Wow, it's turned out to be a pretty insane week for new releases. Some highly-anticipated heavy hitters like Rayman Fiesta Run, Tiny Death Star and Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies are finally upon us. The quirky virtual pet/ninja simulator Clumsy Ninja, which made an appearance at the unveiling of the iPhone 5 and then basically disappeared, is now available and actually quite cool. The second part of my favorite digital gamebook Sorcery! has me excited, and there's even a game about grooming facial hair while warding off stray cows. Finally, the arcade football game Football Heroes is releasing a bit later tonight at midnight PST, so don't forget about that either.

Update: Still waiting for Tiny Death Star and Clumsy Ninja to show up. We'll keep you posted.


Blocky Roads

iTunes Description

Jump into your car and discover green hills, snowy mountains and desert dunes in this unique blocky adventure! The hurricane ripped your farm apart and scattered it around the Globe. Collect the missing parts to restore the farm to its former glory! Choose one of the 9 cars or build your own block by block!

Forum Thread: Blocky Roads - (by Dogbyte Games Kft.) [Universal]


Clumsy Ninja

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iTunes Description

Meet Clumsy Ninja, the most hapless ninja ever to grace a touchscreen! Train him, throw him, tickle him, and even tie balloons to him. Everything you do will make Clumsy Ninja more skilful, and help him find his missing friend, Kira. Clumsy Ninja is the next generation of interactive characters! He can sense, feel, move, and react uniquely every time. Prepare to be amazed…oh, and please take good care of him!

Forum Thread: Clumsy Ninja - (by NaturalMotion) [Universal]


Debonair Facial Hair

iTunes Description

Take the role of an apprentice barber training under the supervision of the legendary stylist Mr Montgomery in his barber shop Debonair Facial Hair. Style the moustaches of the rather eccentric residents of Stashton Upon Sea in your quest to gain the elusive title of Moustache Maestro!

Forum Thread: Debonair Facial Hair - (by Hunted Cow Studios Ltd.) [Universal]


Dwice

iTunes Description

Enjoy the vintage taste of a real arcade in the modern era multi touch glass! Dwice™ is the second game in the series designed by Mr. Tetris – Alexey Pajitnov exclusively for mobile devices. Simple and original gameplay is based upon the newest features of multi touch mobiles. Exclusive version is designed and developed right for your iOS device.

Forum Thread: Dwice - (by ANDREY NOVIKOV) [Universal]


Extreme Bike Trip (Update: Confirmed in our forums that this is just a soft launch, and worldwide release will happen later this month.)

iTunes Description

Introducing Extreme Bike Trip with multiplayer races! The much awaited new entry in the Extreme Road Trip series! It’s time to take your bike off the road, customize your rider and race against your friends in the new Multiplayer Race mode! Choose your favorite bike, from a collection of scooters, dirt bikes, cruisers and speed bikes! Customize your ride with paint jobs and use all-new power-ups to achieve the best scores!

Forum Thread: Extreme Bike Trip - (by Roofdog Games) [Universal]


LEGO Lord of the Rings

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iTunes Description

Follow the epic storylines of the original The Lord of the Rings trilogy reimagined with the humor and endless variety of LEGO gameplay. Relive the legend of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King through LEGO minifigures, as they explore wonders and solve timeless riddles.

Forum Thread: LEGO Lord of the rings (Universal app By Warner bros)


Meltdown

iTunes Description

Become the most skilled soldier and get the best upgrades. Choose your weapons, buckle up and start your mission. You need to get rid of all the different robots. Enemies have different combat styles and gear. Each enemy has it’s own special AI, adapt to them. Meltdown is an intense arcade-shooter game. Clear all the levels and survive in the Arenas!

Forum Thread: Meltdown© - (by Bulkypix) [Universal]


Miner Problem

iTunes Description

Cave-ins and collapses are a common occurrence in the mines and you must run, jump, duck, and dodge your way to wealth! Avoid bats, pitfalls, and poorly placed spike traps and make it out with as much gold as your pockets can carry with easy to master controls. Running can be so tiring, so grab a jetpack to fly across the caverns, a hoverboard to drift over traps, or a giant robot to crush and blast anything in your path!

Forum Thread: Miner Problem - (by Everplay) [Universal]


Monsters Rising

iTunes Description

Be the Monster! In this 3D action-strategy game, collect, upgrade and control your monsters directly, as gesture-driven gameplay is taken to all-new heights. Play as Mad Yama’s Hordes, a group of monsters based on Chinese mythology, and begin the campaign to take over the world! Monsters Rising sets the stage for a worldwide war between Monsters! A mysteriously powerful meteor shower is drawing mythical monsters from around the world out of the shadows. Play as the monsters as each faction competes for control of the Earth. Wipe out the humans and any monsters that oppose you!

Forum Thread: Monsters Rising - (by Nine Tail Studios) [Universal]


Octagon

iTunes Description

Octagon is a minimal arcade game where you have to move fast or be left behind. As the floor moves beneath you, spin your world around to dodge speed bumps. Flip upside-down to avoid holes, surf on top of the Octagon—whatever you can do to survive. An energizing soundtrack by Sqeepo and psychedelic color bursts keep you in the zone on your race to the finish. But with each round over after just 60 seconds, only super-fast reflexes will beat this very challenging game.

Forum Thread: Octagon - (by Lukas Korba) [Universal]


Pure Pinball

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iTunes Description

Introduced on PC and Xbox in 2003/2004, Pure Pinball is the definitive brand in virtual arcade pinball, admired for fun table design, responsive controls, exceptional graphics and realistic ball movement. To celebrate its 10 year anniversary, a new table - T-Rex Savage - has been created, pitting you as a savage dinosaur hunter during the Age of Reptiles. Jam-packed with nerve-racking game modes, special rewards and a daring multiball mode, Pure Pinball: T-Rex Savage lets you experience a slice of steel ball magic, not unlike real-life pinball. All you need is crazy-mad flipper fingers, a decent war-cry, and the attitude to play a mean game. The hunt is on!

Forum Thread: Pure Pinball™ by Legendo Entertainment (Universal)


Rayman Fiesta Run

iTunes Description

Join legendary platforming hero Rayman for a new adventure on your favorite mobile device! If you enjoyed Rayman Jungle Run, winner of the App Store’s BEST of 2012, you will love Rayman Fiesta Run and its new wacky Fiesta world! Lunge for cocktail umbrellas, leap on limes and punch those piñatas…the sky’s the limit!

Forum Thread: Rayman Fiesta Run - (by Ubisoft) [Universal]


Sid Meier's Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies

iTunes Description

Take flight over the treacherous Pacific waters where ace pilots redefine historic World War II battles! Skillfully pilot the most iconic American and Japanese fighter planes of the Pacific War while representing the Army or Navy. Upgrade your fighters and promote your leading pilots so they master new skills needed to ambush an enemy VIP, rescue POW pilots or torpedo bomb enemy targets! Can you turn the tide of war? Or will you go down in flames to an enemy ace?

Forum Thread: Sid Meier's Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies


Sorcery! 2

iTunes Description

Kharé is brimming with things to do and creatures to meet. Visit the Festival of Thieves, battle a ghost, escape from slavers, gamble your fortune at the Halls of Vlada, drink at the tavern, worship strange Gods, and much much more. Will you uncover the secrets of the city, overthrow the Council, destroy an invading army, or leave Kharé to burn? From legendary designer Steve Jackson, co-founder of Lionhead Studios (with Peter Molyneux), and Fighting Fantasy and Games Workshop (with Ian Livingstone); and inkle. The app uses inklewriter technology to tell your journey in real-time, shaping the story around your choices. The text itself changes based on how you play and what you do. In combat, the action is description on the fly based on how you play.

Forum Thread: Sorcery! 2 - (by inkle) [Universal]


Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

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iTunes Description

From Disney Mobile, in partnership with LucasArts and NimbleBit, the makers of Tiny Tower, comes an all-new mobile game about everyone’s favorite space station, STAR WARS™: TINY DEATH STAR™! Amidst a civil war in a galaxy far, far away, the Emperor is building a Death Star level by level, and he needs your help. Intergalactic war is expensive, and space stations are, too. Do you have any idea how much it costs to build one the size of a moon? Live life on the dark side, and join Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader on a mission to attract Galactic bitizens, run intergalactic businesses, and build an all-new Death Star! With that hard-earned money, fund the Empire’s evil schemes to defeat the Rebels and conquer the galaxy once and for all!

