When I was a child I was primarily enamored by giant monsters and building things. Crafting creatures out of Legos or Construx was one of my favorite pastimes. Chillingo's new iOS puzzler, Feed Me Oil, competently combines construction with monsters, videogames, and puzzles, sating my lingering childhood obsessions.
The unthinkable has happened. An affiliate of Nintendo has confirmed that they are currently developing a Pokemon-based app for the iPhone. Those adorable pocket monsters will be available on the Japanese App Store this Summer. Is this an innocuous move by Nintendo to make a few extra bucks? Or does it signal something more meaningful?
In a title that may challenge the best-selling Angry Birds and Cut the Rope for the top puzzle game slot on the App Store comes the recently released Casey's Contraptions, an iPad game in which you must invent new ways for Casey to put his toys away via 30-plus household items that can be arranged and tested to solve the puzzle. This delightful, Rube-Goldberg title proves that sometimes they get an iOS app just about perfect on the first try.
With a free update scheduled for later today, the Bing app from Microsoft promises to deliver a better way to copy and paste in iOS.
Nicknamed "Lasso", the new technique gives users the ability to draw a freehand circle around the text they want to highlight and instantly start a new search on that selection, instead of having to tap and drag the little blue box we have all come to know. And use. And maybe hate a little.
Watch almost any recent movie trailer and you'll see a website for the movie mentioned. That's just standard these days.
Still, the studios have been going overboard and developing a plethora of iOS games for upcoming movies. And now the time has come to separate the wheat from the chaff and to see which movie-based iOS games are worth the time it takes to download and install them to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, much less shell out a few bucks for the experience of playing. With that in mind, we bring you the Mac|Life Summer Movie Game Roundup, complete with an emperor-esque judgement system of thumbs up, thumbs down, and a few quick thoughts as to why...
Okay, maybe buying a $40,000 guitar was a bad idea. But it was so shiny, and BB King picked it up once, and...well, it was a bad idea. Try this next time: Create a calendar in iCal. When you see something you want to drop your credit card number on, add it to the calendar and set an alert for 30 days in the future. If, in 30 days, you still can’t live without that gold-plated Han Solo action figure, it’s probably destiny.
Eating at the same restaurants over and over gets boring pretty quickly, but there are lots of ways to find new hot spots. Twitter has recently become a great place to find new stuff to eat. If you have a favorite restaurant that’s on Twitter, check out their profile to see whom they follow. Chances are, you’ll find lots of other local chefs and food fans tweeting about your local dining scene.
You look out the window and the sun is shining brightly and there’s not a cloud in the sky. You step out the door, your elbows are immediately covered in a thin layer of ice, and you can no longer feel your fingers. Yeah, the next time someone tells you to look out the window when you ask what the weather is, just poke them with your stubby frostbitten fingers.
Sure, you could get an iPhone app like Grocery Gadget ($3.99) that lets you share a unified grocery list with your family members, and that could help you remember to schlep to the store for toilet paper, diapers, Doritos, or other can’t-live-without-it household staples. Or you could use Amazon.com’s brilliant Subscribe feature to keep yourself from running out in the first place -- and save money while you’re at it.