Here’s the inside scoop: Every Wednesday, game developers set their biggest games to launch on the App Store. The games go live in New Zealand first, where we bag ’em and tag ’em. Then, at 8pm Pacific/ 11pm Eastern, they’ll appear in the U.S. App Store. Check out this week’s biggest new games below.
Conan: Tower of the Elephant
Just like they did with last summer’s Predators, Chillingo is publishing an original iPhone action game to go along with this weekend’s movie blockbuster. Conan: Tower of the Elephant is based on the short story by Robert E. Howard, and it looks like a straightforward twin-stick hack-and-slash game with a lot of levels. Like a lot of movie-based games, we’re not sure yet if this is a quality title on its own, or if it was rushed out to capitalize on the movie’s publicity.
Price: $1.99 US
iBlast Moki 2
The original iBlast Moki stood out for its cute characters, clever level design, and fantastic physics. The sequel adds new tools like paint bombs, and like the original, will include a full level editor so you can create your own stages and share them online. iBlast Moki 2 comes in a universal HD version, and a non-universal version as well.
Price: $2.99 US
Draw Slasher: The Quest
Draw Slasher: Dark Ninja vs. Pirate Monkey Zombies was one of those games with a great title, but we felt that the gameplay was a little lacking. This long-awaited sequel adds a full story mode that takes you through multiple levels of Pirate Monkey Zombie carnage, including boss fights. Plus, the new game’s a lot more colorful– the original was just black, white, and red all over.
Price: $2.99 US
Get ready by reading/watching: Draw Slasher: Dark Ninja vs. Pirate Monkey Zombies review
Namco continues the proud tradition of remixing their retro games with tonight’s release of Rally-X Rumble. Loosely based on the 1980 arcade racer, Rally-X Rumble offers a neon-soaked take on the original, in addition to new modes like Paint The Town, where you compete against other players online to paint the most territory on the track. If you loved Pac-Man Championship Edition or Space Invaders Infinity Gene, you’ll probably want to buy Rally-X Rumble as well.
Price: $.99 US
Solitaire by Backflip
What are Backflip Games, the makers of Ninjump and Paper Toss, doing with a new solitaire game? It looks like this version of Solitaire will mix things up by awarding you points for every card you lay down. You can then use those points to unlock more content, or to cheat if you’re in a pinch. Plus, Solitaire by Backflip will be a free download, which is always great if you love playing games but don’t have a few dollars to spare.