10 New App Store Games To Watch [March 18 - 24]

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Facebook and Match 3 and Town Builders, Oh My!  I never would have expected that one of the most entertaining releases for me this week would be a port of a Facebook game, but leave it to Popcap to accomplish that feat with Solitaire Blitz.  It is one minute competitive solitaire, and it’s rather addictive as well.  Games like Triple Town and sliding puzzle games both make me go “eh”, but when you combine them in the likes of Alien Hive I sit up and go “hmm”.  This game comes from the developers of Sporos, and it’s on track to be as laid back and intriguing as that game was.  Finally, Warner Brothers brings us an iOS port of another Facebook game, this time a town builder based off of the legend that is The Wizard Of Oz.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to delve into The Wizard Of Oz Game yet, but I am impressed that they were willing to actually integrate it with the classic film, even to the point of using the various characters’ film likenesses.

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$0.99 iOS Gaming deals for the weekend

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SEGA has dropped prices on a number of their Sonic themed games for the weekend to just a dollar, and they include Sonic CDSonic The Hedgehog 4 Ep. II (both of which were $4.99) and Sonic Dash. Titles from from other publishers – both big and small – have also knocked off a few bucks off their games. Most of the deals are likely good through Monday, so have a look at the full list of app sales after the break. 

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [March 11 - 17]

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This was another week of well rounded releases in the iOS gaming world.  Folks that like a little more spice to their fishing simulations should give Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption a try.  Sure you cast your line and haul up the fish like any other simulation, but once you them above the surface the big guns come out… quite literally.  If you’re more of a golfing nut there’s Super Stickman Golf 2.  180 holes, 60 achievements and 28 hats will keep you quite busy, and then there are the two multiplayer modes.  If you’d rather just take out your frustrations on loads of unnamed villains, Brotherhood of Violence might be right up your alley.  It looks like it could have the makings of a modern day Streets Of Rage, which would suit me just fine.

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Liberation Maiden in Review – Nothing Old School About This Shooter

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About all I knew of LIBERATION MAIDEN going into it was that the game was a shooter and that it was a port from another system.  This is definitely a game that has been under-promoted in my opinion.  As much as I love scrolling shooters, I’ve realized that my iOS experience with the genre has never lived up to its potential until now.  Liberation Maiden certainly isn’t perfect, but it’s unlike any shooter you’ve played on your iPad to this point.  The final boss battle alone almost makes the whole game worth it, as it was one of the most intense experiences I’ve had with this genre on a mobile device.  The price tag is a bit hefty relatively speaking, but if you’re a die hard scrolling shooter fan you should seriously consider this one. Continue reading…

10 New App Store Games To Watch [March 4 - 10]

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Last week was a great week for iOS gamers. In addition to Mini Ninjas, endless runner fans could enjoy Sonic’s spin on the genre with Sonic Dash. It seems natural to bring Sonic’s “speed” to this genre, and you’ll also get the chance to play as Tails, Knuckles or Amy. There were a lot of interesting puzzle games this week as well, including the quirky sounding Monster Meltdown. This game has you playing a janitor that must round up escaped monsters by teleporting to switch places with them. If you’re looking for a bit of action you should check out Zombie Master World War. This pseudo-sequel to Zombie Master takes the action multi-player and global as you not only have to clean up a zombie apocalypse but you’ll have to take on other players as well.

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QuestLord in Review – Retro Done Right

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When I was in high school I spent a lot of time playing games like Bard’s Tale and Might & Magic (back when they were RPGs and not strategy games).  After spending some time with QuestLord I remembered why I used to like these games so much.  Sure 3D open ended worlds are nifty – I guess – and there’s no question that action / RPGs have their place in this fast paced mobile world.  Still, there’s something to be said about old fashioned tile based world exploration, and it manages to engross me just about every time.  QuestLord is no exception to that rule.

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Sporos in Review – Puzzling And Relaxing All In One

Sporos is one of those games that makes you wonder why they haven’t done something like it before.  The game is like a chain reaction puzzler except that instead of trying to destroy objects and clear the board you’re attempting to fill the board with the few objects you’re given.  It’s a clever take on the genre, and if it’s been done before I must have missed it.  Whatever the case I’m glad I’ve been introduced to the idea now, and Sporos is certainly a great starting point for getting acquainted with this type of gameplay.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [February 18 - 24]

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This past week was a great one for games, which correlates nicely with the fact that the impending snowstorm where I live will make it feel a lot like Christmas.  One project I found rather interesting was The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain: Lost Chapters.  This “sequel” to the 30 year old Gamebook was apparently officially sanctioned by the authors of the original tale, which is definitely a selling point.  Unfortunately the game isn’t really ready for prime time yet, but I’ll be eagerly watching its progress.  On the other hand, Alone In The Gloom 2 was a nice surprise and a worthy follow-up to the first installment.  You once again must help a little critter escape a multitude of caverns, but your only “guiding light” is a flicker of lightening at the beginning of the level to show you the cave’s entire layout.  If you’re tired of the infinite runner (and my constant babbling about them), you might appreciate Mr Jabbs: Epic Waste Of Time.  Sure there is running and jumping, but you can also warp into many hilarious situations that sound like entertaining mini-games.

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Metal Slug 2 in Review: Who Needs 3D?

I’m all for the latest trends in technology.  In the end, though, I just want my games to be fun.  If there’s one thing the METAL SLUG series has proven over and over again it’s that you don’t need the latest 3D accelerated graphics or quad core processor to make an enjoyable game.  In fact, as a whole it seems like ports of older games provide some of the most intense scrolling shooter experiences available on the iOS platform.  Besides, there’s something about awesome pixel art and classic 90’s video game tunes that’s hard to beat these days.

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