10 New App Store Games To Watch [Sep. 12 – 18]


This week Serious Sam makes its way to the small screen, but interestingly enough it comes in the guise of a 2D platform game!  As long as it has the same wit and frantic action as its 3D PC counterpart, however, it might just be the jump-start this wacky but ailing series needs.  Burn The Rope Worlds is the sequel to one of the most innovative puzzle games on iOS devices.  Not only is the same 360 degree flame action present in this edition, but a new mini-game that will have you chasing your flaming tail adds bang for the buck.  Finally, if you’re in the mood for some retro fighting action, Capcom has released both Final Fight and Street Fighter II Collection.  Of course you can get both of these through their previously released Capcom Arcade product as well, but they promise that these standalone versions are superior products.

One Single Life 2 – Tired of the run of the mill infinite running game?  How about one that affords you just a single life to complete the entire game?  This was the premise of One Single Life, and apparently it was popular enough that they’ve created a sequel.  The “one life” gimmick remains (though you can purchase infinite lives through IAP if you like).  This version includes new locations, an epic final level, and death-cam replays.  There’s a Hall Of Fame leaderboard, though you actually have to complete the game to be on this elite ranking.  The other big new feature is achievements, presumably through Game Center though it isn’t specified.  Are you up to the challenge of beating an entire game with one life?

One Single Life 2 FreshTone Games, One Single Life 2, 18.0 MB – $0.99

Final Fight – If Double Dragon was the pioneer of scrolling beat-em-up games, Final Fight was its older cousin on steroids.  This is a standalone version of the Capcom Arcade Final Fight, which I assume is a port of the coin-op version of the game.  You get your choice of 3 different characters, and you can play two player co-op via Bluetooth (note, however, that this is not compatible with the Capcom Arcade version for 2 player).  The thing I always liked about this game was the big characters.  The visuals aren’t too shabby either for a 20 year old game.  As with most of these ports I’m sure Final Fight’s biggest appeal will be to folks that remember it from “in the day”, but if you’re looking for a basic brawler with lots of weapons and a few cool moves, this is a good place to start.  Just don’t expect a combat repertoire like Street Fighter or anything of that nature.

Final Fight CAPCOM, Final Fight, 40.9 MB – $0.99

Rubble Robber – What caught my attention on this game was the claim of a combination between hidden objects and physics based destruction games.  It’s an especially curious description since none of the screen shots indicate anything like what I’d consider “hidden object” sequences.  Still the game offers 60 levels of treasure stealing fun, with 100s of artifacts to pilfer.  Tools range from the lowly shovel to the slightly overzealous lead zeppelin, all of which will get put to good use.  Collect money in the game to buy hints and bonuses – no IAP required.  You’ll also have “cryptic-ish” puzzles to solve in order to fully realize the baron’s riches.  The current levels are broken into three locations, and hopefully future updates will add new locations to the journey.

Rubble Robber Square Meal Apps, Rubble Robber, 17.6 MB – $0.99

Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! – Back when I spent a lot of time playing PC games I was not a big fan of FPS games, but I did rather enjoy the mindless mayhem of Serious Sam.  As such I was pleasantly surprised to hear that it was coming to my iOS device… and a bit taken aback to find out that it was going to be a side scrolling game.  I have to admit, though, that the prospect of playing a headless bomb wielding kamikaze does have a certain appeal to it.  You’ll have to traverse 40 levels while avoiding hazards and dodging heavy ordinance, with your ultimate goal being the destruction of Serious Sam.  Once you complete the levels (or even if you haven’t) you can indulge in a variety of endless modes, including “Frog Punt”.  You can even use Facebook to spam your friends with all your high scores.  This may no t be 3D, but it sounds like it captures all the fun that made Serious Sam great.

Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! Devolver Digital, Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack!, 17.8 MB – $0.99

Balloon Rush – From the creators of Defender Chronicles  and Doodle vs Brute comes the story of one woman and her mission to deliver packages around the world… in a hot air balloon!  You’ll travel to exotic locations while bringing people their goods in 50 levels of story mode game play.  There is also a puzzle mode that allows for unlimited game play opportunities.  The colorful graphics will appeal to young and old alike, and game play is kid safe.  There’s no mention of social network integration, though this seems like it would be perfect for achievements.  It also feels like it could easily support a cool two player mode – maybe a race to see who can deliver the most packages first or something?  Hopefully we’ll see some of these features in a future update.  I do know this developer is all for high quality products and fan input, so give the game a try and start offering them some suggestions for future enhancements.

