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.”
“It’s not quite as hard to get into game-making as it once was. In recent years, the barrier to entry for hobbyist game development has lowered quite a bit, thanks to the work of enthusiastic bedroom programmers and a bustling online community willing to guide newcomers with tutorials and helpful downloads. Having the right tools and the drive to create is often all you need to get rolling in the indie gaming world these days, but what if you don’t have the right tools? For some, like Adam “Atomic” Saltsman, the solution was to make the tools.”
I’m now regularly contributing to the iPhone coverage over at GamesRadar, so I’ll be posting bits from their iPhone Game of the Day section here and there. This latest installment covers Pizza Boy, a super charming game inspired by the classic Mario titles with a fun pizza-centric twist. Looking for a good platformer that’s tough as nails? Give this one a shot.
I hate doing chores, but failing to get stuff done spurs the wife to increase her volume levels in a not-so-happy way. So I do them. But this pretty rad little iPhone app takes some of the sting out of the grueling tedium that is washing dishes, taking the dog out to pee every 5 minutes, and taking out the garbage/recycling etc. Epic Win lets you earn XP for tackling crappy tasks, and level-ing up your little adventurer dude quickly becomes an addictive incentive to muscle through some lame daily tasks. I had fun with this app. You should check it out…and my review, which can be found at GamesRadar over here.