iPhone/iPad Games Guide: What to Buy This Month

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  • Publish Date: June 1, 2011

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. iPhone and iPod Touch owners have these titles to choose from:

Best-Reviewed New iPhone/iPod Touch Games, $30 Total Budget - May 2011
  Game Genre Rating Metascore Price
Image First Touch Soccer Sports/Simulation 4+ 93 $0.99
Image Snuggle Truck Action 4+ 89 $1.99
Image Chaos Rings Omega Role-Playing 12+ 87 $11.99
Image Bumpy Road Action 4+ 86 $2.99
Image Frisbee Forever Action 4+ 86 $0.00
Image The Heist Puzzle 4+ 84 $0.99
Image Storm in a Teacup Platform/Puzzle 4+ 84 $0.99
Image To-Fu: The Trials of Chi Platform/Puzzle 4+ 83 $0.99
Image Tower Defense: Lost Earth Puzzle 9+ 83 $2.99
Image Foodies Action 4+ 82 $0.99
Image Who's That Flying?! Action 9+ 79 $2.99
Image Siege Hero Action/Puzzle 9+ 78 $0.99
      TOTAL COST: $28.89

iPad owners have a slightly different list, which includes several iPad-only titles:

Best-Reviewed New iPad-Compatible Games, $30 Total Budget - May 2011
  Game Genre Rating Metascore Price
Image First Touch Soccer Sports/Simulation 4+ 93 $0.99
Image Ticket to Ride iPad Only Board Games 4+ 93 $6.99
Image Snuggle Truck Action 4+ 89 $1.99
Image Casey's Contraptions iPad Only Puzzle 4+ 88 $2.99
Image Chaos Rings Omega HD version Role-Playing 12+ 87* $14.99
Image Frisbee Forever Action 4+ 86 $0.00
Image The Heist Puzzle 4+ 84 $0.99
Image Storm in a Teacup Platform/Puzzle 4+ 84 $0.99
      TOTAL COST: $29.93

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.
* Score is for non-HD version

Below, we take a closer look at each of the past month's best new games. 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.

First Touch Soccer  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
93
from X2 Games
Sports/Simulation, $0.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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A new and greatly improved version of the iOS soccer series formerly known as X2 Soccer (or X2 Football).

From the Publisher: Make way for the best Soccer game on iOS devices. First Touch Soccer represents the most complete, realistic and addictive Soccer sim available. Brought to you by the same team that gave you the award winning X2 Soccer series, First Touch Soccer is the true next-generation of iOS Soccer games. Smart AI, Rapid Gameplay & Vivid Visuals Intelligent defensive and attacking player AI form a challenging and addictive experience. With intuitive controls, excellent visuals and Retina display. First Touch Soccer is the complete Soccer package, pick it up today! Be A Control Freak Land a 30 yard pass on a penny with the new "Freedom Control" mechanics. Use our original floating 360 degree analogue stick to pass, lob and shoot precisely where you want. Play As Any Team Across Multiple Modes Over 250 club teams, 30 competitions and 7 game modes! Season mode lets you prove your endurance over a whole season rather than just knocking out a few teams in a tournament. Not selfish enough for you? Then feel free to go it alone in Star Player mode. Create Your Very Own Dream Team Dream Team mode is bigger and better and lets you build up your ideal team from players all over the world, past and present! Use the Kit Editor to design home and away kits for your team and then take on the world! Get Closer Over 60 unique celebrations, realistic cameras and smooth animations get you closer to match day. Coupled with full Retina support you will feel like you are in the game.

