It’s another big night for the App Store, with new games from Sega, Chillingo, and a few of our favorite indie developers all launching tonight. There’s also one more huge game coming out this week that we can’t even mention, but you’ll hear about that one soon enough. Meanwhile, you can find all of these games live on the US App Store after 8pm PST– just follow the Kiwi links.
League of Evil 1 and 2 both made our recent list of the top iCade games, and tonight developer Ravenous Games is releasing yet another retro-styled action-platformer. In Random Heroes, a collection of gun-toting good guys (ranging from a cheerleader to Abraham Lincoln) have to save the world from monsters from another dimension. Ravenous hasn’t led us wrong yet, so we’re eager to try their latest game (although we’re told it won’t support the iCade at launch).
One of Chillingo’s new games launching tonight (the other one being the stealth game Critter Escape) is a mash-up of Match-3 and town-building games. But don’t dismiss this as another generic farming game– in Puzzle Craft, each resource you acquire through the puzzle modes can be combined with other resources to hire townsfolk, build tools, and raise buildings. Soon, you’ll have a bustling community of busy workers that will help you raise resources even faster. It’s incredibly addictive, as we talked about on our recent podcast, so give this one a download if you enjoy deep, strategic Match-3 games like Triple Town.
Sega takes a whack at Fruit Ninja in their new, 99-cent swiping game. Jack Lumber is developed by Owlchemy Labs, who brought us the incredibly fun (and in its original incarnation, incredibly controversial) Snuggle Truck. It’s part of Sega’s new initiative to publish third-party indie games, called Sega Alliance. In Jack Lumber, you have to split logs by tracing your finger on the screen. But certain logs have odd shapes, and a few can only be cut in a certain direction. It’s not Sonic or Jet Set Radio, but we’re glad to see some new iOS ideas coming from Sega.
Mad Skills BMX
We shared the wild, Beavis and Butthead-style trailer with you last week, and as of tonight, you can play Mad Skills BMX yourself. In this sequel to Mad Skills Motocross, you have to race your bike across the finish line before your opponents, while navigating bumpy tracks and tricky physics. This sequel offers track-time challenges for your friends, a soundtrack by the band Strung Out, and greatly improved graphics.
Get ready by reading/watching: Mad Skills Motocross review, Turborilla releases Awesome Trailer for Mad Skills BMX
In this follow-up to The Last Rocket, you control the cute rocket ship Flip as he escapes from the shockwave that ended the last game. Flip’s Escape seems to be a high-score spin-off, where you can avoid asteroids and collect gems that will let you buy power-ups. The last game had great retro graphics, and this one does too, but Flip’s Escape won’t have the puzzles that we thought made The Last Rocket so endearing.
Get ready by reading/watching: The Last Rocket review
Billed as “Temple Run for girls” (we thought that was Temple Run Brave?), this auto-walking game lets you roam the catwalk as a fashion model. You have to tilt up or down to adjust your speed, and avoid ludicrous obstacles like snakes and supermodels on all fours. We’re surprised that Conde Nast (the publisher of Vogue, Glamour, and Wired) could make a game that disappoints both fashion and tech enthusiasts, but based on our preview build, we think this game is a hot mess.