10 New App Store Games To Watch [June 13 – 19]
Last week was a bit mild in comparison to some of the others we’ve had recently. For Pokemon fans there’s GeoSociety, the closest thing we’ll probably get to “gotta catch ‘em all” on the iPhone. If you prefer a more traditional RPG you might want to give Avadon: The Black Fortress a try. The graphics are old school, but the content should be deep enough for even the hardcore role players. Sports fans can partake in the lighter side of their craft with Zombie Toss Basketball or Flick Golf Extreme. Both put a crazy spin on their respective sports, though I have a feeling Zombie Toss Basketball is a lot more lighthearted.
GeoSociety – When I first heard about Pokemon I didn’t understand what the big deal was. Then I played one of the games on my Gameboy Color and I was hooked. Since we know Nintendo will never bring Pokemon to the iPhone, the best we can hope for is a solid clone, and we might just have gotten it in the form of GeoSociety. The game is story driven, but the focus is monster building. You can have a party of up to 9 monsters, and combat allows for 3 on 3 battles. As you conquer your enemies your monsters will level up, and at times might even mutate to a cooler form. There are 4 different mission modes (including the almost required zombie mode for addicts like me), and I assume these all tie into the story line somehow. The best part of the game, however, is that there are more than 350 monsters to collect. That sure gives the phrase “gotta catch ‘em all” a bit more impact.
Benjamin Hill (Kyro), GeoSociety, 40.0 MB – $1.99
Avadon: The Black Fortress HD – Spiderweb Software is one of those companies that has “old school RPG” in their blood. If my past experience with their products is any indication of what to expect from Avadon, you’re in for a deep, thoughtful gaming encounter. You’ll choose from four different character classes to create your warrior, and then you’ll delve into the land of Lynaeus, defending your keep from the enemies of your homeland. The story is filled with side quests, hidden dungeons and untold secrets for you to uncover. Better yet, the game has multiple endings based on the choices you make, giving you reason to play more than once. This is the beginning of a brand new tale, so you can expect there to be more than one episode for your gaming pleasure. The graphics are certainly from another era, but the attention to detail will suck you in anyway. If you’re looking for an adventure to remind you of how RPGs were fun before Oblivion, Avadon is the game for you.
Spiderweb, Avadon: The Black Fortress HD, 106 MB – $9.99
Zombie Toss Basketball – You know I like zombies. I’m also pretty fond of physics based games. There was even a time when I used to be half way decent at basketball. Now if you combine all of that, wouldn’t it stand to reason that you’d end up with one of the best games ever? Okay, that might be a bit of a stretch, but it sure sounds like fun. Basically you have to toss flaming zombies into basketball hoops to score points. In the pro version you can unlock different types of zombies that look and act differently, and you can also play in unlimited mode to maximize your zombie dunking skills. Slick special effects and a cheering crowd create a fun atmosphere, and you can try out your Xtreme zombie sporting for free to make sure it’s your cup of tea first.
Joseph Covington, Zombie Toss Basketball, 11.0 MB – Free
Ghost Harvest – Electronic Arts brings you this interesting time management / castle defense hybrid that proves you don’t need to be living to have fun. In this deliciously morbid game you’ll build up and deck out a cemetery to harvest souls for profit. Unfortunately not everyone wants to see you be a success, and that’s where the castle defense mode comes in. You’ll need to protect your graveyard from reporters, ghost hunters and other nosy neighbors. The premise is ghoulish, the graphics look frightfully delightful, and it’s free to play, so pull up a tombstone and dig in.
Electronic Arts, Ghost Harvest, 20.5 MB – Free
Twirdie – If you’re like most tweeters, you probably don’t spend enough time on Twitter already, right? Now Twirdie gives you yet another reason to spend time on the “blog of concise thoughts”, as it combines Twitter with a friendly game of golf. You pick a word, and the length of your stroke is based on the number of times that word was tweeted in 60 seconds. The more a word was used, the longer your stroke. Of course, this can get tricky when you need the precision strokes as you near the hole. What’s really cool about this is that every game is different, because the source material is always changing. Plus, it kind of gives you an idea of what’s popular on Twitter at any given moment. Sure this takes an already somewhat geeky game and pushes it over the edge into nerd-dom, but it sure has me intrigued. You don’t even need a Twitter account to play, either.
