Sure, sure, we start out all about the productivity this week, but don't let that you fool you. While your iPhone or iPod can be an amazing productivity tool and can let you get so many things accomplished and organized in the palm of your hand, all work and no play make Jack and Jill dull children. So we've got some games and fun for when the work is done.
We're entering the season of our very favorite holiday, Halloween. So to get you in the spirit, we've got a monster selection of apps whose prices have been hacked, slashed, and cut to ribbons. Get your ghoulish delight on as the moon rises tonight with these haunting apps.
Button-mashing brawlers make for a great time when you've got real buttons to mash, but they don't always translate so well to iOS touch screens. Rather than attempt to shoehorn all of the intense fighting action into a traditional arcade-style control scheme, indie studio The Game Bakers concocted a fresh touch-centric battle system for its quirky new face-pummeling fighter. Combo Crew's fast-paced fisticuffs and streamlined combo system hinges on simple swipe controls that are far more satisfying to wield than you'd expect from an iOS beat-em-up.
The Game Bakers cooked up a tasty, well-plated iOS debut with its original twist on critter-flinging combat, and Squids: Wild West sees the gang of adorably stretchy cephalopod protagonists return for another round of crazy gun slinging and squid hurling fun. Deep sea vistas blend with the dusty west in each beautifully designed battlefield, making for a peculiar mix that works so well largely due to the high level of polish and personality woven throughout the presentation. The fact that Squids: Wild West is a real looker is bolstered by accessible gameplay that belies its strategic depth.
"She'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes… she'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes!" We speak, of course, of OS X Mountain Lion, Apple's latest and greatest version of Mac OS X which is expected later this month from the Mac App Store. And the furry gal is now closer than ever, with word that the gold master is now being pushed out to developers today. Didn't hear the news? Then be sure to read on and find out what else is making news for Monday, July 9, 2012...
I caught up with The Game Bakers team at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in Seattle this weekend, and according to Leprince, they were attracted to the iPhone and App Store by the quality and accessibility of the games, but found themselves hoping for a bit more depth from some of the headline titles. Squids is their response, as its vibrant cartoon-like style fits in well with the top casual offerings on the iPhone and iPad, yet it includes deeper layers of customization and strategy that reward dedicated play and tactical thinking.