Spun off from the popular Burnout arcade racing franchise on consoles, Burnout Crash turns a horrifying real-life fate – causing a huge vehicle pile-up – into a comical high score chase, as you attempt to pull more and more cars and buildings into your explosive wave of destruction.
There’s no shortage of people looking for new ways to tell other people how to do things on the Internet, but usually these tutorials are better seen than read. That’s where Snapguide comes in. The free iPhone and iPod touch app makes it easy to teach or learn skills, tricks, or tips. Its core approach is simple: Just take pictures or videos of whatever needs to be shown, and then write captions to create slideshow tutorials for anything.
Capturing the feel of the 80s is like shooting fish in a barrel. Looking at children's entertainment from the era, we had a cartoon designed around selling action figures that turned into cars, while another featured a skeleton antagonist named Skeletor (good job, guys). And on the live-action front, we had Fred Savage saving the day with a host of Nintendo products. You barely need to satirize these when the source material is already this outrageous. It's an easy target, but that doesn't make Saturday Morning RPG's nostalgia-tinged look back at the days of G.I. Joes and Care Bears any less entertaining.
Clibe is an interesting note-taking app, as it strives to combine this basic concept with social media, by letting you share your notebooks with anyone on the web. Notebooks are saved online and accessible via iPad or Clibe's website, and can be shared with the wider user base, just a few friends, or nobody at all. Images, text, and backgrounds can be easily added to the digital pages, plus you can write and draw with your finger or stylus as desired.
Of all the memorable fighters to bear the Capcom name over the last couple decades, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes seemed perhaps the dodgiest choice to bring to touch screen devices when announced recently. We've seen solid examples of fighting games translated to the iPhone and iPad, such as Soulcalibur and Capcom's own Street Fighter IV Volt, but this crossover fighter is a very different kind of beast -- a dizzyingly quick tag-team affair that's known as perhaps the most chaotic genre entry to date.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to iOS apps: textured, skeuomorphic designs that try (often too hard) to create a level of real-world familiarity for the user, or clean, sleek interfaces with modern flourishes and a heavy emphasis on functionality. Paper by FiftyThree is iPad minimalism at its finest. With a compete emphasis on the digital experience, Paper pays little attention to mimicking its real-world inspiration, resulting in a slick approach that puts the focus where it should be – on the art you create.
Vengeance is sweet. As you cut a path through the battlefield towards your rival’s fortifications, there’s something primal and satisfying about charging through their last line of troop defenses, setting fire to their buildings along the way, and finally running your blade through the treacherous shogun responsible for your father’s death. Though the path to victory follows a familiar trajectory, Sega and The Creative Assembly’s long-running Total War real-time strategy series takes an interesting new direction with its iOS debut.
When Max Payne was first released on PC and consoles in 2001, there was nothing else like it. Featuring exceptional voice acting, a gritty storyline that could have been ripped from the pages of a James Ellroy novel, and action-packed gameplay that felt like it was on loan from a John Woo film, it quickly became the blueprint for countless other games. Slow-motion shootouts? Firing two guns whilst jumping through the air? You can thank Max Payne for them both. Now, more than a decade later, it’s finally available for iOS gamers to enjoy as Max Payne Mobile.
I’ve been an iOS enthusiast for a few years now, but I still find it astonishing how quickly my iPhone became a central figure in my day-to-day routine. I rarely relied on my old Motorola Razr to plot my creative writing projects, or track how many miles I’d trekked on my coffee shop excursions -- but that’s probably what I find so interesting about the iPhone and well-intentioned apps like Trakr: they allow and even urge me to keep track of, and improve upon, my personal progress. And it's obvious that this super-simple data management app has its heart in the right place.
Even if you have no clue what you're doing, it only takes a few seconds of poking and prodding the screen to get grooving with Figure. Extreme accessibility makes Propellerhead Software's stylish music-making app a fun toy to noodle around with whenever you've got free time to kill, but Figure's real strength lies in that it's powerful enough that you can just as easily take it on-stage and set the dance floor on fire with some seriously infectious electronic jams.