Junk Jack finds you exploring a 2D setting made out of blocks that can be destroyed and harvested for their constituent parts, which are then used to build tools (like shovels or pickaxes), home decorations, or equipment to design more complex creations. With no built-in goals besides achievements, it's up to you to create your own objectives.
There are only a few days left in 2011 -- and you know what that means. People bugging you asking if you're making any New Year's resolutions. You've tried all that before, but it's harder than it sounds. Well, experts say if you have a partner encouraging you, keeping track of things it helps. And who's there with you more often than your iOS device. Nobody, that's who. So check out these apps for sticking to it.
Unlike the vast majority of color-matching puzzle games, the play mechanics that power Fractal: Make Blooms Not War may not be readily apparent the first time you play it, nor does the game offer up a dead-simple intro tutorial. Fractal is a bit obtuse, no doubt, but this elegant puzzler is well worth scratching your head for, as the grid-shifting approach gives it a unique feel unlike that of its contemporaries.
If you want to share everything you love, Twitter alone just won't cut it. Social microblogging apps are where it's at, but most are tailored to a specific service, and remembering which one to use can be a bit of a pain. Oink is nothing short of a game changer. It does everything you'd expect from a social rating app, but with an Apple-like elegance and a whimsical, anything-goes attitude unsurpassed by its peers.
Christmas Day is just around the corner, and that means one thing for iOS gamers: lots of new iOS owners. Why is that good news? Because companies are crawling over themselves to get a piece of this massive new influx of gamers. So while you might not see a ton of new games releasing this week, all the best older ones are on sale. Set aside some money this year and stock up on games for the next couple months.
Games designed specifically for holidays are rarely worth a time or money investment, but luckily, more and more awesome existing games are entering the fray with updates that add visual and/or audio elements that fit the time of year. Here are 10 iOS picks current sporting seasonal updates.
OnLive's cloud-streaming gaming service allows folks to experience the latest AAA releases via a high-speed Internet connection, even if you don't have top-of-the-line hardware or a very recent Mac or PC. Following a long lead-up, OnLive is finally knocking on the door to the App Store with its submitted app, which lets iPad owners get in on the fun with either custom touch controls (for select games) or a Bluetooth wireless controller. As the app continues to await Apple's final approval, I've had a chance to try out several of the titles available on the service, and spend more time checking out the touch controls following an initial hands-on at the Penny Arcade Expo in August.
This post-apocalyptic, robots-versus-robots affair works the same way an arcade light gun shooter does, only using streamlined cover-based mechanics and a progression that’s dependent on clearing environments of enemy waves before moving on.
The speed with which we lose touch with our own family history is amazing. Digging deep into the building blocks of what makes up your DNA can quickly become compulsive as you rediscover ancestors long forgotten and uncover the occasional exciting – scandalous even – tidbit along the way.
We're getting close. The Big Guy is putting some last minute touches on the Naughty & Nice list, Dasher and Dancer are going through their checklists, the elves are grumbling about double shifts, and kids everywhere are trying desperately to behave. At least, some of them are. But how do we know what's going on up North? And what can we do to track the travels of that miniature sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer?