Mac gaming has come a long way in the last couple of years, thanks to the increasing popularity of the platform and viability of digital storefronts like Steam and the Mac App Store. In particular, 2012 delivered not only a larger volume and wide array of releases, but also quicker ports and many same-day releases as on PC and other platforms. There's never been a better time to be a Mac gamer, and if you're looking to catch up on the year's best releases, we have 10 sizzling experiences ready to captivate until 2013's titles take hold.
It's been another incredible year for iOS gaming, helped in no small part by significant hardware upgrades like the Retina display on the last two full-sized iPads, plus the larger screen of the iPhone 5. Considering the mass of games released each and every week, it's no small feat to choose just a handful of highlights; but we've done just that with this list, which includes big productions and indie gems alike across an array of genres. If you're looking to play catch-up on 2012's best iOS games before diving into 2013's anticipated fare, be sure to load up your device of choice with these fantastic titles.
When we reviewed the Sphero as part of our Group Test of iOS-controlled toys, we mentioned that "putting Sphero through its paces is all about software. Happily, there's plenty of it." And as of recently, there's even more. We charged up our little robotic orb and tested 11 Sphero-compatible apps. Go ahead, ask us if we had a ball. (We did, actually, but that's doesn't make the pun any less lame...)
Space is a lonely place — especially if you’re a working-class dude trapped in a cube floating through the cosmos, scavenging loot from mutant-filled cargo holds in order to provide for your loved ones. Cargo Commander strikes an intriguing balance between whimsical space-sim and a brutal take on the dungeon crawler–esque “roguelike” genre. Even when the controls have you pulling out your hair, the game’s charm will bring you back, holding your breath for one more space donut.
Between time off from work and school vacations around the holidays, you're bound to suddenly find yourself with some extra time to kill. It's a great time to hang out with your loved ones and find creative ways to have fun. Instead of venturing off to your own corner of the house, why not grab an iOS device and entice your loved ones into some quality family game time? Whether you prefer to roll with the classics or dive into newer gaming fare, there's plenty of variety and entertainment to go around in this killer list of game to play with your loved ones.
While Mac gamers frequently have to wait a substantial amount of time to see AAA games arrive on the platform, the delay is sometimes a gift. Such is the case with The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition. We’re now free to enter this dark, adult-themed, medieval fantasy world at its prime, with user-interface upgrades and add-ons a seamless part of the journey. You’ll need some hefty hardware to get the full experience, but Witcher 2 is an amazingly well-crafted tale with uncompromising grit.
Each year, the last week in December brings joy, camaraderie, and goodwill to lots of people around the world, but the holidays don’t always go as smoothly as we anticipate. For those times when everything goes to absolute hell and the best-laid plans fall apart, you’d be surprised how easily a few thoughtful apps can turn things around. Whether you’re stranded en route to your family gathering, ready to throttle you loved ones, or dealing with a kitchen nightmare, we’ve got your app 911 right here.
A few years before he became known as the creator of Prince of Persia, a university student named Jordan Mechner created the Apple II classic, Karateka. Telling the story of a nondescript karate guy out to save a princess from the clutches of an evil warlord (and his awful, awful pet hawk), Karateka was a big leap forward for in-game storytelling and animation, and essentially invented fighting games as we know them. Now, 28 years later, Mechner’s finally revisited his roots and produced a Karateka remake, and it’s… not quite what we were expecting.
Batman: Arkham Asylum, released on Mac last year, pushed superhero games in directions that nobody really expected but everyone wanted (and almost immediately began to copy). Its rhythmic fights were immediately satisfying and endlessly fun. Its wonderfully creepy, secret-filled world was a joy to explore. And its atmospheric detective puzzles and stealth challenges explored a side of Batman that seldom came through in games. So how does Batman: Arkham City top that formula? By giving us much, much more of it.
According to the World Health Organization, around 230,000 children under the age of 15 died from AIDS in 2011. A large portion of the children infected with HIV every year are the result of mother-to-child transmission. While it's hard not feel helpless when looking at numbers so grave and staggering, there are ways to offer support. BitMonster Games has teamed up with (RED) and Coca-Cola to produce a new iOS game with goal of donating funds to this important effort.