Mac|Life - Games http://www.maclife.com/articles/9/feed en Review: Broken Age http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_broken_age <!--paging_filter--><p>Shay lives a coddled life, alone on a spaceship, watched over by some exceedingly parental computer programs. His days consist of saving his adorable toy-like shipmates from equally cutesy "disasters." Vella lives in a sweet (literally) baking village, with a supportive family. Her days, however, are numbered — she’s due to be sacrificed to a great beast, to keep her village safe from its wrath.</p><p>Broken Age is the story of these two breaking away from their respective destinies and fighting back against their oppressor, whether it’s a huge monster or a restricting environment. You play as them both in this point-and-tap adventure, switching between their stories as you see fit until you reach the cliffhanger at the end of the first act — the second is coming later this year, and will be an additional IAP.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/brokenage_620.png" width="620" height="465" /></p><p>It’s traditional as far as adventure games go — tap to walk around the areas, and tap to interact with things and people. The different areas you visit are largely interesting and fun, and the puzzles’ solutions make a lot of sense. We found it easy for this kind of game (not a bad thing really), but a little light; no puzzle-solving made us feel like a genius, even if some are inventive. If you like your point-and-clicks to be brain-busters, this won’t really do the trick.</p><p>We loved Broken Age anyway. It has some brilliant jokes in its clever script, with superb art and top-notch voice acting bringing it all together — and, in the end a wonderful allegorical statement wrapped in its witty, frivolous candy shell.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Veterans may find its puzzling a bit slight, but Broken Age’s wit, inventiveness, and polish make it a must-play.</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>Broken Age</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"> Double Fine Productions </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.doublefine.com" target="_blank">www.doublefine.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"> $9.99 </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>iPad 2 or later, iOS 5.0 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>Some clever, logical puzzles. Lovely art and animations. Funny, smart story.</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>A little easy, to be honest.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_broken_age#comments Gallery Reviews Adventure App AppLife Broken Age Double Fine iOS iPad Games Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:07:29 +0000 Matt Bolton 20716 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games This Week: September 25, 2014 http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_september_25_2014 <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_september_25_2014#comments Gallery Anomaly App Store AppLife Apps Asphalt Overdrive Columns Cosmophony Cursed Treasure FIFA 15 games iOS Kill Shot new releases RGB Express Smarter Than You iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:38:20 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20690 at http://www.maclife.com Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Rises on Mac http://www.maclife.com/article/news/metal_gear_rising_revengeance_rises_mac <!--paging_filter--><p>Have you ever wanted to become an unstoppable cyborg ninja and slice through everything in your path? Well, if that’s the case, you’re in luck, because the flashy, stylish, unstoppable-cyborg-ninja game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will be making its way to Mac tomorrow courtesy of publisher TransGaming.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/09/mgr_main.png" width="620" height="349" /></p><p>Originally released by Konami on consoles in 2013 and on PC earlier this year, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a third-person action game that puts you into the bionically enhanced shoes of Raiden, a child soldier turned cyborg ninja. Wielding a “high-frequency katana,” you’ll battle your way through legions of skilled foes and challenging bosses in cinematic, fast-paced combat as you embark on a mission of revenge. You can see a video here:</p><p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KhPgr6qmdhQ?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>Though Metal Gear games have been released on iOS before, this marks the first time that the renowned series has made its way to Mac. In addition, the release of Metal Gear Rising marks TransGaming’s expansion into Mac game publishing; previously the company was focused on enablement technology that allowed easy porting of games to Mac and other platforms.&nbsp;</p><p>“Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is not only an incredibly rich AAA+ game that contains fantastic action, but it also fills a void in the Mac market,” explains Fredrik Liljegren, vice president of the graphics and portability group at TransGaming, in an interview with MacLife.com. “There really aren’t any games quite like this one available right now. This particular title also shows off what TransGaming’s technology is capable of delivering to its partners. As a highly advanced technical title, it’s an excellent candidate to show of our cutting edge enablement technology, Cider. In showcasing the level of gaming-performance that Macs can deliver, we are confident that Mac gamers will be thrilled with Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.”</p><p>Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will be available in the Mac App Store starting Sept. 25, and will be priced at $29.99 (although it may debut at a lower promo price). But that’s just the beginning of TransGaming’s plans to bring big-name titles from top publishing partners to Mac.</p><p>“We can’t really give too much away regarding specific future titles,” Liljegren notes. “What we can say, however, is that there are numerous high profile titles in the pipeline for release over the next 12 months, so stay tuned for future announcements.”</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/metal_gear_rising_revengeance_rises_mac#comments Gallery News action cyborg konami Metal Gear Rising ninja Port Revengeance transgaming Mac Games Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:46:17 +0000 Chris Hoffman 20681 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games This Week: September 18, 2014 http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_september_18_2014 <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_september_18_2014#comments Gallery Adventure Time App Store AppLife Apps Asphalt 8 Beach Buggy Racing Columns Epic Zen Garden games Goat Simulator iOS iOS 8 Joinz Maze Runner Modern Combat 5 new releases Plunder Pirates iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:14:31 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20653 at http://www.maclife.com Review: Hitman Absolution: Elite Edition http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_hitman_absolution_elite_edition <!--paging_filter--><p>Hitman Absolution is the latest in a long series of games to put you in the shoes of master assassin Agent 47. This time he turns on his old employers, attempting to save a young girl from living a life like his; fortunately, you don’t really need to know anything about the previous titles to get a handle on this one.</p><p>The USP of the Hitman series is that each mission is a miniature sandbox, letting you complete it how you want. Killing your targets without detection is the aim, but while you can simply shoot and run away, exploring the areas reveals more creative options: a box of rat poison, a gas cylinder, a loose wire.... These tie into a score system, with the most elaborate and silent kills netting the most points.