Our monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during January, with a total of 21 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 critique and find the link to purchase each game. The year started off right on Mac with strong titles like Broken Age Act 1, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, and The Banner Saga, but even iOS gamers got a fair bit of fresh greatness in the form of Castle Doombad, Lost Yeti, Jet Car Stunts 2, and much more.
You’ll find a promising-looking slate of new releases on the App Store this week, including John Woo’s ultra-violent Bloodstroke, the comic-based Marvel Run Jump Smash!, winter-themed retro arcade entry Dawn of the Plow, and EA’s free-to-play reboot of Dungeon Keeper. And The Room Two — previously only playable on iPad — also expands to iPhone and iPod touch this week.
For football fans, Super Bowl Sunday is the best day of the year — but it can also be the longest. Even if your favorite team doesn't have a shot at immortal glory, waiting for the 6:30 p.m. EST kickoff can feel worse than being a five-year-old forced to watch the clock on Christmas Eve. But you needn't spend the day twiddling your thumbs. Whether you're hosting a party or watching the game alone, we've got eight apps to keep you occupied until the big game starts.
Song Blaster is an arcade-style shooter that loosely incorporates your personal music library into gameplay. The concept has been done before by games like Beat Hazard and Audiosurf, but rarely has it been this playful. You won’t find in-depth strategy or demanding tests of reflex with the free-to-play Song Blaster, but what you do get is a fun, stimulating way to virtually interact with your favorite tracks.
While the week isn’t packed with long-awaited releases, you’ll still find a handful of potentially interesting new App Store picks — including Chillingo’s horror-tinged In Fear I Trust, free-to-play racer Motocross Meltdown, and a free port of role-playing classic Tales of Phantasia that purports to be free of mandatory in-app purchases.
You've surely noticed the small, patterned dots that appear on signs. Such dots are used by hundreds of thousands of legally blind and visually impaired people to help understand the world around them — the same way that sighted folks use texts and symbols. January is Braille Literacy Month, so it’s the perfect time to familiarize yourself with braille. Whether you'd like to learn how braille readers process braille or you're curious as to how standard text translates to braille, there’s plenty to learn about the coded dots. We've collected eight apps that will introduce you to braille, how it's used, and how to use it.
Speedy hack-and-slash ninja affair Shadow Blade and the remastered iPad version of RPC classic Baldur’s Gate II lead the week’s offerings, which also includes promising entries like Super Sanctum TD and Lost Yeti. 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.
People have been enjoying tea since at least the 16th century — it’s stuck around this long, so there must be something to it, right? Tea lovers have all sorts of reasons for drinking the beverage, from health benefits to getting a little pick-me-up, or even just enjoying the taste. If you like tea and are looking to enhance the experience, or you're still trying to figure out which leaf is right for you, there are several iOS apps that can help. We've collected eight of the best apps for tea lovers, just in time for National Hot Tea Month all throughout January. Fire up these apps, get the water boiling, and prepare yourself for a great cup of tea.
Following the holiday break and a very quiet first week of the new year — which brought us just a handful of releases, like Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Lyne — we’re back with our first weekly roundup of 2014. Luckily, there’s a much larger and more interesting slate of new releases out today, including the tank-blasting Battle Supremacy (from the makers of Sky Gamblers), Adult Swim’s Castle Doombad, and Joe Danger Infinity.
Movies take us on wonderful journeys without ever leaving our seats. Together, they comprise a business worth billions of dollars, and we sure do love to watch them — be it in the cinema, on a bus, or in the comfort of our own home. And for anyone who wants to engage with the medium just a little deeper, there’s a multitude of resources available, whether it’s trivia, biographies, recommendations, videos, photos, reviews, analyses, and more. Naturally, iOS gets its share of the action, with dozens of great apps that let you learn more about films, catalog your personal collection, check showtimes, discover the classics you missed, or even watch a thing or two. Here are 10 of the best such options for film aficionados.