What initially seemed like a sleepy week for new iOS releases thankfully turned out some promising picks, including Crytek’s anticipated top-down shooter The Collectables, the dazzling space shooter Star Horizon, and even Cartoon Network’s virus-popping puzzler Globlins. And we’ve got several more notable releases profiled within if none of those strike your fancy. Be sure to keep an eye out for full reviews of some of these titles in the coming days, and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.
The travel bug can strike when you least expect it, burrowing deep into your psyche until you’re desperate to shoot off to a popular destination Rome or Paris—or somewhere more obscure, like Swaziland capital Mbabane. Taking in the sights and sounds of a different culture in a new place is a great way to recharge and unwind (or draw some fresh inspiration), and it’s easier than ever now to sort out the where, what, and how of doing so. If you’ve been thinking about jet-setting off to a faraway land or planning a round-the-world trip, these 10 apps will both help with inspiration and make the logistics easier to manage.
We start small today and build bit by bit to the biggest Macs around, so begin with us at the tiniest of refurbs and grow. And this week is heavy on the devices, since there are so many great deals out there. There's a little something for everyone in this week's refurb round up, and with all the money you save on these slashed prices, don't forget to check out our gear deals too.
There's always a slight sense of fear when one of our favorite apps gets the iOS 7 treatment. Our finger hovers just a second longer over the flattened icon as we brace ourselves for what awaits us inside, hoping that the new guidelines haven't messed with any of the functionality. AccuWeather epitomizes these concerns. With a ground-up redesign that strips away everything that previously set it apart from its competitors, the popular weather app has reinvented itself with version 7, but far too much of its new identity feels cribbed and undeveloped.
First Strike grants a God's-eye view of the end of all things, and inadvertently shows us the beauty in chaos. Like trout leaping from water, nuclear bombs plop down to Earth, slaughtering millions. Mushroom clouds bud like fungi on lumber, and the stars, unjudging, watch Ragnarok in the inky blackness beyond. Were it not for radial menus popping up and shifting national boundaries, a passing observer might mistake it for a new feature in Google Earth.
Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork is what would probably happen if a quirky cartoon series was suddenly invaded by a host of goofy aliens trained by the kamikaze pilots from classic arcade blasters Galaxian and Galaga. The hero of the hour—a bipedal, three-eyed fellow wearing a talking backpack with automatic weaponry—must defend his asteroid from countless terrors intending on blowing it to bits. It’s here where you come in, guiding the purple protector left and right, blasting pulsating alien formations and occasionally having him leap about a bit in order to avoid swooping foes.
Getting a major surgical procedure is serious business. Most folks don't want to think about all of the crazy things that can potentially go wrong, but Surgeon Simulator mines this common source of anxiety for comedic gold by cooking up outrageous what-if scenarios that are equal parts horrifying and hilarious. Imagine getting a heart transplant or tooth extraction from someone who has no clue what he or she is doing—that's the order of the day in this malpractice-prone operating room, except you're the one with the scalpel, bone saw, and needles. The promise of catastrophic failure is indeed a huge part of the messy fun.
Dudeski asks just one question: are you rad enough to be a Shred Lord? Evoking fond memories of classic Windows game SkiFree (or MacSki for veteran Mac-heads), the game at its core is an arcade-style take on downhill skiing. Red and blue gates check your progress against a pursuing avalanche and a host of gnarly obstacles waiting to trip you up, while fast-moving pixel graphics and cheery chiptune music lend a light, playful air to what is an inherently difficult game.
Crazy Taxi is meant to be played in short bursts — which makes sense given that it started out as a quarter-munching arcade game. The pick-up-and-play nature of Crazy Taxi makes it ideal for mobile devices, as the 2012 iOS version illustrates. But as fun as that game was, it was still just a port. Now Sega has a brand-new entry in the franchise that was made specifically for mobile devices — Crazy Taxi: City Rush.
A big social media fail for one of Apple's bitterest rivals (hahaha) and some coming soon products from one of Apple's previous bitterest rivals. It's all about peace, love, understanding, and schadenfreude in this week's best of news stories. Plus, if you haven't updated your devices to iOS 7.1 what are you waiting for?