It’s that time of year again, and fear is in the air. Around the world writers are knitting their brows, clenching coffee-stained teeth, and breaking out in cold sweats at the thought of not finishing their stories with a bang. It can only mean one thing: it’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo an opportunity to flex your creative muscles and take that dive into the literary world you’ve always dreamed of––at least, I hope so. I’ve already completed one novel-length manuscript, but this year I’ll be competing against the clock in my first NaNoWriMo. Besides understanding friends and an endless supply of caffeine, I’ll rely on software suited to NaNoWriMo’s unique demands. Fortunately, there are plenty of NaNoWriMo-friendly options available for your Mac and iOS devices.
Adding contacts is so easy that it’s entirely possible that you may add the same people or businesses multiple times without even realizing it. Removing those duplicates can be a time consuming affair on an iOS device -- unlike on Mac, where you have a “Look for Duplicates” feature in the Address Book app -- but Duplicate Remover and Merger Pro is designed to ease the job by doing all the work for you.
The Secret of Chateau de Moreau appears to have promise on first glance. It’s a point-and-click mystery in a lush European setting, with somewhat muted anime-style sensibilities. Ostensibly, you’ve seen this plot before: a young boy, Antoine, is summoned to the estate where his late stepfather has died. Shortly after Antoine and his family, a diverse cast of Clue-like characters, learn foul play was involved in the elder statesman Moreau’s death, it’s revealed that the boy is sole heir to the family’s inheritance. As these things tend to go, Antoine is fingered as the killer, and it’s your job to prove his innocence.
When you think about digital books, you most likely imagine faithful reproductions of actual physical books, like those available for iBooks or the Kindle app. But your iPad is a powerful computer capable of doing much more than just replicating a stack of paper. Many companies have already experimented with this, resulting in books like Alice and Pedlar Lady, among others, but Game Collage has taken the idea to a whole new level with Bobo Explores Light.
Over the last two weeks we've gotten wind of a bunch of high-quality console games coming to iOS. This week was fairly similar, with console-quality games stealing the show. Hardcore gamers will be giddy to know that the classic console fighting game SoulCalibur is coming to iOS. While more seasoned gamers might be more interested to know that the masters of pinball games (Farsight Studios) are bringing an anthology to iOS soon as well.
Addicted to Instagram? Yeah, join the club. Whether we're hiking giant mountains or watching television in bed, you can bet that something is being photographed into a Hipsterific photo. Like the ocean. Or that curtain. Or the cat at our feet. But how do we get our fix when our iPhones aren't around? We use it on our Macs, of course.
Let it be known than Halloween -- arguably the coolest holiday of the year that's not yet a federal holiday -- is right around the corner. Granted, many of you have probably already assembled costumes and absurd lawn decorations, or perhaps built a small fort out of fun sized candy bars. But if you're still seeking a little bit of Halloween spirit, we've assembled this list of 10 iOS apps that'll fit the mood, whether they deliver scares, silly noises, or simply holiday-appropriate distractions. And with most of them free or priced at about a buck, you may have some spare cash left for backup candy reserves. Don't want to tick off those trick-or-treaters, after all.
The very concept of escape when it comes to zombies has become, from an entertainment perspective, next to impossible. They’ve saturated media and spread their virus across the public consciousness, and like the shambling hordes themselves, their appearances just keep coming. The outbreak of their pop-cultural contagion is a grim allegory to how things would probably go down if flesh-eaters suddenly invaded more than just our minds and wallets. Dead Escape, then, is just another in the zombie ranks, with its only real differentiation being that it looks pretty nice for an iOS game.
Even without the Yankees in the playoffs and an NBA regular season, it’s pretty much a perfect time to be a sports fan. Nelson Cruz broke the MLB record for most home runs and RBIs in a playoff series, Tom Brady has somehow found yet another gear, and Jaromir Jagr is back on the ice at 39 years old. And with all of that great action filling the days, fantasy die-hards still have to find time to manage multiple teams.
There are many role-playing games (RPGs) for iOS devices, like Solomon’s Keep or Battleheart, but nearly all are focussed on casual gameplay; something you’d pick up for a few minutes to pass the time. Although by no means unique, the iPad-only Companions is cut from a different cloth, and if you’re a fan of traditional fantasy RPGs like Wizardry, Dungeon Master, and Bard’s Tale, you’ll appreciate the depth and breadth of the storyline and gameplay.