The old proverb about the pen being mightier than the sword has never been truer than in Quarrel Deluxe, a word game about world domination.Taking a cue from Risk, Quarrel tasks players with overtaking a board, pitting you against one to three AI opponents, each with a set number of troops on different tiles. Territory is captured through a series of "quarrels," or word battles where you must form words out of eight letter anagrams with specific point values attributed to each letter.
As in the original Steambirds for iPad, Steambirds Survival HD puts you in command of a small squad of cartoonish fighter planes – but instead of active movements and firepower, you'll simply draw their paths, equip them with power-ups, and hope like heck they survive to see another turn.
With your iPhone in your pocket, you’re never far from a good meal. Yelp, Urbanspoon, Zagat, even Siri -- any of these will steer you in the right direction if your stomach’s grumbling. But if you’ve got Forkly, the latest in a simmering melting pot of social foodie apps, you can satisfy most any craving, whether you’re looking for enchiladas or cheddar bacon donuts.
Apple's newest iOS social tool, Find My Friends, really should be called Find My Friend's iPhone. Basically an inversion of Find My iPhone, the original cloud-based locator app, this latest option tracks the GPS of invited buddies and lets you know where they are – assuming, of course, that their trusty iOS devices are at hand.
Scribblenauts Remix is one of the most endlessly entertaining apps I've ever encountered on the App Store. Even after finishing the game, I still consistently pull it out to see what it can do. While the game itself is very short, its central idea isn’t likely to get old anytime soon.
With music videos migrating from cable TV to the greener pastures of YouTube -- where stardom is made for folks like Justin Bieber and Rebecca Black -- there's a temptation for folks to craft their own musical creations. Rock Band creator Harmonix's new iOS title VidRhythm streamlines this process, though its options are so limited that it's more a meme creator than an editorial tool.
As the latest Unreal Engine-powered iOS game, the hype behind Dark Meadow is expected. It’s less like Dragon’s Lair than Infinity Blade, and the artistry of its dilapidated setting is as sumptuously apparent as it is evocative. But at some point during the game’s creation, fully-fledged gameplay seems to have bottomed out – and what’s left is an astray, clumsy experience misguided by the intentions of a graphic adventure, which can’t quite shake the feeling of a glorified whack-a-mole sim.
A third-person shooter reminiscent of console smash Gears of War, Shadowgun places players in the role of John Slade, a bounty hunter tasked with tracking down evil genius (and all around bad dude) Dr. Edgar Simon. While we can’t give Shadowgun’s plot any points for originality, the title’s gameplay and gorgeous Unity 3-powered graphics more than make up for the story’s derivative nature.
Solomon's Keep is a role-playing affair in which you take on the persona of a young sorcerer. His final exam? Defeat Solomon, a powerful dark wizard. Armed with nothing but a basic fighting spell, you set off on your adventure. There are many role-playing games on the iPhone, but few can beat Solomon's Keep on price: it's a free download.
For as long as the iPhone has been in existence, its out-of-the-box list-making capabilities have been subpar at best. Apple’s Notes app doesn’t quite do the trick, Mail’s To Do folder is just plain irritating, and even iOS 5‘s Reminders -- the best effort so far -- falls a little short. But if you’re looking for customization and complete control, put this on your to-do list: buy List Master from the App Store.