What do you get when you combine the "match three" mechanic of Bejeweled with the forging of Minecraft under the loose guise of a city sim? This hodgepodge of ideas comes together in Triple Town, a puzzle game/sim about combining environmental objects to build a village.
How would you solve the mystery of your own death? What would your first step be, and how would you go about gathering clues? Most importantly, how could you get around or interact with the environment in meaningful ways without a body?
Rhythm-based video games have been readily available for over a decade now, but there's something inherently intuitive about tapping along to the beat on a touch-screen that makes them a natural fit for Apple gadgets. We already tap our fingers and toes to most tunes that spill out of our earbuds; why not make an app of it? Beat Sneak Bandit, the latest title from Bumpy Road creator Simogo, boasts one of the best blends of clever one-touch gameplay, charming 2D art, and head-bobbing beats available on the App Store.
Localmind and Foursquare are two app peas in a pod. The premise of this free, cleanly-designed app is simple enough: ask a question about your local bar, eatery, or general hang-out spot, and someone who is already there will answer. I had my doubts about quick response times or friendly advice, but happily, Localmind proved me wrong and works exactly as advertised.
Somewhere deep in a Cupertino laboratory, a team of developers is no doubt hard at work at a killer to-do app. Reminders is a good start – and certainly a welcome improvement over the iCal-Mail-Notes solution – but it just doesn't have the simplicity and elegance we've come to expect from Apple's own offerings. Whatever they're working on, they might want to put it on hold and download a copy of Clear, the classiest list-making app we've ever used.
The title Run Roo Run is a bit misleading, due to the marsupial main character's languid pace, but I guess "Saunter Roo Saunter" didn't have quite the same ring to it. While Roo won't be competing in a 100 yard dash with Sonic the Hedgehog anytime soon, she manages to hold her own in this delightful precision platformer.
Who doesn’t want their brain punched in the face? Puzzlejuice makes the bizarre prospect a lot more fun than it sounds by combining aspects of Tetris and Boggle into one real pressure-cooker of a puzzler. Matching colored blocks and chaining letters to quickly clear the screen as red, turquoise, and yellow hell rains down from above adds a dizzying twist to a familiar formula -- one that’s bound to titillate puzzle addicts and word nerds alike.
Gamers who remember multiplayer first-person shooter matches in the days before broadband will feel right at home with Battlefield 3: Aftershock, as everything from a relative dearth of ways to play to lag-filled matches are present here.
When it comes to app design, excellent artistry can only take you so far. Despite its refreshingly funky visuals and charming premise, Catball Eats It All just doesn't have very enjoyable gameplay to back up its unconventional style.
Stylish, interactive children's book Numberlys takes place in a stark, drab world with no alphabet. Not unlike Fritz Lang’s futuristic dystopian film, Metropolis, its inhabitants are unsatisfied with their situation and set out to do “something different.” Gradually, they build all 26 letters -- with a little help from the readers.