Apps and Games http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/all en-GB 25 unbelievably good free Windows Phone games http://www.stuff.tv/25-unbelievably-good-free-windows-phone-games/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Got a Windows Phone? Here&#039;s how to give it an injection of fun, without opening your wallet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 25 best free Windows Phone games" alt="The 25 best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-free-windows-phone-games-pako-main.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The great thing about free games is that they&#39;re free. But then the terrible thing about free games is they&#39;re often terrible. But then the other great thing about free games is that you can rely on Stuff to try them out for you.</p> <p dir="ltr">We&#39;ve done exactly that with Windows Phone games, wading through the murkiest depths of the Windows Phone Store in search of gaming pearls. And as luck would have it, we&#39;ve found&nbsp;25 worthy of Stuff recommendation. So here they are.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Age Of Empires: Castle Siege </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The classic Microsoft real-time strategy franchise is reborn on Windows Phone as a city-building affair with combat elements &ndash; in other words, it&#39;s essentially a Clash of Clans-alike. Despite the obvious influence (and move away from the source formula), it&#39;s a solid historical strategy affair meant to fill spare moments in your day as you advance your civilization, battle foes, and hopefully spend no real money.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/age-of-empires-castle-siege/179cc09c-7d37-4281-b85e-602187b7d032">Download Age Of Empires: Castle Siege here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Age Of Empires: Castle Siege" alt="The 25 best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-free-windows-phone-games-age-of-empires-castle-siege.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asphalt 8: Airborne </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Smash your opponents&rsquo; cars into pieces and perform impossible aerial stunts with beautifully rendered vehicles. It&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;ve always dreamed of - handling expensive cars and wrecking them without paying a single cent. You don&#39;t have to pay a single cent for this unrealistic racing game too.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/asphalt-8-airborne/3a9e6a13-433b-495d-879e-d4704fb40703" target="_blank">Download Asphalt 8: Airborne here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="585" height="329" title="Asphalt 8: Airborne" alt="The 25 best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asphalt%208%20Airborne.png?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blitz Brigade </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like most Gameloft games,<em> Blitz Brigade</em> isn&#39;t remarkably original in design: it looks and acts a lot like Valve&#39;s cartoonish <em>Team Fortress 2</em>. But on Windows Phone, it&#39;s easily the best free option around for multiplayer shootouts. The first-person action is smooth and entertaining, and while balance issues come with the freemium territory and you&#39;ll wait to respawn without paying up, <em>Blitz Brigade</em> is still plenty of fun.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/blitz-brigade/27b71b01-1c02-4f05-b67d-1daf08f3812f">Download Blitz Brigade here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Blitz Brigade" alt="The 25 best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-free-windows-phone-games-blitz-brigade.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cold Space </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">In space, no one can hear you scream. But you can sure as hell wreak havoc against aliens with your thumb. Or fingers, whatever floats your boat. This space shoot&rsquo;em up requires nimble fingers to navigate your ship around enemy fire. A quick release of the thumb will trigger an arsenal that includes missiles and bombs, obliterating everything in its path.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/cold-space/866dad4b-e3d9-4103-a572-1bbbdd1f92f8" target="_blank">Download Cold Space here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Cold Space" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cold%20Space.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dungeon Hunter 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Hack. Slash. Gain experience points. Rinse and repeat. Heck, even the plot about you awakening with new powers and finding your kingdom decimated by demons sounds kind of contrived. No sir, not for true fans of dungeon crawlers. It&rsquo;s all about the the loot, and there&rsquo;s so much to go around in this dungeon crawler.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/dungeon-hunter-4/8f8b4298-c9d9-4998-bf97-9d89e7c3e019" target="_blank">Download Dungeon Hunter 4 here</a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature">6 things we love about Windows 10 and 3 we hate</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="585" height="329" title="Dungeon Hunter 4" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dungeon%20Hunter%204.png?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flow Free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Flow free, or die hard. You&rsquo;ll need brain power to make it through this puzzle game. Form a line between two dots of the same colour, and you&rsquo;re good to go. You can&rsquo;t cross the streams, errm, we mean, lines. Crossing them won&#39;t destroy space and time, but it&rsquo;ll break the chain.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/flow-free/c16668b4-ebbf-4eb4-a9c3-a654d7c7acf7">Download Flow Free here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Flow Free" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Flow%20Free.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIFA 14 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For footie fun on the run, <em>FIFA 14</em> certainly does the trick. It&#39;s a remarkably strong rendition of the console favorite, done up with touch controls (or virtual buttons, if you prefer) and a streamlined sensibility. The Ultimate Team mode is included, and lets you build a squad with collectible player cards. Extra modes are available as in-app purchases for the die-hards, but there&#39;s a lot to keep you entertained for free.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/fifa-14/0ed6989b-5cb9-4b70-a58b-536c0dce36b2">Download FIFA 14 here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-free-windows-phone-games-fifa-14.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jetpack Joyride </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Unlike normal jetpacks (OK, jetpacks aren&rsquo;t really normal to begin with), this experimental weapon spews bullets, lasers, rainbows (really?) and unicorns. Nah, we&rsquo;re kidding about the unicorns, though their stabby horns could do some massive damage. Your only mission is to keep Barry Steakfries alive. Mmm, steak fries.