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100AppSmile
Replay value is outstanding, as there are plenty of modes to keep you busy and a multiplayer mode to find human competition when the AI just doesn't cut it.
100AppSpy
First Touch Soccer pushes the football genre a little further on the App Store and while it may not have the exact same features as console titles, it makes up for this by being a top competitor on the field itself.
90Pocket Gamer UK
With an air of professionalism, First Touch Soccer delivers a consummate football experience, representing a new high water mark for the genre on iPhone.
90TouchArcade
Online multiplayer is the proverbial cherry on top of numerous other great features, making First Touch Soccer an effortless recommendation.
85Multiplayer.it
First Touch Soccer is the sequel of X2 Football 10/11 with better graphics, better framerate (only on new generation iOS devices) and an overall increased quality; at 0.79€/0.99$, it's a must buy for soccer fans.

Ticket to Ride  iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
93
from Days Of Wonder, Inc.
Board Games, $6.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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The award-winning railway board game from Days of Wonder comes to the iPad. Three extensions are also available for purchase separately.

From the Publisher: The best Online adaptation yet of Days of Wonder's best-selling train game, Ticket to Ride features: Alan R. Moon's official Ticket to Ride maps with original artwork / Game Center and Days of Wonder Online support for Online Play against other iPad, Mac and PC gamers / An unparalleled online player community with tens of thousands of live opponents willing and ready to play 24/7! Solo play against up to 4 AI players / Additional maps of Europe, Switzerland and USA 1910 available as in-game purchases / Terrific iPad video tutorial with voice acting for quick and easy learning / Detailed, interactive turn-by-turn, in-game tutorial / Contextual in-game Conductor's Notes (web-based rules) to help you master all the maps / Grand Central Station, a fully-animated and colorful experience to discover the world of Ticket to Ride/ Online and offline Hall of Fame.

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100148Apps
Taken as a whole, Ticket to Ride represents one of the very best (if not THE best) translations of a board game to the iPad. Every element works and works well, and the game is seriously engaging and addictive.
90Gamezebo
If it wasn't for the lack of local multiplayer, Ticket to Ride would easily take the crown of best iOS board game from Carcassonne. Without it though, Ticket to Ride drops from brilliantly perfect to only damned-near brilliantly perfect.
90Pocket Gamer UK
A fantastic adaptation of an excellent boardgame, and a must-buy for strategy fans.
90TouchArcade
Ticket to Ride is a sharp game that has all the charm of the board game minus a lot of mess. It is as challenging as you can make it and rarely unsatisfying.

Snuggle Truck  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
89
from Owlchemy Labs
Action, $1.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Load up your truck with furry animals and get them to the zoo on time in this cute side-scrolling, physics-based action game that's a far cry from its origins as the notorious Smuggle Truck.

From the Publisher: Snuggle Truck is an over-the-top physics-based driving game where you must save your cargo full of fuzzy animals from extinction by delivering them to the zoo in the least amount of time. Tilt your truck, catch cute fuzzies, drive over armadillos, and rocket your way through hills, caverns, deserts, and forests to save the animals! Features: / Optimized for the iPhone 4 with crisp hi-res graphics! / Over 40 levels packed with physics gameplay and challenging terrain and obstacles. / Beautifully hand-painted backgrounds and high resolution graphics crafted by notorious artist of 'Curse of Monkey Island' fame. / Fuzzy spawners, rocket boosters, backflip achievements, cargo covers, roadkill, moose, teeter-totters, TNT, and more! Snuggle Truck has enough variety to keep your game experience fresh, play after play. / Full Game Center integration with 25 leaderboard levels and a slew of achievements. Challenge your friends to beat your best times and watch them pale in comparison to your driving prowess. / Unique medal system rewards multiple gameplay styles. Go for the 'Ark' Award by saving every passenger. Also, try to snag the 'Speed Run Award' which can be obtained by gunning it and beating the fastest run time. / Built-in wireless remote: Grab the PC/Mac version of Snuggle Truck and use the iOS version as a remote control. Hang back on the couch and play wirelessly thanks to Brass Monkey technology.

