iPhone/iPad Games Guide: What to Buy This Month

  • Publish Date: August 30, 2011
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Great games on a dollar a day

What are the best new iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch games available for a total budget of $30 -- or about a dollar per day? Below are the best-reviewed titles released over the past month. All games are available for all Apple portable devices unless otherwise indicated.

Best-Reviewed New iPad/iPhone/iPod Games, $30 Total Budget - August 2011
  Game Genre Rating Metascore Reg. Price iPad Price
Image Anomaly Warzone Earth Action/Strategy 9+ 98 $1.99 $1.99
Image Spy Mouse Action/Puzzle 4+ 92 $0.99 $0.99
Image iBlast Moki 2 Puzzle 9+ 89 $0.99 $2.99 *
Image Flick Soccer! Sports 4+ 86 $0.99 $0.99
Image Cut the Rope: Experiments Puzzle 4+ 86 $0.99 $1.99 *
Image Mega Mall Story Simulation 4+ 85 $3.99 $3.99
Image Gesundheit! Action/Puzzle 9+ 83 $0.99 $0.99
Image Glowfish: Full Action-Advent. 9+ 83 $2.99 $4.99 *
Image Cordy Platformer 4+ 81 $1.99 $4.99 *
Image Gravity Lab! Puzzle 4+ 81 $0.99 $0.99
Image Ninja Fishing Action 9+ 80 $0.99 $0.99
Image Contre Jour Puzzle 4+ 80 $0.99 $2.99 *
Image Sprinkle Puzzle 4+ 80 $0.99 $0.99
Image Dice Soccer Sports-RPG 4+ 79 FREE FREE
      TOTAL COST: $19.87 $29.87

* Price is for separate HD version exclusive to iPads. Metascores are for non-HD versions.
The Metascore for iPhone and iPad games is an unweighted average of individual scores given by professional game publications on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). A Metascore of 75 or higher denotes generally positive reviews, while 90 or higher indicates universal acclaim. Scores are not calculated for games with fewer than four reviews.

Below, we take a closer look at each of the past month's best new games. (Note that all game summaries are from the publishers' official descriptions.) Don't forget that you can now get updated critic and user reviews for these and all iOS games in Metacritic's iPhone/iPad section.

Anomaly Warzone Earth  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
98
from Chillingo Ltd
Action/Strategy, $1.99, ages 9+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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This highly rated PC-turned-iOS game inverts the normal tower defense formula by giving you control of the attackers.

From the Publisher: Winner of the prestigious Apple Design Award, Anomaly Warzone Earth comes to iOS and turns tower defense on its head. This time you take control of the attacking force, pitting your heavily armored squad against the destructive towers of an alien horde. Carefully lead your squad through the invaders' defenses, shattering their towers and turrets with special weapons and power-ups in this groundbreaking new experience of tower offense. Highlights • Experience a new type of tower defense formula where you're the attacking side. • Deploy special weapons to break through alien defenses or use stealth to slip through unscathed. • Think tactically and choose the right squad and route to guarantee success. • Strategically gather resources to buy and upgrade new and more powerful units. • Play for hours on end in three unique and engaging modes of play. • Immerse yourself in the cutting-edge graphics and atmospheric soundtrack.

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100AppSmile
Utilizing a highly-stylized interface, intuitive controls, and plenty of tactical goodness, Anomaly brings both the noise and the funk as it ushers in a new era of iOS gaming.
100AppSpy
While not as beautiful or in-depth as its PC counterpart, Anomaly Warzone Earth for iOS is still a fantastically intriguing take on reversing the roles in a TD game.
100GamePro
The game looks fantastic and the touch controls are quicker and more precise than its PC counterpart's mouse. Its glorious mix of tactics and action is both instantly accessible and deceptively deep. An anomaly indeed.
100Modojo
It's a neat concept that both companies executed wonderfully, from the different units to the touch controls and spectacular graphics that are on par with and arguably better than anything we've seen on Sony's PSP, at least within the tower defense genre.
100Pocket Gamer UK
Anomaly Warzone Earth is one of the most entertaining and enthralling real-time strategy games on iOS.
100TouchGen
The great level designs, presentation and intuitive touch interface all come together to create a symphony of intense 'edge-of-your-seat' action, that is so engaging it's almost impossible to put down. If this game isn't already on your iPhone and iPad then what the heck are you waiting for?
91The A.V. Club
At first glance, Anomaly Warzone Earth feels like an impossible game, but closer inspection reveals that it's merely extremely hard.
82Gaming Target
What is appealing about Anomaly: Warzone Earth is its value for money. For as little as $1.99 you can have a visually stunning tactical game that's as good as any on PSP or DS. As far as iPhone games go, it's certainly one of the top ten available, without question.

