Over the course of the holidays, Chair's Infinity Blade came out and blew the iOS user base away by proving just how amazing a game could look on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. By the time you'd fought your way through the castle time and time again, gradually leveling up your character and gaining weapons, armor, and magic items that could slay almost any opponent, you wanted more. And as of Thursday, Chair responded, releasing a free, full-fledged expansion to the title in the form of Infinity Blade: Arena.
The Mobile Safari web browser Apple includes with every iOS device is quite fine indeed, but some simply want the freedom of choice we enjoy on desktop platforms. Now that the popular Opera Mini browser is making the leap onto the iPad, we have more choices than ever.
The Kindle, and later the iPad, have sparked a huge interest in e-books, but most merely replicate what we’re used to on the printed page. Well, that's not good enough for our former vice president. Al Gore has worked with Push Pop Press to produce something different: a digital version of his book Our Choice that takes advantage of the unique technologies offered by Apple’s iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone.
Unlike traditional simulations and other arcade-stylized affairs that utilize 3D game engines and realistic-looking courses, Super Stickman Golf recasts the slow-paced sport as a side-scrolling platform game of sorts. But despite the obvious change in design, it very much retains the core essence of playing golf: use your judgment, power, and available equipment as efficiently as possible to get the ball in the hole.
Let's face it, whenever you buy a gadget like the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you envision one or two Really Cool Things you'll happily do with it. Otherwise why buy the gadget in the first place?
The HBO Go app for Apple's iOS-based devices is definitely a Really Cool Thing, streaming in a selection of HBO's movie catalog as well as a wide range of past and current programming (The Sopranos, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Six Feet Under, etc.) over both 3G and Wi-Fi networks.
There are plenty of choices these days for editing images on an iOS device, but GhostBird Software’s PhotoForge is an App Store favorite. Now, the company is set to expand our horizons of what can be done on a handheld device with their all-new PhotoForge 2.
Remember Marble Madness? You may have subconsciously blocked out the painful memories the frustratingly difficult and finicky game can bring. Unless, of course, you beat it. In which case your life has already peaked -- that was probably the greatest achievement you'll ever experience, so it's all downhill from here.
If you'd like to spend your remaining years enduring similar ball-rolling-based sadism, you're in luck. Crescent Studios has brought us Gears, a game about rolling a sphere through ludicrous concoctions of gears, pipes, ramps, moving platforms, and such.
If you’ve been pumped up since seeing Marvel’s comic book hero Thor brought to life on the big screen last weekend, you may equally excited by the company’s small-screen edition, in the form of a new game that just hit the App Store.
If your iPod feels a little stale, Discovr might be a good way to freshen it up. Enter the name of any artist and their icon appears, surrounded by icons of six similar bands. Double-tap an icon to learn more about that artist; to spawn more bubbles of more artists, a single-tap will do (and honestly, that seems backwards -- we’d like it the other way around).
If you’re sitting there waiting for your favorite iPhone app to get a universal update (or even a separate “HD” version for the iPad), you’re probably not alone -- here’s a lineup of 10 apps guilty of depriving us of some big-screen iPad love.