I'm not sure what made developers band together and decide, "Hey, the last Thursday in August is when we're all going to release our games," but it has happened. There's a ton coming out tonight, including some big name games, some interesting looking indie titles and a lot in between. I know first hand how hard it can be to wait until 11:00 PM Eastern to roll around for those of us in North America for these games to finally be released… So how about this, since the rest of the world gets their games first, let's all do something the rest of the world can't do… Like watching horrible 80's movies such as The Wizard via Netflix streaming, or consume excessive amounts of high fructose corn syrup, or do both at the same time.

So queue up your terrible 80's flick of choice and check out this list:

4Towers Onslaught: Episodic TD, $1.99 - Forum Thread - I'm interested to see how the whole episodic side of things plays out with this title. Its initial release seems to only come with four towers (hence the name), and familiar looking graphics to fans of Geometry Wars and geoDefense.

Contre Jour, 99¢ / Universal HD - Forum Thread - This game shares some similar ideas with Bumpy Road in that you play it by interacting with the environment instead of directly controlling your character. We saw it at E3 and were totally impressed. Contre Jour is just dripping with visual style, and seems to be an excellent example of how crazy iOS game pricing is as I'd totally pick this up for 800 Microsoft Points without thinking twice on XBLA. C'est la vie.

Demolition Master HD, $1.99 / HD - Forum Thread - This game looks an awful lot like IUGO's Implode!, but in 3D. I had a ton of fun with Implode! and I'm excited to see if Demolition Master utilizes 3D in an interesting way to add an additional dynamic to these types of puzzles.

Dust Those Bunnies!, 99¢ / HD - Forum Thread - The sweeping-centric gameplay mechanic of Dust Those Bunnies does seem a little on the simple side, but I'm really digging the film grain old school black and white art style of the game. Hopefully there's more to it than just eye candy.

Dragon Fantasy, $2.99 - Forum Thread - We peeped this game back at E3, and really liked what we saw. Basically, it's a modern day take on retro RPG's complete with huge pixels, ridiculous plot line, and tons of monsters to battle. Check out the above video which explains what it's all about.

Edge Extended, 99¢ - Forum Thread - The original Edge is still one of my personal favorites, and I'm stoked beyond belief that a pseudo-sequel is (almost) here. It's universal, comes with 44 new levels, 23 new music tracks, and new gameplay mechanics. What's not to love about that?

HECTOR: Ep2 – Senseless Acts of Justice, $4.99 / HD - Forum Thread - I'm incredibly happy that Telltale scooped up the Hector series to make sure additional episodes see the light of day. If you like raunchy point and click adventure games, it's hard to find better (modern) ones than this… Although just be prepared for some ridiculously obscure solutions to puzzles.

Infinity Field, 99¢ / HD - Forum Thread - We really liked this game when it launched on the iPad way back when, and as of tonight it's finally available for the smaller screen of the iPhone and iPod touch. If you're crazy about fast-paced Geometry Wars-style dual stick shooters, this is a solid purchase.

Minigame Paradise, 99¢ - Forum Thread - Com2uS seems to be carving a nice niche for themselves in the App Store releasing these insane mega-Korean compilations of mini games between both Minigame Paradise and the previously-released Puzzle Family. The difference with this one is that all the mini games are accessible without needing to buy any IAP currency, which seemed to be the main complaint with Puzzle Family.

Monster Mouth DDS, Free - Forum Thread - This game seems to have the same kind of gameplay found in the various "pretend you're a medical professional with a basic tool set that seems to do everything" games, but entirely focused around dentistry. If only getting a cavity filled was as simple as this game makes it seem.

NOM 5, Free - Forum Thread - I've got no idea what you do in Gamevil's latest game, but judging by the above trailer, I can't wait to try it. It's got a serious Captain N (anyone remember that?) vibe to it combined with the art style from that ancient Nintendo DS game Rub Rabbits, and hey, it's free.

Peggle HD, $2.99 - Forum Thread - What's better than Peggle? Re-buying Peggle for every platform you own. I think this will be my fourth purchase of Peggle since its initial Steam release and I couldn't be happier to keep giving PopCap my money because Peggle is fantastic.

(Video from Xbox version!)

Quarrel Deluxe, $4.99 / Lite - Forum Thread - This word-battler was tons of fun on the Xbox, and I'm thinking it'll be just as good on iOS devices. Mulitple game modes provide tons of replay value, and there's even both Game Center and Twitter integration to brag about your best words.

Radballs, $2.99 - Forum Thread - We're not normally too excited about matching games these days, since it seems like everything has been done in one way or another… But, Radballs…. The Radballs trailer is seriously the Citizen Kane of iOS game trailers.

Ramses II, $2.99 / HD - Forum Thread - This is the perfect kind of board game to bring to iOS devices. The physical version of Ramses II has tons of easy to lose pieces of plastic, which are now all consolidated into a single app. For more details on the game, check out the exhaustive listing over on Board Game Geek.

Restaurant City Gourmet Edition, Free - Forum Thread - EA's latest foray into the world of free to play puts you in charge of operating your own restaurant. Hey, at least it isn't another farming game, right?

Speedway GP 2011, $2.99 / Lite - Forum Thread - I'm still trying to wrap my head around this whole Speedway phenomenon. Apparently they race without brakes on their bikes? That seems like an absolutely horrible idea, but, hey, now you can play the official iOS game.

Sprinkle: Water splashing fire fighting fun!, 99¢ - Forum Thread - Alright, this game looks awesome. Using a hose-spraying mechanic that somehow really reminds me of some of the water-centric puzzle elements in Super Mario Sunshine you need to put out fires and save the day. The water looks really good, and I can't wait to give this one a try.