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/09/hitmanabsolution_620.png" /></p><p>The game is capable of excellent fluidity (though we recommend playing with a controller), letting you sneak through multiple routes, moving from cover to cover and taking disguises. However, while the systems do make the game appear open and free, they usually require a lot of planning and irritating repetition to get the high scores. It feels like solving the mechanics of a puzzle, rather than playing as a skillful badass. Your foes do at least make life difficult for you, with improvisation needed for success in the short term, and foresight rewarded if you’re going for high scores. There’s always fun to be had, though — you can play it your way if you simply want to progress through the game’s plot.</p><p>It’s a shame, then, that the story is — to put it bluntly — unimaginitive, annoying, and sexist. We particularly balked at a scene where Agent 47 murders his old colleague while she’s in the shower, and then proceeds to have lots of gratuitous flashbacks to her, yes, in the shower. It’s the worst kind of misogynistic titillation. The game carries on through the ‘crap story’ checkboxes, with a sweary villain, a level in a strip club, and every female character existing solely to offer ample chest, and little clothing.&nbsp;</p><p>Still, the core of the game isn’t the story, but replaying the levels and going for perfect kills. Variety is added though ‘contracts’ given by other players, in which they can set tasks for you. This produces more unpredictable situations, and with some excellently flexible levels available, it can be tense but great fun. It’s a good-looking game too, with the crowd scenes being particularly impressive.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Hitman Absolution is good, but the overall experience is flawed. While it can make you feel like a true badass, it nevertheless stumbles over its execrable story and some irritating levels.</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>Hitman Absolution: Elite Edition</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"> Feral 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.feralinteractive.com" target="_blank">www.feralinteractive.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"> $25 </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 10.9 or later, 2GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 512MB graphics card, 24GB HDD space</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>Smooth assassin sneakery. Some great level design.</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>Trite, sexist story. Can encourage overly safe play.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_hitman_absolution_elite_edition#comments Reviews Hitman Absolution Mac Games Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:54:37 +0000 Matt Bolton 20652 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games This Week: September 11, 2014 http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_september_11_2014 <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_september_11_2014#comments Gallery App Store AppLife Apps Chronology Dragon Quest Fotonica games Goblin Sword iOS new releases NFL NFL Kicker NFL Quarterback Phantom Rift Sleeping Prince Spider-Man iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:07:47 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20619 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Live: Apple Shows Off New A8 Processor with 'Vainglory' Multiplayer Game http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_live_apple_shows_new_a8_processor_vainglory_multiplayer_game <!--paging_filter--><p>After the — let's admit it — largely unsurprising information about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus overall, Apple brought developer Super Evil Megacorp onstage to show off the capabilities of its new A8 processor. Super Evil Megacorp (who may or may not care if Apple wants to be a "force for good") gave the audience a preview of its game Vainglory, which actually looks pretty good.</p><p>According to Phil Schiller, the new processor is 25 percent faster than the A7 chip that Apple debuted last year. it shows in the footage. Vainglory is a MOBA in the style of popular games like League of Legends and Dota 2, and the processor looks like it could handle the type of live multiplayer action such games require.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/09/vainglory.jpg" width="620" height="413" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://live.gizmodo.com/our-new-iphone-liveblog-starts-right-here-on-9-9-at-1pm-1629704968/+ericlimer" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a></strong></p><p>Indeed, Schiller claimed that the processor allows around 100 different players to appear on the screen at once. That's the kind of thing that would have bogged down an iPhone just a couple of years ago.</p><p>It's also frankly beautiful. Vainglory looks better than some of the games you'll see on console services like Xbox Live (albeit with some limitations as regards shading), although it remains to be seen if the team at Super Evil Megacorp did as well of a job with the actual gameplay. Battery life should also be a concern. With all that processing power at work and with all those characters on the screen, games like Vain Glory could be massive battery burners, although Schiller in the same discussion claimed that the iPhone 6 has similar or better battery metrics than the iPhone 5s.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_live_apple_shows_new_a8_processor_vainglory_multiplayer_game#comments News A8 Apple Event iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus iPhone Games Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:36:39 +0000 Leif Johnson 20599 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games This Week: September 5, 2014 http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_september_5_2014 <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_september_5_2014#comments Gallery Angry Birds Stella App Store AppLife Apps Columns Counter Spy Etherlords games Gemini Strike iOS LEGO Star Wars Mikey Boots new releases super monkey ball Valiant Hearts iPad iPhone iPod Games Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20587 at http://www.maclife.com The 25 Best Free iOS Games http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/25-best-free-ios-games <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/25-best-free-ios-games#comments Gallery Apps Asphalt 8 Bejeweled Blitz Calculords Chip Chain FIFA 14 Flappy Golf Frontline Commando: D-Day Hero Academy Heroes of Order & Chaos Into the Dead Jet Car Stunts 2 jetpack joyride Letterpress Plants vs. Zombies 2 Punch Quest Real Racing 3 Robot Unicorn Attack 2 Sid Meier's Ace Patrol Smash Bandits Racing Smash Hit Solitaire Blitz: Lost Treasures Temple Run 2 Whale Trail You Don't Know Jack Zen Pinball iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 04 Sep 2014 22:13:02 +0000 MacLife Staff 20572 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games This Week: August 28, 2014 http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_august_28_2014 <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_august_28_2014#comments Gallery Alien Creeps App Store AppLife Apps Back to Bed BioShock football games iOS Journey Down Madden NFL Mobile new releases Nightmare Cooperative Pinball Tiny Tower Walking Dead iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:48:16 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20547 at http://www.maclife.com