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everyAir makes helping Space Marines remember where they parked a breeze.
If you’ve ever dreamed of being able to play World of Warcraft while sitting on the toilet, your iOS application has arrived.
everyAir is a gaming-centric VNC client that allows users to connect their iOS device to a Windows PC or Apple computer over a Wi-Fi connection, with the help of a free companion server application. everyAir separates itself from other VNC clients by providing users with a pair of on-screen game controllers in addition to the virtual keyboard and mouse combination offered by other VNC applications.
You have to download a server application to your Mac, which is running the games in question while you play on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. (Our screenshots here are from the iPad version.)
Connecting everyAir to our MacBook Pro was a cinch. Within minutes, we were ready to get our frag on. And frag we did: While the graphics were a little hazy, everyAir streamed StarCraft II, World of Warcraft and Civilization V with little difficulty.
everyAir gives you plenty of control over your controls.
However, we were disappointed with how the application’s gaming controls handled. While they do provide a better experience than a virtual mouse and keyboard, they still couldn’t provide the amount of twitch required to withstand a Zerg rush or a ticked-off Lich King. It’s also worth mentioning that when playing a game on everyAir, you’ll be doing so without sound, which in our opinion turns the fun down a few notches.
Ancient Rome was known for its culture, mighty army, and giant omniscient keyboard.
The bottom line. While promising, everyAir falls short of bringing a satisfying computer gaming experience to iOS. That said, we’ve no doubt that future updates to the application will put our gripes to rest.
iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, 3rd-gen iPod touch, or 4th-gen iPod touch running iOS 4.0 or later. Server software requires Mac OS X or Windows.
Easy to set up and use. Forward thinking, game-centric interface. Universal.
Touch interface doesn’t lend itself to fast-paced computer gaming. No sound makes for a less immersive gaming experience.