[New App RDUP] Games You Need to Play This Week 1 – Dec 24

Every week, it is our pleasure to bring you the pinnacle of the newest game releases for your iOS device. Believe us, we understand your pain: hundreds of new games debut on the App Store every week, yet you do not have the time nor the energy to trudge through the store in search of the week’s best games. That’s where we come in, so without further ado; here are the best games (in no particular order of course) to debut on the App Store this week.


 

Ravensword: Shadowlands

Ravensword: The Fallen King was going to be a tough act to follow for developer Crescent Moon Games. Yet, here it is: a worthy successor to the first entry in the Ravensword franchise, Ravensword: Shadowlands. Many critics were stating that Ravensword: Shadowlands may just be to the iOS platform what The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is to PC and console gaming. Fortunately, it looks like the comparison is valid, as Ravensword: Shadowlands not only looks amazing, but it’s also a spectacular open-world RPG that will have you returning to the world of Ravensword for months to come. From creating your own character via the game’s character editor to having the ability to upgrade your character any way you desire to having full freedom to travel the world as you desire, Ravensword: Shadowlands will more than satisfy the player that wants to get their open-world RPG fix via their iOS device. Expect a review of Ravensword: Shadowlands from us in the near future.

 


Pixel Defenders Puzzle

If puzzle games are more your speed, then you may want to consider Pixel Defenders Puzzle. Sporting a retro look that’s found in many iOS games, Pixel Defenders Puzzle is unique in that it combines match-3 puzzle and RPG elements together to create an all-in-one game that’s as unique as it is addictive. By matching appropriate pixels, you will have the ability to create Defenders that will protect your princesses, kings, and queens from streams of oncoming enemies via RPG-inspired battles. It’s a wholly unique puzzle/action title that is sure to make your daily commute fly by in a flash.


 

About Love, Hate and the Other Ones HD

If you prefer to have a puzzle game without the RPG elements, then About Love, Hate and the Other Ones HD may be right up your alley. A winner at the 2012 German Computer Games Award, ALHOO HD starts Love and Hate; two friends who are tasked with completing each of the game’s 60 levels. As Love and Hate, you must activate a switch by manipulating the Other Ones – minions that each contain special talents that must be used to escape the current level and go forward to the next one (and as you can probably guess, completing this goal gets increasingly harder as the game progresses). Complete with an art style that looks like each level was handcrafted and addictive, unique music to boot, ALHOO HD marks the first time the German puzzler debuts on the iPad and it certainly does not disappoint.


 

bit Dungeon

For the gamer that harkens back to the days when classic Super Nintendo action RPG’s ala The Secret of Mana, Illusion of Gaia, and Soul Blazer, were all the rage, bit Dungeon is exactly what the “iOS Gaming Doctor” ordered. You and your wife have been captured by a host of demons and sentenced to living 1,000 years inside of a dungeon. Of course, you won’t allow this to happen, as you grab a weapon and traverse through the dungeon in search of your wife. The game looks like a classic Super Nintendo/Sega Genesis action RPG and plays like one as well; a win/win for those that grew up gaming in this era. However, it must be noted that this game is “permadeath” game in the same vein as 100 Rogues; die even once, and you’re forced to start from the very beginning of the game. To say that every battle and action matters is an understatement….


 

Flight Unlimited Las Vegas

If there’s one genre that is lacking on iOS, it’s the flight simulation genre. Flight Unlimited Las Vegas hopes to give flight sim fans their fix by allowing players to fly one of five aircrafts over 130 square miles of Las Vegas and take in the sights of iconic landmarks such as the Bellagio, New York New York, and more. Complete with different cameras during in-game flight such as a cockpit cameras, tower camera, and even a fully customizable camera along with flap, gear, rudder, and brake controls, this is flight simulation on your iOS device at its finest. Plus, the aircrafts are even destructive, so if your wings rip off or the metal of the airplane begins to deform, you’ll see it!


 

Vritra

There was a time when 2D side-scrolling shooters were all the rage, and for the gamer that harkens back to the days of the 80′s and 90′s, Vritra may just be the game for you. Combining modern graphics with classic gameplay, Vritra tasks players controlling a dragon and four different types of vajras (each with their own unique way of attacking enemies), to which players will have to learn how to master each of the vajras in order to complete the game. As with every great 2D side-scrolling shooter, the game is incredibly hard to master while remaining very strategic and fun; the recipe for an outstanding 2D side-scrolling shooter.


So there you have it: the new games of this week that are more than worth the price of admission. Whether you’re an old-school gamer at heart, have a soft spot for puzzle games, have been dying to play a fun flight simulation on your iOS device, or want to get lost in a fantasy world for hours, there’s something for everyone in this week’s iOS game releases!

And if you’re looking for a game that’s a bit different than the rest? Look forward to our review of Last Knight, a game that tasks you with jousting your opponents endlessly in a randomly generated world complete with ragdoll physics and an ever-increasing difficulty. Is it worthy of your time, or should you simply pass this one by? We’ll let you know in the coming weeks!

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