Balloon Rush Menara Games, Balloon Rush, 29.3 MB – $2.99

Burn The Rope Worlds – The first Burn the Rope had an original game play mechanic – the flame used to burn the ropes had to always be pointing up, which meant you spent a lot of time rotating your device.  And you could forget about wearing headphones!  This sequel promises the same stellar mechanic across 100 brand new levels.  You can also get a brand new level each day when you play somewhere that has access to the internet.  Better yet, they’ve included a new mini-game called Endless Burn.  This is sort of like Burn The Rope meets Snake.  You have to collect as many bugs as you can, but the whole time your flame trail is growing, and if ever you run into yourself the game is over.  There are 3 different levels of difficulty, so it should appeal to a wide spectrum of players.  While there was occasion to get frustrated in the original it was certainly worth the time spent playing it, and I’m expecting all the more from this iteration.

Burn the Rope Worlds Big Blue Bubble, Burn the Rope Worlds, 27.6 MB – $0.99

Street Fighter II Collection – I’m beginning to think that Capcom didn’t put much effort into its Capcom Arcade product, because this is another standalone version of a game that was originally a part of that collection.  Actually, this is in itself a collection of three different Street Fighter games.  Included in the bundle are “The World Warrior”, “Championship Edition”, and “Hyper Fighting” versions of Street Fighter II.  It might be overkill for most, but for true fans I’m sure it’s nostalgia nirvana.  Unlike the Final Fight, this is pure fist flinging, foot flying one on one combat ecstasy.  You can unleash combos to your heart’s content, and when you’re done practicing on the computer AI, get with a friend and duke it out via Bluetooth.  Sadly, like the Final Fight standalone, this version of Street Fighter II is not compatible with the Capcom Arcade version for multi-player.  Given that it sounds like these titles have been upgraded from their Arcade counterparts, interconnectivity is probably unlikely.  There’s no question that Street Fighter has played a significant role in the shape of fighting games today, so if you’d like some history on where modern one on one brawler games came from, here you go.


Cowboy Guns – If you look at the screen shots this kind of feels like Gauntlet meets the Wild West, which can only be a good thing since Gauntlet was an awesome game and the Wild West theme is just cool.  For goal minded folks like myself, there’s an adventure mode complete with intertwining cinematic clips and 4 bosses to kill.  If you prefer the stamina route you can play endless mode and see how many varmints you drop before you’re pushing up daisies.  For an in between experience you can play Bounty Hunter mode, where you earn rewards for defeating more than 20 wanted criminals.  You’ll get to use a variety of weapons from handguns to the old fashioned sticks of dynamite, and you’ll get to upgrade your weapons through rewards earned via missions, bounties and stars collected on the different levels.  The visuals look detailed but also have a cartoon like slant, and the soundtrack promises a spaghetti western atmosphere.

Cowboy Guns Chillingo Ltd, Cowboy Guns, 61.5 MB – $0.99
Cowboy Guns HD Chillingo Ltd, Cowboy Guns HD, 61.5 MB – $2.99

Destinia – Not content to rest on their laurels, Gamevil is prepping another RPG saga for our leveling up enjoyment.  In what I’m almost sure will be just part one of a new series you play the typical “rebel against the empire” role.  Cliché story aside, Destinia promises more than 30 hours of villain slaying satisfaction.  More importantly, the item construction system allows you to plug and play equipment in new and interesting combinations at any time no matter where you are.  If that’s not enough, train up a pet and then take it along on some intense PvP action.  You can choose from 3 classes, 6 subclasses and 39 skill trees, providing for the ability to play through multiple times with a new experience each time.  Will this become the phenomenon that ZENONIA (TMA Review) was before it?  Of course only time will tell, but from the sound of it I think it has a good chance.


DragonVale – The latest offering from Backflip Studios will have you raising cute little dragons to call your own.  You hatch and feed the dragons like a Tamagotchi game, and then breed them to create new types.  Hook up with your friends via Game Center or Facebook so that you can visit each others’ dragon parks and exchange gifts to help each other out.  You can fully customize the park with decorations, nice paths and other things that will be pleasing to visitors.  You can also manage farms to grow treats for your dragons.  Use your dragons to compete in a coliseum to earn prizes so that you can build the best dragon park in the game.  Colorful visuals and a serene soundtrack accentuate the lighthearted nature of the game.  The big question at this point is how many more of this type of game can the iOS platform support user wise, but at a price point of free it’s a no lose situation for the users.

DragonVale Backflip Studios, DragonVale, 18.1 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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