Fresh iPhone Games for Apr. 5: Capcom Arcade, Cool Bean, Repulse-O

Apr 5, 2011
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Like old Capcom games? Two new ones just hit Capcom Arcade, the company’s (mostly) free version of a virtual arcade right on your iDevice. Read about the new games and the arcade itself, the leader of today’s Fresh Games list, below — along with some other promising App Store newbies that go for only a […]

Like old Capcom games? Two new ones just hit Capcom Arcade, the company’s (mostly) free version of a virtual arcade right on your iDevice. Read about the new games and the arcade itself, the leader of today’s Fresh Games list, below — along with some other promising App Store newbies that go for only a dollar.

Capcom Arcade (iPhone, iPad) Free (with in-app purchases of $0.99)

An old-school virtual arcade awaits in Capcom Arcade, which is populated with old games that you can purchase and play each day — either with the free tokens the game affords you each day, or by purchasing more through in-app purchases. Inside you’ll get to run through classics like Ghouls n’ Ghosts and Street Fighter II: Championship Edition. Capcom Arcade currently includes 10 games packed into one app.

For April, Capcom Arcade has added two new titles — 1943 and Final Fight — and dropped all its in-app arcade machine purchases to a dollar for a limited time. If you’re into classic 2D side-scrolling action, give this one a go for its free price, then add additional games if you like what you’re playing.

Cool Bean (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

You’ll find an addictive vertical scrolling game in the vein of Doodle Jump in Cool Bean, but instead of jumping up, you have to strategically fall down, guiding your character from platform to platform with tilt controls. The screen inexorably scrolls downward, but if you move too fast, you’ll die — so you have to regulate your falling to keep up with the screen by strategically dropping to lower platforms. A jetpack you can activate by touching the screen helps out for a limited time, and you can use its flame to kill the various monsters that populate the world.

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One of the cooler things about Cool Bean is that getting hit or falling too far isn’t necessarily game over. Instead, you’re sent to “The Afterlife,” where you’ll have to continue to fall but even more carefully. Survive long enough (and without the benefit of an automatically recharging jetpack) and you’ll make it back to the regular game. But get hit again, and you’re out. OpenFeint support supplies this casual arcade title with online leaderboards, giving you an incentive to continually post higher scores.

Repulse-O (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

You probably haven’t played games in the match-three genre quite like Repulse-O before. It takes a sort of Tetris-like approach, but instead of objects falling from the top of the screen that you have to match, they come at the center of the screen from all sides. You manipulate the core object at the center of the screen, a magnetically charged item that either attracts or repels the “bubbles” falling toward the center of the screen. Your job is to let those bubbles stick to the core and then rotate it to catch others, matching those of the same color in order to clear them and earn points.

Repulse-O packs two game modes: a Challenge mode, in which you’ll have to complete tasks like surviving for a certain amount of time or earning a certain score, and an Endless mode, in which you just play to see how high a score you can reach. The game includes OpenFeint and Game Center for its leaderboards and achievements.

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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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