For most folks it's been a real scorcher of a summer so far, and with all the nice sun, record breaking temps, and sweltering days, packing up shop and hitting the beach to cool off and have a little fun is sounding like a great idea. Make sure you're fully stocked with plenty of food, water, and sunscreen before you hop in the car and head towards the sandy waterfront, but also don't forget to load up a few of these helpful apps to enhance your beach-going experience. From keeping entertained and well-fed to watching the weather and avoiding sunburn, we've rounded up everything you need for a fun day under the sun.
As with App Store classic Tiny Wings, Knights of the Round Cable utilizes a simple tap-and-hold approach to chase high scores and complete objectives; and despite the breezy setup, the gem-collecting affair proves to be a demanding and engaging experience.
The Dark Knight Rises came out today and we've got at least one Batman related sale going on plus a ton of other great games including a huge Electronic Arts sale. So if you've overlooked some classic EA games in the past, now's your chance. There's also a huge travel app sale going on, so whatta ya waiting for? Apps are waiting for you to give them a forever home.
A little later than usual, but nonetheless awesome, the annual Steam Summer Sale officially kicked off this past weekend. Windows-compatible titles still make up the lion's share of computer games, but thanks in no small part to Valve's desktop-client, you'll find no shortage of excellent downloadable games on sale this week. Here's a selection of some of the best Mac-ready titles for less than $10.
Angry Birds developer Rovio really knocked it out the park with its first run of physics-heavy bombardment games, which (as we all know) starred agitated avian getting hurled through the air to annihilate grunting swine in haphazard fortifications. By contrast, Amazing Alex HD isn't the most original or fresh follow-up -- it's essentially an updated and re-skinned version of Casey's Contraptions, a game the studio acquired and then removed from the App Store. But the revamped, physics-heavy, puzzle-solving gameplay still offers an entertaining way to bend your brain nonetheless.
Judging by the announcements at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this year, console video game developers are well aware of the growing community of gamers with tablets and smartphones, and aim to capitalize on these crossover players with both a controller in their hands and an iOS device in their lap. Many new companion apps are coming down the line, but several are already available for some of the biggest console hits around. Here are eight that can enhance your traditional TV gaming experience.
The Game Bakers cooked up a tasty, well-plated iOS debut with its original twist on critter-flinging combat, and Squids: Wild West sees the gang of adorably stretchy cephalopod protagonists return for another round of crazy gun slinging and squid hurling fun. Deep sea vistas blend with the dusty west in each beautifully designed battlefield, making for a peculiar mix that works so well largely due to the high level of polish and personality woven throughout the presentation. The fact that Squids: Wild West is a real looker is bolstered by accessible gameplay that belies its strategic depth.
Turn-based strategy games might seem like a somewhat complex genre for iOS’ pick-up-and-play market, but Outwitters seems primed to sell players on the approach with ease. Essentially, it’s an asynchronous online (or local pass-the-device) multiplayer board game utilizing hexagonal grid maps and a colorful, quirky art style, with the goal of maneuvering your team of odd creatures -- ranging from salty sea critters to sugary rainbow-pop cuddlies -- to destroy the enemy’s base on the opposite side of the board.
Early iOS tower defense favorites like geoDefense and Fieldrunners proved that the strategy sub-genre could shine on a touch screen, and Kingdom Rush only continues that trend with a fantastically well-produced affair that's bursting with challenge, content, and excellent presentation. Following an iPad-exclusive release earlier this year, Kingdom Rush comes to iPhone and iPod touch with a standalone native version, which offers the full original experience albeit for smaller screens.