This is a weirdly light week for iOS releases, and I've a theory as to why. The Diablo III beta has started, Gears of War 3 is out, and R.E.M. broke up. I'm suspecting that iOS developers that had planned releases for tonight called 'em off in favor of exploring the depths of hell in Diablo while farming multiplayer experience in Gears and grief-strickenly listening to their favorite R.E.M. tracks. That seems reasonable, doesn't it? Or maybe everyone is just too busy giggling at the @qwikster drama to bother mashing the "RELEASE!" button in iTunes Connect. That's probably equally likely, if the retweets in my own Twitter feed are any indication.

Anyway, all of these games should be available at 11:00 PM Eastern, or potentially much earlier if you're the kind of person who lives east of North America:

Another World - 20th Anniversary, $4.99 - Forum Thread - We've already posted our early review of this game. SPOILER ALERT: We loved it. Another World is a game with tons of history behind it, and is a fantastic example of taking a great retro title and giving it entirely new life on the App Store via various tweaks and enhancements. If you even vaguely consider yourself a gamer, this is a game you need to at least be familiar with.

Do Do EGG!, 99¢ - Forum Thread - I have absolutely loved every single PONOS game, and I'm going to go out on a limb and suspect that I'll also enjoy Do Do Egg! just as much. From the trailer, it looks like a matching game, which usually would almost instinctively invoke a yawn these days… But, for whatever reason, I am a total sucker for matching games with massive chains that reward you with more blinking lights than a carnival ride. In that respect, this game nails it.

HECTOR: Ep3 – Beyond Reasonable Doom, $4.99 / HD - Forum Threads - The first two Hector episodes have been fantastic, so I think it's reasonable to assume that the third and final installment will be just as good, if not better. Personally, I'm just happy we didn't have to wait a year between the release of episodes 2 and 3 like we did with 1 and 2!

The Sims Medieval, $4.99 - Forum Thread - I've never really been a fan of The Sims games, but that doesn't seem to stop EA from making truck loads of money on it. This latest entry is set in the medieval times, and is filled with knights, magic, and all new mini games.

Panda Picnic, Free - Forum Thread - This is what you get when you combine Words With Friends-style asynchronous online multiplayer with a matching game. I can't wait to see if it takes off or not.

Tiny Defense, $2.99 - Forum Thread - Gameplay looks a little similar to Plants vs Zombies, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how much they (hopefully) deviate from the formula to create a fresh experience.

Where's My Water, 99¢ - Forum Thread - A water-based physics puzzler from the guys who brought us JellyCar 3. Well, I've liked all the JellyCar games, so I'm totally excited to give this one a shot.

  • Anonymous

    This pisses me off!!!

    There has been no good new games in well over a month.

    My guess is that the really good games, such as Real Racing 3, won't come until after the iPhone 5 is released.

  • Jay

    So how far behind New Zealand is New York?  When can I expect them to pop up here on the App Store?

  • Guest

    That list was really underwhelming. I just want Junk Jack already.

  • Anonymous

    Another 'eh' week. ._.


    If they dont have iCade support I just dont buy them anymore.

  • Cat Astrophy

    I won't buy the PONOS game simply because I'm sick of all the bird games. It's an EXTREMELY tired theme.

  • Jdogvv

    Holy crap once again shit I just wand zombievill USA 2 and junk jack and vlambeers super crate box

  • Aer2

    tiny defense looks nothing like PvZ, which is a good thing to me.  too bad its tiny screen only.

    where's my water should be fun, if it isn't tiny screen only also.

  • Erik Thomas

    Seriously...what the heck is up with all of the panda games coming out recently? It's kind of a dumb trend.

  • SMP

    Meh week, I am interested in another world though.

  • Anonymous

    Since the iPhone 5 was delayed until October, my guess is that mid October through Christmas will be insane in terms of the number of high quality games being released each week.

    I prefer having the high quality games spread out. I'm totally not a fan of the Thursday before Christmas when there's a trillion games being released all at once.

  • often shop

    tonight called 'em off in favor of exploring the depths of hell in Diablo while farming multiplayer experience in Gears and grief-strickenly listening to their favorite R.E.M. tracks

  • Dreimos Heijnen

    It's 8:15pm and no new games have appeared in AppShopper as usual. Even when I search for Another World in the AppStore, nothing shows up.

    Has something happened that I'm not aware of? I've never seen a late Wednesday night AppStore release 😛

  • Joshnsuch

    *Waits for Junk Jack and Mage Gauntlet.

    • theRPGNOOB

      How dare you forget Shadowgun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Matt F

    Where my Water? is fun, polished and great. 
    Another World is plain frustrating, i recomend you not to buy it

  • Laszlo Tuss

    If they release another garbage, useless Sims for iPhone, it will be the end of all of us!

  • Tim Lord Gek Jordan

    Do Do Egg is excellent EXCEPT that they've gone a little overboard in the IAP department.  While it is cool that they're only using IAPs to unlock new modes, it seems almost EVERY mode of the game beyond the initial Normal deal is another $0.99.  But, then again, this isn't all bad as now I can skip on a useless Endless Mode (I only like Endless as, "there is no official end but there is no way you'll last more than a couple of minutes" or Endless as in, "no worries, the game never ends and you can play while in a coma without fear of any real danger".

  • Erik Thomas

    Hey there's also "Stardash" by's kind of crazy how much fun this game is. Someone FINALLY got a retro platformer done right!

    EDIT: Here's a link to the AppShopper page: