The 2013 National Football League season finally kicks off tonight, and it's been a long wait since the Ravens toppled the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII way back in February. Luckily, the season never has to stop in the video game world. In recent weeks, a couple of notable new releases have popped up, while others have been refreshed for the impending season. With the real games about to start up, here's an updated look at 10 of the most notable football games for iPhone and iPad. Not all of these are winners, but if you're craving pigskin action around the clock, surely a few of these options will scratch that itch.
On home consoles, Madden NFL 25 celebrates the series' titular anniversary with yet another quality entry built around a strong, refined core. Irritatingly, on iPhone and iPad, the game of the same name is by and large a nightmare of free-to-play roadblocks, initially limiting access to most of the on-field plays, charging in-game coins for some of those that are available, and requiring slowly-replenishing energy to even play the game. But the saddest part is that such limitations surround what's ultimately not a very good representation of the sport.
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. EA's long-awaited Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar headlines the week with its release in the United States, while Amateur Surgeon 3, Mikey Hooks, and Worms 3 offer follow-up entries to some established iOS favorites. And we've also got a handful of totally new games in the roundup this week.
Over the past few years, sports have moved forward with the help of technology. Games are filled with instant replay to make sure calls are made correctly, and statistics have become the subject of detailed analysis to see exactly where results come from. It's time that coaches of all levels get in on the movement to utilize tech to improve their teams. We've collected eight apps that will help coaches get a leg up both on the practice field and in the huddle. Take your team to glory, whether that means securing a championship or just winning a few more games than usual.
We're past the halfway point for the year, and 2013 has already proven to be an incredible time for new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch games. Whether you tend towards quick-hit affairs or engrossing, strategic time sinks (or a little of both), there's been an absolute wealth of great options to choose from in a huge array of genres. Why wait until January rolls around to look back on such greatness? We've compiled our picks for the 25 best iOS games of the year to date, all of which are surefire options for on-the-go entertainment.
There's just something about weather apps. They all basically do the same thing, but no matter how many we download, we just can't resist the temptation of a new interface or novel concept. Foresee fits both of these criteria, so naturally we had to try it out. However, it's less a weather forecasting app than an outdoor planning one. It does display the current temperature and conditions in a city of your choosing, but instead of simply showing highs and lows for the next few days, it predicts how the weather will affect the various things you want to do.
Last year's FIFA 13 from EA Sports delivered an excellent simulation of the world's most popular sport, albeit one that essentially translated the home console versions to a touch screen using virtual buttons. Still, considering the warm reception and strong sales, you might expect more of the same from this fall's FIFA 14 on iPhone and iPad. Surprisingly, that's not the case. Sure, FIFA 14 is notably bulked up, offering more leagues, teams, players, and features than ever before, but the biggest change comes from its significantly overhauled gameplay approach.
One of the most unique features introduced with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean last year was Google Now, an intelligent personal assistant. The feature has now landed on iOS as well, thanks to update to the Google Search app.
Something about the great American pastime brings out the best in app designers. MLB.com At Bat's breathtaking ballparks and pitch trackers are the gold standard for professional sports apps, Topps Pennant turns lifeless box scores into beautiful works of art, and iScore reimagines the dull, antiquated scorecard with lush textures and vivid charts. Race to the Pennant makes a strong case for joining that list. With a simple, colorful interface, the app offers a slick visual interpretation of baseball standings that makes following your favorite team a lot more fun – whether they're headed to the playoffs or stuck in the cellar.
We're only a few days into the 2013 Major League Baseball season, and already we've some great (or almost great) moments – like the double home run performance from Nationals phenom Bryce Harper on opening day, and Yu Darvish's near-perfect game for the Rangers. It's been a long winter, but we all have about seven months of professional ball to look forward to, and a variety of great apps can make your baseball-loving experience even better this season. Whether you're looking for quick scores, detailed stat breakdowns, or live streaming games, check out these eight iOS apps for following the 2013 baseball season.