SPY Mouse, 99¢ - Forum Thread - After what seems like an eternity, SPY Mouse is finally upon us. Firemint takes the line drawing gameplay they mastered in Flight Control and applies it to a character-driven stealth-centric adventure where you need to steal cheese from cats. Trust me, it's awesome.

Treemaker, 99¢ - Forum Thread - Swinging around and planting trees seems to be the name of the game here, and really, I've always got room on my phone for another physics game-- Especially when it's got an art style as cool looking at this one.

  • elnombre

    Still no Warm Gun? Man, none of this Thursday's crop really lights my fire.

  • Briker Ed

    Bleh.... I've been playing Restaurant City (originally developed by Playfish) on facebook for a long, long time till EA put their paws on the company and turned it into a greedfest. I don't expect them to do anything other with this version that whore it out completely like the facebook one, pardon my words....

  • Chris

    Just a heads up.. the guy from the Wizard.. the power glove guy in your review is a convicted sex offender.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Not surprising.

    • http://www.vitaltitles.com/ Nick

      Of course he is. Who wouldn't let someone fondle you as a kid if you had a power glove? I would have. But fat kids didn't get love 🙁

  • JimmyJ1

    All of these games (above) look terrible. I want something big to come out...and soon. When the heck is 'The Dark Meadow getting released?!? Phosphor studios said that it was coming out in August, but that's obviously not the case, because we still haven't heard anything from the company about a release date yet.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frédéric-Lormois/100000030609443 Frédéric Lormois

      So Edge, Peggle HD, Spy Mouse, Contre-jour, Sprinkle, Hector EP.2 looks terrible ?
      On a 3DS, even in a month, there isn't the same number of good games. 

    • Guest

      Three cheers for boring taste in games.

    • Andy C

      The only thing that's 'terrible' is your taste in games.

  • backtothis

    You forgot to mention how NZ releases work. 



    Anyways, looks like there's quite a few good releases tonight. Next week should be freaking insane though.

    • Macaroon

      What's next weeks line up then?

  • Jose

    Fk you, the Wizzard is a good movie!!!

    • chris

      It's a good bad movie. Typical popcorn flick. In fact, I'm pretty sure anything with Christian Slater fits that bill. However, it still comes off as a long ass commercial for Nintendo and SMB3.

  • Bogard44

    I agree with Johnny, all of the games coming out today look like 99 cent games that can be completed in less than 2 hours. I'm waiting for REAL games like The Dark Meadow, March of Heroes, Real Racing 3, Shadowgun, Epoch, and Afterlife:Ground Zero.

    • Cowboysfreetyme

      These games look pretty 'REAL' to me. Unless some new deinition of game has been made I don't know what you mean by 'REAL' games.

      Contre Jour and Infinity Field are my pick ups tonightsprinkle looks cool but I'm not too sure on that one yet.

  • Trent

    I agree with Bogard44 and JohnnyJ1, it's time for some real games to get released soon. The last real big game to get released on the iPhone was King of Fighters-i, and that was two months ago.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

       Final Fantasy Tactics

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

       Final Fantasy Tactics

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P2B7I5HEQHKW4NKMDWOMRZCZAY Rae

    maybe three of these dont look terrible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Кирилл-Йованович/100002846171234 Кирилл Йованович

    Demolition Master 3D & Edge Extended! Waiting for you in US App Store! Look like amazing games in my favorite genres!

  • Deamon34

    Peggle HD about effin time!

  • Kilian

    HD version of Spy Mouse, pretty please?

  • Anonymous

    I wished Gameloft would hurry up and release "March of the Heroes."

  • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

    Holy crap... so many games for iOS

  • Nate

    "beyond believe"? "mega-Korean compilation"?  You guys could really use a decent copy editor.

    From this batch, Contre Jour and Treemaker look the most intriguing, SPY Mouse the most like a sure thing.  Would be nice if the last of those was Universal, but it seems unlikely given Firemint's track record.

  • http://twitter.com/milkmangames Milkman Games

    re: Why today- because it IS the last Thursday of August, and so the last feature refresh before the summer's over.  I was very much working towards this date for that same reason, but the game will be better for waiting.

  • Macaroon

    Sprinkle is fun, but no where in the app description does it mention IAP. You actually get what amounts to a meager 22 levels, most of which are very easy, and then you notice that to unlock the next 'world' (presumably, where the game actually gets going) you have  to spend more money. Gah!

    • Macaroon

      Also bought:
      Edge Extended - Awesome!
      Dragon Fantasy - Nearly Awesome. I wish the 'Status' button would be quicker to reappear, and I wish it wasn't so jerky when walking around. But 100% recommended. I just love it when devs take an old game style...and make it better!
      Spy Mouse - Could see this being better on the iPad. Flight Control fitted the iPhone better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Lord-Gek-Jordan/1559737263 Tim Lord Gek Jordan

    Important correction! Minigame Paradise uses the same concept as Puzzle Family, While you start with 3,000 credits, you still need to pay to unlock anything beyond the first 2/10 games at 1200 a pop.

  • Leopold Bloom

    I bought

    Edge Extended - if you like Edge, there's reason not to buy

    Spy Mouse - seems nice, I dont' know why they needed all the 3d graphics stuff (other than to drain the battery and to make it 200 megs)

    Contre Jour - fun idea, cool game

    I felt like I splurged on games until I realized I only spent 3 dollars. I love you, app store!

  • Twiggy54

    Must admit games on smartphone have gotten dull lately. Most feel like cheap experiments. Even at 99p I don't feel the urge like I use to. I'm going back to proper gaming... Skyrim, uncharted, deus ex, battlefield 3, diablo 3 et al

  • TheTheory

    HECTOR! I've been wanting some new Hector in my life. Looks like I'm going to have to re-activate my Apple account. haha.