Let’s start with what is most likely tonight’s most anticipated new release, Firemint’s Flight Control Rocket.
Billed as “the next evolution of the #1 smash hit that launched a genre – Flight Control” this is the highly anticipated sequel with all new gameplay elements, retro Sci-Fi graphics and even MULTIPLE LIVES! This will be a 99¢ universal app!, but will contain some IAPs and I’m certain this will be an instant-buy title sight unseen for many of you.
Chillingo is publishing a couple of solid looking titles, Harry The Fairy and Picnic Wars™. In the universal app, Harry The Fairy, players must guide Harry, a little green sprite who is trying to rescue his fairy friends. Make your way “through 28 levels of winding caverns, avoiding drills, falling barrels, spinning spikes and more, being careful not to pop your protective bubble.” Picnic Wars™ is a cute and fun looking castle-defense style game with armaments loaded to bear with all manner of explosive fruits and vegetables. It is available in separate iPhone and iPad releases.
For those of you that like platformers and puzzle games, there are loads of them this week, from physics-based to word-based and everything in between.
Ivanovich Games is releasing a new title in their Letris word game series called Letris Power: Word puzzle game. It will be FREE for a limited time at launch and expands on the game play that made Letris 2 so popular, with the addition of three new strategic power-ups to shake things up. GAMEVIL’s Cheese Please is a tile-based puzzle game where players of all ages attempt to guide a mouse through a series of devious traps to collect the cheese.
Kidnapping seems to be the crime du jour. Moon Active’s Bitter Sam is a tilt-based platformer that casts players as Sam, a kidnapped man, and literally hanging by a rope, forced to explore the mysterious land below his kidnapper’s lab. Swing him back and forth, dodging sharp obstacles and keeping his rope from getting cut. Bulkypix is back with Kung Fu Rabbit, a game in which a bunch of rabbit students have been (you guessed it) kidnapped by “Universal Evil” and you, their teacher at the temple of rabbits must save them. “Jump from roof to roof, slide gracefully along walls, sneak up on your enemies and rip them to shreds!” With an adorable looking art style, this one looks like loads of fun…heck, who doesn’t want to play a game with a sombrero wearing rabbit?!
If you’ve played RedLynx’s 1000 Heroz (a game which I played on a daily basis for a good 2-3 months), then you’ve probably seen the car at the end of each level as well as the ads for a WiiWare game called MotoHeroz. Well, RedLynx’s, the creators of DrawRace 2 and Trials HD have decided to bring this side-scrolling, platform racing game to iOS as well with the help of publisher Ubisoft. “Players race, chase, and rally their way through a brightly colored world, competing against their friends for the fastest times, entering daily races, and hunting for secrets and coins.” This looks like it could easily become my new daily addiction and a title I’ll most certainly be picking up myself for either the iPhone or iPad, just need to decide which one.
Rounding out the new releases are Retro64’s fun and addictive looking casual adventure game Rune Raiders which they claim “takes SECONDS TO LEARN, but provides hours of fun for the whole family”. Then there is Shane Brouwer’s charming looking retro platformer, Super Lemonade Factory, about “labor relations, gender roles, moral dilemmas for industry in wartime… and crates”. A unique combination of themes indeed, but it looks like it might just work!
Elevate Entertainment is back with Mosquito Madness, a bug vs redneck smash-them-all style game with amusing power-ups like bug bombs, bee mitts, and defibrillators. Finally, we have the most expensive of the new releases DoDonPachi Resurrection HD the universal release of the retro vertical scrolling shooter Dodonpachi Resurrection previously released on iPhone in August 2010, and the sequel to CAVE CO’s original DoDonPachi Blissful Death which came out for the iPhone last month.
Let us know which of these games you’ll be picking up in the comments below.