If an environmentally friendly group of alien programmers had written Angry Birds Space, it might have turned out much like Solar Flux HD ($3.99). Instead of destroying pig domiciles in the far reaches of the universe, you need to heal ailing suns through clever manipulation of your spacecraft.
The game is 226MB in size, so you might want to grab it through iTunes or Wi-Fi. When you start it up, it walks you through the basic tutorial levels to teach you how to control the ship, collect plasma fragments, and use the various gravity effects to score on each level. The game ran pretty well, though it seemed to take longer and longer to load as I progressed.
Wow! That's the word that first comes to mind when trying to describe just how amazing 50 Cent's new SMS Audio Street ANC headphones ($279.95) are.
50 Cent is know for his hardcore gangsta rap and controversial lyrics, as well as some seriously heavy bass lines. Discovered and managed by none other than Eminem himself, 50 Cent has gone on to transcend his rap star status and become a successful actor and businessman as well.
I got a chance to chat with 50 Cent at this year’s CES in Vegas. He was in town promoting his new line of headphones. We didn't get around to talking much about his headphones (it was Vegas after all), but I enjoyed our one on one a great deal, and he did offer to sign an autographed copy of iPhone Life magazine for me. It was only later that I came to realize what an amazing pair of headphones 50 had attached his name to. Look out, Beats by Dre ($299.95), there's a new contender on the block!
Clay Jam (Free) is a game about clay. I'm really not sure what genre you'd classify the game under, but it's different, quirky, and most importantly, fun. There are times when the controls seem a bit unresponsive and some of the challenges definitely live up to the concept of a challenge, yet the overall demeanor of the game is lighthearted and whacky, and every gamer needs a selection or two like it to balance out the "serious" nature that so many modern games take. Games are supposed to help you escape from the real world, and Clay Jam does that quite well.
If I were review this game based solely on its description, it would have been less than favorable. Luckily, that's not what happened. From the moment I opened Avokiddo Emotions ($1.99), it put a smile on my face and I am a 28-year-old man. This app is fun, entertaining, and educational without ever feeling like anything other than a simple, silly game.
As a writer, it excites me to see how words are making a comeback in our society through games. This became apparent when Words with Friends (free) started to dominate the app scene and give Angry Birds ($0.99) a run for its money. While these games are both entertaining and offer unlimited gameplay, the general public is always looking for the next big game that will give them a chance to beat their friends in the public arena. A new game called Wordstop ($0.99) is turning traditional word gameplay on its head and forcing you to master the English language in a unique way.
It’s hard enough creating one substantial game in a series, let alone a franchise that holds up over several iterations. Sprinkle is one example of how to do it right. The original Sprinkle was a surprise and a delight, and Sprinkle Jr. was entertaining, though it sat much better with my 8-year-old son who actually played it through at least three times. Now we have Sprinkle Islands ($1.99), and it looks to be everything the original Sprinkle was to a grander scale. My only grumble so far is that it didn’t do away with the need to play each world completely through to get to the next one.
Warning! These five Icon Pop games will drive you insane. Every day we are surrounded by logos, songs and images. Icon Pop games challenges you to remember what they are when a particular detail of those images is taken away.
Lately I've been more into co-op, multiplayer gaming than ever. Our iDevices (in my case, my iPad mini specifically), have given gamers the flexibility and convenience of engaging in multiplayer mayhem wherever we are, whenever we want, and in a console caliber format. And now, more than ever, there's a plethora of awesome multiplayer games to choose from, where we can engage in competition and challenges with other real-world folk.
A new game, 2013: Infected Wars ($6.99), set to hit the App Store in a couple of weeks, will redefine the co-op battle genre once again as well as what a traditional, console-quality FPS can be.