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100AppSafari
If you are a fan of 2D physics based platformers such as Alpine Crawler or Alpine Crawler Wild Snuggle Truck is a must have game.
100AppSpy
Taken as it is Snuggle Truck may not be quite as hilarious as originally intended, but the fun gameplay still shines through and conquering each challenge is a blast thanks to the simple controls and varied challenges.
100Slide to Play
Whether you call it Snuggle Truck or Smuggle Truck, this game is an absolute blast.
90148Apps
Snuggle Truck may have lost some of its message in its style transition, but the game is still incredibly fun.
90AppSmile
After a controversy-laden development cycle that saw the game roar into the gaming consciousness like a lion only to see it peter out in the final hours like a lamb upon release, Snuggle Truck has retained its core gameplay and polished presentation without the stigma of making a political statement.
90TouchArcade
The truck controls well, the physics respond well, and the level design has that right mix of snappiness and intrigue.
80Gamezebo
An absolutely adorable, albeit frustrating physics-based game for the mobile platform.
70Multiplayer.it
On the iPhone, the game has lost all of its hilarity and satirical message. The gameplay is still very fun, but only the latest levels can offer a real challenge, while the routes are incoherent and not much various.
70Pocket Gamer UK
It's lost some edge and coherence in transit, but Snuggle Truck's lighter tone is arguably a better fit for its blend of knockabout physics-based fun.

Casey's Contraptions  iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
88
from Snappy Touch
Puzzle, $2.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Create increasingly complex, Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions with household objects in this physics-based puzzler.

From the Publisher: Help Casey get his toys back by building crazy contraptions. Create Rube Goldberg-like machines with toys and everyday items to solve puzzles and playtime scenarios. See the solutions your friends came up with, and share your own instantly with Game Center. The fun doesn't stop there! Create your own contraptions with the toys you get back, and challenge your friends through email to solve them. You can use slingshots, RC trucks, darts, ropes, magnets, balloons, trapdoors, punching gloves, and more. Let's see who can come up with the craziest inventions! Highlights: / Smooth, physics based gameplay. / More than 30 different items to create contraptions. / Over 70 levels. / Level editor to make your own contraptions. / Tight Game Center integration.

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100Slide to Play
A fun and clever physics-based puzzler that isn't in the Angry Birds motif. Fans of Rube Goldberg-style games, especially the PC classic Incredible Machine, will especially love the game.
90148Apps
I don't think I've played a better iOS puzzle game this year, and I recommend this game to all iPad owners.
90Gamezebo
It's the kind of game that doesn't punish you for failing, and leaves you with a great feeling of accomplishment when beating levels, especially the harder ones. A fun treat.
90Pocket Gamer UK
A smashing update to The Incredible Machine puzzle genre, the social features of Casey's Contraptions really make it stand out from the crowd.
90TouchArcade
Casey's Contraptions is a joy to play.
80Eurogamer
If you've somehow lost your inner child, you might find it skulking impishly in the confines of Casey's Contraptions. Even the price is from your youth.
80IGN
Casey's Contraptions is an entertaining puzzler and a smart way to spend some time with your iPad. It's genuinely challenging in the later stages, and always a delight to figure out how to solve a puzzle and collect those three illusive stars.

Chaos Rings Omega  iPhone iPod Touch
A separate HD version for iPads is available for $14.99. (Reviews are for non-HD version)

Metascore (out of 100):
87
from Square Enix
RPG, $11.99, ages 12+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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This quickly released prequel to the iOS-exclusive RPG Chaos Rings features all new characters and gameplay that will be familiar to fans of the original.

From the Publisher: The latest version of Chaos Rings, the smash-hit number 1 selling game in 15 countries, comes to iPhone, iPod touch! Chaos Rings Omega is the latest installment in the globally successful Chaos Rings RPG series. Players can enjoy gorgeous 3D graphics, smooth animations, classic RPG game play, a refined user interface and a rich story linked with the previously released Chaos Rings on their iPhone, iPod touch. The story is based on the Arc Arena life-or-death tournament. This fight to the death takes places on Earth, 10,000 years before the events of the previous game. As the youthful and daring Veig, the player experiences first-hand battles connected to the previous game, the tragedies that arose because of them and a wondrous story that spans 10,000 years. The content will appeal both to fans of the previous title and to those jumping into the series for the first time. Game features: / A story linked to the previous title, Chaos Rings. / Beautiful graphics and smoothly animated 3D characters. / Support for the Retina Display. / Refined gameplay and battle system. / Free monthly content updates. / Voice acting from top quality talent will also be added in a free update.

