iPhone Game Friday: New Releases

After what we hope was a fantastic Christmas week for those of you who celebrate, you may be hoping for a bit of downtime to recover from all that food.

This weekend, you can relax with the following fine titles from the App Store’s gaming section that are worth playing before the new year rolls around…

The Walking Dead: The Game - Season 2

Walking Dead: The Game – Season 2

Hardly needing an introduction, the long-awaited second season of Telltale’s dramatic Walking Dead game has finally arrived!

Following the same episodic structure as its predecessor, this is the first of five episodes that will appear throughout the new year, and the story picks up directly after the previous season, where heartbreak and fear left us gasping.

Clementine, in All That Remains, is left to fend for herself, and her struggles to make her way through the vicious world are gripping, proving that Telltale is just hitting their stride with the story and that we have much to look forward to in the coming episodes. I, for one, cannot wait!

Price: $4.99
Developer: Telltale, Inc.
Download: App Store

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Republique

Republique

Republique is a shockingly vast stealth game set in a dystopian future ruled by government surveillance and totalitarian laws.

You guide Hope, a citizen, through puzzling stealth gameplay of the higest calibre, rendered beautifully in Unity using some extremely impressive facial animation technology.

Hope and the world around her are brought to life with top-notch production values and a keen attention to detail that helps immerse you in the troubling environments you’ll encounter.

The controls are responsive and simple, allowing easy access to all that Republique has to offer. It should be mentioned that the game is actually episodic; you can buy a season pass in-game now for discounted access to the coming story modules.

There’s also a fascinating Making Of video series included as another in-app purchase that reveals some of the gigantic effort that went into making this a reality. Republique is impressive and magnificently executed. Highly recommended.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Camouflaj LLC
Download: App Store

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Tomb Raider I

Tomb Raider I

Having just recently finished the new console Tomb Raider reboot, it was fun to see the very first Tomb Raider revived for the App Store.

Square has done a good job bringing back the classic title with slavish respect for the original…to the point where even the wonky controls from the original are present. The iOS version is a port of the 1998 re-release and includes its two additional chapters, by the way.

Technical details aside, this is the same old Tomb Raider: difficult, beautiful (in a charming, old-school sort of way), and exotic. If you’d like to witness the true origins of everyone’s favourite action heroine, this would be the best way to do it!

Price: $0.99
Developer: Square Enix, Inc.
Download: App Store

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Fightback

Fightback

Ninja Theory, the esteemed developes of DmC: Devil May Cry and Ensalved: Odyssey to the West, have just released their newest title on iOS.

Fightback is just as combat focused as you’d expect from them, but this time it’s been refined to a Mortal Kombat style, pure fighting game. If The Raid: Redemption were to be made into a game, this would be it. You’ll spend most of your time scaling skyscrapers one floor at a time, pummeling fools as you go.

In a mindless sort of way, it’s extremely fun. With Chillingo and EA attached, you won’t be at all surprised to hear about the presence of IAP, though in this instance they’re mostly just relegated to cosmetic upgrades and are thus easy to ignore.

Altogether, Fightback is an impressive but not overwhelmingly creative take on the genre, which is just fine by me–if you’re after some easy entertainment with polished looks, then Fightback delivers.

Price: Free
Developer: Ninja Theory
Download: App Store

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Castle Raid 2

Castle Raid 2

Just like the first game, Castle Raid 2 is some of the best Ral-Time Strategy gaming you can get on your iPhone.

The game takes the staples of RTS gameplay like resource gathering, unit management, etc. and simplifies it so that you can focus on the fun aspects while the rest more or less take care of themselves. You’ll need to assign workers to farm resources, but they remain fairly self sufficient. Enemies are always in view and you won’t have to worry about fog of war.

The environments are all set up with two castles facing each other, and the goal is always to battle your way over to the opposing structure and bash down their doors. While all this streamlining may be anathema to those who grew up with deep RTS experiences like StarCraft, Castle Raid 2 feels much more appropriate on iPhone.

In fact, one of its finest features is a simultaneous local multiplayer mode where you and your opponent sit on opposite ends of the device and manage your armies. It makes for some very entertaining party duels.

Castle Raid 2 proves that sometimes a leaner game is a better one, and I suspect that even fans of hardcore RTS games will find themselves totally engrossed.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Arcticmill
Download: App Store

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What Have You Been Playing?

That’s all, folks–have a wonderful new year and we’ll see you around!