The last few weeks in the App Store has been very good to gamers. First KATAMARI Amore released (for free), then Psychonauts released in the Mac App Store (coming to next week's GameTime--probably) then Burnout and Scribblenauts came out for iOS. This week I'll take a look at two of the most inventive, addicting games to ever release on iOS.
At first I was going to make a screencast of my time with Touchgrind for Mac. The plan was to impress you all with my sick laser flips and bluntside nosegrinds. But after playing Touchgrind for Mac for a while, I'm sure that anything I screencasted would be nothing more than a fails compilation. I am objectively and quantifiably horrible at Touchgrind.
So the premise is a little contrived, but that doesn't stop this trifecta of free games from being any less awesome. Come with me, readers, as we dash from monkey spirits in Temple Run, play deadly bumper cars in VS. Racing, and create a fantasy village in DragonVale.
Peggle is probably the best iOS game of all time. It's colorful, fun, and sports a roster of characters so sweet they'll give you cavities. But some of the game is so difficult, you can feel more burned than orange pegs after Lord Cinderbottom's fireball skill shot. Luckily, we've got a (really, really) comprehensive guide to becoming the next Peggle Grand Master.
As I prepare next week's amazing Peggle HD GameTime, we all need just a few breaks from the color-frenzied, peg-bouncing action on our iPad. So, we've opted to take those breaks with you, our equally game-crazy readers.
This week, we're taking a unique opportunity to challenge our readers to a few of our favorite games. If you think you can beat us at our own game, hit the break.
It seems like every week the Mac|Lifecrew is addicted to another app. It's not affected by genre, price, or even the amount of fun we're having, but rather what we've downloaded most recently. The sharing process usually starts the same too, someone says "Hey other editor, have you played this game?" And then all the sudden everyone's playing it and we can't stop. But of all the addicting apps we've found, these are the ones that we just can't stop playing, no matter how hard we try.
We like the mall almost as much as Robin Sparkles, but we're even a bigger fan of just pretending we're going to a mall by playing an iOS game. Still better, designing our own mall. That's where Mega Mall Story comes in.
In a recent review of Shadow Cities we said it was "Part RPG, part location-based team strategy game, all addictive time-sink." Unfortunately, when I was reading the review, I didn't pay enough attention to those last three words. Too bad, because weeks later, I'm still sinking all of my time into the epic mage battles.
In honor of the 8th and final Harry Potter movie, this week we're taking the opportunity to check out a few science fiction outings offered in the App Store. From wizards to amorphous blobs, even a Slytherin would find love in their hearts for these games.
Look, we get it. Angry Birds is an unfathomable success. They've transcended cult-hit status and landed at culture defining app of the decade. Even though some people don't like them. But nowadays you can't even open the App Store without seeing a clusterfunk of feathers. Chances are you've never even heard of these birds, even though they currently nest in the Top 150 Apps. Today we hatch awareness of the other birds in the App Store.