Ten to Watch: Wednesday, February 17

With timesinks such as Space Miner and Plants vs Zombies demanding the attention of iPhone gamers, there hasn’t been much time for app discovery. As always, we’ve found ten titles you might have missed that may be worth taking a look at.

Giana Sisters

Price: $4.99

Back in the days of Amiga, one great platformer was The Great Giana Sisters. After being forgotten for years, it was remade for the DS and now has been ported to the iPhone. In a style perhaps a little too reminiscent of side-scrolling Mario platformers, you play as Giana, a young girl who must find her lost diamonds in a fantasy world. While she may be weak, a red ball power-up allows her to turn into the hard-rocking, fire-shooting punk Giana. The game controls extremely well and so far we are enjoying it. Look for our review soon, but you can buy with confidence.

Spirit

Price: $0.99

Tiny ghosts can have strong powers, so naturally the spirits in Spirit can create rifts in space that send enemies off into a distant nether region by circling around them. As you advance through the stages, new enemies such as super-long snake creatures provide new challenges. However, as it is a high score game, the lack of leaderboards left us with little reason to keep coming back.

Robot Rampage

Price: $1.99

B-movie settings have the potential to make for extremely inane and hilarious games. In Robot Rampage, you are a clunky city-smashing robot whose greatest ambition is to be the next Godzilla. The goal of the game is simple: level a city block by block and take out any military aggression. Unique touch controls, great difficulty progression, OpenFeint integration, and a ton of graphical charm all add up to an entertaining experience.

WireWay

Price: $4.99

If you enjoyed Parachute Ninja, then Konami’s WireWay is definitely a game to check out. A nice complement to the aforementioned title, WireWay has you flinging Wiley, an alien astronaut, through levels by means of slingshots. In this game, you must use walls, bumpers, and other obstacles to your advantage to clear the course. While it does have some frame rate issues and fairly low-res graphics, the gameplay is solid enough to warrant a purchase.

Arodius

Price: $0.99

With so many dual-stick shooters to be found on the App Store, making a compelling one is becoming increasingly tough. Arodius may not do anything new for the genre gameplay-wise, but the art direction is definitely unique. Each level, of which there are many, builds around a different theme with five models of enemies. At the end of the final wave, all five enemy types come together to form a boss, something that had us playing for quite some time.

Daisy Mae’s Alien Buffet

Price: $1.99

Another dual-stick shooter released recently is Daisy Mae’s Alien Buffet. As a busty trailer-trash babe wielding some nasty machine guns, you have one goal: fight off the aliens until you can no longer survive. The grungy art style and wide array of weaponry, in addition to the sexy heroine, will be enough to garner some purchases, but it comes across as a little too generic for our full recommendation.

Eco Punk

Price: $0.99

In an eco-ravaged future, one hardcore bunny must stand up against the littering scum that was once known as humanity. His one goal: clean the streets by collecting trash and blowing up gas-spewing vehicles with fireballs. That’s right, blow up huge cars and burn lazy people on Segways with a touch of your finger. Some hilarious rude comments, crazy bonus modes and more make Eco Punk a great purchase. This is one environmental war you should fight.

B-Boy Beats

Price: $2.99

Have you ever wanted to become breakdancing king of the streets without leaving the comfort of your home? B-Boy Beats lets you do just that. Using your fingers as feet, you must correctly hit the steps to lay down the dance and top your opponents on their own turf. The best part about B-Boy Beats is the indie music, which we loved. There isn’t quite another game out there like B-Boy Beats, and we highly recommend trying it out.

Rise Of The Triad: Dark War

Price: $4.99

Retro gamers may remember Rise Of The Triad: Dark War from the early days of PC gaming. Developed on a modified version of the Wolfenstein 3D engine that allowed vertical camera movement, those who have played id-developed FPS games will feel at home here. The developer has announced that free updates will include iPhone-specific content, so fans of this classic should definitely pick it up. Otherwise, look for our review in the near future for the final verdict.

Fighting Fantasy: Deathtrap Dungeon

Price: $2.99

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain garnered a very positive review from us, so we are happy to see another gamebook from the same series brought to the iPhone. This adventure places you in a danger-filled dungeon lurking with traps around every corner. Those who enjoyed previous gamebook titles will likely love this game.