Fresh iPhone Apps for Jan. 19: SoulCalibur, Jazz: Trump’s Journey, Cytus, Sweet Shop

Jan 19, 2012
Games

It’s a big game day in the iTunes App Store, with lots of great new titles popping up. The first is a port of the Sega Dreamcast classic fighter SoulCalibur, which brings a whole new style of fighting to the App Store with a solid port of the original. Following it is Jazz: Trump’s Journey, […]

It’s a big game day in the iTunes App Store, with lots of great new titles popping up. The first is a port of the Sega Dreamcast classic fighter SoulCalibur, which brings a whole new style of fighting to the App Store with a solid port of the original. Following it is Jazz: Trump’s Journey, a platformer that tells a parallel story to the life of Louis Armstrong. Cytus, a music game, takes a minimal approach to the tapping rhythmic play that’s familiar to App Store gamers, and Sweet Shop gives you the opportunity to manage a candy store in its freemium offering.

SoulCalibur (iPhone, iPad) $11.99

A favorite video game title from way back in 1999, SoulCalibur hits the App Store and brings a new fighting game series to the iPhone and iPad. Originally available on the Sega Dreamcast, SoulCalibur mixes the 2-D fighting game style of Street Fighter IV and similar franchises and throws in a few 3-D tricks. Also: every character has a unique weapon that changes his or her fighting style.

SoulCalibur includes 19 characters to choose from, each with a unique stage upon which to fight. The game includes all the game modes that appeared in the original, including the standard arcade mode, time attack modes, a practice mode and a survival mode. It also has Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

Jazz: Trump’s Journey (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Platforming game Jazz: Trump’s Journey tells a story that’s a little above and beyond what most games choose to portray. Set in New Orleans, Trump’s Journey is a parallel story to that of Louis Armstrong. As you jump through levels, avoiding obstacles and searching for secrets, you’ll pursue Trump’s love of music and help him on his quest to form a group.

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Trump’s Journey features old-style cartoony graphics, a jazzy soundtrack and music-inspired abilities and play mechanics. It also includes Game Center support, as well as integration with Twitter and Facebook to make sharing your progress and the game’s story easy.

Cytus (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Minimalist rhythm game Cytus is designed with a mind toward keeping things simple and its gameplay approachable. There aren’t a lot of frills to the game, but its interface benefits from it. Like other music games in the App Store, it relies on asking players to tap along to the beat. A line moves up and down on the screen to keep the rhythm, with spots that need to be tapped in time with the music appearing around the screen. Where they’re spaced vertically lets you know how fast you’ll need to tap.

Cytus contains more moves than just tapping, though, with markers that will need to be held down or slid along tracks in time with the music in order to count. The more marks you hit in time in a row, the greater your running combo and the higher your score. The game also packs nine difficulty levels and Game Center support for achievements and leaderboards.

Sweet Shop (iPhone, iPad) Free

Sweet Shop joins the freemium genre with another management simulator, this time putting players in the roll of a candy store owner. Your goal is to brew up new candies for your customers to buy, earning coins to purchase new ingredients, expand the shop, and become more successful.

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The more successful your shop becomes, the more experience you earn, which will allow you to purchase new things like mascots and customization for your shop. Sweet Shop includes Game Center support for achievements and friends lists, and customers will often challenge you to mini-games that will give you the opportunity to earn coins and other bonuses for your shop.

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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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