It’s Thursday, the day to grab yourself the week’s biggest game releases. A new version of the zombie city simulator Rebuild leads our selection, bringing the strategy title from the iPad to the iPhone and iPod Touch for the first time. Following that is Pinball Arcade, a touchscreen game that puts classic pinball tables in your smartphone or tablet. After that its Raid Leader, a title that’ll remind players of massively multiplayer role-playing games as they manage a team of fantasy warriors in a series of boss fights, and Ragdoll Blaster 3, a physics puzzler in which players launch ragdolls at targets.
Rebuild (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
The world is overrun with zombies and the city around you has been destroyed. Time to gather up all the survivors you can in Rebuild and, well, rebuild. The city simulator game has you slowly adding more and more zombie-free territory to your holdings, customizing and outfitting your survivors, gathering supplies and fighting off the hordes. If you’ve ever played Sim City, you’ll have some idea of what to expect, but with more zombies.
In fact, Rebuild has plenty of obstacles for you to deal with as you fight for the survival of humanity. You’ll deal with riots and struggle to manage food and morale; you’ll even have to fight off rival gangs. Rebuild was formally an iPad-exclusive title, but today’s update makes it available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, as well. It also features Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.
Pinball Arcade (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Developer FarSight Studios is known for its pinball titles on multiple platforms. Its latest addition is a touchscreen version of classic pinball tables that includes four different offerings: Arabian Nights, Black Hole, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Theatre of Magic. All of them encapsulate the classic pinball feel with great 3-D graphics, as if you’re standing in front of an actual table; all of them are painstaking recreations of great tables from the history of pinball.
Pinball Arcade is going to include a whole lot more content in the future as well, with FarSight planning to add tables to the app. It will include tournaments, additional gameplay modes and the ability to play against others. The app also packs information about all the tables, like who made them and when.
Raid Leader (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
If you’re a massively multiplayer role-playing game junkie, you’ll want to give Raid Leader a try. It takes some of the principles of MMO games like World of Warcraft and turns them into a faster-paced strategy title. You control a team of three heroes, each with a different role: a close-range warrior, a long-range archer and a healing priest. As in MMO games, you’ll need to assign each character to its proper roles to take on a series of boss fights.
You’ll play through a series of 15 fights, all the while earning money that you can use to customize your characters and buy them new abilities to make them more effective in battle. Raid Leader also includes Game Center support to give you a little something extra to strive for by providing achievements and leaderboards.
Ragdoll Blaster 3 (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
There are plenty of physics-based puzzle titles in the iTunes App Store, but Ragdoll Blaster 3 finds itself in the upper tier of similar titles by providing solid control and physics all the way through, as well as challenging level design. In each level of Ragdoll Blaster, you’ll fire a ragdoll out of a cannon in an attempt to collect buttons and hit a target on the other side of the level. Often you’ll have to deal with obstacles that you’ll have to arc over or plow through, as well.
There are more than 100 levels on offer in Ragdoll Blaster 3, plus several different kinds of ragdolls you can unlock and use in different scenarios. You can also watch instant replays of your progress, buy additional upgrades for your dolls from the in-game store, and check your progress on Game Center leaderboards.