When an early version of Minecraft was released back in 2009, it became an instant underground hit that garnered a devoted cult following, thanks to its charmingly simple visuals and easily accessible gameplay. Unfortunately for iOS gamers, Minecraft – Pocket Edition, doesn’t offer anything close to the same experience as it’s computer-bound cousin.
Considered by many to be one of the best 2D platform adventure games of all time, Cave Story first hit the scene as freeware back in 2004, and has since seen play on the Wii and Nintendo DSi. However, the latest and most complete iteration of the title—Cave Story+—recently hit the Mac and is available exclusively in the Mac App Store at the very reasonable price of $9.99. If you can’t get enough of classic titles like Castlevania or Metroid, you’ll definitely want to pick up this bad boy.
We might tut-tut violent video games in polite company and publicly yearn for more thoughtful and refined interactive experiences; but in the privacy of our own homes or subway seats, we enjoy good old-fashioned violence as much as anyone. Two-man design crew Bit-Blot knows this and gives iPad players a taste of both worlds with Aquaria.
Thanks to superior optics on the iPhone 4S, Apple's handset is fast becoming the primary point-and-shoot camera for many; and as such, developers have been busy creating new methods for viewing, syncing, and sharing mobile images. Adobe is the latest to answer the call with Carousel, a subscription-based solution for pushing precious memories into the cloud while keeping them available from almost anywhere.
Well, it certainly took long enough. We've had the Facebook app on iPhone for ages, but Zuckerberg & Co. have had more than a year and a half to grace Apple's top-selling tablet with an app. So now that it's here: What did we get, and how is it better?
It took me at least 40 minutes to figure out what the hell was happening on-screen when I started playing Monsters Ate My Condo. It’s not that this match-three puzzle game is all that difficult to understand. My bewilderment was mostly a result of the colorful, sensory-overload madness of it all, as flashing lights, combo meters, and animated text chaotically cluttered the screen.
Introduced alongside iOS 5, Cards allows users to produce and mail made-to-order letterpress greeting cards with nothing more than an iPhone or iPod touch. Sounds pretty slick right? Well, it would be – if it weren't so rough around the edges. Unfortunately, from start to finish, Cards feels only a little better than half-baked, and that's more than a shade shy of what we've come to expect from Apple.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the calculations you scribbled on scrap paper were interactive, or if spreadsheets were easy enough to use at the drop of a hat? Soulver is a calculator that aims to combine these tools into something that’s both easy to use and powerful enough to crunch data in useful ways. Soulver lets you enter problems from simple arithmetic to trigonometry in natural language—using words as well as numbers and symbols—and combine the answers in flexible “math-processor” documents.
The old proverb about the pen being mightier than the sword has never been truer than in Quarrel Deluxe, a word game about world domination.Taking a cue from Risk, Quarrel tasks players with overtaking a board, pitting you against one to three AI opponents, each with a set number of troops on different tiles. Territory is captured through a series of "quarrels," or word battles where you must form words out of eight letter anagrams with specific point values attributed to each letter.
As in the original Steambirds for iPad, Steambirds Survival HD puts you in command of a small squad of cartoonish fighter planes – but instead of active movements and firepower, you'll simply draw their paths, equip them with power-ups, and hope like heck they survive to see another turn.