iOS Gaming Watch List: Oh, My Cat!, Gibbets 2, and Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint

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We're taking a look at the most promising iPhone and iPad releases for September 13, 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.

Oh, My Cat!

The cat in Oh, My Cat! is the most cheerful of cats, and with good reason! Not only is it flying around in a little spaceship collecting coins (ka-ching!), it's collecting FISH coins. Oh man, if ever there was a delicious treat. As Oliver the cat flies upwards, players control his direction by tilting the iPhone and touching the screen for power-ups. There are 52 missions and rat enemies for added challenge. It's a cute little take on coin collecting platformers. (Universal app, free) - App Store Link

Gibbets 2

It's a tad morbid having a game with hanging humans, but Gibbets 2 manages to find the humor in the victims of lost Hang-man games. Using a bow and arrow, players are tasked with the challenge of aiming their arrows at the ropes to free the poor men before they run out of breath. There's a lot of planning and strategy involved and and this a game about timing and precision. One poor aim could send the arrow flying into a squishy human, and that would be unfortunate. (Universal app, $1.29) - App Store Link

Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint

This one isn't exactly new but we're not sure how we missed it. Made by the Pickford Brothers, Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint is one of the most clever games for iPad we've seen in a while. It's an incredibly simple game of billiards with very well-designed puzzles. Sure, you could carelessly flick the balls around the screen and see what clicks, but a thoughtful, planned approach will see you reap the game's rewards. It's thoughtful and elegant. We only wish we were better at it. (Zee-3 Limited, free) - App Store Link

Snappy Dragons 2

A bit of destruction can be fun and Snappy Dragons 2 lets you do just that, with fireballs! A sequel to an already successful first chapter, Snappy Dragons 2 sees your baby dragons get kidnapped, and it's up to you to tear down the world to get to them. It's worth checking out if only to spam fireballs and watch the little red wizards fall. (Extensive Studios - 99c) - App Store Link

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