WWDC's annual Apple Design Awards were moved to a prime spot on Monday afternoon, just a few hours after the exciting keynote. Awards were given to 11 gorgeous applications, including student projects, and apps for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Find out who won after the jump!
Piles of miscellaneous junk are rarely charming in real life, but Little Things Forever makes the task of wading through a sea of clutter in search of a few specific treasures a pleasant brain-teasing experience. With its simple interface and creative approach, this fun sequel to the original hidden object puzzler captivates the senses.
Yahoo! TimeTraveler sadly won't transport you to another era, but despite the misleading name, the company's newest travel app has the potential to be a pretty useful tool -- assuming you have a set amount of time to fill, are traveling to one of 29 applicable cities, and have little-to-no knowledge of said destination.
Once upon a time, it took piles of heavy rulebooks, a hefty supply of well-sharpened pencils, bags of dice, and a sea of dog-eared paper scraps to enjoy most tabletop RPG sessions. Thankfully, times have changed, and the marvels of modern techno-wizardry make it a lot easier to get the dungeon spelunking underway. Having an iOS device handy at the gaming table is so common these days that some thoughtful folks have whipped up a slew of helpful apps to enhance your dice-rolling fun.
When thinking about Leonardo da Vinci, visions of the Mona Lisa or The Last Supper most likely spring to mind, testifying to his sheer artistic genius. But what you may not know is that he was also a gifted scientist well ahead of his time, and spent years perfecting his knowledge of human anatomy. All 268 pages of his anatomical drawings, which had been lost to the world for hundreds of years, are currently on display as part of the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, but if you can’t make the trip to the UK, don’t despair. There’s an even better way to experience Leonardo's genius: with any iPad.
Timing is everything in Circadia, an effortlessly elegant puzzler set upon stark black backdrops. Tapping a colored circle emits a circular wave – not to mention a harmonious tone – with the goal to have all such waves reach the white dot at the same moment. It might not look like much in still images, but this iOS original hangs on tight throughout.
Last year's iOS release of The King of Fighters-i mirrored its console counterparts, bringing the franchise’s popular 3-on-3 action to your pocket. The King of Fighters-i 2012 is essentially the deluxe version of that game, including a dozen more characters, a time attack mode, and online multiplayer battles. But truly successful fighting games require rock-solid mechanics and controls, and sadly, it's in these facets that Fighters-i 2012 stumbles, though it tries rather hard to stand tall.
Yahoo! isn't exactly the first name in search engines these days, but with Axis, the Web giant has returned to its roots in a big way. If Steve Jobs put the Internet in our hands with the iPad, the App Store's first "search browser" puts websites at our fingertips with a sleek, intuitive interface that turns browsing on its head.
Lots of gaming going on in this week's price drop, from the cute to the shoot 'em up to the fantastical. We've got them all under our belts and ready for your weekend pleasures. And you know our motto: if it's free, whatta ya gotta lose? So fire up your App Store and get downloading.
Word Off is like a sleazy used car salesman shilling a fine product. The underlying game may be sharp, tense, and original, but it's mired in a scuzzy business model. At its core, Word Off presents a smart mix between a word game and a strategy title. You play on a board comprised of hexagonal tiles, each containing a letter, and begin with a cluster of occupied spaces in one corner while your opponent starts with the same in the opposite corner.