New App Store Games: Rhyme Player, Vanitas, More

The App Store continues to be a place for everything from the latest titles from big publishers to experimental slices of gameplay delivered by small studios, and the latest batch of games is no different. Konami has released Rhyme Player, a rhythm game featuring Lady Gaga, the Jackson 5, and other artists, while Tale of Tales has published Vanitas, in which random objects appear in a box while cello music plays.

In Rhyme Player (US$1.99), gamers touch song lyrics in time with the beat, with two difficulty levels available. Shuffle and Ensemble modes offer different lyric flow patterns.

Tale of Tales describes Vanitas ($0.99) as a memento mori, a reminder of mortality. Each time players open the box, objects from among the 35 included appear. They can be rearranged while cello music plays; some objects change, such as a flower that blooms. Like the publisher’s other games, Vanitas has no way to win or lose, although players receive a gold star each time three identical objects appear in the box.

Other new App Store games include 1000: Find ‘Em All!, in which players find items in the game world by navigating the real one, and the side-scrolling 2D platform game HellKid.