Fight your way to honor and glory in this hack-and-slash RPG
We like games here, and not just platformer and puzzle games. We like action games, games that have guns, games that have swords: games that require us to fight from the time we start them until the time we finish them. If you're looking for a game that is pure, unadulterated action, check out I, Gladiator by Burlington Trading.
MacNN and Electronista deals for July 7, 2015
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Take to the trenches and wage war against the terrible moles
Remember the days when cellphones were a lot less smart? Remember how content you were to play the same game over and over again, collecting apples for a snake so he could grow large enough, only to inevitably meet his end when he literally met the end of his tail? We're ready to transport you back to the golden days of 1995 with Wormarium, a strange spin on days of yore.
App Update for Jul 7, 2015
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones here, in the relaunch of our App Update column. Today, we look at revisions to Infuse, Skype, SocialPanel, LaunchBar, Grid 2 Reloaded Edition, SoundByte, and Opera Beta.
Put your culinary creativity to the test in this burger builder
Every so often, we come across a game that is impossibly cute and fun. Somewhere past the shooters and the platformers and the strategy games is an alcove of games that are just designed to make you smile. One such game is the addicting, adorable, and all-around good game Monster Want Burger.
Fumble through the world of lost souls and learn to see with your ears
Recently, we looked at The Nightjar by developer Somethin' Else, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. It's game where a minimal UI covers the screen, because the player character can't see -- and the player is supposed to "use their ears to see." It's actually the second game to use the "Papa Engine," the first being Papa Sangre (1.2.4). There's also a sequel, the unsurprisingly-named Papa Sangre II (1.12). All three of these apps are included in a discounted bundle on iTunes. We're going to talk a little bit about the first game, but what really has us excited is Papa Sengre II.
MacNN and Electronista deals for July 6, 2015
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Hunt for bricks and studs in Jurassic World under threat of dinosaur attack
"Welcome to Jurassic Park!" -- Richard Attenborough's John Hammond beckons us to enjoy what was supposed to be, and did eventually become, Disneyland meets the zoo meets the natural history museum. Of course, all is never as it seems. Now, one of the biggest film franchises of all time finally gets the Lego treatment just in time for its return to the big screen with Lego Jurassic World, from Lego game developers extraordinaire Traveller's Tales and porting house Feral Interactive.
Gaming news summary for July 5, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, Microsoft is bringing Minecraft to Windows 10, Club Nintendo ends in North America, Sales are halted and refunds offered for Final Fantasy XIV for Mac, and the revelation that Destiny could have been a funnier game.
Deals for those looking to celebrate the fourth of July with their wallet
Welcome to Freedom Deals, the one-off version of Daily Deals that we're using to highlight some of the online offers, discounts, bundles, and sales going on this weekend, in honor of the Fourth of July. Notable deals include the freedom-creating Broforce, a collection of large HDTVs, and a Wii U with Splatoon. Normal deals service will resume tomorrow.
This is one complex life form reading this article one of which is human
The Nightjar by developer Somethin' Else is a science fiction thriller in which the player has been abandoned alone on a spaceship which is about to self-destruct. All the lights have gone out, so there's a lot of bumping into walls and following sounds. Thankfully, Benedict Cumberbatch is talking to you through an ear piece and knows how to get you safely off the ship... probably.
First up: Dungeon Keeper modernization, Must Die
We've said this before about how we come up with the apps we review -- sometimes we're approached by the developers who request we take a look at their app, sometimes we go looking for apps we think the readers would be interested in, and sometimes readers alert us to the existence of an app we should write about through our tips email. Even when we don't like something, we try to be constructive in our criticisms. However, periodically we come across something that will spark in us either blinding rage or numbing apathy. Either way, we're just not sure we can squeeze a whole article out of it that isn't just the word "meh" over and over again, or simply a picture of Zoidberg yelling, "your app is bad, and you should feel bad!" Join us, for this first installment of a periodic column shaming the worst of the choices on the App Store that we randomly get corralled to examine.
