Mac|Life - Games http://www.maclife.com/articles/9/feed en New iOS Games 1/29/15: Indigo Prophecy, Yet It Moves, and more! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_12915_indigo_prophecy_yet_it_moves_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_12915_indigo_prophecy_yet_it_moves_and_more#comments Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Columns Destructamundo Exiles Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered Gallery iOS iPad iPod Mean Girls: The Game new releases Office Rumble Pro Pinball Radiation Island Sons of Anarchy: The Prophet Traffic Buster Yet it Moves iPad iPhone iPod Games Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:32:39 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21242 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games 1/22/15: Dragon Quest V, The Lego Movie, and more! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_12215_dragon_quest_v_lego_movie_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_12215_dragon_quest_v_lego_movie_and_more#comments Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Columns Dragon Quest V Gallery Hammy Go Round Invertical Touch iOS iPad iPod Lego Movie Video Game. Hook Moneygrabber! new releases Potatoman Seeks the Troof Satellina Skyward Yak Dash: Horns of Glory iPad iPhone iPod Games Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:59:44 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21218 at http://www.maclife.com Review: CounterSpy http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_counterspy <!--paging_filter--><p>2.5D stealth shooter CounterSpy joins a growing list of high-calibre console-style games on iOS, with an experience almost on par with the $15 console version. It sports gorgeous graphics and a suave style that nicely complements its 1960s spy fiction shenanigans, and the intuitive controls feel tailor-made for iOS.</p><p>CounterSpy is a remarkably light-hearted affair. Your task is not to prevent nuclear war but to keep the morons on both sides from blasting a rocket into the moon, destroying all life as we know it in the resulting shrapnel, and you must do so with only your wits, a few guns, and up to three “formulas” — perks, essentially, that do things like lower the DEFCON level or let you run stealthily.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/counterspy_620.png" width="620" height="465" /></p><p>Each mission takes you through several areas filled with surveillance cameras and varying flavors of guards, plus machines to “hack” into (you really just double tap on them, then they explode) and lockers to open — granting you health or cash to buy gear for the next mission. Reach the end and you get blueprints for the launch plans; complete enough missions without reaching DEFCON 1 and a countdown reaching zero, and the world will be saved.</p><p>Normal difficulty requires little stealth or strategy, provided you forgo most items and run for the target, but on Advanced and Expert, going in guns blazing will only get you killed.</p><p>Moving around involves swipes and taps. Aiming takes a tad more dexterity, and a double tap is used to melee enemies, take cover, open lockers and blow up terminals — the unfortunate result being repeated deaths caused by doing something unexpected. But as frustrating as this is, CounterSpy is an excellent romp through a bizarre alternate history Cold War.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> A perfect blend of stealth and frantic action with stellar presentation to boot, CounterSpy only falls down on a few minor context-sensitive control hiccups.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>CounterSpy</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dynamighty </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.dynamighty.com" target="_blank">www.dynamighty.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $4.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or later</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Stellar presentation. Cross-Play features for owners of the PlayStation version. Satisfying stealth. Fun action and platforming.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Context-sensitive controls get finicky in tight spaces or when trying to climb ladders at speed. Not quite as full-featured as the console version.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_counterspy#comments Reviews action CounterSpy spy stealth iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:55:35 +0000 Richard Moss 21211 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games 1/15/15: WWE Immortals, Words on Tour, and more! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_11515_wwe_immortals_words_tour_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_11515_wwe_immortals_words_tour_and_more#comments Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Bear Winter Bowling Central Columns D-Day: PvP games Gunslugs 2 iOS new releases Shadowmatic Socioball Words on Tour WWE Immortals iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:19:42 +0000 Andrew Hayward 21194 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games 1/8/15: Gunbrick, Area 777, Frozen Synapse, and more! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_1815_gunbrick_area_777_frozen_synapse_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_1815_gunbrick_area_777_frozen_synapse_and_more#comments Gallery App Store AppLife Apps Area 777 Frozen Synapse games Gunbrick iOS Mayday Deep Space new releases Pako Princess Bride Space Marshals Wizard Golf RPG iPad iPhone iPod Games Fri, 09 Jan 2015 00:51:05 +0000 Andrew Hayward 21170 at http://www.maclife.com Review: BioShock (iOS) http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_bioshock_ios <!--paging_filter--><p>BioShock is a modern classic on Mac (and most other platforms) and although it was first released back in 2006, its leap to the latest iOS devices heralds a big step forward for higher-end 3D games from the console world on iPhones and iPads.</p><p>If you didn’t encounter the game on Mac, PC or console, BioShock takes place in the impossible underwater city of Rapture, a sunken metropolis that is as visually stunning as it is mysterious. No surprise then that BioShock is one of the most atmospheric games ever, deftly mixing first-person shooter action, slow-burning tension, horror, and philosophy as the story unfurls.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/01/bioshockios_620.png" width="620" height="465" /></p><p>It’s a masterful piece of game design, and an utterly engrossing spectacle, from the curious and terrifying opening, through to some magnificent twists. You navigate what remains of the marine city, an attempt at creating a utopia that now lies collapsed and derelict, trying to survive its mutated inhabitants. Most famous and dangerous of all are the hulking silhouettes of the Big Daddies – devastating guardians to the little girls who carry the genetic material you desperately need in order to survive Rapture’s terrors.