Kids can run around the backyard without costumes or sets, imagining they’re pirates on rolling seas. Adults playing in an empty black-box theater call this improvising, telling a collaborative story. Sleep Is Death tries to distill this spirit into a computer game. And it’s not fair to call it a game; it’s so much more and less.
Those familiar with Vin Diesel might expect a sci-fi counterpart of the Bic’d barbarian to blast the doors off the mothership, avenge his fallen comrades, and hit the NOS--all in time to get the kids to soccer practice.
However, in Assault on Dark Athena (which starts where the last Riddick game, Escape from Butcher Bay, left off), Diesel sticks to the shadows. Quite literally.
Board-game favorite, Carcassonne makes a smooth transition to the iPhone. While we'd like even more features, a clean interface and online matches show how to update a game for digital devices. Strategy fans--whether they know the original or not--will dock this one on the main home screen.
Golf games require a finesse, a certain je ne sais quoi that encourages patience and foresight. Gamers predisposed to mashing buttons to chainsaw zombies in half may get teed off by the tender golf-clap moments of Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online. But if they manage to learn the ropes, there’s a rich and rewarding experience to be found.
Welcome to our brand new weekly column. Every Tuesday, we’ll march through the mediocre multiplayers, sift through the sordid sporting titles, and pound through the petty platformers to find the best, most interesting iOS gaming gems. We’re kicking things off with five terrific new releases, and be sure to come back next week and every week to spare yourself the hassle of sifting the App Store’s latest game releases.
Facebook is a treasure trove of casual, social gaming. Hundreds of games let you grow virtual crops, raise fake pets, pretend to be a mobster, play a little poker, and otherwise entertain yourself between bouts of actual productivity. This month we check out two entries in the virtual-work category, which involves setting tasks in motion and then coming back later to reap the rewards.
If you’re a fan of buddy-cop movies, clichéd puns, and slapstick humor, you’ll feel right at home in Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse, Episode 1: The Penal Zone. It’s the first episode in a five-part adventure series, as the rather lengthy name suggests. In this first installment, the kooky pair of freelance investigators deals with some equally kooky characters, including the main villain, an alien named Skun’kape who lands on Earth in peace but clearly has an ulterior motive. It’s up to Sam and Max to find out the true reason for his arrival and banish him to another dimension.
The Brothers In Arms series is one of the greats in gaming--it stands out from the slew of generic shooters that trivialize World War II thanks to its perfectionist, respectful approach to historical accuracy and realistic squad combat. Which just makes this shoddy port all the more disappointing.