Catching scads of fish at once and then blasting them with a firearm as they're launched into the sky? It sounds like dumb fun – and it is, at first – but also potentially a flimsy gag concept intended only for shock and momentary diversion. Luckily, there's much more beneath the surface of Ridiculous Fishing, and that's not simply an easy water pun. It's the difference between a game designed for laughs and an experience made with heart, and the distinction between a title you'll pull out for moments and one that'll command your attention as you plunge into the vivid depths.
Cut the Rope remains one of the most popular and best-loved App Store titles more than two years after its release, with ZeptoLab's sensational physics-based puzzler racking up more than 100 million downloads across platforms in the process. Expectations are unsurprisingly high for the studio's first totally new release since, but much as Pudding Monsters employs a similar aesthetic and trial-and-error approach to gameplay, these gelatinous blobs deliver their own solidly enticing experience.
On November 2nd, Disney releases Wreck-it Ralph, a film with a star studded-voice cast and a unique setting taking place across multiple video game worlds. It's also destined to make you feel old. Gaming's hit a bit of a watershed moment, we can now look back on its history of multiple decades and view it in the same kind of nostalgia glasses that were once reserved to TVLand reruns of I Love Lucy and Leave it to Beaver.
Many iPad games have been designed in mind for ION Audio's iCade, the peripheral that brings a physical joystick and buttons to Apple's tablet in an arcade-like cabinet, with more and more titles being added on a regular basis. The official list includes a large mix of classic arcade games, many more designed in their mold, and numerous other interesting experiences, but if you have an iCade and just want to tear into some great games without digging around, here are our picks for some of the best iCade-compatible options available.
This one's for the baby boomers: Centipede has returned, and if you played it as a kid you’ll feel right at home with this updated iOS edition. Like the 1980’s Atari arcade classic, the object in Centipede: Origins is to clear the screen of insects and arachnids of various types, which are trying to encroach on your territory by moving in various patterns down the game screen. However, the developers have modernized this version a bit, making it more accessible for casually paced play while adding a basic leveling system for weapons and power-ups.
Anyone who's been to a Portland Timbers game knows that Timber Joey, the official mascot for PDX’s pro-soccer team, isn’t a cartoon character. He’s a burly, larger-than-life, flesh-and-blood man -- albeit one that happens to wear typified logger headwear and a wield a massive chain saw. Of course, the depiction of Timber Joey in a flash animated you-versus-the-hordes arcade game wouldn’t make sense as a real person, so here he is in fact a stylized character, and he’s pretty upset about the abundance of fish (these are the Seattle Flounders) trying to trample through his rose garden.
In a way, the iCade could best be described as a joke gone awesomely right. After all, it started as nothing more than an April Fool’s Day prank -- a fake product created by ThinkGeek, a company known for unbelievable (and most of the time, real) products. Yet here we are playing the thing. Unlike the pranks we’re used to (do high-schoolers still give swirlies?), the iCade was met with heaps of enthusiasm. ThinkGeek knew it had stumbled upon something wonderful as fanboys flooded their comment sections. If you listened closely, you could almost hear the zeitgeist whisper, “Build it and they will come.” And so they did.
You may remember hearing about iCade, ThinkGeek’s 2010 April Fool’s Day joke that showed a mini arcade console that housed an iPad. Unfortunately, at the time it was just that -- a joke -- but after months of anticipation, the iCade is finally for real, with preorders now shipping.
If you’ve tired of Angry Birds or Plants vs. Zombies and are looking for the next insanely addictive iPhone game, The Iconfactory may have just the thing with Astronut, which just landed (pun intended) in the App Store.
Capcom’s expeditions into the App Store thus far have often been port overs or re-releases of past console hits, like Street Fighter IV and Resident Evil 4. The creators of Mega Man are taking that trend one step further with the newly unveiled Capcom Arcade, a free-to-download, officially licensed emulator for retro Capcom games. For now, the only games available to play are Street Fighter II, Ghouls ‘N Ghosts, 1942, and Commando, but Capcom has promised to update the arcade with new releases each month.