This works the same as it does every week, but since I love repeating myself I'll explain it again anyway: The App Store is a global market with many different regions which all have different local times. Developers are able to set future release dates for their games, and thanks to the modern marvel that is time zones, these releases slowly trickle out as it becomes that date in each region. Due to their proximity to the International Date Line, this means New Zealand comes first followed by Asian markets, then Europe, then North America at 11:00 PM Eastern time.
Here's what we have to look forward to:
Antiques Roadshow: Discovering America's Hidden Treasures, $4.99 - Forum Thread - Namco has apparently figured out that my parents own an iPad 2 and decided to craft the exact game they would be interested in. Apparently you hunt for antiques, then get them appraised via some kind of hidden object mechanic. There's even antique-centric mini-games.
Conan - Tower of the Elephant, $1.99 - Forum Thread - This quest-centric hack and slash follows the original tale by Robert E. Howard, The Tower of the Elephant. The gesture-based attacks seem like they could have potential, and hey, who doesn't love Conan?
Deo (Strapped to a Meteor), 99¢ - Forum Thread - This game has some great visual flare to it, although I'm not entirely sure how the gameplay works. It seems like it focuses around hopping across each level, spreading life across all 96 of 'em.
Drawin' Growin', 99¢ - Forum Thread - The latest game to come out of Taito seems sort of insane on the heels of Groove Coaster, but hey, maybe it's just the right kind of insane to catch on. You draw lines to grow plants, which seems simple enough.
Emissary of War, Free - Forum Thread - We've had our eye on Emissary of War since it appear on our radar a while back, and we've even had its creator on our podcast. Needless to say, we're excited to finally see it released.
iBlast Moki 2, 99¢ / HD - Forum Thread - We loved the original iBlast Moki and it only stands to reason that the sequel will be just as good if not better. I'd definitely pick this up if you like physics-based puzzlers.
Rally-X Rumble, 99¢ - Forum Thread - Namco's classic racing game is back, but this time with online multiplayer. If you didn't already think that the App Store was a retro gamer's paradise, here's even more evidence.
Rogue Sky, 99¢ / HD - Forum Thread - A precision balloon flying game, complete with weaponry that enables balloon to balloon combat. I'm digging the evil looking hot air balloons too, I'd be freaked out if I saw that coming.
Silly Owls, 99¢ - Forum Thread - This physics puzzler features three different gameplay modes, utilizing each of the different owls. There's even talk of a banana skateboard which sounds oddly intriguing.
Solitaire by Backflip, Free / HD - Forum Thread - If you don't have a game of solitaire yet on your iOS device, this might be one to try. It's free with, um, unlockable prizes… Which seems like an interesting angle for a solitaire game.