Crazy Taxi is meant to be played in short bursts — which makes sense given that it started out as a quarter-munching arcade game. The pick-up-and-play nature of Crazy Taxi makes it ideal for mobile devices, as the 2012 iOS version illustrates. But as fun as that game was, it was still just a port. Now Sega has a brand-new entry in the franchise that was made specifically for mobile devices — Crazy Taxi: City Rush.
It’s not the heaviest week we’ve seen for iOS releases lately, but a handful of headliners have us excited to raid the App Store shortly. Surgeon Simulator brings its hilariously cumbersome operations to iPad, while Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork and Dudeski are new promising indies to check out. And favorites like Pivvot and Smash Bandits have been updated with fresh new content to explore. 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.
Since its introduction in 2010, Apple has defended the iPad as a tool for creativity as well as consumption, and no app genre better demonstrates the power of the former than those used to spruce up digital images. Four years later, the App Store is chock full of apps—many of which also work well on iPhone and iPod touch—for turning photos into works of art, and many of them rival tools that have barely become staples on the desktop. Journey with us now as we take you through a gallery of eight tools to help you master the art of iOS image editing.
It's easy to overlook, but there's a very simple formula for Apple's success. It's the reason why you can take an iPhone or an iMac out of its box and it just works, and the reason why Samsung is secretly working on its own mobile OS: control. Steve Jobs summed it up perfectly during the 2007 Macworld keynote: "Now, you know, one of the pioneers of our industry, Alan Kay, has had a lot of great quotes throughout the years. And I ran across one of them recently that explains how we look at this. Explains why we go about doing things the way we do, because we love software. And here’s the quote: 'People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.'"
Without question, LEGO Legends of Chima Online is geared towards younger gamers. It is, after all, based on a toy line and a CG-animated TV show on Cartoon Network. But don’t write it off just yet — this is a massively multiplayer online action-RPG in which a driving motivation is to collect loot. In many ways, Legends of Chima Online is like a simplified Diablo, and that’s why it can work for older gamers, too.
Some really great-looking games headline the week’s release slate. We already know Smash Hit is stellar — check out our review from earlier — but side-scrolling sci-fi adventure Mines of Mars is also intriguing, as are Wave Wave, Block Fortress: War, and the second episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Season Two. 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.
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.