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A New Week in Gaming Apps for an All-New Kotaku

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This week's special late edition of the Week in Gaming Apps is brought to you by learning how to use an entirely new publishing system on the fly. It's a learning experience. Oh my goodness these images are so big.

Fortunately many of this week's gaming apps were big as well. We've got Magicka on iPad now! Ms. Splosion Man isn't just for Xbox Live Arcade anymore! Dungeon Hearts arrived! And hey, we've got a jousting game now! I am going to run out of exclamation points.

Yep, ran out.

While I go order more, go look at...

What We Played This Week


Grow, Dammit! - iOS - $1.99

The classic tale of a space plant trying to save his seedling nephews from the dark corners of planetoids by manipulating sunlight. Yeah, that old trope.


Pili Pili Rush - iOS, Android - Free

A colorful cartoon puzzle platformer about egg gathering, from the makers of The Flying Hamster and several non-hamster games. Quite lovely, though I still prefer the hamster.


Ms. Splosion Man - iOS - $2.99

Twisted Pixel's hilarious Xbox Live Arcade platformer debuted on PC and iPad this week, bringing the joy of Ms. Splosion to the masses. She's my new girlfriend. And hey, another iOS Microsoft game!


Lie Swatter - iOS - Free

From Jellyvision, the makers of You Don't Know Jack, comes this turn-based quiz game that challenges players to sort truth from lies. It's pretty damn entertaining, and informative!


Quantum Legacy HD Turbo - iOS - $1.99

Arcade space battles narrated by the worst voice acting ever. I think it's all tongue-in-cheek. Pretty sure. Neat combat, and the Star Trek references are a plus.


Knight Storm - iOS - Free

Mother-loving jousting, dammit. There's a little castle-building and maintenance here, plus the odd melee battle, but the reason for Knight Storm is jousting, and it's so good.


Dungeon Hearts - iPad - $2.99

Devolver Digital delivers a truly unique puzzle role-playing experience. Might look like a rhythm game, but this is a match-explosion title with a scrolling playfield. It's urgent and wonderful.


Fantasy Quest - iOS - Free

This week Gamevil released an odd little turn-based role-playing/kingdom builder/online multiplayer battle game. Actually they do that a lot. Worked out well this time.


App Reviews for the Week of 3/25 - 3/29

Three Colors Combine to Form the Finest Sheep Shooter Ever

Red, green and blue — these are the primary colors, which can be mixed together in varying amounts to create every color of the visible spectrum. I learned this in my grade school art program. At the time I was convinced the teacher made it up to cover for the fact that they only had enough money in the budget for three colors of bulk paint. What good is mixing colors when you can just buy a box of assorted pre-rendered crayons, markers or paints? Read…


Fetch Could Have Been an Animated Feature. Instead It's an Utterly Charming iPad Game.

You could search the iTunes app store for days and not come close to finding a game with the charm and polish of Big FishGames' Fetch. It's an animated movie come to life, an adventure riddled with arcade action wrapped around a warm beating heart. It's the story of a boy and his dog. Read…


This "Pegformer" Delivers One New Way to Move, Many New Ways to Die

When developer First5 Games were looking for a fresh method of movement for their new platforming game, they found inspiration in those old Wacky Wall Crawler toys you'd get for a quarter out of supermarket vending machines as a kid. You know, the ones with all the sticky legs? I used to tear off their limbs. I consider Cling!payback. Read…


Nimble Quest Would Make One Hell of a Final FantasyGame

Back in January, Square Enix released Final Fantasy: All the Bravest,a game about getting as many Final Fantasy character sprites on the screen at one time while finding creative new ways for players to pay for things. It wasn't a very good game. What Square Enix should have done was make Nimble Quest, the latest from the creators of Tiny Tower. Read…


It's Only a Little Magicka, But It's Enough for a Party

As promised last month, Paradox Interactive and mobile developer Ludosity have teamed up to deliver a little cross-platform Magickamayhem for the iPhone and Android. Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet is nowhere near as deep and destructively satisfying as its PC inspiration, but it's got the right idea. the right idea, by the way, is killing your friends with magic. Read…