Pipe Mania doesn’t refer to a new kind of drug epidemic or burgeoning
fad that has hipsters accessorizing with corncob pipes. It’s a classic
puzzle game, first developed 20 years ago for the Amiga, and recently
released for the Mac and iPhone by Virtual Programming. But even now,
it’s got druglike addictiveness plus retro cool.
Every day, life presents any number of problems that need solving—from
settling bets to knowing which fish are OK to eat to remembering where
the soupspoon goes in a formal table setting. Your iPhone or iPod touch
can act as a digital Swiss Army knife, offering up the right tool to
get you through almost any dilemma. We review and rate a collection of
handy helper apps and ass-saving accessories that are sure to boost
your rep as the consummate boy scout, always prepared for anything.
The great thing about independent programmers is that they do what they
do for the sheer love of it. Jamie Woodhouse’s Qwak is a great
example--it’s certainly a labor of love, given that he’s been
developing it, adjusting it, honing it, and polishing it till it shines
for nearly 20 years.
In the seminal 1989 Batman film directed by Tim Burton, the
Joker, played to smarmy perfection by Jack Nicholson, grouses about the
well-equipped Caped Crusader, “Where does he get those wonderful toys?”
Ol’ Joker was talking about the batarang or something, but in this
game, the answer is clear: The toys are LEGO. The vehicles are LEGO.
The environments are LEGO. Even the characters are LEGO.
After years of listening to the smug kids at Best Buy and GameStop talk smack about gaming on the Mac, we found five Windows PC games that not only are dirt cheap, but also perform amazingly well under Apple’s Boot Camp technology.
Who knew zombies were omnivores? Plants vs. Zombies presents a cuddlier
take on these murderous undead. They really want to eat your brains,
but they shamble in a straight path to your house, snacking on
landscaping that gets directly in their way. Thankfully, your garden
fights back, with pea-shooting plants, exploding peppers, giant
flytraps, and dozens more. You’ll plant these defenses to stop the
zombies in a sly, simple game with compelling strategy.
We’re divided on The Sims 3. We partly see the dollhouse-style people
simulator as a fun way to vicariously experience parts of life that are
far removed from our everyday monotony--and monogamy. On this level,
The Sims excels. You can become a master thief, buy a mansion, or wreck
marriages without any real-world consequences.
Even if it’s been a few decades since you wore a towel as a cape and
declared the family dachshund to be your loyal sidekick, who doesn’t
want to be a superhero? Four years after its initial release on the
Windows platform, the superhero MMORPG City of Heroes has landed on
Who says you need guns and tanks—or even arms and legs that bend—to
wage war? Real-time strategy game Multiwinia puts you in command of an
army of 2D stick figures called Multiwinians, hell-bent on destroying
enemy factions in six multiplayer-style game modes (which can also be
played alone) across a unique vector-graphics landscape.