Big-name spinoffs lead the App Store’s charge into December, with Assassin’s Creed Pirates and Heroes of Dragon Age delivering a taste of their respective console and PC siblings on iOS, though new games like Band Stars and KingHunt look to provide intriguing spins on popular mobile formulas. And the iOS launch of Telltale’s The Wolf of Us episodic adventure series is definitely one to look into, considering its strong Mac start recently.
The holiday season is upon us once again, and no matter the celebration of your choice, it's sure to come with equal parts enjoyment and stress. There are dishes to be made, gifts to be bought, decorations to be hung, and trips to be made, all on top of your everyday responsibilities. It’s easy to get so caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle that your cards for family and friends sit on the counter until it’s too late to send them out in time. This year, skip shoving the cards into the nearest mailbox at the last second and send them using these helpful apps for sharing holiday greetings.
The iPad is only a post-PC device if you're a person who isn't looking for the "incredibly great computer in a book" that Steve Jobs predicted three decades ago. It may be true that people are buying a lot fewer PCs, but anyone who uses a Mac for something their iPad can't do — serious photo editing, design work, video rendering, etc. — has probably bought one within the last year or two. For them, a true post-PC device hasn't really been made yet.
Our monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during November, with a total of 25 iOS and Mac games presented here in bite-sized, to-the-point encapsulations. And if you want to read more, simply click the link on each slide to read the full, scored critique and find the link to purchase each game. We covered a great array of entries this month, including big-name affairs like Star Wars: Tiny Death Star and Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies — plus Mac add-ons/expansions for BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown — along with under-the-radar gems like The Shivah and Pathogen.
While most people spend Thanksgiving thinking about the things in their life that they're grateful for, some see it simply as the pre-game before the real holiday: Black Friday. Those who are willing to brave the early morning haze and long lines — warmed by the still-digesting feast in their stomachs — are rewarded with the chance to save (and spend) tons of money at stores of all sorts. But you can't go out unprepared into the shopping wilderness that is Black Friday. Arm yourself with your iOS device and let these eight apps be the compass that guides you happily to ultimate savings.
With Thanksgiving taking over Thursday this week, Apple opted to loosen the floodgates a day early, and we’ve got several intriguing new iOS games to pull you away from mundane family encounters — such as the super charming Icycle: On Thin Ice, the surely absorbing Skulls of the Shogun and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, and quicker-hit entries like Darklings and Skateboard Slam.
Ah, Thanksgiving. A relaxing day full day of floats, football, family, and food, it may be the perfect holiday — that is, unless you're in charge of the meal. Any number of things can sink your supper, from a dry, overcooked bird to subpar side dishes. So if you're worried your meal won't be memorable, we've got eight apps that'll have you giving thanks for the App Store come Thursday.
In spite of its title, you won’t find hooded killers or acrobatic climbing in Assassin’s Creed Pirates (at least not at first). In fact, its main character, Alonzo Batilla, seems to never even leave his ship. Instead, this upcoming spinoff focuses entirely on piracy and simple naval battles, letting players explore a quasi-open version of the Caribbean in a story set around the same time as the latest entry in the series, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
We’ve got a great variety of standout options this week, ranging from Disney’s updated platform classic Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse to Flick Kick Football Legends and an endless runner based on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. And if you’re looking for a point-and-click adventure game starring a New York City rabbi, then The Shivah: Kosher Edition is certainly for you. But if not, we’ve got other options in the mix.
Dancing at parties or clubs can be a terrifying prospect if you don’t have any training in (rhythmically) moving your body to music. And enrolling in classes to learn isn’t much less frightening. But even if you have two left feet, there’s a dancer lurking somewhere beneath your skin — and an app may be just the ticket to get you over enough of the embarrassment to shake your thing in front of other people or check out proper classes. These eight apps are sure to get you grooving, grinding, and gliding to the beat — or at least flailing a little less.