Batman: Arkham Asylum, released on Mac last year, pushed superhero games in directions that nobody really expected but everyone wanted (and almost immediately began to copy). Its rhythmic fights were immediately satisfying and endlessly fun. Its wonderfully creepy, secret-filled world was a joy to explore. And its atmospheric detective puzzles and stealth challenges explored a side of Batman that seldom came through in games. So how does Batman: Arkham City top that formula? By giving us much, much more of it.
As the entertainment world mourns the loss of director Tony Scott and comedian Phyllis Diller on this sleepy Monday, it seems Warner Bros. has a bit of a bright spot for fans of Digital Copy and iTunes in the Cloud. The studio is extending Digital Copy expiration dates on most of its DVD and Blu-ray titles, so be sure to hit your library and see if you can claim any codes that might have lapsed in recent years. And on that note, let's jump into the recap for Monday, August 20, 2012.
There are those of us at a certain age among the MacLife.com writers who take pride in having lost a big chunk of our youth at the arcade, feeding game machines with quarters. For us, the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad have become like a blast from the past as the video games of our misspent childhood return -- and now we have 16 more to get excited about.
While the game release season is finally cooling down on the PC and console side of things, iOS gaming isn’t even stopping for gas. There are so many great games on this platform that every month of the year is full of amazing releases. You don’t need to look further than this week’s games (Lunar Racer, The Sims FreePlay, and Batman Arkham City Lockdown) for proof.
Scribblenauts Remix is one of the most endlessly entertaining apps I've ever encountered on the App Store. Even after finishing the game, I still consistently pull it out to see what it can do. While the game itself is very short, its central idea isn’t likely to get old anytime soon.