Platformers often come with an expectation of nostalgic bliss -- that starting the game will bring back feelings of blowing into a large plastic cartridge. Mikey Shorts nails its 8-bit-inspired aesthetic. It looks like an HD-infused Super Mario Bros. and sounds so Eighties that it should have the faint noise of a Metallica album behind the chiptune score, as if it's creeping in from behind the closed door of an older sibling's bedroom. The simplicity trickles down to the controls, which consist of a two-way directional pad and jump and slide buttons.
Though Pitfall! for iPhone and iPad shares its namesake with the classic 1982 Atari game, this 30th anniversary "remake" bears little resemblance to its predecessor. It is, through and through, an infinite runner -- a style of game popularized by fantastic titles like Canabalt and last year's hit, Temple Run. Pitfall! doesn’t push any boundaries or blow away expectations, but it is bigger, flashier, and bolder than others of its kind.
The presidential election season is in full swing, with the candidates vying for your approval this November. But if you're quickly growing tired of the back-and-forth campaign ads and serious subjects at hand, VOTE!!! The Game offers some comic relief. Unfortunately, the relief is short-lived; the game's nothing more than a quick novelty gag, hardly worth the space it takes up on an iOS device.
Ever since Populous came out in 1989, video games have allowed us to act out the fantasy of being all-powerful gods. The god game is now a genre unto itself, varied in style and theme but always giving players the ability to change the world around its tiny virtual people and creatures -- subverting their free will but seldom denying it. Here are 10 iOS games that follow in this spirit and let you play god, which can mean flattening mountains, smiting non-believers, abusing your subjects, and crafting entire landscapes from nothing.
Not everyone is into belting out off-key ditties along to cheesy MIDI-blips in front of total strangers in a dark room, but you'd be surprised how many folks out there flock to karaoke for their late night kicks. Karaoke is practically a religion for some avid pub crawlers, and it's a staple of small town and big city nightlife alike. We've been bitten by the bug too, which is why we just had to compile this list of great apps for karaoke addicts. Grab some ear plugs and follow us!
It's always a rare treat when I stumble upon a portable game that delivers a console quality experience I can take with me on-the-go. Unassuming name aside, Horn is a stunning feat of techno-wizardry and easily one of the most impressive iOS games of 2012. Created by Phosphor Games, the same studio responsible for the eerie Dark Meadow, this absorbing iOS action adventure looks and feels like it would be right at home in your living room.
Losing a loved one is hard. Sometimes, all you’re left with is a few items, handed down so you might look upon them and remember the good times you once had together. But in the case of Tiny, the tech-head protagonist of Tiny & Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers, an heirloom can mean so much more than fond memories. It’s a matter of legacy, and even magical power. Also, it just happens to be a pair of old underwear.
Well, it's a big gamer weekend for price drops we're seeing. So if you've got rain where you're at, it's a perfect weekend to stay indoors and give your thumbs a workout. If you're getting ready to go back to school, we've got a couple other apps for you too.
The next major title in the beloved Total War franchise, Empire: Total War -- Gold Edition, ventures to the battlefields of the 18th century, with Feral Interactive bringing the massive follow-up to Mac gamers on September 13. What does it take to bring a massive game like Empire: Total War to Mac OS X, and what can Mac players expect from this enhanced Gold Edition? We recently spoke with Edwin Smith, Feral's executive producer, to get the lowdown on this highly anticipated real-time strategy game.
One of the App Store's earliest original sensations returns in Fieldrunners 2, a sequel to the tower defense affair in which you'll place towers across various open battlefields to repel the coming forces. Much like in the original, the myriad Gatling guns and missile turrets can typically be placed in dozens of locations, letting you concoct winding mazes to direct the enemy grunts and tanks through, and it adds an extra layer of strategy to consider as you aim to protect your base.