iOS Watch List: Beatdown, Arranger and Verticus

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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.


Ravenous Games has been making a lot of retro-inspired titles, but one genre they haven't hit yet is the beat 'em up. That changes with Beatdown, a pixelated brawler that calls to mind Double Dragon and its ilk. But, you know, way more adorable. (Universal, $0.99)


How do you feel about a trippy, music-infused adventure game where you battle a colossal brain and collect various instruments on your journey? And how do you feel about paying a dollar for such a game. Yeah, I thought so. (iPhone, $.99)


The master of saying yes to just about every project ever, Stan Lee is now trying his hand at making a mobile game. Well, he probably didn't make it. I'm sure he had some ideas, though. And he definitely did the voice over for the trailer. Anyway, this looks a lot like Temple Run, but you're falling instead of running. Or, more accurately, it looks like Aaaaaaaaaa: A Reckless Disregard for Gravity played from a third-person perspective. (Universal, $1.99)

Gear Jack

It's pretty tough to make a skill-based platformer work on a touch screen, but Gear Jack seems to have it well in hand. Simple controls and an art style all its own really help this one stand out from the pack. The elevator pitch: Canabalt meets Super Meat Boy. Yum. (Universal, $0.99)