iOS Gaming Watch List: Wild Blood, Scorching Skies, and Oh Hi! Octopi!

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The most promising iPhone and iPad releases for August 30th, 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.

Wild Blood

Gameloft's latest is an Unreal-powered action adventure game set in a world in which dragons, ogres and knights do battle on the regs. Gameplay-wise, Wild Blood is a pretty standard hack-and-slash RPG, but the graphics are undeniably some of the best we've seen on iOS. So long as the controls hold up, this one should be golden. (Universal, $7.99)

Scorching Skies

Namco's Sky Gamblers was a big hit on iOS, but if you're looking for less realism and more sci-fi dogfighting, Scorching Skies is here to save you from the drab world of modern day fighter planes. Stunningly pretty graphics make this a visual feast and the ability to organize raids on Bespin-esque air cities fulfills a lifelong dream of mine. Take that, Lando!(Universal, $5.99)

Oh Hi! Octopi!

Ok, so we're probably all pretty familiar with Super Crate Box by now. If not, download it now, because it's free on Steam. Once you're filled in, you're gonna want to check out Oh Hi! Octopi!, which blends 2D platforming with tactical match-three gameplay. It's like Super Crate Box had a threesome with chess and an octopus! (Universal, $1.99)

Super Hexagon

There's nothing quite like wanting to throw your phone into the sun after a particularly disastrous run of Super Hexagon. The game comes from Terry Cavanagh, the mind behind VVVVVV. Instead of space station exploration, Super Hexagonis just about insane reflexes as you try to escape increasingly speedy hexagons. Strange, but horribly addictive.(Universal, $0.99)


Hate gravity but love rabbits? You may enjoy Grabbity, which sets a band of mischevious, bipedal rabbits loose in a world without gravity. It's reliant on spinning your device around in the air, so if you're trying not to look like a jerk on the subway, it may not be your best bet, but otherwise it looks pretty charming. (Universal, free)