New iPhone games of the week (March 1, 2010)

This week's batch includes the iPhone debuts of a game-show classic, a console favorite, "FarmVille in space," and everybody's favorite: cannon-powered zombies!

It's a good week to be a gamer. We've rounded up five just-released titles that offer a little something for everyone: 3D platform action, a space-themed take on Facebook fave FarmVille, havoc-wreaking airborne zombies, and more. Take a look:

Assassin's Creed II: Multiplayer is an online-multiplayer assassination-fest--with top-down, 2D graphics. Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed II: Multiplayer Created exclusively for the iPhone and free until March 3, ACII: Multiplayer looks nothing like the third-person action-adventure games that preceded it. Rather, it's a top-down, online-multiplayer game of kill-or-be-killed. It requires Wi-Fi, but Ubisoft's servers automatically link you with up to three other live humans. I found the game a little frustrating at first, but quite a lot of fun once I got the hang of it. Grab it while it's free!

Astro Ranch It's Animal Crossing plus FarmVille plus a dash of "Lost in Space." Clear your land, plant your seeds, harvest and sell your crops, and even go fishing and panning for gold. Astro Ranch ($2.99) is a little buggy and crash-prone, but it's also an impressively varied and enjoyable twist on the newly popular farm-game genre.

Rayman 2: The Great Escape Like Earthworm Jim before him, console favorite Rayman has finally made his iPhone debut. This 3D platformer ($6.99) looks and plays just like its Nintendo and PlayStation predecessors; it's regarded by many as one of the best games ever. Can't say I enjoy fighting onscreen controls in games like this, but for any Rayman fan, this is probably a must-have.

The Price is Right 2010 Admit it: You've always wanted to "come on down," spin the Big Wheel, and bid in the Showcase Showdown. Well, here's your chance. The iPhone version of The Price is Right ($2.99) features new and classic games from the show, customizable 3D avatars, and single and multiplayer modes.

Zombie Cannon Carnage There's nothing slow-moving or brain-munching about the exploding ragdoll zombies in this amusing, original game (99 cents). Words can't adequately describe what happens after you fire your zombie self out of a cannon, so I'll let the video do it:

If you've seen any new or noteworthy games this week, talk 'em up in the comments!

 

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