Mac|Life - Games http://www.maclife.com/articles/9/feed en New iOS Games 11/20/14: Kingdom Rush, Call of Duty, and more! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_112014_kingdom_rush_call_duty_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_112014_kingdom_rush_call_duty_and_more#comments Gallery App Store AppLife Apps Call of Duty Columns Crossy Road Five Nights at Freddy’s games Gems of War iOS Ironkill Kingdom Rush MOBA new releases Sunburn Vainglory iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:47:44 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20967 at http://www.maclife.com Review: Blackwell Trilogy http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_blackwell_trilogy <!--paging_filter--><p>Fresh from successful and well-produced iOS ports of Gemini Rue and The Shivah, point-and-click adventure maker Wadjet Eye Games has shifted its gaze to the Blackwell series that made the company’s name. Once again it does not disappoint. These are smart, witty, thoughtful tales of ghostly intrigue, and each is better than the last.</p><p>Not everything translates smoothly to iOS. Some of the voice acting is rough (although most is excellent), and the handwritten letters you find in the first game (Legacy) can be hard to read. There’s excessive exposition in Legacy, an underdeveloped setting (and strange ending) in Unbound, and overly easy investigation-led puzzling in Convergence. And the autosave system used across all three entries doesn’t sync up with your every move, but rather just the major plot points, which makes manual saving a necessary annoyance in a series of games that have no fail states.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/11/blackwell_620.png" /></p><p>All three titles involve the wise-talking ghost Joey Mallone as sidekick, with Legacy and Convergence putting young freelance writer Rosangela Blackwell in the hot seat and Unbound flashing back in time to her aunt Lauren. They deal with dark themes — regret, loneliness, fear, anger, death — and every last character is flawed to a T. But there are moments of comedy to break the ice. The writing improves from one episode to the next, with ideas that initially seem clichéd or weakly-developed getting revisited and fleshed-out later.</p><p>This is a mystery that a single game cannot contain — two more exist on PC — and while the endpoints of each game may feel abrupt, they leave you wanting more. Adventure fans won’t find much unique here, but the down-to-earth atmosphere with a supernatural bent gels well with a moody jazz score and conflicted, compelling characters.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> The first three Blackwell games pack an intriguing narrative of ghosts and oddball charm in an old-school adventure package that shines brightly on iOS.</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>Blackwell 1: Legacy/Blackwell 2: Unbound/Blackwell 3: Convergence</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"> Wadjet Eye Games </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.wadjeteyegames.com" target="_blank">www.wadjeteyegames.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"> $2.99 (Blackwell 1), $3.99 (Blackwell 2), $3.99 (Blackwell 3) </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>iOS device running iOS 4.3 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>Great characters and dialogue. Satisfying puzzles in Legacy and Unbound. Touchscreen interface works well. Fantastic jazz score.</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>Puzzles are too easy in Convergence. First two games are short. Plot has some weak spots.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_blackwell_trilogy#comments Reviews Adventure App AppLife Apps Blackwell Blackwell 1: Legacy Blackwell 2: Unbound Blackwell 3: Convergence point-and-click iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:24:56 +0000 Richard Moss 20960 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games 11/13/14: Candy Crush, XCOM, and more! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_111314_candy_crush_xcom_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_111314_candy_crush_xcom_and_more#comments Gallery App Store AppLife Apps Candy Crush Saga Duck Dynasty Enemy Within Framed games Golfinity Icewind Dale iOS Monument Valley new releases Space Age XCOM iPad iPhone iPod Games Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:06:17 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20932 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games 11/6/14: The Sailor's Dream, Big Hero 6, and more! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_11614_sailors_dream_big_hero_6_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_11614_sailors_dream_big_hero_6_and_more#comments Gallery App Store AppLife Apps batman Battle World Kronos Big Hero 6 Bitcoin Billionaire Columns Day of the Viking Doodle Jump games iOS new releases Simogo Super Secret Service The Sailor’s Dream World of Warriors iPad iPhone iPod Games Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:48:35 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20899 at http://www.maclife.com Review: Modern Combat 5: Blackout http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_modern_combat_5_blackout <!--paging_filter--><p>It’s still not easy to handle the spidery (though well-balanced) control scheme, but Modern Combat 5: Blackout proves once again that tablets and phones can do console-style first-person shooters with aplomb. As with its predecessors, Blackout sports cutting-edge graphics, a generic but solid single-player campaign, and a deep multiplayer experience. There’s nothing new here, and in fact some of the less popular modes are gone, but nearly everything has been improved in big and small ways to make this a superior game.