Fresh iPhone Games for Apr. 7: Atari’s Greatest Hits, Mos Speedrun, Knights vs Aliens

Apr 7, 2011
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We’ve got three apps for you on today’s Fresh Games list, and 103 games. That’s because one of them is Atari’s Greatest Hits, a game filled with small-scale in-app purchases that can amount to 100 classic Atari 2600 and arcade games. It also comes with Pong. Get the skinny and the free starter download below, […]

We’ve got three apps for you on today’s Fresh Games list, and 103 games. That’s because one of them is Atari’s Greatest Hits, a game filled with small-scale in-app purchases that can amount to 100 classic Atari 2600 and arcade games. It also comes with Pong. Get the skinny and the free starter download below, along with a pair of other great games that hit the App Store today.

Atari’s Greatest Hits (iPhone, iPad) Free (with in-app purchases of $0.99)

One app, one hundred games. Yeah, you read that right. Snag Atari’s Greatest Hits and that’s exactly what you’re offered — Pong for starters, which is free with the download of the game, plus access to as many as 100 classic arcade and Atari 2600 titles that you can snag through in-app purchases.

The games are divided into purchasable packs of five, and each pack goes for a buck. There are 25 total, but if you decide to unlock all of Atari’s greatest hits, you can do so with an in-app purchase of $14.99.

Mos Speedrun (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

You can’t throw a rock in the App Store without hitting an 8-bit platforming game, but that’s actually pretty great when the app your rock discovered happens to be Mos Speedrun, a fast-paced platformer in which speed is as important as accuracy. You’ll burn up levels trying to move through them as fast as possible, while simultaneously picking up all the coins you can find and searching for a hidden skull to unlock various achievements.

There are 20 levels of secrets and speed to be had in Mos Speedrun, and Game Center support lets you compare notes (and scores) with other users, as well as achievements. The game packs a simple control scheme — touch left for left, right for right and both to jump — that lets you focus on the level design rather than keeping track of buttons.

Knights vs Aliens (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Aliens have invaded Medieval Europe, but for some reason, they didn’t anticipate running into a bunch of knights who aren’t scared of lasers. It’s your job to command those knights against the aliens, and anyone else who happens to get in your way, by ordering soldiers to attack and defend castles against the alien onslaught.

Knights vs Aliens is a strategy game. Each castle you control kicks out spare soldiers, and by touching and dragging them toward other castles, you can attack and capture them. Holding the structures gets you more soldiers to use to attack — but the aliens have the same idea, and they’ll take over your castles just as fast as you take over theirs. You’ll defend Earth as one of five different European nations, plus the U.S., which apparently travels through time to help fight off alien invasion.

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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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