Aside from maybe Batman, it's difficult to think of licensed characters who've been in as many games, in as many incarnations, as the Ninja Turtles. Their latest effort (based on the current Nickelodeon show) has muscled its way into an arguably overcrowded genre, but while Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is far from the best endless runner on the App Store, it manages to be a fun, sharp-looking romp that requires a fair amount of skill in spite of its simple controls.
Digital distributor GOG.com expanded its library of Mac games by an impressive 22 titles today with an update that includes both classics and newer hits such as the Diablo-themed dungeon crawler Torchlight. We’ve already seen the bulk of these games on the Mac before, but GOG’s update also brings a few '90s PC favorites to the Mac for the first time. Better late than never.
Halfbrick established itself as one of the App Store's top developers thanks to games that feature simple, engaging mechanics and delightfully manicured aesthetics. Both Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride alike were sensations when they respectively launched, and remain among the best all-time iOS titles because they're tremendously fun and so thoroughly well crafted. Fish Out of Water is the studio's latest original affair, and while some of the hallmark elements are there – notably a unique approach augmented by quick-hit missions – the game curiously doesn't have the same hook as those earlier favorites.
Is it possible to generate a convincing sense of speed on a four-inch display? It might seem unlikely, but the App Store is bursting with an excellent and diverse array of racing games that beg to differ. Whether your tastes run toward arcade antics or simulation-style precision, or you prefer to loop in a cartoonish kart racer from time to time, we've got you covered with our picks for the 10 best iPhone racers available today. Heck, a couple of them don't even give you active control of your vehicle, but still deliver intriguing touchscreen tweaks on the genre. Whatever your speed needs, these zippy affairs are sure to satisfy.
When Craig Stern, the singular force behind Chicago video game developer Sinister Design, unsuccessfully tried to fund his Mac game Telepath Tactics at the tail end of 2012, he saw the result not as a closed door, but as an opportunity — a chance to refocus both the campaign and the game itself to better execute his battle plan. And now that the second Kickstarter has doubled its original goal and generated much more backer enthusiasm with a few days still left to go, he spoke with Mac|Life to discuss how initial crowdfunding failure doesn't have to be ultimately fruitless.
There's no denying that Ms. Splosion Man – a port of the 2011 console original – is an incredibly well-designed platformer. Its 50 lengthy levels are filled with inventively demanding puzzles, it's built around an incredibly fun gameplay mechanic (the heroine explodes to jump or attack enemies), it looks great, and it exudes a constant stream of goofy charm. So it's a shame that on iOS, an otherwise fantastic experience is hamstrung by a couple of key problems.
When it comes to sitting down and really getting invested in a game, the iPad is the best platform in Apple's portable arsenal, but so many of the most popular free-to-play games are sluggish simulations that aim only to empty your wallet. Luckily, that's not nearly the best the App Store has to offer players who want some great fun without committing some cash. We've assembled our list of the 25 best free iPad games, all of which give you a solid array of complementary content and offer loads of entertainment without a price tag. You won't find any demos or lite versions of standalone premium apps here, though many of these games offer the opportunity to enjoy them further (and support their creators) via in-app purchases.
Every Free App Friday we bring you a nuanced look at some of the best and brightest free content available in the App Store. This week, however, we're going to take a look at some smaller apps you might have missed over the past few months. While these offerings may be bite-sized, we still think they're worth sinking your teeth into.
It's become increasingly popular to try and shoehorn console-style shooters onto iOS, but there's still something to be said for building a game around a system's limitations, rather than ignoring them. With that in mind, Frontline Commando: D-Day might look like a World War II-themed third-person shooter with (presumably) kludgy controls, but it's actually an arcade-y series of shooting galleries linked by auto-runner sequences. That combination creates a streamlined experience that lets us focus on what really matters: ducking behind cover and popping up just long enough to shoot Nazis in the face.
[UPDATED] Loading up your iPad with games isn't difficult, but filling each page and folder with the best the App Store has to offer can be a challenging endeavor. Luckily, we're here to ease that process with our list of the 25 best iPad games, a varied and regularly-updated selection of the top tablet experiences around. While some of these games are great on any iOS device, many are particularly enhanced by the larger screen, or may include additional features or modes not seen on smaller displays. All the same, if you're new to the iPad scene or simply need a refresher on what's great for the platform, check out the slides within!