It's amazing what you can make with your hands. With nothing more than a ball of yarn and a hook, you can create handcrafted fabrics and spin those out into all sorts of unique goods. The process of crocheting consists of the seemingly simple process of pulling loops of material through other loops, but by the time you're done, you can have a comfortable blanket, an ideal carrying bag, a hat and matching gloves, or any variety of creations. When you know the craft of crochet, there's little limit to what you can make. With National Crochet Week on the horizon this month, we’ve stitched together eight apps that’ll have you creating homemade works that are as beautifully crafted as they are practical.
Few consumers, it seems, really care for Windows phones. But what if Microsoft brought its beloved Xbox Live service to iOS--would you be more interested then? Microsoft certainly hopes so, as The Verge claims that the Redmond giant is on the verge (sorry) of bringing the service to iOS "in a big way." The problem? That would bring it into direct competition with Apple's own Game Center.
Our monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during February, with a total of 18 iOS and Mac games presented here in bite-sized, to-the-point encapsulations. And if you want to see more, simply click the link on each slide to read the full critique and find the link to purchase each game. The App Store produced a pair of 5/5-rated games in February, thanks to the amazing Threes! and Eliss Infinity, but other iOS titles — like redone classic Final Fantasy VI, plus Bug Heroes 2 — also impressed in recent weeks. And on Mac, the month was headlined by the great revival of Tomb Raider, which luckily comes in at a very appealing price.
We’ve got a diverse array of intriguing new releases to scope out this week, from sci-fi drama Out There to the wacky, retro-stylized card-battler Calculords and NimbleBit’s free-to-play Disco Zoo. Be sure to keep an eye out for full reviews of some of these titles in the coming days, and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.
The origins of yoga date back to ancient India, but the craft is still widely practiced today. There's a reason it has stuck around for so long: it's one of the most flexible disciplines you can take part in. If your goal is to stretch your body, lose weight, or rest a worried mind, you can find a routine that suits your needs. One of the great things about yoga is it uses your entire body and no additional equipment, so it's easy to practice just about anywhere. You can sneak in a quick session no matter where you are with the help of these eight apps designed to make your practice fully portable.
Last week was a little quiet for App Store releases, but consider this a fine bounce-back, thanks to very alluring originals like Tengami, Oquonie, and Second Chance Heroes, along with the anticipated Bug Heroes 2. We’ve already got reviews of a couple of these titles up, but be sure to keep an eye out for more in the coming days, and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.
It’s hard not to look up at night sometimes and wonder what’s out there, off in the world of unimaginably humungous stars so far away that they appear as mere specks of dust to our eyes — or even just in our planet’s backyard, over on the Moon or Mars. The universe is infinitely vast, and despite millennia of insights from studying the skies as well as the Earth, we’ve barely begun to unlock its many incredible secrets. With these eight apps, you can gaze at the cosmic beauty of the universe and pick up some juicy factoids about the planets, stars, cosmos, and everything in them.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the last 2D entry in the "numbered" Final Fantasy series, so it's hardly surprising that Final Fantasy VI has followed its predecessors in getting an expensive, visually overhauled iOS remastering. What is surprising is how engrossing it still manages to be, two decades past its prime and with a strange, purist-infuriating paint job. Final Fantasy VI's leap to touchscreens is hardly flawless, but it's nonetheless impressive, and it's an easy way to slip into a true classic of '90s console role-playing games.
One of the challenges facing educational game developers is how to strike a balance between lessons and fun. Too much teaching, and the game ceases to keep a child’s attention; too little, and it becomes just another game. That’s one of the reasons Slice Fractions is so great: it has mastered teaching kids about fractional math without having overt lessons to do so. Slice Fractions tasks players with clearing a path for a woolly mammoth to get from one side of the screen to another.
It’s admittedly a slower week for notable new releases — surely most of us are still obsessed with Threes, luckily — but we’ve picked out eight games to keep an eye on, including Word Puttz (from the creators of You Don’t Know Jack), Square Enix’s Deadman’s Cross, and HonorBound, plus a huge update to the newly-retitled Solitaire Blitz: Lost Treasures.