Fresh iPhone Apps for Apr. 5: Saturday Morning RPG, Bug Princess 2, Peakour, CreaVures

Apr 5, 2012
Games

This week’s App Store game day is led by Saturday Morning RPG, a Japanese-style role-playing game packed with nostalgic references to Saturday morning cartoons and driven by turn-based gameplay. Bug Princess 2 is our second offering, following up on developer CAVE’s first Bug Princess game and providing all kinds of intense shoot-’em-up action. Puzzler Peakour […]

This week’s App Store game day is led by Saturday Morning RPG, a Japanese-style role-playing game packed with nostalgic references to Saturday morning cartoons and driven by turn-based gameplay. Bug Princess 2 is our second offering, following up on developer CAVE’s first Bug Princess game and providing all kinds of intense shoot-’em-up action. Puzzler Peakour is next, in which players build an acrobatic path through a stage for a character to run, followed by CreaVures, a side-scrolling platformer in which you’ll make use of the talents of five different animal characters to get through each of the game’s levels.

Saturday Morning RPG (iPhone, iPad) Free

If you’re a fan of the cartoons, movies and video games of the 1980s and 1990s, you’ll have a great time with Saturday Morning RPG. Pairing old-school graphics with turn-based role-playing gameplay, the game puts players in the role of Marty as he works to free his girlfriend from the clutches of the evil Commander Hood.

Saturday Morning RPG has players tapping the screen in order to charge up power in order to strengthen their attacks against various enemies while working through the game. You’ll also earn new powers by adding “stickers” to your “notebook.” Scratching the stickers quickly adds those powers to Marty’s repertoire in each battle. The faster you scratch, the more abilities you’ll get. The game is divided into multiple stand-alone episodes, and sometimes the changes you enact in one episode will flow into the next.

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Bug Princess 2 (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

The sequel to “bullet hell” shooter Bug Princess brings more of the intense bullet-dodging action of the first title as players use touch controls to fly about the screen, blasting away at hordes of enemies while fighting to avoid getting blasted themselves. Bug Princess 2 brings three different game modes and four levels of difficulty to shoot-’em up fans to enjoy.

The four different game modes in Bug Princess 2 give players a chance to work through each of the game’s stages, each with a different gameplay emphasis, and its staggered difficult levels mean even novice players can make it all the way through the game. You’ll also pull down all kinds of power-ups along the way and enjoy some solid 3-D graphics.

Peakour (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Puzzler Peakour is all about analyzing the game environment and adding elements where needed. In each level, you’ll be working to make it so a character can navigate the level automatically, using different moves, like jumps, ledge-grabs, wall kicks and more. Along the way are several bottle caps, which you want the character to grab along the way. Your job is to build the proper path by putting objects where they’re needed to help get your “pea” to each level’s goal.

Peakour includes 100 levels for you to figure out, and lots of different moves for your pea characters to execute on their way to each level’s goal. There’s also a level editor you can unlock through the course of the game, allowing you to create your own Peakour levels and share them with other players.

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CreaVures (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Side-scrolling platformer CreaVures puts you in control of Bitey, a strange-looking animal on a quest to bring light back their forest. But Bitey is just the first character you get access to – by the end of the game, you’ll have five animals in your group, each with its own special abilities for solving puzzle and fighting off enemies. In each level, you’ll need to find your way past obstacles and enemies, grabbing all the light particles you can find in order to rack up the highest score you can.

CreaVures is marked by a great luminescent art style, and packs some cool boss fights to offset the puzzles you’ll solve as you work your way through each of its levels. The game also packs Game Center support to provide players with achievements to earn and leaderboards to climb.

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Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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