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/jetpack-joyride/d5969251-fef6-451d-a224-0613686188a6" target="_blank">Download Jetpack Joyride here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="585" height="329" title="Jetpack Joyride" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jetpack%20Joyride.png?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kingdoms &amp; Lords </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Sire, your kingdom is in need of your wisdom. Plant crops and raise animals to fund your armies. Unleash your fury upon unsuspecting neighbours, who&#39;re your real-life friends on Xbox Live. Be warned, your kingdom will fall if you don&rsquo;t upgrade your buildings and prepare your defenses against vengeful rivals.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/kingdoms-lords/89bb0753-001c-4afe-a267-9c92a34f9c1e" target="_blank">Download Kingdoms &amp; Lords here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="585" height="329" title="Kingdoms &amp; Lords" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kingdoms.png?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Minesweeper </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Nothing gets your adrenaline rushing like a mine, ready to blow if you make one wrong move. The logic game that made you look busy in the office is updated with new graphics and sound. Damn it, our chunky finger just triggered another mine. Better have another go.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/microsoft-minesweeper/c430a852-e19b-43e8-a34e-6c33f7b1df3e" target="_blank">Download Microsoft Minesweeper here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review">Windows Phone 8.1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="548" height="329" title="Microsoft Minesweeper" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Microsoft%20Minesweeper.png?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Solitaire Collection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Admit it, you&rsquo;ve spent countless hours at work, stacking these virtual poker cards and making them dance once you&rsquo;ve completed the stack. The only downside when you&#39;re playing on a Windows Phone: looking like a douchebag when you pay more attention to your phone than your colleagues.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/microsoft-solitaire-collection/282592d5-5c50-496d-921e-b6ef523ad4d9">Download Microsoft Solitaire Collection here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="548" height="329" title="Microsoft Solitaire Collection" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Microsoft%20Solitaire%20Collection.png?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minion Rush </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Bananas. Lots of bananas. And unicorns. There&rsquo;s definitely unicorns in this endless runner featuring the adorable minions from <em>Despicable Me</em>. Did we mention you&rsquo;ll get to use that awesome freeze ray and strap the minions on to a rocket? Please don&rsquo;t report us to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Minions.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/minion-rush/d2be8e72-c22a-43fe-b5e2-addc7481b2d6">Download Minion Rush here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="585" height="329" title="Minion Rush" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Minion%20Rush.png?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heroes of Order &amp; Chaos </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We may never see smash multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games such as <em>League Of Legends</em>&nbsp;and <em>Dota 2</em> on mobile devices, but <em>Heroes Of Order &amp; Chaos </em>does a rather impressive job of mimicking their core appeal. You&#39;ll choose a fantasy hero and set out with online allies in small teams to destroy the opposing squad&#39;s structures and rule the match. It&#39;s tuned for quick sessions, and surprising giving for a free game.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/heroes-of-order-chaos/5f92f517-8f24-4857-a15d-83087f414234">Download Heroes Of Order &amp; Chaos here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Heroes Of Order &amp; Chaos" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-free-windows-phone-games-heroes-of-order-chaos.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pako </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A simple premise, simple controls, and simple aesthetic combine appealingly in <em>Pako</em>, a game about evading police cruisers in a parking lot and a suburban town. You&#39;ll simply steer left and right to keep your car from crashing into the cops, other cars, or buildings, and hitting anything at all ends your attempt &ndash; so the goal is to stay on the lam for as long as possible. And that proves both very tense and very entertaining.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/pako/c35daa9b-e996-4a70-8515-1b36442cd9ea">Download Pako here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Pako" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-free-windows-phone-games-pako.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reaper </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Quench your thirst for blood and slash your way through this cartoonish action role-playing game. Quests? It has plenty. Loot? Lots of it to hoard. Is it free? Well, yes, if you don&rsquo;t intend to pay and unlock the level 10 limit on your character.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/reaper/379ec2dc-bc90-414b-ad40-ba1069600020" target="_blank">Download Reaper here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review">Nokia Lumia Icon review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="585" height="329" title="Reaper" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Reaper.png?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Six-Guns </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Life ain&rsquo;t easy in the wild west, partner. Not when you&#39;re on the run, find yourself in an open world and face countless enemies in this third-person shooter. With eight horses to collect and 19 weapons to add to your inventory of doom, plus other hunting gear which will aid your chances of survival, it should keep you occupied for a while.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/six-guns/339e215b-c002-4a40-9ce6-c2a77adf7b88" target="_blank">Download Six-Guns here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="585" height="329" title="Six-Guns" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Six-Guns.png?