This week’s “New App Store Games to Watch” list felt kind of like the first week of the new year. There weren’t a lot of heavy hitters releasing games, though there should be enough new faces out there that you’ll find something of interest for your iDevice. The biggest name in the roundup belongs, of course, to NBA JAM [TMA Review], one of the most successful and popular arcade games ever. If you grew up on a steady diet of this 2-on-2 hardwood action, this EA release has likely found a way to your iPhone’s springboard already. Other titles featured within include Chocolate Tycoon, Carnivores: Ice Age and Sky Combat. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the complete roundup…
I’m so happy to see a strong flood of games coming in again. My iDevice was starting to get bored (just kidding). At any rate, action RPG lovers should give Gameloft’s freemium adventure Sacred Odyssey: Rise Of Ayden a try. Rumor has it that the game feels sort of like an iPhone Zelda, and there’s nothing at all wrong with that. If you want some dry British humor with your physics puzzles than you might want to take Monty Python’s Cow Tossing for a whirl. It combines classic Holy Grail shenanigans with the game play style of certain disgruntled fowl to hopefully bring you a hilarious wall crumbling experience. Addicts that just can’t get enough of the actual Hasbro toy should check out Bop It!, the iDevice implementation of said game that offers several new gadgets to play with, as well as 4 solo and 4 multi-player modes. Finally, those that aren’t sick of zombie games yet can sail the 7 seas with Zombie Isle, the story of a human pirate captain that happens to have a crew of undead minions. And no, Jack Sparrow won’t be popping by these seas any time soon.
The New Year’s parties are finally over! There basically hasn’t been an outstanding week of new releases since Christmas, but this past week was pretty nice. Of course the big news was Dead Space (TMA Review), and while I don’t always get to try the top contenders right away, I’ve been able to sink my mitts into this particular one. I like it – a lot. Nostalgia buffs should check out Pac-Man Battle Royale, which supports up to 4 pac-men at once and lets you eat both ghosts AND your opponents when you swallow the power pill. Zombie Café takes the typical restaurant simulation to low places, and if you’re not careful the staff just might eat the patrons. Finally, horror / adventure game fans finally get the chance to dig deeper into the mystery of Project H with Hysteria Project 2 (TMA Review), but be warned – you might be left with even more questions this time around.
The big players are still pretty quiet right now, but there was plenty of indie muscle showing last week. Turn based strategy game fans can find lots of action in The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect, the first in a planned series of games. If you missed it on the iPhone, one of the coolest zombie games and most amusing soccer themed games has made it to the iPad in the form of Pro Zombie Soccer Apocalypse Edition. For gamebook adventure fans there’s a fresh take on the genre thanks to Fabled Lands HD. Finally, if you’re looking for a quirky adventure game that’s heavy on puzzles, check out Hamlet or the Last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders and Product Placement. If nothing else, it’s got a great name.
This week was once again “dominated” – and I use the term loosely – by the indie developer. Hopefully everyone is going to get over their New Year’s indulgences soon and start turning out some cool new games. To start off this week we have Road Blaster, another port of an 80s laser disc game, this time mashing Japanese Anime and Mad Max. If world conquest is more your style you might give Pocket Pandemic a try, which gives you the opportunity to infect the world with a virus you create. Adventure game fans should check out Bygone City 3 Adventure Game (an awkward title to be sure), though for the complete picture I recommend picking up the first two parts as well. Finally, castle defense / TD fans that are tired of the “same old same old” should check out Smack A Seal – just make sure you’re not within reach of any PETA militants.
Sorry for the absence of a “10 To Watch” article last week, but I could really only come up with 3 or 4 games that I actually wanted to write about. Thankfully things have picked up a little bit this week. Those looking for a platform game fix have a few choices this week, most notably the baby carriage tale called Grimm or Capcom’s MaXplosion, where the protagonist can make himself explode. If you like strategy games you might want to take Metal Brigade Tactics or Ascendancy for a spin. The RPG fan can take on Com2Us’ latest Inotia yarn, appropriately titled Inotia 3.
Due to the temporary shut down of approvals and new submissions over the holidays, this past week’s 10 New Games to Watch list isn’t as abundant as most weeks. There were still some interesting looking offerings, however, so hopefully you’ll find something in here that might have slipped under your radar as you were shopping for the perfect Christmas game. Without further ado, here’s the roundup…
I thought the last roundup was crazy for new releases, but this past week was probably the largest I’ve seen for new games since I’ve started this weekly 10 to Watch article, and there were at least twice as many new games as the biggest prior week. That made it all the more difficult to decide what to talk about, since I knew a lot of these games have been in the spotlight since before their release. As always, I think I’ve come up with a decent cross section of games to mention, and since my choices are so many and it’s Christmas week I thought I’d even throw in a couple of extra ones for your reading pleasure. As such I think I’ll keep the intro short and sweet, and just let you discover the games as you read through the rest of the article.
Wow, if you’re an RPG fan you’d better be thanking both the App Store approval folks and several developers for this week. The big guns were Infinity Blade and Dungeon Hunter 2, but in total this roundup is filled with 5 awesome looking RPGs. If that’s not really your style of game, however, there is a new Angry Birds like physics puzzler called Pirates Vs. Ninjas Vs. Zombies Vs. Pandas that looks pretty entertaining (and the name is fun too). Finally, if you’re looking for a “board” game on the go you might want to check out Jenga, the official electronic version of the popular tower toppling table top game. Try and say that one fast five times!
The force is starting to be strong with the Star Wars universe again, as we’re seeing quite a number of games based on the popular sci-fi mythos grace the iPhone screen. This week’s release is Imperial Academy, and while it’s probably just a reskin of Ngmoco’s Eliminate, I’d personally rather play as a Storm Trooper in training than some generic space guy. Action-RPG fans have a lot to be excited about, including Com2us’ latest release Queen’s Crown. 4 weapon classes, 6 spell trees and a gem enhancement system make for some compelling anime hack ‘n slash. If you’re addicted to Minecraft but sad that you can’t take it on the go, you might want to give Eden – World Builder a try. And, for those who need gadgets to go with their gadgets there’s AR.Pursuit, a helicopter chase game that requires two players and also mandates that you each have an AR.Drone, a remote controlled helicopter that uses the iPhone as the controller.