New iPhone games of the week (February 22, 2010)

Take control of Alice in Wonderland, a soldier in World War II, an all-terrain rover on the moon, and, maybe best of all, your favorite "Phineas and Ferb" characters.

Each week brings a bevvy of new iPhone games to our digital doorstep, but time doesn't permit us to cover each one individually. Therefore, here's a roundup of some new and interesting titles you might want to check out:

Alice in Wonderland: You can't judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a movie by its trailer--and Tim Burton's latest attempt to make Johnny Depp look weird (aka "Alice") offers little appeal to me or my kids. The eponymous tie-in game, on the other hand, is a surprisingly charming little platformer. Don't take my word: There's a free two-level lite version you can try before plunking down your $4.99.

Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front: The second chapter in Gameloft's World War II-shooter saga, Global Front ($7.99) features six-player online battles, three new vehicles to pilot (when you're not on foot, that is), and five war-torn locations spanning Europe and Africa. If there's a better WWII shooter for the iPhone, I haven't played it.

Knife Toss is a great little diversion. Watch where you tap! Elevate Entertainment

Knife Toss: Admit it: You've always wanted to throw knives at a circus clown strapped to one of those giant spinning wheels. Now's your chance! Use the accelerometer to aim, then tap to toss. Knife Toss is cute five-minute fun. And it's currently free, though I believe it usually costs 99 cents.

NASA Lunar Electric Rover Simulator: You know what NASA should do to raise money? Sell time at the controls of an actual lunar rover. Until then, you can pilot a virtual rover in this free app, which also provides a photo gallery and information about the futuristic concept-vehicle. Drive the LER to various moon bases before your power runs out. I wouldn't call this a keeper, but it's fun for a few minutes--and free.

Phineas and Ferb Arcade: "Mom! Phineas and Ferb have their own iPhone game!" If you heard Candace's voice in your head while reading that, you're undoubtedly a fan of Disney's hilarious cartoon. And you won't think twice about dropping $1.99 on this app, which serves up three fun arcade-style games. But what's this? No voices from the show? Curse you, Dr. Doofenshmirtz! I'm calling in Agent P.

What cool new games have you spotted (or played) this week? Tell us all about 'em in the comments.

 

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