With all the buzz surrounding the Summer Olympic games, which are now well underway, we're totally stoked for all of the friendly competition among international athletes playing out in London. For those who aren't content to be mere armchair spectators glued to your TV, iOS devices, or web browsers, the London 2012 Official Mobile Game puts a little taste of the Olympic action at your fingertips. Unfortunately, a few loose screws rattling around underneath the buoyant presentation make this official game a rather embarrassing affair at times.
Sometimes, a video game's narrative, mechanics, and platform complement each other in such a seemingly perfect way. While Telltale's Walking Dead: The Game is far from the first adventure game to shine on iOS devices – the same developer has other titles on the App Store, in fact – few have emerged as splendidly. The Walking Dead is emotionally charged, wonderfully paced, and a fine example of why the adventure genre is such a concise fit for the iOS hardware.
There was a time when Batman games were about as fun as a root canal. Thankfully, Rocksteady changed all of that with Batman: Arkham Asylum; but since the bar has been officially raised in the past few years, we have higher expectations from any game approaching the franchise. The Dark Knight Rises competently recreates a console-like experience on iOS with a pitch-perfect story played through an open-world Gotham City – but it's also plagued with bugs.
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.