Whether you’re looking for a big-name smash or an intriguing indie, we’ve got a nice blend of both in this week’s App Store release lineup. NBA 2K15 brings big improvements to the hoops series, while Angry Birds Transformers pairs franchises in colorful fashion — but don’t miss Helix or Hyspherical either. We’ll have another batch next Thursday, but these should keep you satisfied for some time.
If you have children of a certain age, you could be forgiven for thinking Angry Birds are everywhere. Rovio’s hit franchise has dominated the App Store in its four-and-a-half year, eight game run, and has branched out successfully into toys, a cartoon, and even soft drinks. And now Angry Birds Epic continues the trend of branching out from its humble slingshot-firing origins.
It can be difficult to pick out the cream of the crop amidst the barrage of new iPhone and iPad games, but we’ve got you covered with our weekly look at the most notable new releases. Jousting simulation Rival Knights and slick space shooter Sky Force 2014 are big standouts this week, along with notable updates to a couple of old favorites. Give these a good look and then check back next week for more.
Funny that we were just talking about the benefits of a closed operating system. Mac OS X isn't anywhere near as closed as iOS 7, and thus it's more susceptible to malware attacks. As reported by security firm ESET (via MacRumors), Mac users who used cracked versions of popular programs now need to worry about a nasty trojan that's been stealing bitcoins.
Even more so than the middling Angry Birds Star Wars II, Angry Birds Go! feels like an elaborate advertisement for other products rather than a purposeful game. The ever-in-vogue kart racer spinoff is tied into a series of marginally useful Telepods toys, and also tries to sell its soundtrack from the menu screens. But this free-to-play affair takes things much further via the introduction of sponsored boosts. Want to keep your kart from breaking down during a race? Use the State Farm Insurance power-up. Much more galling is the Goldfish-branded speed boost, which shoots a stream of virtual cheddar crackers behind your kart for the entire race. No, really.
As we near the holidays, the App Store is unsurprisingly being flooded with big-name releases, including Angry Birds Go!, The Room Two, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. However, a couple of promising under-the-radar entries — like Fiz: The Brewery Management Game and AntiSquad —could prove to be just as interesting picks this week.
Love 'em or hate 'em, Rovio's Angry Birds are here to stay as the modern-day equivalent to classic video game legends like Pac-Man and Space Invaders -- but the latest iteration offers a whole new way to play.
Angry Birds Star Wars II is once again a colorful, pull-and-fling interpretation of the films, this time focusing on the events and characters of the prequel trilogy. But while it's another amusing, well-produced nod to the Star Wars franchise, the quality of the core game experience lacks that inspired edge of its predecessor. In fact, it lacks nearly any edge at all, as the expected puzzle-solving aspect that typically defines Angry Birds is rarely seen throughout. More stages than ever can be cleared with a single and typically obvious opening shot, and while it's entertaining to watch the destruction, such an approach fails to tax the brain to any real extent.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. Alongside the launch of iOS 7 comes a huge week for iOS gaming, marked by juggernaut franchise entries Infinity Blade III and Angry Birds Star Wars II, along with the Disney Infinity Toy Box and intriguing indie, Incredipede. Several notable free-to-play affairs are available this week, as well, including CastleVille Legends, Deer Hunter 2014, and DuckTales: Scrooge's Loot.
Security was on the minds of many readers over the weekend, and on that front, we've got all the details of how the seemingly simple SIM card has finally been hacked. But it wasn't all gloom and doom — we saw some nice app updates, and those still playing the original Angry Birds can now sync their game activity across all of their devices at long last. Let's dive in and get a quick recap, shall we?