You’ll have nightmares for days after playing Somethin’ Else’s spookily excellent audio-only survival horror game, Papa Sangre II. This sequel to the innovative 2010 original returns you to the land of the dead in a hunt for trapped memories — this time guided by the voice of Game of Thrones star Sean Bean, who brings a delightful British charm to the proceedings. Papa Sangre II builds well on the successes of its predecessor, but it demands too much from you at times and ultimately sinks into frustrating, tiresome repetition.
Bit.Trip Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is arguably one of the best games to hit Mac this year, so the debut of a gorgeous iOS version is more than welcomed. And for the most part, Bit.Trip Run! manages to carry over the intense platforming action while attempting to keep things working on a touch screen. But amid all of that fantastic gameplay, you'll sadly find a game that isn't quite ready for prime time, and desperately needs an update to smooth over some notable issues.
Cosmetically, GarageBand 2.0 doesn’t look very different than the previous version, though there are some slight visual tweaks to bring the overall aesthetic in line with the rest of the flattened-down look of iOS 7. Perhaps the single most important functional change is that you can now create compositions with up to 16 tracks on all supported devices running with pre-A7 processors – double the amount allowed before – and up to 32 tracks on the newest A7-equipped iPhones and iPads.
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) got off to a rocky start on iPhone and Android when it was surprisingly launched (and then pulled) in September, but the free app is finally here for real and ready to connect the world’s most popular mobile operating systems with the remaining 60 million active users of BlackBerry smartphones. It’s a mostly capable messaging app, but it’s so tardy to the cross-platform messaging party that it faces an uphill battle due to strong competition.
Our monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during October, with a total of 30 iOS and Mac games presented here in bite-sized, to-the-point encapsulations. And if you want to read more, simply click the link on each slide to read the full, scored critique and find the link to purchase each game. Whereas the previous month was headlined by big AAA affairs, many of October’s best iOS games were dazzling indies, like Duet, Device 6, and Type:Rider, while we reviewed an array of excellent Mac games this month, including Fez, Mark of the Ninja, and PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate.
Newly exclusive to iOS 7, iMovie 2.0 is a big leap forward for mobile video editing. Apple nixes the movie theater motif of earlier versions in favor of a more streamlined UI here, making it easier than ever to create slick projects complete with slow motion, titles, and transitions. And unlike earlier versions that sometimes behaved sluggishly, iMovie 2.0 offers 64-bit support for the iPhone 5s and upcoming iPad models, accomplishing every task with breakneck speed. The app even eliminates older pain points with audio: Fade ins and outs are now adjustable, and audio from video clips can now be detached or inserted on its own.
Tweetbot 3 embraces everything good about iOS 7. Where many of our favorite apps have undergone simple facelifts to align with the new, lighter style, Tapbots understands that iOS 7 is more than the sum of its fonts and colors. As a result, Tweetbot's interface is more alive than ever before, with rich transparencies and playful transitions that create a full and immersive experience. It starts with your timeline – the background and navigation bars have been completely bleached, with the only blasts of color coming from the blue links and icon accents, plus the new circular avatars.
After stumbling with the Nexus Q media streamer last year, Google surprised even jaded tech fans this summer with an inexpensive HDMI dongle offering cross-platform playback to HDTVs. But can the search giant rally enough support from developers and streaming services to make Chromecast viable in the long term?
Games are rarely just released and left as-is anymore these days, especially on the App Store. Often, they’re tweaked and expanded with new content to match up with real-life events — particularly with notable holidays. We’re just a couple days away from Halloween, and many popular iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch games have been updated with content that celebrates the spooky season. Whether it’s new weapons and costumes or fresh locales and missions to enjoy, these 10 games are (or will soon be) decked out with Halloween flair.
Rather than discount last year’s model with the introduction of the iPhone 5s, Apple opted to replace it—albeit with a gussied-up and slightly tweaked version. Indeed, the iPhone 5c packs nearly all of the same features and internal tech as last year’s iPhone 5, which makes it one heck of an excellent handset in almost every respect, from the glorious four-inch Retina display to the speedy 4G LTE service and stellar 8-megapixel camera.