Shovel Knight — a side-scrolling, retro-styled action game that successfully earned more than $300,000 on Kickstarter back in April — is on its way to Mac. The development team at Yacht Club Games is currently hard at work on the title, preparing it for a tentative holiday 2013 release, but company “captain” Sean Velasco took some time out of his hectic schedule to tell us why we’re gonna dig this whimsical, retro-inspired adventure.
Lode Runner should be instantly familiar to anyone who spent much time on computers during the '80s. Originally released in 1983, it focuses on the adventures of a lone stick figure out to get rich while evading sinister guards. Lode Runner Classic offers up a faithful, mostly unchanged port of the 30-year-old original — but while the game itself is still mostly fantastic, the iOS shell that's been built around it leaves something to be desired.
It's hard to believe it's been 40 years since Atari's PONG first bounced into our lives, but the company is celebrating in grand style with a "reimagined take" on the timeless classic, now available on the App Store.
We don't even want to think about how many quarters we pumped into the arcade version of Zaxxon back in the early '80s, but 30 years later, SEGA has a sequel you can own for only four of those plays back in the day.
There are those of us at a certain age among the MacLife.com writers who take pride in having lost a big chunk of our youth at the arcade, feeding game machines with quarters. For us, the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad have become like a blast from the past as the video games of our misspent childhood return -- and now we have 16 more to get excited about.
The International Consumer Electronics Show doesn’t kick off until Tuesday, but Mac|Life is already braving the slot machines and budget stomach-busting buffets to bring you the best and brightest of what will be unleashed there. One of the things we’re most excited about is a handful of new offerings from ION’s iCade series.
If you’ve got a hankering for some good old-fashioned retro PC gaming, you probably remember the classic Cinemaware line that helped make the Commodore Amiga such a desirable platform back in the mid ‘80s. Now you can relive that fun on iOS, thanks to the arrival of a fully emulated Defender of the Crown game.
If you think jailbreakers have all the fun, you’re right: Not only do they have a cool universal port of the MAME project to play all those retro games, but now they can even do it with experimental support for the $99 iCade cabinet.
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.
You may remember hearing about iCade, ThinkGeek’s 2010 April Fool’s Day joke that showed a mini arcade console that housed an iPad. Unfortunately, at the time it was just that -- a joke -- but after months of anticipation, the iCade is finally for real, with preorders now shipping.