Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
With the Terminal 101 column, we’ve shown a lot of productive uses for the command line in OS X, but Terminal doesn’t have to be all about work. Today we'll show you how to use Emacs (Unix-based text editors) to play over 50 games, including classic Pong and Tetris. So, fire up the command line and for some good ol' fashioned text-based game fun.
Given the popularity the Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure console game -- which uses toys with built-in RFID chips to interact with the digital characters -- it's disappointing that the series' iOS debut is a simple gallery-style shooter, paired with the kind of persistent challenge progression done best in the excellent Jetpack Joyride.
Polymer's about as basic a puzzler as they come, requiring players to slide tiles into place to assemble large, amorphous shapes. The larger the shape, the more points are rewarded. Simple, right? But there's a catch: entire columns need to be shifted around, making a game of Polymer more like futzing with a Rubik’s Cube than simply swapping tiles.
Given the span of time between iterations, writing about Diablo III with the expectation that you've played the prior games is probably unfair. As hard as it is for series die-hards to imagine, 11 years is a sufficient amount of time to assume an entirely new generation is just now experiencing the role-playing dungeon crawler for the first time. Moreover, Blizzard apparently felt the same way. Despite a somewhat simplified interface and a troublesome dependence upon online connectivity, the storied developer has yet again crafted one of the most addictive video games in history.
Whether by fluke or design, the iPad is the perfect gaming device for our purring friends. It has a strong, sturdy screen that can sit flat on the floor, along with a capacitive multi-touch interface. Cats can paw and scratch at it without doing any damage (though doing so remains entirely at your own risk), and true to Apple tradition, it just works. Games made specifically for cats have emerged as a lucrative genre over the past couple of years, so join us in looking through eight of the best. But don't come back complaining if your cat ends up demanding to spend more time than you on your iPad.
The lengthy wait between installments could be taken as a sign of Sega's effort to make Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II a better game than its underperforming predecessor. In some ways, that's true. Improved physics, crisply-detailed environments, and a handful of interesting new gameplay tweaks give this second jaunt better staying power, but with speed and precision being crucial ingredients for a successful Sonic outing, Episode II's frustrating touch controls just don't keep up.
Packing all of the goofy charm of its predecessor and then some, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is bursting with personality and plenty of lighthearted fantasy adventure fare set across the final three books (or four films) in the renowned series. While this latest playful jaunt to the wizarding world doesn't mess too much with the core foundation laid down in the previous installment, a few troublesome tweaks keep it from being a smooth journey.
The process of keeping the mind sharp and punchy is a lot like going to the gym -- except instead of lifting weights and working up a nasty sweat, some of us prefer to engage in a bit of clever wordplay to keep the brain firing on all cylinders. When mental gymnastics are preferable to good old-fashioned physical exercise, the App Store is a hot spot for hunting down the best puzzle games for getting the job done. Get ready to flex some mental muscle and scarf down some tasty word salad with these stimulating gaming apps for the orthographically inclined.
The summer movie season kicks off in earnest this weekend with The Avengers, the monstrously hyped, years-in-the-making Marvel Comics adaptation that pulls together the storylines of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and surely many other familiar faces. If you're planning on waiting on line for a midnight screening, or just want to catch up on the heroes' adventures before seeing the film in the near future, here are eight apps starring members of The Avengers that'll get you pumped and prepped for the movie ahead.
We've got what you're after this week. Oh yes, price cuts on apps across the board in all kinds of categories, but right out of the gate we're letting you know that topping off the list is a limited time only Electronic Arts Sports sale-a-thon. Tons of this gamemaker powerhouse's titles are seeing their prices shrink, so get 'em while they're cheap.