As we near the release of the next Spider-Man movie, Gameloft has teamed with Sony to create The Amazing Spider-Man, today’s leading fresh iPhone app. The game gives you an open-world setting in New York and sets you free to sling webs all over it. We’ve also got the hilarious old-school role-playing title Cthulhu Saves the World, and Squids Wild West, the next chapter in the Squids series that brings more turn-based strategy action mixed with RPG elements.
The Amazing Spider-Man (iPhone, iPad) $6.99
The latest high-quality iOS game from Gameloft is the official tie-in game for the film The Amazing Spider-Man. Things have improved quite a bit since the last time Gameloft took a turn at a Spider-Man game. The controls are mostly the same, with one button for punching and kicking, another that handles web-slinging and one for dodging incoming attacks, but this time, players have access to a huge open New York City to explore.
Players can web-sling around New York, taking on side-quests where they can save civilians and aid the police. As you complete missions, you’ll earn points that can be used to upgrade Spider-Man’s abilities. The game also follows the story of the movie, with plenty of guys to beat up and dialog to enjoy in between boss fights.
Squids Wild West (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
The sequel to last year’s role-playing/strategy title Squids picks up after the conclusion of the first game. A group of cartoon squids are working to stop an evil black sludge that’s corrupting their oceanic home, taking over other animals and turning them evil. The first game’s mechanics make a return in this turn-based RPG: you take turns flinging your squids at enemies to hit and kill them, while also seeking out power-ups, hidden items and more as you fight through each level.
Like its predecessor, Squids Wild West features beautiful hand-drawn images for cutscenes and allows players to find or purchase new equipment for their squids to make them more powerful. You can also recruit your own squid army from 12+ playable characters.
Cthulhu Saves the World (iPhone, iPad) $1.99
Making the jump from Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE service and the PC, Cthulhu Saves the World hits iOS and brings old-school role-playing along for the ride. The game is a top-down, 8-bit title in the style of old games such as Final Fantasy, in which players fight in turn-based battles against enemies by choosing options from various menus. Cthulhu will definitely trip your nostalgia if you’re familiar with older titles in the RPG genre.
Better still is the game’s story, which is actually rather hilarious. It concerns the Lovecraftian elder god Cthulhu who, because of a wizard’s curse, must become a hero before he can be freed to use his magic to save the world. Accompanied by various characters including his very own groupie, Cthulhu has somewhere between six and 10 hours of content to work through on his path to saving the world and breaking the curse.