This is a larger than average week of game releases, and if I had to guess why, I'd say it has something to do with a shocking number of people sitting around right now refreshing their FedEx/UPS tracking information for the first wave of iPad mini and iPad 4's to arrive. We're planning quite the blowout for Friday, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, all of these games should be available by 11:00 PM Eastern, or potentially way earlier than that if you're east of North America.

ARC Squadron, 99¢ / Lite - Forum Thread - All signs are pointing to this being an incredibly competent iOS riff on games like StarFox, which I am totally A-OK with. It's dropping from its normal price of $4.99 to 99¢ for the first 24 hours of the game's launch, so get on it.


Coin Army, Free - Forum Thread - I'm not sure what it is about these coin pusher games, but they always seem to suck me in. Crazier yet, is the subsequent phenomenon of forum members posting that they've never seen a coin push machine before. Kids these days, I say.


Dexter the Game 2, $2.99 - Forum thread - It'll be interesting to see how this game does, considering the original Dexter was a serious technological feat when it was first released. I'm not sure how the sequel is going to hold up against modern iOS titles.


Halo 4: King of the Hill Fueled by Mountain Dew, Free - Forum Thread - Well, this is a thing that exists. Gameplay seems to involve going to 7-11 and scanning Doritos and Mountain dew for some type of location aware king of the hill game. Yeah.


Heads Up! Hot Dogs, 99¢ - Forum Thread - Forget everything you thought you knew about balancing hot dogs on your head, as per the iTunes description this is the most realistic hot dog balancing game ever.


Heartland, $1.99 - Forum Thread - Apparently based on a TV show with the same title (Ah, the perils of having cut the cord...), Heartland is a time management game that puts you in charge of dealing with horses.


iBomber Attack, $2.99 - Forum Thread - The fantastic iBomber series expands even further, this time allowing the player to go on the attack and control a huge tank. Sounds neat.


Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge: Gold Edition, $5.99 - Forum Thread - As an American, rugby is absolutely mystifying to me. The whole concept of a scrum, which seems to be happening in the above screenshot? I just don't even know.


Knights of Pen & Paper, $1.99 - Forum Thread - A highly pixelized retro-y dungeon crawler-y sort of game all hinging around tons of pen and paper gaming tropes. It tickles many of my interests, but beware it's developed by a Brazillian studio and initial impressions make it sound like the English localization isn't so hot.


Madden NFL 13 Social, Free - Forum Thread - If you ever played a Madden game and found yourself disappointed that it wasn't "social" enough, well, EA has your back. Wait, do people really think things like that?


Monster Warlord, Free - Forum Thread - Anyone remember Epic Pet Wars? Looks like Gamevil took inspiration from that, threw in a dash of Pokemon, and we're left with this. Looks cool.


Nutty Fluffies, 99¢ - Forum Thread - This is sort of interesting, the developers of Trials Evolution are taking that similar super physics-centric gameplay and providing a casual coat of paint to it. Should be fun to see whether or not it resonates with that casual physics puzzler crowd.


Sci-Fi Heroes, Free - Forum Thread - Apparently everyone is getting in on the Battleheart "inspiration" game these days. Let's hope this is better than Borderlands Legends.


SpinCraft, Free - Forum Thread - A super colorful free to play flying saucer, err, flyer? 20 levels are included, with more on the way, it sounds like.


Slide Circus, 99¢ - Forum Thread - A block sliding puzzle game, which normally would seem pretty boring, but it's by the guys at FDG Entertainment who have some seriously great games under their belts.

...Also, sorry for anyone who did a spit take at this headline, tweet, and or push alert. We couldn't pass up the opportunity. I mean, it's technically a Halo 4 game...

  • Drewskii

    No minigore Zombies?

  • xDyNaMiiCx

    Yay, another week of garbage games. iOS is looking good. :)

    • Gabriel.Voyager

      Garbage?

      • LOLavi

        If I remember right, that guy is a Gameloft FPS fanboy who doesn't understand the real beauty in iOS gaming and only sees the action games. Ignore his stupid comment, this week looks great!

      • xDyNaMiiCx

        How am I trolling? Lol

      • MrAlbum

        Your sarcasm is muddled by a lack of explaining yourself. When text is the only way to communicate, one kinda has to explain everything about their statement in as effective a manner as possible, otherwise people get offended and/or confused as to what you REALLY meant.

