This week we've got updates for Jetpack Joyride and Angry Birds Space, as well as an iOS release of Marvel vs Capcom 2.
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.
Jetpack Joyride Update (Universal)
As we reported yesterday, Jetpack Joyride will see a sizable content update this Thursday (or 11pm EST if you're eager). The addition? Gadgets, which act as perks for the player, giving you an edge with increased coin-collection abilities, vertical speed and a whole host of other improvements. The strategy comes in when you have to decide which two gadgets to bring into each game. Should make for some fierce leaderboard competition.
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (Universal)
It's one of the rare instances in which a major iOS game release drops on a Wednesday instead of on Thursday, but no matter. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 on iOS brings with it all 56 characters, multiplayer over Bluetooth and a new Flick control scheme, designed to make some of the more complicated inputs a bit easier on a touch screen. Not a bad deal for 3 bucks.
Angry Birds Space Update (iPhone / iPad)
Angry Birds Space, a game we found rather delightful, sees its first major content update since launch. Ten new levels have been added for free. In addition, some tweaking has been done to the way in-app purchasing is handled. Updating the game will grant you 20 Space Eagles to use, and every day you sign in you'll be granted a bonus Space Eagle for free. So, if you run out of supply, you can either choose to buy more with real cash, or simply wait a day.
Fans of modern artists like Piet Mondrian and Sarah Morris might appreciate this new take on a puzzle game. At a basic level it's a match-three, but the minimalist, artistic look helps it to stand out from the pack. There aren't too many games that make you look super classy while you're playing them on the subway, so it might be worth a look.
Clearly much of the inspiration behind Spellsword came from Super Crate Box, but the developers have expanded on the idea with mini challenges, dynamic levels and an inventory system. The real question for this sort of game: Do the controls hold up? Hard to say until we've had the chance to play it, but at a dollar you're not risking too much to find out.