Some great-looking games are on tap this week, notably Record Run from Rock Band creator Harmonix and the offbeat action-puzzler Kiwanuka, plus we’re curious to see how freemium licensed titles MLB Perfect Inning and SoulCalibur Unbreakable Soul stack up. Give these new releases a good look, and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.
We should really celebrate our mothers every day. They are the reason we're here, after all. But to make things simple, there's one day dedicated specifically to the women who raised us. It's important to make the most of the occasion but that puts a lot of pressure on us, the children of the world, to make sure our moms know how much we care during this twenty-four hour period. Luckily, we don't have to tackle this task alone. With the help of the nine apps we've put together, you can make sure that you make this year's Mother's Day a memorable one.
Google is showing a bit more attention on the iOS side of things lately. Last week, it split off Docs and Sheets apps (with Slides incoming) from Google Drive for increased visibility, and now today, the company updated its Google Maps app to a 3.0.0 version with several new and upgraded features. Chief among them is an official offline maps option, which lets you save them for network-free browsing — ideal for international travel or when exploring areas with minimal reception.
May the Fourth be with you! That's what you'll be saying in two days, so we've got a heaping helping of Star Wars apps to slake your thirst to revisit George Lucas' realms. And if you don't care for a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away gaming, then we've got quite a few other options for you. So let's dive in.
An interactive take on Star Wars, dubstep-drenched shooter Intake, quirky adventure Botanicula, and classic board game port Talisman are the heavier hitters in a busy week for new iOS game debuts — and if you’ve been waiting for the second episode of Republique, it’s available for sale now within the app. Give these new releases a good look and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.
Beats Music made a nice splash into the streaming music service pool earlier this year with distinctive features and great recommendation functions, but the iOS version was previously limited to iPhone for its first few months of existence. Luckily, that changed today as the Dr. Dre-backed app became fully universal, delivering full-screen iPad functionality in the process.
If you think of your high school English classes when you hear poetry, you probably don't have great memories of the form. Poetry can get a bad, but it's one of the most influential literary forms. Ideas hatched in poems hundreds of years ago still influence today's authors. It's an art form that can be the best vessel to display beautiful language and if you've been dismissing it all these years, it's time to get back into it. Since April was National Poetry Month, we've collected eight apps for you to download so you can reacquaint with the classics, enjoy some modern day gems, and even start writing your own poems.
Most adventures that send you slicing and spell-flinging through pixelated dungeons lead you along the path by dangling some form of juicy carrot, whether it's a quest to save the world or amass a trove of cool gear. Wayward Souls buries its carrot under a foot of concrete and suggests you dig for it with your bare hands. This brutal retro “roguelike” game walks a fine line between the grueling and fun sides of intense challenge, often robbing you of your life just when you feel like you're making good progress. The real question, then, is what is it about this brawler that’ll keep you pushing onward, death after death?
Continuing in the vein of memorable iOS gimmick apps like iBeer and Tom Cat, SpeakaZoo is part kids app and part parlor trick. As the zookeeper in charge of a whole stable of colorful, crudely animated animals, your sole job is to keep them happy—but not in the usual ways. You won't be feeding or washing them; instead you'll help them work through their various neuroses and idiosyncrasies. But while the wow factor wears off a little too quickly, SpeakaZoo’s chatty characters and childlike charm should be enough to keep your little ones coming back.
Kind of Soccer is true to its name. You fling a ball from one player to another, hoping to line up a shot—not at the goal, however, but the referee, who runs about like a headless chicken desperate to avoid becoming dinner. Goals don't matter at all, in fact, nor do offside rulings, corner kicks, or any of the complexities of the beautiful game that bewilder non-believers. This is the kind of silliness that anyone can get behind.