Digital representations of pinball machines seem to get better and better with each new passing genre entry, and they've proven particularly well-suited to the iPad and iPhone. Several slick apps are available on both devices that deliver a mix of original and classic tables, including many based on beloved characters and properties, and typically deliver a large array of perspectives and options to satisfy even the most avid pinball nut. Some fantastical options exist, like Frogger Pinball and Undead Attack Pinball, but for those players seeking a real-life experience on their iOS device of choice, these six apps can satisfy that need.
While seasoned musicians will take to GarageBand like the proverbial duck to water, what about the rest of us? People who can’t play an instrument might be left thinking the app isn’t for them, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Apple has created something called Smart Instruments that allow anybody to play like a pro, even if they have no musical knowledge whatsoever. GarageBand for iPad ($4.99) includes Smart Instruments for guitars, strings, keyboards, bass, and drum--everything you need to make beautiful music.
Ever since I was first introduced to the tabletop fantasy card game Magic: The Gathering in high school, I've spent countless hours of my existence tapping mana, flinging spells, and sending hordes of bizarre beasts onto the battlefield. The Duels of the Planeswalkers spinoff series did a great job of reviving the classic wizard dueling strategy on consoles in recent years, but Magic 2013 is the first installment to hit a portable device, and it's absolutely fantastic on iOS.
Some apps get it right from the start. Others are so bad that they don't even last long enough to get sorted. And then there are those that fall somewhere in the middle. You know what we mean -- hiding among the dozens of well-designed, high-quality apps on our home screens are a few that we just can't bring ourselves to delete. Maybe they were once great (or maybe we just wanted them to be), but whatever the case, they're in desperate need of a little red App Store badge.
Riding high off of the smashing success of the Temple Run and the theatrical release of Disney/Pixar's Brave, Temple Run: Brave blends the properties for a sharp-looking take on the former's speedy running approach, and aims to attract new players with a family-friendly resin. The beautiful update doesn't come without some issues, though, as the $0.99 price tag raises the barrier to entry ever so slightly over the free-to-play original.
Creating a journal in iPhoto is like crafting a scrapbook page that you can post live on the web for anyone to see, for free. Not only is it fun to design a journal, but it’s a super-fast way to show off vacation pics, or to show distant relatives how much the kids have grown. In addition to creating a journal on an iPad, you can also make one on an iPhone in the same way. The fehttp://www.maclife.com/node/14365/editature is currently missing from the Mac version of iPhoto, however.
No matter how far technology advances, some things manage to stick around. For Virtua Tennis Challenge, that means doing its best to convince the player that it's not just Pong in a fancy new package. While the graphics are impressive and Sega's modern offering serves up more game modes than the 70's classic, it also falls short in some areas where even the simplest of games have excelled.
A little something for everyone here in this week. You want some MacBooks? We got 'em. You want software? We got that too. How about cases and keyboards and styli and all the rest? Oh yes, we have that too, and the steepest headphone price cut we've ever seen.
Now let’s take those design muscles you flexed while making your journal and push them a little harder. Using iPhoto on a Mac, you can create your very own book and have it shipped right to your door. (And once you know how to make a book, it’s a cinch to create a calendar or letterpress card in iPhoto as well.)