Fresh iPhone Apps for Jan. 5: Super Crate Box, Legendary Heroes, Streetbike: Full Blast, Street Wrestler

Jan 5, 2012
Games

Our first major game night of the year hasn’t seen the excessive set of releases we’re used to in the iTunes App Store, but there are still some quality new titles to keep you busy into the weekend. Up first is a port of the PC indie title Super Crate Box, a challenging game with […]

Our first major game night of the year hasn’t seen the excessive set of releases we’re used to in the iTunes App Store, but there are still some quality new titles to keep you busy into the weekend. Up first is a port of the PC indie title Super Crate Box, a challenging game with an old-school style and lots of enemies to blast. Legendary Heroes, an action-strategy title a lot like the free-to-play PC game League of Legends is next, followed by Streetbike: Full Blast, a 3-D arcade motorcycle racer. Rounding out tonight’s picks, Street Wrestler has you donning a luchador mask and taking to the streets to pound thugs in a side-scrolling brawler.

Super Crate Box (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

A port of the popular indie PC game, Super Crate Box is a pretty old-school concept, similar to the original Mario Bros. arcade game. Each level is an enclosed square area in which players jump around various platforms in a side-scrolling set up. You carry a gun and have to defend yourself from hordes of enemies that fall from above, with the goal of collecting crates, which appear on the screen one at a time. Each crate houses a new weapon so you’re constantly switching between various power-ups in order to raise your score.

Super Crate Box is a pretty simple concept, but deceptively difficult, because you’re constantly jumping all over each level to grab your next crate while trying not to get killed. You’ll unlock new levels, weapons and characters the more crates you collect, and you can compare your best scores to other players using the Super Crate Box’s Game Center and OpenFeint leaderboards.

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Legendary Heroes (iPhone, iPad) Free

Real-team action-strategy title Legendary Heroes is a lot like the free-to-play massively multiplayer PC game League of Legends, and that’s a very good thing. Each level is a battle for control – you face off with a team of three heroes against an enemy team and its heroes, attempting to take over your enemies’ territory while they fight to control yours.

Legendary Heroes has you controlling three characters, each with their own abilities that you’ll unlock over time, but you can only control one of them at any given moment, requiring you to really work your strategy in order to be victorious. It has a robust single-player campaign with lots of challenge, plus 30 levels to play through to keep you busy.

Streetbike: Full Blast (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

There are quite a few racing titles in the App Store, but not too many motorcycle-centric ones. Streetbike: Full Blast corrects that oversight. It’s a 3-D arcade motorcycle racer that uses tight tilt controls to steer your bike. It looks and feels great, and includes a whole lot of racing action besides.

Streetbike features nine “leagues” for you to play through in the campaign mode of the game, as well as a Quickplay mode that gets you into a race without a lot of setup. As you play, you’ll unlock new bikes and tracks, and in some races you’ll even have to weave through traffic to avoid getting taken out as you hit some very high speeds.

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Street Wrestler (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Street Wrestler is a side-scrolling brawler similar to popular games of the side-scrolling era, like Streets of Rage or Double Dragon. You play one of four luchador wrestlers and fight off waves of enemies with wrestling moves like punches, kicks, body slams and more to deal with thugs and other enemies that come running to fight you.

The game features a great cel-shaded art style, and the various wrestlers you can choose from each have differing special moves, strengths and weaknesses. You’ll get an arcade-style score at the end of each stage and eventually come up against some pretty tough bosses, as well.

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