It's been a super lame week so far for iOS news. I'm really not sure what is happening. Is it possible everyone in the iOS world is avoiding this week to not conflict with the PS Vita launch? Extra long Presidents Day vacations? Extra long Presidents Day vacations while playing the PS Vita? I don't know! I just hope it stops soon! Tonight's releases aren't even that amazing compared to most weeks. When will this madness end?!

Anyway, this works like every other week. These games will all be available for download in the US App Store at 11:00 PM Eastern, or potentially much earlier if you're in a European, Asian, or Pacific island market.

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions for iPad, $17.99 - Forum Thread - If you were wondering where Final Fantasy Tactics was for the iPad… Here it is! For reference, here's our review of the iPhone version which is a classic game that was marred with porting problems. A lot of those have since been fixed, which makes us hopeful for the iPad version.

Mafia Rush, 99¢ - Forum Thread - You're probably thinking to yourself, "You know, I've got tons of dual stick shooters, but none that are Mafia-themed." Well, none, until now.

Midway Arcade, 99¢ - Forum Thread - Love Midway games? This looks like a great little collection of them. 99¢ gets you Spy Hunter, Rampage, Joust, Root Beer Tapper, Defender, Arch Rivals, Air Hockey, Arcade Basketball, Pool, and Roll Ball. Additional game packs are available via IAP.

Munch Time, 99¢ / Universal HD - Forum Thread - This game's cute trailer caught our eyes not long ago, and if it similarly piqued your interest, well, it's coming tonight.

Sticky Sheep, 99¢ - Forum Thread - A mini golf style game with a sheep herding gameplay element. It sounds just crazy enough to work.

Towers N' Trolls, $2.99 / Universal HD - Forum Thread - Another tower defense game, this time, featuring… trolls. 30 levels are included as well as 10 different enemy types. Waves are formed randomly, so there should be some decent replay value.

Retro Racing, 99¢ - Forum Thread - From the original developer behind classic Amiga racers Nitro and ATR is the iOS interpretation. It's universal, and has an iPad-exclusive two player mode.

  • mclifford82

    I'm sure that even though everyone bitched that there wasn't an iPad version of Tactics, now everyone will bitch that it's $17.99.

    I didn't pick up the iPhone version because it wasn't universal, but I'm happy to pick up the iPad version.  Here's hoping there's no big issues with it.

    • michael bluth

       Bitching about the price and bitching about people that bitch about prices aren't really different. In fact, I see much more people bitching about people bitching than people actually bitching.

      • mclifford82

        I pointed out that there will be people bitching about it no matter what.  I wasn't complaining about it in the least.  I actually get some kind of odd pleasure from watching people rage on the internet.  It's entertaining.

      • Tim Cant

        What I really dislike is when people bitch about the people bitching about people bitching. Now someone's gonna probably bitch about THIS, but I'm going to pre-empt them by saying that the WORST are the people who bitch about people bitching about people bitching about people bitching. Did I get that right?

      • MadMilkMan

        Wouldn't that make you one of those people in your bitching cycle..?

      • BenchWarmers Clique

        awww quit yer bitching

  • Pavelbure

    Finally FFT for iPad. Price is too high for me though. I'll wait for a sell.

  • jeffyg3

    Only thing that looks good is FFT for iPad...finally came out though it was announced even before the iPhone release, and I've been wanting to get it, but I think I'll wait for a sale.  Hopefully they've fixed the issues with the iPhone version.

    Ugh, Mafia Rush looks so dull.

  • bearded

     99 cents for Tapper, AND I get other games?  Sold.

    • TechUser2011

      Gauntlet 1 and 2 are also available!!!! Are you kidding me! Why isn't that front-page news??? 1985 is calling out to me!

  • Fredrik Jackson

    Munch Time looks pst interesting in my case. Sort of like Cut The Rop, without comparing.

    • J.Shamblin

       You might like Spidey Riley then. There's a lot of these games around.

  • Jay Ducharme

    99 cents is worth it for Midway's Joust alone.  Ah well, there goes more of my free time, sucked into oblivion by my iOS devices....

  • John Dickerson

    You think the slow news is because of the iPad 3 announcement coming soon?

    • rotopenguin

      How many high end developers are tied up in an NDA, optimizing their best game to be ready for the iPad 3 launch? Any bets on which game will make it to Cook's demo?

  • matthew wood

    99 cents is worth it for Rampage, from the screenshots though it looks like a collection of arcade cabinets? why would you not show atleast one shot of any of the games. makes it seem like there hiding something.

    • Aaron G

       Been hoping for a Rampage port for a while now. I look forward to King Kong'ing in the near future. Will check out Retro Racer too, as I'm a sucker for those.

      But are you kidding me at $17.99 Square?!?!?!?!? 🙂

  • neetyneety

    "Tonight's releases aren't even that amazing compared to most weeks. When will this madness end?!"

    I beg to differ; to me, FF Tactics for the iPad is a godsend.

    • Cat Astrophy

      It's nothing new though. You could have had FF Tactics for iPad whenever you wanted anyway.

      • neetyneety

        Well, at least it's scaled up nicely this time (hopefully).

  • Soul_of_Wit

    For the two-player Retro Racing, wouldn't having them sit OPPOSITE each other make more sense?

    • Jamie Woodhouse

       Yup! That's the way it works. 😉

  • Relytgninroht

    Really Square? I can get the PSP version for $10 off PSN, and judging by your previous iOS ports, the PSP version is probably the better version.

    • theundertow

      Keeping in line with their iOS pricing strategy. Bad ports, uninspired originals and a steep "Square" Tax of their own.

      • Dower Chin

        Seems like a trend with Japanese developers. Corpse Party is $25... If it was $5 or even $10, I would have bought that by now. Heck if this was in the same price range I'd own this by now.

      • theundertow

        Same here...if they want to charge more for original IPs or something, I understand - you want to get paid for your investment.

        Porting games from last decade (usually as works in progress) and still charging ultra premium pricing to maintain a Square Margin, not so much.

        LOVED FF Tactics and want to buy it, but not at almost $20.

  • Paul Hopper

    i 'believe' kids vs goblins will be available tonight as well.

  • Bill Goodman

    Mafia Rush is coming up free

  • The Edis Bros.

    Don't forget Acceleroto's "Rush City" out tonight!!

    • Acceleroto

       Yeah, what he said!

  • Fokion Harokopos

    Vita is doing lots of things right for me at the moment.

  • Dower Chin

    I picked up the Midway arcade as soon as I heard about it last night. For $2 more in the inapp store for Gauntlet and more, worth it! Much more reasonable price for these classics than other retro collections in the app store. Nice presentation too.