It's been an awfully long time since there was a new entry in the Ultima series, and even longer since the venerable RPG franchise was on an Apple platform. Its reappearance on iOS – as a free-to-play game, no less – might seem like a low-key comeback for a property that once helped pioneer computer role-playing games, but underneath its casual-looking exterior lurks a fun (if simple) dungeon-crawling MMO.
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. EA's long-awaited Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar headlines the week with its release in the United States, while Amateur Surgeon 3, Mikey Hooks, and Worms 3 offer follow-up entries to some established iOS favorites. And we've also got a handful of totally new games in the roundup this week.
It's pretty much all Dark Knight Rises wherever you go and sure, we've got some of that love for you too. But that's not the only hot property going around the internet. There's always something Apple, always something in the water. So take a peek at what's under the cover including Steam's huge Summer Sale, some bad news for a handset maker, and something curious going on with Office 2013.
Last week at Comic-Con, EA announced that it's bringing Ultima Forever, a free-to-play action RPG from BioWare based on the 1985 title, Ultima IV, to the iPad. (Fun fact: Ultima IV was originally first launched for the Apple II.) Players will be able to start a game on their PC and continue the storyline on the iPad. While cross-platform gaming is not a foreign concept to the ever-expanding world of mobile games, this particular title takes a radical new approach.