[iPhone] Lots of AAA titles dropping tonight


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Ji@nBing
With one Thursday to go before the iTunes Connect holiday lock out, tonight we're going to see the first of the avalanche of pre-Christmas releases. This Wednesday works the same as every other Wednesday on the App Store, but if you're not familiar, here's the gist- Entirely too many developers have banded together in some kind of secret Dr. Strangelove war room and have determined that releasing games on a Thursday is the best time to do it. When you set the release date in iTunes Connect to Thursday, games launch in international markets as the Earth spins and it slowly becomes Thursday in those areas. New Zealand is first, and us lucky Americans are last. All of these games will be available at 11:00 PM EST tonight, or earlier if you're in a region east of us.

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Infinity Blade (Universal), $5.99 ? [Forum Thread] ? This game hardly needs an introduction anymore. Chair's epic sword fighter is on the verge of finding its way into the grubby hands of iDevice owners. We've been playing the preview version, and it's fantastic. Some will likely be disappointed by what Infinity Blade isn't, as it isn't an open-world game, you can't control your movement, and even calling it any kind RPG is a bit of a stretch. What it is is a really great gesture-controlled sword fighter based on the Unreal Engine that everyone with a recent device really needs to download.

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Puzzle Quest 2 (Universal), $9.99 ? [Forum Thread] ? The original Puzzle Quest [$4.99] was a ton of fun, and Puzzle Quest 2 expands upon the same awesome matching formula with RPG elements layered on top. Try Puzzle Quest Free [Free] first if you'd like, but this game is a safe purchase for any fan of puzzle games with depth.

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Illusia, $4.99 ? [Forum Thread] ? Gamevil is calling Illusia a "casual platform game", which looks an awful lot like Maple Story to us. There are multiple classes, tons of gear to collect, and a bunch of character customization to delve into.

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Dead Rising Mobile, $4.99 ? [Forum Thread] ? We got really in depth with our preview of the game, and despite its flaws, I couldn't help but enjoy it. Dead Rising is one of my favorite zombie slaughtering series, and I'm surprised by how well Capcom managed to translate the game to the iPhone.

TXT Fighter, 99? ? [Forum Thread] ? Similar to Texting of the Bread [$1.99], TXT Fighter puts your typing skills to the test, to, well, fight. We thought the game was cool in our preview, which is filled with more information about the title.

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Pogo Games, Free ? [Forum Thread] ? EA is bringing over some favorite free games from their online Flash game portal Pogo.com. This is totally free, but without a membership to the Pogo service you'll be viewing some ads.

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A Moon for the Sky, 99? ? [Forum Thread] ? This looks to be a cool little jumping game with a control mechanic that involves drawing platforms for the little moon to bounce up. 18 levels are included, as well as an endless mode.

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Hero Project, Free ? [Forum Thread] ? A freemium game that revolves around building up a super hero and fighting bad guys. It sounds like an interesting premise, but like all of these free to play games, it really comes down to the balance between playing and paying. I'm just glad developers are breaking away from incredibly tired building and farming game types.

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Jenga, $2.99 ? [Forum Thread] ? A curious title to see on the App Store, considering how much of actually playing Jenga involves such precise finger work. Regardless, the developers build this with the help of Leslie Scott, the inventor of Jenga, so it should be interesting to see how it all works. Jenga comes with multiple game modes as well as pass and play multiplayer.

Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Pandas, 99? ? [Forum Thread] ? Another take on the Angry Birds formula, this time with the injection of every cliche imaginable aside from farts. There are 4 campaigns across 45 levels, along with 8 different dudes to fling at the pirates, ninjas, zombies, and pandas.

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Monopoly for iPad, $9.99 ? [Forum Thread] ? Finally, Monopoly for the iPad. I've had a ton of fun playing various board games and other local multiplayer games on my iPad, and I expect Monopoly to be just as good.

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Eternal Legacy, $6.99 ? [Forum Thread] ? Gameloft's take on Final Fantasy XIII, featuring a curiously similar spiky haired protagonist and turn-based battle system. I'm anxious to see how much the story grabs me with this game, as while Gameloft games historically have been technically impressive, the plot and voice work (two things that are fairly important in a Final Fantasy-esque RPG) have left much to be desired.

Update: Oddly enough, Gameloft seems to have released this game early. Eternal Legacy seem to be available everywhere.

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Dungeon Hunter 2, $6.99 ? [Forum Thread] ? We liked the first Dungeon Hunter [$4.99] quite a bit, as it had everything a good dungeon crawler needs: Tons of enemies, loot everywhere, and multiple classes to spice things up. The sequel is said to have all that, in addition to online coop multiplayer. I can't wait to try this out.

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Quite a release list. Anyone planning on picking some of these up?

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Manish

Infinity Blade

Illusia

Eternal Legacy

Monopoly for iPad

Jenga looks interesting, but I think I'll hold off.

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TogaForComfort

Just bought Eternal Legacy. Will pick up Infinity Blade once it's up.

Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Pandas could be a purchase once I have seen the game.

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Lots of new titles just in time for Visa payment services being DDOS'd :laugh:

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Dhalamar

Already bought Infinity Blade. Bought Eternal Legacy after reading this thread.

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Ji@nBing

I really want to try out Infinity Blade, but I have a 3G, so that's a no go. I'm going to pick up Eternal Legacy tomorrow though.

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TogaForComfort

Infinity Blade looks awesome, I have had a few people come over and ask what I'm playing whilst travelling in to work.

I'm enjoying it at the moment but I think it may get repetitive quite quickly.

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anthdci

I am a bit disappointed with infinite blade. I have now got to Level 15 and killed the God King at Level 14. I was VERY close to killing him at Level 12 / 3rd time played through, on the 4th time it was pretty easy. I was hoping there would be more to it rather than just starting again to level up more.. It does look absolutely stunning, and I am enjoying the control and gameplay, I like the way it works. Just wish there was more to it, maybe more different routes through the castle each time you play through it with different opponents to fight.

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Saad_Salman

Just bought the infinite blade for my iphone. Is it amazing or what!! I loved the new control style without joy pads. Every ios device owner should check it out. Totally worth it!

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Ryoken

Infinity Blade is a great start, but it's far too short.. But now that the hard part is over I'm sure we'll see longer and better games using the engine..

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Manish

Even more games dropping tonight, including

  • Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD
  • Real Racing 2
  • World of Goo
  • Dungeon Defenders: First Wave
  • N.O.V.A. 2
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Shadow Guardian
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Source: Touch Arcade

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