It’s Wednesday, which means another big night on the App Store! Tonight, iOS users will be able to download a sequel to one of the most popular mobile games ever, Temple Run. We’re also seeing new games from Square Enix, Bulkypix, and Foursaken. Read on for the New Zealand App Store links, which will direct you to the US after the games launch at 8pm PST.
Temple Run 2
Since it burst onto the scene in 2011, Temple Run has inspired countless 3D auto-running clones. In fact, it’s pioneered a new genre of quick-action, high-score mobile games. Now Imangi is back with a free sequel that adds new environments and obstacles like swinging ropes and out-of-control mine carts. It’s a free download, but we expect this game to inspire a lot of optional in-app purchases, just like the first Temple Run.
Final Fantasy: All The Bravest
Between FF IV, FF Dimensions, and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, the App Store has nearly exploded from new Square Enix games. All The Bravest is designed for the mobile platform, with an emphasis on battles over exploration. You have to tap on your heroes, which are gathered in some of the largest parties we’ve seen in a FF game, in order to attack old-school monsters. If you have been playing Final Fantasy for decades, and love seeing all of your favorite character classes in one game, All The Bravest might be worth a try.
Price: $3.99 US
Kingdom Conquest 2
Though it hasn’t appeared yet on the NZ App Store, Sega told us that this week we’d also see the release of their major freemium sequel, Kingdom Conquest 2. The first Kingdom Conquest was a clever combination of three distinct genres: city-building sims, third-person action games, and collectible card battling. The sequel makes a lot of minor improvements, like a 3D city screen and improved graphics in the dungeons, so it’s a good chance to start over and rebuild your army from scratch. You can read our hands-on preview for more info about this highly-anticipated sequel.
Heroes and Castles
Foursaken is one of our favorite indie developers. With quality 3D games like Bug Heroes, N.Y. Zombies, and Mad Chef, Foursaken always manages to combine ambitious ideas with solid mechanics and graphics. Tonight’s new game is no exception– Heroes and Castles puts you in the role of a front-line commander who has to keep an army of skeletons, goblins, mummies, and more from tearing down your castle walls. Unlike most tower defense games, you are right in the thick of the action, swiping your sword as you run around the battlefield. But you can also order reinforcements like pikemen and archers, strengthen your keep’s defenses, and build ballistas to pick off tougher enemies. If you’re a fan of climactic Lord of the Rings-style sieges, Heroes and Castles replicates that feeling perfectly.
Bulkypix’s new game tonight is a high-score zombie killer, where your only weapon is a soccer ball. This concept might seem a bit familiar if you’ve played Pro Zombie Soccer, but the first-person perspective gives it a slight new twist. Like in Zombie Flick, you just swipe with your finger to send the leathery projectile flying into those leathery zombies. The graphics are decent, and it’s a free download, but at the same time, Undead Soccer can feel like just another endless high-score game.
Riven for iPad
The original Myst and Riven had this concept of a book that you could open, use to view another world, and then touch to fall inside and get lost forever. It’s almost as if they predicted the concept of iPads. Now you can get lost in the book-sized world of Riven for iPad, a larger version of 2010′s iPhone port. This iPad version also offers a few user interface tweaks, making it the ideal version to play if you’ve never explored this landmark series before. From what we recall, the first-person rollercoaster rides alone are worth the download price.