Like peanut butter and jelly, puzzle games and iOS devices have always been a classic combo. While popular picks like Bejeweled Blitz and Words with Friends are always solid options for on-the-go gaming, there’s far funkier fare worth exploring in the App Store. If your taste in games falls on the quirkier side of the fence, you’ll get a kick out of this batch of peculiar iOS puzzle offerings we’ve rounded up.
There are people among us that just know a little too much. They live for trips to the local sports bar to get their hands on those TV trivia games, the gathering of friends for a game of Trivial Pursuit, and those moments where someone asks, "Wait, who was that guy in that movie?" If you're friends with that person, consider making your Game Night event on Facebook private. If you are that friend and suddenly find yourself uninvited to question-based events, you can take solace on your iOS device.
Email clients have been mostly ignored in the App Store, but if one is going to stir things up, it's Sparrow. A mainstay on OS X, its polished, intuitive interface is tailor-made for multitouch – and as expected, it brings a lot of good things to iOS. Like the desktop client, Sparrow treats your inbox like a personal social network.
This past weekend, roughly everyone (everywhere) downloaded Angry Birds Space. Well, at least 10 million people did, but that's still quite the figure. While a huge shadow was cast by the massiveness of Rovio's franchise -- or is that the space station it built with all that money -- there were still plenty of noteworthy headlines in the iOS gaming world.
Angry Birds' remarkable success has made it an easy target for snide remarks and copycats alike, but it's been difficult for other creators to successfully mimic its beguilingly appealing formula – and it must be harder still for Rovio to try and expand its own design without losing the magic that made it such a smash. That's part of why it's so pleasing to see Angry Birds Space launch as a carefully considered and well-designed extension of the brand, rather than a quick attempt to draw some easy cash from the legions of series fans.
More often than not, licensed video games don't amount to much more than glorified advertisements. So, when word spread of a free-to-play The Hunger Games movie tie-in arriving on iOS, you'd probably be forgiven for any initial apprehension. But when that same game is developed several noted members of the indie games community, it's hard not to snap to attention and take a look. And as a free, universal download, there's certainly not reason not to see whether it lives up to the hype of the books and blockbuster film.
Upgrading a file from one version to another has always been a crucial aspect of any application update—until Final Cut Pro X came on the scene, that is. This latest version was so different that there was no way to import your old Final Cut Pro 7 projects into it. The fact that migrating from iMovie was well integrated merely rubbed salt into this wound.
Switching away from the genre's typical in-car or behind-the-bumper view doesn't suck the thrills out of Reckless Racing 2, which uses a top-down camera to spotlight the action across muddy trails and cracked asphalt alike. While not quite as fresh or revelatory an App Store entry as the original, Reckless Racing 2 is a hearty upgrade packed with fresh tracks and customizable vehicles, plus a slick visual overhaul.
There is almost always a plethora of new titles that hit the App Store every week, but this go-round seemed a little sparse. That said, there's no shortage of games worth checking out--especially if you're looking for some heavyweights. From blockbuster games to blockbuster movie tie-ins, and a few under-the-radar hits, this week might be light in number of releases but its no slouch in quality.