I think this weekâ€™s biggest news is the potential Angry Birds killer Cannon Cadets.Â It looks like it might have more of a puzzle solving bent to it, which will hopefully keep it from being labeled â€œjust another cloneâ€.Â For you action fans thereâ€™s Shoot To Kill, a freemium game thatâ€™s the first in a potential line of â€œfree for freaksâ€ games.Â You only need to pay if you want useful save games? Platforming fans were treated to the second installment of the revitalized Ghosts â€˜N Goblins series, and if itâ€™s anything like the first it should be a blast.Â Oh, and I guess thereâ€™s that little sequel to a largely unknown iPhone game called iShoot 2â€¦
This weekâ€™s biggest story is probably a little iPad game called Splinter Cell Conviction HD.Â I havenâ€™t actually engaged in the adventures of Sam Fisher on any device yet, but rumor has it that the series is pretty popular!Â If youâ€™re into stealth action games, this is the one to try.Â For the nostalgic folks thereâ€™s The Manhole, a title thatâ€™s more of an interactive, exploration based storybook than a true game.Â This hails from a time where Macs were desktop only and didnâ€™t have an â€œIâ€ in front of their name.Â Keep in mind that the primary target here is kids, so unless you have some history with the game or some children you might want to look elsewhere.Â If youâ€™re on that never ending quest to find the best ball rolling game you might want to give Dark Nebula â€“ Episode 2 a try, as it looks to up the ante on the first episode in every way.Â A few other games came out as well, so Iâ€™m pretty sure thereâ€™s something for all tastes like usual.
Itâ€™s time to get your inner god-smasher on with this weekâ€™s biggest release â€“ Hero Of Sparta II.Â Iâ€™m probably in the minority of those who wasnâ€™t a huge fan of the first one, but for the rest of you, this one sounds bigger, badder and all out better.Â Iâ€™m even tempted to give it a shot.Â If youâ€™d like to see how the makers of We Rule would tackle farming thereâ€™s We Farm, ngmocoâ€™s answer to FarmVille.Â For the tower defense fan whoâ€™s â€œseen it allâ€, thereâ€™s Cowboys Vs. Zombies, an interesting take on the genre that has you defending several towns against zombie onslaughts using the fighters of the old west.Â And, for the old school construction gamer thereâ€™s SimCity Deluxe, the next iteration of the long running franchise to make its way to the iPhone.Â Just like Hero Of Sparta II it appears to be a decent improvement over the first, so if youâ€™re looking for some city building action, you might want to check it out.
This was certainly a good week to be an iPhone owner.Â U.S. store patrons finally got a taste of Castlevania as Castlevania: Encore of the Night made it into our store (check last weekâ€™s roundup for the details).Â Also of note was the release of Risk: The Official Game.Â There were definitely some nice looking clones over time, but itâ€™s always good to see an original take back the throne.Â If youâ€™re a Finger Physics fan â€“ either publicly or in the closet â€“ then youâ€™re no doubt excited about Finger Physics: Thumb Wars, the sequel that makes solving puzzles a global contest.Â The burgeoning pirate wanna-bes of the crowd will definitely need to check out Plunderland, the ragdoll physics based side scrolling pirate ship game.Â And, for the sports nut thereâ€™s Letâ€™s Golf 2, the latest installment of Gameloftâ€™s popular â€œover the topâ€ golf game.
This week was almost a better one for iPad releases / ports than iPhone offerings, but there were still some solid looking titles on both fronts.Â For you tower defense fans comes one of the biggest science fiction licenses in the world â€“ Star Wars: Battle For Hoth.Â I personally can think of some better uses for the property (whereâ€™s our iPhone version of Pod racing?), but I will admit that the thought of fighting AT-ATs is always intriguing.Â If you like scrolling shooters then youâ€™re in for a treat, as one of my favorites in this genre has finally received a full version.Â Air Attack puts you in some serious 3D shmup combat, including taking on a pretty defensive castle.Â If youâ€™re looking for a game with some unique play mechanics, check out Spider: Bryce Manor HD.Â The iPhone version was great, so Iâ€™d expect nothing less from the iPad port.
So whoâ€™s ready for another great week of new iPhone / iPad releases?Â Me too, but this week wasnâ€™t quite as spectacular as some in the past.Â We did get some remastered lovinâ€™ in the form of Monkey Island 2 Special Edition for both iPhone and iPad, and The Last King Of Africa from Benoit Sokal was also released, so adventure game fans have plenty to do.Â If youâ€™re into FPSes, thereâ€™s a new contender inÂ Archetype that promises intense 5 on 5 combat action.Â And for RTS fans thereâ€™s The Gravedigger,Â a quirky new entry that lets you pit a priest and his faithful followers against a disgruntled gravedigger and his legion of the undead.
Weâ€™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.Â There wasnâ€™t a whole lot of â€œbig newsâ€ this week, though I do find the 19.99 price tag for Bridge Island HD kind of interesting, especially since the game doesnâ€™t come from one of the â€œbig playersâ€.Â Itâ€™s good to see that others are trying to help raise the bar on iDevice prices, and I hope it does well for them.Â 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 youâ€™ve not had access to any â€œlatest and greatestâ€ 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 Iâ€™m missing something, this is basically a game about planting crops. Guess Iâ€™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 Iâ€™ll leave that for you to Google if youâ€™re interested. Coincidentally, this weekâ€™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.Â The big news, of course, was the return of the Prince to take on the GodFinger on iPhone.Â 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.Â 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.Â However, I wouldnâ€™t exactly call it a stellar week for notable releases.Â 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.Â Personally I donâ€™t get the appeal, but to each their own.Â Interestingly enough, this very week we also saw the release of Slashâ€™s Arcade Rocker, a competitor to both Guitar Hero and Tap Tap Revenge.Â It appears that this game has been pulled from the U.S. Store, however.Â The company that released Slashâ€™s Arcade Rocker has also released a generically named Arcade Rocker as well.Â Confused yet?Â I know I am.