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spider-Man Unlimited </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Admittedly, <em>Spider-Man Unlimited </em>is very similar in design and approach to Gameloft&#39;s other licensed behind-the-back runner, <em>Despicable Me: Minion Rush</em>. But that&#39;s a great game itself (and on this list). Plus, Spidey&#39;s version adds a bit of comic flavour and beat-&#39;em-up action to the mix. You&#39;ll run, jump, punch, and even swing through the air as the webhead, and it&#39;s a lot more enjoyable than most comic book games.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/spider-man-unlimited/24f5b889-f7ea-467b-acbb-a2677ca81053">Download Spider-Man Unlimited here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Spider-Man Unlimited" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-free-windows-phone-games-spider-man-unlimited.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SongArc </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">SongArc spins those funky beats on your Windows Phone, turning you into a music machine. Give those fingers a workout, tap those notes and build up the combo for bragging rights. Disclaimer: neither the developers nor us are responsible for your ensuing SongArc addiction.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/songarc/e03d0342-1fb6-45bc-bea9-5ea10c36da0d" target="_blank">Download SongArc here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="548" height="329" title="SongArc" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SongArc_1.png?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Star Wars: Tiny Death Star </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">We hear the Emperor isn&rsquo;t too pleased with the Death Star&rsquo;s progress. Whip those Bitizens and start building the ultimate retail tower in the universe. While you&rsquo;re at it, send those Rebel scum into Imperial levels and make them pay for their crimes against the Galactic Empire.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/star-wars-tiny-death-star/ed04c1b1-f34e-40e0-b997-67cbac8d0ad5" target="_blank">Download Star Wars: Tiny Death Star here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Star Wars: Tiny Death Star" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Star%20Wars%20Tiny%20Death%20Star_1.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Temple Run 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Run. Run as fast as your scrawny little legs can. Because if you don&rsquo;t, you&rsquo;ll be monkey food. This endless runner truly tests your reaction as you swipe to jump across deadly chasms, dive under fiery traps and dodge left or right on those harrowing cliffs of death.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/temple-run-2/6fa921ac-1f29-42e8-9f65-e8da33fcada3" target="_blank">Download Temple Run 2 here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature" target="_blank">30 fantastic free Android games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Temple Run 2" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Temple%20Run%202.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tetris Blitz </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">You snooze, you lose. Literally. If you thought the original <em>Tetris</em> was unforgivingly hard, you&rsquo;ll cry at how punishing <em>Tetris Blitz</em> is. Two minutes. That&rsquo;s all you get to rack up an insane high scores. On the bright side, you get power-ups such as a supercharged laser to wipe out blocks.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/tetris-blitz/806c88c7-528c-4563-9c0a-09ef31f14d61" target="_blank">Download Tetris Blitz here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Tetris Blitz" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Tetris%20Blitz.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-21"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Machine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Surely, it&#39;s not that hard to drip an ink droplet into a hole. Nope, it&rsquo;s difficult as hell given that you have to tap the screen to make the droplet jump through traps, avoid spikes and refill the ink meter to keep it alive. The concept is simple, but the gameplay is as challenging as that of any puzzler out there.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/the-machine/23b0924f-763f-4626-a657-681200971d32" target="_blank">Download The Machine here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="720" title="The Machine" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The%20Machine.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-22"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Sims: FreePlay </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Zu zu! Don&rsquo;t neglect your Sims, they&rsquo;re ready to make new friends or become mortal enemies in this free-to-play life simulator. Go wild and make your Sims do outrageous deeds. Whatever you do, don&rsquo;t get them wet or feed them after midnight. You have been warned. Or is that gremlins we&#39;re thinking of? As you&#39;d expect, it&#39;s nowhere near as full-featured as the desktop and console version, but for a grand total of &pound;0, who&#39;s complaining?&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/the-sims-freeplay/b8deb98f-ccc1-4ca4-96fc-3723940335b5" target="_blank">Download The Sims: FreePlay here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="548" height="329" title="The Sims: FreePlay" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The%20Sims%20Freeplay.png?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-23"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where’s My Water? 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">You don&rsquo;t need a degree in rocket science to give Swampy a bath; just a little ingenuity with the digging. Aim the water in the right direction, avoiding various traps and obstacles, and you&rsquo;ll eventually end up with a clean alligator. Question is, do alligators really need a shower?</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/where-my-water-2/28a3665b-d5c7-4afa-b362-962c2b79e024" target="_blank">Download Where&#39;s My Water? 2 here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Where’s My Water? 2" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Where%27s%20My%20Water%202.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-24"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wordament </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Kids, download this. Searching for hidden words will improve your vocabulary. Great for wordsmiths too, if you&rsquo;re up for a challenge with your friends. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to top the leaderboard and claim your rightful throne as the Lord of Words.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/wordament/c62201b4-e059-e011-854c-00237de2db9e" target="_blank">Download Wordament here</a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: 38 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Wordament" alt="Best free Windows Phone games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wordament.