Some of our readers were disappointed by last week’s new releases, but this week’s selections seem a lot stronger. We’ve got a sequel to the clever indie adventure game Hector: Badge of Carnage, Firemint’s Spy Mouse, a fun new ball-roller from Chillingo, and a lot more, all launching tonight at 8pm Pacific, 11pm Eastern.
Hector: Ep2 – Senseless Acts of Justice
Last summer, iOS gamers were introduced to Hector, a foul-mouthed British detective whose struggles ranged from stopping a deadly sniper to finding his pants in the morning. Now Telltale is publishing the series, and episode two launches tonight. If you love old-school adventure games, this is a great series to get into.
Price: $4.99 US
Contre Jour HD
At E3 this year, we received a hands-on demo of Contre Jour, one of Chillingo’s most promising new games. It’s a ball-rolling physics puzzle game where you can shape the landscape to guide your creature to the end. With a stylish silhouette look, and even a bit of influence from “The Little Prince”, Contre Jour is an artsy addition to the App Store.
Price: $2.99 US
Firemint’s been teasing their line-drawing stealth game for months now, and we’ll finally be able to pick it up tonight. In this game, you control a super agent mouse who has to pick up cheese while avoiding cats. Firemint’s last drawing game, Flight Control, set the standard for the genre, so we’ve got high hopes for Spy Mouse.
Price: $.99 US
Booyah! rocked us recently with DJ Rivals, a free-to-play online game where you could become the house DJ at real-world locations. Their next game is very different– it’s a platformer where you swipe to send a cute little bluebird flying to his wormy breakfast.
Get ready by reading/watching: DJ Rivals review
Nick Chase & the Deadly Diamond HD
You may remember Nick Chase from his last big adventure in 2009. In this sequel, the hardboiled detective delivers steely noir dialogue while you hunt through even more cluttered crime scenes. We loved the atmosphere, minigames, and hidden object puzzles last time around, and in a surprising twist, this sequel is free to download.
Get ready by reading/watching: Nick Chase: A Detective Story review
Virtual City Playground HD
If last year’s Virtual City was a compelling alternative to Sim City, G5′s Virtual City Playground is their take on We City. In this freemium town-building sim for the iPad, you have to manage your city by building roads and buildings, balancing your population’s happiness, and even taking out the recycling.