Fresh iPhone Apps for July 19: Fieldrunners 2, Synesthetic, Pocket Minions

Jul 19, 2012
Games

It was another big game night in the iTunes App Store, with three great titles to keep you busy this weekend. Up first is the deep and challenging tower defense sequel Fieldrunners 2, with its multiple difficulty modes for each of its levels. Next, we have Synesthetic, a rhythm game that uses your own tracks […]

It was another big game night in the iTunes App Store, with three great titles to keep you busy this weekend. Up first is the deep and challenging tower defense sequel Fieldrunners 2, with its multiple difficulty modes for each of its levels. Next, we have Synesthetic, a rhythm game that uses your own tracks to build its levels. Finally, there’s Pocket Minions, a simulator that will have you building tall medieval towers filled with serfs, maids and other servants.

Fieldrunners 2 (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Defend bases against hordes of soldiers, motorcycles, tanks and helicopters in Fieldrunners 2, the sequel to the popular tower defense title. The game includes some 20 towers to unlock, purchase and upgrade, plus plenty of soldiers to take down across lots of levels. Fieldrunners 2 packs some great graphics to go along with the action, as well.

You’ll get a campaign with some 16 maps to work through, with more on the way, according to the developers. There’s also Game Center support, which brings achievements and leaderboards that let you track your scores against players all over the world.

Synesthetic (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

Rhythm title Synesthetic’s first cool gimmick is that it allows you to use the music tracks on your iOS device to create its levels. In each level, your job is to roll around the outside edge of a round cable, avoiding objects to the rhythm of your song. You’ll use either tilt controls or touch controls to avoid objects as you move around the cable.

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Synesthetic includes three different game modes for each level, and also includes multiple color themes with which to play around. It also packs Game Center support, which means you have leaderboards for every song out there, and support for the new iPad’s Retina display.

Pocket Minions (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Your medieval territory needs a tower to house your minions, so you’ll need to construct it – floor by floor, room by room, in Pocket Minions. The game is similar to simulator titles such as Tiny Tower, in which you’ll need to recruit people to live in your tower and then fill it with various types of rooms, like maids’ quarters, hunting lodges, furnaces, latrines and more.

You’ll need to build multiple levels and recruit more and more minions to protect your tower against attacks from enemies such as dragons. You’ll also need to manage your tower well in order to keep your minions happy and working hard. Pocket Minions includes 10 levels to play through and lots of different kinds of minions and buildings to make use of along the way.

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