10 New App Store Games To Watch [May 7 - 13]

FPS fans can enjoy another installment of Gameloft’s popular sci-fi series this week with the release of N.O.V.A. 3.  Everything you’ve come to expect from the franchise is still present, and new to this release is the ability for multiple players to share a vehicle.  If boxing is more your thing you might consider Punch Hero from Gamevil.  It’s free, you can duke it out with players around the world, and equipping your player consists of buying things like beards and sunglasses.  Maybe you like puzzle / platform games instead?  If that’s the case check out LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias, a game where you get to control the power of the wind and change the seasons at will.

The Bluecoats: North vs South – As a company that primarily offers adventure games on mobile devices this is a rather interesting offering by Microids, but it’s one that seems to be rather well received so far by critics.  The focus of this historical strategy game is the Civil War, and you get the option of playing the Yankees or Confederates as you take control of one of three different armies.  Your job is to capture states and take over enemy forts while protecting your own territories and railroads.  You’ll even want to commandeer the port so you can take advantage of reinforcements from overseas.  Of course you’ll have to watch your backs against the Native Americans and Mexicans as well.  The game is a combination of turn based movement and real time field battles, and they even throw in some horseback train chases for good measure.  I’m not sure this is the most in-depth strategy experience you’ll find on your iOS device, but it sounds like lots of fun.

The Bluecoats - North vs South Microids, The Bluecoats – North vs South – $3.99

LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias – I’ve not had the opportunity to play the first installment in this series yet, but the sequel sounds quite enjoyable.  It appears that you control Enril, an entity that has power over the air.  You’ll be able to do things like form snowballs out of the air, manipulate moisture-laden clouds and even summon cyclones to do your bidding.  Your mission is to guide young Toku as he attempts to rescue his mother from the evil Balasar.  You’ll meet cool characters, solve puzzles and fight nasty villains.  The coolest part is that you’ll be able to switch between Summer and Winter at will, doing things like transforming frozen bodies of water into areas that you can explore to discover secrets.  You’ll also get the chance to visit familiar territory and new regions alike, all rendered with lush visuals.  In addition to simply solving the game, Game Center provides you with multiple achievements to earn.  You can even use the game’s snapshot feature to add its characters to your own photos.

LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias Frontier Developments, LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias – $3.99

Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering. – Juggernaut is about taking on over 100 different enemies to prove you are the master.  You can choose from 5 different warriors, each with unique abilities and weapons to wield.  You’ll raise your character through 30 levels of experience, equipping them with better armor and a wide array of items.  Fighting is turn based, though it sounds like it will suit you well to not dawdle and strike when the opponent is not looking.  There are three different methods you can use for combat, and 12 different spells to unleash on your enemies.  3 mini-games add variety to the combat, and 2 additional mini-games can be played when you’re not fighting.  Juggernaut boasts more than 30 hours of game play with 50+ achievements to earn, so there should be plenty for you to do without getting bored.

Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering. Mail.Ru, Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering. – Free

N.O.V.A. 3 Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance – I had heard some rumors that people weren’t happy with Gameloft turning out so much freemium fare, so here you go.  They’ve returned to their popular sci-fi FPS series and tacked a familiar price tag on to boot.  From the sounds of it, veterans of the series ought to be jumping on this one.  In addition to the usual assortment of hand weaponry you will be able to drive vehicles and even pilot a Mech to help you accomplish your goals.  In addition to the 10 level immersive storyline you can link up with your buddies (or whoever might be available) to engage in 12 player battles over 6 different maps.  There are 6 unique modes including capture the flag and free-for-all, and you’ll even be able to join your team in the same vehicle for a change.  Multiplayer space engagements don’t get much better than this.

N.O.V.A. 3 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance Gameloft, N.O.V.A. 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance – $6.99

Out Zone – Thankfully for fans like me there’s no shortage of scrolling shooters on the iOS market.  Out Zone looks to rekindle a sub-genre that’s not quite as prevalent, however: the vertical scrolling run and gun.  I suppose one might argue that dual stick shooters are the next evolution of such games, but it’s still nice to see a good old fashioned top down “no ship” affair reminiscent of games like Commando.  Out Zone does take a sci-fi approach to things, which is a nice touch.  You can switch between two different types of weapons by picking up icons on the screen, and you also have two special weapons and bombs to play around with.  The game originally came out in 1990, and while that’s evident by the screen shots, I’d still say the visuals have held up pretty well.  There are only seven levels, so hopefully there are some difficulty settings to choose from so experienced players can be challenged, but if updates like RayForce (TMA Review) from Taito are any indication, Out Zone could be quite entertaining.

