With a laser pistol in one hand and a glowing sword in the other, charging through long corridors filled with killer robots, oozing slime creatures, and alien freaks sounds like a good time. It is — at least to an extent — in Echo Prime. This sci-fi brawler from Robot Entertainment (Hero Academy) is a high-energy tap-fest that balances smart controls and formidable challenge. The satisfaction that comes from cleaving through droves of foes in a successful run dampens during longer play sessions, however, due to intense repetition that'll leave your wrists aching.
Newly exclusive to iOS 7, iMovie 2.0 is a big leap forward for mobile video editing. Apple nixes the movie theater motif of earlier versions in favor of a more streamlined UI here, making it easier than ever to create slick projects complete with slow motion, titles, and transitions. And unlike earlier versions that sometimes behaved sluggishly, iMovie 2.0 offers 64-bit support for the iPhone 5s and upcoming iPad models, accomplishing every task with breakneck speed. The app even eliminates older pain points with audio: Fade ins and outs are now adjustable, and audio from video clips can now be detached or inserted on its own.
It’s entirely possible to overlook Even Up. In an app marketplace hellbent on grabbing your attention with busy free-to-play arcade distractions and Helvetica-and-clean-lines brainteasers, Even Up is so unassuming you might mistake it for a simplified Sudoku board. Seemingly taking its design cues from picture slider puzzles, solving each grid requires combining all numbered tiles on top of each other in sequential order until the screen is clear. You can push any numbered tile to a matching one on the grid as long as its path is clear – from there the combined tile’s number will be one higher than whatever it was originally.
Games are rarely just released and left as-is anymore these days, especially on the App Store. Often, they’re tweaked and expanded with new content to match up with real-life events — particularly with notable holidays. We’re just a couple days away from Halloween, and many popular iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch games have been updated with content that celebrates the spooky season. Whether it’s new weapons and costumes or fresh locales and missions to enjoy, these 10 games are (or will soon be) decked out with Halloween flair.
Rosetta Stone’s products immerse you in the language you are learning with its innovative teaching method and lessons that force you to think like a native speaker. Rosetta Stone Arcade Academy, a free-to-play iOS educational game, attempts to build on the foundation of the computer-based language courses by introducing some gaming components as it teaches you the basics of Spanish. The result, unfortunately, is a frustrating experience that often distracts more than it enlivens the process of learning.
Camera Plus 3.0 — not to be confused with the similarly named Camera+ — is unique among third-party camera apps. Rather than outnumber competitors with filters and effects, developer Global Delight instead focuses on improving the actual process of taking pictures, while still letting you easily enhance those already on your device. Indeed, the only filter or effect gimmick to be found here is “Pix’d,” which intelligently and automatically enhances new or existing images with just a tap – and does quite a nice job, we might add.
Sure, there were new iPads in big and little configuration on display this week, but what really seems to have caught our fancy is Mavericks. That’ll all change of course once we get our hot little hands on these new models, but until we give that a spin for you, here’s what happened on your Mac this week.
It sure is something to realize how much power is in your iPad, especially if you’re a musician pining for classic analog synthesizers — heavy, expensive, temperamental instruments that are increasingly hard to find, and even harder to maintain. Arturia, creator of the Minimoog simulation app, iMini, has done it again, delivering an exquisite simulation of the venerable Oberheim SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module), that company’s very first synth. In many ways, iSEM is an improvement upon the hardware it models, starting with the fact that it’s polyphonic.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. Glossy action affairs lead the week’s offerings, with sci-fi dungeon crawler Echo Prime and free-to-play zombie blaster Dead Trigger 2 debuting in the App Store. Also particularly intriguing this week are Even Up and Combat Monsters, with already-released brawler Combo Crew receiving a huge update in the form of playable Street Fighter characters.
Eating great food has become a hobby, like sports, games, or needlecraft, and its lovers take their passion very seriously. Often referred to as “foodies,” food fanatics seek new eating and dining experiences, fresh flavors and aromas, and above all, great food of all stripes. There are thousands of iOS apps for finding restaurants and recipes, but relatively few meet the exacting standards of a discerning foodie. So we’ve gathered together 10 delicious apps that are sure to get your mouth watering with beautiful photos, tempting testimonials, and succulent recipes.