Spy Mouse  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
92
from Electronic Arts
Action/Puzzle, $0.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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A casual line-drawing game like Flight Control (though with a mouse, cheese, and cats instead of planes), Spy Mouse comes from new EA acquisition Firemint.

From the Publisher: Embark on a journey of epic proportions, over two years in the making! Agent Squeak *is* Spy Mouse, a super-secret operative serving the needs of mice everywhere. Can the world's smallest hero prevail in one of iPhone's biggest games? His fate's in your hands! • Sneak, scamper and snack your way through 70+ deviously challenging levels! • 6 unique worlds, full of adventure, each with their own diabolical hench-cat to outwit. • Run circles around your feline foes using all manner of zany gadgets, gizmos and power-ups! • Cat trouble? Recruit the help of the exotic Kiska and get your mission back on track. • Forever fun with achievements, secret levels and thrilling, action-packed updates! Slip into the astounding world of Spy Mouse and find out how deep the mouse hole goes...

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100AppSafari
It's just the right mix of simple, silly, and strategic that makes the "casual" gaming craze so much fun. This is a casual game done right. With simple controls, 70+ levels, and multiple goals to achieve on each level, Spy Mouse is an instant recipe for fun.
100AppSpy
Spy Mouse is charmingly simple and easy to enjoy even despite some minor control issues thanks to the varied level of challenge, unique approach to 'medals' and the occasional boss fight to punch things up a notch.
100Slide to Play
Spy Mouse offers just about everything we look for in an iOS game.
90148Apps
Spy Mouse has been "two years in the making," and it shows. It might "just" be a line-drawing game, but it's one of the best and most thought-out line drawing games on the App Store.
90AppGamer
Another instant hit from Firemint, who seem to be able to do no wrong. If you enjoy a good line drawing game then I recommend that you pick this up straight away.
90AppSmile
Mixing sound puzzling mechanics with a dose of stealth gameplay in a very pretty package, Spy Mouse took us by surprise with its engaging reward system and clever design.
90Gamezebo
Equal parts Flight Control and Metal Gear Solid, Spy Mouse proves that line-drawing games can be much, much more than simple Flight Control clones. The levels are ingenious, the stealth puzzle gameplay is inspired, and the difficulty curve makes it accessible for players of any level.
90TouchGen
A perfect fit for iOS, with gameplay that is suitable for the five minute break, or the three hour train trip. It takes line-drawing gameplay to another level, and injects the genre with a level based system.
80Pocket Gamer UK
Familiar and fresh at the same time, Spy Mouse takes an existing formula and expands it into something quite special.

iBlast Moki 2  iPhone iPod Touch iPad
Separate HD edition ($2.99) available for iPads.

Metascore (out of 100):
89
from Godzilab
Puzzle, $0.99, ages 9+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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While not quite as highly rated as the first iBlast Moki, this sequel is still drawing plenty of praise for its new batch of visually appealing, physics-based puzzles.

From the Publisher: The awards winning puzzle game iBlast Moki is back with an all new adventure in a colorful world of paint and bombs. In this new adventure, the Mokis will use the help of new gameplay elements such as the paint bombs and more crazy contraptions to reach the magic spiral. Explore 90 levels across 6 colorful worlds with more to come. - Each location is packed with unique levels, using realistic physics and lots of different items to manipulate such as paint bombs, ropes, rising balloons, rotating wheels - 6 beautiful and unique musics - Beautiful Retina graphics // Share your creations: Build new levels with the advanced physics editor which was used to create the entire game - Only your imagination is the limit to what you can build, collect the many tools such as joints, motors, decoration, stickers and create some beautiful level with crazy contraptions - Share your levels online and enjoy the puzzles created by thousands of players

