Shopping for school supplies is rough, and they just don't make Lisa Frank stickers like they used to. It's that time of year for back to school sales at J.C. Penney, and for the smell of fresh spiral notebooks to fill the air. For all of your scholarly pursuits, relevant or otherwise, we've got another grab bag here to fill you in on some of the smaller apps you might have missed.
As former users of the Commodore Amiga, we fondly recall the quaint simplicity of graphics editors like Deluxe Paint. Those looking to revisit that bygone era will have plenty of fun with Pixaki, assuming they have the chops to actually paint with pixels in the first place. Pixaki is a touch-powered painting app for the iPad, but unlike modern tools such as Adobe Photoshop Touch, developer Luke Rogers has created a playground for retro artists to embrace those chunky pixels from the glory days of personal computing.
Like music? Then you should head over to iTunes right after reading this. In a rare move for Apple, dozens upon dozens of hit songs from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and today are available for just $.69 a song. Normally this is the kind of thing you only find on Amazon, so you should take advantage of it while you can if you like to download all your music through iTunes.
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. Premium console-like affairs steal the spotlight this week, thanks to Call of Duty: Strike Team and 2K Drive, while freebies like Adult Swim's Giant Boulder of Death and Star Wars Force Collection are sure to rack up scads of downloads in the days to come.
SimCity wasn't released on PC in March as much as it stumbled into existence, but nearly six months and several patches later, Maxis has stabilized the game's servers and addressed many of its bugs – and now the reboot of the classic series is available on Mac. Even at its most technically sound, however, SimCity is a surprisingly rigid take on fantasy metropolis planning.
The 2013 National Football League season finally kicks off tonight, and it's been a long wait since the Ravens toppled the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII way back in February. Luckily, the season never has to stop in the video game world. In recent weeks, a couple of notable new releases have popped up, while others have been refreshed for the impending season. With the real games about to start up, here's an updated look at 10 of the most notable football games for iPhone and iPad. Not all of these are winners, but if you're craving pigskin action around the clock, surely a few of these options will scratch that itch.
PAX Prime, Seattle's annual expo of all things gaming-related, drew some big crowds over the weekend — and while much of the focus was on PC and console games brought to the show by big publishers, there were plenty of promising iOS games on display, too. Not surprisingly, some of the most interesting ones came from independent developers. Turn-based strategy, RPGs, racing, and rhythm games were all on display for attendees to see firsthand — but if you didn't get to go, be sure to check out our favorites.
Open-ended, world-building sandbox games are spawning at an increasingly rapid pace on iOS of late, with each offering a slightly different twist on Minecraft's addictive mix of exploration, scavenging, building, and crafting. While Terraria builds off of the Minecraft vibe in some interesting and adventurous ways, Junk Jack X copies it a bit too blatantly. Lack of originality aside, that's not entirely a bad thing. Translating many of the familiar-looking gameplay and visual elements to 2D works fairly well, offering moments of fun for patient players with collection obsessions.
Sometimes licensed games leave you scratching your head in confusion at their bizarre muddling of a beloved pop culture franchise. Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM Pocket adapts a popular trading card game based on the Yu-Gi-Oh manga and anime series into an entirely different trading card game, just barely managing to string together something moderately enjoyable in the process. Battling wits with virtual and real opponents is both fun and challenging, but there’s not enough depth to keep you interested for long.
A badger cub is lying on the floor of a cave, deathly grey and lethargic, starving to death, and surrounded by whining, whimpering siblings. The mother badger digs up a nearby turnip and dutifully feeds her cub. At it eats, color floods back into its furry, striped body, and the rejuvenated clan sets off in search of a more sustainable den. The first thirty seconds of Shelter, a new Mac stealth game from the Swedish outfit Might & Delight, tell players everything they'll need to know in the adventure ahead: Food is scarce and death is plentiful, and your clutch of badger cubs will fade – figuratively and literally – if not regularly plied with carrots, radishes, mole rats, and frogs.