With the chaos of the holidays slowly subsiding into the background, you’ve finally got a few moments to catch your breath and unwind a bit before getting back to the grind of your normal routine. We can’t think of a better time to kick up your feet, crack open the packaging on that fresh new iOS device you were luck enough to receive from a thoughtful friend or relation, and load that baby up with some heavy-duty games.
“Smell that fresh, pungent aroma in the air? That’s the smell of gardening season rapidly approaching. Well, that and pollen allergies. Depending on your location, it might not quite be time to roll up your sleeves and dig your hands in the earth just yet. But if you’ve got tilling soil, planting seeds, and plotting out your veggie garden masterpiece on your mind, then the App Store has some cool picks to get those green thumbs twitching.”
“A deceptive little beast of a puzzler, Triple Town lures you close and sinks its teeth in before demanding you feed it more of your hard-earned cash. This clever hybrid of match-three puzzles and settlement planning gameplay from Spry Fox is insidiously addictive, but poorly conceived micro-transactions soon suck all the joy out of the experience.”
“Even if you have no clue what you’re doing, it only takes a few seconds of poking and prodding the screen to get grooving with Figure. Extreme accessibility makes Propellerhead Software’s stylish music-making app a fun toy to noodle around with whenever you’ve got free time to kill, but Figure’s real strength lies in that it’s powerful enough that you can just as easily take it on-stage and set the dance floor on fire with some seriously infectious electronic jams.”
“When you’re trapped atop a lofty spire, surrounded by killer robots that have just slaughtered every other living being on the planet, it’s not a matter of if you’ll survive the onslaught but how long you can stave off the inevitable. Such is the thrill of Ziggurat, an iPhone and iPad game that’s all about taking out as many of the mechanical jerks as you can before they inevitably rip you to shreds.”
“One of the great things about being a writer in these tech-driven times is the ability to work from just about anywhere. Productivity while on the go can be a life-saver, but even bashing out a chapter of your novel or penning magazine articles from the comfort of your cushy couch has its own perks. Luckily, the App Store is brimming with handy tools for writer folks. From organizing your thoughts and taking notes to conducting research and knocking out articles without a computer, we’ve rounded up eight must-have apps to help you get the words flowing.”
“Many casual beer drinkers are content to happily imbibe cheap, mass-produced commercial brews by the 30 pack, but there’s a whole different group of hardcore craft beer enthusiasts that perk up at the mere mention of hops and malt. Beer nerds come in all stripes, and regardless of whether you have a taste for quantity or quality, there’s plenty of common ground to be found in the App Store. From helpful apps to hunt down your favorite brews to fun diversions for passing the time between pints, we’ve rounded up eight awesome universal iOS apps for beer-minded folk.”