A few big-name game releases are lighting up the the App Store today. Fans of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings get two new titles by THQ Wireless and Glu, respectively, while id Software, of Doom and Quake fame, have released Rage, a first-person shooter for the iPhone and iPad.
Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner, which hit the App Store yesterday, brings the Millenium Falcon to you with an augmented-reality mode using the camera on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and 4th-generation iPod touch (a warning in the app’s descriptions notes that the game will only work with these more-recent devices due to memory needs). The game offers 20 levels of imperial starship destruction and features Game Center and Facebook integration.
Glu, developer of the popular Gun Bros game and several other titles, have released iPhone and iPad-specific versions of a new tower defense-style game in the Lord of the Rings universe. The Lord of the Rings: Middle-earth Defense hit the App Store last night, featuring Story and Challenge modes, Retina display support, and Game Center integration.
TouchArcade has reviewed the game and recommends it as a “challenging and entertaining” take on the tower defense genre though its relatively high price may prompt you to consider your purchase a little bit more, particularly if you want to equip both an iPad and iPhone or iPod touch with the game.
id Software, the developer of legendary titles Doom and Quake, has released Rage for the iPhone and iPad. Rage is a first-person shooter “on rails” that puts you in a post-apocalyptic world where you’re hunted by mutants as part of a deranged game show called Mutant Bash TV. The game is available in two versions, Rage and Rage HD, which are both universal and therefore a great value for those who have both an iPad and iPhone or iPod touch. Rage HD, however, offers higher-resolution graphics specifically for the iPad, iPhone 4, and 4th-generation iPod touch.
If you’re an id Software fan, there’s a very active forum thread over at TouchArcade about Rage where John Carmack, id Software’s co-founder, is actively participating in the discussion. Carmack has revealed two more potential iOS games in that thread and is also asking for suggestions to improve Rage in another thread.