iPhone Game Friday: New Releases

Although we’ve made it to the tail end of winter, the weather around the world has been making it easy to come up with excuses to stay in and play some awesome games. Just to help you out in your procrastinating endeavours, we’ve collected another set of fine App Store games to play for this week.

Hop in and get your game on!

Blot

Blot

Blot is a clone. It’s a strange, artsy clone of the very famous Jetpack Joyride from Halfbrick Studios, and somehow that doesn’t detract from its charm or fun.

You’ll control a blob of ink called Blot, and using the one-touch controls you will struggle to keep him safe as he speeds through gorgeous hand-sketched landscapes, avoiding floating pencils, pins and all sorts of obstacles. Collecting coins is a good way to work toward purchasing cool costumes and tools in the shop, and there are also “boost buddies” to keep an eye out for — they’ll help you achieve an invincible, Mario-style ultra mode where you can breeze along without fear.

One interesting aspect that differentiates Blot is the inclusion of ink colours. Dipping Blot in various colours will grant him certain abilities that help make progress easier against certain obstacles. This, combined with the tools you can buy are what makes Blot feel special, and with any luck the developers at Majestic Software will focus on these distinguishing elements for their future updates. Blot remains a very fun, if familiar, game.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Majestic Software
Download: App Store

Paper Monsters

Paper Monsters

Paper Monsters is one of the rare ones, folks. Somewhere between LittleBigPlanet and Paper Mario, this new title from Crescent Moon Games is an impeccably crafted side scroller with incredible visuals, charismatic characters, secretsand strong music.

The responsive controls will allow you to make your way through the game’s four worlds, and besides the usual running and jumping, you occasionally find yourself controlling vehicles, which add some diversity to the experience. Perhaps the coolest part is that, alongside the main game, there’s a separate mode called Dash that turns the game into an endless runner for some extra excitement.

Though it plays like an homage to the Mario series through and through, Paper Monsters is overwhelmingly beautiful and has emerged from its long development period as a perfectly tuned example of the genre, one that no one should miss out on.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Crescent Moon Games
Download: App Store

My Army

My Army

What happens when you mix a war game with social gaming? Well, something like My Army.

At its core, it’s a game where you use a clever combination of tilt and swipe/tap controls to guide your squadron through hostile territory, but what makes it special is the fact that your squad is made up of friends that you recruit yourself — from Facebook. As you tilt to steer your men through the action, you’ll have to tap on incoming mortar shells to detonate them before they strike you, and you must swipe at bombs to direct them away from your people.

Objectives help keep you busy as you make your way through the levels, and the fact that you’re playing with friends as avatars makes the action feel more intense. There are various points and ranks to be achieved, and you’ll also have a variety of Game Center achievements to work toward earning. Overall, a fun and straightforward combat game that’s easy to get into and socially savvy.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Bad Puppet
Download: App Store

Zombie Bunnies

Zombie Bunnies

Zombies we’ve seen, evil scientists we’ve seen … but zombie bunnies? Now we’re talking. Lavafish Studios brings us this quirky combination in order to tell the story of Good Dr. Bunny, whose experiments go awry and morph him into the evil Dr. Hare.

As you fly through the levels in his Bunny Ship (of Evil), you will use Dr. Hare’s zombie bunny minions to sow destruction and collect points. Citizens, structures, animals and anything else that gets in your way is just another target for your vicious zombie bunnies. Gameplay revolves around the completion of specific objectives that allow you to unlock upgrades to the Bunny Ship, as well as four different kinds of zombie bunnies.

The levels in the game are procedurally generated, and there are many levels of difficulty, so it’s nearly impossible to run out of things to keep you entertained in this strange little destruction simulator. Highly recommended and very addictive!

Price: $0.99
Developer: Lavafish Studios
Download: App Store

Dungeon Crawlers

Dungeon Crawlers

As the title suggests, Dungeon Crawlers borrows many concepts from RPGs of old, though it presents them in a turn-based system that shifts the focus from mindless hacking and slashing to smart tactics that maximize your equipment and skills.

A sense of humour helps draw you into the story, and the distinct characters make it easy to get immersed in the game’s 3D world. Frequent references to popular fantasy classics bring in a healthy dose of laughter, but the self-referential humour is easy-going and well placed so that you won’t often find yourself distracted by it.

It goes without saying that there is a good amount of content in the game, but the best part is that the developers, Drowning Monkeys, have promised extensive and frequent content updates to help keep the game fresh and captivating. Any fan of the fantasy genre will find Dungeon Crawlers worthy of their attention, especially if you like your games with a bit of strategy built in.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Drowning Monkeys LLC
Download: App Store

What Have You Been Playing?

We hope you enjoy playing through some of these titles, but if you have your hands full with other games that we haven’t mentioned, we welcome your suggestions in the comments!


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