10 New App Store Games To Watch [Nov. 22 – 28]

The way Twitter was buzzing, I wasn’t expecting nearly so many new releases this past week.  In the same vein, there weren’t nearly as many titles that grabbed me as I would have liked.  Still, I think I’ve managed to dig up a fairly diverse collection of titles for your gaming enjoyment.

If you’re an adventure gamer that doesn’t believe the genre is dead then you’re in luck, because Cop – The Case Of The Cloned Beauty Queen is a detective mystery with a long title and a lot of voiceover work – 330 minutes according to the iTunes.  If you’re more of a 007 than a Colombo there’s Agents!, a game of espionage that attempts to rekindle the fun of the Spy Vs Spy shtick from Mad Magazine.  Tower Defense fans can sink their teeth into Sentinel 3: Homeworld, Origin8’s latest chapter in their epic sci-fi series.  And, for those of you who just can’t get enough of Facebook style social gaming there’s Hollywood City, the simulation that lets you try and recreate Tinseltown in your own image.

Stan Lee’s The Traveler – Lite – Normally I don’t cover “lite” versions of games, but this one has me intrigued for a couple of reasons.  First of all, it’s partially the brain child of Stan Lee.  As a comic book fan, it’s almost an obligation to take an interest in something that Stan Lee has a part in.  The game itself sounds somewhat interesting; you’re trying to save a bunch of civilians from the villainy of the Split Second Men by manipulating the flow of time.  I’m a bit puzzled why, given the cool looking comic book panels in the menu screen, they chose to go with a “cutesy” look to the in-game graphics.  I also wonder why Stan Lee chose a relatively unknown developer for this project.  It just all seems a bit under-polished for the Man of Marvel.  The real question is if Time Traveler is an early swan song or if we’ll be seeing more iPhone games from the master of comic book story telling.

Stan Lee's The Traveler - Lite Gendai Games, Stan Lee’s The Traveler – Lite, 44.3 MB – Free

PAC-MANIA – Another week, another reason for Namco to exploit the Pac-Man license.  This time around we have Pac-Mania, which in essence is the original Pac-Man with a Zaxxon style face lift graphically.  At least the game features new level designs and the added ability for Pac-Man to jump and change directions in mid-air.  Maybe we should call him Neo-Pac?  Besides the standard game play mode there is a new Scramble mode, which has you eating as many pellets as you can in 120 seconds.  In true modern fashion you can earn achievements and compete on leader boards with your friends via Game Center, which should give you some incentive for replay since there are only 23 levels.  The real question here is, does Pac-Man really have the timeless appeal Namco thinks it does?

PAC-MANIA Namco, PAC-MANIA, 6.5 MB – $1.99

Sentinel 3: Homeworld – First you defended Mars, then you protected Earth, and now thanks to Origin8 you’re taking it to the aliens’ home plant in Sentinel 3.  The latest installment in the Sentinel series features a campaign mode with 20 levels sprawled across 14 distinct maps.  If that isn’t enough you can play each map in Endless mode and compete for online high scores.  The game supports both OpenFeint and Game Center, so you’ll have plenty of achievements to unlock regardless of which social network you belong to.  The game itself features more than 20 unlockable unit types, and now has a commander unit that can level up and gain new abilities as you play through the campaign.  A completely reworked game engine brings you state of the art graphics and FX, and high end devices will bask in the glow of retina display.  This may just be a case of “third time’s a charm” after all.

Sentinel 3: Homeworld Origin8, Sentinel 3: Homeworld, 92.9 MB – $3.99

Warlords Classic – I’m all for “reliving the old days”, but sometimes I wonder if we’re better leaving such desires to the realm of the desktop.  This latest port of a PC classic comes from a well respected strategy game series that I must admit I never really got into.  On the plus side, the game supports up to 8 human or AI controlled factions, though I’m guessing this is a single device only affair.  The game has only one map, only supports automatic saving at predetermined points, and apparently only lets you have one game going at a time.  To top it all off, the game rings in at the hefty price of $4.99.  So why is this even worth a mention?  Well, if you’re truly a fan of the series it might bring back some fond memories.  What I’m more interested in, however, is to see if the game goes anywhere.  Given the lineage there should be potential, but I think the game needs to offer a lot more to warrant the current selling price.

