Big Game Night: BackStab, Tiny Tower, and More

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s iOS’s biggest night of the week. Tonight at 8pm Pacific/ 11pm Eastern, games that are newly available in New Zealand will be launched on the US App Store. Get a sneak preview right here, and follow the NZ App Store “Kiwi Links” to purchase them as soon as possible.


Gameloft’s epic third-person action game combines elements of swordfighting, platforming, and exploration. The game is set during the height of the British Navy, so you can expect lots of Master and Commander-style intrigue on the high seas. At E3, this was Gameloft’s best-looking game, and we think it’ll especially appeal to anyone who enjoys Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series.

Price: $6.99 US

Kiwi Link

Get ready by reading/watching: BackStab hands-on preview, BackStab hands-on video, BackStab debut trailer, BackStab launch trailer

Tiny Tower

Tiny Tower is a freemium game that’s the next great innovation beyond Farmville. Sort of like a casual version of SimTower, in Tiny Tower you can build an apartment/retail skyscraper, one floor at a time. To build a new floor, your businesses have to be successful, and your people have to be happy and productive. Restocking your stores is similar to planting crops in Farmville, but your miniature blockhead residents make this freemium game far cuter than any cow-clicker.

Price: Free

Kiwi Link

Get ready by reading/watching: Pocket Frogs review, DizzyPad HD review

Monkey Island Tales 3-5 HD

Telltale’s been great about launching debut episodes of their games on iPad, but not so good about finishing up a series. Tonight, they’ll round out the Monkey Island Tales series with three games that conclude the season. If you thought Guybrush, LeChuck, and Elaine finished their adventures in the 90s, you’ve got some catching up to do.

Price: $6.99 US each

Kiwi Links: Ep 3, 4, and 5

Get ready by reading/watching: Monkey Island Tales 1 HD iPad review, Telltale Games 2011 line-up

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of Sonic’s debut on the Sega Genesis, so what better way to celebrate than with a joy ride? We’ve played builds of this kart racing game at both GDC and E3, and we think it’ll be a lot of fun for anyone who’s ever owned a Sega console, especially the Dreamcast. Characters from House of the Dead, Shenmue, Sonic, and more jockey for first place in this fast, colorful racing game.

Price: $1.99 US

Kiwi Link

Get ready by reading/watching: Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing hands-on preview, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing hands-on GDC video, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing hands-on E3 video

Battleship for iPad

The board game that you’ve been playing your entire life is coming to the iPad in a deluxe version tonight. Like the iPhone version, this iPad edition contains the bonus Salvo and Super Weapons modes, but it also comes with a pass-and-play 2-player mode and local Wi-fi or Bluetooth multiplayer. Hopefully this game will hold you over until the Battleship movie starring Rihanna and Liam Neeson comes to theaters.

Price: $2.99 US

Kiwi Link

Get ready by reading/watching: Battleship iPhone review

Trenches: Generals

Trenches: Generals is the deluxe iPad version of the best-selling WWI strategy game. Generals includes a brand-new campaign set in Western Europe, and a new perk system to improve individual units. Plus, the ever-popular zombie horde mode adds a bit of fantasy horror to the historic combat. Gas! Quick, boys!

Price: $.99 US

Kiwi Link

Get ready by reading/watching: Trenches review, Stenches review, Dulce et Decorum Est poem

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