While Game Center on Mac has yet to really offer a bounty of great games, Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy is the first big title to take advantage of cross-play between Mac OS X and iOS devices. Surprisingly, the transition to a keyboard-centric control setup feels less comfortable than the touchscreen interface, but Air Supremacy is still a stellar aerial combat game with excellent online multiplayer.
Last year's iOS release of The King of Fighters-i mirrored its console counterparts, bringing the franchise’s popular 3-on-3 action to your pocket. The King of Fighters-i 2012 is essentially the deluxe version of that game, including a dozen more characters, a time attack mode, and online multiplayer battles. But truly successful fighting games require rock-solid mechanics and controls, and sadly, it's in these facets that Fighters-i 2012 stumbles, though it tries rather hard to stand tall.
The internet is buzzing with news about OS X Mountain Lion’s emergence this summer and we can't help but get excited about how Apple will revolutionizing operating systems yet again. This time around, Apple took a big leap towards integrating the best parts of its iOS mobile interface into a desktop environment. Mountain Lion will synchronize all of your devices so that they're all seamlessly intertwined--a wise move indeed. Here are five ways your favorite iOS features will integrate with OS X Mountain Lion.
If you’re a die-hard fan of the video game Frogger, you’ve probably realized by now that 2011 marks the a milestone for the hopping little frog, who turns 30 this year. Publisher Konami Digital Entertainment is celebrating in grand style with a new universal iOS app that lets you experience the game as never before.
Z2Live's Metalstorm: Online is going to get a makeover. We caught up with Lou Fasulo, COO of Z2Live, at PAX 2011 to check out a preview of Metalstorm: Wingman which is more than an update. The first of several chapters will be unveiled soon for iOS and include a new story, new games, and new modes.
In a title that may challenge the best-selling Angry Birds and Cut the Rope for the top puzzle game slot on the App Store comes the recently released Casey's Contraptions, an iPad game in which you must invent new ways for Casey to put his toys away via 30-plus household items that can be arranged and tested to solve the puzzle. This delightful, Rube-Goldberg title proves that sometimes they get an iOS app just about perfect on the first try.
Sure, this iPad version of the classic strategic board game is easy to learn, but you could spend a lifetime getting good at its mix of drawing cards, claiming railroad routes, and connecting cities to get your tickets punched. And with so many variations and available-to-purchase maps, it’ll never get old.
Even if you're playing iPhone games on the bus or lounging with an iPad on the couch, you don't have to game alone. A wide array of iOS favorites support online multiplayer through Wi-Fi or 3G, and thanks to Apple's Game Center interface, many allow for easy player matching plus high score leaderboards and achievements all in one handy place.
If there's one universal fact in gaming, it's this: we all want to know if we've earned a high score, unlocked an achievement or gained a new ability in the game we're playing and the sooner the better.
With that in mind, Mac|Life presents the 10 best apps to rack up Game Center achievements. These are iOS games we think harness Apple's Game Center to a killer degree and offer something cool in return.
Apple's Game Center has been out for a while now. Cupertino is trying to attract developers to support it, both to network their titles for multiplayer action and to offer a fairly universal leaderboard system and list of achievements.
And it works pretty well.
For those of you that have been wondering what to do with the Game Center app that appeared on your iPhone or iPod touch when iOS 4.1 was released (and your iPad when iOS 4.2.1 hit the scene), here we go...