Mac|Life - Games http://www.maclife.com/articles/9/feed en The Best New iOS Games: Til Morning's Light, Brickies, Capitals, and More! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-til-mornings-light-brickies-capitals-and-more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-til-mornings-light-brickies-capitals-and-more#comments Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Brickies Bubbla Capitals Columns Edge of Oblivion: Alpha Squadron 2 Gallery iOS iPad iPod Jets new releases Skiing Yeti Mountain Sword of Xolan The Top Spot Til Morning Light Triangulae iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 21 May 2015 23:00:14 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21650 at http://www.maclife.com DiRT 3 Complete Edition Review http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/dirt-3-complete-edition-review <!--paging_filter--><p>At turns lush and austere, Codemasters’ DiRT 3 is an exercise in balance: while stocky BMW M3 rally cars careen through the lovingly re-created Maasai Mara, the game confidently dispenses with finickier genre conceits such as contract negotiations or vehicle upgrades.&nbsp;</p><p>DiRT 3’s career mode is split into four sections of increasingly difficult and exotic off-road racing events. Drivers gain “rep” as they win races, which theoretically offers access to more teams and more cars. However, players are free to switch teams before each race, and the differences between the Peugeot 207 and the Fiat Grande Punto will be purely visual to all but the most devoted gearheads. DiRT 3’s career mode is stripped down, with a laser-focus on racing instead of race management.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/dirt3_620.png" width="620" height="349" /></p><p>Sophisticated options exist for skilled players, but DiRT 3 operates in a comfortable space between simulation and simple representation, where the steering and handbraking are tight and responsive, but players won’t have to fine-tune their suspension and gear ratio to be successful.</p><p>Instead, players are tested in how well they navigate different vehicle types and terrain: the four-by-fours are top heavy, but the snow buggies are prone to drifting around tight corners. DiRT 3 is at its best when players are barreling through the Michigan muck or knifing along the Col de Turini in the middle of the night, learning and improvising as they go.</p><p>Career mode is awkwardly punctuated by “gymkhana” events: a freestyle spectacle in which drivers are awarded points based on the grace and control of their drifts, spins, and donuts. There’s little in the way of tutorial or direction, and these events come off as clumsy and haphazard as a result — an annoying barrier that stands in the way of DiRT 3’s stronger suite.</p><p>Frustratingly, the version of DiRT 3 on the Mac App Store doesn’t include any online multiplayer options. While basic races are available in split-screen multiplayer, you’ll need to be connected through LAN for access to the “Invasion,” “Outbreak,” and “Transporter” modes. For online racing, you’ll need to get the Steam version.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Gymkhana notwithstanding, DiRT 3 is deft and accomplished.</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><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dirt-3-complete-edition/id910949621?mt=12" target="_blank">DiRT 3 Complete Edition</a></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"> Codemasters/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="https://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>Mac running&nbsp;OS X 10.9.5 or later, 2GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 256MB VRAM, 15GB 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>Approachable racing. Distinct vehicles and terrain.</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>Gymkhana modes feel out of place. Mac App Store version lacks online multiplayer.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/dirt-3-complete-edition-review#comments Reviews DiRT 3 racing rally Mac Games Thu, 21 May 2015 17:20:58 +0000 Joseph Leray 21646 at http://www.maclife.com The Best New iOS Games: Fearless Fantasy, Multicross, Knights of Pen & Paper II, and More! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-fearless-fantasy-multicross-knights-pen-paper <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-fearless-fantasy-multicross-knights-pen-paper#comments Gallery Alphadia Genesis 2 App App Store AppLife Apps Columns Fearless Fantasy Gallery Heroes & Castles 2 iOS iPad iPod Kano Knights of Pen & Paper II Languinis Multicross new releases Snake Rewind The Last Warlock With the Wind iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 14 May 2015 23:55:21 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21622 at http://www.maclife.com Grim Fandango Remastered (Mac) Review http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/grim-fandango-remastered-mac-review <!--paging_filter--><p>Can an old-school point-and-click adventure hold up against today’s titles? Despite being nearly two decades old, Manny Calavera’s journey through the underworld is original, entertaining, and truly challenging.</p><p>A mix of noir storytelling and Mexican Day of the Dead aesthetic, Grim Fandango Remastered is punctuated by sharp dialogue, stellar voice work, and gorgeous style. There are moments when you’ll want to quit/consult a walkthrough in frustration, but they’re overshadowed by “Aha!” moments after figuring out a really tricky puzzle, and the satisfaction of knowing you can think your way out of anything.