The Stanley Parable defies description or explanation – not because it outpaces our vocabulary or comprehension, but because saying too much would tarnish part of its mystery and charm. Nevertheless, here goes: The Stanley Parable, designed by Galactic Cafe, is a first-person exploration game set in an abandoned office building. Stanley dutifully plucks away in his cubicle, day in and day out, until the day that every single one of his coworkers inexplicably vanishes. A honey-voiced narrator guides Stanley in his search, alternately directing him toward the truth or complaining when he walks through the wrong door.
Tower defense games can be seen far and wide on the App Store, so for a new entry in the genre to stand out, it has to be something special. Castle Doombad lets you play as the bad guy for a change — Dr. Lord Evilstein — and requires you to lay down traps all over your fortress to keep heroes at bay. Adult Swim’s game not only delivers a fun experience with its cartoonish presentation and enjoyably vertical levels, but it also offers enough depth and variety to keep both newcomers and veterans of the genre invested for the long haul.
Archangel's foundations are simple but strong. Shaken from your thousand-year slumber by the yammerings of demon neighbors, you slap on armor and get to the business of shutting them up. Your groggy attacks as you recall your moves yield one of gaming's best excuses for learning new skills within the early minutes, but it ultimately means little as most hints of a story vanish before the primal impulse to hack and slash. It's faux-Diablo on a touch screen, in short, and the concept usually delivers.
Hopping onto a motorbike and barreling through the air while doing backflips is exciting stuff, but executing daredevil stunts while atop a tank or riding a runaway rocket? Joe Danger certainly doesn't shy away from peril in his latest action-packed obstacle course romp. While it doesn't add much new to the core stunt-centric formula laid out in predecessor Joe Danger Touch, Infinity's fresh settings, goofy characters, and challenging stages still make for a joyous ride.
It was an anniversary week with the iPhone celebrating its seventh birthday and we've got the Mac closing in on its 30th later this month. Yes, January has been good for Apple fans. Unfortunately, we don't have any good news on the iWatch front for you just yet. Nevertheless, this week, like nearly every week, there was something cooking on the old news front. Let's see what's what.
Atypical Games made a name for itself with Sky Gamblers, a series of combat flight sims with an emphasis on sharp visuals and energetic dogfighting. Its latest outing, Battle Supremacy, trades B-15 bombers for Panzer III tanks — and speed for lumbering, destructive power. Sluggishness makes the campaign seem slow and plodding, but it turns Battle Supremacy's multiplayer skirmishes into tense, purposeful chess matches.
This week's Price Drop would be worth reading it for one piece of news alone. Free PAC-MAN. As far as we know, this is the first time ever this has gone free. But get your gobbling dots action on and do it quick before the price goes back up. Meanwhile, tons of other price cut apps are just gravy, total pure gravy.
Following the holiday break and a very quiet first week of the new year — which brought us just a handful of releases, like Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Lyne — we’re back with our first weekly roundup of 2014. Luckily, there’s a much larger and more interesting slate of new releases out today, including the tank-blasting Battle Supremacy (from the makers of Sky Gamblers), Adult Swim’s Castle Doombad, and Joe Danger Infinity.
Movies take us on wonderful journeys without ever leaving our seats. Together, they comprise a business worth billions of dollars, and we sure do love to watch them — be it in the cinema, on a bus, or in the comfort of our own home. And for anyone who wants to engage with the medium just a little deeper, there’s a multitude of resources available, whether it’s trivia, biographies, recommendations, videos, photos, reviews, analyses, and more. Naturally, iOS gets its share of the action, with dozens of great apps that let you learn more about films, catalog your personal collection, check showtimes, discover the classics you missed, or even watch a thing or two. Here are 10 of the best such options for film aficionados.
The deals this week are all the newest refurbs we could find. Nothing older than a one year old, if that. We're going for so new a refurb there's still that fresh box smell. Elsewhere, we've got the cases and the power you need to keep on going and going and going.