Fresh iPhone Apps for May 3: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Brainsss, My Little Hero, Victorian Mysteries: Woman in White

May 3, 2012
Games

It’s another big game night, and this one kicks off with LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7. The LEGO-styled third-person action game brings you the conclusion of the movie series, plus lots more. Brainsss, a puzzle/strategy game, gives you command of a horde of zombies and trusts you to use them to trap and turn humans. […]

It’s another big game night, and this one kicks off with LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7. The LEGO-styled third-person action game brings you the conclusion of the movie series, plus lots more. Brainsss, a puzzle/strategy game, gives you command of a horde of zombies and trusts you to use them to trap and turn humans. My Little Hero is a 3-D action game that will remind players a little bit of The Legend of Zelda, while hidden object puzzler Victorian Mansion: Woman in White has players searching for clues to its mysterious story.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (iPhone, iPad) $4.99

Licensed LEGO games are pretty big on video game consoles and PCs, but the iOS versions of the LEGO Harry Potter series are pretty solid proof that mobile devices can do a pretty good job of standing up to their bigger counterparts. Years 5-7 plays out the story elements of the last three films and the last three years of Harry Potter’s time at Hogwarts, culminating in the battle with Voldemorte in a 3-D, third-person action game.

In addition to the storyline to play through, LEGO Harry Potter includes a new “duel” mode in which you’ll take on other wizards in one-on-one magic fights. Beating the mode’s various bosses opens them up as characters for you to use. The game also tracks your play time and completion percentage and ranks you on Years 5-7’s Game Center leaderboards.

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Brainsss (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

If you like sending your troops into battle in strategy games, you should check out Brainsss, a top-down action game that puts you in control of the menacing zombie hordes as they terrorize a town. Your goal is to capture and convert all the humans on each level, and to do so, you’ll need to think strategically, because you don’t want them to escape your relatively slow-moving zombies. The solution is to split your forces, sending them to block off humans and kill them.

As you progress through Brainsss, you’ll have to find different ways of dispatching humans as you work to force them into corners and surround them. The game throws new kinds of people at you as you progress, such as fast-moving scientists or deadly police officers, so finding the best way to approach each situation is important. Game Center support tracks your scores and speed on each level to compare with players all over the world.

My Little Hero (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

The Boogeyman has stolen your best friend, but as a young boy with a wooden sword and a cardboard helmet, you’re not going to stand for that. Thus begins the quest in My Little Hero, a third-person action game that’s similar in some respects to The Legend of Zelda and other action-RPG titles. You’ll hack and slash through 3-D levels as you search for the Boogeyman, collecting buttons from fallen enemies and searching for collectibles.

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My Little Hero includes four worlds through which players will trek, and you’ll be able to find and upgrade new weapons and armor to increase your strength level as you progress through the game. You’ll also have to fight off the Boogeyman’s boss characters along the way, and work to find and snag some 31 collectibles hidden throughout the game.

Victorian Mysteries: Woman in White (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Point-and-click hidden object title Victorian Mysteries: Woman in White is likely going to challenge you with its puzzles. Progressing through the game’s story means completing its various puzzles; searching for the objects off a list in a single large image, for example. You’ll also find your brain tested, as well as your eyes, as you explore the game’s Victorian mansion in search for answers to what is going on, as well as the identity of the Woman in White.

Victorian Mysteries: Woman in White is based on the intriguing story of the classic novel by Wilkie Collins. It also includes some 45 unique environments through which players will search to find hidden artifacts and clues as to what happened in the mansion.

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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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