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. Dead Ahead 89
Action, free, ages 12+, from Chillingo
"Dead Ahead ranks right up there with the best the endless running genre has to offer, including Halfbrick's Jetpack Joyride."
This free, ad-supported title is a zombie-themed endless runner (make that an endless rider; you're on a scooter) featuring pixel art graphics.
From the Publisher: From the creators of Parking Mania comes a game with a little more bite! The Dead are coming for you, it's time to find a ride and drive for your life. With the relentless zombie hordes hot on your heels and hungry for flesh, can you fend them off whilst keeping your eyes on the road? Swerve between abandoned cars, plough through undead crowds and when the dead get too close, get trigger-happy. Visit the Garage to upgrade your ride and your firearms to keep ahead of your pursuers. Smart thinking is the best weapon against the dead. Trick these brain-hungry buffoons by leading them over ramps or straight into the back of cars and watch those red pixels fly! Survive as long as you can to complete missions, rank up, and top the leaderboards. Rack up gory combos and take on daily challenges to reap even greater rewards.
Buy from Apple2. Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy 87
IPAD ONLY Strategy, $6.99, ages 9+, from Big Daddy's Creations
"You'll need dedication to experience this marvel: the rules are complex, the strategy makes your head hurt and the app isn't as good as it should be at making the game accessible. But if you're up to the challenge, the effort you put into this game will be rewarded a hundredfold in terms of entertainment."
A complex, 4X-style space strategy game based on the award-winning board game of the same name, Eclipse features both solo play (against AIs with varying difficulties) and asynchronous multiplayer.
From the Publisher: Alliances are shattering, and hasty diplomatic treaties are made in secrecy. A confrontation of the superpowers seems inevitable – only the outcome of the galactic conflict remains to be seen. Which faction will emerge victorious and rule the galaxy? A game of Eclipse places you in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for success with its rivals. You will explore new star systems, research technologies, and build mighty spaceships. There are many potential paths to victory, so you need to plan your strategy considering the strengths and weaknesses of your species, while paying attention to the other civilizations' endeavors. Eclipse other civilizations and lead your people to victory!
Buy from Apple3. Sorcery! 85
RPG, $4.99, ages 12+, from inkle
"The worst thing you can say about Sorcery! is that this first book feels short. But when you are enjoying a thing, that often tends to be the case. The best thing is that if it stays true to the books, it is only going to get better."
Choose your own adventure with this interactive story adapted from Steve Jackson's 1980s fantasy gamebook series of the same name. Note that this is just part one ("The Shamutanti Hills") of what will eventually be a four-part series.
From the Publisher: An epic adventure through a land of monsters, traps, and magic. From legendary designer Steve Jackson, co-founder of Lionhead Studios (with Peter Molyneux), and Fighting Fantasy and Games Workshop (with Ian Livingstone); and inkle, the studio behind the award-winning, App Store featured Frankenstein, Sorcery! is an interactive adventure like never before. The app uses inklewriter technology to tell your journey in real-time, shaping the story around your choices. The text itself changes based on how you play and what you do, and in combat, the action is description on the fly based on how you play. Featuring original illustrations by John Blanche, new character art by Eddie Sharam (DC Comics), an interactive map by Mike Schley (Wizards of the Coast) and music by David Wise (Donkey Kong Country).
Buy from Apple4. Frozen Synapse 84
IPAD ONLY Strategy, $6.99, ages 12+, from Mode 7
"This great indie port flops turn-based strategy on its head with delightful asynchronous chaos and intense multiplayer matches."
This tricky turn-based strategy title, an iPad port of the 2011 PC game, is all about the multiplayer; you can even play against PC gamers.
From the Publisher: Frozen Synapse is a multi-award-winning tactical game. Frozen Synapse brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre bang up-to-date and lets you give detailed, accurate orders to your squad: classic gameplay with a modern interface. Plan your moves, test them out, then hit the "Prime" button: both you and your enemy's turns are executed simultaneously. Competitive-but-intuitive multiplayer and a huge single player campaign mean that Frozen Synapse will give you hours and hours of tactical delight.
Buy from Apple5. Sid Meier's Ace Patrol 84
Strategy, free, ages 12+, from 2K Games
"A truly great portable strategy game that's original, accessible, and addictive. And for once the microtransactions benefit the player as well as the publisher."
The first iOS exclusive title from legendary game designer Sid Meier (best known for the Civilization series) is a World War I dogfighting strategy game that's free to start playing, though unlocking full campaigns (there are four) will cost a dollar apiece.
From the Publisher: The skies over Europe are a dangerous place, where ace pilots lead their squadrons to glorious victory or crushing defeat! Take control of dozens of the most famous fighter planes of WWI and head into the dogfight. Roll, slip, and loop to get the drop on enemy aces. Upgrade your fighters over the course of your campaign and promote your best pilots so they learn new skills to give them an edge in battle. Can you change the tide of the war? Or will you go down in flames to an enemy ace?
