Fresh iPhone Apps for Aug. 11: Facebook Messenger, Let’s Golf 3, Anomaly: Warzone Earth, NyxQuest

Aug 11, 2011
Games

It’s the day of the week when all the big games are released in the iTunes App Store, but the app that’s on everybody’s mind today is Facebook Messenger, the new app from the social network that allows user to contact each other individually or in groups. But there are some quality new games on […]

It’s the day of the week when all the big games are released in the iTunes App Store, but the app that’s on everybody’s mind today is Facebook Messenger, the new app from the social network that allows user to contact each other individually or in groups. But there are some quality new games on offer as well: Let’s Golf 3, a new installment in the golf sim series from Gameloft; Anomaly Warzone Earth, a tower defense game that puts you in the role of attacker rather than defender; and NyxQuest, a platformer centered on Greek mythology.

Facebook Messenger (iPhone, iPad) Free

The latest offering from Facebook is an app that makes trading messages with the other 750 million users on the social networking service easy no matter what sort of mobile device they use. The app lets you search for users by name and message them easily, or send messages to groups of people with just one or two buttons.

Facebook Messenger also lets you tag your messages based on your location and send photos to your friends as well. The app works across both iOS and Android devices and gives push notifications for when you’re not able to keep an eye out for new messages.

Let’s Golf 3 (iPhone, iPad) Free

The latest in Gameloft’s series of golf sim games, Let’s Golf 3 brings back the same solid controls and pairs them with updated graphics and plenty of options. You’ll play through six brand new courses in the game’s single-player campaign, as well as work through other modes as well, like several mini-games and challenge modes.

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Along with Let’s Golf 3’s single-player campaign and the ability to create your own golfer, the game also packs a multiplayer mode in which as many as four players can compete. You can even challenge your friends by logging high scores when they’re not online, so they can try to best you the next time they fire up the app.

Anomaly Warzone Earth (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

A reworked port of the PC and Mac game of the same name, Anomaly Warzone Earth is a tower defense game like the many that are already in the App Store, except instead of building towers to defend a location, you control the attacking force. You’ll have to choose your route to your objective, repair your vehicles and destroy enemy towers as you go in order to complete each mission.

In each level, you’ll need to choose the vehicles in your squad and the route to your objective for maximum tactical effectiveness. Keeping your squad alive is also key, and you’ll have to use special abilities to give yourself advantages against enemy towers. Anomaly packs three different game modes and Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

NyxQuest (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Platformer NyxQuest is about the search for Icarus, the character in Greek mythology, and has a pretty great visual style to go with its mythological theme. But Greek gods and goddesses aren’t just part of the game’s aesthetic, they’re also part of the way you’ll play through the game. You’ll use Zeus’ power to move platforms around with touch controls while you jump and fly from platform to platform as the winged Nyx.

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NyxQuest mixes classic platforming, as you guide Nyx across the game’s side-scrolling levels, with touchscreen puzzle-solving using Zeus’s powers. What results is a fresh blend of the two popular game types in the App Store that’s definitely worth downloading.

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Phil Hornshaw

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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