The most promising iPhone and iPad releases for July 26, 2012.
Each week the iOS Gaming Watch List will inform you of some noteworthy releases coming to the App Store. Major releases tend to hit on Thursdays, so we'll be coming at you every Wednesday with the games to look out for, as well as some of the bigger content updates on the way. While this won't be a comprehensive list of games releasing for a given week, it does offer a quick selection of games and upates that show promise or look interesting for one reason or another. Worth noting that we have not played many of these games, so you shouldn't take these as short reviews. Think of this more like a helpful guide of games to investigate as they launch on Thursday.
Unfortunately, since these are pre-release games, App Store links are not available, but if you search for the title within the App Store tomorrow, it should pop up.
It's hard to imagine a game trailer doing a better job of selling me on the concept of a three-story tall, upgradable turtle tank. Well done, Shellrazer! This new release has a mid-90s arcade flair. Toss in the aforementioned turtle tank and you have a game that I'll be downloading the instant it releases. (Universal, $2.99)
The Walking Dead
Telltale hasn't released an iOS-specific trailer for The Walking Dead: Episode 1, but seeing the PC trailer will give you a pretty good sense of what to expect. Based on my time with the game on other platforms, this is one of the best adventure games in years. (Need a second opinion? Read Justin McElroy's positive review.) If you're late to the party, the iOS version seems like a great way to lurch into the zombie-killing fun. Just make sure to pay special attention to the platforms supported. You'll need an iPad 2 (or better) or an iPhone 4 (or better). (Universal, $4.99)
Spy vs. Spy
There may not be too many gamers around that remember the original Spy vs. Spy on the Commodore 64. Consider this new iOS version a history lesson. The game encourages screwing over your buddy with booby traps and other forms of good ol' fashioned, Spy on Spy violence. And, for you over-30s out there, the developer has included the original graphics as an alternative to the shiny new visuals. If you fancy yourself a burgeoning sneak, this is the game for you.(Universal, $1.99)
As we all know, orcs have a tough time. They get beat up for no reason, can't keep their cool, and have dry skin issues. And yet, orcs continue to be persecuted. Look no further than the genocide-encouraging Orcs Must Die for proof! But now it's time for the orcs to stand up for themselves. Orc: Vengeance is a Diablo-style hack-and-slash with stellar graphics and more loot than a single orc could ever want or need. Just kidding. There's no limit to the amount of loot a single orc could ever want or need.(Universal, $2.99)
Manos: Hands of Fate
Let me start by saying that this could very well be an absolutely terrible game. Let me continue by saying that this is a game based on one of the worst films ever made, Manos: Hands of Fate. Suddenly being a terrible game means slightly less! Based on the trailer, this appears to be an NES-style platformer set during the events of Manos. Will you master your own fate? Could the hands do with some moisturizing? You'll have to pay two bucks to find out. (Universal, $1.99)