The week’s biggest games are available today, so start stocking up. Kicking things off is Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, with a revamped physics engine and cooperative multiplayer. Vertical scroller Circus Atari follows, putting you in the role of a clown that goes bouncing upward on balloons in hopes of collecting coins and scoring points. Next is Non Flying Soldiers, a side-scrolling puzzler in which players place elements in the paths of birds in order to help them avoid hazards, followed by physics puzzler Missile Monkey, in which a monkey flies a plane and launches missiles at balloons.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (iPhone, iPad) $6.99
Sonic returns in the second installment of Sonic the Hedgehog 4, and this time he’s bringing along his old sidekick Tails to help him take on the evil Dr. Eggman. Sonic 4 is a revisiting of the classic side-scrolling Sonic formula, and Episode II includes a whole new engine for better physics and graphics to go with its updated areas and enemies.
Episode II allows two players to jump into the game, taking on the roles of both Sonic and Tails using a Bluetooth connection between two devices. The game features accelerometer support and has been tailor-made for Apple’s iOS platform. It also packs Game Center support that allows players to access achievements and friends lists.
Circus Atari (iPhone, iPad) Free
Circus Atari is an update of the original Atari 2600 title of the same name from way back in 1980. Reworked for accelerometer controls and iOS devices, Circus Atari today is a tilt-based vertical scroller in which you play a clown trying to climb as high as possible and rack up as many points as he can along the way. As you ascend, you’ll need to hit balloons to keep yourself flying, and snag coins to rack up points.
Circus Atari provides players with a few “safety nets” that can be used as you play to save you from falling and losing the game, and you can unlock new characters as you play through the game. Circus Atari also includes Game Center and OpenFeint support for achievements and leaderboards.
Non Flying Soldiers (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Puzzler Non Flying Soldiers is about directing birds as they move through side-scrolling levels, trying to keep them alive and get them to each level’s goal. In order to solve the puzzles of each level, players need to place objects on the course that send the birds around or over obstacles like slanted barricades or springboards. The key is to direct your birds through each level to collect medals and other items, while avoiding getting electrocuted, roasted, or smashed by spikes.
You’re scored in each level on the items you collect, as well as how quickly you can get all the birds over the goal and on whether you lose any along the way. Non Flying Soldiers includes 3-D graphics and has a pretty funny story going for it as delivered in cutscenes. Its levels can also be solved in a number of ways, depending on your play style.
Missile Monkey (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Physics puzzler Missile Monkey is about popping balloons with the overwhelming force of missiles, as you might imagine. You play a monkey piloting a biplane who can drop missiles on each puzzle level in order to take out the balloons you find there. Those missiles can fall straight like bombs or rocket forward, so you’ll need to use your tools strategically to finish each stage.
The fewer missiles you use to pop all the balloons on a given level, the better your score will be. There are also elements in the game’s environments that you can hit with missiles to destroy balloons and earn points. Missile Monkey includes 80 levels to play through and a smart physics engine to carry the title’s gameplay.