Checking in to a location within moments of stepping foot through the door has become such a familiar part of the iPhone experience that it's almost instinctual for many users. For me, though, that Foursquare familiarity turned to disinterest some time back, as I stopped caring about the points-based grind and whether or not I was still the virtual mayor of the ratty mini-mart down the block. Foursquare's recent 5.0 version reboot seems an attempt not only to pull back lapsed users, but also expand its reach and compete with myriad other social discovery apps.
Sure, they had a robot maid and a flying car, but that seemed like pure fantasy. The Jetsons’ ubiquitous video-calling, on the other hand, always fascinated me as a kid, even if Mr. Spacely was kind of a jerk. TelyHD brings that kind of futuristic Skype calling to your TV screen, no compute--or Napoleonic boss--required.
Card battling warfare and real-time tower defense make for a surprisingly great mash-up, but it's the hilariously gruesome moment where Alexandria Bloodshow's stylized Egyptian and Greek warriors start disemboweling one another on-screen in sprays of gore and flying appendages that sticks in my mind. This addictive sequel to Samurai Bloodshow certainly doesn't skimp on the over-the-top gore, though it's the underlying strategy of collecting cards and playing them to deploy units onto the battlefield at just the right moment that held me glued to the screen.
Building upon the slick, familiar interface it's tweaked to perfection with Djay, Algoriddim has expanded the definition of the multitouch DJ by bringing video mash-up creation to the masses. While certain to increase the ranks of unwatchable videos on YouTube, Vjay adds to a growing list of apps that take us down avenues of creativity we might not have otherwise turned onto.
There wasn't a lot of meat to it, but the original Defender Chronicles still managed to steal away hours upon hours of my free time with its alluring fantasy RPG vibe and vertically-oriented twist on traditional tower defense mechanics. Three years later, Defender Chronicles II: Heroes of Athelia essentially delivers more of the same, but in heftier, shinier portions. I'll admit: this sequel's lack of innovation is forgivable when the formula is so fun to begin with.
When it comes to iPad apps made for kids, how many of them are any good, let alone great? Viacom’s new Nick Jr. Play & Draw HD happily falls at the latter end of the scale, inspiring creativity while entertaining kids at the same time. Play & Draw HD allows children freedom to create in a colorful, intuitive, and educational environment that features familiar faces like Dora the Explorer.
So you've waited 11 long years to play Diablo III, and now you're waiting for yet another server error fix, unable to play the game. If you need a quick fix, consider filling that downtime with Heroes Call, an iOS dungeon crawler built in the mold of Blizzard's classic franchise. Even though the game is probably not going to replace the full-on, action role-playing experience on your Mac, tapping your way through Heroes Call feels like a natural fit for the genre -- though the enjoyment is mired a bit in the freemium mud.
Yahoo! TimeTraveler sadly won't transport you to another era, but despite the misleading name, the company's newest travel app has the potential to be a pretty useful tool -- assuming you have a set amount of time to fill, are traveling to one of 29 applicable cities, and have little-to-no knowledge of said destination.
Last year's iOS release of The King of Fighters-i mirrored its console counterparts, bringing the franchise’s popular 3-on-3 action to your pocket. The King of Fighters-i 2012 is essentially the deluxe version of that game, including a dozen more characters, a time attack mode, and online multiplayer battles. But truly successful fighting games require rock-solid mechanics and controls, and sadly, it's in these facets that Fighters-i 2012 stumbles, though it tries rather hard to stand tall.
If you've ever enjoyed scrawling sequential stick figure doodles in the corner pages of a school notebook and then flipping through it quickly to make the little fellows spring to life, then FlipBook HD may scratch a familiar itch. This drawing and animation app packs a few neat features for crafting clever movie shorts, but an unintuitive interface, stability issues, and a meager selection of drawing tools ultimately make old-school pen and paper a more inviting option.