Devices like iPhones and iPads get a lot of flak these days for supposedly keeping us from being more active, but a new sensor kit on the way from Zepp Labs actually allows you to use them to perfect your athletic training. Mind you, this isn't another heartbeat sensor; rather, the sensors and mounts monitor your movements in baseball, golf, and tennis and offer suggestions for how to improve.
Building a new kind of obsessive virtual pursuit out of the various parts of two real-life ones, Super Paper Pool combines elements from billiards and miniature golf, challenging you to hit colorful pieces into their rightful spots with a cue ball. It starts simply enough, with early holes featuring just one piece to maneuver around a winding path, but hazards and multiple pieces quickly turn each round of tables into a sometimes-brutal gauntlet. Engaging as it can be, however, the requirements for progression begin to feel too intimidating far too quickly.
It's amazing what a simple change in perspective can do. Dropping the third dimension of typical sims in favor of a side-scrolling approach made the original Super Stickman Golf a revelatory mobile experience, both with its puzzle-platform single-player courses and the raucous speed-based multiplayer showdowns. Considering the ample success of the debut, Super Stickman Golf 2 expectedly doesn't mess with the formula too much, employing the same mechanics while adding fresh courses, customization options, and another gripping multiplayer mode.
All the major sports leagues out there have ironclad contracts governing how their content can be streamed online. The result is that you can't stream most sports broadcasts--at least not for free. Luckily, networks have finally made some of the most culturally significant sports events like the Olympics and the most recent Superbowl available online. In addition to these events, we've found a few other ways to get your sports fix for free, legally, without the hefty premium leagues like the MLB and NBA charge.
Unlike traditional simulations and other arcade-stylized affairs that utilize 3D game engines and realistic-looking courses, Super Stickman Golf recasts the slow-paced sport as a side-scrolling platform game of sorts. But despite the obvious change in design, it very much retains the core essence of playing golf: use your judgment, power, and available equipment as efficiently as possible to get the ball in the hole.
EA Sports surprisingly skipped the opportunity to port the successful iPhone version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour to iPad last year. But with a fresh version out for consoles, the publisher saw it fit to finally bring the successful golf simulation franchise to Apple's tablet with a pretty sizable selection of content.
You'll pay hundreds, even thousands, of dollars for lessons with a golf pro, all to perfect your drive and shave a few strokes off your game. You'll head out to a driving range and plug bucket after bucket of balls, all in order to train yourself to repeat perfectly what your lessons taught you.