The best gaming apps for your iOS device this month
Below, we run through the ten best new iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch games released within the past month. All titles are playable on all iOS devices unless otherwise indicated.
Buy from Apple1. AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!
Force = Mass x Acceleration 89
Action, $2.99, ages 12+, from Dejobaan Games
"An adrenaline rush in the palm of your hands. "
The indie computer game and its humorous take on base jumping comes to iOS, vowels intact.
From the Publisher: Dive from a skyscraper. Spray paint buildings. Flip off protesters. The jumps you make from buildings floating above Boston, Massachusetts are all about style and timing. You perform stunts, weaving around the bustling City for points, making split-second decisions: do you snake around those girders to earn a dozen "kisses," or glide along the side of that steel super-skyscraper for massive "hugs"? ★ The most amazing tilt controls you've ever felt in your entire life! Aaaaa! then throws in the spectators — as you fall, give fans the thumbs-up and protesters the finger. And if you're hungry for a bit of civil disobedience, you can even ready the spray paint and tag government buildings for points. ★ Over 0 unique levels. ★ In fact, the game has 47 levels. ★ Hugs. Kisses. Graffiti. Birdcrime. ★ Learn how to bake cookies from your son's ashes. ★ We're not kidding. The game will also teach you how to debristle a pig.
Buy from Apple2. Chaos Rings II 88
RPG, $17.99, ages 9+, from Square Enix
An HD iPad version is also available for $19.99
"It's not a match for the greats of the genre, but it's without peer on this platform."
This pricey sequel to the acclaimed 2010 JRPG Chaos Rings is being praised for its stellar graphics and depth. At least two free updates (scheduled for April and May) are included.
From the Publisher: Would you sacrifice the one you love to save the world? The newest addition to the globally acclaimed RPG series Chaos Rings has arrived! Explore a captivating new adventure and brand-new game system in this latest installation! Time is stagnant; the Destroyer has forced the world to the brink of destruction. In this desolate era, Darwin, the chosen one, discovers his fate; he must slaughter the sacrifices and offer their souls, all to salvage the world. Five were chosen to be sacrificed. Of the five is a girl, Marie—a dear childhood friend. Will he carry out his fate? The decision lies in your hands. This exhilarating adventure can be enjoyed by everyone, even those unfamiliar with Chaos Rings and Chaos Rings Omega. Don't hesitate to immerse yourself in this fantastical world! GAME FEATURES: A storyline molded by the player's choices Hidden bosses and endings Enhanced graphics using a new rendering engine A strategic new battle system An array of character voices and music
Buy from Apple3. Swordigo 88
Adventure, $1.99, ages 9+, from Touch Foo
"A love letter to platforming/adventure games, giving iOS gamers another detailed world of fantasy to explore. "
Zelda fans should find elements of this retro-styled adventure game not unfamiliar. Gameplay blends platformer-style action with a basic RPG system.
From the Publisher: Run, jump and fight your way through a vast world to defeat the spreading corruption. A GREAT ADVENTURE • Explore a magical realm of dungeons, towns, treasures and devious monsters. • Gain experience and level up your character. MAGIC AND SWORDS • Find powerful weapons, items and spells to defeat your enemies. DYNAMIC LIGHTING • Venture into gloomy caves and dungeons illuminated by the atmospheric dynamic lighting system. OPTIMIZED GAMEPLAY • Precise touch controls designed specifically for iOS. • Customize the controls to your preference. LATEST iOS FEATURES • Game Center and OpenFeint Achievements. • Use iCloud to sync saves between the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. • Retina display support for both the iPhone and the new iPad.
Buy from Apple4. Hunters 2 85
Action/Strategy, $4.99, ages 9+, from Rodeo Games
"It's a must-have for strategy fans, no question."
A sequel to last year's Hunters: Episode One, Hunters 2 is another turn-based strategy game that adds a much-needed (though short) story mode.
