If you’re in an area currently blitzed by heavy snowfall, you’ll likely appreciate the distraction offered up by the frantically challenging Dawn of the Plow. Taking the wheel of a pixelated plow in a lo-fi world of cars, snow, and asphalt, you’ll battle to keep the roads clear for the never-ending influx of traffic. It’s at once silly, hectic fun and frustrating brutality, punctuated by chirpy chiptune music.
With the advent of officially supported iOS 7 controllers, many types of games that weren’t always a perfect fit for a touch interface — like shooters, racing games, and 3D adventures — suddenly have an opportunity to shine much brighter on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Now you don’t need a dedicated gaming box to experience a wider array of really excellent experiences. Here are our current picks for the 25 best games that support iOS 7 controllers, and we’ll be updating this list from time to time as even more stellar games add support or are released.
Venerable music gear maker KORG has already brought some very cool audio apps to the iOS universe, and it continues the onslaught with Gadget, a slick, lovely-sounding iPad app with 15 synth devices — each capable of some true sonic mayhem, and all wrapped into a productive sequencing environment. It’s not hard to quickly whip up some pounding electronic dance music (EDM), especially once you get the hang of the interface, but there are significant holes in the slick veneer.
Whether you play hard by getting your run on or your game on, we've got a bevy full of great app sales going on this week. And if you choose to relax with a brewski after your gaming, we can hook you up with all the deets on just what it is you're quaffing. We even have a little something for lovers of art and fine literature, so don't keep reading this, click that link ------->
Our monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during January, with a total of 21 iOS and Mac games presented here in bite-sized, to-the-point encapsulations. And if you want to read more, simply click the link on each slide to read the full critique and find the link to purchase each game. The year started off right on Mac with strong titles like Broken Age Act 1, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, and The Banner Saga, but even iOS gamers got a fair bit of fresh greatness in the form of Castle Doombad, Lost Yeti, Jet Car Stunts 2, and much more.
The original Dungeon Keeper series on PC turned the tables on old-school fantasy conventions. Rather than being the do-gooder hero, you instead took the role of a dark overseer tasked with carving out a vast subterranean realm and populating it full of insidious traps, not to mention evil minions primed for slaughtering virtuous warriors. Opening the floodgates and sending the good guys to their doom was a great change from the norm, which made for lots of fun and oft-hilarious moments. Dungeon Keeper on iOS — a free-to-play reboot of sorts — streamlines things enough that it's a different beast from its predecessors, but the series' trademark humor and absorbing lair crafting remains blissfully intact.
You’ll find a promising-looking slate of new releases on the App Store this week, including John Woo’s ultra-violent Bloodstroke, the comic-based Marvel Run Jump Smash!, winter-themed retro arcade entry Dawn of the Plow, and EA’s free-to-play reboot of Dungeon Keeper. And The Room Two — previously only playable on iPad — also expands to iPhone and iPod touch this week.
With so many life-logging apps out there, it may be difficult to find the right one for you. OptimizeMe doesn’t just keep a log of your daily activities — it also tells you how to improve them and how each one affects one another. If you don’t mind manually inputting all of your data, OptimizeMe is true to its name and can help you optimize your life. OptimizeMe organizes your activities into four separate categories: health, creativity, routine, and pleasure.
For football fans, Super Bowl Sunday is the best day of the year — but it can also be the longest. Even if your favorite team doesn't have a shot at immortal glory, waiting for the 6:30 p.m. EST kickoff can feel worse than being a five-year-old forced to watch the clock on Christmas Eve. But you needn't spend the day twiddling your thumbs. Whether you're hosting a party or watching the game alone, we've got eight apps to keep you occupied until the big game starts.
Featuring a battle system that feels like the perfect blend of fighting and role-playing encounters, Super Nintendo classic Tales of Phantasia was kept out of Western gamers' hands until it was ported to the Game Boy Advance nearly a decade later. Now almost 20 years after its original release, this classic Japanese RPG makes its way to the App Store in a universal iOS release. Unfortunately for those expecting a seamless port, its new free-to-play format and associated changes make it a less-than-enjoyable trip back in time.