The App Store’s triple-A lineup gets bigger every week. Every Wednesday, we visit the New Zealand App Store for a sneak peek at what’s launching tonight at 8pm Pacific, 11pm Eastern in the U.S. App Store. Here’s your first look at what you’ll be buying tonight.
Cave Co. from Japan has had no trouble adapting their bullet hell shoot ’em ups to iOS– as long as you’re using a newer device, that is. Older iPhones and iPods just can’t handle the shower of bullets that these games produce. DeathSmiles is based on an Xbox 360 game, where you control a gothic girl on a side-scrolling rampage. One twist is that you’re supposed to absorb multiplier-increasing bullets, while avoiding the regular, painful kind.
Price: $4.99 US
Block Breaker 3 Unlimited
Block Breaker Deluxe 2 for the iPhone is one of the better Breakout-style games on the App Store, and this sequel offers a lot more of the same. Instead of completing levels one screen at a time, in this series, you can actually launch your ball into another screen and continue your path of destruction somewhere new. We played this one at E3, and while we were more impressed with Gameloft’s new third and first-person shooters, this is a good choice for more casual players.
Price: $.99 US
Get ready by reading/watching: Block Breaker Deluxe 2 review
Swords and Soldiers
Chillingo continues their mission to flood the App Store with polished games on a weekly basis with Swords and Soldiers. In this action-strategy game, you’ll have to call on the gods to help you wipe out waves of advancing enemy soldiers. Some of the more interesting attacks include rolling boulders, ninja monkeys, and reanimating the dead.
Price: $2.99 US
Torture Bunny from Clickgamer (the publisher of games like Helsing’s Fire and Modern Conflict) looks like The Incredible Machine, if Rube Goldberg was a disturbed sociopath. First you set up your traps, then you drop in an innocent rabbit and rack up a high score by torturing it. We can’t say we enjoy the subject matter, but hopefully this will still be a fun game for anyone with a sadistic streak.
Price: $.99 US
The King of Fighters-i
Not to be outdone by Street Fighter IV Volt, SNK Playmore will finally release a competitor into the ring tonight. The King of Fighters-i is an iPhone version of the long-running arcade series. Like Street Fighter IV, The King of Fighters-i will have a local Bluetooth versus mode, plus a few unique extras like character art, movies, and collectible trading cards.
Price: $7.99 US