Mac|Life - Games http://www.maclife.com/articles/9/feed en The Best New iOS Games: RAD Boarding, Criminel, and More! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best_new_ios_games_rad_boarding_criminel_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best_new_ios_games_rad_boarding_criminel_and_more#comments Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Blockwick 2 Columns Criminel Dig a Way Gallery Hovercraft – Build Fly Retry iOS iPad iPod Lastronaut new releases Pixel Heroes: Byte and Magic RAD Boarding Super Monster Mayhem: Rampage Warhammer: Snotling Fling iPad iPhone iPod Games Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:02 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21370 at http://www.maclife.com Review: The Sailor's Dream http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_sailors_dream <!--paging_filter--><p>Something between an old-school adventure and a picture book, this is a game of gentle exploration and gradual discovery, impressively presented and peppered with subtle touches.</p><p>It’s a slightly abstract and appropriately dream-like experience that has you slowly uncovering fragments of a wistful and sometimes tragic story. Swiping takes you from location to location, through a wrecked ship or an abandoned lighthouse, most of which are presented as still or slowly-moving images.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/03/sailor_620.png" width="620" height="630" /></p><p>Once you drop your anchor, you’ll find that some of these dioramas contain details that reveal another piece of the puzzle, others can be toyed with in some simple way. A passing moon can be caught; a row of hanging lights rewards your attention with gleeful chimes. Distant whispers and mournful tunes follow you on your travels, giving a sense of something almost supernatural.</p><p>This is a story already written, one the player cannot change, and revealing all its secrets requires waiting for time-dependent events. Hourly broadcasts and daily songs add to the narrative, as well as being more entertaining than the comparatively prosaic paragraphs of text that tell the rest of this tale. They feel very typical of developer Simogo, too, if you’ve played Year Walk or Device 6, its previous two games.</p><p>Perhaps more an experience than a game, The Sailor’s Dream isn’t about the choices you make or your actions, but about gradually drinking in an atmosphere. As the Simogo site says, “the only objective is to satisfy your curiosity.” While some players will want more interaction, there’s no denying that it’s a curious and often very beautiful creation. And it will hook you in.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Slow and perhaps an acquired taste, this is nevertheless a beautifully-presented labor of love.</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>The Sailor’s Dream</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"> Simogo </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.simogo.com" target="_blank">www.simogo.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"> $3.99 </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&nbsp;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>Impressive images and music. Subtle and gradual.</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>Lacking in both choices and challenges. Not for the impatient.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_sailors_dream#comments Reviews Adventure App AppLife Apps exploration story The Sailor's Dream iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:23:32 +0000 Paul Dean 21364 at http://www.maclife.com The Best New iOS Games: HeavenStrike Rivals, Overkill 3, and More! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best_new_ios_games_heavenstrike_rivals_overkill_3_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best_new_ios_games_heavenstrike_rivals_overkill_3_and_more#comments Gallery Age of Sparta App App Store AppLife Apps BeatDefense Columns Eat Beat: Dead Spike-san Gallery HeavenStrike Rivals iOS iPad iPod Kyubu Magic Touch new releases Okay? Overkill 3 Rotate – Zen Journey Striker Arena iPad iPhone iPod Games Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:09 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21345 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games 2/19/15: World Zombination, Alto’s Adventure, and more! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_21915_world_zombination_alto%E2%80%99s_adventure_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_21915_world_zombination_alto%E2%80%99s_adventure_and_more#comments Gallery All White! Alto’s Adventure App App Store AppLife Apps Barrel Buster Columns Gallery Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere Happy Pet Story Imps in Tokyo iO – A Physics Platformer iOS iPad iPod new releases Swap Heroes 2 Switch & Drop World Zombination iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:30:08 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21318 at http://www.maclife.com Video Review: Mighty Switch Force! Hose It Down! for iOS http://www.maclife.com/article/games/video-review-mighty-switch-force-hose-it-down-ios-iphone-ipad <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mighty-switch-force!-hose/id922587565?mt=8" target="_blank">Mighty Switch Force! Hose It Down!</a>, the latest game from fan-favorite developer WayForward, is perfect for people who like puzzle games, cute characters, or titles! With! Extra! Exclamation points! Take 60 seconds to watch our video review and see why Hose It Down! might be your next iOS addiction.</p><p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/99l6-mU866U?list=UUfsWptOLVZ-P63WsZYbH_QQ" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/video-review-mighty-switch-force-hose-it-down-ios-iphone-ipad#comments Reviews Games ios games ipad games iPhone Games iPod and iPhone puzzle games WayForward iPad iPhone iPod Games Tue, 17 Feb 2015 23:06:50 +0000 Chris Hoffman 21310 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games 2/12/15: Mighty Switch Force, King of Thieves, and more! http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/new_ios_games_21215_mighty_switch_force_king_thieves_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/new_ios_games_21215_mighty_switch_force_king_thieves_and_more#comments Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Columns Darklings Season 2 Dig2China Gallery Goats on a Bridge iOS iPad iPod King of Thieves Kyub Crazy Colors Mighty Switch Force! Hose it Down! new releases Redhead Redemption Run Bird Run Staying Together Tempo iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 12 Feb 2015 23:49:15 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21294 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games 2/5/15: Game of Thrones, Transformers, and more! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_2515_game_thrones_transformers_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_2515_game_thrones_transformers_and_more#comments Gallery Ammo Pigs App App Store AppLife Apps Columns Evoland Gallery Game of Thrones Episode 2 Lost Lords Hyper Maze Arcade iOS iPad iPod Midnight Star new releases Sinking Feeling Skip a Beat The Detail The Hardest Flight transformers Vector Jet iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 05 Feb 2015 23:23:20 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21269 at http://www.maclife.com 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