tiny-prehistoric-adventure_869850887_ipad_02.jpgLove’em or hate’em, mini games seem to be a popular item on this week’s new release menu.

If you are looking for short bursts of mobile entertainment or some of that fun party-atmosphere, then these fresh titles may be just what you need to break the ice. However, if you are someone who craves something a little meatier and time-consuming from their mobile entertainment, then we’ve certainly got that covered this week as well.

Tiny Prehistoric Adventure is a neat little level-based point and click adventure game which uses single taps to move and interact with your environment as you try to solve the puzzles and move onto the next level. It is quite similar to developer Alexandre Minard’s last game, Tiny Space Adventure.

Pixel People developer LambdaMu Games has paired back up with publisher Chillingo Ltd for an all new game, Are You A Dodo?. It is this first of the many mini-game collections I’ll be mentioning. The game is set up kind of like a gameshow. You select three puzzles (one logic, one dexterity and one memory) and try to earn the best score possible, unlocking multipliers by not making any mistakes. It’s got leaderboards and daily rewards to keep you coming back for more.

Halfbrick Studios, who recently put all of its paid titles on sale for FREE, have just published Enfeel’s Birzzle Pandora sequel, Birzzle Fever. It is a faster-paced more social version of the studio’s colorful match-3 arcade game, plus it is free-to-play.

Gameloft has just launched Dungeon Gems, the free-to-play puzzle RPG they showed off at E3 last week. “Build your party of heroes, evolve and enhance them, and fight your way through beautifully rendered dungeons full of elemental creatures, demons, and more”.

plundernauts_722529542_ipad_02.jpgBackflip Studios is continuing to build its free-to-play library with their newest game, PlunderNauts. Fresh out of a soft-launch stint in Canada, PlunderNauts is a stylized 3D space combat game with real-time controls. Oh and did I mention that it is also the first mobile game developed by LightBox Interactive, a former console developer known for PlayStation hits like Twisted Metal and Warhawk / Starhawk. This one looks visually appealing and like some explosive fun!

Speaking of explosive fun…Overtime Rush is a strategy / tower defense game where you are building and upgrading towers, unlocking spells, destroying all sorts of monsters and basically doing whatever you can to try to stop increasingly stronger and stronger waves of baddies. Fans of tower defense games will want to check this one out.

hellcrossing is one of those simple, ‘one more try’ style arcade games. In hellcrossing you are attempting to navigate uneven, staggered 3D floating platforms from a first person perspective. You tap on the left side of the screen to move a little to the left, right side of the screen to nudge a little to the right and tap with both fingers to jump. The goal is to see how far you can make it (measured in steps). You’ll die often, but another attempt is just a tap away.

Tasty Blue starts with a child bringing home a little (and very hungry) goldfish. You control the fish, dragging it around eating up the food in its bowl and soon it starts growing bigger and bigger, gradually eating bigger and bigger things including other fish and sea life, whales, ships, helicopters, people and more, overeating like a MLE competitive eating champ. It is weird, but strangely fun and cathartic.

ready-steady-play_806136963_ipad_01.jpgHover Studio Limited has just launched the sequel to their monochrome 8-bit dueling game Ready Steady Bang (which is currently available for FREE) . The new game, Ready Steady Play is a collection of three wild west mini games (with the promise of more to come) set in the same 8-bit gray-scale universe. Among the activities are a shooting gallery, coin shooter and a Canabalt-inspired endless hobby horseback rider.

Boy or girl, I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t love Thomas The Tank Engine. HiT Entertainment returns to the App Store this week with Thomas & Friends: Spills & Thrills Game Pack, a collection of interactive scenes, coloring activities and jigsaw puzzles featuring everyone’s favorite blue locomotive.

Bulkypix is back with not one, but two new games this week, the first of which is a family party game called Bubble Fish Party. Up to four players gather around a single iOS device and take control of cute looking 3D blowfish and it is a no-holds barred fish frenzy as you attempt to knock opponents against spikes placed around the aquarium arena and collect the points. I looks like it has some neat power-ups and is a fun way to get a family (or friends) to play together instead of just anti-socially staring at their own devices.

The studio’s other new title is Crumpets, a collection of four mini-games featuring Li’l one, Granny and the whole cast of Crumpets characters featured in the series of French books from Didier Lévy and Frédéric Bénaglia. I can’t say that I’m at all familiar with The Crumpets, but if you are looking for even more mini-game fun this week, then this is another one to maybe check out.

mucho-party_863960527_ipad_01.jpgMucho Party is the final (and possibly the best) of the new mini game collections this week. This one allows two players to compete head to head in 30 multiplayer games on the same device (each on one end). You either choose a duel or go at it tic-tac-toe style, where you have to win mini games to claim the squares, with previously capture squares ripe for takeovers in rematches. Or three or more players can compete in league and HotSeat modes. It’s a fun and eclectic little mix of games from developer GlobZ and features a soundtrack by Whitaker Trebella. Like the name suggests, I think this one would be perfect for a party or family fun environment.

In the Cartoon Network’s latest offering, Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville, you take on the role of all three Powerpuff girls, starting with Buttercup. Find and rescue Blossom and Bubbles and use their unique powers to help you save Townsville from Mojo Jojo. “So Once Again The Day Is Saved…”

With over 91 playable characters and 45 missions, Warner Bros’ latest LEGO game, LEGO ® Marvel ™ Super Heroes: Universe in Peril sounds like it really packs a punch. “Take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many more Marvel characters as they unite to stop Loki and a host of other Marvel villains from assembling a super-weapon capable of destroying the world!” They haven’t steered me wrong with these LEGO games yet, and adding the MARVEL universe to the mix makes me giddy with excitement! I never played this when it came out for the 3DS and Vita late last year so really excited to see it make its way to iOS as well.

godfire_669376184_ipad_02.jpgFinally that brings us to (arguably) the biggest new title of the week, Godfire™ Rise of Prometheus. It is a God of War-inspired action slasher in which you take on the role of Prometheus, and brutally battle creatures both big and massive in an attempt to reclaim the lost Godfire Spark, an object of unlimited power. It is a bloody and grand scale project for a mobile title, not to mention polished and great looking. You can expect this one to get quite a bit of play on my devices, especially with its iOS7 compatible controller support.

Go to the second and third pages of this post to watch the trailers for these games.