</p><p>As good as its reputation is, BioShock does lose something on iPad. Though the game is reproduced in full, we couldn’t help but notice how low-res it is. Combined with the smaller screen, it does lose a bit of that wonderful atmosphere. The touch controls don’t help here, either — they’re passable, but are often in the way, or too far away from each other. If you don’t have an iOS games controller and have played it before, you can give it a miss here. If you have a controller, this is still BioShock — still stunningly crafted, still deep and shocking, still excellent. But perhaps not quite at its best.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> BioShock remains brilliant in its design and atmosphere, but it suffers in this port, especially without a games controller.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>BioShock</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Take-Two Interactive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.2k.com" target="_blank">www.2k.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $10.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>iPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, or iPad 4 (or newer) running&nbsp;iOS 7.1 or later</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Atmospheric, tense action. Brilliantly designed and crafted.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Graphics are low-res and simplified. Touch controls are poor.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_bioshock_ios#comments Reviews 2K BioShock FPS shooter iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:50:44 +0000 Matt Bolton 21163 at http://www.maclife.com Review: Divinity: Original Sin http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_divinity_original_sin <!--paging_filter--><p><em>(Divinity: Original Sin has been selected as one of MacLife's <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/25_best_mac_games_today" target="_blank">25 Best Mac Games Today</a>!)</em></p><p>Divinity: Original Sin is what happens when old-school RPGs are fused with the power of modern technology and 20 years of progress to create something that feels as innovative now as its inspirations did back then. It’s one of the best RPGs in a long time — provided you’re up for a challenge and can tolerate a few rough edges when it comes to game balance and some sloppy signposting of objectives.</p><p>Original Sin is the fifth Divinity game, but also a prequel; no prior knowledge of its predecessors is required. You play as a team of two Source Hunters, backed up with a couple of dumb Henchmen or scripted Companions as you choose, whose mundane task of solving a murder is soon upgraded to a full-on quest to save the world – that world being a flowing, beautiful land of constant humor where anything could be waiting around the next corner. It’s possible, for instance, to talk to the animals, including having a dog find suspects for you by having it sniff their underpants.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/divinity_620.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p>You play cooperatively, with each person controlling a Source Hunter — or you can play as both yourself. Either way, the characters evolve over time and their rapport is based on how you play, which can involve anything from heroically solving peoples’ problems to emptying their houses and murdering everyone. The overall story follows a linear path, but within that you get plenty of freedom for experimenting with the rules. If a clever trick feels like it should work, it usually will, from using furniture to create a barricade to outright teleporting a boss away from its bodyguards.</p><p>This freedom helps make combat one of the most interesting parts of the game. It’s turn-based, tactical, and takes no prisoners. But it’s easy to create a poor team, and there’s no option to rethink your characters’ abilities until far too late in the game. Even basic zombies get bows and powerful magic spells; tough fights can take up to an hour. It’s fair, though, and hard for the right reasons, demanding strategy as well as raw power, and in particular mastery of the elemental magic system — combining lightning and rain will create quite the shock, while rain and ice freezes in swathes.</p><p>Whether you remember the RPGs Original Sin draws inspiration from or not, the result is a must-play for all fans of the genre. Incredibly smart, long, and tough as nails, Divinity isn’t just a great game, but a truly special one; an adventure not just to enjoy, but to savor.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> This is, hands down, the best RPG in a long time – provided you’re ready for a real challenge.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Divinity: Original Sin</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Larian Studios </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.larian.com" target="_blank">www.larian.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $39.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>OS X 10.8.5 or later, Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Beautiful, flexible RPG action. Fierce tactical challenge. Inspired magic system.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Little forgiveness.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_divinity_original_sin#comments Reviews best mac games Divinity: Original Sin rpg Mac Games Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Richard Cobbett 21110 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games 12/18/14: Papers Please, Brothers in Arms 3, and more! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_121814_papers_please_brothers_arms_3_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_121814_papers_please_brothers_arms_3_and_more#comments Gallery App Store AppLife Apps Bit Dungeon brothers in arms Chinatown Wars Columns Cut the Rope games Grand Theft Auto iOS My Om Nom new releases Papers Please SimCity Stair Time Geeks Where’s My Geek iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:03:11 +0000 Andrew Hayward 21105 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games 12/11/14: Borderlands, Seabeard, and more! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_121114_borderlands_seabeard_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_121114_borderlands_seabeard_and_more#comments Gallery App Store AppLife Apps Borderlands Columns Contest of Champions games Highrise Heroes iOS Lara Croft Marvel Comics new releases Oceanhorn Seabeard Sneaky Sneaky The Hobbit Tomb Raider iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:24:57 +0000 Andrew Hayward 21066 at http://www.maclife.com The 25 Best Mac Games Today http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/25_best_mac_games_today <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/25_best_mac_games_today#comments Gallery Best Gaming mac games mac gaming Features Mac Games Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:36:49 +0000 MacLife Staff 16192 at http://www.maclife.com