Buy from Apple6. Zoombies: Animales de la Muerte! 83
Action, $2.99, ages 12+, from High Voltage Software
"A cross between Plants vs. Zombies and Axe in Face, High Voltage Software's Zoombies is an engaging challenge that has taken us quite by surprise."
Battle hordes of zombie animals in a more action-filled take on the tower defense formula.
From the Publisher: Don Eduardo's Zoo in Little Mexico is in mucho trouble when his animal residents come down with a serious case of Undeath. The only hope of keeping these cute — but gruesome — Zoombies from overrunning the planeta are Marco and Maria, a pair of rowdy schoolkids who find themselves on the most twisted field trip ever! Zoombies is *bloody* simple to play, but muy challenging to master! Armed with hatchets, roman candles, and even a chupacabra, you'll trace a path with your finger and watch your weapon hurl through these immortal enemies. Each level requires timing, strategy and precision to complete the Sugar Skull Missions and rescue your friendly animales before they become brain-eating Zoombies themselves. Collect golden pesos to earn Especiales upgrades like slippery Guacamole, La Bomba, and stampeding Elefantes to thwart the unending hordes of Zoombies!
Buy from Apple7. Draw Something 2 82
Board game, free/$2.99, ages 4+, from Zynga
"With a larger dictionary, more tools, and vastly improved social skills, Draw Something 2 is a worthwhile enhancement of its forerunner which is worth looking into even if you grew bored of the original."
This sequel to the hit multiplayer drawing game—available in both paid and free (ad-supported) versions—adds new drawing and sharing tools.
From the Publisher: The smash-hit drawing game loved by over 100 million players is remained with all new ways to draw guess and share with friends. Create cool effects with dozens of new tools, patterns, stamps and colors - allowing you to transform even the simplest drawings into masterpieces. For the first time ever, share your drawings in a feed for all of your friends to see! Follow your friends, celebs, and discover new artists - there’s always something new, funny and inspiring to check out!
Buy from Apple8. CandyMeleon 81
Action, free, ages 4+, from Bulkypix
"It's a fun and challenging game, though not especially deep."
Help your candy chameleon (or CandyMeleon) gobble sweets in this arcade-style actioner. There's also an HD version available for iPads.
From the Publisher: Introducing a new specie of Chameleon: The CandyMeleon! Attracted by treats and sweets, the CandyMeleon can devour an unbelievable amount of candies and never gets sick of it! This malicious creature engaged in sabotage toward the nearby candy factory. In the explosion: thousands of candies have been blown away in the sky! And what's best than a CandyMeleon extensible tongue to gulp them all down before they reach the ground? There is a common saying: You are what you eat! The CandyMelon can change color and acquire super powers when eating special types of candies. Catch the Pepper Candy and get ready for a blast of colors and sweets! Dare to grab the sticky candy, and unleash an insane candy waterfall! Exciting yummy candy adventures await! This is going to be a treat!
Buy from Apple9. Tasty Tadpoles 80
Action/puzzle, $0.99, ages 4+, from Mark White
"With two gameplay modes, intuitive controls, and a graphic style that's reminiscent of Cut The Rope, Tasty Tadpoles is a cute and simple offering that seems geared toward younger gamers."
Use your finger to guide your tadpole to safety through 75 different levels in this casual game.
From the Publisher: Tasty Tadpoles is a deliciously addictive trial of survival, available now on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Tap your tenacious tadpole triumphantly through three puzzling ponds of peril. You'll need fast fingers to flash past the fleet green tadpoles, a keen sense of cunning and craftiness to overcome the territorial yellow tadpoles along with tremendous timing and precision poking to swim under those tedious turtles. If push comes to shove you can always eliminate these eclectic enemies with the zap of an electric eel!
Buy from Apple10. Mosaique 79
Puzzle, $0.99, ages 4+, from Winning Blimp
"The game isn't timed, so you can take as long as you want to hem and haw, but unless you have a chess-master's mind, you probably will need to dive in and just start square-swapping to crack how to best survive the world of Mosaique."
This relaxed, tile-matching puzzler features a minimalist design.
From the Publisher: Solve the Mosaique! Lose yourself in the pastime of another world! With just seven levels the game can be easily completed in the time it takes for sunlight to reach the Earth. Arrange and clear tiles of matching colors to beat each level and discover the hidden depths behind this addictive puzzle game. The pride of the Vraxis moon colonists is yours to enjoy! Shake the game and watch the sand-filled tiles float around in an anti-gravitational field! Algorithmically generated levels. Different each game!
|Go Home Dinosaurs iPad||Tower defense||App store||$4.99||9+||79|
|Hyper Breaker Turbo||Action||App store||$1.99||4+||79|
|Can Knockdown 3||Action/puzzle||App store||$0.99||4+||77|
|Star Command||Simulation||App store||$2.99||9+||77|
A few to avoid
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.