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100AppSpy
If you loved the original iBlast Moki, this is a no-brainer, but if you missed it and you enjoy physics based puzzles it's hard to pass up on this cute and easy to master title.
100Slide to Play
Everything a sequel should be.
100TouchGen
More ingenious puzzles, an amazing level of freedom to creating solutions, and a great sense of replay-ability to better yourself. To me this is a true sequel, where you take everything that was great about the first game and then improve on it in almost every way.
90Gamezebo
Even though the market is full of physics puzzlers at the moment, iBlast Moki 2 manages to stand head-and-shoulders above its competition. It's incredibly clever and fun, and its stunning production values only add to the overall experience.
80Edge Magazine
iBlast Moki 2, with its slightly bland charm, unremarkable origins and questionable English, isn't going to be the next Angry Birds. But while playing, you occasionally think it should be.
80Eurogamer
With 90 brow-furrowing levels to pile through - and a built-in level editor for creative sorts - iBlast Moki 2 offers the kind of value that will have Satoru Iwata crying into his sales figures. The iPhone's not exactly short of great physics puzzle games, but it'd be remiss of anyone not to pick this one up.
80IGN
This sequel doesn't feel quite as special as the original — the App Store is a much more mature games portal now — but iBlast Moki 2 still stands as an excellent puzzler.

Flick Soccer!  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
86
from Full Fat
Sports, $0.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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An arcade-style soccer game from the makers of Flick Golf!

From the Publisher: Kick off the 2011 football season with the most addictive freekick game to hit the App Store! Use Flick Soccer's unique 'after-touch' ball control to try and hit the target like a real Pro. Only Flick Soccer gives you this level of complete control and pinpoint accuracy. Featuring 5 modes of play, gorgeous graphics and an intelligent goalkeeper, Flick Soccer really is one of a kind. // Features: • Full Fat Flick Controls mean everyone can play! • Shoot for insane scores in Quickshot mode, it's you vs the keeper. • Take it to the limit in Endurance mode, set piece action with bonus items! • Try out Challenge mode for the ultimate skill contest. • Have you got the accuracy to hit the bar? Find out in Crossbar mode. • Smash It! breaking glass panels against the clock. • Unbelievably accurate flick controls for stunning top-corner shots. • The most realistic goalkeeper on the App Store. • Interactive defenders will jump and react to shots. • Gorgeous Retina visuals and immersive sound. • Game Center leaderboards and achievements.

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100Slide to Play
It's incredibly fun to leave the goalie eating grass while your soccer ball soars perfectly into the net. You'll constantly be trying to beat your last high score, or you can use Game Center's online leaderboards to see how your flicks compare to others.
90148Apps
Flick Soccer is a ton of fun, easy to play, and easy to get lost in. This is definitely one of my new favorite iOS games.
90AppSmile
Using targets, bonuses, and a variety of game modes, Flick Soccer! has plenty of enjoyable content to keep us bending it like Beckham for months to come.
90Pocket Gamer UK
A title-winning performance from Full Fat - this is flicking brilliant.
80AppSpy
Much like Flick Golf!, Flick Soccer! manages to capture some of the essence of the original sport while giving it a fun arcade spin. Be careful because your time can easily melt away with this one.
80Edge Magazine
Is it better than Flick Kick Football? It lacks the purity of Pik Pok's original, and isn't nearly so charming. But where Flick Kick lapses into formula after you reach a high enough score, Flick Soccer gets even more challenging — and in full flow, it can provide a magical experience.
80Eurogamer
If you haven't already given yourself carpal tunnel syndrome playing these games, then Flick Soccer is a great place to start. It's hardly a masterclass in reinvention, but just like Flick Golf, the tough part is finding the time to stop playing.

Cut the Rope: Experiments  iPhone iPod Touch iPad
Separate HD edition ($1.99) available for iPads.

Metascore (out of 100):
86
from ZeptoLab
Puzzle, $0.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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A sequel to the mega-successful Cut the Rope, Experiments offers 75 new levels.