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Top 25 free Windows Phone games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asphalt-8-Airborne.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-unbelievably-good-free-windows-phone-games/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/25-unbelievably-good-free-windows-phone-games/feature#comments Apps and Games Windows Phone games Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:31:34 +0000 Will Findlater 1431857 at http://www.stuff.tv The startup diaries: AppyParking #1 http://www.stuff.tv/appy-parking/startup-diaries-1-appy-parking/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ever wondered what it&#039;s like to be a startup on the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator program? Wonder no more... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1197" height="900" title="The AppyParking team hard at work on the MS Ventures program" alt="The startup diaries #1: AppyParking" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/msv-appyparking-1.jpg?1413813764" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Forget glorified game shows such as <em>The Apprentice</em> - if you really want to see the UK&#39;s finest minds battling it out in search of untold riches, look no further than Microsoft Ventures.</p> <p>Twice a year, the tech giant gathers together a dozen of the most exciting startups for a 12-week Accelerator program in London, offering them mentoring, tech advice and valuable hands-on input as they strive to turn their dreams into reality. Similar programs take place in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Paris, Seattle and Tel Aviv.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Rocket Ship Builders Yard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/84248543" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>&quot;After being on the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Program for nearly six weeks now I&rsquo;ve realised that its name is a bit of an understatement - it should really be called something like &lsquo;Rocket Ship Builders Yard&rsquo;. It&#39;s a place full of incredibly talented people working on kick-ass products that are only going to go one way. Up!</p> <p>&quot;The first few weeks consisted of having our metaphorical babies pulled to pieces by a group of seriously qualified minds. To help heal the wounds we were then handed a group of top-level tech mentors to make sure AppyParking was on the right track. This soon hurt again as we realised we&#39;d wasted five weeks of development time. Fortunately our new direction means the product is going to be able to deliver some seriously challenging parking information.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Goodbye, beans on toast </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;Time at Microsoft Ventures seems to go at the speed of light. Not only are we running around like headless chickens trying to sort out the day-to-day runnings of a startup, we&rsquo;re also attending amazing lectures about everything from branding to storytelling to creating Minimal Viable Products to user-testing techniques to dealing with tax and employment laws. Boring! I hear you say. Me too, until I was told you can claim money back from good old HMRC in the form of glorious Research and Development Tax credits. They literally hand you a golden nugget that gives you a tiny bit more of a lifeline until the good old investors cough up.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Speaking of which we&rsquo;ve just got our first small round of investment in, which has been a huge relief. It means AppyParking is officially looking for talented individuals and I can stop eating beans on toast. Choosing who&rsquo;s going to become part of the team has been fun and full on.&nbsp;Trying to find new recruits with champagne taste and beer money has been a challenge. Luckily we&rsquo;ve had people come forward who really believe in what AppyParking is trying to do and who want to get on board.</p> <p>&quot;The variety of emails and opportunities that land in my mailbox often amazes me, and it&rsquo;s becoming a skill to filter the distractions. A couple of weeks ago we got one we couldn&rsquo;t refuse. Skype wrote to us asking to feature AppyParking in their new commercial. After a moment to check it wasn&rsquo;t a prank email from a mate I responded with a bloody great big YES. You can check out the end result above; obviously I think the best performance came from my dog Gandhi.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;So that&rsquo;s it for now. It&rsquo;s been quite a roller-coaster. Fortunately we&rsquo;re surrounded by 11 other startups that are on the same ride and are equally thrilled, inspired and exhausted. So at least we can share our war stories.&quot;</p> <p><em>Dan Hubert, co-founder,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.appyparking.com/" target="_blank">AppyParking</a></em></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2nnEfB6eqfw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/msv-appyparking-2.jpg?1413813764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/appy-parking/startup-diaries-1-appy-parking/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/appy-parking/startup-diaries-1-appy-parking/news#comments Apps and Games AppyParking Microsoft Ventures Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:58:34 +0000 Marc McLaren 1450255 at http://www.stuff.tv Video is the new text, says Skype Qik http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/video-new-text-says-skype-qik/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New standalone Skype app lets you send short video messages to one or many </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Qik-iphone-1.jpg?1413345856" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you press the record button in Microsoft's shiny new Skype Qik app, you have 42 seconds to record a video message. Choose a contact, hit ‘send’. Boom.</p><p>Choose many contacts, make them into a group, send them all the same message. Boom.&nbsp;</p><p>On the Tube or got no signal? Record and send messages anyway; they’ll go when they can. Boom.&nbsp;</p><p>No time to record a reply to someone’s message? Send one of your pre-recorded Quik Fliks. Boom.&nbsp;</p><p>Never Qik’d a contact before? They’ll get a text with a link to download the app. Pause… Boom.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&rsquo;s outlined the &lsquo;what&rsquo; of this app, but what about the &lsquo;why&rsquo;?&nbsp;</p> <p>Of its main app and service &ndash; and it went to great pains to establish that the two are separate; that &lsquo;Skype&rsquo; stays untouched by this newness &ndash; people mostly approach video calling with a very premeditated attitude.</p> <p>Skype calls are normally planned or regularly scheduled and last, on average, for 45 minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Qik, on the other hand, is designed to be an instant cure for your video messaging fix.