iPhone Game Friday: New Releases

It’s getting chilly out there, and there’s no better way to beat the cold than with some good old fashioned gaming. This week, we take you into the desert, across various worlds of rope burning mayhem, into a city of monsters, past a zombie-infested community and out into space to defend against aliens.

Buckle up, click through and have some fun!

Cowboy Guns HD

Cowboy Guns HD

The western — old school entertainment genre extraordinaire — is sadly under-represented on the App Store. Cowboy Guns HD could have been a fill-in-the-blanks sort of entry into the genre, but instead we get a diverse, feature filled, and fun adventure story with lots of replay value and incredible graphics.

Facing off against the fearsome Crimson Jackals, you’ll navigate a variety of Wild West environments to track down baddies and eliminate them using the cool assortment of weapons at your disposal. Numerous guns and explosives respond well to the dual stick controls, and the graphics run smoothly and look extremely impressive — plus, you can play it on your iPad as well if you like.

Outside the story mode, you also have a bounty mode where you earn rewards by hunting criminals, and the awesome survival mode where you’re up against an endless onslaught and must stay alive as long as you can manage. There’s a lot to do in the game, and it’s so entertaining that you’ll want to explore it thoroughly even if you’re not a big western fan.

Price: $2.99
Developer: C2 Estudio
Download: App Store

Burn the Rope Worlds

Burn the Rope Worlds

If you recall the pyrotechnic cousin of Cut The Rope, then you’ll be thrilled to hear that Burn the Rope has now emerged with its very own sequel, Burn the Rope Worlds, where you’ll find 100 new levels spread across a number of themed stages, as well as some extra perks that help it transcend the original.

For starters, you’ll find that the worlds themselves lend a sense of variety to the game that the original seemed to lack; here, the stages feel different and you’ll enjoy the eye candy as you spin your phone around to keep the flames burning and deal with those pesky bugs. A brand new endless mode challenges you to collect as many bugs as you can while being careful not to burn them with your increasingly long tail of fire.

Fans of the original will obviously love this, but if you held out thinking that there was more that could be done with the concept, then Burn the Rope Worlds is a perfect opportunity to jump on board and enjoy a revised, more polished, and more dynamic take on the gameplay.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Big Blue Bubble
Download: App Store

Monsters Ate My Condo

Monsters Ate My Condo

The folks at [adult swim] are known for their kooky games, and Monsters Ate My Condo is definitely a celebration of quirky game making.

Your goal is to feed residential high-rise buildings to rampaging monsters in order to keep them from getting angry and destroying the world. Floor by floor, you’ll have to match colours between building storys and monsters, and try to rack up combos as you go to push your score higher. The pace is frantic and the monsters are hilarious and superbly animated so there’s always excitement happening on screen.

If you have a sense of humour and a weak spot for extremely addictive games, then Monsters Ate My Condo needs to be on your buy list. It’s one of the most unique, bizarre and brilliant titles we’ve seen in a while.

Price: $0.99
Developer: [adult swim]
Download: App Store

Dead End

Dead End

Keeping things simple, Dead End brings us back to the zombie apocalypse in the form of Harold — a hesitant protagonist who’d really rather just run away than stand and fight the horde.

The one-touch controls help you steer and guide Harold around, aiming his weapons as you go. There are several weapons in the game already (with more promised in an update) and they each have their own satisfying uses. The interesting part about Dead End is that letting go of the screen will send Harold into a blind panic where he scrambles randomly around the screen. This adds an element of desperation to the mood as you must constantly keep a vigilant finger on your cowardly protagonist if you want him to survive.

Achievements and leaderboards round the game out with some replay value, but really it all boils down to killing zombies in a simple and satisfying way, and for that Dead End delivers admirably.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Randy O’Connor
Download: App Store

Epic War TD Pro

Epic War TD Pro

Wrapping up this week’s list is one of the most detailed tower defence titles we’ve seen in some time. Epic War TD Pro doesn’t offer much in the way of deviations from the standard tower defence game mechanic; instead, it brings a large variety of levels and enemies, five different tower types (each with 15 available upgrades), and 60 or so waves of enemies per level to keep you busy.

An endless mode exists as well and can be played on any of the levels, so if you’re feeling cocky you can try to see how long you can last against a rush of pitiless enemies. The visuals stand out as being well crafted, detailed and serious in tone — no cartoony elements here. Strategy fans can rejoice at the discovery of a serious and rewarding title, while newcomers can challenge themselves with a smart and polished example of the hugely popular tower defence genre.

Price: $1.99
Developer: AMT Games
Download: App Store

What Have You Been Playing?

As always, we love to hear from you — tell us what you’ve been playing, how you enjoyed this week’s selections, and what games you think we may have missed!