Who says crime doesn’t pay? Our final script pickpockets old ladies when we’re not even at our Mac.
Recently, we’ve gotten into a few Web-based role-playing games that remind us of the ones we used to play on old-school dial-up BBSes. In these games, players choose actions from a menu, sometimes selecting other players as targets for the actions. Before the Web, we played by typing. Now we click links, but the style of play is still the same.
Some of these games have tens of thousands of users, many of whom will log in multiple times per day and grind away repetitively on some basic actions so they can level up faster than you. Fortunately, AppleScript was made for automating repetition, and Safari’s support for AppleScript means that with a modicum of evil genius scripting know-how, your Mac can gain those levels for you while you’re out enjoying real life.
A shareware game to pass the time between incredibly important work-related projects.
Deliciously addictive Tangle consists of a jumble of lines that you must untangle by clicking the dots at the corners and dragging them around. Black lines are good to go, gray lines are still tangled. There’s nothing to it, but it will suck you in like a giant vacuum cleaner—the tangles get bigger as you advance through the levels, and though some look patterned, trust us, they’re not. Tangle features unlimited levels, an online leaderboard, and even Internet multiplayer, all excellent touches.
Life is all about choices, and the ability to explore just how good or evil you can become through the choices you make is one of the big attractions of Fable: The Lost Chapters. But when later choices don’t change as a result, are there really any consequences?
We love the latest and greatest gear, but we’re suckers for old ideas brought to life with new technology, too. Enter Battle of Waterloo, a choose your own adventure story for the iPhone or iPod touch.
Adventures in absurdity--everyone but our art director laughed at the title.
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One is as grand and tongue-in-cheek as its title. The team behind popular webcomic Penny Arcade (www.penny-arcade.com) took off their critic hats to become creators, turning their sharp eyes for good game design into an engaging title. Episode One is packed with inside jokes, but even if you’ve never heard of the comic, the game’s sharp story, dialogue, and gameplay mechanics make it a must for adventure fans.
Aurora Feint is a fantasy-themed puzzle game that boasts gorgeous artwork, elaborate visual effects, and a rich, dramatic soundtrack. It’s easily one of the most polished games we’ve seen from the App Store yet - give or take some hiccups.
He’s a lone hero on a mission to rescue his city from the forces of darkness. No, not Batman - we’re talking about De Blob for your iPhone or iPod touch. The I.N.K.T. Corporation has drained all the color from Chroma City, and it’s up to you to undo their monochromatic mischief.
iPod game misplaces its melody but still carries a tune.
Song Summoner’s top-40-worthy hook creates elaborate game characters by analyzing your iPod’s tunes. This mechanic could have been the game’s centerpiece, but seems unconnected; we couldn’t find a coloration between styles of music and the resulting characters. Even after wasting its great musical premise, Song Summoner provides a surprisingly rich role-playing game. Any fans of that genre will enjoy giving it a spin.