Another day, more iPhone games at the App Store. The latest batch includes Freeverse's Skee-Ball, DotEmu's port of the late 80s adventure game Golvellius: Valley of Doom, ICS Mobile's tower defense game Navy Patrol: Coastal Defense, UFO Interactive's Way of the Samurai 3, Bent Pixels' puzzle game Antimite, and Sinapse's America's National Parks suite of casual games.
In Skee-Ball (US$0.99; iPhone OS 2.2.1), players flick the screen to roll the ball up the ramp and hopefully into one of the high-value holes. The more points they earn, the more tickets they collect. More than 80 prizes, including a custom ball and a Peruvian Flute Band CD, are available to win. An online leader board lets players post their high scores and achievements.
Golvellius: Valley of Doom ($1.99; iPhone OS 2.2.1) was originally released in 1987 as an answer to Nintendo's Legend of Zelda. In the role of the knight Kelesis, players must rescue Princess Rena from the evil Golvellius, whose seven demons stand in the way. As players explore the valley, they can buy helpful items from the characters they meet and improve their demon-slaying abilities.
Navy Patrol: Coastal Defense ($2.99 for 48 hours, $4.99 after that; iPhone OS 3.0) allows players to defend territory on and below the sea's surface, as well as by air, with 15 offensive and defensive special abilities at their disposal and six upgradeable offensive units. There difficulty levels, a global leader board, and Facebook Connect are included. The developer plans to add new maps to the game on a regular basis.
Way of the Samurai 3 (free for a limited time; iPhone OS 3.0) features archers, bandits, ninjas, and other types of enemies to defeat, as well as boss battles in which players find themselves outnumbered but not outmatched. Players can take an honorable path or a villainous one, with one of more than 20 endings in store for them.
In Antimite ($0.99; iPhone OS 3.0), players use the accelerometer to move a character named Crush around the map, destroying as many mites as possible before time runs out. Twenty levels are included, and Bent Pixels promises online leader boards, more levels, and more in future updates.
Finally, America's National Parks ($0.99; iPhone OS 2.1) gathers jigsaw puzzles, matching games, hidden object games, and other styles in one package. Yellowstone, the Smokey Mountains, Samoa, and other national park locations are included. Players can choose from multiple difficulty levels and post their best scores on an online leader board.