Sept. 28 marks this year's Museum Day, an event during which participating museums open their doors to the public for free to anyone presenting a promotional ticket. While we fully encourage you to appreciate the arts in person and support your local institutions, we know it might not be easy to do so. If you can't fit a visit to the museum into your schedule, these eight great apps offer simulated trips to some of the most amazing exhibits all around the world. If you can't experience Museum Day in person, or simply wish to extend your exposure to the arts, be sure to slot them into your download queue.
Launching alongside a couple of other juggernaut releases – the iPhone 5s and iOS 7 – Infinity Blade III concludes the trilogy in expectedly slick fashion. The single-player quest trumps its predecessor as the best-looking iOS game to date, with fantastic detail throughout the environments and an array of wide, swooping camera shots to create the sense of an epic scale on even a small iPhone screen. And while the combat remains reliably enjoyable, the grinding nature of the series' campaign approach makes this third entry feel a bit more tiresome amidst the overall triumph.
Consider me some sort of Rip Van Winkle. I mean, I understood that iOS 7 was coming out, but I don't think I was fully ready for the complete overhaul that occurred. In my haste to decipher my phone as it was freaking me out, I entirely forgot to buy my poor princess Olive her wet cat food. Consider the shredded cardboard at home an act of aggression that won't stand, man, and get yourself the preeminent free shopping-list app, AnyList.
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. Alongside the launch of iOS 7 comes a huge week for iOS gaming, marked by juggernaut franchise entries Infinity Blade III and Angry Birds Star Wars II, along with the Disney Infinity Toy Box and intriguing indie, Incredipede. Several notable free-to-play affairs are available this week, as well, including CastleVille Legends, Deer Hunter 2014, and DuckTales: Scrooge's Loot.
What's the adoption rate like for iOS 7? While we still have no concrete numbers from Apple, consider this: according to Business Insider, allegedly the demand is so high for the redesigned mobile OS that it's crashed the Wi-Fi servers at several colleges throughout the United States. Few universities have acknowledged iOS 7 as the culprit at this point, but the simultaneous outages not long after iOS 7's public release seems clear proof of the cause.
Tell us if you've heard this one before. In Dead Effect, you assume the role of an elite soldier aboard a spaceship, where an infection has turned everyone into zombies. Odds are, this setup is not unlike one you've seen numerous times before, and unfortunately it's not just the story that proves so familiar. The weapons, setting, music, and enemies are all equally uninspired, and the gunplay is too weak to compensate. As a result, Dead Effect is a thoroughly run-of-the-mill first-person shooter.
Apple’s built-in iOS apps are quite good, but let’s face it: The Calendar app leaves a lot to be desired. Readdle has attempted to remedy this situation before, but the latest incarnation of its Calendars app has us seriously considering ditching the built-in app in favor of this third-party solution. Calendars 5 is an entirely new universal app that feels right at home on iOS 7, with a flat, more streamlined UI than Readdle’s previous Calendars+. It also upstages Apple by offering natural language input, so users can type or dictate in plain English.
iOS 7 is more than just a fresh coat of paint. Along with the new icons, lock screen and animations, Apple's revamped mobile operating system includes dozens of changes to the way we interact with our iPhones and iPads, from major new features to subtle enhancements that make navigation a whole lot easier. We've tracked down 90 of them, so fire up the new Notes app and get comfortable.
Oswald Mandus, the meat-processing tycoon at the center of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, is a terrible father. He wakes up on New Year’s Eve 1899 – wracked by fever, with no memory of the past several months – to find that his two sons have disappeared. And rightly so: Mandus is an alcoholic and a violent pervert, and his London manse is littered with grimy, blood-slick hammers, calipers, hacksaws, and other instruments of whatever gruesome work happens underneath the abattoir and processing plant that bears his name. Nevertheless, the search for his children sets the game in motion.
Two thoughts will probably consecutively enter your mind upon first booting up Strata: first that its visual design is beautifully, almost sinfully elegant, and second that you have no idea what’s actually going on. Don’t panic. Like many of the artfully abstract-chic brainteasers that often pop up in the App Store, Strata is conceptually pretty simple, even if its confusing layers of colored lines might have you initially thinking otherwise. The easiest way to describe Strata is to say that it’s essentially a visual logic puzzle.