It’s been only six months since Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol brought its unique, tactical take on World War I air combat to iOS, and already we’ve got a sequel. Pushing the action forward to the Pacific during World War II, Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies pits American and Japanese aces against each other in missions that range from simple dogfighting to defending or destroying vital ships, bases, or other structures.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. Several long-awaited, high-profile games top the rundown this week, notably Star Wars: Tiny Death Star and the excellent Rayman Fiesta Run, as well as Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies and LEGO The Lord of the Rings. But as usual, we’ve got a few intriguing lesser-known games to potentially pique your interest.
Firaxis, the developer behind Civilization, has been busy on Apple platforms lately. The past few weeks brought us an excellent Mac port of XCOM: Enemy Unknown and the kid-friendly iOS strategy game Haunted Hollow, and now the company's rolled out Sid Meier's Ace Patrol, a free-to-play, turn-based tactics game set in the skies above World War I.
At long last (and after much hankering), Sid Meier's "Pirates!" has arrived for the iPad. Which means you can stop showing up to work carrying a cutlass and demanding that treasure be plundered at almost every meeting.
For close to two decades, Sid Meier has fed the monkey on many a strategy gamer’s back. His prolific Civilization series has set the bar for turn-based strategy games for a long, long time. The series puts you into the shoes of the leader of one of a number of civilizations—each with their own advantages and shortcomings—as you guide your people from the dawn of time to the space age. The latest iteration, Civilization V, is easily the most addictive and accessible so far. Since it was released last fall for Windows, Mac gamers have been champing at the bit to get their hands on an OS X version, and at last they can.
Attention Mac Gamers: The wait is over. Civilization V is now available! Thanks to the game porting magicians at Aspyr, Sid Meier's latest creation is now available in all of its turn-based empire building glory. No matter whether you're an old hand at the game or new to its addictive turn-based gameplay, the latest iteration of the Civilization franchise has something for everyone. With streamlined city and civics management options, a refined technology tree and a fresh-faced combat system, the game is a strategy gamer's dream come true.
There are two types of Mac gamers in the world: Those that love Sid Meier's outstanding series of Civilization games, and those who haven't played them yet. If you belong to either group, we're sure you'll be thrilled with the news that, according to a recent press release, the long-lauded series of games' latest iteration--Civilization V--is one step closer to making its Apple debut.
Civilization isn't so much a game franchise as it is a force of nature. Throughout the game's various iterations and updates, the the turn-based strategy phenomenon has maintained a reputation for instantly enthralling players, causing millions of hours of sleepless nights, poor time management, the alienation of loved ones and some pretty serious cases of numb-bum.