iron-man-3-the-official-game_593586999_ipad_03Heroes, mutants, unicorns, monsters, pirates and more…tonight’s new releases are jam-packed with all sorts of oddball characters, action, strategy and gore to keep you busy for a while (or at the very least…next Wednesday night).

Starting things off is Gameloft’s free-to-play officially licensed Iron Man 3 iOS tie-in to the upcoming feature film. In this 3D endless runner/flyer players take on the role of billionaire Tony Stark (and of course Iron Man) completing fast-paced flying missions in locations scattered around the world as well as one-on-on battles against various villains from the Iron Man comic book series including Crimson Dynamo, Ezekiel Stane, Living Laser, and M.O.D.O.K.. While perhaps not the most original concept, my inner child is a little giddy at the thought of putting on the Iron Man suit and taking flight.

Another freebie coming our way tonight is a new game in adult swim’s Robot Unicorn Attack franchise. Another endless runner, the sequel sticks closely to the winning formula that made the original such a big hit, but adds competitive unique daily levels and a new unicorn customization component which are sure to be crowd-pleasers. I haven’t played any of the games in this franchise before, so I’m looking forward to rectifying that tonight.

random-heroes-2_581496229_ipad_01Speaking of sequels, Ravenous Games is back with the second installment of their retro-platforming Random Heroes franchise. This second outing arrives with new mechanics, guns and “crazy characters”. With over 90 levels, 22 weapons and 18 unique characters this looks like a fun followup to the original.

I’m having trouble deciphering exactly how the gameplay works in Chillingo’s latest publishing effort, Madmonster. From what I gather from the trailer (which can be seen on the second page of this post), it looks like players take on the role of one of several cute, but ferocious monsters and just wreak all kinds of havoc, moving both skyward and traversing the ground, while upgrading weapons and basically causing mass destruction. Works for me.

Cosmic Quest is an aliens vs. space marines real-time strategy game from newcomers BOSSDOG GAMES. Designed specifically for iOS with simple touch controls, it looks like it falls into a similar vein as Mushroom Wars, offering players 48 levels of gameplay and the ability to face-off against 6 big bosses.

Rounding out the dollar or less apps is Teyon who brings their colorful Nintendo DS game Bird Mania to iOS platforms. Instead of the traditional one-finger approach used by the majority of iOS endless runners, Bird ManiaNow for the big ticket items…

lego-batman-dc-super-heroes_570306657_ipad_01The final four new releases I wanted to mention tonight all come in at the $4.99 price point.

Everybody loves LEGOs and Warner Bros.LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes. Batman and Robin team up with other DC super heroes including Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and more to try to stop the super villains Lex Luthor and The Joker from destroying Gotham City. Warner Bros. has done such a great job with the previous Harry Pooter LEGO titles that I suspect this will be another great game.

Tonight we also get the second part of Bulkypix’s iOS port of Runaway : Twist of Fate. It is a puzzle / adventure game series from the talented folks at Pendulo Studios. I have no doubt that this will have the same high production values that we’ve seen from previous Pendulo / Bulkypix collaborations and this one will certainly appeal to point and click adventure fans.

Next up is The House of the Dead: Overkill™­- The Lost Reels. Featuring the original cast from Sega’s console on-rails first-person shooter gun game, this new mobile title offers both survival and story modes for players (to use either the accelerometer or virtual d-pad) to “mow down waves of infected, blood-thirsty mutants”. I have never played the console version of this game, but the trailer makes this looks like some good b-movie style fun, despite my general dislike of FPS games on iOS.

talisman-prologue-hd_631215960_ipad_02Last but not least is the much-anticipated Talisman Prologue HD. Designed for both veterans and newcomers (I fall squarely into later category) this is a single-player only prologue to the “seminal fantasy adventure board game” Talisman.

The game features 10 characters from the classic board game and a total of 50 quests to play through. “The story unfolds as the player rolls dice to move around the outer, middle, and inner regions of the board. Each space will require the player to draw a card or resolve a special effect, leading your hero to encounter monsters, discover friendly followers, and gather treasure.” As I mentioned this is only a single-player affair as a separate multiplayer Talisman game is scheduled for release later this Summer, so keep that in mind. That being said, I will probably be picking this one up to learn how to play the game.

That’s all I have for you…make sure to let us know which of these games you’ll be picking up tonight when these (and more) new releases go live at 11pm EST.

Note: All of the links below will go live at 11pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 17th.

Go to the second page of this post to watch the trailers for these games.