It may have been a holiday in the U.S. yesterday, but that hasn’t stopped the iTunes App Store from updating with a bunch of quality new game titles. Up first is Corn Quest, a fairly active and frantic take on tower defense. Next is Globulous, a puzzler that has players maneuvering a 3-D globe to match blocks on the surface in an attempt to clear them out to get to the core. Finally, The End brings an endless runner experience similar to that of Temple Run.
Corn Quest (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Corn Quest is another tower defense title for your iOS device, but with a more active and real-time take on the genre that has you building your defenses on the fly to defend corn fields from ravenous bugs. At the start of each level, players have an “energy” reserve that recharges and gets used as players place defense forces. The strategy comes from placing troops well to stop incoming forces from getting through each stage.
Part of the more active nature of Corn Quest is that energy recharges, and that you can also gather it from enemies you kill, so you’ll find yourself tapping away to get more energy and place more troops as time goes on. It makes for a frantic experience that includes three different game modes: a campaign, a survival mode and sudden death mode.
Globulous (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
As you might guess from its title, puzzler Globulous concerns a 3-D globe. That globe is covered in blocks of different sizes, shapes and colors, and the goal of the player is to clear out those blocks by matching them in order to score points. To clear out blocks, you can move them into position around the round surface of the globe to make combos and then tap them to knock them out, or add blocks over time to create new combos of your own.
Speed and high combos are key to a big score in Globulous, so you’ll want to swipe around the globe to put together the biggest combos before more blocks get dropped on the globe. Five “bad drops” in which a new block is added but doesn’t create a combo results in a game over, but knocking out blocks quickly reveals the core of the globe to end each level and score bonus points. Globulous includes 49 levels for players to work through, plus Game Center support.
TheEndApp (iPhone, iPad) Free
Endless runner TheEndApp uses the behind-the-back perspective for its title that made Temple Run so famous, and on the whole TheEndApp is pretty similar to that title. Players control their character, who runs through a post-apocalyptic wasteland, by tilting left and right to dodge obstacles and by swiping up and down to jump over or slide under them. When you hit a corner, you can turn to avoid slamming into buildings.
The slight difference with TheEndApp is that it features a number of challenges that you can choose to work on as you play the game. In each attempt, your job will be to collect duct tape and avoid obstacles to score points. The further you get in a run and the more duct tape you collect, the better your score, and you bonuses are awarded for taking on challenges. Your top scores get placed on TheEndApp’s Game Center leaderboards.