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 will offer a quick selection of games and updates that show promise or look interesting for one reason or another. It's 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.
The success of Borderlands and its sequel meant that a mobile port was pretty much guaranteed, but I'm not sure anyone would have guessed that the gun-loving shooter would ever become a squad-based strategy game. Borderlands Legends has you taking command of the original four heroes, giving them attack orders and buying them new weapons to increase their survivability. It's a massive departure from the original game, but given the struggles folks have had bringing FPS games to a touchscreen, I don't begrudge the attempt. The lack of universal support is a bit of a bummer, though. (iPhone, $4.99 / iPad, $6.99)
Arc Squadron is effectively a love letter to Star Fox, which as good a place to start as any. Fly through space, dodge debris and, yes, do a barrel roll. Swanky visuals sweeten the pot, but it's hard to say how much of a success this will be until we go hands-on with it. (Universal, $4.99)
Heads Up! Hot Dogs
People often complain that the App Store is full of derivative clones of other, more successful games. Those same people will not have a whole lot to say about Heads Up! Hot Dogs, which tasks players with balancing encased meat on their craniums. Temple Run it ain't. (Universal, $0.99)
Punch Quest actually released last week, but in the flurry of launching the site, we weren't able to do our weekly round-up. Ordinarily I'd let it slide, but Punch Quest happens to be one of the best iOS games on the App Store today. As an added benefit, it's totally free, with very optional IAP for those looking to speed up some of the coin gathering. Despite critical acclaim, the game has tanked financially, so you if you are already digging it (or plan to dig it in the future), might I suggest buying some charity IAP to support the game's world-weary devs? This is the sort of game we need more of in the App Store. (Universal, free)