Some big-name games hit the App Store today, starting with the latest $18 offering from Square Enix, a new addition to its very popular Chaos Rings series. Chaos Rings II brings more role-playing gameplay and involved storytelling to the App Store, at the usual Square Enix price. Following it is MotoHeroz, a 2-D motocross driving game with hidden items and ghosts racers to defeat. Kung Fu Rabbit is a platformer with sharp controls, and Dreamy Goat is a weird indie title that’s more about relaxing and enjoying the music and visuals than it is about high scores and defeating enemies.
Chaos Rings II (iPhone, iPad) $17.99
The latest in Square Enix’s popular role-playing game series, Chaos Rings II packs another long, involved story in the Final Fantasy style that lots of players all over the world have loved for years. It features a story “molded by player decisions,” in which you play the hero, Darwin, who’s required to kill five sacrifices in order to save the world. Trouble is, one of the sacrifices is a childhood friend of his.
Chaos Rings II features a new battles system, as well as the old staples that Chaos Rings fans have come to expect, like lots of huge boss battles. The game also features multiple endings, and Square Enix has something like two months of content updates already planned for the game. If you’re a fan of the series, the high price tag is probably worth it.
MotoHeroz (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Physics-heavy side-scrolling racer MotoHeroz puts you on hilly, dangerous tracks and a requirement for speed. Since it’s a racing title, the goal is to finish each track as fast as possible while smashing through wooden walls, performing flips and being careful not to fall into pits or stall out with accidental crashes. Touch controls guide your monster truck left and right, with two more buttons that allow you to flip either forward or back.
MotoHeroz distinguishes itself from other similar side-scrolling moto titles by throwing lots of items into the mix that you can collect and activate to surmount obstacles. Sticky tires let you climb hills, jetpacks allow you to fly over walls and even more items are available to affect your racing experience. The faster you finish, the more stars you’ll earn, which allow you to open up new tracks.
Kung Fu Rabbit (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Taking a page from great platformers on the iPhone and iPad such as League of Evil, Kung Fu Rabbit brings some solid touch controls to its game of jumping, avoiding deadly falls and grabbing carrots. You’ll also fight off enemies and do the other sorts of things you expect from a 2-D side-scrolling platformer, but Kung Fu Rabbit stands apart with good controls and an interesting art style to compliment the action.
You get 70 levels to bounce through in Kung Fu Rabbit, each filled with careful jumps, walls to bounce off of and enemies to slaughter. You can also unlock 15 items to customize your rabbit, and the game is compatible with Apple TV over AirPlay, so you can get it on a bigger screen, if you like. There’s also Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.
Dreamy Goat (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Dreamy Goat is something of a weird 2-D side-scroller. It’s designed to be more relaxing than challenging, which is why it contains no enemies or obstacles. As Goat, your goal is just to grab items and jump on stuff – the more items you collect and stuff you jump on, the longer you hold the sun at bay. If the sun comes up, you’re zapped out of the dream world. Get far enough and you’ll migrate to different dream scapes.
With a very interesting art style and two different gameplay modes – the regular “sun” mode and the completely relaxed “zen” mode – Dreamy Goat is definitely an interesting, easygoing title. The music in the game also reacts to how you play, and you’re capable of making Goat jump as many times as you want with the game’s single tap control.