Balancing game offers incredible graphics and smooth gameplay
If we say platformer, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably a game like Super Mario Bros or Super Meat Boy, or maybe even the original Donkey Kong. Something classic and straightforward -- but the truth of the matter is that the platformer genre is almost as wild and varied as the puzzle genre. That's why we decided to tell you guys about Ball Alien, a quirky skill platformer that has you traversing platforms in space.
You have two fingers with which to solve puzzles, but only one brain
Two Fingers, but only one brain (2 F 1 B) is a series of 20 mini-games that are mixed and matched to appear two at a time on the user's screen. At first, we weren't sure we were going to like that, but we were pleasantly surprised. Our first encounter with 2F1B was last year, and we were saddened by what we perceived as ads that really got in the way of gameplay. We were recently prompted to give the app another chance. Happily, whether by design or accident, the ad situation has improved dramatically.
MacNN and Electronista deals for July 3, 2015
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Charming roguelike features multiple characters and simple puzzle play
Roguelikes can be an intimidating genre. They're generally known for complicated stat management systems, complex maps, and for being absolutely unforgiving to new players. If you're looking for a gentler roguelike to jump into, we'll show you the pros and cons of The Nightmare Cooperative, available on (Steam and the App Store).
MacNN and Electronista deals for July 2, 2015
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Super-minimalist puzzle game of interlocking pieces
Sometimes, we want to engage our mind, while at the same time turning it off. Hook by Maciej Targoni is a super-minimalist puzzler with simple controls for solving problems that can be fantastically complex. It's all about interlocking pieces that fit together in very specific ways. The player must figure out in what order the different pieces can be removed to clear the board.
Live out your post-apocolyptic dreams in this slick sci-fi shooter
We're not sure if anyone expected iOS to be home to so many shooters, but lo and behold, a quick search for shooters in the App Store yields thousands of results for tons of action-packed, gun-slinging adventures, but so few of them are done well. It's a gallery of poor mechanics We're here to change that, with today's offering of Xenowerk, a sci-fi shooter with some serious style.
Gaming news summary for July 1, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, a report claims the problems of the PC edition of Batman: Arkham Knight were known about for months, Mojang is shutting down the Scrolls servers next year, and a developer explains delays in Star Citizen's FPS component.
Full of regret, hands to the wheel, players confront family moments missed
There are moments in the past each one of us wishes have gone differently. From an embarrassing scene we can't live down, to the regret piled on from a missed opportunity, we're reminded how fleeting time can be in hindsight. For some of us, these moments repeat in our minds as we attempt to find a scenario in which all the right things are said and done to alleviate the pain they cause. Bracket Games dives into this character flaw in Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition, a piece of interactive fiction centered on a family in the midst of a turning point. But is it worth reliving harsh times in order to grow, or is Bracket Games setting players up for a lifetime of hurt?
MacNN and Electronista deals for July 1, 2015
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High-pressure finance meets Tindr in this amazingly engaging game
The Firm by Sunnyside Games is an arcade-style game, where the user is settling in for their first day on the job as a stock trader. The poor guy doesn't even have time to put his plant on his desk before stocks start piling up in front of him. He needs to make choices, quickly; so he can make a lot of money for himself and his company, quickly. If he's not fast enough, he'll be fired. The gameplay is super simple, but imparts a sense of urgency that draws the player in and remains even once the round is over, compelling them to play "just one more round."
Slay dragons and save the day with this reflex-testing game
We were born a few centuries too late to become knights -- the kinds that guard castles, tilt in jousts, and of course, slay dragons. That doesn't stop us from wishing for the glory days of yore, however. If you've ever wanted to protect a castle of your own, we suggest that you check out Dragon Jump, a game for all the modern-day knights out there.
High-resolution curved Acer monitor has 21:9 aspect ratio, AMD FreeSync support
Acer has unveiled a high-resolution gaming monitor it will be bringing to the United States, one which uses AMD FreeSync technology to eliminate screen tear and stuttering in games. The XR341CK is an ultra-wide 21:9 curved monitor that has a 34-inch QHD panel, capable of showing a 3440x1440 image at 75Hz, with its resolution and width also allowing for picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture modes, so multiple video sources can be viewed at the same time.
