We outgrew Battleship in the fourth grade, so we were surprised that Naval Battle kept us at attention. This iPod take on the board game (and older ancestors) follows those boredom-inducing rules in a classic, almost-never-ending game mode. But additional play options embellish with super weapons, winner’s-outs for consecutive shots, and creative maps. These updates plug the holes in standard Battleship.
A title like “Chess & Backgammon Classics” gives a good idea of what you’re going to get, and this iPod two-fer gives even a little more than anticipated. Yes, it’s backgammon and chess. But Gameloft crafted two thought-out versions of these ubiquitous games. Both include several play modes and board themes. Built-in opponents offer a challenge, or both games allow pass-the-iPod two-player matches. Chess’s default 3D view looks surprisingly good, but we kept better track of the pieces in the 2D, overhead perspective. AI opponents range from inept to intense, but the game’s extras round out the package: single-move puzzles, a moderate database of opening moves, and turn-by-turn replays of famous games. Backgammon can’t match all of these modes, but it includes a tutorial and tournament play. Still, it has everything we’d expect in a Backgammon game, with clear graphics and responsive controls.
The Rig Kontrol 3 pedal requires a Mac host. The Holy Grail of the electric guitar involves a single magical box that replaces racks of gear and puddles of pedals, with no compromise to quality, accuracy and flexibility. Guitar Rig 3 is a significant evolution in digital guitar hardware and software. It could easily serve as the cornerstone of a completely digital guitar setup.
Mac Book Air, 3.0 pounds, 0.16-0.76 inches thick, 13.3-inch display, 1.6GHz /1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 80GB hard drive, Backlit keyboard, Multi-touch trackpad, iSight camera,No optical drive, Must be caressed to be believed Steve Jobs’ opening bow at Mac Expo 2008 was uncharacteristically late by some 10 minutes, but the news he had to share was completely on time if one believes that keeping pace with the forward march of technology (and all its digital lifestyle overtones) is important. From the time-saving Time Capsule to the well-timed iPhone enhancements to the “Will they stand the test of time?” big-ticket items—iTunes movie rentals, Apple TV Take Two, and the impossibly thin MacBook Air—Expo ’08 marked Apple’s first year as a rightfully placed consumer electronics juggernaut, with multiple prongs of attack jutting from its ever-determined center.
That’s about the only thing that’s flying high for the Jets this season. When the autumn wind blows on a Sunday, you know what that means—it’s time for some gridiron glory, some pigskin pillaging—it’s time for some football. Thankfully, with Madden NFL 08 you don’t have to wait until Sunday to get your football fix. Madden has all the action you want from a football video game and more. Other than slightly disappointing graphics, this game includes everything short of the tailgate party.