Games

Fates Forever for iPad

My latest gaming obsession is Fates Forever—a 3v3 MOBA game in the vein of League of Legends and DoTA, but built for touchscreens. You choose one of nine unique heroes (with more slated to release soon) and are placed on a team with two other characters (bots or online players, depending on the mode you choose). As you face off against another…

Broken Age for iPad

Oh man I’m excited. Broken Age—a PC game I wrote about not long ago—is now available for iPad. If you’ve already played it, this is the same point-and-click (point-and-tap?) adventure you know and love. The wonderful soundtrack and voice acting are all still there, as well as the gorgeous, hand-painted design aesthetic. If you haven’t had the chance to play this delightful…

TwoDots for iOS

From the makers of the popular (and super addictive) iOS game Dots comes its new sequel, TwoDots. The basic gameplay is the same: connect vertical or horizontal rows of same-colored dots to remove them and allow other dots to drop down, or connect them in a square pattern to eliminate all dots of that color from the screen. As you progress through…

‘Console Wars’ by Blake J. Harris

When I was a kid, nothing caused more heated arguments between me and my friends than our game consoles of choice. As a Sega fanboy at the time—and a hardcore PlayStation enthusiast later—I was always in the minority at school. Console Wars, a new book by Blake J. Harris, explores the actual rivalry between the Nintendo and Sega corporations that took place…

Osmo

Here’s another cool iPad thing for kids. Osmo is a system consisting of an iPad stand (which works with pretty much any iPad but the original model) and a mirror attachment that fits over the iPad’s front-facing camera to redirect it downward. Once attached, Osmo lets you load up one of three games that scans real-world objects in front of your iPad…

15 Coins for iOS

15 Coins is a game for iPhone and iPad that’s sort of a mix between Pac-Man, Snake, and Tilt to Live. You control a little ship that constantly moves forward, turning left or right at your command. Your goal is to collect 15 coins to pass the level, but the trick is to avoid the constantly spawning clones of yourself that appear…

Transistor for PS4 and PC

From the makers of the ever-popular Bastion comes the new game Transistor, a sci-fi themed action-RPG with lush graphics and an awesome soundtrack. You can watch the reveal trailer and the launch trailer to see the game in action, both of which are way better than me trying to describe it. Transistor is available for $20 on the PS4 and on Steam…

‘Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic’ for iOS

In the gaming world, the classic action-RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic hardly needs an introduction, even a decade after its original release on the first Xbox. If you somehow haven’t played KotOR before, or if you’ve already played it but feel nostalgic enough to do it again, then you’re in luck. To celebrate May 4th, the game has gone…

Blek for iOS

Blek is a game for iPhone and iPad that relies on your imagination to solve its puzzles. The goal seems simple enough—hit all the colored dots without touching the black ones—but exactly how you accomplish this is up to you. Draw any line or shape with your finger, and it will repeat that motion in a pattern until the line leaves the…

Horn for iOS

Horn, a Zelda-like game for iOS, is currently being featured as Apple’s App of the Week (today being Friday, April 18th, 2014). It had been on my wish list for a while, and when the price suddenly dropped from $7 to free, I leapt at the opportunity. I’m glad I did. This is a super fun and engaging game, with interesting characters,…

Broken Age, Act 1

I’ve been a fan of Tim Schafer’s games since I was a kid, especially Grim Fandango and Psychonauts. The guy is a fantastic storyteller whose games are often charming, humorous, and even a little strange (in the best way). Schafer’s newest point-and-click adventure game for Mac and PC, Broken Age, proves that he hasn’t lost his touch. There are two teenage protagonists…

Monument Valley for iOS

Monument Valley is a new game for iPhone and iPad that was clearly inspired by the art of M.C. Escher. You play as Ida, a silent princess who must navigate and exit a series of seemingly impossible architecture by solving puzzles and avoiding the strange inhabitants of each world. Each level presents a structure that looks impossible to traverse, but by moving…

ToolChess

From the department of things that are both tools and toys: ToolChess is a handsome, handmade chess set with pieces fashioned from everyday nuts and bolts. The sets are crafted by a father-son duo, and the proceeds help sponsor kids at one of their local chess schools. These guys put some great presentation into their product—every chess piece is finished with a…

Tengami

Tengami is a new game for iOS (universal) that places you in the role of a samurai who must explore a mystical pop-up book world. In this world, you are able to “page” through various backdrops and interact with the various elements on-screen. It sounds a little strange on the surface, but it’s actually quite relaxing and enjoyable. The textures in Tengami…

Final Fantasy VI for iOS

Well this is certainly a blast from the past. Nearly a week ago, Square Enix quietly released Final Fantasy VI to the iOS App Store, and I only heard about it yesterday. This isn’t just a basic port of the classic SNES game either, they’ve revamped most of the graphics and several in-game mechanics. Here’s an example of the new character sprite…

Samurai Siege for iOS

Chances are, if you’re someone who enjoys playing strategy games on iOS, then you’re already familiar with Clash of Clans. Although I enjoyed the first few days of playing it, the only real way to have a good time is by using real money to purchase a bunch of in-game gems; otherwise, things just take way too long to build. As luck…

“Threes!” for iOS

Occasionally, a well-designed puzzle game for iOS comes along that takes the tech community by storm. A while back it was Letterpress, and today it’s a game called Threes! Like Letterpress, Threes! takes place on a grid, it uses red, white, and blue game tiles (each of which has a unique character personality and voice), and it has charming animations and sound…

SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Game Controller

Announced at CES 2014, the SteelSeries Stratus is a wireless controller designed for playing iOS games. The Xbox-like controller design will be instantly familiar to any modern gamer, right down to the twin analog sticks and four shoulder buttons. Up to four of these can be connected to a single iOS device for multiplayer games. Eli Hodapp of TouchArcade reviewed the Stratus,…

Machinarium for iOS

We’ve mentioned the game Machinarium in the past, but I think it’s worth bringing up again, for three reasons: The first time we posted about it, the game was only available for the iPad. Now it’s a universal app so you can enjoy it on your iPhone as well (although iPad is probably still the best experience). It made The Sweet Setup’s…

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