So a dwarf, an elf, a wizard, and a berserker walk into a bar [cue cheesy sitcom laugh track]. Admittedly, there's nothing particularly revolutionary about the way Warhammer Quest's quartet of generic protagonists gallivant away on catacomb-clearing, monster-carving adventures across the brooding fantasy landscape. But this turn-based dungeon crawler based on the mid-'90s RPG tabletop board game doesn't disappoint with its flashy presentation, excellent storytelling, and satisfying creature-pummeling combat.
World War Z for iOS may not feature Brad Pitt or focus on specific events in the upcoming film adaptation of the bestselling novel, but it does create the ideal environment for drawing you into the apocalyptic world envisioned by author Max Brooks. Unlike most movie tie-ins, World War Z is more than interactive propaganda, and will please both fans eagerly awaiting the film and gamers looking for a solid mobile action shooter.
When the Ace Attorney series arrived on the scene several years ago, it was unlike anything that players had previously experienced. Combining the thrills of a TV courtroom drama with point-and-click adventure elements and distinctly Japanese design sensibilities, the series proved that anything--even something as seemingly banal as being a lawyer--could be turned into a great video game if it was handled correctly. Now the series is back, and in some ways better than ever, with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD.
When I was a kid, I got this magazine called Penny Power, which was put out by Consumer Reports with the goal of helping kids grow wise to the concepts of money (mostly spending it) in age-appropriate ways. It's no longer published, but I still remember some of the lessons it taught me, because it made those lessons fun. Dinorama appeals to me for the same reasons, now as a parent myself. It's filled with teachable moments about money, wrapped up in a tycoon-style game where kids build and run their own dinosaur park.
Just how fast can the iPhone shoot, process, and share a digital photo? The makers of minimalist to-do app Clear decided to find out, and the result is the equally slick Analog Camera. While third-party camera apps usually try to pile on the features, Realmac Software goes in the opposite direction with Analog Camera. While using the app, you can almost imagine the developers hunched over an iPhone with a stopwatch, making sure each step can be done in a matter of seconds.
Crossovers aren't all that uncommon in video games, but they're rarely as satisfying as we want them to be. Sure, it's fun to see Iron Man tussle with Street Fighter's Chun-Li, or watch Mario trade blows with Sonic the Hedgehog, but what would happen if characters from disparate realities just sat down and, y'know, talked? The Poker Night games might be the only ones to answer this question, and the second one has made a pretty slick transition to iOS.
The App Store is a wonderland of diverse gaming goodness, including deeply absorbing role-playing and strategy games, gripping narrative experiences, and titles that let you build up a character and skills over a large stretch of time. But for many of us, the games we turn to the most are the ones that offer immediate, short-term thrills – the games we can play for a few minutes at a time with minimal hassle, but which are entertaining and engrossing enough to play for much longer when desired. For those needs, we present the 25 best quick-hit games for iPhone and iPod touch, all of which let you play a game, level, race, or round in a few minutes or less. When you need to fill a short stretch of your day, these are the games you'll want.
Two-step verification comes to one of our favorite services at long last, while Google finally appears to be paying some attention to its music service. Speaking of music, how's the iPod doing? That and more in this week's news you may have missed as we take a look back at some hot stories this week here at Mac|Life.
The hipster dividing wall has gone up. Some are playing saws in the analog camp, while the collective consciousness of my generation has just discovered deeper cuts of the New Wave era and have very important words and opinions about David Byrne that they'd like you to hear about. Listen, electronic music isn't for everyone. If you're building out your own tunes, you've got a number of standard interfaces, and your Abletons and Reasons are good at what they do for a reason. Still, considering electronic music doesn't have to be constructed in any particular fashion, it's surprising there are so few people out there playing with the process. This is where Musyc comes in.
Summer’s here, which means that now (or very soon) the kids will be free from the clutches of school for a long stretch of vacation. But there’s no reason that you can’t encourage some independent learning to keep their minds from turning to sludge, especially with a little help from an iPhone or iPad. These 10 fun and engaging iOS apps will expand your kids’ vocabulary and leave them talking like scholars in no time.