Two promising new games have appeared in the app store tonight:

Pangea's Billy Frontier [$2.99, App Store] has appeared. Billy Frontier is a port of the 2003 game for the Macintosh with the same name.

Billy Frontier is a space cowboy who’s mission is to rid the galaxy of alien outlaws. This is the most diverse 3D game you’ll find for the Apple iPhone / iPod Touch - it is a combination of adventure game and arcade game with a whole lot of blood spewing action in-between! You’ll test your reflexes in Duels, see if you can outrun a stampeding herd of Kanga-Cows (half kangaroo, half cow), hunt down alien bandits in gun battles, and blast catapulted critters out of the sky in the Shooting Gallery! Billy Frontier is really four games in one: Dueling, Shootout, Stampede, and Target Practice.

Pangea is offering the game for 50% off its regular price for the first week at $2.99.

Newtonica [App Store] is another new game that first appeared on the App Store tonight. The $4.99 game's play sounds vaguely similar to Radius (in so much as your primary control is rotating a sphere):

Click and rotate the sphere to catch the falling meteor on the same color core as the meteor. The more you catch the meteor, the greater you life-gage gets. If you keep on failing to catch the meteor, the game is over.

The graphics appear to be well done, though we have not yet had a chance to play either of these titles. An early interview with the developers of Newtonica describe the gameplay a little more clearly: "flick the star panel sphere in the center and catch the red meteors in red zone of sphere, and the blue meteors in blue zone."

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net James Burland

    Billy Frontier is now my 2nd favorite iPhone game, Enigmo is still number 1. One small bit of advice, change the settings so that you shoot where you touch, otherwise it can prove a tad frustrating.

    I'm hoping for OttoMatic next, but heaven knows how they'll get the controls working!

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net James Burland

    Billy Frontier is now my 2nd favorite iPhone game, Enigmo is still number 1. One small bit of advice, change the settings so that you shoot where you touch, otherwise it can prove a tad frustrating.

    I'm hoping for OttoMatic next, but heaven knows how they'll get the controls working!

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    Yeah, Enigmo is one of my all-time favs too, and I just downloaded BF so we'll see how that goes.

    On a side note, it is refreshing to see developers NOT penalizing - instead, actually REWARDING! - early adopters. Thanks, Pangea!

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    Yeah, Enigmo is one of my all-time favs too, and I just downloaded BF so we'll see how that goes.

    On a side note, it is refreshing to see developers NOT penalizing - instead, actually REWARDING! - early adopters. Thanks, Pangea!

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net James @ All About iPhone

    @mavis: I totally agree. The arrival of the App Store is really an inflection point for many reasons - instant delivery, direct sales, great value, fast updates, special discounts... I truly hope that Pangea are making some serious money, they deserve it!

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net James @ All About iPhone

    @mavis: I totally agree. The arrival of the App Store is really an inflection point for many reasons - instant delivery, direct sales, great value, fast updates, special discounts... I truly hope that Pangea are making some serious money, they deserve it!

  • Gustaf

    For me on my 2G iPhone this game (Billy Frontier) lags och quits unexpectedly all the time,
    I've tried to shut off sound effects and that but still doesnt work. Worthless game until update

  • Gustaf

    For me on my 2G iPhone this game (Billy Frontier) lags och quits unexpectedly all the time,
    I've tried to shut off sound effects and that but still doesnt work. Worthless game until update

  • mavis

    @Gustaf: that's really odd - I have no lag at all on my 3G or my Touch with sound enabled! Then again, I reboot several times a day. You might give it a shot. In any case, I suspect it's something to do with your phone specifically as I don't have any problems here with either of my devices.

    @James: you're right - I hope Pangea is doing well too, their App Store contributions rock!

  • mavis

    @Gustaf: that's really odd - I have no lag at all on my 3G or my Touch with sound enabled! Then again, I reboot several times a day. You might give it a shot. In any case, I suspect it's something to do with your phone specifically as I don't have any problems here with either of my devices.

    @James: you're right - I hope Pangea is doing well too, their App Store contributions rock!

  • Gustaf

    a reboot helped my problems...

    thanks mavis,
    sorry for the misleading critique,

  • Gustaf

    a reboot helped my problems...

    thanks mavis,
    sorry for the misleading critique,

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net James @ All About iPhone

    @Gustaf and Mavis: You highlight a good point, I've had jerky frame rates from quite a number of games requiring a full restart, perhaps the September update to solve this problem.

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net James @ All About iPhone

    @Gustaf and Mavis: You highlight a good point, I've had jerky frame rates from quite a number of games requiring a full restart, perhaps the September update to solve this problem.

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    @Gustaf: glad it helped. Actually, there's a reason why I reboot several times a day, if you don't mind a somewhat technical read:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1655888

    Apple's rush to get 2.0 out by the July11th deadline unfortunately meant cut corners, sloppy coding, and ridiculous oversights (IMHO) ... Anyway, hopefully they'll get things figured out soon. In the meantime, keep rebooting!! ;)

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    @Gustaf: glad it helped. Actually, there's a reason why I reboot several times a day, if you don't mind a somewhat technical read:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1655888

    Apple's rush to get 2.0 out by the July11th deadline unfortunately meant cut corners, sloppy coding, and ridiculous oversights (IMHO) ... Anyway, hopefully they'll get things figured out soon. In the meantime, keep rebooting!! ;)

  • http://www.iphonetests.com/ Q.

    Damn, first try with BF... its a pain to play! How can this game be your second best iPhone game??
    Maybe im wrong and need to play more but for now its a pain. (not mention to the low fps even with reboot)

  • http://www.iphonetests.com/ Q.

    Damn, first try with BF... its a pain to play! How can this game be your second best iPhone game??
    Maybe im wrong and need to play more but for now its a pain. (not mention to the low fps even with reboot)

  • MaGCoL

    I'm impressed that the same game I played on my mac couple of years ago is now running on my freaking iPhone!

    I like the game, it works really well on the touchscreen. But sometimes it's hard to point exactly where you want to shoot. A stylus would be ideal for this :)

    And when the duel ends – when the camera pans around – the framerate drops drastically, and it doesn't look good. Rebooting didn't help the matter.

    But overall a nice game. And only €2.39. Not a bad deal, not at all. I'm sure there will be bugfixes soon.

  • MaGCoL

    I'm impressed that the same game I played on my mac couple of years ago is now running on my freaking iPhone!

    I like the game, it works really well on the touchscreen. But sometimes it's hard to point exactly where you want to shoot. A stylus would be ideal for this :)

    And when the duel ends – when the camera pans around – the framerate drops drastically, and it doesn't look good. Rebooting didn't help the matter.

    But overall a nice game. And only €2.39. Not a bad deal, not at all. I'm sure there will be bugfixes soon.

  • http://madmelo.blogspot.com madMELO

    Billy Frontier is sweet i dig it! Now we need some GTA action soon, even old school top view style.

  • http://madmelo.blogspot.com madMELO

    Billy Frontier is sweet i dig it! Now we need some GTA action soon, even old school top view style.

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