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After a recent barrage of big releases, the App Store is eerily quiet this week with a short list of new titles, as many developers are updating existing titles to make them shine on the new iPad's Retina display. While you're waiting for your current favorites to update, check out some of these week's most intriguing launches.
Sad Cat Software, the developer of Violet Storm (Universal, $0.99) describes the game by saying, "Some games have a story to tell. Others make you think to get through a series of complicated puzzles. Violet Storm doesn't have any of that." So what does this title have to offer? Ridiculously (and unabashedly) intense action, flashing neon lights, and pulsing techno music. It's basically what would happen if you took Geometry Wars to a rave.
There are plenty of options for tower defense titles out there, so 3 Sprockets set out to refresh the genre -- and its take on the genre is Cubemen (iPad, $3.99). While the developers have maintained a game mode that offers standard tower defense, they've also added 5 different variants on the mode, 28 levels to play across, and -- perhaps most exciting of all -- cross-platform multiplayer matches. Whether your friend is playing on PC, Mac, or an iPad, you'll be able to tear down their towers.
Most of will never be able to drag an 18-wheeler with nothing but our sheer strength and power of will. For those who dream about doing so, get out of the gym and grab The World's Strongest Man (iPhone, $2.99) instead. Take on the career of a bodybuilder as you complete tasks and train to increase your stats -- all in hopes of grabbing the elusive title of World's Strongest Man. At the very least, you'll have strong thumbs.
Get ready to hit warp speed. From developer SGN comes Ion Racer (Universal, $0.99), a sci-fi racing title that puts the player behind the wheel of a high-powered spacecraft. The game features multiple ways to play depending on if you prefer precise, tight controls, or blasting through environments with complete disregard for obstacles in your way. Plus you'll land perks, upgrades, and your name on the top of the leaderboard as you play.
In the animal kingdom, a war is being waged. The harmless and adorably odd gnus have been captured by a group of cranky crocodiles. It's your job to free the captives and exact some payback in Gnu's Revenge (Universal, $0.99). Battle across 72 levels as a gnu with a jetpack, laying the smack down to some crocs in spaceships. Does any of it make sense? No. But it'll probably be a fun adventure all the same.