10 App Store Games To Watch [May 26 – June 1]

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It probably seems like this roundup has been a long time in coming, and that’s because it has.  Rather than give a long, boring explanation, let me just apologize and move on.  This collection actually included a fair share of platform games including cartoon series based Marcus Level.  Besides just being fun, I appreciated the fact that the game had built in replay value by making the five badges for each level unattainable in a single run through.  Western 1849 tasks you with protecting a small town from bandits during the gold rush.  There’s plenty of challenge involved and ample reward if you take out the bad guys before they get you.  Sunset Racing Multiplayer provides a decent overhead racing experience with several cars to unlock and level up.  The best part is that the game managed to entertain me even though I didn’t get to blow anything up.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [May 19 – 25]

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This week’s games had a lot of interesting features, but one trait that surfaced in a lot of the entries was good old fashioned pixel style graphics.  Defend your Crypt brought this look to the “treasure defense” genre.  Despite only having seven different types of traps to work with this game offers quite a bit of strategy and proves to be a frantic challenge even in the early levels.  PixelGolf is what I would have imagined had Sierra Online made a miniature golf game in the late 80s.  The level designs are lots of fun, and you can play up to 4 players on the same device or online.  Super Surf Bros brings you pixel waves and fun in the sun.  Play a gnarly campaign mode and work your way to number one in the big surfing contest or take on a real opponent for head to head wave action on the same device.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [April 28 – May 4]

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Bet you can’t guess what I’m going to talk about this week!  Drat, you probably said games, didn’t you?  The long list of games that I didn’t get to talk more in-depth about this week included Dwarven Den – The Mining Puzzle Game from Backflip Studios.  This cute underground puzzler tasks you with rescuing your friends, finding a bunch of loot and avoiding dangerous monsters, all in a limited number of moves.  Lethal Lance from BulkyPix is an homage to the good old days of shareware PC games.  You know, back when Duke Nukem was fun without being in 3D.  If you’re looking for something just plain weird you will want to check out Sheepidoo.  I’m not really even sure how to explain this one, but if you’re willing to throw caution to the wind it should put a smile on your face.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [March 31 – April 6]

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I’m not a huge fan of word games, but every once in a while one catches my eye and sometimes they even make it onto this list.  I’m not sure what happened this week but I found three different word games to add to my collection of 10.  SpellBounders manages to make the concept of Scrabble like games fun.  Instead of trying to build up your score you use the points you earn from spelling words to demolish your opponent’s hit points, and besides having cool skills that you can execute you can even use your foe’s words against them.  Cross Wars, on the other hand, tests your skill in the world of crossword puzzles.  This time you do want to get the highest score, but beware because your opponent can steal points from you by using letters you placed in their answers.  Finally you have Wurgle, the only solo adventure in the bunch.  Your goal is to clear each board before the timer runs out, but as you spell words the disappear and the rest of the board shifts to fill in the gap.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [March 10 – 16]

 

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It took me a while this week to find some games I could really sink my teeth into, but there were some out there.  Braveland is probably one of the best turn based strategy games I’ve come across in quite some time.  The battles are fun, the little story snippets along the way are often amusing, and the visuals are well done and nicely animated.  Pocket Gunfighters is one of the latest offerings from Gameloft, and it should be a great example to future developers of shooting gallery style games.  With more than 50 gunmen to unlock there’s plenty to keep you busy, and it’s even worth it to die once to watch ninjas do a happy dance at your disgrace.  Tower defense fans should check out Mad Dan – Puzzle TD.  Among its features the game boasts 150 different levels, and you can play the whole thing for free.
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [October 7 – 13]

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The eve of tricks and treats draws closer and there are certainly plenty of games geared towards the season popping up on the App Store, but that’s for another day.  The surprise hit from this past week for me was Chef’s Story – Time To Cook!  This match 3 game is real time multi-player, it makes you collect ingredients in order to develop boosters, and it’s quite an addictive affair.  A close second was the new platform game published by BulkyPix called Type:Rider.  This homage to the history of literature didn’t look like much in the iTunes description, but once I started playing I was mesmerized.  Of course if you prefer to just blow things up without putting much thought into it, Death Tour is right up your alley.  It will take some patience to level up enough so you can make it through the campaign, but there’s definitely no shortage of carnage to be found here.
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [September 16 – 22]

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This was another incredible week for iOS games, starting with the release of heavy hitters Infinity Blade III and Angry Birds Star Wars II. Turns out a lot of other folks released games as well, with the powerhouse known as Disney actually publishing three separate titles. The one that caught my eye more was DuckTales: Scrooge’s Loot, a third person online treasure hunt involving all the quirky characters from one of Disney’s best 80’s after school cartoons. If you prefer something a little more offbeat you might give Captain Bubblenaut a try. This interesting take on the Tiny Wings phenomenon has you rolling over the opposition while moving the landscape back and forth to guarantee your character a safe landing. The You Don’t Know Jack franchise continues to expand with You Don’t Know Jack Party. This time around the object is to taunt your friends in person, so the focus here is to get 2-4 people together, hook the device running the game to your TV, and then use all your other devices as the controllers for this irreverent quiz game show.

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

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I had a lot of fun with the new games that were released last week.  My need for wacky golf games was placated this week with Boom Boom Hamster Golf.  Wild course layouts, a huge cannon and a “ball” that dances when you score below par on a given hole are just part of what makes this title so amusing.  The strategy fan in me was torn between TurtleStrike and Toy Monsters.  The former shows lots of promise with squad based aquatic combat played in a turn based real time format, but the server seemed a bit sluggish to me.  The latter is an interesting offering where you get to take back your toy room from invading aliens or play against other humans in quick, intense strategy matches.
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [June 24 – 30]

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These last few weeks there have been so many interesting looking new releases that the only way I could really do this article justice would be to spend a week playing them all before even beginning to write the piece.  Since that’s not going to happen, I will as always do my best to bring you an interesting cross-section of the latest offerings.  PlayFirst returned to their most lauded franchise this week with the release of Diner Dash Rush.  Basically it’s Flo meets Facebook as you still have to happily serve as many customers as possible, but now you have a short time limit and can compete against your friends.  Ravenous Games is back with the third installment of their popular retro side scroller series, League Of Evil 3.  It’s just like you know and love, but this time with spinning wall blades and level replays thanks to the Everyplay video service.  Sugar Rush is a crazy new “Facebook to iOS” game from Full Fat.  A 60 second time limit, the board closing in from both top and bottom and some insane multipliers make for one wild ride.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [June 10 – 16]

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This week’s selection of games was full of fun little surprises, including a movie tie-in that I actually really enjoy. First up, though, is a rogue-like game called Quadropus Rampage, which I almost picture what it would be like if they made an action version of Squids. The game has lots of redeeming qualities, but it’s almost worth it just for the goofy names of all the weapons. If you’re looking for something completely different you might want to try Rescue Me – The Adventures. As the name implies the game involves rescuing people, but the mechanics are clever and it can be quite humorous at times. Now about that movie tie-in: the game is Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Instead of trying to recreate the movie in a game this is simply an infinite runner that takes place in the Despicable Me universe, but there are enough movie references to satisfy fans and it’s just loads of fun.

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