After some deliberation with Brad while recording our podcast today, we determined that it is in fact Wednesday, which means a whole slew of games coming out tonight. We're still not seeing the massive influx of games that we were seeing towards the end of 2011, but we're getting back to where we used to be.

This week is a massive improvement over a few weeks ago where we were struggling to find four games to post about. All of this stuff 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.


Ash II: Shadows, $2.99 Silver / $4.99 Gold - Forum Thread - We had a great time with the original Ash, and needless to say, we were very surprised to see this Konami-published sequel squeak out on to the App Store today. It comes in two versions, a "silver" and "gold" edition. It sounds like buying the Gold version now is similar to subscribing to Call of Duty Elite in that you get all the DLC included. Meanwhile, it sounds like these will be IAP for the Silver package. Without any solid plans of what sort of DLC is coming, it's hard to say which is the better buy.



Greedy Penguins, 99¢ - Forum Thread - I know what you're probably thinking, the App Store really needs some more bird-based physics games. Well, Chillingo has you covered with Greedy Penguins. Three different environments are included as well as a host of unlockables.



JAZZ: Trump's Journey, $2.99 - Forum Thread - This game sounds so crazy I can't wait to try it. You play as a jazz musician assembling a band with a trumpet that can stop time. The art style looks cool, the premise is delightfully crazy, and it's got the BulkyPix seal of approval.



Niko, Free (With $1.99 Unlock) - Forum Thread - This platformer looks pretty neat, as games that use flinging mechanics for jumping seem to work pretty well on the App Store. Niko has the added bonus of apparently being able to award you items in Habbo Hotel. That's cool, right?



Order Up!! To Go, Free (99¢ Unlock to Remove Ads) - Forum Thread - Ever wish you could experience what it's like to work in the fast food industry without actually working in the fast food industry? Here's your chance!



Puzzlejuice, $2.99 - Forum Thread - I'm always down for a crazy word game. It seems like the idea behind this one is to first match colored blocks, which then turn into word tiles, which you then use to spell words. Sounds delightfully hectic.



Smash Cops, $2.99 - Forum Thread - After an unfortunate App Store SNAFU, Smash Cops should be back this week? I hope so, anyway. I can't wait to play it.



SoulCalibur, $12.99 - Forum Thread - Yet another classic fighting game joins Street Fighter and King of Fighters on the App Store. I can't wait to see how this one controls.



Time of Heroes, 99¢ - Forum Thread - A 3D turn-based strategy game. It's a little hard from the video to tell how all the gameplay elements work, but people in our forums seem to be excited for it.

  • Claude Foley

    Soul calibers pretty pricy lets be honest, its already out in my country but it says its having a 20% off sale anyway...

    • Cat Astrophy

      I have a feeling it won't even be as good as Blades of Fury

      • Warm Concrete

        SoulCalibur is damn best iOS fighting, how dare you mention that shitty clone of fightings?!

    • Anonymous

      Personally I think the launch price is a little high for a beat em up. Beat em up controls on the touchscreen are tricky. Capcom nailed SF and Volts controls in my opinion, but I was willing to take a launch price punt on those at the silly silly launch sale for volt of £0.69. Also concerned that namco may have focused on making the polygons jiggle and not the gameplay.

      I wouldn't mind paying £7.99 for a good port of Soul Caliber, but not without a Lite to see the controls for myself. I need to feel em.*

      *Not the jiggling polygons you pervs, the controls.

    • Ahiru Nakamura

      if I recall correctly, it was 10 bucks on XBLA at launch.... this is way too pricey for an iOS 'port' game in my opinion...

  • Sean Yuan

    Five games (Ash II, Niko, SC, JAZZ, ToH) from the list I'll probably be picking up tonight. Good stuff. Then, there's Smash Cops and the DLC for Scribblenauts as well. Glad to see the effects of the rush to release games in time for the holidays and the iTunes Connect shutdown drifting away.


  • Anonymous

    I loved Order Up! on the Wii, can't wait to play it on my iPhone!

  • B

    Ash 2?  Whoot!

  • Simon Finn

    I thought Soul Calibur might be $6.99 but I might check out some reviews before deciding whether to pick it up. Smash Cops looks like it could be fun but will probably be playing too much of Cavern of Minos to have a go at it yet.

  • shawnmak

    Did they not mention it, or is it not being released?

  • Erik Thomas

    $13 for Soul Calibur? Really? It's a 10+ year old game. Street Fighter 4 was, what, 7, 8 bucks? Ash2 look pretty good, though lets hope you don't get your ass handed to you right out of the gate like you did in the first game.

  • Omar Aria

    soul calibur ! don't mind paying $12.99 this what game should like on iOS full port release ... bring TEKKEN and other console titles .. in fact shen mue perhaps ?

    • Alex G

      Soul Caliber is not a full port yo.  

      • Omar Aria

        Just missing adventure mode, it's the exact game I play 12 yrs ago. Same graphics only this one more better all character there. It's still ver 1.0.0 I'm sure in time will better

  • lnradak

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  • PJ Moreno

    Jazz: Trump's Journey is friggin beautiful...

  • BulkSlash

    Just completed the game playing as Voldo. I don't think it's running at 60fps on my iPhone 4, it looks more like 30fps. The lack of mission mode from the DC version is a shame, but I can live with that. The controls are pretty good, although holding two buttons down to perform a throw is quite fiddly, so I added an A+G button for that (I didn't want to swamp the screen with buttons so I didn't bother with the other throw move).

    All in all, it's worth it if you're a fan of the original and aren't at home to play it on your Dreamcast (and I know you're all responsible gamers who still have their Dreamcasts plugged in at home 😉 )

    • Booch138

      Still boot my DreamCast up from time to time to play a good Phantasy Star Online game or 7.

  • John

    Sweet, lots of cool games just hit the app store, been waiting for a few of them. I'm glad soul calibur is much cheaper than anticipated.

  • Inaba-kun

    I'd like to know what the frame rate of Soul Calibur is like. It was 60fps on the Dreamcast and the 360. Is it 60fps on an iPhone 4?

  • rekzkarz

    Time of Heroes is .99c for 3 days only, then goes to $3.  I dloaded it & am hopeful it's a good game.  3D looks quite nice, stats are somewhat involved.  Has a story (which is nice) but seems like it will be a mini's style battle game.

  • Noah

    Any chance we can get screenshots instead of videos as the main media shown on these preview pages? It'd really help out for a quick overview of what's up and coming.