Warlords Classic ALSEDI Group, Warlords Classic, 3.5 MB – $4.99

Agents! – Whether or not you dig the general humor of Mad magazine, there’s always been something quirky and appealing about the black and white antics of Spy Vs. Spy.  Agents! hopes to appeal to that zaniness with both an intriguing single player campaign and a wacky multi-player “race to escape”.  In single player mode you must save the world from a top secret super weapon, but you need to be careful as other spies are on the case as well.  In multi-player mode your job is to get in, get the documents, and get out before your friends do.  Either way you’ll have a host of gadgets and gizmos to sabotage your competition with.  In multi-player mode you can play with users of any supported iDevice or a Mac.  For the ultra-competitive the game supports Crystal leader boards and challenges.  If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like combining James Bond with the 3 Stooges, this just might answer your question.

Agents! Clickgamer.com, Agents!, 70.3 MB – $1.99

League of Epic Heroes – I was a bit disappointed to find out this was a dungeon crawler, since the name led me to believe that it was going to be a super hero game (yeah, the word “super” is not the same as “epic”, but still).  At any rate, the game still sounds cool, and I love the retro look of the visuals.  You select 1 of 12 unlockable heroes and delve deep (or not so, depending on your convictions) into the heart of randomly generated dungeons.  The game is designed to be played in short 10 minutes spurts or long, grueling sessions depending on the time you have to spend.  Each hero has their own traits and abilities, and the goodies you find along the way will help customize your play session even more.  The fact that no two dungeons are the same provides for infinite replayability, and Game Center leader boards and achievements (coming soon) will entice you to revisit the dungeons and show your friends who the best hero really is.  The game is a universal binary, so you can scour the dungeons on your iPhone or iPad.

League of Epic Heroes Lazy Peon Games, League of Epic Heroes, 10.0 MB – $1.99

Cop – the case of the cloned beauty queen – I picked this one just for the long name!  Seriously, though, I love adventure games, and I’m always excited to see one show up on the App Store that isn’t a port (or at least not that I’m aware of).  The plot sounds like a cross between The Stepford Wives and Surrogates, and you get thrust into the middle of it as a detective that must solve a crime.  You’ll interact with 45 different characters and collect a large number of objects while traversing 50 different locations.  It seems like there should be some puzzle solving in there as well.  All this is brought to life through stylish graphics and slick music and sound.  The most intriguing part?  The developers claim the game has 330 minutes of spoken dialog.  I’m not sure if that’s a typo, but if I’m doing my math correctly that’s 5 ½ hours worth of talking.  That’s like 3 feature length films.  My mind is certainly boggled.

Cop - the case of the cloned beauty queen Zima, Cop – the case of the cloned beauty queen, 120 MB – $1.99

FMX Riders – If you’re looking for the ultimate arcade freestyle motocross game, this just might be it.  If you’re a loner you might want to try World Circuit Career, which offers 9 tours with more than 40 events.  Or, you can man up and compete with your friends via Game Center for some heated competition.  FMX Riders offers 4 different game play modes, and Game Center integration provides you with leaderboards and achievements.  You can even save and share instant replays with your Game Center friends to rub their faces in your coolness.  And, for those of you not satisfied with your iDevice’s small viewport, FMX Riders supports external screen output (assuming your device does and you have all the extras required).

FMX Riders The Quadsphere, FMX Riders, 57.3 MB – $2.99

Dark Break HD – I have a feeling that non-FPS shooting games aren’t nearly as prevalent on the iPad as they are on the smaller iDevices, but if this is a sign of things to come we could be in for some treats.  You get to take on one of 3 heroes that have been granted unique abilities by the Goddess of Gaia, and it’s up to you to defeat the Goddess of Darkness.  Even with somewhat blurry stills if in-motion action, the visuals look pretty intense.  If the action follows suit this should be a blast.  I’m guessing it’s a Space Harrier style game, which is just fine with me.  The game has both a story and challenge mode, so once you’ve beaten the darkness there will still be reason to play.  I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that story mode will contain some slick anime-style cut scenes, which are always a plus.

Dark Break HD Winking Entertainment, Dark Break HD, 152 MB – $7.99

Hollywood City – What roundup would be complete these days without the token social game?  This week’s offering comes from the fine folks at Digital Chocolate, and it will probably be the closest most of us come to the fabled city of Tinseltown (unless, of course, you’re just visiting).  This time around your goal is to build a thriving Entertainment Empire, and to do so you’ll need to build movie studios, film commercials and music videos, and complete missions to earn income.  Of course the game has a social aspect as well, this time revolving around the fun loving Facebook Connect.  Get your friends to participate and earn more money.  Will you be the next Warner Brothers, or will your legacy fade into obscurity?

Hollywood City Digital Chocolate, Hollywood City, 13.8 MB – Free

That was just 10 of the many new releases this past week. Here are several more notable titles you may find of interest:

Well that wraps up another week of games to watch on the App Store.  As always, if there’s something you’ve played from the past week that you feel should be part of this list, please leave a reply to this post.

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