Like a cross between the critically acclaimed PlayStation 2 hit Shadow of the Colossus and Forbidden Forest for the Commodore 64, A Ride Into the Mountains asks you to hop on your pixelated horse and shoot odd floating monsters with arrows until a distant relic regains its luster. This shooting mechanic is core to the experience, involving an Angry Birds-like slide gesture whereby you pull back and drag to aim and fire — with a bigger gesture needed for longer shots. Most enemies must be hit in a particular spot, too; otherwise arrows are ineffective. It's basic, but tough to master under duress from enemies and their projectiles.
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. Visually impressive action games top this week's lineup, notably Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame and Bloodmasque, as well as a couple of alluring racing games in the form of Riptide GP2 and Delta-V Racing. An intriguing mix of other games, such as Sky Tourist and A Ride Into the Mountains, lead the rest of the bunch, meanwhile.