It can be difficult to pick out the cream of the crop amidst the barrage of new iPhone and iPad games, but we’ve got you covered with our weekly look at the most notable new releases. Crazy Taxi: City Rush and 80 Days are standouts this week, along with a Pokémon-lookalike and the Guardians of the Galaxy pinball table for Zen Pinball/Marvel Pinball. Give these a good look and then check back next week for more.
Survival and dependence take on new meaning in Duet, an abstract minimalist game of two tethered dots navigating a perilous world of unforgiving white shapes. It’s full of contradictions — the game is both brutally hard and beautifully meditative — and will leave you tearing your hair out, but Duet offers up something special beyond its intense challenge.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. A number of charming-looking titles headline the week's offerings, including Double Fine's beloved Costume Quest, which comes over from consoles, as well as the font-inspired side-scroller Type:Rider and the so-called Zelda-meets-Pokemon affair, Monster Adventures. Meanwhile, Ariel's Musical Surprise and Escape from Doom provide nice polar opposites on the back end of this week's overview.
Indie developers were out in force for Australia’s first PAX gaming convention, with iOS games outnumbering offerings on other platforms on the show floor. Ubisoft and Nintendo stood mostly alone as the big publishers in attendance, joined by mobile giants Halfbrick and more than 20 smaller developers, many of which rose from the ashes of now-defunct triple-A companies like Blue Tongue and Pandemic. And they made an impression. Here are 10 of the most intriguing new and upcoming iOS and Mac games we saw on the show floor at PAX Australia.