iPad Game Thursday: New Releases

Archery, space, robots, futuristic societies, and one very sneaky, very Tiny Thief. You’ll find all that and more in this week’s collection of games.

And if where you live is currently experiencing a heat wave, like my city, these are just five more reasons to stay indoors. Actually, the same could be said for colder temps, too. Whatever your thermostat says — click “more” to start playing.

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A Ride Into the Mountains

A Ride Into the Mountains features graphics so pixellated that it’s always like watching LEGO pieces in motion. Initially I worried this would be distracting. But then the fluid animation and surprisingly detailed environments and scenery convinced me otherwise.

The game centers on a young man and his horse. The pair are headed toward the mountains but must fight off evil spirits and other demons along the way. The young man’s only weapons? His bow and arrows, and the speed and agility of his mount.

The foes — looking like everything from flying saucers to glowing orbs to ninja stars and beyond — starkly contrast the serene landscapes as the young man journeys onward. The result is a visually interesting game featuring simple commands but a lot of challenges.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Lee-Kuo Chen
Download: iTunes

A Ride Into the Mountains

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Blitz Block Robo

Nexus Game Studio has spent the better part of the last year making Blitz Block Robo the absolute best game it could be, which meant a major overhaul. The reincarnation features gameplay that has been reworked to a totally new and superior system, so the many months the game spent in redevelopment purgatory were totally worth it.

The “match-three” genre game got a face-lift and now boasts a tweaked interface, brighter colors and just a snazzier overall appearance.

Of course, you’re not limited to just three blocks here — you can match as many of the same color as you’re capable of grouping. Then tap the bots to earn more points based on the size of your match. Use various bots to use special skills, such as row-clearing, grid-shuffling and others.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Nexus Game Studio
Download: iTunes

Blitz Block Robo

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Deus Ex: The Fall

The already extremely popular Deus Ex: The Fall has seen some big upgrades recently, including improved enemy AI reaction and combat behavior, increased XP rewards for completing certain objectives, and reduced costs for some weapons (including the high-end plasma rifles and rocket launchers).

Also, players now enjoy improved damage and accuracy stats for the combat rifle and better mid-range accuracy for the shotguns. Longtime players will also be happy to hear that the overall amount of credits gained as rewards across the game has been boosted, so load up!

For the uninitiated, Deus Ex: The Fall transports players to the year 2027, after mankind has seen major breakthroughs in aspects of science, technology and human augmentation. Main man Ben Saxon embarks on an adventure to discover the truth behind a global conspiracy, and the fact that he’s an augmented former British SAS mercenary is sure to be an advantage.

Price: $6.99
Developer: Square Enix
Download: iTunes

Deus Ex The Fall

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Sky Tourist

Petey Pendant’s very favorite thing to do is to travel around space, and he likes to collect things as he goes. Sadly, however, the locals in the towns Petey visits must be a little put off by his rather unconventional travel methods, because they tend to hide all the fun little items that he would otherwise be interested in.

Here the fun is all about helping Petey solve some puzzles and challenges to acquire all the items he needs to accomplish his goals. Swing, soar and float your way through all 75 levels across three visually colorful and interesting worlds, but avoid traps and less-than-pleased locals!

Unlock three bonus levels, collect memories for your photobook, try to achieve all 27 objectives, and have fun trying out different costumes and rockets. This is a really cute game focused on a charming hero and set in a fun and futuristic cartoon environment.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Alexander Lading
Download: iTunes

Sky Tourist

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Tiny Thief

I had a very hard time pressing pause on this game to make myself write these next few paragraphs. Worth every penny and then some, in my opinion, Tiny Thief will charm the socks right off of you. It has all the elements of a great adventure puzzler, and the comic strip that precedes each level reveals more and more of the hero’s story.

A little bit like point-and-click puzzle games you may have played, Tiny Thief has you guiding our little hero around different scenes, interacting with the objects, animals and people he finds — and using them to his advantage to achieve his goals.

In every level there’s a main item you’ll need to help Tiny Thief get his sneaky little hands on, plus bonus items he can pick up. The cute and quirky sense of humor, smooth animation and incredibly detailed and very well conceptualized environments and scenery mean this Tiny Thief is sure to steal your heart, too.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Rovio Stars
Download: iTunes

Tiny Thief

What Are You Playing?

Which games are you hooked on right now? Let your fellow gamers and iPad enthusiasts know in the comments section below!


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