From the Publisher: Get ready to start your epic journey building the best team of Bounty Hunters in the Galaxy. Hunters 2 brings you a new awesome single player campaign mode as well as the daily missions that made the first installment sell over 600,000 copies, and receive 5 star ratings & a score of 84 on Metacritic last year! New to Hunters 2: - Single player campaign mode - 100's of new weapons and armour options - New environments - New enemy types - A crafting system that allows you to Manufacture custom items - Optional permanent deaths mode - Universal App … and much, much more! Take your team of mercenaries across the galaxy looking for the best contracts you can. Loadout you squad with weapons and armour types to suit your style of play. Including the new miniguns and plasma rifles. More missions, more options, and an all new game engine makes Hunters 2 the best Action Strategy game available in the App Store.
Buy from Apple5. Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy 85
Simulation, $4.99, ages 12+, from Namco Networks America
"It's by far the best aerial combat game on iOS and should provide plenty of longevity thanks to the myriad of modes on offer once the campaign has been completed."
This air combat simulator (a sequel to Rise of Glory) looks stunning on every iOS device, though owners of the new iPad will benefit the most from its Retina Display-ready graphics.
From the Publisher: FORGET EVERYTHING ELSE! THIS IS THE ULTIMATE AIR COMBAT GAME! With an extensive single player campaign and revolutionary multiplayer modes, the non-stop action will keep you at the edge of your seat! Become the supreme lord of the skies! CONSOLE QUALITY GAMING AND IT'S ONLY ON iOS! Unparalleled visuals, special effects and audio including: bump mapping, atmospheric scattering, volumetric clouds with realistic lighting, sun glare, day & night transitions, God rays and more! OPTIMIZED ON THE NEW iPAD AND iPHONE 4S High definition textures, 4x anisotropic filtering, High Dynamic Range (HDR) rendering, radial blur, jet engine heat haze, refractive raindrops and more! EXPANDING RANGE OF SINGLE-PLAYER MODES After the campaign, expand your skills with Dogfight Missions, Survival, Free for All, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Defend the Base and more to come in the future! Together, the arenas cover an area four times the size of New York City! UNRIVALLED COLLECTION OF ONLINE MODES Invite your friends to play online with cooperative and competitive modes available: Survival, Free For All, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Defend the Base. There will be more modes to come, so send us your suggestions! CUSTOMIZE YOUR GAME AND ELEVATE YOUR SKILLS Air Supremacy is designed for players of all generations and skill levels, whether veteran or novice. You can even leave the flying to the auto-pilot while you fire missiles and issue squadron commands!
Buy from Apple6. Waking Mars 85
Adventure, $4.99, ages 9+, from Tiger Style
"Captivating, elegant, and fiendishly clever, Waking Mars delivers a science-fiction epic that's a delight to explore, and rewarding to play."
This immersive sci-fi adventure title with an impressively deep and complex storyline comes from the creators of Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor.
From the Publisher: In 2097, life is discovered on Mars. When your mission of first contact becomes trapped by a cave-in, you must master the alien ecosystem to survive. With time running out, you will make a decision that determines the fate of a lost planet. UNCOVER THE MYSTERIES OF ANCIENT MARS ➤ Explore an open-ended network of exotic caverns. ➤ Decode mysterious signals and discover long lost ruins. ➤ Survive an unearthly world of strange creatures and hazardous terrain. CULTIVATE YOUR OWN ECOSYSTEM OF ALIEN LIFEFORMS ➤ Grow a vibrant, interconnected ecosystem of exotic plants and alien creatures. ➤ Learn the diet, habits, and vulnerabilities of each new lifeform you encounter. ➤ Cultivate one species to feed another, eliminate unwanted infestations, and research unique behaviors. DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY FOR iOS ➤ Intuitive touch screen controls ➤ Nearly two hours of critically acclaimed original music. ➤ Game Center Achievements and Leaderboards. ➤ Tweet Research Progress to your friends back on Earth! ➤ UNIVERSAL APP - play on your iPad, iPhone 3GS or higher, or iPod Touch 3rd Generation or higher.
Buy from Apple7. TwinGo! 84
Action/Puzzle, $0.99, ages 4+, from Chillingo
"Yes we've seen this concept before but Twingo pulls it off with great presentation and a truck full of content."
This charming puzzler with a clever control scheme (each swipe moves your hot and cold twin characters in tandem) starts off perhaps a bit too easy, but grows much more complex as you progress through 90 levels spread over 3 worlds.
