It’s been a few years since the last totally new Tony Hawk-branded skateboarding game, but Activision plans to revive the long-running franchise with an exclusive new mobile entry this summer. Tony Hawk’s Shred Session reimagines the trick-centric game for touchscreen devices, taking a behind-the-back view in portrait orientation and letting you swipe to perform different moves as you follow a set path through each environment.
May the Fourth be with you! That's what you'll be saying in two days, so we've got a heaping helping of Star Wars apps to slake your thirst to revisit George Lucas' realms. And if you don't care for a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away gaming, then we've got quite a few other options for you. So let's dive in.
An interactive take on Star Wars, dubstep-drenched shooter Intake, quirky adventure Botanicula, and classic board game port Talisman are the heavier hitters in a busy week for new iOS game debuts — and if you’ve been waiting for the second episode of Republique, it’s available for sale now within the app. Give these new releases a good look and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.
The latest iPad and iPad mini models hitting the refurb counter is still big news if you're looking to pick up a tablet and hoping to save some dough, so we have some great deals to start things off in that realm. Then a regular member of the weekly deals, the MacBook Air sees some serious price drop action. Plus, what should you do with the money you save? Why, buy gear for your new devices of course.
If you think of your high school English classes when you hear poetry, you probably don't have great memories of the form. Poetry can get a bad, but it's one of the most influential literary forms. Ideas hatched in poems hundreds of years ago still influence today's authors. It's an art form that can be the best vessel to display beautiful language and if you've been dismissing it all these years, it's time to get back into it. Since April was National Poetry Month, we've collected eight apps for you to download so you can reacquaint with the classics, enjoy some modern day gems, and even start writing your own poems.
The Google Drive app has been a handy all-in-one tool for creating and editing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, but if you didn’t already know that the company’s cloud storage service held such features within, the name alone probably wouldn’t give it away. Luckily, Google aims to remedy that with today’s standalone releases of Google Docs and Google Sheets apps for iOS.
Most adventures that send you slicing and spell-flinging through pixelated dungeons lead you along the path by dangling some form of juicy carrot, whether it's a quest to save the world or amass a trove of cool gear. Wayward Souls buries its carrot under a foot of concrete and suggests you dig for it with your bare hands. This brutal retro “roguelike” game walks a fine line between the grueling and fun sides of intense challenge, often robbing you of your life just when you feel like you're making good progress. The real question, then, is what is it about this brawler that’ll keep you pushing onward, death after death?
Kind of Soccer is true to its name. You fling a ball from one player to another, hoping to line up a shot—not at the goal, however, but the referee, who runs about like a headless chicken desperate to avoid becoming dinner. Goals don't matter at all, in fact, nor do offside rulings, corner kicks, or any of the complexities of the beautiful game that bewilder non-believers. This is the kind of silliness that anyone can get behind.
9 Elefants offers a reasonably stylish and cartoonish take on Paris, draped over a game that thinks it’s a cousin to Nintendo’s Professor Layton series — but has bafflingly omitted panache, imagination, and fun. The plot involves meandering about unlocked locations, having drawn-out conversations with irritating characters who seem to be in on a massive practical joke. Your father, a professor, has vanished; but rather than help you, Paris’s inhabitants instead demand you solve puzzles, in return for them drip-feeding vital information.
The recent Heartbleed bug managed to turn even the most secure Internet passwords into a potential security risk, but for those smart enough to invest in good password management software, the situation appears considerably less dire. 1Password is hands-down the best such solution, and we’d go so far as to recommend it as a required purchase for anyone with a Mac or iOS device.