On Friday, corporate drama erupted over OnLive, the popular cloud streaming game company who cut loose its entire staff and was rumored to be on the verge of bankruptcy. Now the company is shedding some light on the situation.
The great thing about board games on the iPad is that you don’t need any pieces. You just tap the buttons, poke the game board, flick the dice--it’s all on the screen. But if you miss the little chunks of plastic, iPieces are just that--felt-bottomed game tokens that interact with retro-style games on your iPad. Four sets are available: we tested Snakes & Ladders and Air Hockey, and you can also get the children’s board game Game of Goose, and Fishing, complete with a little plastic fishing rod, for $12.99 each.
Originally released in 2008 on the PC, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition offers a complex solo role-playing experience, made all the more engrossing by the rich, dangerous world it takes place in. It tells the story of Geralt of Rivia, a gifted warrior who belongs to an order of magic and alchemy-aided monster-hunting mercenaries known as Witchers. While on a mission, Geralt is seriously wounded. He wakes years later in the Witchers’ fortress, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Before his compatriots have time to give him the most basic of information, the fortress is attacked by a group of bandits who steal the secrets to the Witchers’ inhuman powers.
The word “visceral” is thrown around the games industry an awful lot, but in the case of The Darkness II—a gore-filled shooter more than happy to cover your vantage point in digital viscera--the term actually works.
While iOS games are not usually the primary focus of the yearly Electronic Entertainment Expo, there's still a few interesting gems hidden around the show floor. Indie games, triple-A ports, and social titles all converged in Los Angeles this week, and we went out of our way to find the best of the best. If you're a fan of strange puzzle-shooters, racing games, or even obscure new philosophical concepts, there's more to E3 than just big-budget console sequels. Here's just eight of our favorites, one of which is even available right now.
The App Store isn't exactly wanting for Final Fantasy experiences, with four distinct games released to date, though everything we've seen thus far – Final Fantasy I, II, and III, and Final Fantasy Tactics – has been a revised port of some previous console release from several years back. Recently announced for a planned release this summer, Final Fantasy Dimensions bucks that trend, serving up a retro-stylized title that hasn't previously been seen in the States, giving die-hards a new entry in the long-running series to savor on the run.
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.
Austin-based developer Twisted Pixel has demonstrated an uncanny knack for creating wholly original and distinctive play experiences, and one of its best recent creations -- last year's Xbox Live Arcade download, Ms. Splosion Man -- is coming to iPad and iPhone this summer via a reworked and expanded port that adds more than touch controls.
Owlchemy Labs first original game, Snuggle Truck, was defined in large part by its reaction to controversy, as the first version -- dubbed Smuggle Truck -- dealt with illegal immigration and generated a small media firestorm and initial App Store rejection. The studio's new effort, titled Jack Lumber, isn't likely to yield criticism for its premise, though it might trigger anger: and it'll be directed squarely at one seriously maniacal tree.
After a recent barrage of big releases, the App Store is eerily quiet this week with a short list of new titles, as many developers are updating existing titles to make them shine on the new iPad's Retina display. While you're waiting for your current favorites to update, check out some of these week's most intriguing launches.