iPad Game Thursday: New Releases

This week’s games have us championing our castle; shooting up enemy spaceships; leading nimble little heroes to glory; competing in jousting tournaments; and reuniting a boy with his best friend, a precious dog named Bear.

Click “more” to take a look. And, as the knights might say: Let the games begin!

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Castle Champions

Build your dream castle, train an incredible army and test your skills in battle against the other kingdoms. Coordinate mages, crusaders, paladins, archers and swordsmen, plus recruit one of half a dozen different heroes to serve as your captain, each one with his or her own special abilities.

Figure out your ideal team to advance through the amateur and pro leagues, raising your kingdom’s rankings. And send your heroes on quests to gain gold and resources to fund your battles and keep your community alive.

In between waging war, you’ll have to keep the restaurants, banks and other community services going by making sure your civilians are well taken care of, and protect them from invaders who come knocking on your castle gate. Build more than 40 different kinds of rooms to completely customize your castle.

Price: Free
Developer: Gamenauts
Download: iTunes


Experience more than 80 levels of fluorescent, cosmic fun in this space shooter game involving all kinds of enemy ships, snakes, lasers, ammo and power-ups, plus a spike shield that allows you to ram your enemies.

Shoot ’em up while dodging all sorts of enemies and obstacles. There are multiple game modes, bosses to fight and plenty of action-packed gameplay to keep you engaged for hours. All the levels are very different from one another, but they all require quick thinking and fast reflexes.

What I love most about this game is that it’s so straightforward with no extra bells and whistles that would detract from all the good shooting fun. Plus, there are no in-app purchases — just lots of challenging entertainment!

Price: $1.99
Developer: John Dunbar
Download: iTunes

Nimble Quest

Lead your heroes to glory in battle against the enemy masses across an endless number of stages. The trick is to keep going until you make it from the calm and peaceful Forest through the fire and brimstone of the Depths — and, of course, to see how many enemies you can defeat!

Your army will keep charging forward, no matter what — all you have to do is swipe to steer your nimble little heroes around obstacles and enemies. As your carve your path of destruction, you’ll achieve power-ups and increase the size of your forces.

When you feel like your skills are up to snuff, you can join a guild to compete with other players in special timed guild quests and march that little army of heroes of yours straight to the top of the leaderboards?

Price: Free
Developer: NimbleBit
Download: iTunes

Knight Storm

Not nearly enough iOS games involve jousting, if you ask me. Fortunately, this one has plenty. As a skilled and fearless knight, you’ll compete in 3-D jousting tournaments, battle against monsters and complete quests until you rise to prominence and become a legend in your kingdom.

In between all your “knighting,” you’ll need to keep up with castle upgrades, forging better armor and acquiring powerful relics, plus bargaining with scheming faeries for important resources and other collectibles.

Enjoy real-time combat during quests, mini games to score extra valuable treasure and challenging duels, not to mention some entertaining barbarian gibberish and opportunities to vanquish corrupt officials. You’ll be a legend in no time!

Price: Free
Developer: 505 Games
Download: iTunes


Fetch is an incredibly beautiful and engaging game that unfolds like a feature animated film about a boy who will stop at nothing to rescue his beloved dog named Bear, who disappeared after being snatched by a mysterious fire hydrant.

Battle aliens, build a robot, fly a rocket, explore a prehistoric ocean and more while on the search for Bear. Along the way you’ll play arcade-style games like Rainbow Snake Time and Pier Pressure, plus witness unique and interesting characters come to life.

This game will suck you in, 100 percent, with its wonderfully detailed graphics, vivid environments and utterly adorable and heartwarming story about a little boy and his best friend.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Big Fish Games
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!