It's always a rare treat when I stumble upon a portable game that delivers a console quality experience I can take with me on-the-go. Unassuming name aside, Horn is a stunning feat of techno-wizardry and easily one of the most impressive iOS games of 2012. Created by Phosphor Games, the same studio responsible for the eerie Dark Meadow, this absorbing iOS action adventure looks and feels like it would be right at home in your living room.
One of the App Store's earliest original sensations returns in Fieldrunners 2, a sequel to the tower defense affair in which you'll place towers across various open battlefields to repel the coming forces. Much like in the original, the myriad Gatling guns and missile turrets can typically be placed in dozens of locations, letting you concoct winding mazes to direct the enemy grunts and tanks through, and it adds an extra layer of strategy to consider as you aim to protect your base.
Whether by good old-fashioned breakout or tunneling out unseen, an escape is an essential part of any good prison tale. In the case of Adult Swim’s Super Mole Escape, it’s the main event. Choosing from a number of unlockable mole convicts with varying speed, strength and stamina, Super Mole Escape is an arcade-style endless runner fashioned downward, using simple touch or tilt controls to direct your detainee’s path as they descend deep into the earth.
Slices for Twitter tries hard to differentiate itself from the masses of iOS apps designed around the social networking service, and while it doesn't quite race clear of the pack of third-party options, it offers some great ideas and solid execution. Combining a clean and responsive interface with everything you'd expect from a stellar client (sans push notifications), Slices emphasizes the discovery aspect of Twitter with its extra functionality.
Giving a heavy nod to Ridley Scott's oh-so-creepy Alien film series, Alien Breed delivered a good dose of top-down sci-fi arcade adventure back when it first came out for the Amiga. Its portable debut is punctuated with plenty of crawly beast-blasting fun that spans the original game, an updated special edition, and a handful of all-new levels created for its iOS release. While the formula feels a little dated, there's still plenty of pull left in this intense bid for survival amidst the horrors of deep space.
Critics of the video game industry delight in exposing stale ideas. It’s a noble goal, I suppose, but when a game comes along that performs all the good old tricks correctly, it’s hard to be disappointed – especially if the price is right. 10000000, a new tile-matching, dungeon-crawling romp from EightyEight Games, walks a well-worn path. But the result is a reliable, crisp experience that feels more like a comfortable reunion than a thrilling new adventure.
Wondershare is a developer best known for releasing multiple versions of its Mac applications under different names, each focused on a specific task. Thankfully, the company shows more restraint on iOS, and judging from PowerCam, the quality of its mobile apps is much higher as well. The free PowerCam 2.0.1 for iPhone/iPod touch (also available in an “HD” iPad version) includes more than 60 Instagram-style effects like Vintage, Retro, and LomoCyan, which can be applied to existing Camera Roll files or new photos and videos as they’re being shot.
Over a decade ago, Nintendo brought deep, turn-based strategy to the handheld games market with Advance Wars. The cartoony military battles were a perfect fit for the Game Boy Advance, and in many ways, Rubicon has captured the same spirit on iOS with Great Big War Game. Strategy games generally work splendidly with a touch-screen interface, but it's extremely rare to find an iOS title in the genre with such a massive amount of content.
Since 1996, EveryMac, has offered complete information on every Apple product ever created. Now, you can take all of that information with you wherever you go with its mobile-compatible version of the site.
The iOS-compatible web app is designed to display the site's hefty archive of information on a smaller screen and enables you to scroll through the full list of Apple products by generation, the year it was made, the processor it contained, the model number, and more. You can also compare products with side-by-side, and save your own custom lists to the cloud.
The thought of creepy monsters lurking under the bed, in the murky depths of the closet, and in other dark places around the house is enough to give most young kids nightmares, but Hiding Monsters puts a fun and friendly spin on uncovering creatures that go bump in the night. This colorful, interactive storybook app delivers a short, cheerful tale of mischievous monster pals that your kids will love to poke and prod through.