From the Publisher: What on earth is Om Nom?! That's what millions of fans of the widely acclaimed game, Cut the Rope, have been asking about the cute little monster who eats candy like its his job! That same question has a mad (but not bad) scientist studying the little creature that mysteriously arrived outside his house. Intrigued by Om Nom's insatiable appetite for sweets, the Professor puts him through a series of experiments in this all-new game, a follow-up to one of the most original and fun-filled games on the App Store. A NEW TWIST ON THE FAMILIAR AND HIGHLY ADDICTIVE GAMEPLAY Cut the Rope: Experiments combines the same rope-cutting and monster-feeding action that millions of people around the globe have come to love, with new features and gameplay elements including Rope Shooters and Suction-cups. Can you help the Professor and Om Nom get through these wacky experiments? - 75 new experiments (levels) across 3 colorful new settings, with more to come! - 3 level packs: Getting Started, Shooting the Candy, Sticky Steps - New musical tracks, sounds and Om Nom animations MEET THE PROFESSOR! Meet the newest character in Om Nom's adventures! The wacky Professor adds colorful commentary in response to gameplay achievements (or lack thereof!), adding a new element of interaction between the player and the game. How did Om Nom end up outside the scientist's house? And why is he so intrigued with the little creature? - Find hidden photo evidence to help the scientist with his experiments! Complete the professor's photo album and share with your friends on Facebook - New animated storyline featuring the professor's intriguing commentary and reactions to Om Nom's behavior – What will he think of YOUR achievements?

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100AppSafari
A cute casual game that packs a great deal of strategy and fun into a tiny package.
100Modojo
It's wonderful.
100Slide to Play
Cut the Rope: Experiments is sure to please anyone who likes the original (which is just about everybody).
90AppSmile
Featuring a couple of intriguing new gameplay elements and the same terrific presentation that has spawned a slew of GUI look-alikes, Cut The Rope: Experiments delivers another solid set of levels to challenge fans of the cute green monster.
90IGN
The 75 new levels are just as polished and fun as ever. Cut the Rope veterans will likely relish the higher difficulty to boot. Bottom line: Experiments is more of the same, which is fantastic.
88Pocket Gamer France
The new Cut the Rope isn't the eagerly awaited incredible follow-up. Short and with few innovations, it's more a large update of the current version than a true sequel. That said, the game's charming protagonist, superb production values and highly addictive concept make this an excellent, must-buy title.
80148Apps
Still quite fun, but it isn't entirely fresh. Those looking for new levels with new concepts that explore the familiar formula will enjoy this. Those tired of the game won't find much here to appeal to them.
80AppSpy
Cut the Rope: Experiments is not so much as sequel as it is a separate expansion to the game's world - this gives ZeptoLab some room to breathe and experiment with new ideas (as you'd expect from the title), giving it some great potential, but for now it's a fun addition to a game you probably already enjoy.
80Gamezebo
A terrific release in an exceptional series. With 75 new levels to start with and the promise of more to come, there's simply no good reason to keep this one out of your collection. Besides â€" everyone loves a good mad scientist.
80Pocket Gamer UK
Cut the Rope: Experiments adds lots of kooky contraptions to the original hit.
80TouchGen
Cut the rope experiments then is very much more of the same. But when more of the same is this good, then it's not always a bad thing.
80VideoGamer
Some of the new puzzles effectively show off ZeptoLab's creative energy, but for the most part we're being sold another slice of an admittedly entertaining game. Still, it's hard to feel short-changed when considering the weenie price and, more importantly, it's impossible to discount the entertainment derived from its content.
70Eurogamer
Experiments feels more like a straightforward level pack than a bona-fide sequel - and one that most players will blitz through in no time.

Mega Mall Story  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
85
from Kairosoft
Simulation, $3.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Game Dev Story meets Tiny Tower in this tycoon-style mall simulation.

From the Publisher: Design a towering mall of mega proportions! Attract droves of customers and elevate yourself to 5-star status in this mall management simulation game! Add anything from fast food joints to sushi restaurants, stairs and elevators--even a heliport--all with a touch of the finger! When your establishment's popularity reaches a certain point, a "Fever" is triggered in which customers swamp your mall! You can then exercise your newfound affluence by investing in the surrounding area--bringing in even more customers and being a good citizen at the same time! Oh yeah! Keep your eyes on the mega-prize--only you can build the ultimate mall!

