When Max Payne was first released on PC and consoles in 2001, there was nothing else like it. Featuring exceptional voice acting, a gritty storyline that could have been ripped from the pages of a James Ellroy novel, and action-packed gameplay that felt like it was on loan from a John Woo film, it quickly became the blueprint for countless other games. Slow-motion shootouts? Firing two guns whilst jumping through the air? You can thank Max Payne for them both. Now, more than a decade later, it’s finally available for iOS gamers to enjoy as Max Payne Mobile.
Hundreds of quirky, clever, and unique games found their home on the Mac in the 80s and 90s, keeping the Apple faithful entertained while they waited for the next blockbuster to (maybe) get ported. Many of these classics have since been ported, remade, or succeeded by iOS versions, set to thrill and amaze nostalgic veterans and newcomers alike. Here are 10 of Mac gaming's finest that you can now play on iPhone and iPad.
I’ve been an iOS enthusiast for a few years now, but I still find it astonishing how quickly my iPhone became a central figure in my day-to-day routine. I rarely relied on my old Motorola Razr to plot my creative writing projects, or track how many miles I’d trekked on my coffee shop excursions -- but that’s probably what I find so interesting about the iPhone and well-intentioned apps like Trakr: they allow and even urge me to keep track of, and improve upon, my personal progress. And it's obvious that this super-simple data management app has its heart in the right place.
Even if you have no clue what you're doing, it only takes a few seconds of poking and prodding the screen to get grooving with Figure. Extreme accessibility makes Propellerhead Software's stylish music-making app a fun toy to noodle around with whenever you've got free time to kill, but Figure's real strength lies in that it's powerful enough that you can just as easily take it on-stage and set the dance floor on fire with some seriously infectious electronic jams.
Yeah, we were pretty excited that Tim Cook was visiting Valve headquarters as Apple is really rocking out the gaming world lately. And yeah, we were pretty deflated when Apple went and shot down that rumor. But there were other things rocking out this week, so go take a peek.
Do you like adventure? Do you like drinking? Do you like playing with snot? Well, kiddos, this week then is all about you as we've got apps that are all about all three (not at once). But wait, there's more! We've got jazz, cloud storage, words and weirdness all waiting for you under the fold. So get clicking!
I don't know anything about building houses, or furnishing them. I've been living in apartments for the past five years and as I'm looking toward the future, to a place that's big enough for a dog and without a chronic mold problem, I'm consulting design magazines and perusing blogs for ideas on how to decorate and get the best use of space. Houzz Interior Design Ideas has over 200,000 beautiful photos of interior design, and links to where you can purchase everything that is featured. The app also offers ideabooks from guest posters with pictures of their own dwellings, as well as a "yellow pages" section where you can seek our general contractors, designers, and other professionals in your area to hire for your project. And, if you sign up, you can join in the community of other designers to share ideas.
Equal parts blog and network, Storify cuts and curates pieces from various social circles and presents them as semi-linear, dynamic "stories," which can then be shared and embedded across the web. Finished products look something like a term paper by someone who doesn't quite understand footnotes, but Storify's unique organizational skills bring social media to life in a way your Twitter timeline and Facebook Wall cannot. But I didn't appreciate Storify's full potential until I used its iPad app.
With summer fast approaching and the warm weather becoming increasingly difficult to ignore, maybe it's time to start thinking about leaving the house and braving the elements. There's no better way to start than diving right in and planning a trip into the great outdoors. Just think how relaxing it will be to be one with wilderness -- just you, a bag packed with the essentials and nothing more, and your iOS device. Hey, you can't leave it all behind! We'll help you justify taking along a piece of tech on your trek with 8 apps that enhance the camping experience.
Every New Year, millions of people around the world pledge to lose weight by exercising and eating better. Many sadly do so with a piece of triple layer chocolate cake in their mouth. But we can't really blame them -- with busy schedules and easy access to junk food, it can be difficult to maintain an effective diet and worthwhile workout regimen.