This was a big week for Apple fans. Not only was new handset released for those looking to upgrade, but the newest OS came out with a bunch of shiny new love for all the good boys and girls. It was almost like Christmas. So what are some of these fun new features and news? Let's have a look.
Tons of app sales are starting and wow has your App Store app updates been as crazy as ours? We can't pick up our iPhones or iPads without seeing that famiiar red badge letting us know there are yet more updates pushed down the pike. Here are a few of the latest discounts we've seen to give you something to play with on your new handset when you get it.
Miniature golf courses are typically defined by whimsical themes and dynamic challenges, and a wide array of video games have captured the formula over the years -- but not quite like this. Rather than zoom in for a single hole across a larger map, Wonderputt puts nearly the entire course right in front of you from the start, with gorgeous visual design and fantastic animation that shows the world shifting to create new goals until the ball blasts off into space on the 18th hole.
Some of the biggest app enhancements for the iPhone 5 may come from the top games on the platform, which will now have an extra half-inch of height or width (depending on orientation) to play with for better viewpoints or refined interfaces. Dozens of top games have already been updated with iPhone 5 support, and surely scads more will be in the coming weeks. We've picked through the lists to spotlight 10 of the most notable iPhone 5-ready games for early adopters to check out, whether you're an old fan or someone looking for a new experience!
Warping classic Arthurian legend into a more twisted tale of demons and deception proves a silly but sufficient foundation for high-gloss hack-and-slash adventure in Wild Blood. Gameloft's latest Unreal Engine 3 powered beauty pits you as a burly Sir Lancelot, who must carve his way through unholy hordes to stop a crazed King Arthur that has unleashed hell upon his kingdom in a fit of jealous rage. While this slick slaughter fest is heavy on the eye candy, it doesn't measure up quite as well in the slice-and-dice department.
For those of us who live up north, that crisp fall air is already starting to slowly creep in as the days and nights grow cooler. Summer is winding down, but one of the best things about the impending changing of seasons is the gorgeous blasts of color that will soon spread across the lush natural terrain as the trees transform and shed their leaves. It's a beautiful time of year. Whether you're already in the thick of it or prepping for a trek to scope out some beautiful autumn vistas, here's a great collection of apps for your inner leaf peeper.
The App Store has an originality problem. Too often, developers ape the exact themes and mechanics from top-selling games, creating a sea of never-ending cartoon birds and temple chases. But despite the incredibly familiar mechanics driving Marvel's new Avengers Initiative, there's no denying the satisfying crunch of a Hulk fist smacking a Skrull. Sure, it's a bit of a knockoff, but the best examples of imitation lead to great new ideas.
Depending on whom you ask, there's a sentiment in some circles that the Japanese games industry is struggling to maintain relevance. While traditional Japanese role-playing games don't clinch the Western market quite as tightly as they once did, The World Ends With You stands as a prime example of the genre's staying power. Actually, it's one of the best role-playing games – regardless of region – we've played in years.
The end of the world is rarely a beautiful thing. Bastion bucks the trend with a story-rich, action role-playing adventure set in a colorful fantasy landscape that easily makes for one of the most visually striking post-apocalyptic tales I've ever encountered. But the unusual way this quest to salvage the remnants of humanity unfolds is even more memorable than its stunning design. Nearly every action you make -- from simple combat maneuvers to the choices you make as you play -- elicits a clever narrative response that ties the magical journey together in a very personal way.
Every four years, the political hype machines of both major parties start up with the goal of churning out pitch-perfect rhetoric and the right plan for the people. Unfortunately, the machines usually just devolve into devices built to hurl insults and accusations instead of providing thought-provoking debate and a discussion of the country's future. At some point during the cycle, the same thought seems to cross every person's mind: "I could be a better President than those guys." Whether you're confident in your debating skills or you've got a knack for mudslinging, we've got some games that will let you take to your own campaign trail. Prove politics is more than a game -- or at least is a contact sport -- with these eight iOS experiences.