We’re still in that phase where a lot of notable games are simply ports from one device to another, but overall this week has been a lot more interesting than the last several. There wasn’t a whole lot of “big news” this week, though I do find the 19.99 price tag for Bridge Island HD kind of interesting, especially since the game doesn’t come from one of the “big players”. It’s good to see that others are trying to help raise the bar on iDevice prices, and I hope it does well for them. Something notable to me was the release of 1942: First Strike, as this was one of my favorite vertical scrolling shooters when I was a kid, and I still refer to it on a regular basis when writing reviews of SHMUPS.
Unless you’ve not had access to any “latest and greatest” news sources over the last week, you probably know the big noise in iPhone gaming was the release of the iPhone client for Facebook phenomenon Farmville. Unless I’m missing something, this is basically a game about planting crops. Guess I’m not hip enough for that action. For CCG fans, this week saw the release of Arena 9, a trading card game that you can play against real opponents or computer AI. This game spurred its own bit of drama over questionable artwork, but I’ll leave that for you to Google if you’re interested. Coincidentally, this week’s 10 to watch list all fall in the $2.99 or less category, so why not pick up the whole lot?
Like last weeks’ New Games Roundup, this installment isn’t littered with Blockbuster and highly anticipated titles, though there should still be enough in the variety department to hold your interest. The big news, of course, was the return of the Prince to take on the GodFinger on iPhone. Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within finally made its way back to the App Store, and the iPhone version of GodFinger, a comical Populus style game, was released this week. Super Quickhook, the spiritual successor to Hook Champ, swung into the store, and after a bunch of delays that climaxed in some weird difficulties with the App Store itself, the amusing Pro Zombie Soccer is available for your zombie bashing needs.
As always there were a bunch of games released for the iPhone / iPad this week. However, I wouldn’t exactly call it a stellar week for notable releases. Of course the big news was the release of Guitar Hero for iPhone, something people have been waiting for ever since Tap Tap Revenge hit the streets. Personally I don’t get the appeal, but to each their own. Interestingly enough, this very week we also saw the release of Slash’s Arcade Rocker, a competitor to both Guitar Hero and Tap Tap Revenge. It appears that this game has been pulled from the U.S. Store, however. The company that released Slash’s Arcade Rocker has also released a generically named Arcade Rocker as well. Confused yet? I know I am.
Once again the week started out slow, but eventually the interesting titles started filtering in. Of course the biggest news was the release and subsequent pulling of Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within due to a bug in the menu system. Also of note was the release of Call Of Duty: World At War: Zombies II, which if you ask me needs a shorter title. If you like a bit of classics merged with modern horror there’s Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, and adventure game buffs actually got an iPhone only and original release (in other words, not a port) in the form of Hector: Badge Of Carnage.
The first couple days of this week were a bit slow for new releases, and the all of a sudden the folks over at the App Store approval center must have finally woken up. If you’re into action / stealth games you’ve got Splinter Cell Conviction from Gameloft. Fancy yourself a bit of a retro gamer? Check out the updated classic that started the franchise with Prince of Persia® Retro. How about a mad game of kart racing? The App Store has that covered as well with Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2. Don’t quite have the budget for Splinter Cell or Crash? There are always some solid smaller titles like Pirate’s Treasure and Assault Squadron. Complete roundup after the gap!
Welcome to the inaugural post of a new article that should help consolidate the previous week’s game releases for the iPhone / iPod Touch (and possibly iPad). This past week [May 17 - May 23] saw the release of Shrek Forever After: The Game, a fairly standard looking platformer with a big green ogre as the protagonist. For the racing fans there’s Split/Second from Disney, the game that promises “if you can’t out run them, use the city to take them out”. One thing that’s great about the App Store is that there’s always a wide variety of new releases to choose from.