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5 iPhone Games You Just Can’t Miss This Week

Nov 02, 2014

Sick of Temple Run and looking for something new to play on your iPhone? TIME rounded up some favorites from this week that are worth a download.

Woah Dave
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Woah Dave!

Woah Dave! may be one of the finest iPhone games released in the recent months. It has at once an overtly retro feel and a decidedly modern sensibility. Players guide Dave Lonuts through a world on the brink of alien invasion, and launch eggs and bombs at aliens in order to stay alive and earn coins. Woah Dave! is as simple as it is charming, and reminds plays of an arcade era of simpler times.

Woah Dave is available for $1.99 in the App Store.

Loopy Messenger
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Loopy Messenger

Although Loopy Messenger isn’t a game, it’s the sort of app that can provide just as many hours of distraction. It’s Snapchat meets MS Paint—an app that allows users to send drawn messages between each other that disappear forever. In the style of the late lamented Facebook Graffiti app, Loopy allows you to see how your friend drew the image they sent you.

Loopy Messenger is available free in the App Store.

Star Wars: Galactic Defense
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Star Wars: Galactic Defense

Galactic Defense is a fascinatingly interactive tower defense game in which players can choose between the light and dark sides of the force and engage in battle against invading enemy attack waves. Heroes from the films (including Obi-Wan and Yoda) can be summoned to lead your troops against enemy units as you defend and upgrade your tower defenses in countless battle scenarios, like Tatooine and Hoth. Players can also compete online against other users.

Star Wars: Galactic Defense is available free in the App Store.

The Survivor: Rusty Fortress
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The Survivor: Rusty Fortress

This game begins after the planet’s population has been wiped out by a virus. As one of the few remaining survivors, you need to fight off disease-ridden mobs. Just in time for Halloween, The Survivor is part Walking Dead, part Minecraft; players must build and upgrade their weapons, build increasingly bigger shelters as well as hunt for food. Days are for foraging and exploring, nights are when the masses attack.

The Survivor: Rusty Fortress is available for $0.99 in the App Store.

Jet Run
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Jet Run: City Defender

Jet Run is what would have happened if Space Invaders had been released 35 years after it actually came out. Players zoom through city streets in a modern-looking game blasting retro 8-bit aliens, and upgrade their weapons as they collect coins and shoot down invaders. Jet Run probably plays a bit better on an iPad—the game is packed with intricate backdrops and moves very quickly. It’s also endearingly reminiscent of Futurama’s opening title sequence.

Jet Run: City Defender is available free in the App Store.

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