10 New App Store Games To Watch [Oct. 4 – 10]

For those that are into fast moving, anthropomorphic animals – or for the folks that are big console gamers over the age of 20 – SEGA did you all a wonderful service by releasing the long awaited 4th chapter in the Sonic The Hedgehog series.  Now if you’d rather blow up things with big guns than save cute little woodland creatures, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus might be more your style.  Want to explore a vast fantasy world with friends and strangers?  TibiaME MMO will provide you with 100’s of quests to solve, while Seven Swords brings 120 person PvP combat in 3D playing fields.  And there are a few other games on the list, too.

Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus – Modern Combat: Sandstorm is the only FPS that I’ve really gotten into so far on the iPhone, and it sounds like the sequel kicks it up a couple of notches.  In single player mode you get to choose one of 3 characters to play through 12 missions spread across multiple continents.  Multiplayer mode can be accessed both locally via WiFi and over the internet and allows you to compete in 10 player competitions ranging from Capture The Flag to every man for himself combat.  You’ll have your choice of 15 different real world weapons that you can pluck from the bodies of your fallen enemies.  All the control schemes from the original game are present and refined, along with a new gyro control scheme for the latest iDevices.  With some intense 3D visuals, you’re in for one thrilling wartime experience.

Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus Gameloft, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, 440 MB – $6.99

Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I – There’s not much to say about this for die hard fans of the series.  This sequel has been 16 years in the making (well, probably not, but that’s when the last one came out), and the fans are just as excited as ever about its release.  The game picks up right where Sonic & Knuckles left off, and the speedy blue hedgehog is as energetic as ever.  Enhanced versions of classic moves like the Sonic Spin Dash and the Homing Attack will make old pros feel right at home.  There are even two exclusive levels built just for the iDevice to take advantage of the accelerometer feature.  All together there are 23 levels, including 7 special stages, so you’ll have more than enough to keep you busy.  As I raise my protective body gear I must admit I wasn’t a real big fan of the series when it first debuted, but episode 4 might just make me a convert.

Sonic The Hedgehog 4â„¢ Episode I Sega, Sonic The Hedgehog 4â„¢ Episode I, 88.7 MB – $9.99

TibiaME MMO – Guess Yslandia shook things up a bit, because not a week later we have another traditional MMORPG client on the iDevice.  This one seems a bit lighter, with only two character classes and no mention of subclasses.  There are 12 islands to explore, with 150 types of monsters to vanquish and 200+ quests to embark on.  12 major updates a year to the online content should ensure that there’s always something new for you to play.  You can travel the world alone or band together with friends or strangers across the globe to take on the trickiest dungeons Tibia has to offer.  The best part is that the client is free, so entrance to Tibia is a bit more wallet-friendly than the trip to Yslandia.

TibiaME MMO CipSoft, TibiaME MMO, 17.5 MB – Free

SevenSwords – I feel like this is turning into online client week, which is ironic given that I’m not a big fan of online games.  Seven Swords is another free offering, this time seeming to rely more on the action hungry fans.  You get to choose from 4 different character classes and engage in battles with up to 120 players.  There are also monsters to fight, but it sounds like this might focus on the PvP aspect of online gaming.  There is also no mention of quests, so if you’re looking for a more in-depth experience you’ll want to stick with TibiaME or Yslandia.  On the other hand, if you’re desiring intense 3D combat with slick 3D graphics and over 100 people on the field at the same time, Seven Swords should fit your needs perfectly.

SevenSwords ASOBIMO, SevenSwords, 8.1 MB – Free

Alien Space – I love dual stick shooters, and it’s kind of surprising that more of them aren’t focused in outer space.  Alien Space is here to help correct that, providing a 3D world filled with aliens that want nothing more than to wipe you out of existence.  You’ll play through 30 levels in campaign mode as well as an endless survival mode to prove that you are the true king of space.  You’ll get the chance to upgrade your ship and weapons systems, but don’t expect that to make your journey a walk in the park, as the bad guys have everything you do and more in their armory.  The game sounds intense and rather enjoyable, but the real question will be if the game will make an impact with a $3.99 price tag amidst the swarm of 99 cent and $1.99 shooters.

Alien Space Owens Rodriguez, Alien Space, 8.2 MB – $3.99

Bonecruncher Soccer – This sounds like it fills an interesting gap between full team based soccer games and those typically boring “stand and kick a goal” games.  You take control of one character, but you still have to face off against a field full of defenders as you try and conquer 40 different and varied challenges.  The arena is a lovingly rendered 3D stadium full of fans, and the players have been animated with motion capture techniques that should make them appear fluid and lifelike.  You can also customize your character by choosing your own cut, boot and strip (and if you know what any of those mean, this game is probably for you).  The controls are designed to be intuitive and so is the game play, so don’t look for a long set of instructional pages.  This might just be the soccer game for people who don’t like soccer games.

