Fresh iPhone Apps for Feb. 2: Spice Invaders, Ghost Trick, Awesome Land, Reckless Racing 2

Feb 2, 2012
Games

It’s the week’s big day for games, and we’ve got quite a few great ones on offer today. Spice Invaders is a robust tower defense title with tons of content and an eight-player multiplayer mode, while Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective puts players in the role of a ghost trying to solve his own murder by […]

It’s the week’s big day for games, and we’ve got quite a few great ones on offer today. Spice Invaders is a robust tower defense title with tons of content and an eight-player multiplayer mode, while Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective puts players in the role of a ghost trying to solve his own murder by manipulating objects. Awesome Land is a side-scrolling platformer that puts a leather jacket and an attitude on Mario, while Reckless Racing 2 brings some quality top-down racing action to the App Store.

Spice Invaders (iPhone, iPad) Free

Tower defense title Spice Invaders stands apart from tons of other entries in the genre by being a deep game with lots of content. You play a group of space pirates who love spice – and the best place to get it is by taking over the Earth, one battlefield at a time. To do it, you’ll need to use lots of different towers, firing missiles, bullets, lasers and other weapons at earthlings to stop them from reaching and destroying your bases.

Spice Invaders has tons of upgrades you can unlock for its many different towers, as well as three different game modes and a very cool art style. It includes 54 levels to work through and an online multiplayer mode that lets you take on as many as eight other players.

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (iPhone, iPad) Free (with in-app purchase of $9.99)

The first thing you need to know about Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is that you’re dead. You’re the victim of a murder, and as the protagonist of the game, you can’t remember anything about your past, who killed you or why. What you can do is possess objects, which allows you to manipulate them to move around the screen and affect the world of the living. You’ll need to stop a hit man from killing a witness and do even more to find out what happened to you and why.

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Ghost Trick is all about solving environmental puzzles as a ghost. You’ll slip your soul from one object to another, looking for ones you can manipulate. Moving and altering objects in the right order can make things happen and even prevent the deaths of other characters. If you fail, you can always reverse time to four minutes before the person’s death for another go. Ghost Trick’s first two chapters are free; after that, you’ll need to pony up $9.99 to complete the game.

Awesome Land (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

If Super Mario put on a leather jacket and a bit of a Duke Nukem attitude, the result would be Awesome Land. It’s a side-scrolling platformer with solid virtual controls and a hard-edged art style. Each level is filled with enemies you’ll have to jump on to kill as you avoid getting killed by gaps, bees and other obstacles.

Awesome Land is all about completing its levels – 20 of them in all. It also has a great pixel art style and some big boss fights for players to pound through. It doesn’t have a score system the way that Mario does, but Awesome Land does ramp up the challenge and balance it with some highly responsive controls.

Reckless Racing 2 (iPhone, iPad) $4.99

The follow-up to Reckless Racing brings more top-down racing action to your iPhone and iPad. With its responsive controls and great graphical style, the game brings in some fast-paced, stylish racing action that’s easy to pick up but hard to master. Reckless Racing 2’s biggest selling point is that it’s full of content, with lots of events, game modes and characters to unlock

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You can start Reckless Racing 2 by jumping straight into a race with the quick play mode, or by beginning a career that you can use to unlock new races, characters and other events. You’ll buy and upgrade your vehicles to give yourself an edge and compete for the best times using Reckless Racing 2’s Game Center leaderboards.

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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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