10 App Store Games To Watch [May 26 - June 1]

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It probably seems like this roundup has been a long time in coming, and that’s because it has.  Rather than give a long, boring explanation, let me just apologize and move on.  This collection actually included a fair share of platform games including cartoon series based Marcus Level.  Besides just being fun, I appreciated the fact that the game had built in replay value by making the five badges for each level unattainable in a single run through.  Western 1849 tasks you with protecting a small town from bandits during the gold rush.  There’s plenty of challenge involved and ample reward if you take out the bad guys before they get you.  Sunset Racing Multiplayer provides a decent overhead racing experience with several cars to unlock and level up.  The best part is that the game managed to entertain me even though I didn’t get to blow anything up.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [May 19 - 25]

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This week’s games had a lot of interesting features, but one trait that surfaced in a lot of the entries was good old fashioned pixel style graphics.  Defend your Crypt brought this look to the “treasure defense” genre.  Despite only having seven different types of traps to work with this game offers quite a bit of strategy and proves to be a frantic challenge even in the early levels.  PixelGolf is what I would have imagined had Sierra Online made a miniature golf game in the late 80s.  The level designs are lots of fun, and you can play up to 4 players on the same device or online.  Super Surf Bros brings you pixel waves and fun in the sun.  Play a gnarly campaign mode and work your way to number one in the big surfing contest or take on a real opponent for head to head wave action on the same device.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [May 12 - 18]

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The flood of new games on the App Store is still going strong, and as usual I’ve tried to provide you with a decent list of options so you don’t have to wade through them all yourself.  While I attempt to keep the genres pretty diverse I found myself including three match 3 style games this time around, including the movie tie-in Godzilla – Smash3.  There’s no direct city trashing, but by making matches you’ll still get to unleash plenty of stomping, smashing and atomic breath style destruction.  Speaking of movie tie-ins, Warner Bros released an interesting little FPS based off of Edge of Tomorrow: Live.Die.Repeat, which is actually kind of fun to play if you don’t mind dying even more than you might in a typical FPS.  Speaking of movie tie-ins, Warner Bros… sorry, bad joke (at least if you know what the movie is about).  A company I wasn’t familiar with released a PvZ clone called Humans vs Zombies, and I honestly expected it to be a cheap knock-off that I’d delete after a level or two.  As it turns out, I think I actually like it better than PvZ, so if you can’t get enough of that style of game play, don’t let HvZ pass you by.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [May 5 - 11]

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This week presented some challenges in terms of finding games that I wanted to talk about, but in the end I think I managed to pull out a decent, well rounded list.  My favorite from a pure silliness standpoint was WreckMan: Rise Of A Hero.  You control a wannabe stunt biker riding an alien artifact that has been attached to the end of a chain protruding from a helicopter, in effect making it a highly mobile wrecking ball… and you have a talking rabbit for a companion.  If you’re one of those folks that just wants to pull your hair out but would like to do it playing something that’s actually fun you should give Lumena a try.  It’s one part rhythm game, one part reverse breakout and very easy to die on.  On the other hand, maybe you just want to have fun storming the castle.  CastleStorm – Free to Siege is 150 levels of high quality castle defense with 3D cut scenes, a hero you can directly control and lots of projectiles to toss at your opponents.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [April 28 - May 4]

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Bet you can’t guess what I’m going to talk about this week!  Drat, you probably said games, didn’t you?  The long list of games that I didn’t get to talk more in-depth about this week included Dwarven Den – The Mining Puzzle Game from Backflip Studios.  This cute underground puzzler tasks you with rescuing your friends, finding a bunch of loot and avoiding dangerous monsters, all in a limited number of moves.  Lethal Lance from BulkyPix is an homage to the good old days of shareware PC games.  You know, back when Duke Nukem was fun without being in 3D.  If you’re looking for something just plain weird you will want to check out Sheepidoo.  I’m not really even sure how to explain this one, but if you’re willing to throw caution to the wind it should put a smile on your face.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [April 21 - 27]

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This was a great week for games, and I don’t even think I got through half the games I wanted to play.  Among the games I didn’t get to tell you about below was Horde of Heroes, the latest offering from Everplay.  Yeah it’s another one of “those” match 3 / RPG hybrids, but there’s something about it that I just really like, and you get to smash moles.  The increasingly popular topic of stealthily stealing objects is covered in Third Eye Crime: Act 1.  This stylish noir game lets you confiscate priceless works of art, with the wrinkle that you can actually tell what your opponents are planning to do.  Another thought provoking entry is the puzzle game Meqanic.  All you have to do is make the bottom pattern look like the top pattern… using letter tiles that you have to determine how they interact with each other.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [April 14 - 20]

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Unfortunately I didn’t get to bring you a fresh list of games last week because there were certainly a lot of new ones to choose from that looked good.  Thankfully the same can be said for this week, starting with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.  This foray into one of Blizzard’s most famous IPs brings us a slick mobile trading card game with a solid single player campaign as well as multi-player capabilities.  1001 Ninjas – Spikes jump is retro both in looks and game play.  Not only does it feel like a modern day NES game, but the difficulty is tremendous because of good level design and not just a bad control scheme.  If you are in need of another physics based, sweets collecting puzzle game you might want to try Cookie to Me-The Cookie Borrower’s Diary.  Rubbery sponges, bags full of air and exploding tomatoes are only the begging of what you’ll use in order to help your little avatar collect all of her sugary cookie treats.
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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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