iOS Gaming Watch List: Payback 2 HD, Zaxxon Escape, and Burrito Bison

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The most promising iPhone and iPad releases for October 3rd, 2012.

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.

Payback 2 HD

Right at the dawn of the App Store, a game tried to capture the magic that is Grand Theft Auto. The hardware wasn't quite ready for it, but we had to give props to the makers of Payback for their gusto. And that gusto is back with Payback 2 HD. This time around, the focus is on wacky modes and multiplayer gaming, but all the action still takes place in an open-world map ready to be wiped clean of humanity. (Universal, $5.99)

Zaxxon Escape

The arcade classic, Zaxxon, gets a reboot this week with Zaxxon Escape. Remember those moments in Star Fox where you had to carefully fly through the twisty innards of an enemy space ship. Yeah, it's kinda like that, but for an entire game. Sounds good to me! (Universal, $0.99)

Burrito Bison

The fact that there hasn't already been an iOS game starring a luchador with a buffalo helmet is a bit shocking, but that's just the crazy world we live in. Burrito Bison is a mobile port of the rather popular Flash game, brought to iOS by Ravenous Games, the guys behind League of Evil. Survive for as long as you can by body-slamming your way through town, using power-ups like hang gliders and ice cream. (Universal, $0.99)

Stunt Star: The Hollywood Years

Ever wanted to be a stunt car driver but hated the fact that you'd probably be dead by now if you were? Well, live out the next best thing with Stunt Star: The Hollywood Years. Physics-based vehicle games are in abundance on the App Store, but how many of them let you jump a row of buses? Oh, like half of them? Well, here's another one! (Universal, $2.99)