Even if you're playing iPhone games on the bus or lounging with an iPad on the couch, you don't have to game alone. A wide array of iOS favorites support online multiplayer through Wi-Fi or 3G, and thanks to Apple's Game Center interface, many allow for easy player matching plus high score leaderboards and achievements all in one handy place.
We don't simply hand out 5 out of 5 Editor's Choice ratings to every iOS game that comes along. It takes something pretty special to wow us like that, but Super Stickman Golf was more than up to the task. We awarded the game our coveted perfect score last week in our review.
The ingenious Puzzle Quest, which hit the Mac in 2008, the iPhone in 2009, and the iPad in 2010, was essentially a role-playing game, only all the "combat" is turn-based match-three face-offs against AI-controlled opponents. Bejeweled battles, basically. The formula was addictive, satisfying total RPG newbies and more hardcore players alike. Puzzle Quest 2, a universal app for iPhone and iPad, is more of the same, but it's cranked up the "epic" dial.
Over the course of the holidays, Chair's Infinity Blade came out and blew the iOS user base away by proving just how amazing a game could look on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. By the time you'd fought your way through the castle time and time again, gradually leveling up your character and gaining weapons, armor, and magic items that could slay almost any opponent, you wanted more. And as of Thursday, Chair responded, releasing a free, full-fledged expansion to the title in the form of Infinity Blade: Arena.
If there's one area that the iOS gaming platform has been lacking in it has definitely been quality multiplayer experiences. While the PSP has games like Monster Hunter and SOCOM and Nintendo DS has Mario Kart, the iPhone hasn't had all that many quality multiplayer games worth getting excited about. So our interest was definitely piqued when we learned about the announcemen of Crescent Moon Games' 8-player shooter, Deadlock.
Gamers, start your engines: Valve has just announced the first add-on for this year’s highest-rated, multi-platform game. That’s right, Portal 2 DLC #1 is now in development and targeted for release this summer.
We’ve all made plans for what we’d do if we were dropped on a postapocalyptic desert world with nothing but our keen wits and a vast arsenal to survive. Or you’ve made these plans if you’ve watched The Road Warrior more than once recently…
If there's a place in your heart for amazing puzzle games, odds are that World of Goo has already found a place within it.
That being said, 2D Boy, the cool cats behind World of Goo, have gone on record to state that the game will be released on the iPad "as soon as we get approved by Apple" and that they hope to release the game "before the holiday season"