This week’s haul of games has some pretty great iterations on well-loved games. Up first is One Epic Knight, a game that adds quite a few features to the Temple Run-like 3-D runner genre. Supermagical, a match-three game similar to the Bust-A-Move series, is up next, with great graphics and a whole lot of levels. Finally, there’s Vote!!!, a presidential election-themed re-skin of the acclaimed swordfighting game Infinity Blade.
One Epic Knight (iPhone, iPad) Free
The developers of Tiny Heroes have reworked the premise of their dungeon-centric tower defense game into an endless runner in the vein of Temple Run, putting players into the role of a knight running through a dungeon on a quest to collect loot. The game does a pretty solid job of iterating on the 3-D runner formula, too, providing lots of things to jump over, slide under, and avoid.
One of the cooler things about One Epic Knight is that in addition to avoiding things like pits and walls, you can also grab weapons that allow you to bash through obstacles or cut down enemies. Grabbing power-ups to get through obstacles adds multipliers to your score, so you’ll need skill both to stay alive and effectively smash stuff. Finally, there’s Game Center support to track all the points you rack up.
Supermagical (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
A great art style and quality production values mark Supermagical, a game in which you’ll play a witch trying to bottle up evil spirits back in the underworld. To free the cartoonish world of those enemies, along with her evil sisters, you’ll shoot colored balls at spirits of the same hue, in an attempt to make matches of three or greater. Matches clear out the spirits, and any you can separate from the group go with them.
As you play through Supermagical’s 71 levels, you’ll grab coins and other items that allow you to unlock power-ups that affect the game. You’ll also adventure through Supermagical’s story, and engage in boss fights that test your ability to out-think – and out-talk – your enemies, because many are based on conversations. There also is Game Center support to provide achievements and leaderboards.
VOTE!!! (iPhone, iPad) Free
The makers of Infinity Blade have re-skinned their swordfighting epic to create Vote!!!, a goofy take on the upcoming presidential election. In it, players can don suits and grab weapons like microphones and hotdogs to take on the roles of either President Barack Obama or Gov. Mitt Romney to “debate” the other candidate. It’s basically the swordfighting you’re used to from Infinity Blade, but it’s free.
The fun thing about Vote!!! is that it’s a simpler version of Infinity Blade and packs tons of things to unlock. Players can get hold of new items and clothes that give bonuses, and add perks to their characters to win more battles. Better still, the app provides links that help players register to vote ahead of the November election.