Kicking things off is a new free-to-play version of Full Fat’s popular and unorthodox golfing franchise, Flick Golf! which in reality plays more like curling than actual golf. From the little bit I’ve had a chance to play thus far, it looks like the proverbial pay wall is mostly for unlocking content more quickly, but there is plenty of flicking for free and with a new ‘Legends!” game mode, achievements and Facebook/Game Center friend leaderboards. Whether you are a newcomer to the series or have played the previous titles, Flick Golf! Free is an easy recommendation.
Also free is the much anticipated Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol. A free-to-play strategy game set in World War I, in which players manage squadrons of fighter planes and try to “roll, slip, and loop to get the drop on enemy aces”. Upgradable fighters and both a single player campaign and local and online asynchrouns multiplayer, this one is bound to be a big hit.
For paid titles, Indie dev Kevin Ng returns to the app store with IMPOSSIBLE ROAD, a minimalistic arcade game in which players attempt to navigate a ball as it rolls down a winding roller coaster like track, making it though as many gates as possible. Apparently there is even a built-in way to cheat, which Ng actually encourages, baiting players with the following line in the app description “…when you learn how to cheat the game, and you discover that it is rewarded not punished, the leaderboards will belong to you.”
Inspired by the classic 80’s game QiX, Crescent Moon Games’ latest publishing effort, Dig! expands on the area capturing gameplay with “even more enemies with different movement or attack strategies”. You are a bumbling archaeologist trying to collect artifacts to save not only his job but the museum as well. Unfortunately you’ve been cursed by your Mummy nemesis (because we all have those) who makes your job much more difficult. Developed by Tasty Poison, Dig! looks like a fun and frantic new twist on a classic.
Night Flight developers Rebel Twins is back with Daddy Was A Thief, a polished looking endless faller/smasher in which you are an out of work thief just trying to provide for his family, escaping capture by smashing through everything that gets in your way and grabbing power-ups and speed boosts whenever you can.
Ravensburger Digital, who did an excellent job bringing (among others) physical board games Whoowasit? and San Juan to iOS, now tackle Alea’s board game “Las Vegas”. It is a dice-based strategy game in which players try to capture casinos in order to earn the most money after four rounds of play. Compete against AI players or up to four humans locally or online via Game Center to see who is the true high roller of the group. I’ve been having some pre-release fun with this one, expect a full review shortly after release.
StoryToys is back with an all-new interactive 3D book app for your kids based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. It utilizes the same 3D technology and minigame style of their previous titles. Your kids will be drawn into Belle’s story like never before as they “help her father escape from a hungry wolf, find a way through a snow-covered maze to pick a rose for Belle, and test their ping-pong skills in a fun game against the Beast”. I’m certain my girls will have a blast with this one.
Last but not least is the charming tower defense game Go Home Dinosaurs. Poor little Todd Rex must stop hordes Dinosaurs intent on stealing his steaks from his BBQ and it’s up to you to send these uninvited party guests running for home (thus the title). I have previously played some of the PC release of this game and it was a lot of fun, with really cute characters, creative armaments and even boss battles. A promising new entry in the iOS tower defense genre, I’m really looking forward to checking this one out. Previously responsible for a number of high-profile titles on the PC and consoles, this port of Go Home Dinosaurs marks Fire Hose Games’ first foray into iOS development.
Alright, that’s all folks…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, May 8th.