Though it draws heavy inspiration from a particular sci-fi franchise well known for boldly sending a spaceship full of uniformed crew where no one has gone before, Star Command doesn't fiddle around with any namby-pamby prime directive. The galaxy is full of danger and backstabbing aliens looking to get a piece of your sweet tech. Sure, diplomacy is sometimes an option with the strange crafts you encounter in this slick pixel-based quest, but it's just way more fun to blow your adversaries out of the stars or die trying in an often intense and chaotic adventure through the cosmos.
Shoehorning an expansive online space combat sim experience onto the iPad isn't without its challenges, but the tablet version of Vendetta Online delivers a faithful and surprisingly functional port of the long-running massively multiplayer online game. For players used to the more casual thrills offered on the App Store, Vendetta Online's exhaustive depth and complexity poses a steep learning curve to master upfront, though carving out your niche in the galaxy is undeniably absorbing once you open up the throttle.
It's a classic science fiction construct: revolutionary new technology promises the world, brave (and/or foolish) pioneers dabble in the unknown, and the unexpected results bring dire consequences. Upgrade Soul – a standalone graphic novel app with 3D elements and a soundtrack – hits a couple of familiar notes in that regard, but its tale of a so-called medical miracle and the people it affects captivates in its early chapters. Written and illustrated by Ezra Claytan Daniels, Upgrade Soul spotlights Hank and Molly Nonnar, an elderly pair of well-off science aficionados who decide to undergo a bold and highly experimental medical treatment.