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100Slide to Play
Mega Mall Story is a brilliant tycoon game that is more fun (and economical) than spending a day at the mall.
90IGN
Mega Mall Story represents Kairosoft's most addictive game experience yet. It strikes the perfect balance between accessibility and simulation depth.
80AppSpy
Despite its faults, Mega Mall Story is an excellent sim game that will have fans of the genre glued to their iPhones for hours.
80Eurogamer
With its familiar interface, simple mechanics and hummable ditty, resistance to its effortless charm is completely futile. At this stage, you might as well buy shares in Kairosoft.
80Gamezebo
On the gameplay side I think they trimmed out a lot of the under the hood yin and yang nonsense.
80Pocket Gamer UK
Kairosoft continues its management game dominance with Mega Mall Story: our addiction levels beg for mercy.

Gesundheit!  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
83
from Konami
Action/Puzzle, $0.99, ages 9+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Cute, hand-drawn characters distinguish this action-puzzle game from the competition. (That, and the fact that you play as a pig that shoots snot at invading monsters.)

From the Publisher: Gesundheit! is an innovative and exciting new addition to the Konami family of award-winning games, combining extraordinary hand-drawn visuals and animation with an original music score to create a vibrant and colorful world where cute characters face off against wacky monsters, pigs will fly, and snot happens! Features: • HD Quality Graphics & Cinematics Vibrant colorful, console-quality high definition textures and graphics. Gesundheit's story unfolds through HD cinematic sequences throughout the game. • Incredible Touch-Screen Controls Possibly the most intuitive touch screen controls yet seen, requiring no on-screen buttons or virtual D-Pads. • Awesome Character Upgrades Earn Super-Charged Snot power-ups to help you on your quest. • AN ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK An completely original soundtrack that will have you humming along for days • Game Center Support Unique achievements to unlock and a worldwide leaderboard to challenge your friends via Game Center or Open Feint.

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100TouchArcade
With 40 levels to play, each with StarFruit to collect and ranks to earn, you'll get hours of fun out of Gesundheit!. It's a real charmer.
95IGN
It isn't necessarily ground-breaking in any specific way. It's just a lot of fun and so cute that even the most burly among us are sure to melt. Who knew boogers could be so damn adorable?
90148Apps
Has plenty of levels (with leaderboards) to keep players busy, lots of new elements are introduced regularly that build upon the basic mechanics, it looks amazing and it's just so darned cute.
90AppSmile
Featuring charming characters, outstanding puzzle design, terrific visuals, and catchy music, Gesundheit! fires on all cylinders to provide an overwhelmingly enjoyable experience.
90TouchGen
Among all the games trying to push hugely detailed worlds, and console-like experiences, it's always nice to find a game that fits perfectly within its iOS surroundings. Delivering a tight, focused and tailor-made experience that I challenge any gamer not to fall in love with. It joins like-minded titles like Bumpy Road, as true AppStore gems.
90Vandal Online
A must-have for those who are looking for something new.
80AppSpy
All in all this is a fun game with great production value that is worth a look.
80Eurogamer
If Revolutionary Concepts came to charm us senseless, it worked. There are so many reasons to enjoy Gesundheit; its 40 levels of puzzle nonsense are only a small part of why you should dutifully surrender your loose change.
80Gamezebo
Though some may be turned off by the premise, most players will be delighted by Gesundheit!. It's a fun game that offers something different — and not just the gross-out content. Gesundheit! is definitely worth the tissue.
75Slide to Play
A fun and quirky game with a very distinctive sense of style and humor that's worth picking up despite a few nagging issues.
60Gamekult
Quotation forthcoming.
60Pocket Gamer UK
Patient players might enjoy this cute action-puzzler, but control and design issues will leave others burning with rage.

Glowfish: Full  iPhone iPod Touch iPad
Separate HD edition ($4.99) available for iPads.

Metascore (out of 100):
83
from MumboJumbo
Action-Advent., $2.99, ages 9+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Outwit your enemies by trapping them in circles in this great-looking undersea side-scroller.

