iPad Game Thursday: New Releases

Have you heard the common expression “tongue-tied?” Well, one of the games in this week’s roundup will have you “finger-tied.” And I’ll let you try to guess what that might mean.

There are also games in which you get to save mankind, defy a planet full of squares and skateboard over anything and everything (and without the threat of possible injury, natch). Oh, and there’s also this game about a hedgehog named Sonic. Maybe you’ve heard of him? Check it all out after the jump.

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Finger Tied

This is a unique puzzle game designed especially for the iPad. The challenge is to fill in a given shape with color by moving your fingers around on the gameboard; if you lift one of your fingers, or accidentally make a touch out of bounds, it’s game over and you have to start again.

A real challenge in hand-eye coordination, Finger Tied features more than 100 different puzzle shapes. And even after you beat them all, the game continues, because you can create your own puzzles with the game’s built-in puzzle editor.

Another great thing about Finger Tied is that you can play either alone or with friends — although you’ll find that certain shapes are easier to conquer with friends!

Price: $0.99
Developer: Streaming Colour Studios
Download: iTunes

Save Them All

In Save Them All, there are only 24 hours between you and the annihilation of mankind. And in this endless runner take on the usual popular apocalypse game, your job is to battle missiles, mutants and aliens, and save as many citizens as possible before time runs out.

In an interesting twist, the developers have chosen to reset the leaderboards every day, in real time, making the statement “You only have 24 hours to save them all” absolutely true. So get crackin’! You can play in story mode or endless mode and use special powers to gain the upper hand in battles against bad guys.

Comic book aficionados will likely also enjoy the dark and moody graphics that reveal the game’s storyline.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Chillingo
Download: iTunes

Sonic Jump

The iOS installation of Sonic’s latest adventures is a steal at only $1.99 if you ask me. You can play as either Sonic, Tails or Knuckles — each with their own awesome abilities, of course — and battle Dr. Eggman in the Green Hill Zone, Mountain and Jungle Zones and other challenging environments.
Game controls require tilting and tapping as you travel through three dozen story levels, or play in arcade infinite mode. Battle bosses, compete against friends on the leaderboards, and collect the famous gold rings.

As you collect rings, you can unlock additional characters and power-ups. You also have the option of making an in-app purchase to get more rings. P.S. The developers have promised more characters and new worlds in forthcoming updates.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Sega
Download: iTunes

Square Planet

Imagine you’re a round ball in a square world. Getting around could be a challenge, right? Such is the case in this action game, in which you’re charged with rescuing your friends from a squadron of Evil Squares by rolling and jumping around the planet.

Of course, there will be hazards along the way — namely, some pesky lasers — and you’ll have to master double-jumps, hack into alarms, invert gravity, unravel secret paths, utilize power-ups and discover hidden areas.

Enjoy getting a glimpse into the daily lives of various Squares throughout your gameplay, just don’t get too distracted and remember to round up all six prisoners in all 16 levels!

Price: Free
Developer: Majaka
Download: iTunes

True Skate

There’s no doubt this is the most true-to-life skateboarding game available for iOS, featuring touch-based physics, including flick and drag maneuvers. Graphics and animation are totally smooth, and the skate park is rendered beautifully.

Take on ledges, stairs, grind rails, a bowl, half pipe and quarter pipe. A camera lets you see where you’re going. The trick possibilities are endless; some of those that are possible to pull off include 50 grind, boardslide, rail slide, tail slide, nose slide, darkslide, dark 50 50, suski grind, smith grind, feeble grind, salad grind and nose grind.

See what else you can make the board do in this awesome real-word simulation skateboarding game.

Price: $1.99
Developer: True Axis
Download: iTunes

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!