Looking for 5 minutes of fun? Then look elsewhere, because this week's new iPhone/iPod games are likely to consume considerable chunks of your time. You've been warned!
Babylonian Twins -- The Quest for Peace in Ancient Iraq: If you like running, jumping, puzzle-solving platform games (I know, are there any other kind?), you're sure to get a kick out of Babylonian Twins--a gorgeous, charming platformer with one of the most interesting backstories I've ever read. The game's launch price: $2.99. Oh, and don't miss Babylonian Twins HD for iPad ($4.99).
N.Y.Zombies: A must-have for fans of Left 4 Dead, Resident Evil, and other zombies-run-amok games, this first-person shooter offers an endless onslaught of blood, guts, and gunplay. There's a plot, too, for those who like zombie-whompin' with a purpose. N.Y.Zombies' launch price is $1.99, but there's a free lite version if you want to test the undead waters.
Warlords: Call to Arms: Who says you can't get Flash on an iPhone? Well, Flash-based games, anyway: Warlords brings the eponymous Flash classic to the small screen. Choose an army (orcs, elves, humans, etc.), then deploy the right troops at the right time during real-time battles to claim territories. It's kind of like Plants vs Zombies, except that your plants move--and look like Warcraft characters. Relentless, addicting fun for $1.99.
Warpgate: A high-profile iPad launch title, Warpgate is now available for iPhone and iPod--putting batteries and productivity alike on notice. This open-ended game of space trading, conquest, and combat offers an incredible diversity of star systems to explore, ships to pilot, weapons to buy, and missions to complete. I think one word describes it best: depth. Warpgate costs $4.99.
What new games are occupying your time this week? I find myself going back to Words With Friends far more often than I thought I would. It's an addiction that can't be cured!