Platformers often come with an expectation of nostalgic bliss -- that starting the game will bring back feelings of blowing into a large plastic cartridge. Mikey Shorts nails its 8-bit-inspired aesthetic. It looks like an HD-infused Super Mario Bros. and sounds so Eighties that it should have the faint noise of a Metallica album behind the chiptune score, as if it's creeping in from behind the closed door of an older sibling's bedroom. The simplicity trickles down to the controls, which consist of a two-way directional pad and jump and slide buttons.
This one's for the baby boomers: Centipede has returned, and if you played it as a kid you’ll feel right at home with this updated iOS edition. Like the 1980’s Atari arcade classic, the object in Centipede: Origins is to clear the screen of insects and arachnids of various types, which are trying to encroach on your territory by moving in various patterns down the game screen. However, the developers have modernized this version a bit, making it more accessible for casually paced play while adding a basic leveling system for weapons and power-ups.
So big surprise, people are loving their new iPads, despite all the quibbles you’ve been reading about in the media. Today you’ll have four more reasons to love it thanks to a fresh batch of apps updated to take advantage of that slick Retina Display, which we have to admit, is hard to put down once we hold it in our hands. And there’s even more for this first Monday of April, so sit back and enjoy the ride as we zip through the news for Monday, April 2, 2012.
Reason would have it a game called Mos Speedrun would place emphasis on expedient traversal. In truth, that only accounts for a quarter of the focus of this platformer about a coin-collecting ladybug. Despite its title, this is a speed-run-optional affair.
Shooting video with your iPhone or iPod touch can be a lot of fun, but the built-in Camera app doesn’t do much beside recording the scene. If you want to play with fancy effects that are fun and easy to use, take a look at Silent Film Director. This app comes in two flavors -- a basic version and a more full-featured option unlocked via an in-app purchase.
If you weren’t rocking a Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis in the early '90s, chances are you got your game on with a TurboGrafx-16. Or maybe you didn’t -- the console never matched the popularity of rival systems, but offered plenty of nifty original titles and sturdy translations of lesser-known arcade games. Those days are here again with the TurboGrafx-16 GameBox, a free app that lets you browse, buy, and play these grunge-era favorites emulated on your iPhone or iPod touch.
It only takes 5 minutes to go from 2011 back to circa 1968 with a new $1.99 iOS video app called iSupr8. That's how long a 1:30 video clip spends in iSupr8's "Development Room," where the app works its magic and turns raw video into something with color tones and "film jitter" that will remind people (well, people old enough to remember, at least) of the 8mm movies popular during the waning decades of the last century.
For whatever reason, beards aren’t particularly common among video game protagonists. Certain stealth or action game heroes sometimes sport them (or at least heavy 5 o’clock shadow) but actual occurrences of thick, hirsute facial hair among leading men are somewhat rare. Whether it’s just an example of the casual influence of hipster aesthetic bleeding into game culture or just a response to Mario, we suspect the developers behind Kami Retro decided to go with a bearded protagonist to add a hair of uniqueness to its familiar design.
With its arrival at Verizon, the iPhone 4 andset is still alive and kicking. If you've just recently adopted the phone into your own life, or are still looking for ways to shield your phone from harm while giving it a bit of personality, there's a case out there for you. This week, we're taking a look at the Scosche Kickback case, Mivizu hard rubber skin case and the Hard Candy. Plus, a case that transforms your iPhone 4 into a vintage cassette tape -- old school!