Possibly our favorite aspect of iOS gaming is the simple fact that anybody can develop, and they can do it cheaply. This leads iOS gaming away from the ultra-serious hardcore tone of console gaming, and gives it its very own personality. Lately, that personality has been utterly bonkers. First Desctructopus. Then Laser Dolphin. Now we've got Techno Kitten Adventure to add to our stable of increasingly weird iOS titles.
Over the course of the holidays, Chair's Infinity Blade came out and blew the iOS user base away by proving just how amazing a game could look on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. By the time you'd fought your way through the castle time and time again, gradually leveling up your character and gaining weapons, armor, and magic items that could slay almost any opponent, you wanted more. And as of Thursday, Chair responded, releasing a free, full-fledged expansion to the title in the form of Infinity Blade: Arena.
The iPad 2 is an amazing device capable of all sorts of wonderous feats, but it just doesn't have the awesome 3D whizzbang gadgetry of some other new devices. i3D is hoping to change that with a new 3D app that brings glasses-free 3D to the iPad. We can't wait for this software to be licensed and used in actual apps.
The Mobile Safari web browser Apple includes with every iOS device is quite fine indeed, but some simply want the freedom of choice we enjoy on desktop platforms. Now that the popular Opera Mini browser is making the leap onto the iPad, we have more choices than ever.
The Kindle, and later the iPad, have sparked a huge interest in e-books, but most merely replicate what we’re used to on the printed page. Well, that's not good enough for our former vice president. Al Gore has worked with Push Pop Press to produce something different: a digital version of his book Our Choice that takes advantage of the unique technologies offered by Apple’s iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone.
The Mac App Store certainly has made buying Mac software a convenient affair -- just a click and a password, and boom, there it is. But like the iOS App Store, it's starting to fill up fast. That's good news for you -- lots of choice -- but it also means that when you type in a keyword or open up a category, you're faced with multiple options.
We're here to help.
We put dozens of Mac App Store offerings through our ringer of a reviews process and settled on 20 diverse applications that all scored well and come with our recommendation. Even better? They're less than $20 a pop.
True Mac wizards keep their hands on the keys, and Apptivate can help, letting you assign hotkeys to open an application, file, folder, Automator script -- anything executable or openable. The menu bar app even blocks you if you're trying to use an established system-wide shortcut, like Command-C.
Just a couple days after the prequel to the highly successful iPhone RPG Chaos Rings was launched, Square Enix is back to tout the release of a sequel to the original game. Sony may be trying to piggyback news of their games on top of each other in an attempt to stay in the news, but we couldn't care less when the games look/are so good.
Unlike traditional simulations and other arcade-stylized affairs that utilize 3D game engines and realistic-looking courses, Super Stickman Golf recasts the slow-paced sport as a side-scrolling platform game of sorts. But despite the obvious change in design, it very much retains the core essence of playing golf: use your judgment, power, and available equipment as efficiently as possible to get the ball in the hole.