iOS Watch List: Jet Set Radio, The Bowling Dead and Writer Rumble

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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.

Jet Set Radio

Being a law-abiding citizen is all well and good, but sometimes you want to let your freak flag fly. If you fancy yourself an up-and-coming Banksy but would prefer to stay out of a prison cell, consider giving this remake of the classic Dreamcast game a shot. Touch controls are a bit of a worry here, but if you dug Sega's port of Crazy Taxi, you can expect a similar level of effort for Jet Set Radio. (Universal, $4.99)

The Bowling Dead

Just when you thought you had seen the length and breadth of what the undead are capable of, here comes Activision's The Bowling Dead. Important distinction: You'll be bowling over the undead, not bowling with them. Remember the Wall-Nut minigame in Plants vs. Zombies? Yep, just like that...but in 3D. (Universal, free)

Writer Rumble

Quite possibly the first and only game to star such literary giants as Edgar Allen Poe, Agatha Christie and Jane Eyre, Writer Rumble has you battling against malevolent forces by spelling words from a jumble. Longer words yield more damage, and as you spell more, you'll earn power-ups according to your chosen writer. (Universal, $0.99)

Flashout 3D

Since Sony isn't exactly rushing to port Wipeout to iOS, another company has done most of the work for them. Yes, Flashout 3D is,'s Wipeout. Except with Flash in the title instead of Wipe. Take that as you will. (Universal, $1.99)