This week saw another release in Glu’s stable of free to play, pay for extras, and invite your friends via Facebook games. This time around it’s Star Blitz, which looks to be a top down 360 degree space ship shooter with fully customizable craft. RPG fans that own an iPad should take a look at Companions, a game that looks like and plays like Gauntlet with a heavy dose of Rouge-like RPG thrown into the mix. Illusion Labs fans need to check out Touchgrind BMX, the second installment of their popular Touchgrind series which focuses on bikes instead of skateboards this time around. Those desiring a time management game with a bit of a twist might want to try Parking Dash, the latest game in the popular “dash” series. This one has you managing a parking lot, and it looks to be a combination of time management and puzzle game.
For all you iOS RPG fans that aren’t me, the big news of the week was probably the release of Chaos Rings Omega. I wasn’t a fan of the first part, but with one character and a more concentrated storyline Omega might prove to be better than its predecessor. For the light hearted romantics there’s Bumpy Road, the game where you get a couple of lovebirds to their destination by manipulating the road they are driving on. If you’re into puzzle games you might want to give Casey’s Contraptions a try. You create fantastic machines out of everyday objects to help Casey get his toys back, and then you can make your own levels to share with your friends via email. Finally, turn based strategy fans can sink their teeth into Orions 2: The Deckmasters, a game that’s part empire building and part CCG.
This week’s selections sound like they were pulled straight from the “popular kids” section of gaming. You have a brand new farming sim (at least to the iOS platform) called Green Farm that comes to you courtesy of Gameloft. On the other hand, if tower defense games are your thing you have your choice of Army Of Darkness Defense or Stop The Knights, both of which sound like they take a bit darker but more comical route to the genre. Finally you have something completely different – at least given the developer – in the form of a physics puzzler called Bug Chucker (TMA Review) from Cyan Worlds, the creators of such treasures as Myst and Riven.
Today’s lead in is the latest offering from Square Enix, which is unique in both content and price. The game is called Imaginary Range. It’s a combination of comic book and mini-games, and it’s absolutely free. If you’re into aquatic life with attitudes you should check out either Destructopus or Laser Dolphin. The former is more for those who just want to destroy everything, while you can’t go wrong with the latter’s protagonist – a mammal that totes some pretty awesome weaponry. Finally, if you haven’t gotten your fill of puzzle games with cute characters yet, Chillingo is happy to bring you Spider Jack… a puzzle game with a cute leading character.
This week’s lineup includes ball rolling bliss, the next World Of Warcraft (maybe), and a little bit of controversy. First up is Gears (TMA Review), the game that has redefined what users will expect from ball rolling games. If you catch it while it’s still on sale for 99 cents you’ll be getting a great deal, but if not it’s still worth the asking price. For those of you waiting on a true 3D fantasy MMORPG, the wait might finally be over. Gameloft has released Order & Chaos Online, and from the screen shots and description it looks like they’ve made every attempt at bringing World Of Warcraft home to your iOS device. If you prefer to live on the edge there’s Unpleasant Horse and Snuggle Truck, a couple of games that tangled with Apple because their original submitted content didn’t quite sit with the overlords of “good judgment”. They’re available now, however, so hopefully the content didn’t veere to much from what was originally intended (though it’s pretty safe to say in one case it did).
This week may contain a Cut the Rope (TMA Review) contender in the form of Jump Out, a cute looking physics puzzle game that involves bugs trapped in various types of containers. If that doesn’t float your boat there’s Prose With Bros, a unique online game where you challenge others to create a more popular sentence than you using the same selection of words. This one even lets the public decide which of the two contenders actually wins. If nothing else you can always fall back on Pac-Chomp, the latest in the growing line of Pac-Man centric games. This one is match 3, but it might just have enough quirks to make it worth taking for a spin.
While there were probably a few games that were a bit more “high profile”, as far as I’m concerned the big story this past week was One Single Life, the game where you literally get one life to complete the game. If at first you don’t succeed… you’re locked out and can’t play the game any more. If that’s a little too intense for you, why not try the portable version of You Don’t Know Jack, one of the most entertaining electronic trivia games around. If you just want to frag your friends in one of the most recognized video game horror universes ever there’s Resident Evil Mercenaries Vs, Capcom’s first foray into the iOS online market.
This week’s New Games to Watch roundup was pretty well dominated by the little guy, though a few high profile games managed to break through. If you haven’t gotten your racing fill with Death Rally then fasten your seat belts, because Race After 1977 is heating up the tracks this week. Even if you’re tired of putting the rubber to the road, this one might be worth checking out. For those of you that still don’t have your fill of Pac-Man there’s Pac’N-Jump. In this game you’ll take Pac-Man to new heights. There were a lot of tributes to the “old days” this week, but none so full-featured as Atari’s Greatest Hits, which gathers over 100 games from both the arcade and Atari 2600 console and puts them snugly in one interface. Of course, the only one you get for free is pong…
Turn based zombie slaying, racing with big guns and location based gang wars are where it’s at this week. Tactical Soldier – Undead Uprising (TMA Review) turns zombie hunting into a thinking man’s game, which makes it different than just about any other undead simulation around. Death Rally brings the big guns back to overhead track racing, and you’ll get to go head to head with the likes of Duke Nukem (while he’s waiting Forever for his own game again). For the rebellious socialite there’s Mob Empire, a game that lets you check in to real world locations to use as your territorial bases of operation as you conquer the world.
This week saw some pretty notable releases, one of which was exclusive to the iPad. Top billing this week goes to Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, which almost sounds like a medieval Sienfeld – a game about nothing. Still, the artistic nature of the game is supposed to be top notch, and it has garnered a lot of positive attention. For those who are a little more traditional there’s Final Fantasy III, the iOS port of the Nintendo DS remake of the 1990 NES game from Square Enix (then just Square). Got it? Next up is City Of Secrets, a tap and explore adventure game that pays homage to the greats from companies like Sierra Online while creating a world all it’s own. Finally, for the kid in you – or the kid you have at home – there’s Max And The Magic Maker, a platform game where the main character can make objects appear simply by drawing them with his trusty writing utensil.