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. 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.