Sure, new and notable iPhone games isn’t a theme, but with so many new and such a large swathe of notable, who needs a theme? Join us after the break to see what’s going on in the iTunes App Store this week!
FIFA World Cup
Captain your team and play for glory in South Africa with the official World Cup game from EA Sports. With 105 International teams and every stadium in the tournament faithfully recreated, you can enjoy all the action and atmosphere from the most popular sporting event in the world. [£3.99 / €5,49 / $6.99 - iTunes link]
Today the App Store was introduced to the latest RPG from Square Enix, Chaos Rings. [iTunes Link - $12.99] If you appreciate RPG titles with RTS turn-based battles than Chaos Rings could be for you -- if you can get over the hefty admission fee.
Amazingly smooth 3D graphics
Gorgeous sound that takes full advantage of the iPhone and iPod touch’s powerful hardware
A deep story with unique twists for every pair and multiple endings
Traditional game and battle systems polished to perfection
Hours upon hours of gameplay, complete with hidden bosses, secret weapons, and more
Are you going to give it a try? What do you think of a $12.99 price-point for an iPhone game? If you decide to give this a try let us know what you think in the comments below!
Matt Casamassina, an editor at gaming website IGN known for his knowledge and coverage of Nintendo, has announced on his blog that he's left the media world to join Apple as their new global editorial games director for the iTunes App Store:
If you're suffering from over-productivity lately, the iTunes App Store has your highly addictive, time killing cure -- just load a few games onto your iPhone or iPod touch and call in late in the morning! (If you can call in at all!) Below are some examples, but we want to know -- what are your most highly addictive games?
In Gameloft's Dungeon Hunter [$4.99 - iTunes link] for iPhone and iPod touch, you play a prince whose bride dies on your wedding night. In sorrow you decide to resurrect her. And as anyone who's ever watched Buffy could tell you (or could have told the developers), this is a recipe for disaster.
Anyway, she becomes evil (duh!), kills you by way of thanks, and then proceeds to wreak havoc on the world. But here's where it becomes an RPG -- you, the prince, get a second chance to make things right.
The graphics in Dungeon Hunter are beautifully rendered. They are clean and crisp and allow you to fully immerse yourself in the fantasy environment. Load times, however, are extremely long. I have a 3G but if you have a 3GS it may not be that bothersome. Loading occurs not only when you begin the game but also each time you zone into a new area during the game.
App Avalanche 5 promises more new, popular and free apps to check out and download to your iPhone at your whim. What you WON'T get is any mention of apps costing $999 -- these apps are far more affordable and useful. If you don't have the time to sift through hundreds of apps at the iTunes App Store, just take a look here for a summary. Read on for iPhone App Avalanche 5!
Okay, while I may personally still be waiting for my Battlefront Touch, and accelerometer X-Wing dogfights, Star Wars: the Force Unleashed from THQ brings plenty of lightsaber and force-powered goodness: