If you’ve been sitting on a massive emergency food supply waiting for the right occasion to open the first gallon sized can of preserved potato chunks, this might be it. With the holiday season almost upon us and the iTunes freeze quickly approaching, it seems like everyone who has a game to release decided to pull the lever today instead of waiting until next week. The iTunes Connect freeze takes place this year from December 22nd all the way through December 29th, so while there won’t be any games released that week, we have another potential week of release madness ahead of us.
Regardless, there is absolutely no shortage of games to choose from tonight. If everything goes as it usually does, these games should all be available in the USA at 11:00 PM Eastern, or potentially much earlier if you’re in a region east of North America.
Here’s what’s on our radar:
Blobster Christmas, 99¢ – Forum Thread – If you’ve found yourself thinking, “You know, I really liked Blobster but I wish it was more festive," Chillingo totally has your back. We liked the original in our review, and if you did too, give this a spin.
Blockwick, Free – Forum Thread – If sliding puzzles are your cup of tea, Blockwick is the newest kid on the block. (See what I did there?) Anyway, I really dig puzzle games like this which are free with an initial level pack with additional levels available via IAP, so you only ever need to pay if you both enjoy the game and have cleared the free content.
Bloons 2, 99¢ – Forum Thread – The guys from Digital Goldfish are the masters of bringing popular Flash games to iOS, and Bloons 2 is their latest port. You can play it online for free with ads, or spend a buck and have it forever on your iPhone. Not too shabby.
Frontline Commando, Free – Forum Thread – This third person shooter looks like it could be promising, but it all depends on how Glu implemented their free to play model. I hope there are no $500 guns.
Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World, Free / HD – Forum Thread – This adventure game unravels the great Space Age conspiracy. It’s also free, with a single $9.99 unlock, assuming you like the taste they give you.
Mad Tracks, Free – Forum Thread – The above video is actually from the Wii version of the game, but judging by screenshots, the iOS version might even look better than that. Hopefully the free to play mechanic is OK.
Save The Furries!, $2.99 / HD – Forum Thread – 60 levels are included in this physics-based puzzler where Bulky Pix puts you to the task of making sure no harm comes to the Furries. My question is, what have the furries done for me?
Sonic CD, $1.99 – Forum Thread – I’ve always considered Sonic CD to be the best of the series, and this port is so good it makes me want to cry. Seriously, so much love went into this that it’s incredible, it even features both US and Japanese soundtracks. Download. This. Now.
SubTub, 99¢ – Forum Thread – The iTunes text for this game has left me with practically no clue what you actually do in this game, but I’m always oddly drawn to games with mega-bright art styles like this one.
Tongue Tied!, $1.99 – Forum Thread – One of my favorite things about the App Store is the ridiculous lengths developers need to go to in order to come up with game premises that haven’t been done before. A physics games where two dogs have their tongues tied together. That’s it, pack it up, I’ve seen it all.