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.
I have a confession to make: my first mp3 player was not an iPod, but rather a 256MB Creative Muvo TX FM--it had FM radio! I eventually graduated to a 40GB Sony NW-HD5 Network Walkman. The hardware was great and the player lasted me a few years, but it was an absolute nightmare to get music to sync up with it because of Sony's inability to make proper software. Frustrated, I ditched it for a 60GB Creative Labs Zen Vision: M.
Then came the realization that I was doing it wrong. On my first day on the job here at Mac|Life, Reviews Editor Ray Aguilera made the comment that my mp3 player looked like a garage door opener. When I could no longer get the software to sync music to my device, I threw my hands up in the air, drove out to the Apple Store, and finally succumbed to a 32GB third-generation iPod touch. I haven't looked back since. The touch is my portable gaming and music-listening device, and I also have a hand-me-down 8GB nano that resides in my car. I'm eventually planning on upgrading to one of the recent generations of the touch, especially now that I'm starting to see some slow downs with the recent iOS 5 upgrade.
So, yes, I just took you a walk down memory lane. But what I'm trying to say is this: the iPod is it. It's the portable music playback device that to has done it right from the get-go, much like how the original Sony Walkman and Discman set the precedent before. While I don't exactly have any cake or candles to celebrate the iPod's 10th birthday, I do have some free apps for you for hanging out with your iPod. Give it some love today. Remember that before the iPhone and the iPad, before iOS was even conceived, there was the click-wheel to rule them all.
Kairosoft has built a tiny cult empire on the strength of the simulation genre. Its first game, Game Dev Story, won the hearts of many game reviewers (including ours), and since that entry the formula hasn't deviated very much. Unfortunately, the "Story" series is starting to get a little bit long in the tooth, and we're hoping Kairosoft will branch out soon. Sadly, this formula is starting to overstay its welcome.
So we’ve looked at the basics when it comes to freeing up drive space, but if that didn’t do the job, several Mac apps will help you to detect and remove space-wasters. These tools range from system scans that will pick out very large files and list them in order of size to very specific apps that target common drive space thieves (like app-related files that linger after you’ve deleted an app) and bring them to justice via the Trash can. Then there’s the third kind of tool—one that’s part software, part service. Rather than removing large files completely, these offerings provide a way for you to move them to a secure storage space on the web. We’ll show you the four most effective ways to use these apps.
Restrictions in iOS work simliarly to Parental Controls in OS X. It’s an easy way to restrict unauthorized users from accessing certain functions in iOS, and keep the kids away from inappropriate content.
To begin, head over to Settings > General > Restrictions and tap “Enable Restrictions” to set a password and get started restricting functionality.
Nobody likes being stuck in traffic, but outside of knowing backroads specific to your location, there’s not much drivers in urban or populous areas can do about it. Luckily, Beat the Traffic+, the four-dollar companion to Triangle Software’s free app, is here to help, using the GPS power of your iOS device to show you the fastest possible route to your destination.
It’s been an enormous month for major studios bringing major game series to iOS. First we got a port-over of the Nintendo DS's favorite, Scribblenauts, and then Burnout Crash was announced. We also caught wind of a couple of other high-profile stars coming to the App Store in a easy-to-peruse click-through gallery.