There was never any real doubt that 2012’s turn-based strategy darling XCOM: Enemy Unknown would be a good fit for iOS. Its isometric battlefields, uncomplicated menu-driven controls, and methodical turn-based pace all practically screamed for a touch-based interface. The only question was what it would look like once it got there—and now that it's here, we can say it’s lost impressively little in the translation.
Most of the focus at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo was on the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, but E3's a big show, and games for other platforms — including iOS and (to a lesser extent) Mac — played a big role as well. In fact, more iOS games than usual joined the mix this year, with major publishers like Konami, Ubisoft, and Square Enix getting in on the action. It was a lot to take in, but here's the best of what we saw.
Get your game on, by all means, but sometimes you want a little more out of life. We've got some great slashed pricing on the fun stuff, but we've also got one of the best diary apps around, a comic book reader, and a few productivity apps that might just reveal a little more about what you do with your day than you'd expect. Come on aboard and let's see what we can save this week.
Do you ever feel like there's something missing in your life? Like there's a hole that could only be filled by a furry, cuddly, feathery, or scaly creature of some sort? Then maybe it's time you seek out the unmatchable companionship of a pet. There's no better time to do so, as June is National Adopt a Pet Month, plus there are always rescue animals in need of a great home. But that doesn't mean you should rush into things without doing a little research. Getting a pet is a long-term responsibility that you should be prepared for. That's why we've gathered eight apps that are essential to have handy if you're bringing home a new pet. They'll help you be prepared and make sure you're giving your pet the home it deserves.
It’s easy to forget the iPad’s been around for only three years, since it’s made such a big footprint in our day-to-day lives. It’s great for lean-back, leisurely weekend activities like watching a movie, video chatting with faraway relatives, and playing a few rounds of Words with Friends. But don’t leave it behind when it’s time to return to the salt mines Monday morning—turns out, the iPad works at the office almost as hard as you do.
We're all over the map here this week, people. We've got games, we've got maps, we've got lists, we've got exercise. So many cool apps for saving the universe or trimming off them love handles so get clicking. One and two and three and go!
Everyone agrees that eating healthy is important. Problem is, it can be really hard to do, especially if you have a busy life. One of the secrets to making healthy eating work for you is to have a solid plan in place. That way, when you’re driving home from work and the McDonald’s drive-thru is calling your name, you can avoid the temptation. Whether you’re an accomplished cook or a restaurant regular, these eight iOS apps can help you make a plan and stick with it through the cravings.
When the Ace Attorney series arrived on the scene several years ago, it was unlike anything that players had previously experienced. Combining the thrills of a TV courtroom drama with point-and-click adventure elements and distinctly Japanese design sensibilities, the series proved that anything--even something as seemingly banal as being a lawyer--could be turned into a great video game if it was handled correctly. Now the series is back, and in some ways better than ever, with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD.
Crossovers aren't all that uncommon in video games, but they're rarely as satisfying as we want them to be. Sure, it's fun to see Iron Man tussle with Street Fighter's Chun-Li, or watch Mario trade blows with Sonic the Hedgehog, but what would happen if characters from disparate realities just sat down and, y'know, talked? The Poker Night games might be the only ones to answer this question, and the second one has made a pretty slick transition to iOS.