Critics of the video game industry delight in exposing stale ideas. It’s a noble goal, I suppose, but when a game comes along that performs all the good old tricks correctly, it’s hard to be disappointed – especially if the price is right. 10000000, a new tile-matching, dungeon-crawling romp from EightyEight Games, walks a well-worn path. But the result is a reliable, crisp experience that feels more like a comfortable reunion than a thrilling new adventure.
For those of us who read magazines more than any other print or digital publication, the idea behind Next Issue is marvelous. Much like a Netflix for such periodicals, the iPad app lets you plunk down a subscription fee each month in return for unlimited access to dozens of top magazines, with both current and back issues (only 2012 releases at present) available for all. It's a prospect that could have serious effects on both the buying and reading habits of magazine aficionados, with multiple plans offering various monthly, biweekly, and weekly publications, though the execution doesn't live up to the brilliant concept at present.
Wondershare is a developer best known for releasing multiple versions of its Mac applications under different names, each focused on a specific task. Thankfully, the company shows more restraint on iOS, and judging from PowerCam, the quality of its mobile apps is much higher as well. The free PowerCam 2.0.1 for iPhone/iPod touch (also available in an “HD” iPad version) includes more than 60 Instagram-style effects like Vintage, Retro, and LomoCyan, which can be applied to existing Camera Roll files or new photos and videos as they’re being shot.
Over a decade ago, Nintendo brought deep, turn-based strategy to the handheld games market with Advance Wars. The cartoony military battles were a perfect fit for the Game Boy Advance, and in many ways, Rubicon has captured the same spirit on iOS with Great Big War Game. Strategy games generally work splendidly with a touch-screen interface, but it's extremely rare to find an iOS title in the genre with such a massive amount of content.
The thought of creepy monsters lurking under the bed, in the murky depths of the closet, and in other dark places around the house is enough to give most young kids nightmares, but Hiding Monsters puts a fun and friendly spin on uncovering creatures that go bump in the night. This colorful, interactive storybook app delivers a short, cheerful tale of mischievous monster pals that your kids will love to poke and prod through.
With the Olympics taking place for the third time in London at the moment, what better opportunity could there be to learn about the intriguing past of this impressive city? This is what London - A City Through Time hopes to deliver for your iPad. It’s an absolutely massive undertaking, since the capital of the United Kingdom witnessed a lot of history (and oftentimes was instrumental in world history), and it’s all there from 43BC to the present day in easy-to-navigate categories
The Tap Tap Revenge series has long been a mainstay on the App Store, with a new release seemingly popping up every few months like clockwork. There’s been little innovation between releases of the rhythm titles, as you'll still tap and swipe along to licensed songs, but Tap Tap Revenge Tour is perhaps the most confusing release yet. While the initial download itself may be free, the game awkwardly utilizes both in-game ads and in-app purchases to build out the game’s song library.
When a studio is entering the seventh iteration of a game franchise, it's expectedly difficult to keep things feeling fresh. And the issue of creative stagnation is even more prevalent when looking at genres with traditionally strict boundaries, like the arcade racer. So, if you were hoping Gameloft would reinvent the wheel -- pardon the pun -- with Asphalt 7: Heat, curb your expectations.
There are many apps available for iPad photo enhancement, but few of them come with the pedigree of Tiffen, a company practically synonymous with optical filters for cameras. Can the company’s digital equivalent live up to the same storied reputation?
Follow the Rabbit sends you on a colorful and fun-filled romp through 125 puzzle-based levels that stays addictive and entertaining right to the end. Although it occasionally suffers from a lack of difficulty, I couldn't keep myself from going after the pesky rabbit and the many coins he dropped along the way.