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also easier, if you&rsquo;re on the hoof, to record a quick video message than it is to try and trot and type, especially with increasingly larger slabs of smartphone goodness filling up our struggling hands.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Qik-android-1.jpg?1413345856" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Privacy fans will be pleased to hear that each Qik video clip is deleted automatically after two weeks, both on your device and everyone else&#39;s.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can also, at any point, delete a single clip. They&rsquo;re stored locally, and not in the cloud, so no need to worry about l337 hackers wrapping their mitts around your latest video of Mr Tibbles yawning.</p> <p>If you fancy taking it for a spin then you can try out Skype Quik for free on Android, Windows and iOS from today. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">30 of the best free Android apps</a></strong></p> <p><iframe src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" frameborder="0" width="300" height="180"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/s3i_Fss5PuM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/video-new-text-says-skype-qik/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Microsoft Windows Phone apps Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:30:20 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450226 at http://www.stuff.tv The 15 best Windows Phone games right now http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skip the terrible storefront – just search for these WinPho winners </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-windows-phone-8-games-lead.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The main problem with gaming on Windows Phone devices isn&#39;t the hardware (which is generally very good) or the choice (improving all the time) but actually finding the good stuff.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Plants vs. Zombies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Traditional tower defense games often star fantasy knights, sci-fi warriors, or military men. How about some cartoon foliage and their undead opponents instead? <em>Plants vs. Zombies</em> is a casual classic and one of the best genre entries around, putting an accessible spin on the action by leaving you in charge of powered-up plants trying to protect a suburban home. It&#39;s silly, but serious fun for sure.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;1.99</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/plants-vs-zombies/706f822a-a47e-e011-986b-78e7d1fa76f8">Download Plants vs. Zombies here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Plants vs. Zombies" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-plants-vs-zombies.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Asphalt 8: Airborne </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For insane speed, impressive graphics, and no entry fee whatsoever, there&#39;s no better mobile option than Gameloft&#39;s <em>Asphalt 8: Airborne</em>, easily the most accomplished entry in what had previously been a serviceable series. By amping up the action and excitement, not to mention adding a whole lot of graphical polish, <em>Asphalt 8</em> makes it possible to enjoy arcade-style racing thrills wherever you are.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price: &pound;free</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/asphalt-8-airborne/3a9e6a13-433b-495d-879e-d4704fb40703">Download Asphalt 8: Airborne here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Asphalt 8: Airborne" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-asphalt8.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Rayman Fiesta Run </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The recent <em>Rayman</em> console side-scrollers are superb, but they wouldn&#39;t be a good fit for mobile. So rather than tarnish a great thing, Ubisoft built a touch-centric affair using the same stunning graphics but with influence from the auto-runner genre. <em>Rayman Jungle Run</em> was a good start, but follow-up <em>Fiesta Run</em> is truly excellent, delivering tense action, real challenge, and an extensive array of stages to clear.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;1.69</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/rayman-fiesta-run/b83fb9de-2821-4082-bea5-077581b53862">Download Rayman Fiesta Run here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Rayman Fiesta Run" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-rayman.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Halo Spartan Assault </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No, this isn&#39;t the same first-person experience that&#39;s been selling Xbox consoles for more than a decade, but the series&#39; trademark aesthetic transfers surprisingly well to this top-down shooter. Across a couple of dozen bite-sized stages, you&#39;ll blast familiar Covenant creatures, command an array of vehicles, and soak in the great sci-fi universe, albeit in a different kind of format. It&#39;s surprisingly strong.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;3.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/halo-spartan-asslt/8e162189-0baf-431e-966a-0d050eac9aab">Download Halo Spartan Assault here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Halo Spartan Assault" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-halo-spartan-assault.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the greatest and most expansive open-world action games of all time is available on Windows Phone, and even a decade later, <em>Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas</em> is still a blast. Set in the early &#39;90s in Los Angeles, <em>San Andreas</em> finds you navigating a world of gang wars and strife as you cruise the city, explore CJ&#39;s story, and cause mayhem. It&#39;s not perfect with touch controls, but still plenty fun.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;3.99</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/gta-san-andreas/c011568d-1578-4d0a-b1cc-9ab7daf58681">Download Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature">Group test - the best cheap smartphone you can buy</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-grand-theft-auto-san-andreas.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Jetpack Joyride </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Among endless time-wasters, <em>Jetpack Joyride</em> remains one of our absolute favourites. You control a man who&#39;s just stolen a jetpack, which rains down machine gun fire as it soars through the air, and your task is to escape the research facility as missiles and laser traps aim to take you down. There&#39;s no actual way out, of course, but the endless pursuit of a lengthier distance and leaderboard supremacy is irresistible.