iOS Gaming Watch List: Agent Dash, Justice League and Clash of Clans

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The most promising iPhone and iPad releases for August 2, 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.

Unfortunately, since these are pre-release games, App Store links are not available, but if you search for the title within the App Store tomorrow, it should pop up.

Agent Dash

There are many, many, many unending running games on iOS. What could one more hurt? Agent Dash appears to borrow pretty much every element from Temple Run, save for the graphical style which is, frankly, awesome. It calls to mind The Incredibles, with all the futuristic, hero-friendly environs and gadgets you'd expect. Whether the game manages to stand on its own is hard to say, but with the free price tag it's a cheap lesson to learn. (Universal, free)

Justice League: Earth's Final Defense

Licensed games can certainly be a crapshoot (case in point: the pretty terrible Dark Knight Rises game) but the prospect of a hack-and-slash RPG starring DC superheroes is too much to pass up. We've seen it can work in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games, but can it work on a touch device? I certainly hope so. If not, at least DC nerds will appreciate plenty of cameos from ridiculous C-level heroes and villains. (Universal, $2.99)

Clash of Clans

Clash of Clans is a free-to-play city builder. Try not to check out right there, though. Unlike Farmville, expanding your realm in Clash of Clans isn't limited to just making your world look prettier. You're actually building an army of giants, trolls, barbarians, and archers which you can then send out to invade other player-made cities. You can, in turn, defend your own city from invasions with stone walls, cannons, and mortars. Lovely to see a free-to-play city builder with actual strategy gameplay. (Universal, free)

Commando Jack

If you thought you had seen the last of the tower defense games hitting iOS, you thought wrong. Commando Jack is yet another, though it adds a curve ball to the mix. Instead of setting down towers and kicking back to watch the carnage, you can actually hop into any of your towers, directly controlling it to deal more damage to your foes. The concept certainly owes a lot to Toy Soldiers, so if you were a fan of Signal Studios' game, Commando Jack might fill that need on iOS. (Universal, $0.99)