Forum Thread: Tiny Death Star (Universal App by Lucasarts)


Striker Soccer 2

iTunes Description

Take to the pitch in Striker Soccer 2, the sequel to the hugely popular Striker Soccer. Create your own team of star players and lead them to glory as you show off your skills on the big stage. Featuring classic soccer gameplay, accessible to players of all abilities, Striker Soccer 2 is a blast!

Forum Thread: Striker Soccer 2 - (by Chillingo Ltd) [Universal]

  • ODMay

    Lego Lord Of The Rings out now? :O

  • Ramaz1234

    Rayman and Lord of the rings!!!

  • jdmvette

    Where is TT SW???

    • shadax

      And meltdown ?

      • shadax

        Ah I see it now.

  • mudads

    No link for Star Wars Tiny Death Star?

  • Illuminerdy

    Need link for Death Star. App Store search not populated yet.

  • raviadso

    Wow, great week. 5 good-to-great titles.

    • toxiccheese

      I only see 3-4 good apps. :)

  • kensai68

    Can't find Death Star

  • shadax

    Miner Problem's controls suck. Tiny buttons with terrible touch detection. I have to touch the bottom edge of the screen and hope it works. Why the hell not a left half right half setup or custom config?

    iPhone 5 iOS 6.2.0

  • toxiccheese

    Where's the link for extreme bike, sw:tt, and clumsy ninja????

    • http://www.thomadaneau.com/ Thoma Daneau

      Yeah! Where are they?

  • Th3R3n3gad3

    So... Much... Stuff.

  • Pete Osborne

    Baby Lava Bounce (Free) definitely deserves a look as well, seems like a really nice game. Fans of Level Up and Stargate have new games as well though I haven't yet tried them due to lack of funds.

  • QWERTYthebold

    Tiny Death Star better not be just a re-skin...

    • dariusjr98

      Some people who have played said that's exactly what it is, unfortunately.

      • QWERTYthebold

        DARN. Well, I'm not going to play it again just because it's Star Wars. Although, it's free, so you can't really be mad about it.

      • shadax

        It is not at all a reskin wtf.

        It's tony tower, but they've added lots of new features that are tailored for Star Wars. There's an interrogation room that's pretty cool

  • philadendron

    Super excited about Football Heroes.

    • andrew9oh7

      Me too!

      • ste86uk

        It's out on my UK store now

  • cell-gfx

    Tiny Death Star is live on the NZ App Store. Go nuts.

  • cmphillips2

    You can find Tiny Death Star in US by simply googling it. The first link I clicked on my phone took me directly to the game in the App Store.

  • Wave_Rider99

    Great week, rayman, ace patrol, lotr, octagon

  • dariusjr98

    Rayman, Meltdown, Miner Problems, and Tiny Death Star for me.

  • iValerio90

    Merry christmas guy....

  • sleb

    What happened to Football Heroes? Is it still being reased?

  • Lazer Kat

    Where's dark days LA

  • http://www.the-app-shack.com Matt F

    Rayman, Octagon and Miner Problem for me :=)

  • ste86uk

    Can't find Football Heros or Clumsy Ninja. Bored of Tiny Death Star after weeks of playing everybody should get Sorcery2 instead!

    • Lazer Kat

      So you only got weeks of gameplay out of a free game,
      Bummer.

  • ste86uk

    Mainly stopped because it got buggy which seems fixed now and also because it is a great game to waste some time but I wonder what I'm building for other than wasting time. But if you liked Tiny Tower it's great

  • http://www.silentrocco.com/ Silent Rocco

    From the video, Octacon looks like a cheap Boson X ripoff?!

    • Goggles789

      My thoughts exactly. Took one look at it and gave it a pass. I loved Boson X at first but it just started stressing me out and I lost the will to play.

      • http://www.silentrocco.com/ Silent Rocco

        Boson X hooked me until I finally (after weeks of trying) beat the last stage. What a relief it was :) To me, Boson X is a little indie masterpiece. Again, this one here just looks crappy.

  • revolverblue85

    Football heroes is great!

  • Goggles789

    Can anyone give me a rundown of what Star Wars tiny tower was getting at? I tried it for a few minutes but I didn't get what you're supposed to do.

  • curtneedsaride

    Yup Christmas came early for me with Lego Lord of the Rings! Man, I love that world of Middle-Earth.

  • renzy18

    When is Lego Lord of the rings coming out in Australia Appstore :D cant wait to play this is my kind of game since Lego star wars <3

  • one.sixty.four

    great week!