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100AppSpy
While not as stunningly original as the first title, Chaos Rings Omega is still a great RPG that manages to polish the formula even more thanks to an engaging storyline and minor gameplay improvements.
100Slide to Play
Chaos Rings Ω might be more of the same, but in this case that's a very good thing.
90148Apps
Personally, I think it's worth the price for anyone looking for a good RPG to have on-the-go - assuming they aren't already loaded down with iOS role-playing games, that is.
90TouchGen
If you are a fan of Japanese role playing games than you absolutely must get Chaos Rings Omega. It is without question the best game in the genre on the iPhone. However, if aren't a huge fan, and have already played the first Chaos Rings, than I would probably pass, because this game is so similar (almost identical) to the first one.
80Gamezebo
When I played Chaos Rings on the iPhone, the visuals seemed razor sharp. On the iPad, it looks like the game's environments were simply enlarged from lower resolutions, hence the fuzziness.
80TouchArcade
Solely for diehard fans of Chaos Rings and with the first game currently on sale, you'll be better of starting there if you're just a curious passerby. It's not bad by any means, but it doesn't even pretend to offer anything different or new.
70Metro GameCentral
Less a prequel and more a rerun, but this remains one of the most fully-featured and best presented Japanese role-players on the App Store.

Bumpy Road  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
86
from Simogo
Action, $2.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Charming graphics and a unique control scheme (move the road, not the car) enhance this side-scroller.

From the Publisher: A love story on four wheels! Spring is here and a couple in their autumn years have decided to go for a ride in their car just like in the old days. Bump the road with a simple touch to safely guide them on their trip and help them collect the memories of their past. / A new and unique control method / Use the touchscreen to modify the ground and push the characters around. / A feel good arcade game with a moving story – Discover the life of a family as you find memories while you play. / Travel as far as you can in "Evergreen Ride" or beat your best time in "Sunday Trip". Then sit back and relax as you enjoy the story in "Memory Lane". / All the bells and whistles – Universal app, retina display visuals, achievements and leaderboards on Game Center!

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100AppSpy
While some developers explore how to bring a console experience to the App Store, Bumpy Road by Simogo explores the short arcade-like experience to make something engaging and engrossing.
100Slide to Play
Bumpy Road's seemingly shallow gameplay might not net core gamers looking for some depth in their iPhone offerings, but they ought to give it a whirl anyway. The game may well drive off with your heart.
100TouchArcade
The real magic lies in the emotional attachment to the characters and the whimsical sounds and visuals that permeate every inch of the touch screen.
90AppSmile
Featuring a fantastic control method, sweet music, and a terrific art style, Bumpy Road is as delightful to watch as it is to play.
90IGN
Bumpy Road is one of the best purchases I've made on the app store. Not just because the gameplay has a hook unlike anything I've played on an iOS device, but also because it's got a fantastic aesthetic.
80148Apps
Bumpy Road is a lovely little, soothing game to play. Adding a storyline to an endless running game is a great touch and instantly makes the game that bit more endearing to players. For platforming fans, it's certainly worth the asking price.
80Modojo
Few iPhone and iPad games are as charming as Bumpy Road.
80Pocket Gamer UK
While Bumpy Road is thin on content, it makes up for that with buckets of occasionally touching indie charm.
80TouchGen
Bumpy Road is one of those games which, like Tiny Wings before it, oozes charm and sophistication, yet comes in such a small budget package. It's proof that sometimes the simplest ideas have the most legs, or in this case wheels.
74Multiplayer.it
Blessed with overly cute graphics and beautiful music, Bumpy Road is a funny and easy-to-play arcade game which appeal unfortunately doesn't last too long.
70Eurogamer
As effortlessly charming as the beautiful art style is, Bumpy Road veers perilously closely to being style over substance.

