This week is E3 down in Los Angeles, where game companies show off upcoming titles and strut their stuff. We'll be there covering iOS and Mac gaming for you this week, but until the articles are up and ready for you to read, why not join us for a fun little contest we're doing? Sound interested? Today we're giving away a copy of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga.
Fieldrunners was one of the first big iOS original sensations, delivering a slickly animated and well-executed take on tower defense strategy, but it's been nearly four years since its 2008 release, and we're only now talking about a sequel. Why the lengthy wait?
Luckily, Fieldrunners 2 looks to have been well worth the wait. I had a chance to scope out and briefly play the game this week at E3, and not only does the game build upon its predecessors most successful elements while incorporating other tower defense titles' best qualities, but it also makes some innovations of its own along the way.
Once upon a time, it took piles of heavy rulebooks, a hefty supply of well-sharpened pencils, bags of dice, and a sea of dog-eared paper scraps to enjoy most tabletop RPG sessions. Thankfully, times have changed, and the marvels of modern techno-wizardry make it a lot easier to get the dungeon spelunking underway. Having an iOS device handy at the gaming table is so common these days that some thoughtful folks have whipped up a slew of helpful apps to enhance your dice-rolling fun.
This week is E3 down in Los Angeles, where game companies show off upcoming titles and strut their stuff. We'll be there covering iOS and Mac gaming for you this week, but until the articles are up and ready for you to read, why not join us for a fun little contest we're doing? Sound interested? Today we're giving away a copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Today, the best gaming experiences are found on big-screen TVs hooked up to gaming consoles from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, or on the displays of PCs tricked out with the latest and greatest graphics cards. That’s about to change, say the graphics gurus at Nvidia, who have announced a new server-based platform that will handle all the game-graphics heavy lifting up in the cloud, then send gaming goodness over the internet to your smart TV, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or whatever device your little heart desires, irrespective or what operating system that game was originally designed for.
Timing is everything in Circadia, an effortlessly elegant puzzler set upon stark black backdrops. Tapping a colored circle emits a circular wave – not to mention a harmonious tone – with the goal to have all such waves reach the white dot at the same moment. It might not look like much in still images, but this iOS original hangs on tight throughout.
Last year's iOS release of The King of Fighters-i mirrored its console counterparts, bringing the franchise’s popular 3-on-3 action to your pocket. The King of Fighters-i 2012 is essentially the deluxe version of that game, including a dozen more characters, a time attack mode, and online multiplayer battles. But truly successful fighting games require rock-solid mechanics and controls, and sadly, it's in these facets that Fighters-i 2012 stumbles, though it tries rather hard to stand tall.
Word Off is like a sleazy used car salesman shilling a fine product. The underlying game may be sharp, tense, and original, but it's mired in a scuzzy business model. At its core, Word Off presents a smart mix between a word game and a strategy title. You play on a board comprised of hexagonal tiles, each containing a letter, and begin with a cluster of occupied spaces in one corner while your opponent starts with the same in the opposite corner.
LostWinds 2: Winter of the Melodias sounds like it could be a Pixar film: using the power of the wind, a boy goes on a quest to find his missing mother in a faraway land. Exploration and puzzle-solving make innovative use of that wind, letting you move a finger across the touchscreen to “draw” the path of a gust, which the young protagonist Toku can use to jump, move objects, or otherwise interact with his environment, to name a few abilities.
If you've ever enjoyed scrawling sequential stick figure doodles in the corner pages of a school notebook and then flipping through it quickly to make the little fellows spring to life, then FlipBook HD may scratch a familiar itch. This drawing and animation app packs a few neat features for crafting clever movie shorts, but an unintuitive interface, stability issues, and a meager selection of drawing tools ultimately make old-school pen and paper a more inviting option.