Simple Machine, Twirdie, 20.4 MB – $0.99
ChocoRun – ChocoRun combines the concept of the runner and the platformer in an interesting way. You have no control over moving left and right. The game handles that for you. Instead, all you have to worry about is when and how much you want to jump. You can tap anywhere on the screen to jump, and hold to get the power you desire. When you’re ready to jump just let go and see where it takes you. The game currently features 30 levels with more on the way, but to be sure you don’t get bored until the new levels are ready, each level has a 3 star ranking based on time taken to complete the level. The game supports both OpenFeint and Game Center with leaderboards and achievements. There’s some cool old school console style graphics, and original soundtrack, and let’s face it – when is the last time you got to play a game as a piece of chocolate?
Alejandro Jimenez Vilarroya, ChocoRun, 19.5 MB – $0.99
TREASURE SQUARE – If you’re like me with Facebook, you might wonder why you actually have a Foursquare account. Well, this might just be the reason. With Treasure Square, you can turn your Foursquare experience into an actual adventure game. Check in to your local habitats, and watch as they suddenly get transformed into dungeons. You’ll fight enemies and evade traps as you wander down into the depths looking for legendary treasures. If there are multiple adventurers in the same spot you can compete to see who will make it the farthest to become the Top Hunter. Checking in to locations in the game even checks you in to Foursquare at the same time, so you get two for the price of one. The down side to all this, of course, is that you need a Foursquare account. But, if you’ve already been sucked into that particular social network, now you can have some more fun with it.
Dyno Entertainment, TREASURE SQUARE™, 9.9 MB – Free
Flick Golf Extreme! – I never really got the hang of the original Flick Golf! (TMA Review), but there’s no question that it looked good and had unique mechanics for a golf game. The thing about Flick Golf is that it’s not about rigid rules and penalties. Instead, it’s about great courses, fun physics and in-flight spin control. Whether it’s the tip of an iceberg (literally) or the deck of an aircraft carrier, you can be sure the locales will be crazy and exotic. If you manage to score a hole in one you’ll be treated to some nifty special effects. And “extreme” introduces a new five ball mode that should be pretty chaotic. The game supports Game Center and OpenFeint for leaderboards and has 30 achievements you can earn. If you’re looking for a golf game that doesn’t feel quite like golf but still does, Flick Golf might be right up your alley.
Full Fat, Flick Golf Extreme!, 43.1 MB – $2.99
Quest Runner – Action / RPG hybrids are becoming quite popular on the iPhone, but they’re also starting to pretty much feel all the same. Hopefully Quest Runner will change that. The first thing you’ll notice from the screen shots are the big, colorful sprites. Between the striking visual difference to similar games and the promise of comical characters and story, I’m expecting a different atmosphere from Quest Runner. It does have the typical quests and loot gathering associated with this style of game, but I don’t believe I’ve ever played one before that featured a battle with a sock puppet squid. You’ll also get the chance to train pets and hire mercenaries for your cause. As long as the quests are interesting and the combat has some variety to it, this could be the spark that reinvigorates the action / RPG genre.
Trident3D, Quest Runner, 19.9 MB – $1.99
MeetingRun! – This looks like a silly game with a lighthearted atmosphere and crazy content, which makes it a perfect way to end this roundup. You’ve just gotten a promotion and the world is about to end, but you can’t be late for your meeting. The ninjas will slice and dice you, which should make it easy for the zombies to get at your brains. Or, you might just get chewed on by the big dinosaur wearing a tie. Whatever the case, you’ll have 20 levels spread over 4 worlds to collect coffee, donuts and your briefcase and get to your meeting on time. There are even 4 mini-games for you to master. The graphics look to be an inspired combination of first generation Sierra Online adventure games and Canabalt, and the overall mood just seems to be zany action. I, for one, can’t wait to give it a try.
Epsilon Studios, MeetingRun!, 16.7 MB – $0.99
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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