Scene It? is best known as a raucous party game, but with Scene It?
Movies, the series expands to the iPhone with a well-produced package
that maintains much--but not all--of what makes the DVD and videogame
versions such a blast. Like those more robust predecessors, Scene It?
Movies tests your knowledge of films with questions and mini-games,
some of which use actual video clips from blockbusters. Memorable
moments from numerous films appear in these scenarios, followed by
multiple-choice answers that are quickly selected with a touch of the
So patient are monks that, even in times of unsolved murder mysteries,
they manage to keep their composure and solve conundrums at a leisurely
pace. At least that’s how the monks behave in The Abbey, a
point-and-click adventure that asks you to have the patience of a friar.
Up until now, the fidgety furballs of Chuzzle, which took Macs and PCs
by storm in 2005, have been notably absent from PopCap’s iPhone library
of puzzle games. An intensely addictive tile-matching puzzler in the
style of Columns, Chuzzle presents you with six-by-six rows of brightly
hued chuzzles--puffy, big-eyed critters that resemble Star Trek’s
Tribbles, only more high-strung. Slide the columns with your finger to
match three, four, or even five chuzzles of the same color, and they’ll
pop in delight, allowing more chuzzles to flood the game board. As you
advance to later rounds, you’ll be hit with obstacles like chains that
lock random chuzzles into place. The goal, of course, is to keep
popping chuzzles until no moves are left.
This is the moment we've all been waiting for: Steam is finally coming
to the Mac, and bringing the entire library of Valve games with it. This
popular application was once King of the Games on Windows, but now it
has expanded its reign to include Mac OS X, too.
The availability of Steam for Mac gamers means that we'll finally be
able to kick the butts of our PC brethern, without investing in a pricey
gaming console, or a Windows PC. Additionally, game publishers will be
able to distribute all of the latest game titles via digital downloads,
and we'll be able to play all the various Valve titles across a
multitude of different computers, regardless of operating system. We
don't doubt that the Mac versus PC debate won't continue on for
generations to come, but at least there's finally some common ground.
The folks over at Kotaku have really
stumbled upon a gem. Twelve shots of the first game made
specifically for the iPad have been released. The game is called Zen
Bound 2, and the publishing company is regarding it as a "sequel and a
revision" of the original iPhone game. The game will include tons of
new levels, more music and graphics that will exhibit the iPad's
capabilities as a gaming platform.
What are you going to do on your Mac today? The usual--emailing,
updating your enemies list, removing the geotag data from all the
photos of your secret underground lair? That all sounds pleasant
enough, but to really flex your world-domination muscles, we found two
turn-based strategy games that ape the classic gameplay of Risk. So
whaddya say, after lunch we try to conquer the world?
BioWare doesn’t release a ton of games, but when one is ready to roll,
the developer throws everything it has at it--including a native version
for the Mac. The company’s latest epic single-player role-playing game
Dragon Age: Origins was all that our Xbox-, PS3-, and PC-gaming friends
could talk about when it was released in November 2009, and now we get
to join the party.
A well-made strategy game reminds us of a season of Survivor,
requiring a player to struggle, conquer, bargain, backstab, and
dominate until all resistance has been removed. Rome: Total War,
published for the Mac by Feral Interactive, certainly fits that
bill--only instead of eating bugs for a million dollars, all you have
to do is conquer the world.
If you made a Venn diagram (you know, with the overlapping circles) of
people who love point-and-click adventures, people intrigued by
Leonardo da Vinci, and people who don’t get carsick, everyone in the
overlapping area absolutely needs to play The Secrets of Da Vinci. But
anyone else might find this game’s flaws too much to take.