MacNN and Electronista deals for June 30, 2015
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Live out your dream of becoming a civil engineer
Building games are the best. Whether its a simple game like Minecraft or a more complex game like Besiege, we love games that give us a chance to flex our engineering muscles. Today we take a look at a game that does just that -- we checked out the cartoony physics title Poly Bridge, a game that allows you to try your hand at being a civil engineer.
Creepy and cute collide in this strange, tense platformer
We've been up on our high horses about platformers here before, explaining why the genre has some serious flaws on mobile platform -- but today, we think we found one that addresses the flaws the best. We urge you to check out Penumbear, a classic platformer with a creepy twist.
MacNN and Electronista deals for June 29, 2015
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Quirky roguelike offers some serious challenges in a future-meets-past sci-fi setting
We've covered a couple of roguelikes here before, so we're getting pretty good at sorting out what elements make up a worthwhile roguelike, and what ones can sink an otherwise good game. Today we bring you a more traditional roguelike, with tons of retro flavor and a somewhat rare sci-fi setting. We're offering up Cogmind, a choose-your-own-adventure sort of roguelike that offers up lots of challenge.
Gaming news summary for June 29, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, EA gets a closed alpha of Star Wars: Battlefront ready, an early access game on Steam pays a bug bounty, Nintendo offers more Amiibo models in the UK, and someone preorders Fallout 4 in bottle caps.
Uncover the strange story of Hannah Smith in this game-turned-murder mystery
What comes to mind when we say "game?" Chances are, you've got fond memories of the first video game you played. Maybe it was Mario or maybe it was some sort of card game or arcade title. Maybe you think about current games like Halo or Call of Duty. If this sounds like what you think of when it comes to gaming, Sam Barlow, creator of Silent Hills: Shattered Memories is here to turn that idea around with Her Story (Steam | App Store), a murder-mystery with an unusual play style.
MacNN and Electronista deals for June 26, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. In the post are all the still active deals from earlier this week, with new sales featuring a ridiculously cheap multifunction laser printer, an action camera for $60, and a $55 Apple TV deal.
An adorable side scrolling puzzler about a boy and his combat bot
Okay, maybe not so much a "boy" and his combat bot, but more like "very short man" and his combat bot. Tales From Deep Space by Amazon Game Studios is a side-scrolling puzzler where the player, or players, switch between two characters to overcome obstacles and move forward in their pursuit of ... figuring out what's actually going on. The story centers around E, a shlubby put-upon interstellar traveling salesman, who gets saddled with an old busted-up droid named CASI. Shortly after meeting on Big Moon (home of the Meeks), E gets robbed, martial law is imposed, and the pair are denounced as enemies of the state for what appears to be no reason. Thus begins an adventure of running through corridors and questionable security practices.
MacNN and Electronista deals for June 25, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. In the post are all the still active deals from earlier this week, with new sales featuring a cheap 4k 42-inch television, an iPad Air, and the UE Mini Boom.
Win a white Xbox One and Halo: The Master Chief Collection with MacNN Deals
If you are an avid gamer but have yet to acquire one of the newest consoles on the market, Let MacNN Deals help with one of its giveaways. Today, it's giving you the chance to win an Xbox One, but not just any Xbox One. This is a special edition version of the console made for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, with it having a white outer shell and a matching white controller instead of the usual black coloring.
Relax into two hours of music with this medatative puzzle
We've discovered lately that there are more and more meditation puzzle games popping up in the App Store, and we couldn't be happier. These friendly, low- and no-stress games are designed to help you unwind, rather than stress you out or overstimulate you. We checked out a new title, Harmony 3, the third in a line of games that offer zen-style visual puzzles working in tandem with relaxing music.
Help a tiny cat and a mech traverse alien crystal mines in this runner-platformer
We've shared our opinions on platformers on mobile devices before, so we'll spare you the rant about bad mechanics and good intentions -- however, we did find a game that puts an interesting twist on a tired old formula. Today, we present to you WonderCat Adventures, a feline-themed platformer with some great solutions to the normal platforming pitfalls.