From the Publisher: The evil Dr. Urchin has kidnapped Coralline! It's up to Glowfish to free his lady friend and sea pals everywhere from his clutches in this underwater platform adventure. 50 vibrant, colorful ocean landscapes await in this arcade-style underwater adventure game. Filled with charming sea creatures, you must navigate your way through the twists and turns of each maze level with a fluid joystick control system. Beware—while you scour the ocean floor in search of lost friends waiting for rescue, a host of enemies is lurking! Each level takes you deeper in the unique ocean world with new challenges and enemies at every turn. Gather your friends to make Glowfish bigger and better at challenging the boss on each level. Set the captive friends free by surrounding Glowfish with a powerful ring of friends, or circle the enemy to fire your blasting bubbles and win each arcade battle. Add to your team by collecting powerful Glow Chums to help you along the way, and upgrade them by collecting coins to give you even more of an edge in each boss battle! Dive in and be prepared to be dazzled by Glowfish.

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
94Game Chronicles
This is mobile entertainment at its best.
90148Apps
Whether it's the controls, the visuals, or the perfectly fitting ambient soundscape, Glowfish is filled with enjoyment.
85Da Gameboyz
Glowfish is beautiful and, more importantly, requires strategy to tackle the stronger enemies. Even while requiring some thought, Glowfish can easily be understood by a new gamer, providing a lot of fun for everyone.
70Eurogamer
Glowfish's unnerving mazes offer the unexpected menace befitting of a desperate rescue mission against an unfeeling urchin.

Cordy  iPhone iPod Touch iPad
Free to download; $1.99 to play past 4 levels ($4.99 for HD iPad version).

Metascore (out of 100):
81
from SilverTree Media
Platformer, $1.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Help your speedy robot track down batteries in this visually appealing platformer.

From the Publisher: Cordy is a little robot with a big job - to power up his world! Help Cordy run, jump, push, pull, lift, throw, bounce, swing, and hover in this beautiful console-quality 3D puzzle platform game. Download now, and get ready to harness the power of pure fun! • PLAY FREE BEFORE YOU BUY. Try 4 free awesome levels so you can be sure you like the game. You can buy the full game from within using In-App Purchase. This feature can be turned off in the game's Settings. • HOURS OF GAMEPLAY. The full game has 27 levels of fast paced fun!

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
90148Apps
A fantastic platformer and a stellar iOS game. The controls are fluid, the visuals are wonderful and the levels all beg to be played over-and-over again in order to nab a full trio of stars (one each for completion, speed and gear collecting).
90VideoGamer
Cordy is simple enough for beginners yet also packs in a decent challenge for more experienced players.
80Modojo
Unlock the full game and have a blast. We certainly hope more (and free) levels are on the way.
70TouchArcade
Cordy doesn't bring a whole lot of innovation to the table, but, even with some slightly off physics, it's a game that makes a lasting visual impression first and plays well-enough second.

Gravity Lab!  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
81
from Mobile Snap, LLC
Puzzle, $0.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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A physics-based puzzler that asks you to collect stars without touching them by setting off a chain reaction of flying blocks.

From the Publisher: Trace a path for Steve the Robot as he smashes through 75 gravity based puzzles. Split into 3 worlds each with their own unique elements!

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100Modojo
The physics are top notch, and we love the slow motion that kicks in, just before the last block or two hits or narrowly misses that final star; if things go wrong, you can always restart the puzzle at any time.
80148Apps
Not enough can be said about the visuals of Gravity Lab! as they are pretty astonishing.
80AppSmile
The graphic presentation is very nice, with awesome level designs and bold colors that liven up the gameplay.
80Gamezebo
An excellent little game that manages to do something with a genre that's been all but played out for a while. It's a lot of fun and incredibly entertaining. Plus, it contains 75 different levels to play through, so there's a lasting appeal here.
80Pocket Gamer UK
While it lasts, this wonderfully relaxing physics-puzzler makes an ideal antidote to Angry Birds rage.
75Slide to Play
Gravity Lab! successfully combines various puzzle elements into an enjoyable gaming experience.
70TouchGen
A fun puzzle game that looks good, and plays well. Too bad that it is a bit easy, and can be completed within an hour and a half.

Ninja Fishing  iPhone iPod Touch iPad
Also available in a Lite version.

Metascore (out of 100):
80
from Gamenauts, Inc.
Action, $0.99, ages 9+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Fruit Ninja meets Fishing Derby in this two-part game that requires you to both collect and slice fish.

