Wednesday night is the biggest night for games on the App Store, when major developers launch just in time for Apple to redesign their virtual storefront. Tonight’s big new games come to us from Sega, Chillingo, Glu, and Simogo, plus a raft of indie games that we may cover later on. Read on for your early looks and NZ buy links, which should take you to your local App Store after 8pm PST.
Hell Yeah! Pocket Inferno
Console version screenshot.
Tonight, Sega is launching an iOS version of Hell Yeah!, their demonic platformer that arrived last year as a downloadable title for consoles. Hell Yeah! stars a gun-blasting, sawblade-driving bunny who also happens to the be prince of Hell. The gameplay looks pretty basic– collect items, destroy enemies, and avoid falling into any fiery pits– but the personality looks way over the top. If you like your running and jumping games to be a bit insane, Hell Yeah! seems to be made for you.
Price: $.99 US
Simogo’s had a sterling track record so far: Their previous games Kosmo Spin, Bumpy Road, and Beat Sneak Bandit have all earned Must Have ratings from us. Tonight they’ll launch their newest (and darkest) game, a horror-adventure title called Year Walk. In it, you take a stroll around 19th-century Sweden and solve puzzles based on the cryptic clues left for you by the spirits. Simogo hasn’t let us down before, so we’ve got high expectations for this odd new app.
Price: $3.99 US
The Gods: Rebellion
Chillingo’s games generally look great, but this is the first time they’ve released a game that uses the Unreal Engine to power its graphics. The Gods: Rebellion is a beat ‘em up where you play as a god who chooses to defend captive humans from their demon tormentors. Like God of War, The Gods uses simple attack buttons for combat, but throws a lot of vicious-looking enemies at you, forcing you to dodge and charge up super attacks while you fight.
Price: $.99 US
Get ready by reading: Wraithborne review
Gun Bros 2
Gun Bros. changed the freemium landscape when it launched at the end of 2010. Instead of just farming sims, freemium games became about action, and Glu has continued to release adrenaline-inducing free downloads on a regular basis since then. Gun Bros 2 adds tanks and boss battles, but it’s otherwise the same two-stick, cooperative shoot ‘em up we already know so well. Note: Gun Bros 2 is not out yet on the NZ App Store, but Glu tells us it will still be available worldwide tomorrow.