In a way, the iCade could best be described as a joke gone awesomely right. After all, it started as nothing more than an April Fool’s Day prank -- a fake product created by ThinkGeek, a company known for unbelievable (and most of the time, real) products. Yet here we are playing the thing. Unlike the pranks we’re used to (do high-schoolers still give swirlies?), the iCade was met with heaps of enthusiasm. ThinkGeek knew it had stumbled upon something wonderful as fanboys flooded their comment sections. If you listened closely, you could almost hear the zeitgeist whisper, “Build it and they will come.” And so they did.
Surprisingly, this is still a big honkin' deal for some people. iOS devices don't do Flash, they haven't ever, and the chances of them doing it in the future is next to nil. Natively, that is. Developers have been trying to crack this nut for some time and mostly, they've succeeded.
You might remember 4th and Battery from their exploits earlier this year when they were spawned as an off-shoot brand of Bejeweled/Plants vs. Zombies developer PopCap Games. Their first game was mired in controversy, the second was hardly ever seen, and now they're back with a third. Though they're being a bit coy with the announcement, we think we know what game it is.
If Mad Men has reminded us of anything about the 1960s, it’s that it was common for office secretaries to be subject to sexual harassment in the decidedly masculine workplace. Office Rush XL doesn’t appear to take place in the '60s, but the first thing that stood out to me about this unassuming iOS game is the way the secretaries serve coffee to their bosses by offering it up to them on their knees.
Phosphor Games has unveiled their highly intriguing new horror game for iOS. It's called The Dark Meadow, and it looks pretty amazing thus far. Today they're showing off some awesome new screens of the game in action.
“Let’s see what you’re working on,” says your pointy-haired boss, popping up from nowhere and heading toward your desk. A dense scattering of miscellaneous icons litters your Desktop, some with less-than-savory filenames, others that are clearly not work-related. The Olivia Wilde wallpaper doesn’t scream “highly qualified professional” either. However, with the calmness of a professional poker player, you simply hit a key combination to clear all of this junk and get on with showing off your current project. That’s the kind of magic Clean Slate provides.
Hey, iPad owners! This one's for you. iPad apps tend to be more expensive than their smaller-screened counterparts, but luckily they go on sale just as often. This week we found iPad apps for making comic-book heroes out of you and your friends, apps to give you a reason to haul your trusty iPad to meetings, and a game that lets you take over the world. And you can get all of 'em for less than the price of a six-dollar burger...
Ah, the eternal questions: are we alone in the universe, just who did let the dogs out, and will that free TV on the curb fit through my doorway? You’re on your own with the first two, but CaMeasure can help with the last one. It’s an app that lets you measure objects just by taking their pictures and then putting in a fair amount of work on your touchscreen. It’s not magic, but it gets the job done.
Trekkies rejoice! Finally there's an app that will allow you to exercise your life long dream of shedding these weak 21st century operating systems, and work in something a bit more advanced. Like Star Trek's LCARS OS. At least, sort of. This fan-service app is more like a very neat interactive encyclopedia.
Look, we get it. Angry Birds is an unfathomable success. They've transcended cult-hit status and landed at culture defining app of the decade. Even though some people don't like them. But nowadays you can't even open the App Store without seeing a clusterfunk of feathers. Chances are you've never even heard of these birds, even though they currently nest in the Top 150 Apps. Today we hatch awareness of the other birds in the App Store.