Bam! Pow! Regardless of whether or not you’ve seen the Batman television series from the '60s, you’re probably familiar with the pop-cultural trope of using visual onomatopoeia to induce an appropriately “comic book-y” feel to any given medium. And if you’ve ever felt the urge to create your own homage to camp violence or schlocky melodrama in paneled form, now you can with your iOS device.
At first I was going to make a screencast of my time with Touchgrind for Mac. The plan was to impress you all with my sick laser flips and bluntside nosegrinds. But after playing Touchgrind for Mac for a while, I'm sure that anything I screencasted would be nothing more than a fails compilation. I am objectively and quantifiably horrible at Touchgrind.
You’re sitting there and that commercial comes on. You know, the one with the cool indie music in the background. What is that song? Normally, this would be the moment you’d whip out your iPhone and Shazam that -- but wait, your friend pulls out her iPhone and fires up SoundHound. Who gets the song first? And more importantly, who gets it right?
Ever since Ernő Rubik crafted his famous cube in 1974, there's been a certain satisfaction in matching color-coded blocks to one another. Nowadays, unless you're a genius you likely gave up on one of those after 10 minutes or looked up a solution. Qvoid similarly tasks players to combine color-coded cubes, only this time you're pushing a cube around a three dimensional plane and it's a lot more forgiving and fun.
As developers continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible on the iOS platform, we can’t help but feel sorry for the competition -- especially when companies like Madfinger Games are pushing out mobile games which set new standards for graphics, such as this week’s release of Shadowgun.
This mobile games thing is for real -- if anyone anywhere needs one more shred of proof, it’s Bungie Aerospace, a new mobile development arm of Bungie, makers of seminal games like Marathon, Halo, and Myth. Crimson: Steam Pirates is their first title, combining steampunk aesthetics, pirates, and pitch-perfect combat on the iPad.
You, Sir Fortix, the lone knight of the kingdom, are called upon to save the land of Artalom from the clutches of the evil mage Xitrof -- alone. Without any help whatsoever. That’s the gist of Fortix 2, an unexpectedly nifty puzzle title -- think of it as a “reverse tower defense” game. You have to control all the units on the map (gates, keys, towers, power-ups, catapults, and so on) by boxing off terrain, which captures anything within it. What’s more, you have to box off the units without disrupting the lines you’re creating -- any interruptions will immediately kill your character.
Phosphor Games Studio has announced that its bizarre, atmospheric new iOS game, The Dark Meadow, is nearing release. In about ten days we'll finally have our hands on the spooky-looking new adventure game, but for now we'll have to make do with this new trailer.