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price Free</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/jetpack-joyride/d5969251-fef6-451d-a224-0613686188a6">Download Jetpack Joyride here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Jetpack Joyride " alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-jetpack-joyride.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. FIFA 14 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While not as deep as its console counterpart, <em>FIFA 14</em> delivers a strong football experience on the go, with touch controls that let you tap and swipe to dominate the pitch. It&#39;s mainly focused on the Ultimate Team mode, wherein you collect player cards to build a squad, and there&#39;s a lot of fun here for free. <em>FIFA 15</em> has some performance issues on Windows Phone, so stick with last year&#39;s game for now.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price Free</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/fifa-14/0ed6989b-5cb9-4b70-a58b-536c0dce36b2">Download FIFA 14 here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-fifa-14.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Skulls of the Shogun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While no longer exclusive to Windows Phone on the mobile side of things, <em>Skulls Of The Shogun</em> remains an enthralling turn-based tactical strategy affair which sees you pit bands of undead samurai against each other in the afterlife. It&#39;s a rich, complex affair that you can sink a lot of time into, but be prepared for a serious challenge along the way. Also, sadly, it hasn&#39;t been updated in a while, so it looks a bit fuzzy.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;3.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/skulls-of-the-shogun/2152e203-f639-4041-bf4e-f44c34d463fa">Download Skulls Of The Shogun here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Skulls Of The Shogun" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-skulls-of-the-shogun.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. Angry Birds Space </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the original <em>Angry Birds</em> is still the series&#39; best starting point, not to mention packed with fowl-flinging content, we&#39;re rather fond of the sci-fi spinoff, <em>Angry Birds Space</em>. Instead of flat, earthbound terrain, you&#39;re whipping birds around planets and asteroids, and the puzzles that result are largely smart and entertaining. Although if you want a good mix of the series&#39; styles, <em>Angry Birds Star Wars</em> has a bit of each.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;0.79</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/angry-birds/2e36df2b-44be-405d-873a-79fa190c9b35">Download Angry Birds Space here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Angry Birds Space" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-angry-birds.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Machinarium </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Point-and-click adventures transfer well to touch devices, so it&#39;s no surprise that the wonderful indie quest <em>Machinarium</em> is a treat on Windows Phone. It&#39;s largely traditional in style, finding you investigating items in the world to solve brainy puzzles, but the stunning visual design is unlike any other genre entry out there. Grim, funny, and utterly gorgeous, this robot&#39;s journey is a memorable one indeed.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;3.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/machinarium/8c574a5d-d0d4-4383-8fa5-bb13452af643">Download Machinarium here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review">Windows Phone 8.1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Machinarium" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-machinarium.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Fruit Ninja </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the earliest examples of the simple, satisfying thrills of touch screens remains one of the best on Windows Phone, as <em>Fruit Ninja</em> still entertains in small bursts. As ever, you&#39;ll watch as colorful apples, oranges, and other fruit are tossed into view, giving you a moment to slash them and boost your score. Dodging bombs is the key to a successful run, and multiple game modes shake up the action and add longevity.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;0.79</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/fruit-ninja/49c69a08-60fe-df11-9264-00237de2db9e">Download Fruit Ninja here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Fruit Ninja" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-fruit-ninja.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. Into the Dead </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Boarding a helicopter probably seems as good an idea as any when the zombie uprising begins, but what happens when it crash-lands in a field in the middle of nowhere? You run, obviously, and that&#39;s the premise of <em>Into The Dead</em>. It puts a tense first-person spin on the endless runner genre, challenging you to dodge undead attackers for as long as you can, with weapons and other perks helping your cause.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;0.79</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/into-the-dead/68c48bee-64f4-420c-b34a-504a5faab67b">Download Into the Dead here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Into the Dead" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-into-the-dead.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While an unabashed &quot;tribute&quot; to <em>Call Of Duty</em>, Gameloft&#39;s <em>Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour</em> nonetheless offers terrific online multiplayer fun with sterling production values - well, for a mobile game, at least. The campaign offers solid enjoyment too, but it&#39;s in the online showdowns that the game really shines. <em>Zero Hour</em> is the better overall package, but the newer <em>Modern Combat 5</em> is a solid substitute.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;4.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/modern-combat-4/0cb4e588-5759-4150-bef0-6866345fa26b">Download Modern Combat 4 here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Modern Combat 4" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-modern-combat-4.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14. Temple Run 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With more than a billion downloads under its belt, chances are that you&#39;ve played the <em>Temple Run </em>series at some point. If not, well, there&#39;s a rather good reason why it&#39;s so popular: it&#39;s a lot of fun, and it&#39;s totally free. This behind-the-back endless runner channels Indiana Jones as it sends you scurrying away from monsters along winding paths. Swipes help you survive, but the pace picks up very quickly.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;free</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/temple-run-2/6fa921ac-1f29-42e8-9f65-e8da33fcada3">Download Temple Run 2 here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Temple Run 2" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-temple-run-2.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15. Terraria </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ll surely get <em>Minecraft</em> on Windows Phone soon, now that Microsoft owns Mojang, but until then, <em>Terraria</em> proves a very good substitute. It&#39;s basically the 2D version of <em>Minecraft</em>, letting you dig into the earth to find resources and treasure &ndash; but also quite a bit more. Wild bosses and weird locales are found underground, plus you can build elaborate structures on the surface. Either way, it&#39;s engrossing.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;3.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/terraria/75cbb8bb-5f30-4efc-9040-de2ee228c838">Download Terraria here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-930/nokia-lumia-930/review">Nokia Lumia 930 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Terraria" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-terraria.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature#comments Apps and Games Windows Phone Windows Phone games Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:19:00 +0000 Marc McLaren 1449885 at http://www.stuff.tv Alien: Isolation http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally, the iconic movie monster gets the terrifying game it deserves </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="705" title="At home, everyone can hear you scream" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alien-isolation-alien_2.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Survival horror games, it seems, are back in fashion. Whether it&rsquo;s poking around abandoned asylums in indie hit&nbsp;<em>Outlast</em>, treading carefully through the same stretch of corridor again and again only to be suddenly stopped in your tracks by something horrendous in&nbsp;<em>Silent Hills</em>&rsquo; playable teaser, or confronting the restless dead head-on in the upcoming&nbsp;<em>The Evil Within</em>, it&rsquo;s clear gamers get a big kick out of feeling powerless, weak and very, very scared.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £55.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scary as hell </div> <div class="field-item even"> Beautifully realised environments </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellent atmosphere and music </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mean save point distribution </div> <div class="field-item even"> Unforgiving alien A.I. </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Setting: Keeping it in the family </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;you play as Amanda Ripley, daughter of the&nbsp;<em>Alien</em>&nbsp;movies&rsquo; protagonist Ellen &quot;Sigourney Weaver&quot; Ripley. It&rsquo;s 15 years after the Nostromo and its entire crew went missing, and Amanda is looking for answers &ndash; or at least some sort of closure surrounding her mother&rsquo;s disappearance. When the Nostromo&rsquo;s flight recorder is apparently found and taken to Sevastopol, a deep space station, Amanda is among the team sent to retrieve it. And that&rsquo;s where the frights begin.</p> <p>Sevastopol is arguably the game&rsquo;s best-drawn and compelling character. A decaying city orbiting a gas giant, it&rsquo;s in a state of total chaos when you arrive &ndash; and that&rsquo;s not entirely the fault of the titular xenomorph stalking the hallways and air ducts. The second-rate corporation running the station has mismanaged things terribly, leaving a capricious A.I. in charge of the whole shebang, half the areas locked down and murderous rubber-skinned androids called Working Joes wandering the corridors. There are also a few dozen human survivors on board, some of whom are friendly towards Ripley, most of whom are not.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sevastopol Station is brilliant realised " alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-sevastopol_0.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 
Gameplay: Hide and seek </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After an accident separates you from your companions, you&rsquo;re able to explore this gloomy, crumbling space citadel relatively unchallenged for an hour or so &ndash; and it&rsquo;s at this point that the majority of the game&rsquo;s systems and controls are introduced to you. And a lot of them revolve around stealth.</p> <p>While weapons are available in the game, your best chance of survival is to move slowly and methodically and to stay quiet. And when a potential threat is in the area, you&rsquo;re rarely far from a place to hide: a locker, a cupboard, under a desk, in an air vent. You wait until whatever&rsquo;s walking around moves on and then you do likewise.</p> <p>Sounds simple enough, and when you&rsquo;re hiding from humans and Working Joes it pretty much is. But when the alien comes into play, things get really tricky and really bloody scary. 99 percent of the creature&rsquo;s behaviour isn&rsquo;t scripted, you see &ndash; it&rsquo;s driven instead by an advanced A.I. system that responds to sound, movement and changes in light. It actually hunts you, and when it&rsquo;s nearby you never, ever feel safe.</p> <p>Turns out aliens have really good hearing. Make a noise above a whisper and, if it&rsquo;s lurking nearby, it&rsquo;ll come and investigate. And if it spots you, you&rsquo;re almost certainly done for. Weapons are largely ineffective (later on you can make it run away by blasting it with a flamethrower, but it&rsquo;ll be back soon and it&rsquo;ll be angrier than before) and your chances of outrunning it over open ground are zero.</p> <p>And, thanks to the game&rsquo;s maddening manual save system (you can save only at certain terminals) death could mean replaying the last fifteen minutes of buttock-clenching terror. So you really, really don&rsquo;t want to die.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="If you see the alien this close, you&#039;ve probably had it" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-alien-rushing_0.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Ripley&#039;s a tough cookie, but Sevastopol will kill her/you many, many times" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-amanda-ripley_0.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Survivor Mode </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;doesn&rsquo;t have a multiplayer mode, but there&rsquo;s still stuff to tackle once you&rsquo;ve polished off the main campaign (which could well take you a good 15-20 hours &ndash; it&rsquo;s tough and lengthy). Developer The Creative Assembly has included Survivor Mode, a series of small timed challenges in which you&rsquo;re placed in close proximity to the creature and given a goal. Essentially, it distils the main game&rsquo;s tenser sections into tiny replayable chunks.