Frisbee Forever  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
86
from Kiloo
Action, Free, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Steer your Frisbee through a variety of courses in a free download that actually has a decent amount of free content; additional content can be free too if you work at it.

From the Publisher: Go wild in the worlds of Frisbee® Forever! An Universal App for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad with super crisp HD and Retina 3D graphics. Get ready for blast-off. Fly at breathtaking speed across more than 100 crazy tracks. Twist and turn in the California Theme Park, climb the majestic mountains in the Wild West or send the waves blazing in the Pirate filled Caribbean oceans. There's a level for everyone! Play with cool classic Wham-O® Frisbees® or brand new discs only available in Frisbee® Forever. Collect more than 100 Frisbees®, with plenty of trophies and secret bonuses to achieve.

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100Slide to Play
So if piloting a Frisbee through eye-pleasing environments sounds like a good time to you, you have nothing to lose by downloading Frisbee Forever.
90AppSafari
Frisbee Forever is a really addictive game that is hard not to fall in love with quickly. Just be careful that you don't end up spending too much money on buying the stars.
90Eurogamer
With production values that smell of money and brow-furrowing challenges, Frisbee Forever is an essential download.
80AppSpy
Take the time to pick up Frisbee Forever as it's free and fun for as long as you can enjoy grinding out coins for additional content.
80Gamezebo
A really fun, challenging game that appeals to the kid in all of us.
80Pocket Gamer UK
With plenty of levels and items to collect, Frisbee Fever is an enjoyable arcade title with surprisingly high production values.
80TouchArcade
It will take a ridiculous amount of grinding in order to get all of the content in the game, but thankfully the game is fun so I'll be playing it a lot anyway.

The Heist  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
84
from tap tap tap
Puzzle, $0.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Break into a vault by solving a series of increasingly tricky puzzles that come with no instructions or guidance.

From the Publisher: Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Solve puzzles. Crack the vault. Claim the hard-earned prize waiting for you inside. WARNING! This message will self-destruct in 10 seconds… Features: / A fiendishly secured vault worth cracking / 4 types of challenging puzzles / 60 fun, addictive puzzles to solve / 19 Game Center achievements to earn / A valuable prize awaits you at the end! So what are you waiting for, agent… can you crack the vault?

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100Slide to Play
The Heist will own you from start to finish.
90AppSafari
Overall, The Heist is a really well designed and fun puzzle game for the iPhone. If you're a fan of solving challenging puzzles, you'll get a kick out of this game and its creative bank robbery premise gives it extra fuel for success.
90Gamezebo
Thanks to some super-challenging puzzles, unique presentation elements, and the tease of a possible prize for those who see all 60 levels through to the end, The Heist manages to take a number of old elements and turn them into something compelling.
80AppSpy
The dangling carrot of a real reward should be enough to tackle The Heist, but tap tap tap goes a step beyond by making it an interactive experience worth diving in to.
80Pocket Gamer UK
A polished, entertaining, and varied assortment of brainteasers that's a must have for any iPhone puzzle fan.
80TouchArcade
But by and large, everything plays quite well. The game also looks good, with a nicely designed vault-cracking theme for each puzzle - although I'm not quite sure how the zen garden stylings of the Sudoko-like puzzles relate to cracking vaults.
70148Apps
This cleverly packaged collection of puzzles will have even the most determined gamers scratching their noggins.

Storm in a Teacup  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
84
from Chillingo Ltd
Platform/Puzzle, $0.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Explore an extensive and varied world -- solving puzzles and playing mini-games along the way -- in a platformer that's being compared to LittleBigPlanet.

