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. KeroBlaster 93
Action, $4.99, ages 9+, from Studio Pixel
"KeroBlaster ... nails the Japanese pixel art style of art and gameplay that many others try to imitate."
This pixelated side-scroller comes from the makers of Cave Story.
From the Publisher: A classically-styled 2D side scrolling action game packed with adventure, for iPhone & iPod touch. You are a bipedal frog and a master of the Custodial Sciences, charged with the unenviable task of ridding your company's teleporters of strange black creatures. Fight for your life through a menagerie of unique monsters while getting your hands on exciting new tools of the trade.
Buy from Apple2. Thomas Was Alone 89 iPad ONLY
Action/Puzzle, $8.99, ages 9+, from Bossa Studios
"It's worth every penny you put in, and you'll get a good three or four hours of enjoyment, along with a heartwarming tale of friendship."
This minimalist iPad title (originally released as a computer game) wrings surprising emotional depth out of its geometric puzzle-platform setup, thanks to some clever narration.
From the Publisher: Meet Thomas, a curious rectangle, and help him unravel the mysteries of his existence in a wonderfully strange world. Experience 100 levels of award-winning platform gameplay and take part in an emotional story narrated by Danny Wallace. Key Features:
- Experience the BAFTA winning, million selling game from creator Mike Bithell on iOS
- A minimalist game about friendship and jumping
- 100 levels, one immersive journey
- Award winning story narrated by Danny Wallace
Buy from Apple3. Botanicula 87 iPad ONLY
Adventure, $4.99, ages 9+, from Amanita Design
"It's a quirky and original adventure, with many neat touches and lovely graphics and sounds: it never reaches a true climax, but it will make you smile from beginning to end."
The developers behind Machinarium return with another artistic point-and-click adventure gem.
From the Publisher: Botanicula is a humor-filled adventure game created by the makers of award-winning Machinarium, studio Amanita Design and Czech band DVA. Five friends, little tree creatures, set out on a journey to save the last seed from their home tree which is infested by evil parasites.
- Relaxed game perfect for hard core gamers, their partners, families and seniors.
- More than 150 detailed locations to explore.
- Hundreds of funny animations.
- Incredible amount of hidden bonuses.
- Award winning music by Dva.
Buy from Apple4. CastleStorm: Free to Siege 85
Action/Strategy, free, ages 12+, from ZEN Studios
"Part-Angry Birds, part-tower defence, part-action game, all ace: CastleStorm - Free to Siege is a curious mix of surprisingly complementary genres."
This ad-supported title blends tower defense strategizing with physics-based action.
From the Publisher: Welcome to the world of CastleStorm - Free to Siege, a super genre mashup of 2D physics destruction mashed with tower defense brawler! CastleStorm - Free to Siege includes all of the features in the critically acclaimed console version of the game. Build your own custom castle with the Castle Editor. Use your castle in battle. Four Campaigns spanning 150 battles. Four different nations with their own troop class, weapons, spells and bonus rooms. CastleStorm - Free to Siege is free to play, however some in-game items will require payment and can be purchased as in-app purchases. You can turn off the payment feature by disabling in-app purchases in your device's settings.
Buy from Apple5. Kiwanuka 83
Puzzle, $1.99, ages 4+, from CMA Megacorp
"Enigmatic and inviting, challenging and intuitive, Kiwanuka truly is a game of alchemy."
This mysterious, abstract puzzle game casts you as a wizard and asks you to create bridges and ladders out of your human followers.
From the Publisher: Kiwanuka! Only you can save us all! Guide the lost citizens to freedom. Discover forgotten dreams. Use the magical staff to tower and climb. Good luck on your journey!
Buy from Apple(tie) 6. Warhammer 40,000: Carnage 80
Action, $6.99, ages 12+, from Roadhouse Games
"While Warhammer: 40,000: Carnage is a departure from the usual WH40K style, it's a solid action title with a decent amount of depth and longevity."
The latest Warhammer 40K game for iOS is a side-scroller that ditches strategy for, well, a whole lot of carnage.
From the Publisher: Jump into instant chaotic destruction as a legendary Space Marine. Pick your weapons and do untold damage as you run and gun through screaming hordes of ruthless enemies in this fast-moving action Side-Scroller. Based in the iconic Warhammer 40,000 universe it's time to grab your weapons and go! Armed with a Boltgun in one hand and Chainsword in the other, fight foul Orks and save the rage-filled planet Mithra. Uncover the mystery of what's happening on the planet before the population succumbs to insanity, and ultimately, violent death. Warhammer 40,000: Carnage is a kick-ass action game built for anyone who gets extreme satisfaction from destroying hordes of Orks.
