The weekend before Christmas is upon us, friends. Since everyone is out doing some last-minute shopping and wrapping, you may find yourself with some time to kill in lineups or while waiting for your sweetheart to pass the tape dispenser.
Just in time, we’ve got our picks for this week’s top new App Store games. Grab a few and enjoy — they make good stocking stuffers too, so don’t forget you can gift them!
Let’s start off with a creative one. Pixel Defenders Puzzle is another retro throwback title, combining a familiar match-three gameplay core with a terrific RPG scenario.
Combining blocks in the game spawns various pixel defenders — soldiers, mages, etc. These units then duke it out with the enemies in each level, earning you action points and special items that can help you survive longer. The whole experience feels finely tuned and is immediately engrossing, giving a layer of depth to the otherwise shallow match-3 genre.
Though similar to Triple Town before it, there is more strategy involved in Pixel Defenders Puzzle as you must protect VIP units, spend your action points wisely and contend with enemies. And don’t forget to try the Endless Mode, where you can forget about enemies and just aim for the highest possible scores!
The gorgeous doodled levels of Scribble Hero invite you into a charming world of pencilled pandemonium as you defend your notebook against invading scribbles.
You and your sidekicks are up against hordes of monsters, but you’re armed to the teeth with upgradeable weapons and special abilities. You’ll earn coins as you play, which can be redeemed for upgrades, game boosts and extra lives. IAP is another route to the same riches if you prefer. In either case, if you do happen to die you’ll encounter one of the game’s more interesting innovations: playing alongside your “ghost” who can help out in a tough level.
Fight bosses, explore strange lands and remember to save your girlfriend Dot along the way!
More than just a movie tie-in, Monsters, Inc. Run is a truly spectacular runner brought to you by the folks behind Mega Run in a partnership with Disney.
Besides the familiar characters and gorgeous locations, you’ll find power ups and all sorts of secrets scattered in the game’s 48 levels. And if you prefer to play in an endless mode, you can! One of the best features is the ability to call in help from one of your fellow monsters.
Collect bucks, push for a high score, and rescue Boo in this cute and addictive runner.
The Call of Mini games are known for their hilarious block-headed graphics and polished presentation. Brawlers, the latest in the series, continues the legacy with a dose of zombie mashing melee mayhem.
Each of the game’s five playable characters can wield the large arsenal of fun weapons, and the game’s gorgeous 3D graphics make it immensely entertaining to struggle for survival against the hostile zombie onslaught. The presence of challenges helps to extend the basic gameplay, and you can even opt for endless survival levels if you’re up for the challenge.
While it does need an update to sort out some twitchy interface problems that occasionally appear, Call of Mini: Brawlers is a tremendously fun addition to the series and a dollar well spent.
Trains. Steampunk. Racing. Violence. These are just a few words one could use to describe Jet Trains, a creative new title from Realore.
You’ll drive your tricked out train against gangs of baddies in a quest to avenge your family. The game progresses patiently, allowing you plenty of time to build and develop your unique train, learn to master the stunts and moves that earn you acclaim and collect helpful power ups. The gang members will challenge you across 31 levels in 6 locations, and you’ll also come across a number of bosses before reaching the evil General Hellhoffen.
With beautiful graphics, smooth controls and a great blend of ideas, Jet Trains is let down only by its egregious advertising abuse. Hopefully that will be addressed in an update, but if you don’t mind it then you’ll find yourself with a terrific and addictive steampunk joyride.
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Happy holidays, everyone — be merry, safe, and warm. See you next week!