Ever felt as though you should be devoting your time to other, nobler pursuits while gaming? Cancer Research UK knows the feeling, and in response the British charity has created Genes in Space, a space exploration game for iOS that lets you voyage throughout the cosmos and help find the cure for cancer. And yes, at the same time.
With the advent of officially supported iOS 7 controllers, many types of games that weren’t always a perfect fit for a touch interface — like shooters, racing games, and 3D adventures — suddenly have an opportunity to shine much brighter on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Now you don’t need a dedicated gaming box to experience a wider array of really excellent experiences. Here are our current picks for the 25 best games that support iOS 7 controllers, and we’ll be updating this list from time to time as even more stellar games add support or are released.
Whether you play hard by getting your run on or your game on, we've got a bevy full of great app sales going on this week. And if you choose to relax with a brewski after your gaming, we can hook you up with all the deets on just what it is you're quaffing. We even have a little something for lovers of art and fine literature, so don't keep reading this, click that link ------->
Our monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during January, with a total of 21 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 started off right on Mac with strong titles like Broken Age Act 1, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, and The Banner Saga, but even iOS gamers got a fair bit of fresh greatness in the form of Castle Doombad, Lost Yeti, Jet Car Stunts 2, and much more.
You’ll find a promising-looking slate of new releases on the App Store this week, including John Woo’s ultra-violent Bloodstroke, the comic-based Marvel Run Jump Smash!, winter-themed retro arcade entry Dawn of the Plow, and EA’s free-to-play reboot of Dungeon Keeper. And The Room Two — previously only playable on iPad — also expands to iPhone and iPod touch this week.
Perhaps the biggest bit of mobile gaming news to drop yesterday was Japanese newspaper Nikkei's report that Nintendo would soon offer an iOS app to market games for its WiiU and 3DS systems. Not only would the app feature information about upcoming games, but in some cases, it'd even offer demos. Alas, according to Engadget, that's all hogwash.
One of the biggest surprises in gaming last year was just how well Crystal Dynamics managed to update the Tomb Raider series. Drawing inspiration from the wonderful PS3 series Uncharted (itself inspired partly by Tomb Raider), the game shows us how Lara Croft morphed from an innocent university archaeologist to a walking weapon. And as of today, Mac gamers can experience the new Tomb Raider for themselves.
Apple's worked hard over the last year to make Apple TV more than a "hobby" (as it's referred to its own relationship with the diminutive entertainment unit in the past), and now the device seems on the verge of one of its most significant updates to date. According to iLounge (via MacRumors), we might see game support in an upcoming update, along with support for Bluetooth controller and an Apple Store on the Apple TV itself. And the best thing? This could happen as early as March.
While the week isn’t packed with long-awaited releases, you’ll still find a handful of potentially interesting new App Store picks — including Chillingo’s horror-tinged In Fear I Trust, free-to-play racer Motocross Meltdown, and a free port of role-playing classic Tales of Phantasia that purports to be free of mandatory in-app purchases.