Sonic the Hedgehog's many previous App Store exploits have all been ports of past favorites or newer multiplatform releases, so to see Sega pursue a brand new mobile experience in the form of Sonic Jump is encouraging. Granted, as you'll notice immediately from the screenshots, "new" may not be the best word to describe a title that pays very obvious tribute to Doodle Jump and its ilk. That's not necessarily a problem, as Namco Bandai showed that such a pairing can work wonders with Pac'n-Jump, but Sonic Jump doesn't quite find the sweet spot between its disparate origins.
Something of a mixed bag of news kicked off this second week in October on Monday, with rumors of a Mac mini refresh, news that Crazy Taxi will be driving onto iOS devices soon and hey, even a one-click Mac solution for hiding that annoying Newsstand icon -- assuming you never use it in the first place. Read on to find out about all of this and much more...
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.
Welcome back to another "app-tacular" Wednesday edition of the overnight recap, which finds a host of your favorite Mac and iOS apps getting updates big and small. Need a faster browser to read MacLife.com? Opera has a new Retina-friendly beta just for you. Troubled by iTunes Match? SuperSync 5 might be able to cure what ails you. It's all right here in one convenient place, so read on!
The shortest distance between two points is a line, right? So what's the shortest distance between three logs, through a barrel of TNT, and around a bald eagle? Turns out it's still a line -- cut with the axe wielded by the mighty Jack Lumber. Luckily, the game isn't just a re-skinned knock off of Halfbrick's successful Fruit Ninja formula, as it actually improves upon it in a way that respects the original.
Who says the big guys can't lend a hand to independent developers now and again? SEGA announced a new publishing initiative this week to help indies get their wares into the hands of the public, and already has the first title ready to go.
The lengthy wait between installments could be taken as a sign of Sega's effort to make Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II a better game than its underperforming predecessor. In some ways, that's true. Improved physics, crisply-detailed environments, and a handful of interesting new gameplay tweaks give this second jaunt better staying power, but with speed and precision being crucial ingredients for a successful Sonic outing, Episode II's frustrating touch controls just don't keep up.
Vengeance is sweet. As you cut a path through the battlefield towards your rival’s fortifications, there’s something primal and satisfying about charging through their last line of troop defenses, setting fire to their buildings along the way, and finally running your blade through the treacherous shogun responsible for your father’s death. Though the path to victory follows a familiar trajectory, Sega and The Creative Assembly’s long-running Total War real-time strategy series takes an interesting new direction with its iOS debut.
This past weekend, roughly everyone (everywhere) downloaded Angry Birds Space. Well, at least 10 million people did, but that's still quite the figure. While a huge shadow was cast by the massiveness of Rovio's franchise -- or is that the space station it built with all that money -- there were still plenty of noteworthy headlines in the iOS gaming world.
Most of the time, new iPhone and iPad games seem to appear out of thin air -- suddenly up for sale in the App Store without any sort of lengthy promotional campaign. But when we're lucky, we hear about exciting releases weeks or months in advance; and as Apple's devices continue to surge in popularity, that's becoming more and more common. Case in point: here are a dozen upcoming iOS games that we're really looking forward to playing, and while they vary in size, scope, and subject, all caught our eye and may well catch yours too.