From the Publisher: Take Storm on a wonderful adventure in his magical teacup. Storm's brother Cloud has created an amazing dream-like world for you to explore! Solve puzzles, avoid pitfalls and beat the bad guys in this imaginative and unique platformer! Features: / Explore and discover 40 magical levels / Wonderful, rich, rewarding gameplay with physics based puzzles / Amazingly detailed high-definition graphics / Game Center and Crystal enabled with 15 in-game achievements / Full retina display and multi-tasking support / One download supports all devices natively and all iOS's.

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100AppSpy
Storm in a Teacup is a self-aware and enjoyable platformer that's hard to pass up while so many others stick to traditional formulas.
100Slide to Play
Run, jump, collect. It's a tried and true formula that works beautifully in Storm in a Teacup.
90Gamezebo
It's gorgeous, controls well and offers a good solid challenge. I've played a lot of games that I'd consider a tempest in a teapot, but Storm in a Teacup isn't one of them. This one is a big deal.
80AppSmile
Featuring fairytale-style gameplay and plenty of collectibles along the way, Storm in a Teacup provides a sweet experience for gamers of all ages.
80Modojo
One of the prettiest and most entertaining iPhone and iPad games, and for $0.99, you'd be foolish to ignore it.
80TouchArcade
All that's missing is a good story.
70148Apps
Guiding Storm and his teacup through this games beautiful levels is always a pleasure. There are inventive puzzles, interesting enemies, and gorgeous environments throughout this game. All three together make for a great platformer.
70Pocket Gamer UK
It takes some getting used to, but stick with this and you'll find a platformer of real quality.

To-Fu: The Trials of Chi  iPhone iPod Touch
A separate HD version for iPads is available for $2.99. (Reviews are for non-HD version)

Metascore (out of 100):
83
from HotGen Ltd.
Platform/Puzzle, $0.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Who says a block of tofu can't be a hero? Help your stretchy friend get through 100 different cleverly designed levels in this puzzle-platformer.

From the Publisher: Introducing To-Fu: the world's most malleable martial artist. Join our stretchy protagonist as he gets ready to undertake the infamous 'Trials of Chi'. Stretch, ping, stick and rebound our little hero through 100 levels of treacherous booby-traps and mystical mechanisms as you try to conquer the trials and help To-Fu become the illustrious 'Master of Chi' / Unique Stretch Control: Stretch and ping To-Fu using nothing but your finger. Controls that are designed exclusively for touch-screen. No buttons required! / Substantial Challenge: 100 unique trials for To-Fu to master and perfect. Hours of gameplay and replay value. / Booby-Traps: A plethora of obstacles to overcome: including 5 different surface types alongside an abundance of taxing traps. / Truly Universal Experience: A game for everyone: from seasoned gamers to complete newcomers. / Retina Display: Take advantage of your extra resolution with crisp, high-resolution graphics.

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
100Slide to Play
A polished, creative, and very fun game. That it's about a piece of tofu is a bonus.
90AppSmile
While a stretchy cube of tofu isn't the most traditional hero, if playing with our food was normally this much fun, our kitchen would be a disaster area.
80AppSpy
In a market filled with repetitive titles, To-Fu: The Trials of Chi provides a refreshingly fun approach to puzzle platforming that looks and sounds great.
80TouchArcade
The touch screen controls really do work remarkably well and To-Fu: The Trials of Chi does a great job of working with the touch screen, not against it. The depth of challenges here works well, but it would be nice to have some type of meta-game or leaderboards so you could track your progress against others.
70Pocket Gamer UK
Great fun for a while, but frustration will likely set in before the home stretch. Here's hoping a sequel hits the heights that To-Fu can't quite reach.

Tower Defense: Lost Earth  iPhone iPod Touch
A separate HD version for iPads is available for $4.99. (Reviews are for non-HD version)

Metascore (out of 100):
83
from Com2uS
Puzzle, $2.99, ages 9+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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The latest tower defense title for iOS includes 40 levels and four different modes of play, coupled with above-average graphics for the genre.

