Hey there, kiddies of all ages, how you like us now? It's the all new Mac|Life, but even though we've gone all pretty on you, we've kept the the same great content. You didn't think we'd scrapped the weekend round-up, didja? Absolutely not, and now it's settling in at home in our beautiful new digs and looking to kick back and give you the latest and the greatest.
Since "The Red Balloon" was one of the finest films of the 1950's, it stands to reason that a video game centering around a balloon as the protagonist would be just as amazing. This might be the core idea of Flight Doodle, in which your task is to push a balloon higher while avoiding falling pushpins, rocks thrown by infants (yes, les infants), and tempestuous rain and windstorms. To defend yourself, you must collect power-ups along the way to shrink your balloon, shoot missiles at targets and use a temporary force field or activate a bomb that clears all enemies and obstacles from the screen.
You’ve probably heard of a little thing called World War II--especially if you play videogames. The 20th century’s massive global conflict is the star of countless blockbuster games and series, from Call of Duty to Battlefield to Brothers in Arms to Medal of Honor and many, many more. While Valve’s Day of Defeat: Source debuted on Windows in 2005, it only recently came to the Mac thanks to the Steam digital storefront, where it costs just $9.99. Luckily, first-person shooters based on WWII never go out of style, and DOD: Source still holds up five years later.
Puzzle Quest HD is a simple match-three game that heaps on tons of gratuitous (and fun) RPG elements. You get a chance to add armor, learn spells, and customize your character. RPG puzzle games are nothing new, but we love them for their ridiculousness. I mean, what says “Cast Water Tsunami Spell” like connecting four blue pog-looking things?
Unlike reviews, GameTime is afforded some very unique abilities. Like, if we’ve reviewed something, posted an article about it, and put it in a previous column, it doesn’t mean we can’t have another round of fun with it when it gets a big update. Such is the case with Fruit Ninja.
Sure, we’ve sort of compared everything to Doodle Jump since it was released in 2009, but that’s because it’s so good everyone wants to be it. Now, Hedgehog Launch isn’t exactly what you might consider a Doodle Jump clone, but its similarities are undeniable. With Hedgehog Launch you shoot a cutesy little hedgehog into the sky, and bounce off of platforms to get higher and higher. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Gun Bros is a non-stop 3D top-down dual-stick freemium shooter (say that ten times fast). You try to survive wave after wave of TOOL enemies until you die, earning Xplodium that can be refined into money. You then take that money and buy new weapons and armor that will make it easier to clear more waves (and earn more Xplodium – to buy more weapons and armor).
Age of Zombies is a loveably inappropriate top-down shooter (think Gun Bros but with sprites). Similar to Gun Bros, you gotta shoot wave after wave of bad guys. But in Age of Zombies, you must protect the universe from Zombies. The premise is awesome – the evil Dr. Brains has infected the entire world with Zombies by dropping them off in every time period, so it’s your job, as Barry Steakfries, to go to those time periods and save the world.