From the Publisher: Sharpen your swords and swing your rods - it's time to fish...the NINJA way! Otoro, a fitness challenged ninja, might not be the best fighter, but he sure has mad skills when it comes to fishing! Cast your hook as deep as possible into the ocean, then use the tilt controls to reel back as many fish as you can. Finally, use the katana-powered touch technology to slice the scaly fish right out of the sky for maximum gold profit (watch out for the Dynamites)!

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
90Gamezebo
While I'll admit Fruit Ninja is a little slicker in its presentation, I've enjoyed playing Ninja Fishing far more, and at the end, isn't that really what matters?
80148Apps
I've got a folder set aside for these kind of games, the 'just one more go' games that are inexpensive but compelling. Ninja Fishing will be happily residing there for a while to come.
80AppSpy
This is a must buy for fans of fishing games, and slashing games. The price is low, the game is simple, and there's more than enough to keep you playing for a while.
80IGN
Ninja Fishing perfectly captures its quirky premise. I love the idea that a ninja would fish by hooking 30+ fish at once, fling them in the air, and slice them all up before they hit the ground. The game's progression system is a bit on the slow side, but it did keep me intrigued, curious to see what lurked in the game's deeper depths.
75Slide to Play
Ninjas can make anything fun, and fishing is no exception.
70AppSmile
Utilizing tried-and-true mechanics and plenty of upgradable equipment using your in-game earnings, Ninja Fishing is a casual timewaster that's oddly fun and strangely addictive.

Contre Jour  iPhone iPod Touch iPad
Separate HD edition ($2.99) available for iPads.

Metascore (out of 100):
80
from Chillingo Ltd
Puzzle, $0.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Another physics puzzler, Contre Jour attempts to set itself apart from the Cut the Rope crowd with gorgeous art design (think World of Goo).

From the Publisher: Blurring the lines between games and interactive art, Contre Jour welcomes you to a hauntingly beautiful world shaped by the interplay of light and darkness. Use your finger to morph the landscape, propelling the mysterious creature Petit to safety. Pull, swipe, and tap gadgets such as tendrils, air geysers, and pulleys to complete clever puzzles. Set to a poignant orchestrated soundtrack from composer David Ari Leon, Contre Jour both delights and bedevils from start to finish.

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
90TouchGen
Contre Jour oozes with a dark, silky charm that grabs your attention right after you first launch the game. Before you know it, you'll be 20+ levels deep without any recollection of how much time has passed.
80148Apps
Add one part Limbo, one part World of Goo and a dash of Cut The Rope - get Contre Jour.
80AppSpy
It's slowly getting harder and harder to love new cutesy physics based puzzlers, but Contre Jour breaks through with its elegant visuals and interesting approach to world manipulation.
80Gamezebo
A game that feels so inviting that you'd be a fool to turn away. Come to the light.
70Pocket Gamer UK
Taking its cue from as many popular iPhone casual games as it can, Contre Jour is polished and perfectly fine to play. It's just not very original or exciting.

Sprinkle: Water splashing fire fighting fun!  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
80
from Mediocre AB
Puzzle, $0.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Use your water cannon to put out fires and save the inhabitants of Titan from destruction.

From the Publisher: Ready, Aim, Squirt! Can you handle 22 levels of splashing excitement? If that's not enough - more levels can be unlocked for $0.99 or by earning 5 drops on each level on the previous world. Using a water cannon mounted on a crane, players must adjust the height and angle of the cannon to fight fires, move obstacles, spin wheels and activate traps in this challenging water-physics based puzzler! But squirt carefully as you will run out of water and the less water you use, the more drops you earn! Using some of the most realistic water physics seen on an iOS device yet, Sprinkle is a brain-teasing game that will have players straining to figure out each puzzle and obstacle. Sprinkle features: Amazing water physics – Some of the most realistic water physics ever seen on an iOS device make Sprinkle an exciting and addictive puzzler. Brain-teasing puzzles – What starts as simply pointing and spraying to quench each fire becomes much more challenging, as players must overcome the intricacies of each puzzle before time and water run out. Blocks, boulders, and cogs oh my – Use the power of your water cannon to move blocks of ice and boulders, spin giant cogs, and depress traps in order to reach and extinguish every last fire. The inhabitants of Titan, a moon of Saturn, lived out their days peacefully in their straw hut homes – until space tourists from Earth crashed through Saturn's rings, bringing a storm of flaming asteroids crashing down on the Titans. To combat the widespread fires threatening their homes, the Titans have built a massive water cannon. And they need you to man it!

