There was a time when Batman games were about as fun as a root canal. Thankfully, Rocksteady changed all of that with Batman: Arkham Asylum; but since the bar has been officially raised in the past few years, we have higher expectations from any game approaching the franchise. The Dark Knight Rises competently recreates a console-like experience on iOS with a pitch-perfect story played through an open-world Gotham City – but it's also plagued with bugs.
While it might not be as powerful as its name suggests, Layout brings a fresh style of design to the iPad, with a clean interface, brilliant menu approach, and robust color palette that rivals the most powerful desktop publishing software. With Layout, you can create neat, modular collages with up to 16 pictures and captions, customized borders, and in-app photo enhancing.
For most folks it's been a real scorcher of a summer so far, and with all the nice sun, record breaking temps, and sweltering days, packing up shop and hitting the beach to cool off and have a little fun is sounding like a great idea. Make sure you're fully stocked with plenty of food, water, and sunscreen before you hop in the car and head towards the sandy waterfront, but also don't forget to load up a few of these helpful apps to enhance your beach-going experience. From keeping entertained and well-fed to watching the weather and avoiding sunburn, we've rounded up everything you need for a fun day under the sun.
William Shakespeare's Sonnets is a collection of 154 poems that deal with love and beauty, and this new app from Touch Press is an extremely original way to experience them all. The company is rather adept at making very clever reference works for the iPad, like the excellent The Elements and Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy, and The Sonnets by William Shakespeare continues in that tradition.
As with App Store classic Tiny Wings, Knights of the Round Cable utilizes a simple tap-and-hold approach to chase high scores and complete objectives; and despite the breezy setup, the gem-collecting affair proves to be a demanding and engaging experience.
The Dark Knight Rises came out today and we've got at least one Batman related sale going on plus a ton of other great games including a huge Electronic Arts sale. So if you've overlooked some classic EA games in the past, now's your chance. There's also a huge travel app sale going on, so whatta ya waiting for? Apps are waiting for you to give them a forever home.
There's a fine line between form and function. Every developer who puts a premium on design inevitably faces tough choices along the way, sacrificing features and usability for the sake of retaining their vision. Like its name suggests, WTHR is a minimalist reinterpretation of Apple's Weather app, offering the current temperature and conditions alongside a 7-day forecast. As a Dieter Rams-inspired design project, it hits on many of his 10 principles, with a pure, clean aesthetic that practically begs you to touch it.
Angry Birds developer Rovio really knocked it out the park with its first run of physics-heavy bombardment games, which (as we all know) starred agitated avian getting hurled through the air to annihilate grunting swine in haphazard fortifications. By contrast, Amazing Alex HD isn't the most original or fresh follow-up -- it's essentially an updated and re-skinned version of Casey's Contraptions, a game the studio acquired and then removed from the App Store. But the revamped, physics-heavy, puzzle-solving gameplay still offers an entertaining way to bend your brain nonetheless.
Gabi reimagines Facebook with a gorgeous design and custom filters, but it ultimately lacks nuance in highlighting the content people want to see. It replaces the usual Facebook feed with a selection of over 100 questions -- such as "Which of my friends' statuses are most liked?" -- that are answered in ranked lists from which you can do the usual Facebook interactions, with an option to limit results to today, this week, or anytime. This unofficial option is a joy to navigate and explore, but is it a suitable replacement for the proper Facebook app?
Judging by the announcements at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this year, console video game developers are well aware of the growing community of gamers with tablets and smartphones, and aim to capitalize on these crossover players with both a controller in their hands and an iOS device in their lap. Many new companion apps are coming down the line, but several are already available for some of the biggest console hits around. Here are eight that can enhance your traditional TV gaming experience.