One upon a time, just a few weeks ago to be precise, your only options for a quality, Made-for-iPhone gaming controller were the peripherals from Logitech and MOGA that clamped onto your device. But if you're used to gaming with a slightly more compact experience, today SteelSeries announced its Stratus controller for iOS 7, a wireless dual-stick controller that resembles the beloved gamepad for the Xbox.
Our monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during December, with a total of 22 iOS and Mac games presented here in bite-sized, to-the-point encapsulations. And if you want to read more, simply click the link on each slide to read the full critique and find the link to purchase each game. The year ended with a bang thanks to several notable releases, including the first episodes of République and The Walking Dead: Season Two, along with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Colossatron: Massive World Threat, and some surprising under-the-radar releases. Before the barrage of 2014 releases begins, look back on last month’s games and see what you missed!
Free-to-play games aren’t exactly a new phenomenon on the App Store, but it felt like the balance of power really shifted away from premium affairs in 2013, with a much larger chunk of the notable new releases each week favoring the freebie model — even those from developers that had seemingly thrived with paid games in the past. While there’s still plenty of grating, energy-limiting, and paywall-inhibiting junk in the free mix each week, the surge of noted creators embracing the model means that there’s also quality to be found. Here are our picks for the 25 best free games released in 2013 for iPhone and/or iPad, which cumulatively deliver loads of entertainment without demanding a dime in return.
We said it the last time we did one of these, but it bears repeating: Mac gaming is getting better by the year, with big AAA-style games making the leap from PC and consoles much more quickly, and indies embracing the platform more readily than ever. We’ve got a great mix of both on our list of The 10 Best Mac Games of 2013, with glossy first-person experiences, utterly charming 2D titles, and even a couple of late ports of no-doubt classics that we’d been dying to play on Mac. If you’re looking for the most memorable games that the Mac has had to offer in recent months, then there’s no better place to start than here.
It’s been another exciting year for iOS games, with 2013 offering an amazing set of intriguing and innovative indie games, stellar sequels and pristine ports from other platforms, and increasingly blurred barriers between the worlds of free and premium games — a good thing, in this case. And we ramped up our coverage in response to the ever-growing flow of new iOS games, reviewing more than 200 games over the last 12 months. Picking just 25 of those to spotlight as the cream of the crop was a challenge, but we’re pleased to present our picks for the best iOS games of 2013.
Most notable stealth-action games — including Metal Gear Solid, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, and Mark of the Ninja — make sneaking about and leaving enemies undisturbed merely an option, also providing the ease and capability of dealing out death as desired. Not so in the first episode of République, which follows Hope, a teenage girl held captive for possessing revolutionary materials within the school of a totalitarian regime. Aside from wielding the occasional pepper spray bottle or a one-time-use taser, she’ll need to creep around every corner and stay totally unseen to avoid being recaptured. And unlike in the average stealth affair, you’re not even directly controlling her actions.
This week's stories are about resurrection of old names, how one company pivoted in the face of the iPhone's awesome-sauce, the unveiling of some new amazingness we've all been waiting for plus the newest games of the week and a few apps that might just keep you sane these last few weeks of the year. That and more as always, just step right inside.
If gaming's your thing, you'll be pleased to know that today marks the start of Steam's annual holiday sale, and there's a hefty crop of Mac games waiting to be purchased for discounts as deep as 75 percent. In some cases, that means a couple of bucks; in others, it means you'll end up saving dozens of dollars.
It’s a wild week for new releases before Apple closes off the submission pipeline for the holidays, with Republique, Colossatron: Massive World Threat, and The Shadow Sun standing out as interesting original releases, and Walking Dead: Season Two, Cut the Rope 2, and Ridge Racer Slipstream delivering notable new entries in popular franchises — and there’s quite a bit more out there beyond the 10 titles spotlighted here. Enjoy the holidays with these and other new iOS releases, and keep an eye out for our year-end gaming lists in the coming days.
Can it be? Is the mobile gaming event many of us have long waited for on the verge of happening? According to Cult of Mac (via King 5 news), Nintendo is actively experimenting with at least dipping its feet into iOS. But will its beloved library of classic games follow? Right now, the prospects look grim.