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/11/mc5_620.png" width="620" height="465" /></p><p>Weapons and character classes (of which there are four) have more unlockable tiers, and even online multiplayer runs silky smooth. And best of all for folks who like to dabble in both solo missions and multiplayer matches, there’s finally a unified progression system whereby experience points and weapon unlocks apply across the board. A serviceable, barely coherent story backs the high-speed solo action, which is rather more staccato than before — with most levels lasting only three or four minutes.</p><p>The highlight of the experience this time around is not the single-player improvements but rather the spacious, multi-story maps that have been brilliantly balanced for free-for-all or team deathmatch and capture-the-flag mayhem. They capture that hectic, tension-laden console experience so perfectly that it's hard to stop at just one match.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Modern Combat 5: Blackout may be little more than an upgrade for Gameloft’s first-person shooter series, but it makes improvements in all the right places.&nbsp;</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>Modern Combat 5: Blackout</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"> Gameloft </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.gameloft.com" target="_blank">www.gameloft.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"> $6.99 </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 4S (or newer), iPad 2 (or newer), or iPod touch (5th generation) 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>Excellent graphics. Fantastic multiplayer maps. Unified single-player/multiplayer progression 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>Not very innovative.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_modern_combat_5_blackout#comments Reviews AppLife Apps Blackout FPS Gameloft iOS Modern Combat Modern Combat 5: Blackout shooter iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:56:39 +0000 Richard Moss 20892 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games This Week: October 30, 2014 http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_october_30_2014 <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_october_30_2014#comments Gallery App Store AppLife Apps Audio Defence Columns Galactic Defense games Grey Cubes iOS LittleBigPlanet Monster Flash new releases Sackboy star wars Twisty Hollow Warhammer Woah Dave Zombies iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:22:52 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20868 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games This Week: October 23, 2014 http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_october_23_2014 <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_october_23_2014#comments Gallery App Store AppLife Apps Final Fantasy games iOS Micro Battles new releases NHL 2K Puzzle to the Center of the Earth Republique Retry Rival Stars Basketball Tilt to Live iPad iPhone iPod Games Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:06:06 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20836 at http://www.maclife.com Review: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Mac) http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_lego_marvel_super_heroes_mac <!--paging_filter--><p>The LEGO games continue to actually deliver entertainment over disappointment. As a result, other heavyweight property licenses are gatecrashing the block party, eager to piggyback on the success. This time it’s the turn of Marvel and an incredible cast of iconic superheroes, 150 in fact, to assemble inside a world full of typical TT Games humor.&nbsp;</p><p>Doctor Doom leads a band of comic-book villains on the quest for “Cosmic Bricks” – the powerful remnants of the Silver Surfer’s shattered board. Thwarting his plans rests on guiding Iron Man, Wolverine, Thor and friends through armies of foes, bashing and crashing through detailed environments.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/legomsh_620.png" width="620" height="349" /></p><p>Chaotic and cartoonish the action may be, but the real joy and reward comes from using each character’s unique skills to progress. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is nothing if not an imaginative puzzler, colorful enough for young fans while still challenging veteran players. It’s not without scope either, somewhat surprisingly shifting from linear levels to an open-world mode to great effect.&nbsp;</p><p>Choose a hero from the growing roster unlocked along the way and explore a sprawling LEGO Manhattan, uncovering secrets and playing mini-games. It’s here the genuine replay value lies and that nagging need to collect absolutely everything kicks in. On a technical level, too, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes excels on Mac, despite minor control and camera issues that occasionally frustrate.&nbsp;</p><p>Well-scripted cutscenes, plus charming voice acting and sounds, ensure you won’t stay annoyed for long. Graphically this is a feast for all ages, with animation slick enough to keep the pace frenetically fun.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Cute characterization, wit, and multiple gameplay styles bring new life to Marvel’s universe in a tongue-in-cheek caper fans will adore.</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>LEGO Marvel Super Heroes</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"> $29.99 </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, 1.8GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 512MB VRAM, 7.0GB hard drive 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>Fun-filled gameplay, not without challenge. Loving treatment of Marvel’s most popular heroes. Open-world mode extends substantial campaign.