Memorial Day Weekend is chock full of activities. And sales! Yes, who doesn't love an excuse for a good App Store blowout. There's plenty to choose from so we grabbed a little here, a little there, a lot like your plate at a picnic lunch. Dig in and enjoy.
Polymer's about as basic a puzzler as they come, requiring players to slide tiles into place to assemble large, amorphous shapes. The larger the shape, the more points are rewarded. Simple, right? But there's a catch: entire columns need to be shifted around, making a game of Polymer more like futzing with a Rubik’s Cube than simply swapping tiles.
It's a bit of a lost art, the collage. We have Facebook walls and Pinterest boards, but in the digital age, there aren't too many platforms that replicate the timeless practice of snipping words and photos and sticking them to a poster. With Collage, Adobe attempts to digitize the process for the iPad, but doesn't quite conjure the nostalgia I was hoping for.
Whether by fluke or design, the iPad is the perfect gaming device for our purring friends. It has a strong, sturdy screen that can sit flat on the floor, along with a capacitive multi-touch interface. Cats can paw and scratch at it without doing any damage (though doing so remains entirely at your own risk), and true to Apple tradition, it just works. Games made specifically for cats have emerged as a lucrative genre over the past couple of years, so join us in looking through eight of the best. But don't come back complaining if your cat ends up demanding to spend more time than you on your iPad.
The lengthy wait between installments could be taken as a sign of Sega's effort to make Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II a better game than its underperforming predecessor. In some ways, that's true. Improved physics, crisply-detailed environments, and a handful of interesting new gameplay tweaks give this second jaunt better staying power, but with speed and precision being crucial ingredients for a successful Sonic outing, Episode II's frustrating touch controls just don't keep up.
Apple may be turning its back on the DVD format, but developers are filling the gap with software for copying, converting, and creating discs. Unfortunately, this leads to buggy Mac apps of questionable quality. DVDFab is one such product, comprising 10 different apps, with access only to those you choose to pay for. The bizarre licensing scheme offers one- to four-year subscriptions or a non-expiring “lifetime” license for a few bucks more. (The “all-in-one lifetime” package is $299.)
Mirabile dictu! There's quite a bit of la francaise in this week's price drops, so if you're planning a trip to the Left Bank be sure to load these apps. And for the rest of you, let's just have a look at what we've got cooking in this week's Price Drop.
It's becoming increasingly tough to squeeze into the tightly-packed puzzle genre in the App Store. With tons of tile-matching, piece-sliding, and color-swapping titles available in abundance -- albeit with challenge and mental stimulation often lacking -- sometimes the only puzzling thing is what is qualified as a puzzle. Enter Cubis Creatures, a game developed by the aptly named FreshGames, which has come to push staleness out of the genre and replace it with smart and satisfying gameplay.
Despite the shift to a digital display, Ticket to Ride looks exactly as you’d hope, with the distinctive visuals pulled directly from the now-classic board game and perfectly presented in this new Mac release. And the menus are as stylish as they are functional, getting you to where you need to go while staying era-appropriate. Luckily, they get you right into the game itself, which is the real draw here.