If this is indicative of what the next few weeks leading up to Christmas are going to be like then you’d better strap yourselves in and prepare for a crazy ride! On a normal good week I might build a list of between 25 and 30 games to whittle down for my final list of 10, but this week I had almost 60 games! Naturally everyone’s excited about Infinity Blade II, the successor to one of the most successful RPGs to grace the iOS screen. If you like your monster slaying action a little more lighthearted you might consider The Bard’s Tale, a 21st century re-imagining of one of the great RPG series that I grew up with in the 80s. Players eager for a Kinect like experience but not wishing to buy an Xbox will want to look into Fuego’s River Adventure, a hands-free game that uses your iPad’s camera (requires an iPad 2) to track your movements and manipulate your character accordingly. On the other hand, if accessories are your thing you might consider appBlaster Overkill, a newly released version of the shooter Overkill that requires the new appBlaster gun peripheral in order to provide a more visceral shooting experience.
If last week’s potential selections made me feel like I had an early Christmas, than this week’s contenders were like the week after New Year’s. Everything has settled down and people are apparently content with what they have for a while. Still, I was able to find a few games to share with you, and hopefully something will catch your attention. First up is Legendary Outlaw, a new FPS that lets you step in the shoes of a bad guy and show everyone else who is boss. If you like your action a bit more satirical there’s War On Terror, a somewhat off-kilter look at world domination. And, for those who like electronic twists on old classics you might take a fancy to Pinball City NY, a gritty pinball game with a detective theme and five ball simultaneous action.
This week’s 10 New App Store Games to Watch felt like Christmas in November, which made it kind of hard to pick just 10 games to talk about. I think I did a pretty good job of providing you with a nice cross-section of choices, however. If you like dinosaurs, TellTale Games released Jurassic Park: The Game 1 HD, a story that wedges itself nicely between the events that took place in the first movie. For those wanting to blaze a new trail there’s The Oregon Trail: American Settler, the game that finally shows you what happens AFTER the family survives the trip. Scrolling shooter fans will want to check out Space Tripper, a fast paced shmup with slick visuals and crazy bosses. Finally, the inner hero in you will want to take the reigns of Superman, one of the most iconic superheroes ever to grace fictional media.
This week’s 10 New App Store Games to Watch includes bad boy antics, arcade classics and undead kinfolk. From Gameloft we have Gangstar Rio: City Of Saints, the next installment of their “I wanna be like GTA” series. There are plenty of missions, lots of weapons, and even a tank, so I think all you manly types are pretty well set. If you’re nostalgic for the “old days” you can try Asteroids GUNNER for free. It’s a modern take on one of the first space shooters, and it looks to do its predecessor justice. Puzzle fans that are itching to blow zombies away should give Corpse Granny a spin. You’ll control all sorts of items, including 4 different types of fireballs, all in a quest to rid three separate realms of zombie invaders.
This week’s 10 New App Store Games to Watch is for those that feel the need for speed. Invictus released Race Of Champions, a racing game that lets you drive licensed cars on real world tracks to compete in a tournament that will determine the best racer in the world. On the other hand, if you want to feel the excitement of a New York cabbie with a bit more exotic locale you might try Cosmic Cab, the game where your fares are out of this world. If driving vehicles isn’t your thing at all there’s Zombie Parkour Runner HD, a game that requires you to use your athletic skills to outrun hordes of undead that would love nothing better than to eat your brains.
This week felt a bit low-key in regards to new releases, but there were still some decent offerings if you kept your eye out. On top of the charts is Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, the latest in the leading “real war” franchise for iOS devices. This looks to be the biggest and best yet, with a whopping 13 mission solo campaign and 6 multiplayer maps that support up to 12 combatants. For people that like their action a bit more 2D there’s Zombieville USA 2, the sequel to the game which started the whole side scrolling run and gun genre. This time around you can slay the dead with a friend, which is always a bonus. Racing fans looking for something a bit different can take to the water in Riptide GP, a water skiing game clearly inspired by Hydro Thunder and actually developed by the folks that brought Hydro Thunder to the Xbox 360.
This feels like a week designed for those who grew up with gaming in the late 80’s through the 90’s. Dark Incursion has the look of the old Castlevania games from the NES days, except the setting is now a Steampunk world at the height of a world war. Worms Crazy Golf takes tried and true Worms action and throws in some puzzle aspects and a dimpled white ball to mix things up a bit. If building a paradise is more your style there’s Virtual City Playground, a modern interpretation of games like SIm City that allows you to build a city with no boundaries or to try and conquer 85 different challenges.
I almost thought it was the holiday season with all the quality looking games that came out last week. As always, though, I managed to pair my list down to the ten I thought were the most intriguing – or at least that provided enough details for me to talk about! First off we have Advena, the new action / RPG game from Gamevil. This one actually boasts a party of 5 characters, and gives you the ability to take control of any one of them at any time! For those of you platform fans that feel restricted by the typical run and jump formula, there’s Scribblenauts Remix. Every puzzle has multiple solutions, and those solutions come from your imagination. Finally, intergalactic explorer wannabes might be able to find their space legs in Starbase Orion. It sounds like a pretty comprehensive 4X strategy game that might set a new trend in pricing for quality iPhone games that don’t come from big name developers.
If you’re a horror fan, this week brings a couple of intriguing titles to iOS devices. Dark Meadow has you traipsing the halls of a hospital, fighting off all manor of ghastly creature and trying to figure out why you’re there in the first place. If you’re not so much into combat you can try Demons Land, an adventure revolving around a detective that thinks he’s investigating a robbery and winds up getting involved with the supernatural. On the other hand, more casual gamers might want to check out Frogger Pinball, a new release celebrating the famous road crosser’s 30th anniversary with a unique take on the webbed wonder’s adventures. Strategists “on the go” will probably enjoy Anthill: Tactical Trail Defense, an RTS with a unique control scheme designed especially for portable touch screen devices.
If you’re an FPS fan, or you’re curious to see what your little mobile device can do, then the week’s top pick is certainly Shadowgun. The initial release was a bit rocky, but now that the first update has been released, the game packs quite a punch – and it’s even fairly friendly for those that have never played an FPS. On a completely different front there’s Phonect, which is actually an engine rather than a game. It allows your iDevice to detect your hand movements and translate them to in-game actions, and while the initial game using this technology looks kind of ho-hum, the potential gaming possibilities this opens up are what excites me. Continue reading…