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.
When I downloaded the iOS 7 beta a few days after the WWDC keynote, the first thing I noticed was how long it took for my home screen to appear. Every time unlocked my phone, there it was, a very noticeable transition that delayed my ability to start tapping. All in all, it took about a half-second longer than iOS 6 to get to a useable home screen; it might not seem like much, but it breaks down to about two hours a year based on my own usage.
And it's not just unlocking. Across iOS 7, animations add a fraction of a second to most navigational actions, from opening folders to closing apps. I barely noticed the transitions in iOS 6. They were functional, neat and fast, never drawing unnecessary attention away from the task at hand. Now they seem to demand my attention.
Games are rarely just released and left as-is anymore these days, especially on the App Store. Often, they’re tweaked and expanded with new content to match up with real-life events — particularly with notable holidays. We’re just a couple days away from Halloween, and many popular iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch games have been updated with content that celebrates the spooky season. Whether it’s new weapons and costumes or fresh locales and missions to enjoy, these 10 games are (or will soon be) decked out with Halloween flair.
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. Glossy action affairs lead the week’s offerings, with sci-fi dungeon crawler Echo Prime and free-to-play zombie blaster Dead Trigger 2 debuting in the App Store. Also particularly intriguing this week are Even Up and Combat Monsters, with already-released brawler Combo Crew receiving a huge update in the form of playable Street Fighter characters.
Eating great food has become a hobby, like sports, games, or needlecraft, and its lovers take their passion very seriously. Often referred to as “foodies,” food fanatics seek new eating and dining experiences, fresh flavors and aromas, and above all, great food of all stripes. There are thousands of iOS apps for finding restaurants and recipes, but relatively few meet the exacting standards of a discerning foodie. So we’ve gathered together 10 delicious apps that are sure to get your mouth watering with beautiful photos, tempting testimonials, and succulent recipes.
Batman’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, possessing a genius-level intellect and an endless arsenal of gadgets that let him maneuver and solve problems in interesting ways. He’s also known for getting into plenty of fistfights with thugs, and it’s this latter aspect that the iOS version of Batman: Arkham Origins focuses on. While Bats explores Gotham City, unravels mysteries, and terrifies criminals with stealthy scare tactics in the console and PC versions, his iOS adventure couldn’t be more straightforward, as he tackles tap-heavy one-on-one fights against a seemingly unending procession of goons.
Some people really have a hard time dealing with change. It seems whenever a popular software platform releases a new version, the interwebs are flooded with people whining about how much better everything was before (we’re looking at you, people on Facebook). Usually, when the next update comes around, these are the same people complaining about the changes again, and the irony there speaks for itself. With the recent release of iOS 7, the biggest change to iOS since its inception, Apple certainly opened itself up to those who love to complain about anything new or different, and the criticisms had to be expected. But was Cupertino prepared for one hater to lawyer up?
It seems like there's something going on or about to happen, but we can't quite put our finger on it. Like something that didn't get mentioned. Like an event-wide "one more thing." Hmmmm, well, maybe you can spot it in this week's hottest news.
Since Facebook appears to be so popular on the iPhone, I suppose it wouldn't hurt to include a few words about the latest update (particularly since it's kind of impressive). Typo-prone social media aficionados, rejoice: As of today, you can now edit your Facebook posts through the app's iOS interface.