB – $3.99

Nobunaga’s Ambition – This is one of those series that someone might jokingly say “yeah, there’s a million of ‘em”.  While that’s not quite true, there certainly have been a number of installments in this historical strategy simulation since the initial release in 1988.  22 years later Nobunaga has made his way to the iPhone, and the developers promise a “return to the roots” for this highly revered series.  You will take on the role of a Japanese warlord and vie for control of the 50 fiefdoms that comprise feudal Japan.  It’s not all about war, however, as you must build up commerce and agriculture in order to fund your loftier goals.  The visuals look great, and the soundtrack is vintage Nobunaga.  If you’d like to see what a good strategy game was like in simpler days, look no further.

Nobunaga's Ambition KOEI Co., Nobunaga’s Ambition, 128 MB – $9.99

Monster Dash – What do you get when you combine Canabalt with Zombieville USA?  Something that sounds like a lot more fun than either game separately – and a game called Monster Dash.  In what looks to be the next smash hit from the creators of Fruit Ninja you play Barry Steakfries, and your sole mission is to survive as long as you can, blasting every monster in sight along the way.  All you have to worry about is jumping and shooting (and collecting cool weapons and hearts if you want to stay alive longer).  The graphics look to be comprised of detailed backgrounds and cute, cartoony characters, and it will hopefully have some jazzy music to keep the energy up.  Do I smell another casual gamer phenomenon from Halfbrick?

Monster Dash Halfbrick, Monster Dash, 14.0 MB – $0.99

Jaws – The film about the great white shark with an insatiable appetite probably has one of the most well known themes in horror movie history, as well as being a fan favorite when it comes to non-Godzilla creature features.  Now you can experience all the thrills of the movie on your iPhone or iPod Touch as you take on the role of Police Chief Martin Brody.  Your mission – protect all the innocent swimmers from the jaws of death by dragging and flicking them to the safety of the beach or boats.  This game has it all: 10 increasingly difficult levels that lead up to the final confrontation between you and Jaws, the award winning theme from John Williams, and a 25 foot long, 3 ton virtual shark.  What could be better than that?

Jaws™ Bytemark Games Inc., Jaws™, 19.5 MB – $2.99

EpicWin – This is really more of a utility than a game, but I like the premise so much I decided to include it anyway.  Have you ever felt like you don’t get rewarded enough for the little things in life that you do (or maybe even the big things)?  Epic Win is the program for you, then.  It’s a to-do list with an RPG spin.  Completing errands and chores in Epic Win is the equivalent of finishing a quest in a normal RPG, so you actually earn experience points that will allow you to level up the character you’ve created.  Have no fear about the to-do portion of the app, however.  Features include repeating events, time critical missions and reminders for overdue objectives.  And even when your spouse or children don’t say “thank you” for a job well done, Epic Win will.

EpicWin supermono limited, EpicWin, 11.4 MB – $2.99

MapleStory Thief Edition – The online anime MMORPG sensation comes to your iPhone or iPod Touch in a new side scrolling action/RPG flavor.  It will be interesting to see how fans of the online series take to this, as it appears to be an offline single player game.  You get to choose a thief or assassin, and your job is to build the character up to become the savior of the Maple World.  You can equip your character from a choice of over 70 items, and discover 100s of treasures on your journey.  There are hours of quests with multiple endings, and several mini-games to stir things up a bit.  The graphics look like the fall in line pretty well with the online version, and the promise of an in-depth, humorous story should help compensate for the lack of live adversaries.

MapleStory Thief Edition NEXON, MapleStory Thief Edition, 58.0 MB – $4.99

BATTLE BEARS GO – The Battle Bears series is one that relies on sick humor and a sore lack of appreciation for anything overly cute and childlike to make its point.  In other words, it’s a nice change of pace.  Battle Bears Go is the first of the series to be exclusive on the iPad, and it looks to pay homage to the insane antics of Robotron and more recently (relatively speaking) Smash TV.  Hopefully you’ll get a decent choice of weaponry like you did in the first two games.  New to this version is a co-op mode, so you can go at it alone or take a friend with for twice the carnage.  I haven’t played BATTLE BEARS -1 yet, but if this has any of the charm of BATTLE BEARS: Zombies!, then it’s worth far more than the current 99 cent asking price.

BATTLE BEARS GO SKYVU PICTURES, BATTLE BEARS GO, 54.6 MB – $0.99

Rednecks Vs Aliens – This looks like Zombie Attack! for the Area 51 crowd.  You play a meek little farmer that must defend his farmhouse from an onslaught of alien invaders.  You’ll have 8 gun types, 7 home improvements and 3 special power ups at your disposal.  This includes everything from a potato gun to a tornado, and for those of you that haven’t gotten your carnal fill in yet, you’ll even have access to farts.  There are 7 types of aliens to contend with, many of which look like descendents of that supposed alien that was caught and autopsied on a low-budget “documentary” many years ago.  I trust that each alien type will sport some unique power that you’ll have to overcome.  The graphics look decent enough, and with any luck it will have some humorous sound bytes to set the mood.

Rednecks Vs Aliens Dennis Zdonov, Rednecks Vs Aliens, 7.6 MB – $0.99

Zombie Escape – This game combines two of the most popular elements of App Store games today: line drawing and zombies.  What looks intriguing about this title, however, is that line drawing isn’t the only thing you have in your arsenal.  That’s how you get the survivors to safety, but you also have to actively try and eliminate the zombies.  You’ll have things like bombs, sleeping gas and raw meat at your disposal, plus a couple of secrets that you’ll just have to play the game to find out.  There are 28 levels spread across three environments, and you can play in either campaign or survival modes.  It’s a bit hard to tell from the scrunched up, bordered screen shots Chillingo provides on iTunes, but the graphics look like they might be pretty sweet.  I’m just happy to see developers bringing new twists to the zombie themed games.

Zombie Escape Chillingo, Zombie Escape, 17.8 MB – $0.99

Zombie Flick – This was an interesting week for zombie related games, so I thought I’d end the list with another one that deviates from the standard “blow ‘em away” formula.  Zombie Flick takes you back to the 70s, where an incurable virus has spread across America.  Your job is simply to survive, but without weapons you’re pretty much relegated to every unusual object lying around short of the kitchen sink.  You must flick objects at the enemy to stun – and if you’re luck dismember – them.  And as always, be sure to aim for the head.  The 3D graphics definitely have a disco look about them, and the whole thing is framed like some campy horror film.  There’s even slow-mo action to really let you take in the gory decapitations and such.

Zombie Flick Full Fat Productions, Zombie Flick, 38.4 MB – $1.99

And here are some other notable releases that you may have missed:

There you have it.  Another week sees another fine selection of games to keep your fingers busy.  As always, if there’s something you’ve played from the past week that you think deserves a mention, please feel free to post a reply to this thread.

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