Following a stellar effort last year, it feels like 2K Sports phoned in the latest mobile edition of its highly regarded basketball simulation series. NBA 2K14 is essentially NBA 2K13 (minus the commentary), albeit with updated rosters and a new mode focused on superstar LeBron James. It feels incomplete, thanks to awkward gaps in the presentation where you'd expect commentary, plus a host of other minor glitches and issues. But, as with last year's effort, there's a decent – albeit barebones – basketball simulation under the hood.
It's the week of glitches, rush jobs, security breaches, and the voice behind the curtain--or at least behind the little round button we call Home. Who got hacked, who dropped the ball, and why don't levels work like they're supposed to? And did you get my text? I sent it like an hour ago….
When PixelJunk Monsters debuted as a downloadable PlayStation 3 game in early 2008, it proved a real diamond in the rough – and something of a revelation. This was before tower defense games exploded in popularity, and still months before we had an App Store, let alone one eventually filled with numerous great genre options. To see a game mine such rich strategic complexity out of a simple approach was so impressive at the time, and I fondly recall pumping dozens of hours into the game, alternating between extreme emotions of glee and rage as I stared into the cartoonish glow.
Bucking the annoying trend of freemium apps that bait and switch users into paying for initially free digital goods, JellyBus has wisely chosen to maintain two separate versions of its photo editing app: The free (but limited) PicsPlay, and a more robust Pro edition priced at only $3.99. While the free release is no slouch, PicsPlay Pro unlocks the developer’s full arsenal of 200 filters across 10 different themes, along with a wide range of editing features from basic crop and rotate to more sophisticated Color Splash, Tilt-Shift, Text, Stamp, and Border tools.
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. This week has a wide array of really intriguing releases, from the surprise mash-up Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign to old-school adventure game The Cave, plus a pair of sports simulations in the form of NBA 2K14 and NASCAR: Redline. You'll also find a couple of interesting original iOS games in the bunch, such as Gunner Z and Level 22.
Have you ever read a message from a friend — or worse, a business document — that just didn't come across correctly? If there's a misplaced, misused, or just plain missing punctuation mark, it can change the entire makeup of a sentence and make the end result read totally different than intended. And it can be terribly embarrassing, to boot. Understanding the rules of punctuation and knowing how to use the various marks can save you from confusing your readers, whoever they may be. We've collected eight tools to keep on your iOS device to help ensure you properly use punctuation marks. National Punctuation Day was last week, so while this roundup may not be terribly punctual itself, there's never a bad time to bone up on your punctuation skills.
RealPlayer Cloud allows iOS users to upload videos and watch or share them from anywhere. The universal app is free with 2GB of available storage, with up to 1.5GB of bonus space available in 250MB increments after the first upload, share, or each device installation (up to four). Featuring a clean, easy to navigate UI perfectly matched with iOS 7, tabs sort content by Recent, My Videos, Collections, Sharing, and Web Videos, where Real’s Daily Top 5 and videos from Facebook friends appear.
The poet Tony Hoagland once said, "The glory of the protagonist is always paid for by a lot of secondary characters." And in the case of The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, the focus remains solely on a band of previously unknown adventurers, filling in little details to flesh out the fantasy world of Middle-earth and its better-known leads from other media. But despite a refreshing approach to a well-worn tale, the three protagonists of War in the North are depressingly flat, and the path to Mordor is surprisingly stuck on rails.
FIFA 14 continues the fine form set by last year’s edition of the popular soccer simulation, mixing in a compelling free-to-play Ultimate Team mode and an all-new gesture-based control scheme that dramatically alters the feel of the game. It goes much further towards defining the mobile series as distinct from its console brethren, with both the new controls and the lightweight design providing more of a streamlined experience that’s sure to please casual players. There’s still plenty on offer for the hardcore, too – even without paying a cent.
Building a budding railroad empire is hard work. You have to take whatever jobs you can get, which means hauling everything from giant vats of maple syrup and pickles to arcade cabinets and ethanol to maximize your profits. Growing your snaking network of train routes – and fleet of trusty engines to traverse them with goods in tow – hits a delightfully upbeat stride in Pocket Trains, the adorable spiritual successor to Pocket Planes and Tiny Tower. Despite the similarly cutesy sheen of this new venture in the world of pixelated "bitizens," plenty of depth, fun, and accessibility are balanced throughout the clever design.