Buy from Apple(tie) 6. Aliens Drive Me Crazy 80
Action, $1.99, ages 17+, from Cezary Rajkowski
"Like most of the games from developer Rebel Twins, Aliens Drive Me Crazy isn't something most people are going to want to sit down and play for hours at a time, but is incredibly fun in short bursts where its limited gameplay scope isn't quite so apparent."
This colorful and chaotic indie action title asks you to drive through town saving folks from an alien invasion.
From the Publisher: The few Alien Spaceships have crept into earth's orbit with no warning. The loss of global satellite communications puts the world in danger. Survivors must fight using guerrilla tactics... Take control of your car and blast your way through the city to reach an alien's base! Defeat invaders and terryfying Bosses to get access to powerful weapons, cars and power-ups! FEATURES:
- Smash everything in this crazy, chaotic, simple but challenging, and fun game!
- Unlock special weapons, air strikes and other stuff, to help you on your unpredictable journey.
- Customize your character and unlock cars as you progress
- Compare scores and achievements with your friends
- Get ready for great adventure with this instantly playable and simple to control game
Buy from Apple8. JoyJoy 79
Action/Shooter, $1.99, ages 9+, from Radiangames
"JoyJoy is an attractive and fast-paced shooter that delivers frenetic action in a crisp, clear, and consumable fashion."
Looking for a new arcade-style dual-stick shooter? You might enjoy JoyJoy.
From the Publisher: JoyJoy is the new fantastically satisfying twin-stick shooter from Radiangames, creator of Inferno+, Ballistic SE, Super Crossfire, and more.
- Blast your way through 24 unique waves and 6 intense challenges.
- Upgrade 6 varied weapons, along with your ships' speed, armor, and special attack.
- Choose one of 5 difficulty levels, with 2 bonus difficulty levels (Lightning and Armored) providing new ways to play the game.
- Track your progress with Achievements. Compare your best scores online with GameCenter leaderboards.
- Use the smooth, customizable virtual controls or an iOS7-compatible controller (dual analog sticks required).
Buy from Apple9. Republique -- Episode 2: Metamorphosis 79
Action, $4.99, ages 12+, from Camouflaj
"Not many video games, let alone mobile games, are challenging, thought-provoking and dripping with high production values, but République manages to pull off that hat trick again."
Metamorphosis is the second of five planned chapters in this Kickstarter-funded stealth action/survival horror game.
From the Publisher:Intense, thrilling, and topical, RÉPUBLIQUE is a stealth-action game that explores the perils of government surveillance in the Internet Age. You receive a desperate call from Hope, a mysterious woman trapped inside an oppressive totalitarian state. By hacking into the nation's elaborate surveillance network and taking control, you guide Hope through a web of danger and deception across five thrilling episodes. (Purchase future episodes with the discounted Season Pass.)
Challenging puzzles and complex strategy are offset by the simplicity of the game's “One Touch” controls, developed over two years by industry veterans (Metal Gear Solid 4, Halo 4, F.E.A.R., Black & White 2, SOCOM). With striking visuals, a haunting, atmospheric score, and an all-star cast, RÉPUBLIQUE is one of the most ambitious games ever developed for iOS.
Buy from Apple10. dEXTRIS 78
Action, free, ages 4+, from Chaotic Box
"Dextris isn't complicated, or complex, but it is fantastic fast fun in short bursts."
It's not a Tetris knock-off; instead, dEXTRIS is a challenging, high-speed "twitch" action game demanding quick thinking and even quicker reflexes.
From the Publisher: Like hard games? Dodge spikes at super speed using a cool new "magnetic" control scheme. Scrape along the sides, hover through the middle, or squeeze by at the last millisecond by splitting in two! dEXTRIS is pure high speed twitch gaming.
|Tiny Dice Dungeon||RPG||Apple||Free||12+||78|
|Jungle Rumble: Freedom, Happiness and Bananas||Rhythm||Apple||$3.99||4+||76|
|Intake : Be Aggressive||Shooter||Apple||$2.99||12+||76|
|Ruzzle Adventure||Word puzzle||Apple||Free||4+||75|
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.