It's an across the board special this week. Games? We got it. Learning? Got it. Cute stuff for the kids. Done. Exercise? Productivity? Music making? Yes, yes, and oh my yes, a biggie on that last one. Well, then, let's get right to it.
With iOS 8's great new features, lots of apps are updating in your App Store (you may have even found the App Store hard to connect to lately). Some apps are just updating for the new OS and some are actively integrating the tools of the new OS, and some — best of all — are also cutting prices while integrating those tools. A fair share of this week's apps hit that sweet last category, but there are also plenty more sales that are just good deals anyway.
Classic gaming in the form of 8-bit graphics and sound effects are going big this week, with a huge price cut across one developer's line up, plus some various other retro-games that just happened to see their price tags slashed. And if you're looking for a smattering of productivity app action, we've got you covered there too. So let's see what's cooking in the App Store these days.
A little of something for nearly everyone this week, as app price drops were broadly spread across the board. Want to game? We've got a bit of that? Care to take photos and tweak 'em? Oh yeah, we can manage that. Build, create, enjoy, or blow a robot to pieces, we've got the gamut in this week's Price Drop.
iPhone 6, iOS 8, iWatch — there were plenty of news and rumors flying this week about Apple's highly anticipated hardware and software. On top of that, iTunes and Minecraft got updates, Apple's "factory outlet" store returned to eBay, and an iPhone made its way back to its owner after taking a detour to Japan, plus we've got tips for movie editing and for dealing with that pesky "Other" data on your iPhone.
It can be difficult to pick out the cream of the crop amidst the barrage of new iPhone and iPad games, but we’ve got you covered with our weekly look at the most notable new releases. The latest Magic: The Gathering game and the eerie Hellraid: The Escape are top options, along with a huge update for Minecraft: Pocket Edition. Give these a good look and then check back next week for more.
Are you ready for some great freebies? Are you ready to see the adventures that await you? Does the idea of low-cost productivity apps that'll help you get your life in order make your fingers itch to tap open the App Store? Well, then this is your day, because there's that and more below.
You’re never too old to play with LEGO. The colorful, interlocking plastic bricks do wonders for creative thinking and enhancing your imagination, and they’re fun too. We’ve picked out 10 cool, useful, and fun LEGO-themed or related apps and games that appeal to adults as much as—or even more so than—the young’uns that’ll be pulling at your iPhone or iPad the moment they see them. Whether you’re a big LEGO collector, a lapsed or current builder, or just someone with fond memories of a childhood filled with the bricks, these apps are sure to help keep the fire burning inside.
Block Fortress: War tries valiantly to narrow the focus of its stellar, open-ended base building and first-person tower defense predecessor, but it misfires repeatedly and never quite lives up to its potential. Foursaken Media once again tackles a Minecraft-esque universe of war-torn block races, this time constructing a campaign around relatively linear battles wherein you have partial command of a hero and his minions, plus full control over the placement of defensive blocks, turrets, and bombs.
Open-ended, world-building sandbox games are spawning at an increasingly rapid pace on iOS of late, with each offering a slightly different twist on Minecraft's addictive mix of exploration, scavenging, building, and crafting. While Terraria builds off of the Minecraft vibe in some interesting and adventurous ways, Junk Jack X copies it a bit too blatantly. Lack of originality aside, that's not entirely a bad thing. Translating many of the familiar-looking gameplay and visual elements to 2D works fairly well, offering moments of fun for patient players with collection obsessions.