Gaming and television seem to be where the smart money hangs out these days, plus it just happens to be the focus of more than a couple of the hottest stories this week. As Apple TV owners, we just wish Cupertino could move a little faster on some much needed app integration. Meanwhile, what else is going on?
Limbo begins in darkness and near silence and doesn't stray much from either over the course of the side-scrolling adventure. It also doesn't feature any text beyond the menu screen and credits, save for a gargantuan neon hotel sign that punctuates the quest, nor does it mention the controls or detail any of the puzzle mechanics you'll encounter along the way. What could feel aimless is instead thoroughly gripping, as Limbo's brilliant and atmospheric quest makes exploring the unknown feel thrilling, terrifying, and ultimately fulfilling.
Over the last couple of weeks, we've had ample opportunities to discuss Apple's long-running relationship with the educational sphere, ranging from discounts on MacBook Pros to gift cards for students who purchase iPhones. As reported by Spiegel (via AppleInsider), however, the Dutch have taken that relationship to an entirely new level. Beginning in August, 11 "Steve Jobs schools" will open throughout the Netherlands, presenting an educational experience that's based entirely on the iPad. And here we thought supplying iPads to kids in 47 Los Angeles schools was a big deal.
One of the reasons that Netflix caught on so well is that it made the act of watching our favorite movies relatively easy; what hasn't been easy is finding something that suits your tastes if you don't know what you're looking for. Netflix hopes that "Max," its new game-like recommendation system, will fix that.
With the incredible popularity of Minecraft, it’s not surprising to see other games expand upon its winning creation formula. Toca Builders is one such offering, but it uses the template for additional aims. This kid-oriented app from Toca Boca adds some interesting twists to the core concept of “building with blocks” and gives kids the chance to be creative while also employing problem-solving skills.
Remember when we thought that mere touch controls were cool? That sounds so last century in relation to the revelation that the beta for iOS 7 supports the ability to control iPhones by simply moving your head from left to right.
Imagine waking up in a strange house and having no recollection of what happened to your wife, your friends, your job, your home, and the rest of your life as you know it. Only by meandering through the darkness and stumbling upon grim clues can you begin to piece together the horrific tale that lies at the heart of Home. But exactly what that tale is depends on the choices you make and how you perceive each twist you encounter along the way. An experiment in interactive storytelling, Home is equal parts unsettling and puzzling. It's an absorbing – albeit terribly brief – journey that will ultimately leave many of your burning questions unanswered.
Very few educational math apps have recognizable characters, but the newest such iOS edutainment game from JumpStart features animals from the Madagascar series of animated films. Madagascar Math Ops balances education with fun by rewarding good math skills with an Angry Birds-like physics game, in which you hurl the penguins – who are wearing jetpacks – at obstacles in order to free the other animal characters.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition wasn't without a few significant flaws (which we covered in our review back in December), but even with them the remake was one of the best RPG experiences available on the iPad--indeed, anywhere. Alas, we hope you had a chance to play it when you could. This morning, developer Beamdog pulled it from the App Store, citing the need to "resolve a number of contractual issues."
A computer may still be the desired platform with which to have a true multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) experience, but when you’re on the go and have a hankering for some genre action, your phone is quickly becoming the next best option. No stranger to online games, Zynga is the latest developer to throw its hat in the mobile MOBA market with Solstice Arena, a free-to-play title that provides the ideal balance of portability and strategy without skimping out on what makes the style of play so fun to begin with.