CarPlay was one of the biggest stories of the week, so all the revving of tech engines weren't just for tracking down the supposed founder of Bitcoin. But did you hear any of the news over the sounds of engines? In case you missed it, we've got you covered in this week's wrap up.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the last 2D entry in the "numbered" Final Fantasy series, so it's hardly surprising that Final Fantasy VI has followed its predecessors in getting an expensive, visually overhauled iOS remastering. What is surprising is how engrossing it still manages to be, two decades past its prime and with a strange, purist-infuriating paint job. Final Fantasy VI's leap to touchscreens is hardly flawless, but it's nonetheless impressive, and it's an easy way to slip into a true classic of '90s console role-playing games.
Holy smokes is it a week full of rumors. Since we love you, you know we do, we've got the good ones saved up here ready for you, just like a box of your favorite chocolates, the carmel only kind with no disgusting coconut in there to gunk it up. So, kisses all around, now let's dig in.
One of the challenges facing educational game developers is how to strike a balance between lessons and fun. Too much teaching, and the game ceases to keep a child’s attention; too little, and it becomes just another game. That’s one of the reasons Slice Fractions is so great: it has mastered teaching kids about fractional math without having overt lessons to do so. Slice Fractions tasks players with clearing a path for a woolly mammoth to get from one side of the screen to another.
Generally speaking, this is usually about the time of the year when rumor season on new Apple gear (and refreshes or updates to old) starts to heat up, and right on time we've got a juicy iWatch tidbit and a little dish on the iPhone 6. Meanwhile the past is proving popular for revelations and the Olympics are kicking off and we've got you a little help to make sense of the Sochi madness. So let's dig in.
Lots of news this week all about things that are coming soon. In some cases, these things are rumors and in some cases these are things that are merely days away. We ourselves are most excited about what's cooking in the Apple TV world, because we've been mighty jealous of our friends with Roku and all their channels. Open that baby up, Apple, and let's get rolling.
With the release of iOS 7, Apple finally recognized the demand for physical gamepads via built-in support through its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program, which means all game developers and peripheral manufacturers alike can use the same compatibility standards. Now, any game that supports iOS 7 controllers should work with any MFi gamepad — in theory, at least. That hasn't exactly worked out thus far, with at least one game only compatible with a certain early controller, and a few titles that work better on some gamepads than others. If you're thinking about investing in an iOS 7 game controller now, here's a concise look at the strengths and weaknesses of each, complete with our review scores from the full appraisals.
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.
The end of the year is a slow news zone typically, so we did our end of the year wrap ups. Want to know what the best games of the year were? Well, we got you covered. Whether it's the Mac or iOS, free or pay, we got you covered, plus a little bit of news on the side.
First released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas still ranks among the biggest, most ambitious, and most impressive games ever made. With an open game world that spans three distinct cities and miles of open countryside in between, it tells a story that starts with petty gang wars in a facsimile of early '90s L.A., and eventually balloons to include government conspiracies, jetpacks, and massive casino heists that lead to absurd wealth. The idea that it's now playable on our phones is a little mind-blowing — and yet here it is, without visible sacrifice or compromise, looking, sounding, and playing just like we remember. Well, almost.