As with last year's Temple Run: Brave, the new Temple Run: Oz takes the framework of the latest core entry – in this case the recent Temple Run 2 – and gives it a Disney-fied makeover tied to a big-budget flick. This time around, it's Oz The Great and Powerful, a prequel to the iconic Wizard of Oz, and the result is a game in which you'll guide a digital approximation of James Franco along a yellow brick road filled with obstacles and collectibles alike. While visually vivid and solidly enjoyable as a behind-the-back runner, Temple Run: Oz simply hits too soon after Temple Run 2 to generate much enthusiasm.
Trivia contests are one of those things for which most people feel like they have expertise in at least a single category. It is soul-crushing to realize that as much as you think you know something, there's someone at the pub quiz who likely spent at least two semesters on the topic, and then they proceed to crush you beneath their boots. Embracing humility, nothing will more rapidly prepare you to accept your mortal insignificance before the cosmos than your first encounter with 94 Seconds by Scimob.
It's easier than ever to put your ideas online and in front of an eager audience these days. There are a ton of different reasons why you might want to start your own blog. Perhaps you want a space to share your writing. Maybe you like posting comics or pictures of your friends. You might even want to share your disgruntled rants at the end of a particularly crappy work week. Whatever the case, options for blogging right from your iOS device are plentiful. Grab these apps to give your blogging life a big boost.
Slot machines, RPG combat, zombies, and quirky comics? Yes please! King Cashing 2 is a mishmash of oddities that go surprisingly well together, though the inspiration for throwing all these disparate elements into the same pot is a bit of a head scratcher. This addictive, if somewhat short sequel builds on and improves the original formula with more battle options and a fresh new presentation, but having played the first game isn't a prerequisite to properly enjoying this amusing timewaster.
The App Store isn’t suffering from a dearth of puzzle games, so some rely on illustrated hooks or stories to draw players in. Sporos, on the other hand, presents a simple, no-frills presentation that puts the emphasis solely on the puzzles themselves. Placing the sporos pieces on a hex grid lights up the surrounding cells in patterns of straight lines, based on different configurations found on the pieces’ faces. Once you’ve lit up the entire board, you’ve completed the puzzle. This concept is easy enough to grasp, but the challenge quickly builds as the beehive patterns grow more complex corridors and the “Experimental” stages introduce arrow cells that divert the lines.
“Watch out for the worm,” a sign cheerfully reminds you the first time you play Worm Run. It’s about the only advice you’ll need to play this precision runner, since that same worm — the game’s single dynamic adversary — takes up around a third of the screen, quickly devouring everything in its path. Worm Run is an obstacle-based platformer of sorts, so your success in getting away from this giant furry annelid is heavily dependent on your ability to quickly clamber over whatever the randomly generated map decides to throw at you.
The latest piece of downloadable content for Borderlands 2 on Mac turns its focus on arguably one of the funniest characters in the main campaign's story, Sir Hammerlock. A three hour-plus adventure through an entirely new continent, Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt adds some massive environments, tough enemies, and of course, the opportunity to scrounge for even better loot. While there are a few issues with enemy balancing, Big Game Hunt is a great reason to head back into Pandora.
"Are you sure it is a good day to Die Hard?" asks a terribly voiced Russian enemy as our hero perishes for the umpteenth time. The corny, self-aware line would almost make sense in the universe of Die Hard films, where cheesy one-liners are expected. But in the case of the A Good Day to Die Hard tie-in game for iPhone and iPad, it's just another example of an altogether laughable licensed title, one that's plagued with monotonous gameplay and horrid in-app purchase pandering.
We generally agree with the old axiom that it’s best not to judge a book by its cover, but in the case of the Real Racing 3, we’ll make an exception. It’s got 46 real, licensed cars, real-life tracks including Spa, Laguna Seca, Brands Hatch and more, and some of the most realistic graphics we’ve seen on iOS. It’s also the third game in the series, but you might have figured that out already. Who says truth in advertising doesn’t work?
To the uninitiated, Metal Slug 2 looks like any one of a number of old side-scrolling action games where you run around shooting guns in every direction – think Contra, but more cartoony. There's a reason it's kept its cult following (while remaining more or less unchanged) for 17 years, though; where other side-scrolling platformers are content to run players through repetitive encounters with a handful of interchangeable enemies, Metal Slug keeps up a manic pace while staying wildly imaginative throughout.