Droplist really wants to be the go-to to-do app on your iPhone. Each time it’s launched, an inspirational quote beckons you inside, encouraging you to not only make lists, but actually accomplish some of the things you’ve written. It’s so friendly and cheerful, you might feel guilty closing it. But even without the deep thoughts, I wouldn’t be scrambling to delete Droplist from my iPhone.
Creating a satisfying fighting game experience on a touch device is tricky -- especially when you factor in the technical and mechanical prowess of a legendary genre entry like Street Fighter. Genre fans have had to make serious concessions to enjoy their favorite brawlers on a touch screen (virtual joysticks are quite the hurdle during complex combos), but the relatively simplistic approach of recent console franchise mash-up Street Fighter X Tekken translates well to a touch-based format. The result is a fun and easy-to-play fighter with satisfying mechanics, though nearly every other aspect of this high-profile iteration adopts a contradictory tone.
The shortest distance between two points is a line, right? So what's the shortest distance between three logs, through a barrel of TNT, and around a bald eagle? Turns out it's still a line -- cut with the axe wielded by the mighty Jack Lumber. Luckily, the game isn't just a re-skinned knock off of Halfbrick's successful Fruit Ninja formula, as it actually improves upon it in a way that respects the original.
I've always found something deliciously epic about giant robots blasting and smashing the hell out of one another. Hunks of scrap metal flying everywhere and the sound of thunderous gunfire go together like peanut butter and jelly in my book. While it's certainly based on the venerable mech battling franchise, MechWarrior: Tactical Command doesn't quite capture the thrill of battling inside the cockpit of a huge death machine. But it does offer a mostly serviceable real-time strategy romp through miniaturized killer robot territory.
While stage and screenwriters can now pen their latest opus using a laptop at any Starbucks instead of being chained to a desk, the creators of Final Draft are trying to modernize the experience even further by empowering a new generation of scribes armed with only an iPad. Final Draft Writer expands on the company’s earlier Reader app, a read-only offering that disappointed many screenwriters and playwrights. With Writer, words can now flow straight out of a writer’s head and into the iPad while remaining fully compatible with Mac and PC versions.
Think you have what it takes to best Super Hexagon? If you have strong reflexes and an iron will, you probably do. The real question is whether or not you possess the patience to subject yourself to the maddening hazing needed to achieve mastery of its abstract geometrics. That's another matter entirely. Like any good arcade puzzler, Super Hexagon’s overlying simplicity masks a deceptively devious core. In the purest mechanical sense, all you’re doing is rotating a small triangle to avoid an endless scroll of glowing obstacles that fixate on the screen’s center. A collision of any kind means instant death. Simple, right?
Miniature golf courses are typically defined by whimsical themes and dynamic challenges, and a wide array of video games have captured the formula over the years -- but not quite like this. Rather than zoom in for a single hole across a larger map, Wonderputt puts nearly the entire course right in front of you from the start, with gorgeous visual design and fantastic animation that shows the world shifting to create new goals until the ball blasts off into space on the 18th hole.
I have all kinds of notebook apps on my iPad. Some are brilliant handwriting emulators, while others are slick and skeuomorphic with carefully crafted UIs; some do a few things really well, and others do a bunch of things solidly enough. But I certainly didn't think I needed another one. Scrapnote has made a strong case for sticking around, though. It might look plain -- launching the app simply presents a library of staple-bound notebooks -- but its tools are powerful and versatile enough to handle most anything I threw at it.
Before Adobe Photoshop Touch appeared on iOS, ArtStudio was considered the go-to image editing app, with the best selection of editing tools available on the iPad, including some decent artistic paint brushes. In its most recent revision, ArtStudio has undergone a radical interface overhaul, ultimately looking a lot like a desktop graphics tool, and making critical controls -- such as the extensive layer options, including blend modes and layer masks (the latter missing in PS Touch) -- more accessible. The result is a slick, smooth program that proves worthwhile to vets of Photoshop or any other full-featured image editor.
Warping classic Arthurian legend into a more twisted tale of demons and deception proves a silly but sufficient foundation for high-gloss hack-and-slash adventure in Wild Blood. Gameloft's latest Unreal Engine 3 powered beauty pits you as a burly Sir Lancelot, who must carve his way through unholy hordes to stop a crazed King Arthur that has unleashed hell upon his kingdom in a fit of jealous rage. While this slick slaughter fest is heavy on the eye candy, it doesn't measure up quite as well in the slice-and-dice department.