It's surely difficult to craft the follow-up to the most spectacular iOS racing game ever produced, and doubly so when ditching a price point for a divisive free-to-play model. Electronic Arts attempts both with the anticipated Real Racing 3, and largely succeeds on both fronts, delivering a hugely impressive free racer. You've never played a free mobile racer that's half as robust or refined as Real Racing 3. Building upon the fantastic previous iteration, the game pumps even more gloss and detail into its simulation, providing a great sensation of speed and realism as you blast through real-world tracks in licensed super cars.
It's tough to pinpoint exactly why two of the App Store's biggest original sensations recently embarked on outer space-set new releases, but within the last few weeks, both Flight Control Rocket and Angry Birds Space were released for iPhone and iPad. Despite the obvious parallels in setting, the two apps couldn't be more different in the way they approached this fresh terrain, and it has nothing to do specifically with galaxies, spaceships, or colorful fowl. It's all about business.
Flight Control stands tall as one of the early and enduring App Store juggernauts, so the emergence of a sequel -- the outer-space themed Flight Control Rocket -- isn't a huge surprise. Rocket builds on the familiar line-drawing formula from the original entry by having you quickly trace flight paths for ships to land on a futuristic carrier, which takes up a large section of the screen and offers different landing spots for like-colored ships. Some of the changes and additions are unique and welcome, but Rocket's curious impression of a free-to-play game sucks much of the lasting appeal from the experience.
The iPad 2 helped push tablet gaming ahead thanks to its A5 processor and increased RAM, but it's the new iPad that should offer the largest advancement to date, thanks to the unbelievable 2048x1536 Retina display -- four times that of the earlier iPads -- not to mention the advanced A5X processor, reported increase in RAM, and optional support for 4G networks. Only a couple of new games were shown at Apple's event yesterday, but we've pinpointed a few of the best-looking current iPad releases that we expect to shine even brighter on the new tablet. If you're planning on picking up a new iPad, here are six beautiful games that can show off its impressive tech.
It's fall and it's rainy (especially in our neck of the woods), so you'll be looking for some indoor fun these days. We've got games and music for you, and something to celebrate a little fall classic you might know as the World Series. Save more than just pennies on these apps, with big big price cuts.
Spy Mouse has been on the horizon for some time due to the pedigree of creator Firemint, who developed previous iOS smash hits Real Racing and Flight Control. And as expected, this rodent romp takes after the latter favorite by translating its familiar line-drawing mechanic to a stealth-based, cheese-snatching adventure. It works right out of the gate and holds up pretty well across the sizable campaign, plus Spy Mouse's sleek production values are right up there with the best seen on iPhone to date.
Normally we would probably vigorously ignore a game called Spy Mouse on the App Store, but when it comes from a development studio like Firemint that sort of changes everything. Their two previous series have been some of the most successful in the App Store's history.
More than a few people have gone so far as to call Real Racing 2 the perfect iOS racing game, and we're pretty much in agreement. It's awesome. And it's about to get a bit more awesomer and perfecter as an update has arrived for the title and it's HD iPad counterpart.
Father's Day is this Sunday! If you're getting Dear Ol Dad an iPhone or iPad -- or if he already has one -- treat him to one of these discounted apps. We promise we won't tell that you saved a few bucks.
Video game publishing juggernaut Electronic Arts has taken out its check book yet again to acquire another high profile iOS gaming company. Late last year EA purchased Angry Birds publisher Chillingo (though not Angry Birds the brand) for a cool $20 million in cash, and now they have acquired another major player in the iPhone gaming world, Firemint.