Becoming a teenager is never easy, but it's even less so when you've spent your life trapped on a spaceship with Fisher-Price décor and an omniscient, obsessively overprotective mom-puter. And don't even get us started on how tough coming of age can be when you've been selected as your village's maiden sacrifice to a giant, mysterious monster. These predicaments couldn't be more different, and yet they're intertwined in Broken Age, which follows space-boy Shay Volta and sacrifice-girl Vella Tartine through goofy parallel quests to subvert their destinies.
The heroes of The Banner Saga, the debut effort from a three-man upstart called Stoic, are rarely heroic: one is dashed against an outcropping of boulders after he falls off a cliff, while another assaults a young girl and takes an arrow through the eye for his trouble. The backdrop of The Banner Saga may be Armageddon — or Ragnarok, in keeping with the game's Norse theme — but its characters are merely, tragically human.
In Fear I Trust is the first game of its kind from Chillingo, but it feels a bit like playing through the third or fourth sequel in a horror movie series. That apex point in a cinema franchise tends to be when the production is nicely polished, but the concept begins to feel bland and generic. In Fear I Trust is similarly a well-made but somewhat forgettable thriller. Most of that responsibility belongs to the story, which feels unfocused and scattershot even within the short span of these first two episodes. Without a clear indication of what exactly is going on, it crams in spooky clichés by the bucketful.
Song Blaster is an arcade-style shooter that loosely incorporates your personal music library into gameplay. The concept has been done before by games like Beat Hazard and Audiosurf, but rarely has it been this playful. You won’t find in-depth strategy or demanding tests of reflex with the free-to-play Song Blaster, but what you do get is a fun, stimulating way to virtually interact with your favorite tracks.
Happy Macintosh release date! Well, what have we here? Rumors? Really? Already? Well, I guess the new year wouldn't be complete with rumors and speculation about the iPhone 6 and every single Apple product out there, but, really, we've only had the 5S for what? Barely more than two months. You people are insatiable. Well, then, let's dig into these juicy new handset rumors and see what's what.
We all have stories, and our iPads make it easier than ever to tell them. Seemingly countless collaging and journaling apps are available to help us capture our favorite moments, giving them a permanent and often beautiful home outside of our camera rolls. But Storehouse is the first one we've used that's truly great. With a deceptively simple interface that gives you just enough creative control over your projects without overwhelming you with options, it offers practically endless possibilities, whether you're a casual shutterbug or a professional photographer.
We've got your games right here, plus we've got a super deal on one of the most popular apps for one of the most popular social-media platforms. And if you want to see the pure blood sport of grocery-list apps going at it like a knife fight in aisle six, well, then you've come to the right place. This week's Price Drop has gone Armageddonal, so strap in and start saving some money!
While the week isn’t packed with long-awaited releases, you’ll still find a handful of potentially interesting new App Store picks — including Chillingo’s horror-tinged In Fear I Trust, free-to-play racer Motocross Meltdown, and a free port of role-playing classic Tales of Phantasia that purports to be free of mandatory in-app purchases.
You've surely noticed the small, patterned dots that appear on signs. Such dots are used by hundreds of thousands of legally blind and visually impaired people to help understand the world around them — the same way that sighted folks use texts and symbols. January is Braille Literacy Month, so it’s the perfect time to familiarize yourself with braille. Whether you'd like to learn how braille readers process braille or you're curious as to how standard text translates to braille, there’s plenty to learn about the coded dots. We've collected eight apps that will introduce you to braille, how it's used, and how to use it.
One thing we can definitely say about this week's deals is that Mac minis are back. Refurb models of our favorite little guys were practically sold out around the end of 2013, but they're definitely back now. And if you're looking for great deals on MacBooks instead, you've come to the right place. Plus, pimp out your iOS gear in style with the great deals this week on headphones and cases and keyboards, oh my!