Real Racing HD was the first real wow-inducing game at the original iPad launch, so it's fitting that the sequel serves the exact same purpose for the iPad 2. Though you can certainly play this grand simulation on the first iPad, owners of Apple's new tablet will see an extra sparkle to the robust visual upgrade, with sharp details popping out from the more vibrant backdrops and licensed cars, which uniformly replace the mostly generic lineup of the first game.
Around the house, room by room, we break down some of the best apps to assist you in the kitchen, get you working in the garage, organizing the den, and even playing in the bedroom
Life on the road is better with an iPhone. Life on public transport improves exponentially with the powerful portable device and apps numbering in the bajillions (according to the latest audits). Your business life is probably faster and more efficient than ever before (as well as being more 24-hours-a-day, if you let it).
Shoot two portals -- enter through one, exit through the other. That’s the main principle of the Portal franchise, and that mockingly simple premise defies the incredibly complex game mechanics in Valve’s second outing with the Portal gun. Plus, this time around you can add motion-detecting turrets, tractor beams, “thermal discouragement beams” (AKA lasers), bridges made of light, and gels that affect your momentum, jump height, and portal placement to the mix. That’s Portal 2.
Wim Crouwel, a well-known Dutch graphic designer and typographer, has an interesting quote about Helvetica in Gary Hustwist’s documentary of the same name. “It shouldn’t have a meaning itself,” Crouwel said in praise of Helvetica’s neutral qualities. “The meaning is in the context of the text, not in the typeface.”
While few people are probably unaware of Helvetica’s existence at least peripherally -- it’s used in everything from advertisements to street signs -- Crouwel’s quote is particularly apt for describing Vetica, a vertical shooter based entirely around this most popular of typefaces.
What is it about pandas that capture or hearts and minds? Is it the juxtaposition of their intimidating size and docile attitudes? The adorable way they consume bamboo? Or the monochromatic doe-eyed patterns in their fur, giving them a sad, noble air? Whatever our fascination with our fat, fluffy friends may be, we can't help but want to make them happy. So in Land-a Panda, when Yang Guang is separated from his girlfriend Tian Tian, it's our job to help him reunite with her. And bring her money.
I had that lyric from Vanilla Ice's "Ninja Rap" stuck in my head constantly while playing Ponos' new iOS game, Mr.Ninja (no space, lest you have a hard time finding it in the App Store). Its one button gameplay about a ninja slicing and dicing his way through the cosmos is easy to grasp, but its simplicity is its greatest virtue. Mr.Ninja is may not look like much, but its core mechanics are deceptively addictive.
Let's face it: Monty Python and the Holy Grail has a special place in my heart. And the scene where King Arthur and his knights approach a French-occupied castle only to be insulted, pelted with objects and then have a rather large cow hurtled at them, only more so.
Thus it stands to reason that an iOS game centered around both the attack and hurling a very large animals to repel the attack would come into existence. Enter Monty Python's Cow Tossing HD, a title in which you take control of the French catapult and must fling assorted animals at King Arthur's forces before their battering ram destroys your gate and the invasion is complete.
Strong Bad, the lucha-libre-masked antagonist of the Homestar Runner series of Internet cartoons has a simple task in Telltale’s game: knock the snot out of Homestar Runner. If you think this should be an easy task for an evil wrestler, think again. His adventures will take you through castles, conga lines, and kitchen cabinets, all in the name of great villainy. It’s been a while since Strong Bad has graced our computer screens and we were a little worried that his insulting songs and constant bragging might have lost some of their charm, but simply put, they haven’t.
Odds are you're a good person. You go to work, pay your bills, assist the elderly across the street, and get to bed at a reasonable time. So why would you want to be an amazing Renaissance-era assassin, leaping from a nearby rooftop to quickly dispatch your target with concealed wrist blades (or any other weapon), quickly looting the body and escaping without a trace?
Because it would be about the most fun you could have on your Mac.