Kicking off this week’s must-have iOS app is the 1997 violent driving sensation that is Carmageddon. It finally makes its debut on iOS, and it’s an exact port of the original. It’s accompanied by Sonic Jump, Sega’s latest release; Mikey Shorts Halloween, and True Skate.
Carmageddon finally makes its debut on iOS, 15 years after it was first released — and subsequently banned for its twisted mix of automotive killing machines — on Mac and PC. The title is an exact port of the original, where pedestrians equal points and you get higher scores for being more violent.
Carmageddon features 28 “dangerously deranged” opponents, 11 exhilarating environments, and a career mode with 36 crazy levels. You can unlock 30 different cars, and collect 27 different achievements. Other highlights include iCloud support, which syncs you game across your iOS devices; Game Center integration; multiple control methods, and more.
Sonic Jump isn’t too dissimilar to Doodle Jump, only it features Sega’s beloved blue hedgehog instead, and rather than being just an endless jumper, you’ll have to beat new and familiar stages in pursuit of the infamous Dr. Eggman.
There are two different game modes in Sonic Jump: a story mode, in which you try to beat all 36 stages and take down Dr. Eggman; and an endless jumping mode a lot like Doodle Jump, in which you play for the highest possible score in a bid to beat your friends on the Game Center leader board.
The title promises “diverse & exciting levels,” “amazing powerups,” and “thrilling boss battles.” You’ll have the opportunity to play as Tails and Knuckles as well as Sonic, with each character boasting their own unique abilities. What’s more, Sega promises it’s working hard to bring more characters and new worlds in future updates.
The original Mikey Shorts also featured as one of my must-have iOS games back in August, so there’s no good reason not to include Mikey Shorts Halloween in this week’s selection. It’s essentially the same platform game we’ve grown to love, only it’s got a creepy theme and new levels for Halloween.
There are 4 new levels, in two Halloween themed environments, with more than 90 creepy costumes to wear. Finish as fast as you can in an effort to achieve three stars for each level, but don’t forget to collect the hidden shorts. The game includes iCade support, and it’s completely free.
True Skate promises to be the most authentic skateboarding game on iOS; “the only thing more authentic is an actual skateboard.” It’s a lot like Touchgrind, but in my opinion, it’s more enjoyable.
The skate parks are a little busier and more exciting, with ledges, stairs, grind rails, half pipes, and bowls. It uses realistic physics that provide an authentic feel when you touch the skateboard, and impressive visuals that look great on Retina display devices. It’s also optimized for the iPhone 5’s larger display.
What’s Your Favorite?
So that concludes our list of this week’s must-have iOS games. If you’ve picked up something that you think we should have included, be sure to let us know about it in the comments.