Big Game Night: Final Fantasy Tactics for iPad, and More

Wednesday night on the App Store is what we call “Big Game Night” because it’s when the most anticipated games of the week come out. Here are our picks for the most notable games launching tonight, along with links that will take you to the New Zealand App Store now, and the U.S. App Store after 8pm PST, when they launch here.

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions for iPad

The iPhone port of this classic strategy RPG was one of the most anticipated games for a long time, in part because they announced it so far before it was released. The game is just now hitting the iPad in a separate (and pricey) version, so we’re looking forward to seeing how the extra screen size affects the gameplay experience. We have a feeling this will be the version to get, provided, of course, that you have an iPad.

Price: $16.99 US

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Get ready by reading/watching: Final Fantasy Tactics iPhone review

Mafia Rush

Mafia Rush bears more than a passing resemblance to the boxy dual-stick shooter Minigore, so it will be interesting to see how it differentiates itself. Published by Chillingo, Mafia Rush puts you in the shoes of a member of the mob who wants to work his way up to being the godfather. With four modes, stat boosting, multiple weapons, and collectible cards, this game is one worth watching.

Price: $0.99 US

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Get ready by reading/watching: Minigore review

Midway Arcade

Retro gamers have a wide selection of classic games to play on iOS, and Midway Arcade looks to continue that tradition. The core game gets you titles like Spy Hunter, Rampage, Joust, Root Beer Tapper, Defender, and Arch Rivals, while two game packs available through in-app purchase will grant you access to games like NARC, Total Carnage, and Gauntlet I and II. Pick this one up to satisfy that nostalgic urge.

Price: $0.99 US

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Munch Time

Munch Time looks like an adorable side-scroller in the tradition of all the top cartoonish games that are so popular on the App Store. In it, you control a chameleon who’s trying to grab a bite to eat but can only move around by latching onto things with his tongue and swinging. Add in flowers with special abilities, multi-colored bugs, and 40 levels, and you’ve got yourself what just might turn out to be a great little time-waster.

Price: $1.99 US

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Retro Racing

Gamers with fond memories of NES classics like R.C. Pro Am will probably get a kick out of the oldschool aesthetic of Retro Racing. As its name implies, Retro Racing looks and plays like it was transported here from an earlier era of gaming, one when drifting, sliding, and snagging power-ups to get to the finish line before anyone else was all that mattered in life. Pick this one up tonight for a virtual blast from the past.

Price: $1.99 US

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