Even if it doesn’t feel like spring in your particular corner of the country, the boys of summer are ready to take the field. That’s right — it’s baseball season, and whether you're munching on peanuts and Cracker Jack at the ballpark or root-root-rooting for the home team from the comfort of your couch, if you're a fans you have the fever. So just like we did last year, we've collected our favorite apps for baseball fans, and the pickings weren't slim; so oil up the leather because we've got a whole new batch of games and apps for hardball lovers to add to their collection.
The last few weeks in the App Store has been very good to gamers. First KATAMARI Amore released (for free), then Psychonauts released in the Mac App Store (coming to next week's GameTime--probably) then Burnout and Scribblenauts came out for iOS. This week I'll take a look at two of the most inventive, addicting games to ever release on iOS.
At first I was going to make a screencast of my time with Touchgrind for Mac. The plan was to impress you all with my sick laser flips and bluntside nosegrinds. But after playing Touchgrind for Mac for a while, I'm sure that anything I screencasted would be nothing more than a fails compilation. I am objectively and quantifiably horrible at Touchgrind.
So the premise is a little contrived, but that doesn't stop this trifecta of free games from being any less awesome. Come with me, readers, as we dash from monkey spirits in Temple Run, play deadly bumper cars in VS. Racing, and create a fantasy village in DragonVale.
Peggle is probably the best iOS game of all time. It's colorful, fun, and sports a roster of characters so sweet they'll give you cavities. But some of the game is so difficult, you can feel more burned than orange pegs after Lord Cinderbottom's fireball skill shot. Luckily, we've got a (really, really) comprehensive guide to becoming the next Peggle Grand Master.
As I prepare next week's amazing Peggle HD GameTime, we all need just a few breaks from the color-frenzied, peg-bouncing action on our iPad. So, we've opted to take those breaks with you, our equally game-crazy readers.
This week, we're taking a unique opportunity to challenge our readers to a few of our favorite games. If you think you can beat us at our own game, hit the break.
I have spent all week playing a game that has no Mac version on my MacBook Pro. Without a copy of Windows. Specifically, I've been playing Guild Wars, the uber-popular, uber-fun MMO that is due for a sequel any day now. I did it all without hitch too, running the application without needing to run that other icky operating system. With CrossOver Games there are currently thousands of games to choose from.
It seems like every week the Mac|Lifecrew is addicted to another app. It's not affected by genre, price, or even the amount of fun we're having, but rather what we've downloaded most recently. The sharing process usually starts the same too, someone says "Hey other editor, have you played this game?" And then all the sudden everyone's playing it and we can't stop. But of all the addicting apps we've found, these are the ones that we just can't stop playing, no matter how hard we try.
Minecraft is an enigma. The simplicity, both visually and conceptually, might turn off hardcore gamers who have no urge to build massive structures and replicas. But take up your tools for even a few hours and you'll inevitably be addicted by the game's scale. In Minecraft, your only impediment is your own creativity. Here's a glimpse of my time in the Minecraft world.
We like the mall almost as much as Robin Sparkles, but we're even a bigger fan of just pretending we're going to a mall by playing an iOS game. Still better, designing our own mall. That's where Mega Mall Story comes in.