Without a doubt, tonight’s biggest new release is Rovio’s Angry Birds Space, the next installment of the juggernaut Angry Birds franchise. Rovio is being incredibly coy when it comes to details on this title, so we have no idea what the price will be. However, I was able to confirm one aspect, unfortunately, like all of the previous incarnations of Angry Birds, this will be released as separate iPhone and iPad apps. I had been hoping that Rovio would take this opportunity to not only infuse the game play with some much needed variety, but ideally get with the times and release this one as a universal app (at least for the iPad release). Oh well.
Another title that is high on my watch list is the new game from CANABALT creator Adam Saltsman, with music by Super Meat Boy’s Danny Baranowsky. It is a “teaser game” for Friday’s theatrical release of Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games” (the feature film adaptation of the first novel in Suzanne Collins’ popular book trilogy). This iOS-exclusive has a cool pixel art retro look and it appears to be an endless runner where players take on the role of Katniss Everdeen (bow and all) and sticks to the events of the first book. Help her survive the dangers of the woods and make it back to District 12 alive. Best of all…it’s FREE.
Next up is another endless runner, rComplex from Interwave Studios. It is a stage-based “retelling of the classic indie title” of the same name, where players attempt to “outrun the darkness”. It is a visually striking and appealing title that will challenge fans of the endless runner genre.
In 2009, Touch Foo made monster debut splash on the iOS scene with their Mario Galaxy-esque platformer Soosiz, and now they are back with a brilliant looking RPG platformer called Swordigo. Magical swords, spells, dungeons, towns and treasures, this looks like it has the makings of another hit for Touch Foo.
Surprise, surprise, Chillingo is back with two more titles this week, thankfully both of which are 99¢ universal apps. Madcoaster is a frenetic looking high-score game in which players must navigate a thrill-seeker filled rollercoaster car from platform to platform collecting coins, hopefully working their way up the leaderboards in the process. Light The Flower is a puzzle game in which you must align mirror’s to bounce the sunlight around a room to wake up the sleeping flowers. Its cute graphics make it look like it has some good brain-buzzing family friendly entertainment potential.
Finally rounding out tonight’s new releases are G5 Entertainment’s latest title in its “Fix-it-up” time management game series. Fix-it-up 80s: Meet Kate’s Parents takes you back to the 80’s to see the origins of Kate’s parents’ auto repair business. The game is Free to try in separate iPhone and iPad releases, with full game unlock available as an IAP.
No Monkeys (Super 7 and Alphabetic) are back with Chubby Bunny, a classic-style logic puzzle game that pits a hungry bunny against a field of delicious carrots. “He needs your help to eat all the carrots in each puzzle. The catch? The grass tiles disappear after Chubby eats each carrot.” And last but not least is Rodeo Games’ Hunters 2. This is the sequel to their popular space-themed RPG / Strategy game Hunters: Episode One, released on the app store in February of last year. This new installment offers up a new single-player campaign mode as well as the popular daily missions that players really enjoyed in the first game of the series. I never played the original, but it seemes to be both popular and well-regarded. Hunters 2 will be a universal app at a special launch price of $4.99.
That’s all I’ve got…so now it’s your turn…which of these titles will YOU be buying?