Apple’s holiday release cutoff is nearing, which means developers are chomping at the bit to get their games in the App Store before Christmas. As such, we’ve got a high-profile slate of new games in this week’s roundup, including entries from big franchises like Borderlands and Marvel Comics, as well as intriguing original options like Seabeard and Highrise Heroes. Scope these out and then check back in a week for more.
There’s a strong sense of déjà vu that comes from playing Oceanhorn. This mobile adventure stars a brave boy that sails to different islands, overcomes puzzling dungeons, and gains the tools necessary to combat evil and essentially save his kingdom. Despite not featuring princesses or golden triangles, there’s no denying that the game draws heavily from Nintendo’s iconic The Legend of Zelda series, particularly Wind Waker. However, instead of merely giving us a facsimile and porting it to iOS, Oceanhorn handpicks what it borrows and creates an experience well worth playing.
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. It’s a heavy week for sequels on the App Store, with GT Racing 2, Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous, Stellar Wars, and Epoch 2 heading up that list, but we’ve also got some intriguing newcomers on the list, such as puzzling platformer Stealth Inc. and the Legend of Zelda-like Oceanhorn.