From the Publisher: You may have played other "TD" games but get ready to play THE Tower Defense! In search of resources that have been exhausted on Earth, you followed the probe across the galaxy searching for habitable planets. Take command of towers and special weapons to hold your defense against endless waves of enemies on the hostile alien planet. Tower Defense®: Lost Earth takes classic defense games to a whole new world. / 40 campaign / 7 Challenge maps (additional DLC maps are planned) / 4 different game play modes with different objectives / 9 different towers (additional DLC planned) / 10 enemies with different behaviors / 4 Special Weapons / 5 Different World Themes (play on mountains, barren, ice, crater, lava)

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
90148Apps
Aside from these minor gripes, Tower Defense: Lost Earth is a fantastic game. One that genre lovers and armchair generals should not miss.
80AppSpy
If you haven't yet made the dive in to the world of TDs, Tower Defense: Lost Earth will give you the basic grounding needed to explore the genres more niche titles.
80Pocket Gamer UK
Tower Defense: Lost Earth lives up to its official status and gives the App Store a well-presented and enjoyable tower defence experience.
80TouchArcade
It's hard to shake the feeling the game is missing something - it's a well-executed genre game, but it lacks character. It's not going to fundamentally change what we expect from the genre, it's not going to shift mountains or alter the collective consciousness, but it will give tower defense nuts a deep and nicely packaged experience - And really, what more can you ask for?

Foodies  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
82
from Nano Titans
Action, $0.99, ages 4+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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Help Sam gain weight to win the heart of Miss Pam by guiding him through dozens of cartoonish and frantic levels, where he must collect as much food as possible.

From the Publisher: Hi there! Welcome to Foodies world! You must be thinking that it's yet another casual time-killing game. You couldn't be more wrong. It's a struggle... a struggle for love full of sacrifices, dangers... and sweet gluttony. Unleash the power dwelling between your thumbs and help Snacky Sam to win the love of his life. Miss Pam is a demanding lady. She's not impressed by fit pretty-boys sticking to a diet. Her chosen one has to have some love handles to fondle. Snacky Sam's got a week left to gain weight that would satisfy his beloved woman. "Foodies" equals fistful of fun you won't be able to experience on any other platform. It has been originally designed for iPhone, using the full power of multi-touch, Retina Display and Game Center. You simply can't get bored with 80 different levels full of challenges and entertainment. No matter how good you are, there will always be space to improve your results. Total Game Center score will let you calculate your chances in winning Pam's heart, and compare them to other players all around world. Key features: / Revolutionary control mechanism based on multi-touch (uses two thumbs) / 4 packs with 80 diverse and delicious levels / Eye-candy graphics (support for Retina Display) / Realistic soft body physics simulation of Snacky Sam / Charming background story of Snacky Sam and Miss Pam / Tourist Mode for very casual players / Support for Game Center / Optimized for all iPhones and iPod Touches

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
90148Apps
With Foodies, the developers have created one of those 'must-have' iPhone games - a time-killer that deserves to be sat amongst the App Store's top games, able to trade punches with the likes of Angry Birds or Cut the Rope in both production aspects and sheer enjoyability.
90AppSmile
Featuring strange characters, challenging level design, and a unique control method, Foodies is an engagingly delightful treat.
80AppSpy
Foodies proposes that the way to a woman's heart is through a man's stomach; while this may break the conventions, it's amusing enough to get you started on your bouncing journey.
80TouchArcade
I was surprised by just how much I immediately enjoyed the game.
75Slide to Play
Foodies is so tasty that you can look past some of its frustrations.

Who's That Flying?!  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
79
from Beeline Interactive, Inc.
Action, $2.99, ages 9+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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A port of the PSP Mini title, WTF is a humorous, side-scrolling shoot-'em-up that puts the fate of the Earth in your hands.

