10 New App Store Games To Watch [July 29 - August 4]

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Last week was another really solid week for good iOS game releases.  Spacetower is a new entry in the tower stacking genre, but its space oriented theme is the least of its different features.  The big innovation is that you can directly control each section of the tower, landing it like if you were playing a lunar lander style game.  If the idea of a platformer where the levels are generated based off of your music library seems cool but SongRush just didn’t quite do it for you, maybe you should try Pitch Jumper instead.  The main character looks like it came out of the cast of creatures from Disney’s Lilo & Stitch and unlike SongRush, you can’t die in Pitch Jumper.  So you like cute aliens but prefer a bit more action?  The creature with the cat is back in Monster Shooter 2: Back to Earth, a sequel that so far in my opinion surpasses the first.
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [July 22 - 28]

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I had a lot of fun with the new games that were released last week.  My need for wacky golf games was placated this week with Boom Boom Hamster Golf.  Wild course layouts, a huge cannon and a “ball” that dances when you score below par on a given hole are just part of what makes this title so amusing.  The strategy fan in me was torn between TurtleStrike and Toy Monsters.  The former shows lots of promise with squad based aquatic combat played in a turn based real time format, but the server seemed a bit sluggish to me.  The latter is an interesting offering where you get to take back your toy room from invading aliens or play against other humans in quick, intense strategy matches.
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [July 15 - 21]

If you’ve been around the adventure game circuit as long as I have you’re undoubtedly familiar with the “land of the lounge lizards” and its star inhabitant, Larry.  The boy is back in Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded, a prime example of crowd funding done right.  Spearheaded by Al Lowe himself, the game takes the plot of the original and brings everything else up to modern standards in a big way.  Maybe you prefer a little bit of naval warfare that doesn’t take place on a grid.  Pirate Hero 3D might suit your needs with a more arcade like approach to boat on boat combat with some cool scenery to boot.  Those that enjoy strategy but like a more hands-off approach to the combat portion of the game should check out Rivals At War: 2084.  It takes the thrill of card game deck building and lets you watch the battles play out in real time 3D glory.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [July 8 - 14]

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I don’t know how the weather out by you is, but thankfully the iOS game “drought” only lasted a week.  This time around Sqaure Enix released Deus Ex: The Fall, a new chapter in the lengthy first person action / strategy series.  Expect a level of immersion not dissimilar to what you might expect from its “big boy” cousins, all nestled snuggly on your iOS screen.  If you prefer your action with a bit more puzzle thrown in then you should check out Sprinkle Islands.  This clever sequel to the 2011 release Sprinkle is tougher despite its cute appearance, and this time you actually get to move around the locations.  If you really just want some brain teasing puzzle play – okay, there might be just a bit of timing involved – then Rescue Aliens is a good choice.  There are several different aliens each with their own abilities, and while rescuing your fellow beings isn’t so difficult, collecting the three stars on each level can prove challenging.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [July 1 - 7]

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I knew it had to happen eventually, but every week I was hoping it wouldn’t be THIS week. The seemly endless “Christmas in summer” we’ve been having on the App Store has temporarily come to an end. There were still some decent games to find, though, and the star of the show this time around is LIMBO Game. In all fairness this is a port of an already wildly popular Xbox et al game, but it was my first time playing it and it’s certainly a must have for fans of the platform puzzle hybrid genre. Vertical scrolling shooter fans might enjoy BeeCluster. While it lacks many of the amenities of modern SHMUPs it has a distinct atmosphere that actually works well for the genre. If you love the thrill of hitting homeruns but don’t care for the rest of the sport of Baseball electronically, PowerStrike might just be for you. It’s not quite as comprehensive as the Homerun Battle series, but I’m pretty sure you won’t find another batting game where you get to select a dragon as one of your hitters.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [June 24 - 30]

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These last few weeks there have been so many interesting looking new releases that the only way I could really do this article justice would be to spend a week playing them all before even beginning to write the piece.  Since that’s not going to happen, I will as always do my best to bring you an interesting cross-section of the latest offerings.  PlayFirst returned to their most lauded franchise this week with the release of Diner Dash Rush.  Basically it’s Flo meets Facebook as you still have to happily serve as many customers as possible, but now you have a short time limit and can compete against your friends.  Ravenous Games is back with the third installment of their popular retro side scroller series, League Of Evil 3.  It’s just like you know and love, but this time with spinning wall blades and level replays thanks to the Everyplay video service.  Sugar Rush is a crazy new “Facebook to iOS” game from Full Fat.  A 60 second time limit, the board closing in from both top and bottom and some insane multipliers make for one wild ride.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [June 17 - 23]

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I’m really impressed with how many weeks in a row there has been a strong selection of games to choose from.  Strategy buffs should check out Rivals for Catan, a port of a card game that is based off of a board game that has also been ported to the iOS platform.  You construct cities, build transports and in true strategy fashion try and take over the world.  If you prefer a little Pokemon style action then Monsters Invade: Oz might suit your needs.  This game has colorful hand drawn visuals, plenty of quests to complete and 100 monsters to collect and train.
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [June 10 - 16]

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This week’s selection of games was full of fun little surprises, including a movie tie-in that I actually really enjoy. First up, though, is a rogue-like game called Quadropus Rampage, which I almost picture what it would be like if they made an action version of Squids. The game has lots of redeeming qualities, but it’s almost worth it just for the goofy names of all the weapons. If you’re looking for something completely different you might want to try Rescue Me – The Adventures. As the name implies the game involves rescuing people, but the mechanics are clever and it can be quite humorous at times. Now about that movie tie-in: the game is Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Instead of trying to recreate the movie in a game this is simply an infinite runner that takes place in the Despicable Me universe, but there are enough movie references to satisfy fans and it’s just loads of fun.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [June 3 - 9]

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So many new games, so little time to play them all.  This was an big week for tower defense fans as there were at least 4 sizeable releases in the genre.  One of my all time favorite TD games was Kingdom Rush, and now we have the sequel in Kingdom Rush Frontiers.  With more than 18 tower abilities, 40+ monster types and 9 heroes to select and cultivate, this game promises to be bigger and better than its predecessor in every way.  Speaking of sequels, the cubes are back in Cubemen2.  In addition to everything else this installment might bring to the table, the game already offers a mind blowing 1500 user designed levels to play.  Com2Us has stepped into the fray with Defense Technica.  One standout feature of this offering is the use of tower cards which can be combined to create some unique defense structures.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [May 27 - June 2]

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Well, I broke my “report on the little guys” mantra this week by bringing you the low down on what was probably the two biggest releases of the week, but it couldn’t be helped. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic has been around for a while, and from what I gather it’s not only a top notch RPG, but it’s one of the best outings the Star Wars IP has to offer in terms of video games. You start as an agent of the republic, but where you end up is full dependent on what you want to get out of the game. If you prefer fantasy to sci-fi I hear that Warhammer Quest is a pretty cool option. It looks like a beefed up board game, has the advantages of an electronic game system, and you’ll never loose any pieces. Finally, one I didn’t mention elsewhere in this article was World War Z. Sure it could be just another zombie shooter, but given Phosphor Games’ track record I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt. Besides, I’m eager to see how the handle their first free roaming first person game.

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