This week felt a bit low-key in regards to new releases, but there were still some decent offerings if you kept your eye out. On top of the charts is Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, the latest in the leading “real war” franchise for iOS devices. This looks to be the biggest and best yet, with a whopping 13 mission solo campaign and 6 multiplayer maps that support up to 12 combatants. For people that like their action a bit more 2D there’s Zombieville USA 2, the sequel to the game which started the whole side scrolling run and gun genre. This time around you can slay the dead with a friend, which is always a bonus. Racing fans looking for something a bit different can take to the water in Riptide GP, a water skiing game clearly inspired by Hydro Thunder and actually developed by the folks that brought Hydro Thunder to the Xbox 360.
Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation – Modern Combat was the title that introduced me to FPS gaming on the iPod Touch, and now the series is back for its third installment. This looks to be the best installment yet, with a 13 mission campaign that stretches from Los Angeles to Pakistan. AAA script writing and improved voice acting will engross you in the storyline, while next generation visuals and beefed up sound effects make the world around you come to life. You’ll get to fight from helicopters and 4x4s, and take on different mission types including escorting. When you’re ready to take on real opponents you can engage in battles with up to 12 players over 6 different maps exclusive to multiplayer mode. 7 different game play modes will keep you traipsing around these maps over and over again. Get ready to be dropped in the middle of the most intense iOS warfare yet.
Gameloft, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, – $6.99
Sudoku Twist – Lots of Sudoku games claim to add new and interesting variations, but this is the first one that has caught my attention in a long time. In Sudoku Twist, all the tiles are already filled in for you! The problem is that they are not in the proper order, so you must make things right in the smallest number of moves while racing against a ticking clock. I don’t see any pressure there or anything! There are 16 levels spread across grid sizes of 6, 9, 12 and 16, and you must beat them all to become the ultimate champ. Revisit old boards to get higher scores, and when you’re happy with your results you can post them on Facebook to impress your friends. I have a feeling this might cause as much frustration as it does enjoyment, but at least it shows that developers can still think outside the box (or at least think of the box differently) even when it comes to proven concepts.
JustPlay.mobi, Sudoku Twist, – $0.99
Zombieville USA 2 – Zombieville USA started the whole “side scrolling gunner” fad, and now we finally have a true sequel. As you would expect there will be lots of zombie heavy destruction using a nice variety of weaponry. You’ll also be able to unlock a number of different characters that you can then choose to play from. The mechanics are simple so that you can pick up and play without any learning curve. When you get tired of solo action you can hop on Bluetooth or WiFi and slay the undead with your friends. Game Center integration includes both leaderboards and achievements, and iCloud support means you can play seamlessly between multiple devices which is good since this is a universal app. The graphics have even been given a retina display upgrade for lots of HD zombie popping goodness.
Mika Mobile, Inc., Zombieville USA 2, – $0.99
Blosics – FDG Entertainment has a pretty good eye when it comes to publishing puzzle games, and this one comes from the developers of Cover Orange, so I’m expecting good things from it. The game features 120 levels spread across four worlds, and there are already plans to expand that quantity. The world is governed by some pretty amazing physics, which the screen shots just don’t do just to. I was particularly impressed with the water levels in a video trailer that I saw. To dispatch the rogue blocks in each level you’ll be able to unlock up to 13 different types of balls, each with their own unique power. There are even leaderboards and achievements through Game Center, but with 120 levels to conquer that might just be a bit of fluff in comparison.
Quisr Pro | 1-4 Player Quiz – Tired of quiz games with shoddy AI that is either too stupid to be believable or too smart to be fair? Quisr Pro gives you a solo mode that provides all the competitive challenge without the lousy competition. Answer questions as quickly as you can, because you’ll earn combos for speed and multiple correct answers in a row. You can then submit your scores to global leaderboards to see who really is smarter than a fifth grader (oops, wrong game…). When you’re ready to take on your friends you can play with up to four players on the same device, and players can jump in and out at will. There are already 1000+ questions in the game, but you can create your own quizzes through myQuisr (also available in your browser) and share them with others if you’d like. If you’re not certain this is the quiz game for you, a 1-2 player version with ads is available for free.
VIENOM OG, Quisr PRO | 1-4 Player Quiz, – $2.99
RPG Alphadia – Shareware RPG gamers over the last 20 years or so are probably intimately familiar with products created using the RPG Maker series of development tools. This looks like a product of that subculture, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. What that most likely means is that you can expect a detailed story. It also employs a turn based battle system, which is something I like and miss from all these new fangled action / RPG hybrids. You’ll learn to harness the powers of the elementals and be able to expand your characters beyond the elementals they inherit, making for a deep gaming experience that can be different each time you play through. If the turn based combat is a bit slow for you, however, you can turn on auto-play mode. The developers boast a 30+ hour campaign, which makes this a significant adventure even if you only play through once. The graphics have an old school feel but still look pretty sharp, and are definitely a step or two above this developer’s last foray into the realm of RPGs. This might not appeal so much to players looking for quick action, but old timers like me will be able to appreciate the more laid back game play.
