Last month, an indie platformer titled The Blocks Cometh was submitted to Apple for approval and was released on the App Store shortly thereafter. It was even given some spotlight in the App Store's new and notable section.
But here's the kicker: the game's developer had no idea it had ever been submitted. Pirates had stolen the source code and submitted the game themselves. Since then, Apple has taken down the pirated copy of the game, and now the official copy is set to be released tomorrow with a little love from the fantastic platformer League of Evil.
Spreadsheets aren't anyone's idea of sexy. Here's a cell, it adds up other cells; here's a cell, it averages other cells. And so on. In fact, this has long been the underappreciated workhorse in any office suite, but spreadsheets can pack loads of functionality into those little cells.
Just like Word, Microsoft's Excel has long dominated this realm. Apple has a worthy competitor in Numbers, but how does mobile spreadsheet creation stack up? Which mobile software gives you the spreadsheet power you've always wanted? Let's do the math.
When is a sequel more than just a sequel? When everything is so different it’s actually a whole new game in its own right -- and a much better one. If you were ever a fan of Elite or other space trading and exploration games, you’ll absolutely love Galaxy on Fire 2.
Jailbreaking can bring a ton of fresh features to your iOS device. Apparently, it can also take a few away. According to a number of reports, devices that have been jailbroken using Greenpois0n, have lost the ability to read the books they purchased via the iBookstore.
A new study has shown the true earning potential that free iOS apps have achieved. The study compared several different types of advertisement-supported apps on iOS and Android platforms and analyzed how much money they were able to make per user. The results show pretty clearly that ad-supported apps can easily rival the paid variety in terms of earning potential.
Neverending one-button platformers have become extremely popular on the iPhone over the past year. Games like Canabalt proved you didn't need complicated design to engage players for hours. Now, indie developer Honeyslug is taking that formula a step further with their new release Poto and Cabenga. You control not one, but two characters with a single button.
There's an old saying: "If your father was horribly impaled by the God King while trying to rid the world of evil, you should probably follow in his footsteps and try to kill the God King as well."
It's not a popular saying.
Or good advice.
Still, this is the central theme of Infinity Blade, a medieval role-playing game in which you take on the role of a warrior who must fight his way through a castle and destroy a figure known as the God King. Along the way, you'll collect treasure, healing potions, new weapons, armor, and magic spells.
We're happy to announce that our 50th issue is on newsstands and in subscribers' mailboxes. To celebrate, we've created a gallery of every Mac|Life cover. Check it out and don't forget to RSVP for our 50th issue reader meetup in Cupertino.
Tower defense games on the iPhone are extraordinarily common. Most of them fade into obscurity and are forgotten within days of their release. TowerMadness is one of the few and the proud that continues to stand above the rest and serve as a mark of quality. It's probably not as good or as popular as Fieldrunners, but this new update is definitely a step in the right direction.