Bonecruncher Soccer Distinctive Wireless, Bonecruncher Soccer – $0.99

Heroes Blade – This sounds really intriguing.  The game plays out like a turn based strategy RPG, but the playing pieces come from a deck of cards like Magic The Gathering.  The initial game offers more than 120 cards between minions and spells, and future updates promise to bring even more.  It also sounds like you have a main character that acts like the hero in Heroes Of Might & Magic.  What’s truly unique, however, is that besides just adding new cards to your deck you can actually upgrade your existing ones.  As long as the deck building and strategy portions of the game compliment each other instead of clashing this could be quite a game.  The graphics look pretty decent to boot.  The only thing that’s glaringly missing is any mention of multi-player mode.  If that’s not there from day one I hope it makes it in a relatively quick update.

Unfortunately, this item is not currently available in the U.S. We’ll post a link when it’s back on the App Store.

BrainDead 13 – I realize that even back when they came out a lot of people felt games like Dragon’s Lair were too limited in terms of control.  Nowadays people seem to find the control scheme downright unacceptable, but personally I still enjoy the format and playing through the old laser disc games.  Brain Dead 13 uses a similar mechanic where you watch some animation and then click in the direction you think you should move, so those looking for lots of action should probably stay away.  However, the visuals look good and I’m sure the animation will rival that found in games such as Dragon’s Lair, so the graphics should be quite pleasing.  The concept of what amounts to a Geek Squad wannabe going to an evil disembodied brain’s lair to fix a computer sounds too good to pass up as well.  I’m pretty excited about this one.

BrainDead 13 Digital Leisure, BrainDead 13, 575 MB – $2.99

Scrambleface – The sliding tile puzzle game generally doesn’t interest me, and from a game play perspective Scrambleface is not really any different than all the others.  What makes the game stand out from the pack is that the puzzles are generated on the fly based on your camera!  Yes, you can now be the star of the game you’re playing, assuming you have an iDevice with a camera in it.  The device works with both front facing and rear facing cameras, so if you have the most recent iPhone you can get the crowd or yourself depending on your preferences.  The best part is that the images are being streamed live, which means the puzzle is constantly changing as you’re playing!  Grid sizes of 3×3 and 4×4 don’t sound like much, but when you add in the dynamic video flow factor, this could be quite challenging.

Scrambleface Samuel Harvey, Scrambleface, 13.1 MB – $1.99

Cut the Rope – A “games to watch” article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the puzzle game that not only knocked Angry Birds off its rocker, but managed to claim the top spot in both iPhone and iPad puzzle games at the same time.  Who would have guessed that a game about feeding an alien some candy would become so popular?  All you have to do is swipe across some ropes to slice them, and physics will handle the rest, which will hopefully result in the candy falling in Om Nom’s mouth.  If you thought you were going to get off easy, however, you won’t get the maximum points out of a level unless you collect the 3 gold stars that reside somewhere on the level.  Spikes and spiders will try and take the candy from Om Nom, while other implements lying around the level can help the candy get where no candy has gone before.  Cute, colorful graphics heighten the experience, while Crystal leaderboards and achievements will keep you coming back for more.

Cut the Rope Chillingo, Cut the Rope, 12.41MB – $0.99
Cut the Rope HD Chillingo Ltd, Cut the Rope HD, 26.9 MB – $1.99

Pixel Ninja – I’ll admit right now that I’m not 100% sure why I’m including this one.  Triniti Games is best known for their utterly inconsistent quality in their games.  However, there’s something about Pixel Ninja that just seems cool.  It appears to be a Zelda clone with a feudal Japan theme, and being as I like both Ninjas and Zelda, Pixel Ninja sounds all right to me.  The graphics definitely have an early 90s video game style about them, and 4 environments across 20 levels sounds like quite a bit to explore.  I’m also kind of curious to know what a ninja dog is.  Finally, who can resist a traditional flute soundtrack?  I’m not sure what that is, but it sounds soothing.  While you’re at it I’d keep an eye on Gamebox 2, their sequel to All-In-1 Gamebox.  Right now there are only 10 games for a $2.99 price tag, but I’d expect the quantity to increase and price to decrease before too long.

Pixel Ninja Triniti Interactive, Pixel Ninja, 11.0 MB – $0.99
GAMEBOX 2 Triniti Interactive, GAMEBOX 2, 178 MB – $2.99

And here are several more notable new releases that maybe worth your while:

That’s it for another week!  As always, if there was something you played that came out last week and you feel it should be on this list, feel free to leave a reply to this post letting us know what you’ve been enjoying.

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