Strap in folks: it’s the last week of new iPhone and iPad games releases for 2015. And I don’t think it was any secret for the App Store’s biggest players. Some HUGE new games have hit the iPhone and iPad this week. So many, in fact, that I don’t know how we’ll find time to play them all.
But we’ll sure try.
I’ll bet you didn’t see this one coming! The sequel to Apple’s 2013 Game of the Year (which we were actually gushing about earlier today) is here, and brings with it new levels, new challenges, and… 3D Touch implementation? Consider us fully intrigued!
One of the biggest franchises on mobile is back, and this time it’s asking players to do a little shapeshifting. The visuals seem to have undergone quite the upgrade since the early days of Om Nom, too. Maybe there really is some magic in the air around this one.
Arguably one of the best Grand Theft Auto games, Liberty City Stories never quite go the attention of its brethren thanks to a PSP-exclusive debut. Now the game has been cleaned up and released on the App Store. If you’re a GTA fan who missed this one the first time around, don’t miss it again.
Nitrome had an incredible 2015. From Gunbrick to Beneath the Lighthouse, they churned out quality game after quality game. Their latest (and last of the year) is a turn-based roguelike they’ve been teasing for a while — and they’re promising it’s tough as nails.
Glu have a lot of licensing deals with celebrities, but have (wisely) waited before trying to go after the same crowd as their mega-smash hit Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. This week they’ve finally done it, though, giving players the chance to develop a music career with a certain Ms. Perry as their mentor.
Dong Nguyen, best known as the creator of Flappy Bird, is back with a sequel this year… only not to Flappy Bird. Instead he’s added some character-selection options similar to Crossy Road to his late 2014 release, Swing Copters, and dubbed the whole thing “Swing Copters 2.” Consider this some added incentive to time your movements just right.
The Scribblenauts franchise has been one of the most enduringly-popular paid series on the App Store, so I suppose it was only a matter of time until 2012’s Scribblenauts Unlimited made the journey to your iPhone. This one is a little more open-world than previous versions, and promises characters like “Hipster Lincoln” and “Corporate Werewolf.”
The latest episode of the stealth game Republique is here, and this time it adds a little survival horror into the mix. It’s not hard to see how those two genres could complement each other very well. Let’s see how it turns out!
We had really high hopes for Gods Will Be Watching, but were ultimately underwhelmed when we checked out the PC version last year. Still, if you’re wondering just how difficult a “minimalistic point-and-click thriller” can be, you’re only a dollar away from finding out.
A clown without a circus is a terribly sad thing, but if you’re that clown, it’s also an opportunity for self-discovery. Dropsy is an open-world twist on the classic point-and-click adventure structure, and it promises plenty of hugs along the way.
Speed-dating is hard. You need to get to know someone, ask questions, and try to figure out if they’re the love of your life — all in less time than it takes to boil an egg. And it probably doesn’t help if you only date pugs. Hot Date is a game about speed-dating… with pugs.
A endless game of lane-switching, Dashy Crashy has the bright, cheery and chipper attitude of a SEGA classic (even though it’s not from SEGA!) From the color palette to the music and narration, this thing is dripping with enthusiastic homage. If you’ve ever had love in your heart for the Dreamcast era, do yourself a favor and download this right now.
Games like this make me feel old. I don’t know what Biker Mice From Mars is, but I’m sure it was an attempt to be the Ninja Turtles of a generation much later than mine. Should you have fond memories of that show, however, there’s a free game you can grab this week.