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 24 - 30]

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The Flappy clone craze is still in full swing, with what feels like 15% to 20% of new releases falling under this category.  That may be a bit of a stretch, but they’re definitely everywhere so I’ve decided to bring my own suggestion to the table this week.  Happy Matchy Bird is a nice variant of the genre that’s actually addictive from my opinion.  Instead of controlling the bird you actually open up the pillars for it by matching 3 jewels together to make a gap for your feathered friend to fly through.  For those not at all interested in this style of game, maybe you’d prefer Shattered Planet (RPG).  This rouge like ditches the fantasy scene for a sci-fi background, it has plenty of randomly generated terrain for you to explore, and it actually makes your primary mission discovering new things, which is always cool.  If you like to shoot first and ask questions later then Exodite might be more up your alley.  This scrolling shooter pits you against plenty of bullets (and a few space ships too), and it’s definitely a challenge, so don’t expect to be finishing it too quickly.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [March 17 - 23]

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After all this time giving Flappy Bird and its legion of clones a hard time I actually had some good things to say about one, but you’ll be able to check that out later on in the roundup.  Meanwhile, Mobage has partnered with Crytek to bring us The Collectables, a squad based tactical affair that uses collectable cards to provide you with new troops and weapons.  It’s an interesting mix that works well and looks good to boot.  Dark Guardians is another sharp looking game, this time combining the infinite runner with rhythm based mechanics.  The game is very engaging and always keeps you on your toes.  If you want something a bit more relaxing you might give Epic Paint Adventure a try.  It takes a fairly popular style of mobile game, adds in goals to achieve and limits the amount of turns you need to do it in – but at least there’s no timer.
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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 App Store Games To Watch [March 3 - 9]

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There were a lot of interesting looking games last week which was good because with all of the snow still falling in my area it should feel like Christmas in the App Store.  Besides the games I’ve detailed below, last week saw the release of Jolly Grim Ep 1: The Hamster and The Ring.  This card based RPG follows a boy tracking a hamster that has stolen an invisibility ring through a land full of fairy tale characters.  You know you’re in for a treat when the first recognizable character you meet is Little Red Riding Hood, who happens to be working in a Taco shop.  Bloo Kid 2 is the successor to the cool Bloo Kid.  The game has the same cool graphical look and 8-bit style soundtrack, but the gameplay is more Mario-esque this time.  Jungle Rumble is the latest offering from Gamerizon.  It has the same great graphics that make the Chop Chop games look so cool, you get to continually consume meat like in Chop Chop Caveman, and there are several nifty weapons for you to get your hands on.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [February 24 - March 2]

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Is it over yet?  I hate to keep harping on this Flappy Bird fad, but all the annoying clones make it really hard for me to find new quality games.  Anyway, Chillingo’s release for the week was a Duck Hunt style game call Duck Destroyer, which at first begged the question “why?” in my mind.  Once I played it, however, I realized it was one of the best of the genre that I’ve played on my iOS devices so far.  If you like simple card games but don’t want to admit to playing solitaire, 9-line is a great alternative.  It’s easy to learn, supports both single and multiplayer modes, and even throws a little strategy in to boot.  For the budding zoologists in the crowd Nimble Bit offers Disco Zoo.  Unlike most zoo simulators I actually enjoyed this one for more than 5 minutes, in large part due to the fact that you actually have to find the animals that you’ll place in your zoo.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [February 10 - 16]

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Despite the fact that about 30% of the new release entries seem to be Flappy Bird clones, I did manage to find what I think is a rather interesting collection of iOS games for your idle time.  In addition to the games I’ve detailed below, Chilibite Entertainment released Tower Tapper, a NinJump style game where you try and help a snail reach his date.  The concept is cute, the graphics are well done and it’s actually pretty fun.  I also quite enjoyed Bridge Me, a simple game about trying to help a man build bridges to get across chasms.  There’s not much variation to game play, the graphics are simple and there are no achievements or power ups, yet it still held my attention a lot longer than Flappy Bird did.  And, for those that like to get back to the basics Chillingo released a silly matching game called Jelly Love.  The main gimmick is that you can move a block around anywhere instead of just swapping with its neighbor, and the jellies are just really cute.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [February 3 - 9]

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You know the drill. A lot of games came out, I checked out as many as I could, and now I’m telling you about 10 that I think might be worth your while. Once I get back into the swing of things these intros might get more elaborate again, but until then let’s just get on to the games…
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10 App Store Games To Watch [January 27 - February 2]

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Did you miss me?  I know it’s been a while, and I’ve missed bringing you the latest in iOS game releases, so now I’m back to once again give you the scoop on what games the App Store has to offer.  As always there were a nice variety of games released to the App Store last week, and since this is my first week back on the job in a couple of months I’m just going to skip the summation and jump right into the games…
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [October 28 - November 3]

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Anyone out there tired of iOS gaming yet?  Hopefully not which is why you keep coming back here week after week.  Disney actually caught my attention this week with their latest original gaming IP Stack Rabbit.  Created by the folks that developed the insanely popular Where’s My Water?, Stack Rabbit puts an entirely new twist on the match 3 genre that’s definitely worth checking out.  Speaking of putting a new spin on things, Symmetrain takes the concept of “spot the difference” and tries to turn it into an arcade game.  Pay close attention as your train goes zipping past the randomly generated terrain so you can point out the difference between the left and right sides of the landscape as they go whizzing by.  If you’ve ever had a fear of carnival performers, now you can exact revenge with Burn The Lot.  This dual stick shooter has you hopping across the galaxy trying to thwart an intergalactic band of carnies that have some evil plan in mind.
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