If you haven't noticed by the explosion of new game posts today, it's Wednesday, which arguably is the best day of the week for iOS gamers as we're teased with the new releases which start in New Zealand and slowly trickle across the rest of the planet until we finally see them stateside at 11:00 PM Eastern. There's a surprising amount of really big name titles this week, so it'll be interesting to see what gets love from Apple during tomorrow's App Store featuring update.

Gun Commando

First Impressions: 'Gun Commando' Offers Both a Familiar and Fresh First-person Shooter Experience

Graphics in Gun Commando are really simple, with blocky environments and textures, but it has a really cool stylized look that makes it feel like you're playing an '80s cartoon. The levels are simplistic and are all really bite-sized, which is well-suited to mobile. You aren't likely to get lost working your way through them, but there are 3 trophies to search out and collect in each one and plenty of little secret areas to find that give you additional goals to shoot for.

Forum Thread: Gun Commando - (by Ripstone Ltd) [Universal]

House of the Dead: Overkill

First Impressions: 'House of the Dead: Overkill - The Lost Reels' - Sega's Classic Arcade Shooter Comes to the Touchscreen

The game is broken up into three different "movies" which each contain four levels and a boss fight at the end. The initial download gives you the first movie, Papa's Palace of Pain, as well as a locked second movie Ballistic Trauma. You unlock that second movie merely by playing through the first, but the third movie, Naked Terror, must be purchased for a $1.99 IAP. I don't mind so much having to pay for additional DLC levels in games, but on day one in a paid game that already only comes with two chapters it feels a bit weird.

Forum Thread: The House of the Dead: Overkill™- The Lost Reels - (by SEGA) [Universal]

Iron Man 3

First Impressions: Gameloft's Upcoming 'Iron Man 3' Adds Timers to the Endless Runner Formula

Nearly a gig installed, Iron Man 3 is a behind the back endless runner flyer where you control Iron Man blasting down a highway (and other locales). The game starts by asking you not only if it can send you push alerts, but also if it can have access to your contacts, and the free to play stuff just gets stranger from there.

Forum Thread: Iron Man 3 - The Official Game - (by Gameloft) [Universal]

LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes

First Impressions: 'Lego Batman: DC Super Heroes' Looks Like a Pretty Full-featured Action Game

If you liked the iOS versions of Lego Harry Potter then chances are you'll dig this latest Batman incarnation, as it seems to be in the same vein. Or, if you just like Batman and other DC heroes, you'll probably get a kick out of it too.

Forum Thread: LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes (by Warner Bros.) [Universal]


First Impressions: Chillingo's Upcoming 'Madmonster' Is An OK Arcade-y Game That Lacks Depth

There's not a really tidy way to categorize Chillingo's Madmonster. It's not a runner, even though it does task you with guiding a tiny monster dude around a world from left to right in an endless charge. It's not a platform game, even though its core mechanic revolves around that monster bouncing up and down and smashing various objects. It's a game that sits in the middle between these two genres, satisfying neither's conditions as neatly as I want it to. And while I'm being wishy-washy: it's not a thrilling game, either, though it is a competent arcade-y game.

Forum Thread: Madmonster - (by Chillingo Ltd) [Universal]

Random Heroes 2

Announcement: Freebie Alert: In Celebration of 'Random Heroes 2' Launching this Week, 'League of Evil 2' Goes Free

The original Random Heroes was pretty cool, but Ravenous is hoping to ratchet things up in the sequel with new mechanics, new enemies, and plenty of hew heroes to play as. Check out the latest trailer to see the new game in motion.

Forum Thread: Random Heroes 2 - (by Ravenous Games Inc.) [Universal]

Robot Unicorn Attack 2

First Impressions: Surprise Sequel to 'Robot Unicorn Attack' hits New Zealand App Store

This one does depart in a few key areas. Most likely, folks are probably going to latch onto the new unicorn customization component and the systems that revolve around it. As you run, you collect metallic tears. With these, you can buy pieces of equipment or parts for your robotic unicorn. Want a flaming mane? Sure, it's in there. How about a new sternum? Yup, you can grab that, too.

Forum Thread: Robot Unicorn Attack 2 - (by [adult swim]) [Universal]

Talisman Prologue HD

Preview: TA Plays: 'Talisman Prologue HD' - A Radical iPad Recreation of the Classic Board Game

Rewinding a bit, Talisman Prologue on mobile is a fantasy-ass fantasy RPG. In it, you play as an adventurer tasked with doing hero-y deeds. As a Barbarian, for example, one of the quests charges you with saving a princess from a duo of ogres and taking her back to the castle. The first Monk quest has you looking for a cross and delivering it to the Chapel because looking for artifacts is pretty cool. Other adventurers have more... narratively adventurous quests, but you get the idea. Also, all the production design in the game is traditional; it has that rugged, old-school pulp fantasy book look that extends all the way to creature design and into font.

Forum Thread: Talisman Prologue HD - (by Thumbstar Games) [Universal]

  • toxiccheese

    Robot Unicorn Attack 2. That's about it for me tonight. Nothing else seems compelling.

    • MidianGTX

      You said it bro. Back to retro gaming for another week.

      • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

        Yah bros

  • toxiccheese

    This new format is working ok, but why is there no App Store link added to each game on the list?

    • dariusjr98

      You're probably using the app. There are links on the website, both desktop and mobile version.