</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>Camera and controls not always 100 percent reliable. Very young players may struggle with puzzles.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_lego_marvel_super_heroes_mac#comments Reviews App Comic Book Feral Interactive lego LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Mac Games Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:08:35 +0000 Mark Billen 20833 at http://www.maclife.com Review: GameSmart CTRLi Mobile Gamepad http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_gamesmart_ctrli_mobile_gamepad <!--paging_filter--><p>When the MFi (Made For iOS) controller standard came into being about a year ago, it had the potential to usher in a new era of iOS gaming that allowed developers to deliver true console-quality gaming on an iOS device. Unfortunately, most MFi controllers have suffered from one problem or another: too expensive, too unwieldy, too unresponsive, or a combination of the above. The GameSmart CTRLi Mobile Gamepad from Mad Catz aims to succeed where others have failed, and it does a very admirable job.</p><p>All it takes is one look at the CTRLi to see where it gets its inspiration: the controller is clearly modelled off of an Xbox 360 gamepad. That's not a bad thing; the CTRLi has a good heft to it — it doesn't come off as flimsy or cheap in the slightest — and feels very natural in one's hands. Unfortunately, the controller also borrows one negative feature from Xbox — the somewhat clunky D-pad (digital directional pad). The D-pad on the CTRLi is arguably superior to that of an Xbox controller, but it still sometimes requires an extra-firm touch to get it to do what you want it to.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/madcatz_ctrli_620.png" width="620" height="465" /></p><p>Luckily, just about everything else about the CTRLi is excellent. The two analog sticks have just the right amount of tension, the shoulder buttons are well placed, and the face buttons are very responsive. There are plenty of <a href="http://madcatz.com/compatibility/ctrli/" target="_blank">compatible titles</a> in a variety of genres, and every game we tested benefitted from improvements to maneuvering and action; gameplay was significantly smoother and easier to control than it was via touchscreen-based virtual joysticks and buttons. The controls were less consistent when navigating menu screens, but that's a fault of the software rather than the controller itself.</p><p>The CTRLi was easy to get up and running as well; all it takes is a couple of button presses to get it synched via Bluetooth to your iOS device. It comes with a detachable smartphone clip, too. Though you can play with your iOS device propped up or in a stand, you can also attach the easy-to-use spring-loaded adjustable clip and slide your iPhone right in to create a makeshift portable gaming system. The clip is surprisingly sturdy and it's big enough to even hold an iPhone 6 Plus.</p><p>Speaking of which, don't worry about the fact that the package claims it's made for iOS 7 and iPhone 5s/c; we tried it with iOS 8 and the aforementioned iPhone 6 Plus (as well as a 4th-gen iPad running iOS 7), and the controller worked beautifully. Perhaps the biggest strike against it, however, is the fact that doesn't feature a rechargable lithium-ion battery; though that helps keep the cost down to just under $60, it means you'll have to keep a supply of AAA batteries on hand for whenever it runs out of juice (which reportedly won't happen for 30 hours or so).&nbsp;</p><p>If $60 is a bit too pricy for you, you could also consider Mad Catz's Micro CTRLi; it's smaller, so it may be less comfortable depending on the size of your hands, but it's $10 cheaper and offers most of the same functionality as its larger sibling.</p><p>Though the CTRLi isn't perfect, it's the best MFi controller we've tried. It provides comfort and responsiveness in a reasonably priced package, and it significantly improves the playablity of console-style games on iOS devices.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> If you're looking to get an MFi controller, this one should be at the top of your list.</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>GameSmart CTRLi Mobile Gamepad</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"> Mad Catz </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://madcatz.com/gamesmart-c-t-r-l-i/" target="_blank">www.madcatz.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"> $59.99 </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 (4th gen), iPad mini, or iPod touch (5th gen) or newer device running iOS 7 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>Feels great. Controls are mostly responsive. Reasonable price.</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>D-pad is a tad sticky. Runs on AAA batteries rather than built-in lithium-ion.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_gamesmart_ctrli_mobile_gamepad#comments Reviews controller CTRLi GameSmart iOS mad catz MFi controller Micro CTRLi iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:02:55 +0000 Chris Hoffman 20827 at http://www.maclife.com 10 Spooky Halloween Apps http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/10_spooky_halloween_apps <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/10_spooky_halloween_apps#comments Gallery App Store AppLife Apps Best Horror Movies Database Costume Quest games halloween Haunting Melissa Horror Can iOS iPoe 2 Mickey's Spooky Night Puzzle Book Night Terror scary Scary Prank Halloween Scary Soundboard Pro Slender Rising 2 spooky iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:26:01 +0000 Richard Moss 20828 at http://www.maclife.com