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100Modojo
Sprinkle is both fun and visually stimulating, a game that should be in everyone's collection. The fact that it costs $0.99 ($1.99 on Android with 24 additional levels) means you have no excuse.
90148Apps
Sprinkle makes fighting fire with physics (and water, of course) a heck of a lot of fun.
70Gamezebo
I have to emphasize the first two worlds here, because while the puzzling in Sprinkle is fairly easy, unlocking World 3 and beyond is incredibly hard.
60TouchGen
Sprinkle brings something new with it's water physics, but it's comparatively small amount of levels, in-app purchases and unexciting soundtrack leaves it to fall short of being something great.

Dice Soccer  iPhone iPod Touch iPad
Free to download; additional characters available to purchase.

Metascore (out of 100):
79
from LambdaMu Games
Sports-RPG, Free, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Play a game of soccer by rolling dice after stocking your team with the right players, who each benefit from different rolls.

From the Publisher: Are you ready to roll for GOAL? Then grab your team and get on the field 'cos this is surely the soccer showdown of the century. Only this time, we're duking it out with Dice! So grab your strikers and goalies, roll their dice and watch out for some crazy action as they combine, powerup and show-off their awesome abilities on the way to scoring stellar goals. Let's Roll. Lady Luck doesn't like to be kept waiting. ***** Dice Soccer is the ultimate casual soccer experience in the form of a "Roll Playing Game". Play as the coach of an up-and-coming soccer team in the increasingly popular Dice Soccer League and face the challenge of hiring and choosing the right characters to bring with you to field as you face droves of opponents. Each character is only equipped with a customized 6-sided dice with its own unique numbers and abilities, so choose wisely and watch them trigger epic combos on the pitch as they work their way towards the goal! Key Features: UNLOCK & CHOOSE: 80 different goalies, defenders, midfielders and forwards, from which to create your unstoppable dream team. All characters are uniquely stylized and come with their own custom Soccer Dice, special abilities and resemblances. MAGIC ON THE FIELD: Shake to roll your team into their Dice-form and face-off against 55 different opponent lineups! Build epic player combos, trigger insane powers to Slide, Charge, Tackle and Bicycle Kick your way to goals galore. HOURS AND HOURS OF PLAY: Over 3 seasons, 75 intense matches, 10 leagues and tournaments, and loads of gold and trophies to be won! FEET OF STRENGTH: Unlock over 50 achievements, new players and groovy playing kits for your team! EVERYBODY'S GAME: Play from your iPod or iPad with this universal app's stunning high-definition graphics. Multiplayer support to be included soon!

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
80AppSpy
This addictive combination of soccer, strategy, and chance might grab you, but beware of the extra costs that might be involved if you get yourself hooked.
80Gamezebo
With a bunch of different unlockables (players and vanity items like jerseys) and different leagues of varying difficulties, not to mention tournaments, Dice Soccer really does offer a decent amount of content. Once you get past the goofy idea and put some time in, the game opens up and really presents a nice experience.
80Level7.nu
A turn based soccer game based on dice and constantly collecting new, better players. There's smart tactics under the seemingly random game mechanics. Be prepared to spend many hours getting your dream team together.
80TouchArcade
If you've got the patience to stick it out, though, Dice Soccer will give you more content than you can handle.
75Slide to Play
Dice Soccer will have you rolling dice and cheering on cartoons at all hours, but a few glitches and a slow pace hold it back from being great.

What not to buy

Julius Styles - The International 49 and Rogue Sky 55 are this month's lowest-scoring titles.

What are you playing?

Have you tried any of the games above? If so, what did you think of them? Are there any other new iPhone or iPad games that deserve a download? Let us know in the comments section below.

Comments (3)

  • micheal  

    This apple life puzzle game is looking amazing with good 3D graphics and game play is also good...it’s totally a good time pass game….it was good experience playing puzzle game.
    you can check this link:
    " http://itunes.apple.com/in/app/apple-life/id463407836?mt=8 "

  • Jim-Shorts  

    I'm really digging Samurai Bloodshow~!

  • PevMaster  

    DOODLE JUMP FTW!

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