From the Publisher: The two Weather Twins, Fuyu and Natsu have lost the stars, now it's up to you to help get them back. One is a glowing ball of flame and the other is made of ice, and you're going to have to get them to work together in this unique, innovative puzzle game that will surprise you right to the end. • PUZZLE FUN TwinGo! is highly addictive, innovative, and challenging. Each of the 90 levels, spread over 3 unique worlds, has been designed to offer the perfect amount of challenge. • THE CUTEST TWINS EVER You're guaranteed to fall in love with Fuyu and Natsu, they really do blow hot and cold! Put some headphones in and get lost in TwinGo with it's great sound effects and stunning musical score. • THEY SEE US ROLLIN' Use the intuitive one touch controls to guide the twins through each level. When you move one, the other moves in unison so you will need to think hard and plan your route to the end carefully. • GET THE STARS BACK Each level features three stars to collect. You're going to need to use all your thinking power if you want to get them all and be the real star of the Game Center leaderboards!
Buy from Apple8. Incoboto 84
Puzzle/Platform, $3.99, ages 4+, from Fluttermind
"A little ways in the game finally begins to reveal itself to the player through some pretty inventive and fun worlds filled with interesting puzzles to solve. It takes a little time to warm up, but once it does, Incoboto is well worth the trip. "
A puzzle-platformer from Fable designer Dene Carter, the stylish iPad title Incoboto aims for a Portal-like mix of moody, compelling sci-fi storytelling and clever puzzles, and mostly succeeds.
From the Publisher: When The Corporation causes all the suns to go out, a small boy named Inco and his strange friend, Helios, go on a galaxy-spanning quest to light the skies once more. As they explore the planets they discover Grapples, Jetpacks, Teleports, Gravity Beams and other strange machines. With its atmospheric ambient soundtrack and striking visuals, Incoboto is a moody, challenging, adventure-puzzler in the spirit of Portal and Ico.
Buy from Apple9. Angry Birds Space 83
Action/Puzzle, $0.99, ages 4+, from Rovio Mobile
"Rovio's latest is an evolution that feels considerably more ambitious than previous updates."
Yes, the most popular iOS physics puzzler series of all time ventures into outer space for 60 new levels, where the variable gravity environments provide a new set of challenges. It might not be rocket science, but it's already a massive hit.
From the Publisher: After a giant claw kidnaps their eggs, the Angry Birds chase it into a wormhole and find themselves floating in a strange new galaxy – surrounded by space pigs! Luckily the Angry Birds have super powers of their own... Angry Birds Space features 60 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With regular free updates, new in-app purchases, brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit! FEATURES • 60 interstellar levels! • Regular free updates! • Brand new birds! • Brand new superpowers! • Zero-gravity space adventures! • Trick shots using planets' gravity! • New in-app purchases! • Hidden bonus levels! • Beautifully detailed backgrounds!
Buy from Apple10. Light The Flower 81
Puzzle, $0.99, ages 4+, from Chillingo
"It's both expertly designed and challenging."
This new puzzler asks you to position mirrors to shine light on your flower—an increasingly difficult proposition as you advance through 60 levels—and uses the familiar three-star scoring system common to the genre.
From the Publisher: Guide the light to the sleeping flowers to wake them up in this beautiful, clever, and fun puzzle game. Use mirrors to bounce the light around—you'll need to use your head to get all three stars an each level! FLOWER POWER! Guide the light from the window to the flowers using a variety of objects including mirrors, colored lenses, and torches! Make sure you guide the correct color of light to the corresponding plant otherwise they'll never wake up! SEE THE LIGHT! Featuring 60 levels of puzzle solving fun, Light the Flower is bursting with content and will have any fan playing for hours on end. Each level has amazing re-play value as you try to collect those elusive stars. BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL Light The Flower features gorgeous cartoon style visuals with a super cute cast of flowers. Watch the four flowery friends, and the room they are in, come to life as they are bathed in the warm glow of the sun.
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|Battleloot Adventure||Turn-based combat||App store||$0.99||9+||79|
|Fancy Pants||Action-adventure||App store||$0.99||4+||78|
|Coco Loco||Action/puzzle||App store||$0.99||4+||78|
|iBomber Defense Pacific||Tower defense||App store||$2.99||9+||78|
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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.