iOS Watch List: Skylanders Battlegrounds, Motley Blocks and Meganoid 2

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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.

Skylanders Battlegrounds

Kids today! In my day, we had toys and we had video games and they were separate! Michelangelo didn't jump from my hands into my TV and back again, and we were fine with that. Ah well, with the advent of Skylanders, toys and video games are practically one in the same. Activision's first mobile Skylanders effort was more of a shooting gallery style game, but in Skylanders Battlegrounds, it seems to cut far closer to the console versions, with top-down, hack-and-slash gameplay. (Universal, $6.99)

Motley Blocks

It's a little hard to wrap your head around what's going on in Motley Blocks, at least at first. But after a couple rounds you begin to realize it's just a color matching puzzle game, but instead of taking place in a 2D plane, it's spread across a constantly-spinning 3D puzzle. A very cool blend of strategy and reflexes make this one well worth a look. (Universal, $2.99)

Meganoid 2

Clearly there were enough people that enjoyed dying over and over again in the first Meganoid to justify a sequel. The spirit, of a classic, ultra-hard platformer, remains the same, just with more dastardly traps to conquer. Basically it's Spelunky, but played 30 seconds at a time. (Universal, $0.99)

Heroes of Order & Chaos

A bit surprising that we've gone this long without a full-fledged MOBA game on iOS. Gameloft's latest fits the bill, allowing for 3v3 and 5v5 online matches. Obviously controls are the big sticking point here, but since the game is free, there's really no risk it checking it out. After all, it's probably the only way to practice your DOTA skills while you're at work. (Universal, free)