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.
Well, the iPad minis are hitting the refurb market for real now, just as we predicted. Not so long ago, it seemed like everyone loved their mini and they were few and far between anywhere, but now, just as with all things, the bloom is off the rose and minis can be had in nearly every configuration. Verizon buyers seem more smitten than AT&T customers, but if you're hankering for the little iPad, you've come to the right place, accessories and all.
Yesterday afternoon the L.A. Times reported that Apple had snagged a $30 million deal to supply iPads to 30,000 students across 47 schools in Los Angeles beginning this fall. A press release issued by Apple this morning confirmed the report. You kind of have to admire the accidental timing--the announcement came right on the heels of the discovery that Microsoft had started selling its Surface RT tablet to educational institutions for $199.
Deep educational discounts have been Apple's thing for ages, but now Microsoft's looking to cut into the Cupertino giant's market by temporarily offering its beleaguered Surface RT for students and staff at universities and schools for $199. As ZDNet reports, the price only accounts for the tablet without a keyboard, although tossing in either of the two keyboard options still falls well short of Apple's asking price of $399 for students.
It was only a matter of time. Today Disney announced that Where's My Mickey? will debut on the App Store on Thursday, June 20, introducing the world's favorite 85-year-old rodent to its popular mobile gaming series that kicked off in 2011 with Where's My Water? You'll be able to pick it up for both iPhones and iPads, in addition (if you swing that way) to Android and PC.
Like its predecessors, Gangstar Vegas takes many of its cues from popular open-world action games like Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row, offering plenty of story-driven missions and a large setting to explore. As such, you can expect to drive around in stolen cars, engage in gunfights with random thugs, and perhaps even run over a pedestrian or two. It may not win any awards for innovation or originality, but this robust copycat offers plenty of pick-up-and-play entertainment if you can overcome its unreliable controls.
I will admit I wasn’t sold on Bluelounge’s Mika as just an iPad stand. Sure, it fits either an iPad or an iPad mini, in either portrait or landscape orientation, but shouldn’t most stands, especially simple ones like this? Mika is just a curved piece of solid aluminum with soft black rubber edges on the top part (which supports the back of your device) and the bottom lip (which hold your device in place). It doesn’t adjust to different angles or fold flat for travel.
We'll come right out and say it: Marvel's Avengers Alliance can be a chaotic mess in moments. First finding life as a casual Facebook social game, this superhero-themed RPG battler gets off to a rocky start, thanks to complex underpinnings that are awkwardly explained and an obtuse storyline that feels utterly disjointed at best. When character interactions aren't dripping with clichés, they sometimes lack coherence altogether. Despite all of this, there's something about the nerdy RPG combat between classic superheroes and oddball foes that still strikes a chord.