As you might have guessed, Rovio’s latest App Store release, Angry Birds Star Wars, kicks off this week’s must-have games roundup. It’s accompanied by a gorgeous action RPG called Wraithborne, a new word game from EA, and a great side-scrolling platformer called Storm the Train.
Angry Birds Star Wars — iPhone ($0.99) / iPad ($1.99)
The wait is finally over. Your favorite game and your favorite movie have joined forces to become one in what looks like the most exciting addition to the series yet. I’m talking, of course, about Rovio’s Angry Birds Star Wars, which is now available to download on your iOS devices.
The game employs much the same Angry Birds mechanic we’ve all grown to love: the aim is to fire birds from a catapult into the army of pigs that have stolen their eggs. Only this time around, those birds have lightsabers, blasters, and Jedi powers, and the pigs are stormtroopers.
The title promises “hours and hours” of engaging gameplay, with more than 80 levels in iconic locations. You can level up your birds and continue to improve their skills, and there are hidden goodies like R2-D2 and C-3PO bonus levels. And if you’re stuck on a tricky level, you can call in the Mighty Falcon to rain down the destruction.
Wraithborne is a new “whack ‘n smash” action adventure game, in which your mission is to protect what remains of humanity by destroying wraiths, goblins, and werewolves. Use touch gestures to unleash a variety of attacks, and unlock the magic of the Runes of Power to destroy your enemies from afar.
Wraithborne boasts awesome visuals powered by the Unreal Engine 3 technology, making it one of the prettiest RPGs I’ve seen in a while. What’s more, once you’ve paid your $2.99, the entire game’s yours — there are no in-app purchases.
Word Smack is a great new word game from EA, which, like a lot of word games, is designed to be played against a friend — or a random opponent. The aim is to find as many five-letter words as you can through three increasingly challenging rounds, and the player who finds most words — or gets the highest score — wins.
It sounds simple, but it can be pretty tricky, which is what makes it so addictive. If, like me, you’re a sucker for word games, you should certainly check out Word Smack.
Storm the Train is an awesome side-scrolling platform game, in which you play one of three gun-toting agents on-board a train filled with zombies, robots, and ninjas. Your aim is to cause as much carnage as possible, annihilating anything and everything. The more mayhem you cause, the higher your score. Do more damage with jetpacks and vehicles of mass destruction, and unlock guns, gadgets, and new outfits.
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.