It's Wednesday, and with iOS developers free of the looming shadow of the Mighty Eagle with last week's release of Angry Birds Space [Free / Free (HD)], you'd think there'd be some massive influx of releases… But, there really isn't. Thankfully, Ow My Balls! XL is coming out tonight, so that's something to look forward to, especially if you've got a new Retina-equipped iPad.

If you're wondering who the bros are in that photo, the guy with the incredible pecs is Brad Nicholson and the guy with the incredible everything else is Josh Michaels, the curator of the Ow My Balls! universe. Anyway, Ow My Balls! XL and all these other games should be released at 11:00 PM Eastern on the US App Store, or potentially much earlier if your App Store region of choice resides east of North America.


Dark Meadow: The Pact, Free - Forum Thread - A free to play variation of Dark Meadow [$1.99], which is totally worth trying out just to experience the atmosphere of the game. I'm anxious to see just how free to play this game actually is, as these sorts of premium to free transitions can be very hit or miss. Good news for owners of the paid version of Dark Meadow, the enhancements found in this version of the game should also be hitting tonight (or very soon) as an update.


Gnu Revenge, 99¢ - Forum Thread - A planetary physics puzzler from the dudes over at BulkyPix. We've yet to confirm whether or not this game has anything to do with Richard Stallman. (Unix jokes, sigh.)


Ion Racer, 99¢ - Forum Thread - A Wipeout-style fast-paced racing game. Since we'll likely never see a proper Wipeout for iOS devices, I'm always weirdly stoked to see these sort of Wipeout-likes.


Ow My Balls! XL, Free - Forum Thread - Finally, Ow My Balls! [Free] is available for the iPad, in glorious Retina Display resolution. The iPhone version has been downloaded millions of times, and both versions of the game are totally free with a single 99¢ unlock for some extra stuff you really don't need. Or, as the developer describes the price: "FREE. None of that coin bullshit either. All we want to do is make the world laugh, and maybe get 70 cents dropped in our little styrofoam cup every once in a while." I can get behind that.


Rinth Island, 99¢ - Forum Thread - This puzzley platformer from Chillingo is giving me some serious Fez vibes with how its 2.5D graphics rotate around. Maybe that's just me projecting how badly I want to play Fez.


Streetbike: Full Blast HD, 99¢ - Forum Thread - The iPhone version of Streetbike: Full Blast [$0.99] dropped on the App Store a while ago, but if you were waiting to get your iPad motorcycle racing on, here's your chance.


Skylanders Cloud Patrol, 99¢ - Forum Thread - An arcade shooter from Activision based in the Skylanders universe? Very interesting…


The World's Strongest Man, $2.99 - Forum Thread - No word yet on whether or not our own Brad Nicholson is a playable character in this game, but he should be. Digital Goldfish, get on that.


Violet Storm 99¢ - Forum Thread - If you watch the first few seconds of the trailer, you'll be like, "Oh, another Geometry Wars style shooter, yay." …Then you watch it to the end, and can't wait to get your hands around it.

  • Scott

    I might check out Gnu and Rinth, but for the most part, this week is a dud.

    • Eli Hodapp

      I think that maybe you missed Ow My Balls! XL is coming to the iPad.

      • Cat Astrophy

        You can just drop the iPad on your balls.

      • Scott

        I don't have an iPad yet.  One day...

  • Larry Anderson

    Is Cubemen still coming out?

    • TouchGamePlay

      Yeah it`s already out. I don`t know why Eli hadn`t listed it too 🙁

  • taragon99

    I am so glad that Touch Arcade still requires flash.  Ok, just a sec let me load this page in Chrome.

    • Stark

       IIRC, they're going to launch a new website petty soon (plus an iOS app).

    • Nick

      Huh? I only use my iPad and I don't have a problem....

  • Deric

    That Rinth Island looks pretty interesting...

    • Nick

      I agree. I snagged it and am enjoying it. The controls could be a bit better, but graphically it's great and I can say this is going to be a favorite of mine. I just hope it doesn't get too hard too quickly.

  • JCat_NY

    (IMO) Ow my Balls = Pass with a capital P, boldfaced and underlined.. Some of the others look interesting, including the Geometry Wars-like title.

    • Eli Hodapp

      You shouldn't write it off so quickly. We had five people last night passing the game around with it streaming to the Apple TV. Incredible time.

      • JCat_NY

        Guess I'm not into the puppet/physics thing lately,  and I realize  it's a 'don't judge a book by its cover' situation.  Maybe it's just the name that skewed my feeling about this, as it kind of sounds like many of those disposable apps. I trust your opinion, though.

      • Cat Astrophy

        Ah the roots of App Store success. A fart app was the first top selling app for weeks when the iPhone launched.

      • Nick

        Sigh. I agree. But at the same time I can get my 7 year old twins laughing till it hurts with a good fart app.

        Sure, they're cheap and stupid, but the look on my girls' faces when I hit a rip roaring fart? You have to be a parent to understand 🙂

      • whatshit

        I bet your party's are wild.

  • Sean Yuan

    Rinth Island and Violet Storm look decent. Will give OMB XL a download for the heck of it. Didn't like the iPhone/iPod version at all though. Overall, it's a very weak release week.


  • Collin Burton

    Watching the Street Bike video made me really want an iOS version (port, remake, what have you) of Road Rash.

  • Rafael Palma

    Nothing really good this week, i hope next one is full of cool releases for vacation...

    • TouchGamePlay

      I don`t know what your preferred Genre is but you should try out Spin Up if you haven`t yet had this Week a Game that did fit your Taste.

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  • E_7

    Can I just say, what stands out to me the most out of this post is Brad. Seriously, I want to look like more like that guy. Teach me your ways, oh awesome one!