If there was ever a relevant moment in the original Star Wars trilogy, it would have been during the Empire Strikes Back when an ancient Jedi Master named Yoda calmly stated that "Size matters not." Yoda then proceeded to lift a multi-ton spaceship out of a muddy bog and placed it exactly where he wanted it using nothing more than the force. With that inspirational moment in mind, we think of Sony's recent unveiling of the much-anticipated, next-generation handheld console, currently codenamed the "Next Generation Portable" -- or "iPod touch killer" in some circles.
We can talk about productivity on the iPhone all day, but we all know that what people really want are games for their iOS devices. You can only check your email and update Facebook so often before you need to take down some zombies.
Lucky for you and other zombie-hating homo sapiens, we got a pile of Appular apps we're ready to give away.
The iPhone’s touch interface and crisp Retina Display make it a surprisingly adept platform for all sorts of games, from sports and shooters to action hits and puzzlers. A seemingly endless array of options can be found in the App Store, but for surefire gaming fun without delay, here’s some of our recent favorites.
Donut Games makes the most awesome and addicting games of all time. If you don’t believe us, just download Rat on a Scooter XL and let it rain down cheese from the heavens. But if rats riding vespas isn’t really what you had in mind, we suggest you check out three other options that just got the free-for-a-limited-time treatment.
Emross War, a free-to-play strategy MMO game, has launched in the App Store. This high fantasy kingdom-strategy simulator starts the player off as a young lord who has just inherited a castle. From there, it is your duty to expand the kingdom and defend your people against the almost-certainly-evil "Chaos Army."
Based on the adorable Ninjatown characters created by toy company Shawnimals, Trees of Doom is a fun climbing game where your black-pajama-wearing friend scampers up a pair of trees, jumping back and forth between them to avoid enemies and obstacles and grab power-ups. Mushrooms act as trampolines for a quick boost, and branches are slingshots that let you aim your ninja before flinging him higher. All you have to do is tap the screen to jump and hold to run, but it’s still as tricky as it is adorable.
There's really no denying that the original Tiki Towers, released in 2008, was a shameless, unabashed ripoff of indie sensation World of Goo. However, a strange thing has happened since then: we've stopped caring. It might have been a little obnoxious at first, but those cute little monkeys soon destroyed any foul feelings we had towards the game.
Now we have word that the sequel has been released on the App Store, and this time we welcome our simian comrades with open arms.
In this week’s Game Time, we scour the dungeon floor of Gameloft’s newest mainstream creation and take a look at a few loveable indies that have been making big waves in the App Store. We've even got a nifty gallery after the fact!
In Fruit Ninja, you swipe you finger across the screen and slice fruit into little pieces, but the catch is that you can’t let any drop, nor can you ever slice bombs. Players receive combo bonuses for slicing multiple pieces of fruit in a single swing, and critical strikes add points at random. We used 10 fingers at one point in Fruit Ninja HD for iPad (it’s also available for iPhone) and it worked like a charm. It features two modes—classic and a new “Zen” mode—that provide a speed option and a marathon of slicing and dicing. Unlockables and a multiplayer mode help add a little replayability, even if it’s not likely to grab your attention for the long haul. Still, Fruit Ninja is a ton of fun while it lasts.