For most of us, summer is sadly winding down, but for college bound folks eager to get back into a groove with their school pals, excitement is setting in for a new semester on the horizon. Whether you're heading back to college or diving in for the first time, adding an iPad to your arsenal of must-have items can give you a big boost in both the fun and learning departments. From scoping out the best local watering holes for grabbing a brew with classmates to hitting the books full throttle, we've got some apps you need to try.
Even if sports typically aren't your thing, Gasketball is one funky space jam fest you don't want to pass up. Beyond a catchy title and a quirky robot buddy that offers good natured coaching assistance, this upbeat hoops-meets-puzzle game delivers a slam dunk in the trick shot department.
It's a week filled with utility app sales. Sure, there's games to be found within these links, but it seems it is work more than play that fills app developer's sale dreams this week. So get off your duff, close out of Angry Birds, wipe the cheeto dust from your fingers, and get over to the App Store to get your life in order.
Giving a heavy nod to Ridley Scott's oh-so-creepy Alien film series, Alien Breed delivered a good dose of top-down sci-fi arcade adventure back when it first came out for the Amiga. Its portable debut is punctuated with plenty of crawly beast-blasting fun that spans the original game, an updated special edition, and a handful of all-new levels created for its iOS release. While the formula feels a little dated, there's still plenty of pull left in this intense bid for survival amidst the horrors of deep space.
One of last year’s most successful and beloved games from a small studio, Bastion is now available for Mac via the Mac App Store and Steam, and the extra layover has done nothing to diminish the colorful action game’s considerable charms.
Many iPad games have been designed in mind for ION Audio's iCade, the peripheral that brings a physical joystick and buttons to Apple's tablet in an arcade-like cabinet, with more and more titles being added on a regular basis. The official list includes a large mix of classic arcade games, many more designed in their mold, and numerous other interesting experiences, but if you have an iCade and just want to tear into some great games without digging around, here are our picks for some of the best iCade-compatible options available.
The Tap Tap Revenge series has long been a mainstay on the App Store, with a new release seemingly popping up every few months like clockwork. There’s been little innovation between releases of the rhythm titles, as you'll still tap and swipe along to licensed songs, but Tap Tap Revenge Tour is perhaps the most confusing release yet. While the initial download itself may be free, the game awkwardly utilizes both in-game ads and in-app purchases to build out the game’s song library.
When Chair Entertainment released Infinity Blade to iOS devices back in 2010, there's no way the Epic Games-owned developer could have predicted the game's overwhelming success. Just last month, Epic's Tim Sweeney crowned Infinity Blade as the company's "most profitable" title ever; a huge statement, coming from the company behind the mega-selling Gears of War franchise. Skycages is the third, and sadly final, free content update for Infinity Blade II.
When a studio is entering the seventh iteration of a game franchise, it's expectedly difficult to keep things feeling fresh. And the issue of creative stagnation is even more prevalent when looking at genres with traditionally strict boundaries, like the arcade racer. So, if you were hoping Gameloft would reinvent the wheel -- pardon the pun -- with Asphalt 7: Heat, curb your expectations.
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.