First up we have Folt, a neat and unique free-to-play puzzle game in which you try to match colors as you move your way around the board, trying not to paint yourself into a corner as you go. Even though you can see the next few pieces coming down the line this one offers a nice challenge. It has a beautiful minimalistic, flat aesthetic.
Beware Planet Earth! is the iOS release of BANDAI NAMCO and Lightmare Studio’s cartoony Martian-filled tower defense game meant to spoof the cheesy Horror and Sci-Fi movies of the 1950s. The game costs $9.99 on the Steam Store, so I’m curious to see what free-to-play mechanics have been employed for this iOS release.
Colossal Games, the developers behind the Chillingo-published Commando Jack are back with a free, ad-supported physics puzzle game called Truffle Saga. You play as a creature named Truffle who is trying to rid the forest of angry Mushrooms. Using a single, well-aimed tap you launch an acorn trying to collect gems and hit all of the mushrooms in a single shot. I’ve had a chance to check out a little of the game play and it is a fun little game and new mechanics are introduced as you progress. There is also a neat mechanic where you can easily ‘like’ any level(s) that you particularly enjoyed, to let the dev know what types of additional levels to release in the future. Certainly worth a download. (Note: I’ve been told that an update has already been submitted to dramatically reduce the overzealous number of ads).
Ivanovich Games is trying to score this week against a plethora of World Cup / soccer-themed competition with their new game Final Kick: The best penalty shootout. Sporting some nice looking graphics, this free-to-play penalty kicking game features simple controls as well as a real-time multiplayer mode where you can compete against your friends to see who can score more goals on the other.
The basic rules of iON Bond are simple and well-known…bonds can only form between charged particles, opposite poles attract and like poles repel one another. Now you must use abide by these laws to solve complex puzzles and bond the particles together.
Perfect Paths looks like a really cool puzzle game, somewhat reminiscent of Trainyard. Players must create pathways between colored blocks and their similarly colored destinations. Instead of train tracks you accomplish this by utilizing a toolbox of instructions which tell the blocks which way to move. There are multiple solutions to levels allowing for creativity in your problem solving. Hyperbolic Magnetism looks like they could have the stand out title of the night.
Bardadum: The Kingdom Roads looks to be another Dots-inspired puzzle game, but set in a medieval world in which players are attempting to help 16 different characters find their respective object without blocking the path of the other characters. With 500 levels, a cool theme and no IAP, fans of this genre will certainly want to check this one out for something a little different from matching abstract colors.
RubPix is the latest publishing effort from Bulkypix and comes from the creator of Pretentious Game. It is a sliding puzzle game in which you must try to recreate a picture by sliding the pieces on your game board.
Witching Hour Studios takes an outrageous departure from their Ravenmark saga to get pixely with a new (single and multiplayer) turn-based strategy game called Romans In My Carpet!. Mite-sized Roman soldiers wage war across the vast yards of dirty, dusty carpet in an attempt to conquer the nastiest of all places…your dorm room.
Gather round kids…it’s time for more Toca Boca fun. Toca Town is an open world playset with 21 Toca Boca characters and 6 locations to explore including a park, police station, restaurant, house and apartment. It is Toca Boca’s own take on digital dollhouse made popular by My PlayHome My PlayHome Store. However, this app offers both home and business locations all in one app and it is brimming with their unique Toca charm, characters and style. If you have younger kids with great imaginations it’s probably your must buy title of the week (if you haven’t bought it already).
har•mo•ny 2 is the sequel to the puzzle game har•mo•ny which BorderLeap released last year. In this tranquil and colorful game, you attempt to restore order and harmony to the design by rearranging the colored blocks, using up all of a specified number of moves. While playing, your ears are captivated by ambient music which has been “arranged harmoniously with the mood and style of each set of colorful puzzles”. It’s been a while since I’ve played, but I recall enjoying the original. The sequel offers more (better) colors, over 700 hundred levels, music by Hammock Music and unlike the original, there are no in-app purchases (which were only used for ‘undos’ and enabling a skip button anyways). However, all these improvements translate into a fairly substantial increase in the price compared to the original which was only 99¢, so this improved, more harmonious experience will cost you a bit more.
Telltale is about to release the penultimate episode in what is undoubtedly just the first (of many) seasons of their The Wolf Among Us episodic adventure game. Episode 4: In Sheep’s Clothing is now available for download from within the app. If you don’t already own The Wolf Among Us, don’t forget that all this month, IGN is giving it away for FREE! Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can buy the season pass for just $14.99 and unlock the remaining episodes (2 through 5).
After a brief hiatus, Mika Mobile has abandoned their signature art style and returned to the App Store with Battleheart Legacy, a 3D sequel to their popular 2011 fantasy combat game Battleheart. Not only improving on the original visually, this spiritual successor adopts a refined real-time combat system, allowing you to “move your character or attack your foes through simple taps, and unleash powerful special moves at the right moment to turn the tide of battle”. Battleheart Legacy looks like it will keep you busy for a while with “150+ unique skills across 12 classes and over 200 unique pieces of equipment to further tailor your character’s play style”.
Finally, SQUARE ENIX brings the 8th installment of their DRAGON QUEST series to iOS with DRAGON QUEST VIII. Originally released on the PlayStation 2 in 2005, fans can relive the adventure and newcomers to the franchise can finally experience this JRPG. Seeing as it is SQUARE ENIX, it should come as no surprise that this is the most expensive game of the night, clocking in at a premium price of $19.99.
And that will do it for this week.
If there are any must-have new releases that I missed, please let me know in the comments section below.