Whoa, it's Wednesday again. Unfortunately, Brad is still lost to the world of Skyrim, I'm standing on top of a mountain of bodies in MW3, and Jared is, I don't know, watching a Giants game or something. Regardless, we're pulling it all together for this week's pile of game releases. There's some great games out this week too, including a few highly anticipated titles as well as a few surprises… And even some highly anticipated titles we were surprised to see released so soon.

Like all weeks, all of these games will be available in the USA at 11:00 PM Eastern, but if you're east of us, chances are they're already released.

Age of Zombies Anniversary, 99¢ - Forum Thread - It's Halfbrick's Age of Zombies, but universal and with HD assets for the Retina Display, as well as being universal with full iPad support. Check out our review of the original release.


Bullet Time HD, Free - Forum Thread - This cool looking shooter seems to be monetized via IAP. We'll see how optional the IAP actually is, but the graphics do look pretty great for a free to play game.


Chickon, Free - From the creators of Galcon comes this crazy free game where you play as chickens battling robots to save roosters. …And it's actually pretty fun.


Extraction: Project Outbreak, 99¢ - Forum Thread - This top-down shooter looks incredible. Watch the trailer. No, really, watch it. It features a lengthy campaign, multiple game modes, and tons of unlockables.


Homerun Battle 2, $4.99 - Forum Thread - I loved the first Homerun Battle, although things got kind of nuts with the advent of so much IAP equipment. Here's hoping that's not the case with the sequel.


Katana Jack!, 99¢ - Forum Thread - The gameplay may seem a little on the simple side, but you can't disregard the fact that the game's art was all done on an iPad is really cool. If only you could export games from Codify, we could potentially play an entirely-iPad-created game. The future!


Minecraft Pocket Edition, $7.99 - Forum Thread - This version of Minecraft is limited to creative mode only, but potential updates on the horizon make the official iOS title pretty easy to get behind.


Raccoon Rising, 99¢ - Forum Thread - It's this week's vertical jumping platforming game, except, this week's looks better than most. Check out the trailer, the obstacles you come across look pretty hardcore.


RPM: Gymkhana Racing, $2.99 - Forum Thread - I've had my eye on this crazy drifting game since we first caught wind of it. I haven't quite figured out how to drift yet in my Prius, so I'll have to settle for doing it on my phone.


Saving Yello, 99¢ - Forum Thread - This physics puzzler puts you in charge of flinging a goldfish around to destroy things. Sure, the premise is pretty crazy, but isn't that the case for all of these games?


Snoopy's Street Fair, Free - Forum Thread - Here's the recipe for making millions on the App Store: 1, Take well-known nostalgic IP. 2, Build free to play game. 3, Count your millions. I have no doubt that Snoopy won't do just as well as Smurfs did.


Spy Mouse HD, $2.99 - Forum Thread - Firemint's Spy Mouse was a huge hit on the iPhone, and I think it's line drawing stealth gameplay will be even better on the iPad. It's too bad this isn't universal, though.


Superman, 99¢ / HD - Forum Thread - Superman is a comic book superhero that really has never translated very well to a video game, or, at least, any video game I've played. Hopefully Chillingo's take on the man of steel will buck that trend. If nothing else, flying around as Superman and going really fast should be a lot of fun.


The Oregon Trail: American Settler, Free - Forum Thread - Oh hey, it's The Oregon Trail rolled into a free to play farming / town builder. I'm pretty sure someone is rolling in their grave right now.


ZONR, Free - Forum Thread - This simple puzzle game from the creators of Doodle Find puts you to the task of tapping the biggest piece of the game board. It's free too, so no harm in giving it a shot.


SpellTower, $1.99 - Forum Thread - The new game from Zach Gage, creator of Halcyon, Unify, and Bit Pilot, is a strategy word game that uses a falling blocks mechanic and intuitive tap and drag word creation. I like the minimalist style, and there seems to be an additional layer of strategy over your typical word game. This trailer explains the gameplay quite well. Given the pedigree of his previous releases, SpellTower is probably one to take a look at if you're into word games.

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

    sigh

    • bones boy

      Sigh?

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

        im sick of free to play, racing games, and shooting games. So yes..for me *sight*

      • Noah

        sight

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

        oh come on, ,you know what i meant. sometimes your fingers hit incorrect buttons.

      • Noah

        haga, no worriea

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CN5B3ROVDFAFDYBQTPCMD3C3OI James Bond

        worriea

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GHIIHTRJXIOZCAF2GESNKZH264 himanshu

        oh come on, ,you know what he meant. sometimes your fingers hit incorrect buttons.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CN5B3ROVDFAFDYBQTPCMD3C3OI James Bond

        haga, no worriea

      • Anonymous

        How about flying slowly through a green haze of nothingness, a kryptonite fog, where rings pop in from a clipping plane mere yards ahead. And you, the Man of Steel, must fly through these rings, for none of your fantastical powers can save Metropolis, nor your best buddy, Jimmy Olsen. Your ice breath cannot slow the rings march, your heat vision is useless against their minimal polygon form. Your strength once again fails you, as another ring slips past your tights-streamlined body.

        That's a Real Superman game, baby!

  • Anonymous

    extraction looks like a possibility, but can't tell what kind of a game it is, xcom style or a stick shooter...  rest is not for me.

  • Noah

    Instead of trailers, could we get screenshots on these "preview" posts with a link to see a video if it's available? I like to scroll down and see what's coming out, and like many people... I judge a book by it's cover.

    • http://twitter.com/back2this Sean Yuan

      It must be so hard clicking "Forum Thread," which leads to the screenshots for each game.

      @back2this:twitter 

      • Noah

        You must have missed my 2nd sentence. " 

        I like to scroll down and see what's coming out, and like many people... I judge a book by it's cover."

        I want to scroll down and see everything WITHOUT clicking on anything. I don't want to click to start a video, I don't want to click over to the forums. I just want to quickly see a screenshot of the games coming out.

      • http://fromonesurvivortoanother.tumblr.com Chungyen Chang

        Some people are also on mobile devices, and YouTube videos don't always work for iOS users.

    • Anonymous

      a trailer IS the cover, the screenshots are the synopsis on the back of the book.

  • Anonymous

    if you're not into racing games or shooting games or freemium games,
    my word game SpellTower also releases tonight http://www.spelltower.com
    (previously I made Halcyon, Bit Pilot, and Unify)

  • Anonymous

    thanks for adding spelltower guys!

  • Anonymous

    Eli, I have no clue what you mean by this statement:

    "I have no doubt that Snoopy won't do just as well as Smurfs did."

    Silly double negative. Are you saying Snoopy is as popular as The Smurfs?

    • http://www.jv21.com/ John V. Keogh

      Surely the Smurfs are universally disliked because of their annoying songs, whereas everyone loves Snoopy.

      • Th3R3n3gad3

        Got that right!

  • Anonymous

    Oh look more dual stick shooters. That's obviously what the world needs. Maybe some more castle defense games too. We could also use some more fremium games, not enough of those. FFS.

    • Anonymous

      Extraction doesnt have duel sticks. It more like Cannon fodder and Syndicate. You tap where you want to move and drag over enemies in the order you want to shoot them. Have a look at the reviews in the app store, people appear to be getting it.