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. Continue reading…
The way Twitter was buzzing, I wasn’t expecting nearly so many new releases this past week. In the same vein, there weren’t nearly as many titles that grabbed me as I would have liked. Still, I think I’ve managed to dig up a fairly diverse collection of titles for your gaming enjoyment.
If you’re an adventure gamer that doesn’t believe the genre is dead then you’re in luck, because Cop – The Case Of The Cloned Beauty Queen is a detective mystery with a long title and a lot of voiceover work – 330 minutes according to the iTunes. If you’re more of a 007 than a Colombo there’s Agents!, a game of espionage that attempts to rekindle the fun of the Spy Vs Spy shtick from Mad Magazine. Tower Defense fans can sink their teeth into Sentinel 3: Homeworld, Origin8’s latest chapter in their epic sci-fi series. And, for those of you who just can’t get enough of Facebook style social gaming there’s Hollywood City, the simulation that lets you try and recreate Tinseltown in your own image.
Well the big boys decided to come back and play this week, so there are quite a few new and interesting offerings on the App Store. Of course the magic is in the air with LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, released to coincide with the outbreak of the latest film. If you can’t get enough of him on the big screen, now you can control him and a bunch of his friends on the small screen in all their blocky glory.
If the Sci-Fi machinations of George Lucas are more your style there’s Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner, the first Star Wars game to use AR to enhance the gameplay. You get to take your seat at the guns of the Millennium Flacon and blast Tie Fighters out of the sky – what could be better? If you like shooting but prefer a grittier post-apocalyptic setting there’s Rage, the new on-rails shooter from ID Software that makes you the star of a TV show where you’ll be hunted by hungry mutants. And, in our weekly dose of “who has the best freemium MMO now” there’s Kingdom Conquest from SEGA, an MMO that combines RPG dungeon crawling, SimCity kingdom building and forging alliances to rule the world.
This week seemed to be divided between ports (iPhone to iPad and vice versa) and free games, and since I’m not overly excited about detailing ports (as I’ve likely already written about the game being ported), my list has a lot of free games in it. Starting off the list are two new city builders, Trade Nations and Smurfs’ Village. Trade Nations claims to be “cuter” than games like We Rule, but I don’t know how you can get any cuter than the little blue creatures living in mushroom houses. If you do feel like shelling out a bit of cash there’s Stenches, the spin-off of Trenches that turns the Zombie Horde mode into a full fledged game. From the “before there was Doodle Jump’ era comes Icy Tower, which to this day remains one of my favorite “climb to the top” games on any platform.
This was an interesting week. A couple of big players released what felt like low key properties, and some indies released some interesting looking titles that will unfortunately probably get passed over. Topping the list is Capcom Arcade, one of Capcom’s first ventures into the world of freemium iPhone gaming. This emulator includes an initial lineup of hits like 1942 and Street Fighter 2, and is free to play for 3 games a day. If your retro fetish falls more in line with job based oldies then you might want to check out Paperboy: Special Delivery, Glu’s modern take on the 80’s classic inspired by the job held by pre-teen boys across the country. For something a bit darker you might want to check out Necronomicon, an interesting card / board game / RPG based off the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Finally, for the social strategist there’s foursqWAR, a tactical war game plastered on top of the Foursquare social network.
What an interesting week this was. Being Halloween week there was naturally an influx of zombie games. However, the big news came in the revitalization of a 10 year old Dreamcast game – ChuChu Rocket. This puzzle game is available for all iDevices, sports plenty of game play modes, and allows you to play 4 players on the same device if you own an iPad. If you’re into galaxy spanning crusades then Fishlabs has you covered with Galaxy on Fire 2, the sequel to their popular 3D shooter / simulation game Galaxy On Fire 3D. Gun Bros is one of the latest dual stick shooters to hit iOS devices, and it’s unique 2 player game system allows you to wrack up experience even when you’re not actually playing the game. And, if you haven’t gotten enough of the Duke Nukem wanna-be Barry Steakfries there’s Age of Zombies, the “re-imagining” of their popular 2D sprinter Monster Dash.
Reckless Racing tops the interest chart this week. The top down racer from EA Mobile sports some pretty slick visuals, two online game play modes, and a unique offline mode that has you making deliveries while you’re racing. Hack ‘n slash fanatics will want to check out Samurai II: Vengeance. This sequel has all the bloody combat of the original, supplemented with environmental puzzles and traps that must be avoided. The budding space pilot should check out Star Battalion, Gameloft’s entry in the “lone rebel against the armada” outer space epic. The interesting twist in this variant is that you can play the game co-operatively with a friend over the internet or locally. RPG fans should check out Puzzle Quest HD, the RPG that uses match 3 mechanics for combat. The iPad version contains the elusive chapter 3 that has yet to make it to the iPhone.