Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. It’s a heavy week for sequels on the App Store, with GT Racing 2, Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous, Stellar Wars, and Epoch 2 heading up that list, but we’ve also got some intriguing newcomers on the list, such as puzzling platformer Stealth Inc. and the Legend of Zelda-like Oceanhorn.
It’s been only six months since Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol brought its unique, tactical take on World War I air combat to iOS, and already we’ve got a sequel. Pushing the action forward to the Pacific during World War II, Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies pits American and Japanese aces against each other in missions that range from simple dogfighting to defending or destroying vital ships, bases, or other structures.
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.
What's the fastest way to get the space bucks needed to get your giant galactic battlestation fully operational so you can terrorize the galaxy? Opening up a snack shop and peddling womp rat stew, apparently. Tiny Death Star leans heavily on its adorable pixel art presentation and silly personality to suck you in, as the cutesy Star Wars-skinned take on Tiny Tower reimagines the Death Star as a strip mall of sorts. And keeping it running smoothly is fun — assuming you don't expect any action, explosions, or space battles.
LEGO The Lord of the Rings' transition to iOS is impeccably smooth, even if you'll miss out on some of the more exciting moments from the Mac version. Guiding Frodo Baggins and his crew of heroes on the path to Mordor works amazingly well on the smaller screen of an iPad or iPhone — and when the ring is finally cast into the fire, you'll still want to return to the fold to grab all of the elusive collectibles in Free Play mode.
Touchscreen platforms typically do a solid job of recreating individual aspects of a sport (like swinging a bat or kicking a ball), but they're rarely good at offering full simulations. While it might be a decidedly unrealistic take on football, Football Heroes does provide a fairly complete — and, more importantly, a very fun — version of the sport. Heroes is a straightforward version of 8-on-8 football with a few key differences, the most notable being your ability to punch opponents and use various power-ups.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. Several long-awaited, high-profile games top the rundown this week, notably Star Wars: Tiny Death Star and the excellent Rayman Fiesta Run, as well as Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies and LEGO The Lord of the Rings. But as usual, we’ve got a few intriguing lesser-known games to potentially pique your interest.
Everyone's routine is a bit different, but there's one thing that we all have in common: The need for a good night's sleep. Failing to get the required amount of rest can be the difference between a productive day with a positive outlook and a fruitless, seemingly unending one. Even though you sleep — or try to — every night, it doesn't always get easier with more practice. Sometimes you need an aid to get your eyes to stay shut. We've found eight apps designed to help you squeeze out every last ounce of sleep from an evening, which can help make sure you wake up every morning feeling refreshed.
Our monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during October, with a total of 30 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. Whereas the previous month was headlined by big AAA affairs, many of October’s best iOS games were dazzling indies, like Duet, Device 6, and Type:Rider, while we reviewed an array of excellent Mac games this month, including Fez, Mark of the Ninja, and PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. We’ve got a good mix of new options this week, from the promising Bit.Trip Run! and Anomaly 2 — both of which found success on other platforms before launching on iOS — to high-profile free-to-play offerings like Thor: The Dark World, Backyard Monsters: Unleashed, and Stack Rabbit. And if you’re seeking some Halloween-themed thrills, audio-centric horror adventure Papa Sangre II is well-timed to provide some sound-based scares.