Big Game Night: Waking Mars and More

Wednesday nights are a big deal for iOS gamers. Each Wednesday night at 8pm PST, the majority of the most highly-anticipated games are released on the U.S. App Store. 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 8 o’clock.

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (F = M x A)

If you don’t want to jump off of a building in real life, why not do it form the safety of a videogame? On your way down, you can spray paint buildings, flip off protesters, and earn “hugs” and “kisses” by almost hitting stuff as you fall. To truly get a sense of what this game is like, you have to see it in action. Watch the video and decide if you want to take the plunge.

Price: $2.99 US

Kiwi link

Fancy Pants

In Fancy Pants, you play as a doodle-drawn acrobat who’s trying to save his sister Cutie Pants from pirates. To do that, he sprints through doodled levels, jumping, sliding, and collecting stuff. It kind of reminds us of the game N+, which we loved on other platforms, so we’re looking forward to getting our hands on Fancy Pants tonight.

Price: $0.99 US

Kiwi link

Get ready by playing: Fancy Pants Adventures Flash Game

Invader Hunter

In Invader Hunter, you play as a futuristic marine on a space station that’s been invaded by all sorts of gigantic monsters. Naturally, it falls to you to wipe them out. The cel-shaded graphics and silky-smooth animation alone make this game worth a look. The 100 weapons and intense gameplay only sweeten the pot.

Price: $2.99 US

Kiwi link

Kale in Dinoland

If you grew up playing the original Game Boy, then Kale in Dinoland will probably feel like a long lost cartridge. Across over 50 levels of old-school platforming, you’ll fight your way through Dinoland, beating up prehistoric beasts as you progress, and stealing their powers. If it’s half as good as it looks, Kale in Dinoland will be worth picking up for the nostalgia factor alone.

Price: $1.99 US

Kiwi link

Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape

Speaking of retro-style platforming, Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape is an endless jumper that has you play as Tobe and his buddies as they try to escape from a crumbling cave. They’re all doomed in the end, but the fun is trying out each character’s unique abilities and shooting for the highest score possible. If you like arcade-style high score games, this might be the one to download tonight.

Price: $1.99 US

Kiwi link

Waking Mars

Waking Mars is the mysterious new game from the developers of Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor. In it, you control an astronaut as he explores the underground caverns of the red planet, planting seeds and trying to increase the biomass as he goes deeper and deeper. It’s an atmospheric game that’s hard to put down once you pick it up.

Price: $4.99 US

Kiwi link

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