      • toxiccheese

        Thanks. I tend to only use the app. It has all the info I need... Except the links!

      • dariusjr98

        I usually use the app too, except for when I post Disqus comments.

  • dariusjr98

    Good week, but I don't have anything but 2 bucks in my wallet. I'll get RUA 2 and RH2 and Gun Commando for now.

  • odach

    where oh where is star command?!

    • TheEvilRobot

      Stuck in the future

      • dariusjr98

        30% chance it's stuck in the future.

        I kid, I kid.

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  • invalidmicah

    Really? The last couple weeks have been a big let down for me. Need more action-rpg titles. I might check out the gun commando but that doesn't seem worth it either. How frustrating.

    • osvd

      Get the house of the dead. Totally worth it

  • regkilla

    None are really interesting.

  • ilikefungames

    Lets put game loft out of business!!! Force them to make free games with no timers and scams.

    • nini

      Force them back into cloning!

  • osvd

    Idk whats worst, a sequel of the worst game ever (obvs random heroes) or the new coming tonight desing

    • dariusjr98

      I don't know what's worse, your shitty vocabulary or your opinion of the worst game "ever."

      • Skullinton

        Or his non-understanding of the advantages of the new format...

      • MrSpud

        Yeah, I can't wait to set my alarm to 11:00pm and get up to see what was coming up tonight. Brilliant!!

      • Skullinton

        Well what's the point of having a coming tonight post earlier if you wont get the game the same night then? You can wait until the morning to check it.

        Also if you want to know which game are coming out during the evening (even though you wont get them ASAP) well check a detailed article about each them that the TA staff post during the day.

        I see only advantages here...

      • Skullinton


      • MrSpud

        I can wait untill the morning? Brilliant!! It will be like Xmas!
        Beside, last week it was pretty obvious how most readers felt about the new format, but it's not like what we think means shit around here. I guess we'll just... deal with it.

      • Skullinton

        I wouldn't say most of the readers, it's only that the one that weren't pleased by the new format spoke up, other simply enjoyed.

  • Lostpop21


    • FutureMan

      Yeah, wasn't this game actually submitted like 2 or more weeks ago?

      • Lostpop21

        Yes, i just checked and their official facebook page confirms the submission exactly 2 weeks ago. Honestly until this game comes out i wont really be looking at other ios titles. *Continues with facebook scouring*

  • grits

    Gun commando could be good

  • denisvjcr

    Nothing interesting for me this week.

  • NickyNichols

    Obligatory WHERE THE &$#% IS PHOENIX WRIGHT TRILOGY!!? post.

    • Rasec46

      Someone on the forums asked Capcom and it seems it will come out only on july.

  • araczynski

    Is this the new face of "Coming Tonight:"? Or should I keep waiting? (for next week's offerings, cuz these are not the droids I'm looking for)

  • MrSHakerEsq

    Huh? Where's Xenon II?

  • sakara214ever

    Nothing interesting for me. Will keep my money for next week.

  • tunaW

    Ingenious! Leave out the "Coming tonight" label in the titles and no one complains about having too many posts.

  • wojovox

    I haven't been intrigued by any new games for the last 4 weeks. Patiently waiting for something new to hook me.

    • bigred447uk

      Have you tried Kingturn SRPG ? It's free to play the prologue and one IAP unlock 67 scenario + 15 skirmish scenario (full game and then some). It's the best SRPG on IOS if you like that kind of thing.

  • iValerio90

    GREAT WEEK ! freemium app suck forever

    • Skullinton

      I see you haven't improved your vocabulary...

      • iValerio90

        F-R-E-E-M-I-U-M S-U-C-K.

        u feel better now ?

      • Skullinton

        What I meant by that is that you repeat yourself...

        Try to diversify your comments, add some content to what you say or even justify your statement based on the game in question.

        All in all stop repeating the same freaking thing over and over again.

        Just a little advice. 😉

      • iValerio90

        i dont need to justify...freemium games are like chains...we need to break it and run away for freedom...make no sense play with time..time??? in a videogames ???? i play videogames for pass time and have fun...and...they add waiting time ???? no sense...really, no sense !

      • Skullinton

        I agree that timers haven't been used properly in recent released, I never said the oposite. But saying that all freemium games are bad because of this batch is a false statement.

  • http://twitter.com/BulkSlash BulkSlash

    I'm sort of disappointed with House of the Dead Overkill. I had this game on the Wii and it was excellent fun. While the gameplay in this version is pretty good, they seem to have rebalanced the upgrade system towards getting you to buy in-game currency via IAPs.

    Also, it's missing some of the levels from the Wii version and all of the real-time cut-scenes with voice acting are gone. This is probably the biggest disappointment as it has removed a good 50% of the charm the game had on the Wii. Maybe they'll put all that stuff back in an update?

    It has crashed on me three times on my iPad 3 and I had to do a lot of fiddling to get the last level to actually unlock after I paid for it. Hopefully an update is on the way!

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  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    Gun Commando is pretty cool, but it gave me motion sickness haha

  • xx99

    Haven't seen anybody on TouchArcade mention that The Nightjar released internationally last night. It's Papa Sangre in space (by the creators of Papa Sangre)! Is there some kind of tip line I can send an email to :)?

  • elmazzer

    Iron man 3 - the biggest shit what gameloft have ever made up -_- really bad game.... So sad :DDD