        It's not just fanboys or haters that feel burned, though; I still found your initial comment confusing as hell, and I try to be as impartial and un-judgmental as possible. Are you being sarcastic about the state of iOS gaming, or are you sarcastic about this week's releases being garbage? Read either way, it implies one of two different meanings: iOS games are awful at this point in history and this week's lineup is evidence proving that, or this week's games look awesome and gives you hope that things stay this way. These two meanings do not agree with each other at all.

        So which meaning is it?! WHAT DO YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT THE SUBJECT?!?!

        This is where your comment becomes the comment of a troll: all YOU have to do to get people mad is to just post this ambiguous statement and sit back as people fight over what you REALLY meant, EVEN IF YOU MEANT ABSOLUTELY SHIT WITH IT. It's a nasty bullying tactic that causes other people to fight each other without the bully getting pulled into the fray, and YOU, aka the troll, get the added bonus of sitting back and cackling manically while the thread dissolves into chaos.

        In case you didn't know, PEOPLE FUCKING HATE THAT SHIT HAPPENING. If it happens again, I guarantee something bad will happen to you because people will get the idea of what you're doing and focus their anger squarely on you, even if you're an otherwise okay guy. Because they hate what you did to them, and they will find a way to get payback.

        I'd recommend you re-think your actions. Trolls are people too, and sometimes good people act trollish by accident, and yadda yadda yadda. As such, I'd like your opinion on what you think about what I said, if you're willing to share it.

        Sincerely,

        Mr. Album

      • xDyNaMiiCx

        I'm not going to read what you've type to me, so I'm take as disrespect lol.

      • dmyers722

        I know any comment is feeding the troll, but here's the tl;dr version:
        You're a troll.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/J5ITB3IA443BB2U3K4PYNXR4NY noahk17

        tldr

    • vic_viper_001

      Obvious troll is obvious...

  • Apache7X

    Dang. I thought that by halo 4 he meant the actual game. But that will never happen lol.

    • LearnIIBurn

      Wait so scanning Doritos and Mt. Dew isn't a real game? Damn...

  • MEdwards0129

    I'm actually looking forward to Knights of Pen and Paper. Looks like it could be an interesting take on the RPG genre. 

  • jeffyg3

    Other than Arc Squadron, I probably won't try the others. Arc Squadron looks pretty good looking at the previews.

  • jeffyg3

    Well, the Halo series is so ****ing awesome, I'll probably try that Halo 4 thing for the hell of it.

  • ImJPaul

    Arc squadron. Everything else looks like filth. Thought minigore zombies and wraithborne were coming today?! Oh well. Angry Birds Star Wars next week!!! VERY EXITE!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OJSEASXHUB7FACV6VQPNJCELE Deric

    where the crap is RAD soldiers? It had an october release date according to their ad...what is up with devs and release dates these days >.>

  • Decaf Table

    Arc Squadron all day long man!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Payne/100004202322691 Chris Payne

    Arc Squadron only 0.99 :D definitely picking this up

  • vic_viper_001

    Allright! I'll be doing some barrel rolls pretty soon!

  • ImJPaul

    I thought we'd have some exciting releases with it being a holiday and all. Sigh. There's always next week.

  • Matt S

    Knights of Pen and Paper should be a must buy for everyone!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/J5ITB3IA443BB2U3K4PYNXR4NY noahk17

      I don't know, the writing looks pretty bad.

  • JJE

    Arc squad and knights for me!
    Now explain how to get spit Pepsi off my iPad screen
    I'm heading to 7-11. Can I get you anything?

  • malteroesch

    Just bought Arc Squadron on the german app-store. Doesnt seem to be official yet since I had to tap the link 7 times before I got past the "availability-error"

  • suttieb

    No arc squadron in UK. Boo

  • l_23mer

    I have been out of the loop for the last month anyone have any suggestions on games released within this last month.

  • Eegah

    ... It's like someone bought one of those shirts from Idiocracy full of logos and slapped a Halo 4 screenshot on top.

  • Fabiano Morais

    I don't get why people should beware of a game because it's developed by a Brazilian studio and might have some localization problems. I'm sure the English is perfectly readable, and probably even more so than most of the Korean games that flood the iOS store and seem to be translated with Google Translate. I wouldn't mind to see this kind of criticism on a review, but on a Coming Tonight heads up it just detracts people from buying a potentially good game because of a minor issue.

  • theundertow

    You had me at Halo...you lost me at 711

  • LootAsile

    Not enough time...

  • Mekklesack

    "mentlegen?"