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/grimfandango_620.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p>Unfortunately, there are times when Grim Fandango shows its age. Muddy or blurry textures remind you that you’re playing a 17-year-old game, and the antiquated manual saves are a chore. The interface is simple, yet there are still segments with clunky controls, caused either by shifting camera perspective or having to control a wonky vehicle. Technical glitches also put a damper on things. Audio issues were not uncommon for us, and the framerate sometimes stuttered.</p><p>Grim Fandango demands the player’s attention in a way that few modern games do. That throwaway dialogue? Actually a clue. A useless character? The key to the puzzle. It’s up to you, as the player, to use everything — the environment, the inventory, the characters — to figure out how to progress.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Despite some technical issues and a few antiquated elements, Grim Fandango Remastered is smart, witty, and absolutely worthwhile.</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>Grim Fandango Remastered</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://doublefine.com" target="_blank">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"> $14.99 </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>Mac running OS X 10.9 or later, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, Intel HD 4000 Graphics, 6GB 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>Clever puzzles. Setting and characters still feel fresh and distinctive.</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>Occasional clunky controls. Marred by technical issues.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/grim-fandango-remastered-mac-review#comments Reviews Adventure Grim Fandango Remastered point and click Mac Games Thu, 14 May 2015 16:51:12 +0000 Sarah LeBoeuf 21620 at http://www.maclife.com The Best New iOS Games: Grim Fandango, Beast Quest, GoatZ, and More! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-grim-fandango-beast-quest-goatz-and-more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-grim-fandango-beast-quest-goatz-and-more#comments Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Beast Quest Columns Cooped Up Dragon Revenge EvoCreo Gallery Goat Simulator: GoatZ Grim Fandango Remastered iOS iPad iPod Kindo KonMa Legend of Grimrock new releases Rival Kingdoms: Age of Ruin iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 07 May 2015 23:15:44 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21598 at http://www.maclife.com The Best New iOS Games: Marvel Future Fight, Broken Age, Bears vs. Art, and More! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-marvel-future-fight-broken-age-bears-vs-art-and-more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-marvel-future-fight-broken-age-bears-vs-art-and-more#comments Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Basketball Showdown Bears Vs. Art Broken Age: Act 2 Chalkboard Pinball Creator Columns Galaga: Tekken Gallery iOS iPad iPod Marvel Future Fight new releases Trulon Wedding Escape Wire Defuser Ys Chronicles 1 iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 30 Apr 2015 23:23:28 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21574 at http://www.maclife.com The 25 Best Free iPad Games http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/25_best_free_ipad_games <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/25_best_free_ipad_games#comments Gallery AppLife Apps Best best games Free free games free iPad games iOS ios games ipad games top games Features iPad iPhone iPod Top Stories Games Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:20:51 +0000 Richard Moss and Andrew Hayward 16615 at http://www.maclife.com The Best New iOS Games: Battle Odyssey, Letterpad, UFC, and More! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-battle-odyssey-letterpad-ufc-and-more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-battle-odyssey-letterpad-ufc-and-more#comments Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Battle Odyssey Century City Columns Does Not Commute Dungeon Link EA Sports UFC Forgotten Memories Gallery iOS iPad iPod Letterpad new releases Sorcery! 3 star wars Tadpole Tap Tower Slash iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:30:38 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21551 at http://www.maclife.com The 25 Best Free iPhone Games http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/25_best_free_iphone_games <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/25_best_free_iphone_games#comments Gallery AppLife Apps Best Free games iOS Features iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:51:30 +0000 Richard Moss and Andrew Hayward 15813 at http://www.maclife.com The Best New iOS Games: Hearthstone, Halo, WWE, and More! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-hearthstone-halo-wwe-and-more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-hearthstone-halo-wwe-and-more#comments Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Caves n’ Chasms Columns Extreme Typer Five Hopes Gallery Halo: Spartan Strike Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft iOS iPad iPod Layer Lost Within Mega Drift new releases Tiny Guardians WWE 2K iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:43:49 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21527 at http://www.maclife.com