Out Zone Yuheng Software, Out Zone – $4.99

Legend of the Cryptids – This game looks to take Pokemon back to its card game roots and update it for an older crowd (not that I have anything against Pokemon).  Your goal is to take down the Shadow King and return peace to the land.  To accomplish this you’ll need to battle creatures and collect their cards to add them to your armies.  Creatures can be trained so that they evolve and become more powerful, and you’ll be able to tweak your virtual deck to create the strongest team possible.  When you’re not busy tracking down the Shadow King you can play against others around the world, proving you know how to build a good collection of critters.  Form guilds and take part in events that could earn you limited edition cards and other nifty prizes.  The game is free, though you can certainly augment your progress by buying gems via IAP.

Legend of the Cryptids Applibot, Legend of the Cryptids – Free

UFO Adventure – The folks at Pockster have turned out several adventure games, and one thing I really appreciate about their work is that the games don’t feel like cookie cutter versions of each other.  UFO Adventure is the perfect example of this, as it tosses aside everything they’ve done in the past and presents the game in a third person perspective like the famed Sierra Online games of the 80’s and early 90’s.  You must save the world from little green aliens, which is a nice plot to see in an adventure game as opposed to another “blast everything in sight” style game.  Of course being an adventure game you’ll get the chance to explore several locations, collect items to solve puzzles and interact with various characters.  One thing that’s rather interesting is that the game is all visual – there are no written words which make me wonder what any “dialog” between you and the aliens might be like.  The game automatically saves for you and the developer provides hints for when you get stuck, so you should be able to have a nice, relaxing time playing this one.

UFO Adventure Greg Chaffins, UFO Adventure – $1.99

Punch Hero – This latest offering from Gamevil takes players to the mats for a few rounds of controlled fighting, or boxing for your traditional folks.  The gloves are off in this game as you deliver jabs, hooks and uppercuts to a bevy of opponents, all in the hopes of delivering that brutal knockout punch.  You can customize your character with things like beards and shades that actually provide benefits to your character, proving that this game doesn’t take itself too seriously.  Better yet, toss your picture on your fighter and let players duke it out with the “real” you.  Prepare yourself in the Training Center before heading out to compete in Arcade, Amateur and Pro modes.  There’s even a Graveyard mode, which just has a cool sounding name.  Game Center hooks you up and keeps your stats, and a universal binary lets you indulge regardless of which device you have handy.

Punch Hero GAMEVIL Inc., Punch Hero – Free

This Could Hurt – There’s an obstacle course game for the Wii Fit where you have to run to make your character move forward and simply stand still for them to stop.  This sounds like a similar concept, though thankfully the game handles the running for you and all you have to do is tap the screen to get your avatar to stop.  What you’ll soon discover is that it really boils down to a matter of timing.  There are four different themed worlds, each with 10 levels apiece.  In addition to avoiding general death traps like spinning blades and giant mallets you’ll have to deal with realm specific hazards like getting frozen in the Ice World or incinerated in Lava World.  Along the way you’ll collect hidden acorns to unlock power ups and to help you earn all your achievements.  The visuals have a sharp, cartoon like quality to them and you’ll be able to enjoy them on both your big and small screens with a universal purchase.

This Could Hurt Chillingo, This Could Hurt – $0.99

Fastball 3Klik! Games is one of those indie studios that just sort of sails under the radar.  They make fun, solid little games that aren’t really revolutionary but always manage to provide a decent amount of fun.  The Fastball series exemplifies this thought, and this latest installment takes the series to the next level yet again.  Every iteration brings with it new game mechanics, and this time around we get things like gravity effects and multi speed zones.  The only thing you have to do is tap the screen to make the ball jump, but the real question is if you can tap at just the right time to be successful.  There are 65 levels in the main game, plus a Marathon mode that contains 3 extremely long levels to conquer.  Along your journey you can collect stars that you can use to buy new skins for your ball as well as different themes for the levels.  This is one of those games that doesn’t need to break any new ground to keep you entertained.

FastBall 3 Klik! Games, FastBall 3 – $1.99

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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