Lili is one of those games you want to like, desperately. Offering a gorgeous, heavily-stylized world with adorable characters and a fantastically endearing protagonist, it's a shame what's under the hood doesn't match the glowing exterior. Lili is at once charming and boring; enchanting and frustrating. In essence, it's a great example of a well-developed narrative dragged down by flat gameplay.
God simulators can sometimes bring out the worst in people, but Babel Rising doesn’t even bother with the concept of mercy; you’re just some omnipotent jerk. But even the sadistic pleasure of crushing villagers can’t rescue the game from mediocrity.
We're not impatient people by nature, but when so many of our favorite apps have been updated to take advantage of the iPhone 5's big, beautiful screen, it's difficult to see several other headline options that still spotlight black borders. Luckily, initial holdouts like Instagram and Netflix made the leap in recent days, though we're still waiting on many others to finally spread out and utilize the full four-inch display. Which apps are we most eager to see take the plunge? Check out seven of the biggest apps that (as of press time) still need iPhone 5 optimization -- and stat!
Droplist really wants to be the go-to to-do app on your iPhone. Each time it’s launched, an inspirational quote beckons you inside, encouraging you to not only make lists, but actually accomplish some of the things you’ve written. It’s so friendly and cheerful, you might feel guilty closing it. But even without the deep thoughts, I wouldn’t be scrambling to delete Droplist from my iPhone.
Creating a satisfying fighting game experience on a touch device is tricky -- especially when you factor in the technical and mechanical prowess of a legendary genre entry like Street Fighter. Genre fans have had to make serious concessions to enjoy their favorite brawlers on a touch screen (virtual joysticks are quite the hurdle during complex combos), but the relatively simplistic approach of recent console franchise mash-up Street Fighter X Tekken translates well to a touch-based format. The result is a fun and easy-to-play fighter with satisfying mechanics, though nearly every other aspect of this high-profile iteration adopts a contradictory tone.
The idea behind GMX-PhotoPainter is to transform your digital photos into vivid, artistic paintings. The app provides an array of fine-art-inspired brushes, mimicking the effects of oils, pastels, crayons, and pen and ink, and you can layer these brushes over a photo to create a unique work of art. Brushes work in a variety of modes, from automatic to user controlled, and they pick up color from the underlying photo, while you control how much of the original photo you want to see through the paint.
These aren't the apps you need, but they're the apps you deserve. HA! Joking, these are the apps we found that were rocking out the sales this week. Some you'll have to move fast on and some will stick around at this price point, but we like to encourage you to move quickly. Because tomorrow, they could be gone, POOF!
The shortest distance between two points is a line, right? So what's the shortest distance between three logs, through a barrel of TNT, and around a bald eagle? Turns out it's still a line -- cut with the axe wielded by the mighty Jack Lumber. Luckily, the game isn't just a re-skinned knock off of Halfbrick's successful Fruit Ninja formula, as it actually improves upon it in a way that respects the original.
I've always found something deliciously epic about giant robots blasting and smashing the hell out of one another. Hunks of scrap metal flying everywhere and the sound of thunderous gunfire go together like peanut butter and jelly in my book. While it's certainly based on the venerable mech battling franchise, MechWarrior: Tactical Command doesn't quite capture the thrill of battling inside the cockpit of a huge death machine. But it does offer a mostly serviceable real-time strategy romp through miniaturized killer robot territory.
While stage and screenwriters can now pen their latest opus using a laptop at any Starbucks instead of being chained to a desk, the creators of Final Draft are trying to modernize the experience even further by empowering a new generation of scribes armed with only an iPad. Final Draft Writer expands on the company’s earlier Reader app, a read-only offering that disappointed many screenwriters and playwrights. With Writer, words can now flow straight out of a writer’s head and into the iPad while remaining fully compatible with Mac and PC versions.