20130305-new-releasesWhile you are patiently waiting for tonight’s batch of new releases, why not check out these notable titles that hit the iOS App Store yesterday.


Temple Run: Oz


Like they did for Temple Run: Brave, the Imangi crew have teamed up with Disney to develop a ‘themed’ version of Temple Run for Disney’s new film Oz the Great and Powerful (which hits moview theaters this Friday). Temple Run: Oz is based on Imangi’s Temple Run 2 and drops players into the fantastical world of Oz, running on the yellow brick road and flying in hot air balloons. Unlike Temple Run 2 (which is free to play) Temple Run: Oz will cost you 99¢ but you receive 1500 coins for FREE (which would normally cost you 99¢s;).


Mini Ninjas


SQUARE ENIX’s popular 2009 Mini Ninjas action adventure game for the consoles has found its way to iOS platforms in the form of an endless runner. Visually appealing and solid controls, this is a promising new contender in the somewhat crowded endless runner genre.


The Final Hours of Tomb Raider
Geoff Keighley Presents…


Speaking of SQUARE ENIX, they had a rather big console/PC release yesterday, the new reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. In the iPad-only app The Final Hours of Tomb Raider, Canadian video game journalist Geoff Keighley takes you “behind the scenes at developer Crystal Dynamics to chronicle the four-year development of this series reboot”. These apps are always well produced and include lost of interactive content and unseen footage. I’m looking forward to picking this one up once I’ve had a chance to play the game.

It is also worth noting that SQUARE ENIX’s previously released dual-stick shooter game, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light game for the iPhone and iPad is currently on sale for 99¢ on either platform, which is a savings of as much as $6.


Letter Rush
Proletariat Inc.


Our final notable new release comes from Proletariat, the new game development studio formed some Zynga Boston ex-pats. Letter Rush is a new word game that is part word-search part quick-fire typing game. Words scroll along the top of the screen (sometimes with letters blanked out) and you must quickly find the in the letter grid before they reach the end of the screen. The game play can get pretty hectic (in a good way) and there is also a multiplayer option where you compete against Game Center friends with a shared board, and if you can beat your opponent to spelling the word first you get the points. there are also a number of different power ups you can unlock to keep things interesting