Gaming news summary for June 24, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, Destiny expansion issues dominate, followed by major problems with the PC release of Batman: Arkham Knight, and Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Amie discusses the negative fan response to a new Metroid game.
Cute puzzle shooter seeks to make you lose your cool with weighted mechanics
If you grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, chances are you have spent some time playing puzzle shooters. We grew up playing Puzzle Bobble on the SNES, and some of our first memories were pumping quarters into an Arkanoid machine in a dimly-lit arcade. Hue Ball, a simple little game we checked out, seeks to emulate those feelings -- but puts an interesting twist on the whole experience.
MacNN and Electronista deals for June 24, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for sales, discounts, offers, and bundles on hardware, software, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. In the post are all the still active deals from yesterday, including three great ones, with new sales featuring a 60-inch Sharp Aquos HDTV, a gaming notebook from MSI, and a Humble Bundle including the Borderlands franchise.
Turn-based war gaming with a collectible card twist in the 40K world on a mobile device
Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf by HeroCraft is a turn-based strategy game where the player's options are dictated by drawing from a deck of cards. The game is set in, surprise, the world of Warhammer 40,000 (40K for short). We're going to be honest, this reviewer hasn't played anything 40K-related until now. There were the occasional sessions of Blood Bowl, and a Warhammer Fantasy RPG campaign, where we played a Halfling cook just trying to get home in time for Pie Week.
Live your dreams of bringing home the gold with this hyper-realistic summer game simulator
Is there anything more inspiring than an Olympian? No, not a resident of Mount Olympus, but rather, an athlete that competes in the Olympics. We admire their strength, courage, and the ability to drag themselves out of bed before 9AM. For those of us who can't be bothered with cultivating those positive traits, we've got the perfect game: Justin Smith's Realistic Summer Sports Simulator.
MacNN and Electronista deals for June 23, 2015
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Juggle fast reflexes and perfect timing in this difficult arcade game
Some of the best games are ones that juxtapose two opposing play styles. Games that require you to be bold, make decisions on the fly, but at the same time know when to strike; there's something to be said for games that can't be won with the bulldozer method of gameplay. One of these games made its way into our hands recently, a game called FireWhip that has you besting 8-bit enemies with brains and brawn.
Apple recalls, in-depth E3 game announcement coverage, more
As you might expect from a podcast with our title, most episode tend to lean heavily on the Apple-related news of the week, though we generally make sure to spend at least a little time on other big tech stories outside Apple's sphere. To celebrate our 20th episode, and because the big event was this week, we spend the majority of our time on the E3 gaming conference and its many announcements. Fear not, regular listeners, there's still Apple news a-plenty!
Lightweight MOBA-focused mouse delivers fast buttons in a compact package
Logitech Gaming continues to expand upon its peripherals line, with each one looking to fit neatly into a breadth of gaming needs. Building from a few simple gamepads to keyboards utilizing fresh, new technologies, Logitech continues to focus on its gaming arm with impressive results. After the previous release of two excellent mouses from the company, could the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Daedalus Prime mouse bring something unexpected, or would it be a step backwards from the professional gaming-grade devices created thus far? Find out in our review.
Sliding number puzzle packs personality into game
We've been a big fan of games like 1024 and 2048, not just for their fast gameplay, but also because they give us a fun mental workout as we try to reach the highest number possible. If you're fans of these games, allow us to point you toward Threes, a number-based puzzler.
Warhammer 40K brings wargaming to the iPad once again with Armageddon
Warhammer 40,000, or 40K for short, may have started out as a humble tabletop wargame in the late 1980s -- but since then has grown into a line of books, comics, video games, card games, and a tabletop game with tons of expansions that allow players to customize their game to fit whatever they like. If you're a big fan of this dystopian sci-fi universe, we suggest you take a look at Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon, a tactical turn-based strategy title for the iPad.
PlayStation 4 model with double capacity follows similar Xbox One upgrade
Sony is bringing out another version of the PlayStation 4, this time with a larger capacity storage. The PlayStation 4 Ultimate Player Edition's main feature is a 1TB hard drive, double the storage of the standard model, with Sony shipping it in Japan before the end of this month, "select Europe and PAL territories" from July 15, and in North America later in July.