Kotobuki Solution, RPG Alphadia, – $2.99
Candy Town – I always love seeing good games that are decent for kids but still fun for adults, and the match 3 mechanic has become one of my favorites regardless of whether it’s used in a mash-up game or on its own. Candy Town looks to be the latter, though in an interesting twist the game board is in constant motion, even when you’re not making matches. There are 3 game play modes which should make it accessible to the beginner and more experienced player alike. The visuals are bright and colorful and should keep the youngsters’ attention, but I think anyone that likes “cute” will enjoy watching the monster gobble up cupcakes. The game is universal, so you can shield the small screen as you play for a little guilty pleasure, or you can load it up on your iPad and sit and play with your kids that are just getting into gaming. Whatever the case, you’ll want to match as many cupcakes as possible so you can rank high on the leaderboards.
Clickgamer.com, Candy Town, – $0.99
Riptide GP – One of my favorite arcade games is Hydro Thunder, and it appears this game is developed by the same folks that made the modern update Hydro Thunder Hurricane for the Xbox 360. At least that means they have the same passion in electronic water racing that I do, which hopefully will translate to a decent game. The motorboats have been replaced with jet skis, but it still looks like the same wet and wild racing action. There are 12 tracks to race on, and 6 different jet skis to unlock. Perform stunts to earn boost so you can sail past your competition. What has me most intrigued is the comment about altering your environment with interactive triggers. This could be really cheesy or extremely cool, depending on how it was implemented. And, of course, the game is integrated with OpenFeint and Game Center for leaderboards and achievements.
Vector Unit, Riptide GP, – $2.99
Assassin’s Creed Rearmed – This chapter in the Assassin’s Creed saga is designed exclusively for iOS devices and targeted primarily at online play. There is a single player practice mode, and you can even play one on one with a friend via Bluetooth, but the real entertainment comes when you take on up to three others around the world through Game Center. Simple touch controls and stellar pathfinding make this deadly game of cat and mouse all the more entertaining. You’ll be able to purchase characters right out of the various Assassin’s Creed games and customize them with both equipment and unique abilities. The one thing I’m not real convinced of is the supposedly stunning imagery. Either the screen shots don’t do this game justice, or the visuals aren’t nearly as flashy as other installments of this franchise. Regardless, it should provide a decent multiplayer stealth game in an already acclaimed universe.
Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed Rearmed, – Free
Abduction – I have never understood the obsession developers have with “I created this in only X hours”, and this is the prefect example why. This is supposedly the first in a series of games to be made in a six hour time frame on Wednesdays, but if you look at the game and read the description it sounds more like a tutorial demo from a beginner’s guide to programming games than an actual full fledged game. What’s worse is when you look at the list of “coming soon’s”: accelerometer control, Game Center / OpenFeint integration, sounds and music – these are all things that should have been included to begin with. What’s the point in making a game in six hours if you’re not going to include any of the good stuff until future updates? Every once in a while I throw something on my list as a “I hope this isn’t a trend” instead of a game that’s truly worth watching, and this one screamed at me for such a designation. You’ve been warned…
Giles Allensby, Abduction, – $0.99
That was just 10 of the many new releases this past week. Here are several more notable titles you may find of interest:
- Clickgamer.com, Saving Moo, – $0.99
- Clickgamer.com, SpinTrip, – $0.99
- Krivorukoff LLP, Mad Rush, – $0.99
- Beeline Interactive., Zombie Cookin’, – Free
- Re-Create Entertainment, Kevin’s BREAK’EM, – $0.99
- Burletech, Crazy Cannon, – Free
- Rohit Gupta, Flick Tennis: College Wars, – $0.99
- WINLIGHT, Elemental Knights Online, – $1.99
- WayForward Tech, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, – Free
- Marcin Konczakowski, Ninja Pong, – $0.99
- Marcin Konczakowski, Ninja Pong HD, – $0.99
- Buyi Xu, Robo5 HD for iPad, – $0.99
- PuzzleBox Games, Galaxix, – $2.99
- EA, TRIVIAL PURSUIT Master Edition for iPad, – $4.99
- Tin Man, Gamebook Adv: Temple of the Spider God, – $2.99
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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