Strategy-game developer Firaxis has made a couple of small but impressive forays into iOS territory this year with turn-based titles Haunted Hollow and Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol, but it’s poised to go a lot bigger this summer. Specifically, it’s bringing its 2012 strategy blockbuster, XCOM: Enemy Unknown (which debuted on Mac in April), to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch — and we’ve had a chance to take it for a spin.
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.
We've got free apps highlighted, some hints of what might be upcoming in Jony Ive's redesigns of all things iOS, and some struggles Cupertino (and developers) seem to be having with iCloud. All of that and more in this week's stories too hot to miss.
The iPad and iPhone have changed the games industry in more than a few ways, but the ubiquitousness of touch controls is probably the iOS platform's biggest contribution to modern game hardware. And while there's plenty to love about screen-taps and accelerometer controlled tilt, some games just play better with a controller. According to one report, it sounds like Apple may have finally given in to the idea.
If you happen to live in New Zealand, you can already enjoy the free fun of Temple Run 2. For those of us in the U.S., it's going to be a long day waiting for it to arrive in the App Store in our time zones.
After two cute-yet-addictive outings on consoles, Joe Danger is set to bring his stunt motorcycle gameplay to our iOS devices on Thursday. If you didn't happen to catch the prior games on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, that's OK. Joe Danger Touch looks like it offers most of what has made the series a hit, while adding in some new features for mobile.
Here it is, our last hot news story article of 2012 and we've got games games and more games rounded up for your delight, for your distraction, and for your family. Plus, some reviews as well. So what are you waiting for, here's your game action.
According to the World Health Organization, around 230,000 children under the age of 15 died from AIDS in 2011. A large portion of the children infected with HIV every year are the result of mother-to-child transmission. While it's hard not feel helpless when looking at numbers so grave and staggering, there are ways to offer support. BitMonster Games has teamed up with (RED) and Coca-Cola to produce a new iOS game with goal of donating funds to this important effort.
Early this year, Rockstar Games brought Grand Theft Auto III to iOS devices to celebrate the game's ten-year anniversary (wow, time flies). At the time, the developer had also announced plans to bring further sequels in the franchise to our Apple devices. Today, we're headed back to the '80s with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
If you've yet to play the excellent iOS game, Rayman Jungle Run, now's a good time as ever to give Ubisoft's auto-runner a try. A just-released update adds an entirely new world to the game, offering 10 new playable levels.