We’ve got a variety of awesome titles for you this week, ranging from the gorgeous to the addictive. Leading the pack is a title that brings some awesome graphics to Apple’s iOS platform called ORC: Vengeance. It’s an isometric role-playing title not unlike the extremely popular Diablo III, and the gameplay mechanics are similar enough that if you need a mobile Diablo fix, ORC is a great candidate. But we’ve got four more awesome titles you should try out as well. Read about them all below.
ORC: Vengeance (iPhone, iPad) $2.99
The beautiful ORC: Vengeance could give dungeon-crawling role-playing games on bigger platforms a run for their money. The game puts you in the role of the titular orc, a warchief among his people, tasked with fighting bad guys and breaking out of a prison. The game’s graphics are beautiful, the gameplay is solid, and there are plenty of skeletons and zombies to smash along the way. You’ll also get to find a lot of lore for ORC’s world and plenty of loot to use to increase your strength. Fans of title such as Diablo III on PC should definitely give ORC a look.
10000000 (iPhone, iPad) $1.99
You’re going to want to grab 10000000 if you’re a fan of matching titles or role-playing games, because this is a solid melding of both. You play a character who ventures into a dungeon to earn money, points and other resources by fighting off enemies and opening chests. In order to do those things, you have to make matches of objects just like you would in a game like Bejeweled. Your matches of different icons trigger different actions – match swords and you’ll attack an enemy, match keys and you’ll open a door – so the game requires a lot of strategy in how you work through the puzzle element, not just random matching as fast as possible. The whole premise adds a dimension to match-three gameplay that’s not often seen in the genre, and that makes this one a lot of fun and a fresh take.
Jurassic Park Builder (iPhone, iPad) Free
There are a whole lot of building games in the iTunes App Store that have their players managing things ranging from restaurants to medieval towns to settlements on other planets, and there are probably even a few with dinosaurs. Jurassic Park Builder takes a place among them by being a competent and fun free-to-play addition that does a pretty solid job with the license of the 1992 film, using the likenesses of the characters and the original audio for the dinosaurs you create to populate your park. You also get to deal with situations like the dinosaurs escaping and causing havoc, but from a park management point of view. All in all, Jurassic Park Builder is a fun bit of nostalgia with no cost of entry.
Spy vs Spy (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
The classic trap-hiding, spy-punching title created from comics from Mad Magazine is back with an iOS update that gives it better graphics than its old Commodore 64 counterpart. But the core gameplay is the same – you’ll be trying to trick your opponent spy into blowing himself up by booby-trapping objects throughout each level, while you work to avoid traps and try to find the four items you need to escape the stage. Spy vs Spy can pit you against a computer-controlled opponent, but it really has always been at its best when played with a friend. Online multiplayer is included and you can also challenge another live spy with a local Bluetooth connection.
The Blocks Cometh by Halfbot update (iPhone, iPad) $1.99
Pretty much any reason to return to The Blocks Cometh is a good one, and a bunch of new characters to unlock by completing challenges ranks pretty highly. Your job is to climb as high as you can by mounting bricks that fall from the sky, without falling to your death or getting crushed because you’re too slow. The premise is an intense one and the game is great for killing a few minutes already, with multiple modes of play. The new characters give you totally new things to do: namely, challenges for climbing to new heights or dying in specific places. All of it adds a degree of variety to an already very fun title, and now there’s even iCade support.