In a way, the iCade could best be described as a joke gone awesomely right. After all, it started as nothing more than an April Fool’s Day prank -- a fake product created by ThinkGeek, a company known for unbelievable (and most of the time, real) products. Yet here we are playing the thing. Unlike the pranks we’re used to (do high-schoolers still give swirlies?), the iCade was met with heaps of enthusiasm. ThinkGeek knew it had stumbled upon something wonderful as fanboys flooded their comment sections. If you listened closely, you could almost hear the zeitgeist whisper, “Build it and they will come.” And so they did.
If Mad Men has reminded us of anything about the 1960s, it’s that it was common for office secretaries to be subject to sexual harassment in the decidedly masculine workplace. Office Rush XL doesn’t appear to take place in the '60s, but the first thing that stood out to me about this unassuming iOS game is the way the secretaries serve coffee to their bosses by offering it up to them on their knees.
There’s no doubt that Mac gamers love The Sims. Through the original game, countless expansion packs, and two reboots of the franchise, it’s a title that’s kept us entertained and scandalously unproductive for close to a decade. The latest entry, The Sims Medieval, continues the franchise’s tradition of deep, addictive gameplay, offbeat humor, and battleaxes.
Part RPG, part location-based team strategy game, all addictive time-sink, Shadow Cities throws you into sorcerous showdowns that put your surroundings in a different light -- the light of magic! You’ll need it and some patience to get started, but once you do you may wonder what made your free time disappear.
I've always had tremendous respect for the blind. While many cope with this disability every day, I can't even imagine not being able to see where I'm going or play most videogames. Indie developer Ananse Productions won't be able to assist the former, but they could with the latter. Their recent iOS puzzler, Stem Stumper was built from the ground up to be accessible to the vision impaired.
When I was a child I was primarily enamored by giant monsters and building things. Crafting creatures out of Legos or Construx was one of my favorite pastimes. Chillingo's new iOS puzzler, Feed Me Oil, competently combines construction with monsters, videogames, and puzzles, sating my lingering childhood obsessions.
In a title that may challenge the best-selling Angry Birds and Cut the Rope for the top puzzle game slot on the App Store comes the recently released Casey's Contraptions, an iPad game in which you must invent new ways for Casey to put his toys away via 30-plus household items that can be arranged and tested to solve the puzzle. This delightful, Rube-Goldberg title proves that sometimes they get an iOS app just about perfect on the first try.
Just what turned a quivering block of tofu into a stretching and leaping martial artist isn't clear, but he's got his work cut out for him. Across 100 tricky levels, he'll have to dodge rows of spikes, leap past spinning blades, learn the timing of deadly intermittent laser beams, and more. To-Fu bounces off metal plates, slides down glass, rides rotating wooden blocks, and warps between color-coded teleporters.
Sure, this iPad version of the classic strategic board game is easy to learn, but you could spend a lifetime getting good at its mix of drawing cards, claiming railroad routes, and connecting cities to get your tickets punched. And with so many variations and available-to-purchase maps, it’ll never get old.
In most games the object is to avoid death. That's not an option in Dream:scape, a surreal new iOS adventure. Your character Wilson is in a coma and at death's door leaving you to explore his memories in the "dream:scape," a lucid reflection of the rural countryside where he grew up.