From the Publisher: As the mysterious and powerful "Guardian of Earth" your steely eye and hyper-powered laser arm have kept the citizens of Earth safe for generations (as well as proving a hit with the ladies). With all your awesome talent and flair, surely it would be impossible for a devastating invasion of Doom Beasts to descend on your cities and cause havoc without your knowledge? (Even if you were maybe showboating for a magazine photo-shoot at the time...) Now, you must not only defend your cities from the ravenous hordes of Doom Beasts - you must defend yourself against accusations of gross incompetence from the Galactic Council of Justice! And this is all before you can even start to get to the bottom of just who OR what is really behind the attacks... Features: / Story mode featuring 15 levels over 5 unique stages / 5 gigantic boss battles / 4 Infinite Mode Stages / 24 Challenge Mode Stages / 14 Bonus Magazine articles to unlock / 12 Glittering Awards to discover / OpenFeint Integration / Retina Graphics

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
90GamePro
At $3, you're getting a near perfect port of a PSP Mini game that was originally six dollars.
80AppSpy
Who's That Flying?! treads on a fine line between frustration and fun, providing the same tight challenge you get from a bullet-hell shooter without the need for eye-bleeding graphics or hundreds of on-screen enemies.
80IGN
A polished package that shines thanks to online leaderboards and slick in-game visuals.
80Pocket Gamer UK
It's a beautiful chaos that will feel great to hardcore gamers, but casual folks may put it down after a few minutes. Who's That Flying?! is an excellent choice for gamers who like to sweat.
80TouchArcade
I love its assortment of mechanics and systems most of all - they're tuned for guys like me who want more and don't want to be beaten over the head for small errors. But I can also get behind its multitudes of levels, it's super bright and colorful look, and its unique enemies that do provide a level of thought, strategy, and creativity on the battlefield.
75No DPad
Minor shortcomings aside, Who's That Flying?! is a wonderfully fun game and an easy recommendation. I've been having a blast with it!
75Slide to Play
Quite a fun game... when you're not screaming at it.
60Gamereactor Sweden
A nice enough shooter, but not really innovative enough to keep us interested.

Siege Hero  iPhone iPod Touch iPad

Metascore (out of 100):
78
from Armor Games
Action/Puzzle, $0.99, ages 9+
> iTunes App Store (Buy/Info)
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The makers of Crush the Castle return with a follow-up that plays very similarly to Angry Birds.

From the Publisher: From the Creative team behind 'Sieger' and 'Crush the Castle' comes the newest chapter in Castle Crushing Fun! Siege Hero is a captivating puzzle game with terrific cartoon art, lovable characters, and life-like physics. Take the role of a Siege Commander as you destroy the opposition, save innocent peasants and set kingdoms Free. Tear down the 63 castles across three different and unique Ages. If you're good enough to earn Gold on each castle you'll unlock an additional 10 more looting levels in the Treasure Map. (Over 5-hours of gameplay with much more to come) Demolition has never been so satisfying.

What the Critics Said
Score Publication
80Gamezebo
Until Siege Hero finds a way to give it a real distinctiveness, there's not enough here to help it stand out in the crowd. That's too bad, too, because it really should.
80Pocket Gamer UK
Brilliantly paced and even more addictive than Angry Birds, Siege Hero is the rightful new owner of the physics puzzler crown.
80TouchArcade
If you enjoy games like Angry Birds or Crush The Castle, but want something slightly different, Siege Hero is for you. The first person perspective is a neat change, and seeing how they differentiate themselves from the competition in future updates will be interesting to see.
70148Apps
It offers a fun twist on a well loved genre, and it's loaded with content. The game leans towards the strategy and puzzle categories, which might be a turn off for anyone seeking a more visceral experience, but players who don't have the patience or the skill required for aiming will love the easy access offered by Siege Hero.

What not to buy

The past month's worst-reviewed iOS titles include THOR: Son of Asgard 48, TNA Wrestling iMPACT 53, and Glo Flo 58.

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.

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