The Kindle, and later the iPad, have sparked a huge interest in e-books, but most merely replicate what we’re used to on the printed page. Well, that's not good enough for our former vice president. Al Gore has worked with Push Pop Press to produce something different: a digital version of his book Our Choice that takes advantage of the unique technologies offered by Apple’s iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone.
Unlike traditional simulations and other arcade-stylized affairs that utilize 3D game engines and realistic-looking courses, Super Stickman Golf recasts the slow-paced sport as a side-scrolling platform game of sorts. But despite the obvious change in design, it very much retains the core essence of playing golf: use your judgment, power, and available equipment as efficiently as possible to get the ball in the hole.
Licensed sports games so often aim for the diehards and sim junkies, leaving the casual and less devout fans on the bench. Not NBA Jam, though -- this light and speedy take on professional basketball pops with big-headed players and two-on-two dunk-fests, and nearly two decades after its original arcade debut, it's been revived for iPhone and iPad with all the latest teams and stars.
EA Sports surprisingly skipped the opportunity to port the successful iPhone version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour to iPad last year. But with a fresh version out for consoles, the publisher saw it fit to finally bring the successful golf simulation franchise to Apple's tablet with a pretty sizable selection of content.
Let's face it, whenever you buy a gadget like the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you envision one or two Really Cool Things you'll happily do with it. Otherwise why buy the gadget in the first place?
The HBO Go app for Apple's iOS-based devices is definitely a Really Cool Thing, streaming in a selection of HBO's movie catalog as well as a wide range of past and current programming (The Sopranos, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Six Feet Under, etc.) over both 3G and Wi-Fi networks.
Remember Marble Madness? You may have subconsciously blocked out the painful memories the frustratingly difficult and finicky game can bring. Unless, of course, you beat it. In which case your life has already peaked -- that was probably the greatest achievement you'll ever experience, so it's all downhill from here.
If you'd like to spend your remaining years enduring similar ball-rolling-based sadism, you're in luck. Crescent Studios has brought us Gears, a game about rolling a sphere through ludicrous concoctions of gears, pipes, ramps, moving platforms, and such.
When it first came out, Tiny Wings seemed to be the heir apparent to Angry Birds in the App Store. The game won over thousands of fans with its adorable concept and engaging gameplay. Well, those fires have cooled by now. Tiny Wings rarely peaks into the iTunes Top 10 lists anymore, but it's no less wonderful.
Gameloft has taken the App Store by storm by aping the design of other classic games -- some of its interpretations more successful than others. Sacred Odyssey is very obviously Gameloft's attempt to design a Legend of Zelda clone. Unfortunately, Gameloft didn't end up making a Zelda clone as much as a wannabe Zelda clone.
Imagine buying a Ferrari only to find that it’s not that great on pavement but kinda fun in the dirt. iCamera HDR is only a couple bucks, but might make you feel the same way after you take it for a test drive.
Deluxe Moon HD is an app that looks as gorgeous as the moon itself. It can provide astrologers, gardeners, and -- let’s just say it -- werewolves with massive amounts of moon-related data. Featuring a built-in compass and moon azimuth, GPS, and daily, location-based times for moonrise and moonset, the application is a one-stop shop for all of your moon-stalking needs.