Rockmelt began life as a Mac browser a few years back, but newly released on the iPad, it aims to deliver an all-in-one web browsing, news reading, and social discovery service for well-connected tablet users. Embarking on a jack-of-all-trades approach is expectedly a challenge, seeing as even nailing one of those pursuits can be difficult, but Rockmelt shows some promise in this early iteration.
It's a clever idea, using physical figures or toys to interact with the iPad's touchscreen, but much of the time it simply proves a novelty: a short-lived diversion that deflates once you realize you'd rather be playing a great, standalone tablet game -- or with better toys, for that matter. That's certainly the case with the HeroClix TabApp and the recently released sets of compatible Marvel Comics figurines, which span X-Men and The Avengers. Much as they're properly recognized by the free app, the game experience itself proves terrible throughout.
What's more important than education at a university? If you ask Adult Swim, the answer seems to be balancing out the proximal science of love for all who attend. In a bizarre case of opposites attracting, girls adore robots, cooing when placed next to them in this strange little game of seating arrangements. Robots reciprocate up to a point, though they remain indifferent to nerds. For their part, nerds are happy sitting next to either robots or girls, though girls are irritated by their presence. How do you keep everyone happy? That's the basic gist of Girls Like Robots, a nicely brainy tile-puzzler that's one of Adult Swim's most personable titles yet.
Sharing data between iOS devices used to be a daunting task, but the App Store now offers plenty of third-party solutions to this problem. Chirp is the latest, and easily the most novel solution since Bump. Chirp uses the power of sound to initiate a transfer between compatible devices. With the free app installed and open on both devices, simply take/choose a photo or type in a link or note, tap the yellow button, and enjoy short, bird-like chirps as your transfer is made.
Sonic the Hedgehog's many previous App Store exploits have all been ports of past favorites or newer multiplatform releases, so to see Sega pursue a brand new mobile experience in the form of Sonic Jump is encouraging. Granted, as you'll notice immediately from the screenshots, "new" may not be the best word to describe a title that pays very obvious tribute to Doodle Jump and its ilk. That's not necessarily a problem, as Namco Bandai showed that such a pairing can work wonders with Pac'n-Jump, but Sonic Jump doesn't quite find the sweet spot between its disparate origins.
Remember Carmageddon, the late-90s, ultraviolent, mow-down-pedestrians driving game? It came out today for iPad and iPhone, thanks to Kickstarter, and it's free for the first day. Which, like I said, is today. So you should go download it. Today.
Watching TV isn't quite what it used to be. With DVRs, DVDs (and Blu-rays), downloads, and apps, it's rare that we gather together as a group to watch our favorite shows -- even on the off-chance that we're watching something as it airs. But with Zeebox, you'll always have somebody to watch with, whether they're on your couch, up the block, or halfway around the world.
It’s quite a feat when a game’s presentation is mesmerizing enough to cause death by distraction. Such is the case with God of Blades, a side-scrolling sword combat game that takes full advantage of the Retina display to create something genuinely remarkable and unique. Your character, the Nameless King, automatically runs from left to right (think Canabalt), encountering enemies as he traverses a flat yet stunning 2D landscape. Directional finger swipes translate into one of four basic sword moves, and various unlockable swords all have different ranges and speeds.
Despite early criticisms of the iPad as a device for content consumption rather than creation, a wide range of third-party productivity solutions continue to flourish in the App Store. One of newer kids on this block is Polaris Office, a suite from Korean developer Infraware promising to bring the Microsoft Office experience to iOS for cheap (currently $9.99; regularly $19.99). Better known on the Android platform where it’s preinstalled on select carrier-branded handsets, Polaris Office made the leap to iOS this year with an all-in-one solution for viewing and editing Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on the go.
We have a lot of visual art going on and a little bit of gaming and a huge game sale as well. So if you came here for anything other than fun, like to learn Catalan or for that one productivity app that's going to finally teach you how to GTD, well, you're outta luck. Let the games begin!