If you were a gamer with an Apple II in the mid-'80s, there are a few names likely to stir nostalgic echoes somewhere deep in your heart; names like Choplifter, Hard Hat Mack, Ultima, and (most relevant to this review) Karateka. The first-ever game by Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner, Karateka finally reappeared as a rhythm-based remake in late 2012, but now Mechner's giving old-school Karateka fans what they really want: the unvarnished original, adapted for iOS and fitted with tweaks designed to tug at our sense of nostalgia (while also making the game less frustrating).
"Going green" has been a bit of a buzz-phrase for some time now, but it's definitely not a passing trend. More and more people have made the effort to live their lives in ways that reduce the mark they leave on the environment. You don't have to make major changes to your entire lifestyle; even the smallest modification, like biking to work one day a week or unplugging the television when it's not on, can help make your way of living more sustainable. We've collected eight apps that can help put you on the track to a greener lifestyle, which will benefit you just as much as it does the earth and its many inhabitants.
Despite the fact that its expected announcement is still nearly a month away, speculation around iOS 7 is already at a fevered pitch. For the first time since iPhone OS 1 introduced us to the home screen, there's a lot riding on this year's release; usually we're just waiting to see what new tricks Apple has up its sleeve with the hopes for "one more thing," but this WWDC is different. Since Jony Ive took over as human interface chief, we're all expecting the first honest-to-goodness redesign of iOS, and frankly, anything less will be disappointing.
We all have a vision of what iOS will become. But Philip Joyce, art director at Simply Zesty, took his idea one step further: He actually made it.
The best way to “clean up” a device that was previously owned is to reset iOS and all of the settings to start anew. This will wipe the device of all of the previous owner’s settings and content, allowing you to enter your information as if the device were new.
Tower defense games sprung to life on the PC and have also thrived on consoles, but it's on iOS devices where we've seen the largest and most diverse number of great entries. These strategic affairs challenge you to protect a base from waves of increasingly tough and complex enemies by placing offensive turrets along the way, and the tactical thrill of managing an effective array of fortifications can be hugely satisfying. Need a brainy fix wherever you are? Here are our picks for the 10 best iPhone tower defense games, each of which offers a distinctive test.
Even though the major holidays of May are Mother's Day and Memorial Day, the month is really all about bikers. It's National Bike Month, May 13-18 is National Bike Week, and May 17 is Bike to Work Day. With summer just around the corner, there's no better excuse to get your bicycle out and take it for a spin. Whether you've been riding all along or you're just taking your cycle down from storage, you'll want to grab these eight apps to enhance your trip, track your ride, help you with repairs, and plenty more.
On consoles, The House of the Dead: Overkill took one of the most well-trodden premises imaginable – shooting zombies in first-person, on rails – and used it to create one of the most memorably over-the-top games of all time. Taking tropes from grindhouse horror movies and cranking them to ridiculous levels, HotD:O was gruesome, hectic, and – as its characters awkwardly shoehorned f-bombs into nearly every sentence – so deliberately crass that it was impossible to see it as anything other than a comedy. The iOS version, subtitled The Lost Reels, scales all that back considerably.
Aside from maybe Batman, it's difficult to think of licensed characters who've been in as many games, in as many incarnations, as the Ninja Turtles. Their latest effort (based on the current Nickelodeon show) has muscled its way into an arguably overcrowded genre, but while Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is far from the best endless runner on the App Store, it manages to be a fun, sharp-looking romp that requires a fair amount of skill in spite of its simple controls.
Your day-to-day life is likely full of obstacles that – even though you may deal with them on a regular basis – are causing you to feel uptight, drained of energy and motivation, and just generally at your wits' end. Stress is commonplace in most of our lives, and it's assumed that we just have to deal with it. You might not be able to eliminate every stressful moment that you encounter, but you can learn how to best handle them and overcome unnecessary distress. We've collected eight apps that will help you identify where your stress comes from, and teach you how to best manage it in an effort to make your life more relaxing.