</p> <p>There are also two pieces of DLC available at launch (neither of which we&rsquo;ve had time to take on yet). Both are set during the 1979&nbsp;<em>Alien</em>&nbsp;movie and both feature the vocal talents of much of that film&rsquo;s original cast, including Sigourney Weaver.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tools of the trade </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Thankfully, you have access to some useful stuff that can tip the odds in your favour. First and foremost there&rsquo;s the trusty motion tracker, which can be brought up at any time to check if there&rsquo;s anyone or anything moving about nearby. It&rsquo;ll show the distance and direction of the contact, giving you precious time to decide if it&rsquo;s worth continuing on your journey or cowering in someone&rsquo;s clothes locker for the next five minutes.</p> <p>Ripley is an engineer by trade and can also craft objects and improvised weapons. Things like flashbangs and noise-making devices can be used to distract, while Molotov cocktails will kill humans and repel the alien. You can even create a noise to attract the alien and have it deal with a roomful of hostile humans for you.</p> <p>Finally, you have your ears, which are often the best way to avoid the alien. The motion tracker, you see, makes noise that can be heard by enemies that are very close, so when you&rsquo;re in a locker with the alien inches away, bringing it up can alert it to your presence. Cue the door ripped off the locker and your face treated to a French kiss, xenomorph-style. This is a game where a good set of headphones can save your skin.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The motion tracker will be your most-used item" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-working-joe_0.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Finding objects allows you to craft items and equipment" alt="Alien: Isolation reviewv" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-crafting_0.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How scary is it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s been a long time since I played a game as intense as&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>. The lighting, sound effects and music build up a gripping atmosphere of dread long before the creature makes its first appearance, and once it does things move up another gear. The game&rsquo;s musical score reacts to events, so when the alien is hunting you down and you&rsquo;re crouched under a desk three feet away you&rsquo;re living the full horror movie experience. It&rsquo;s actually a pretty draining game to play, and I often found myself having to take a break after another lengthy, tense game of cat-and-mouse in the corridors ended with my gruesome and sudden death.</p> <p>Which brings us to difficulty. The aforementioned save system is, to be frank, a total bastard. I understand why the developers have used it &ndash; if you could save every 30 seconds tension goes right out the window (or airlock) &ndash; but the scarcity of save points means you&rsquo;ll often find yourself having to replay long sections over and over, each time enduring several tricky encounters. While this succeeds in cranking up the tension and making you want to survive, it can also be demoralising to know you&rsquo;ve got to go through the same fifteen minutes over and over until you somehow catch a break and avoid having the alien rip your innards out or a dead-eyed android beat you to a pulp.</p> <p>The alien&rsquo;s A.I. makes it truly unpredictable. Which is highly impressive from a technical point-of-view, but it also ramps up the difficulty, because sometimes it&rsquo;ll drop from a vent right in front of you when you&rsquo;ve seemingly done nothing to attract it &ndash; and that feels unfair after you&rsquo;ve spent half an hour inching through ducts to get around it.</p> <p>I should mention here that I played the game on its hard setting, as recommended by the developers for the &ldquo;real&rdquo;&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;experience. And it certainly is an experience I won&rsquo;t forget in a hurry &ndash; mainly for the right reasons (white-knuckle terror, relief as you finally make it to a save point) but also partly for the sheer frustration and difficulty of the damn thing. Gamers light on time or patience may want to settle for one of the lower difficulties.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/w_eJd42AxM4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alien: Isolation verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There have been many games based on the&nbsp;<em>Alien</em>&nbsp;series over the years, but&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;is the first that truly does justice to the original movie. Eschewing balls-out action for dread, terror and a feeling of utter powerlessness in the face of a perfect killing machine, this game will scare the pants off of you again and again and make you feel intense relief simply at having made it through a tricky section.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll also frustrate you and push your patience to the limits, which means that it won&rsquo;t appeal to everyone. If you&rsquo;re used to being handheld through first-person shooters, you&rsquo;ll find&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;to be a markedly different experience.</p> <p>In some ways, we welcome that: it&rsquo;s not often you play a game that demands this much concentration to play. It&rsquo;s healthy to be challenged, and it&#39;s rewarding when you finally triumph. But because it&rsquo;s such an intense experience, you may feel that it&rsquo;s not always enjoyable. Me? I mostly loved it. Mostly.</p> <p><em>Version reviewed: PlayStation 4</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="The alien is one of the smartest foes we&#039;ve faced in a game" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-end_0.jpg?1414059242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fraught, involving and intense, it&rsquo;s the game the Alien series deserves</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alien: Isolation review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:19:21 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435505 at http://www.stuff.tv I Want To Live Forever http://www.stuff.tv/i-wanna-live-forever/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Five weird, wonderful, and downright creepy web apps to keep your online presence ticking after death </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Grim. Reaping." alt="apps to keep you alive after death" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/grim-reaper-main_0.jpg?1412848064" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As people commit increasing chunks of their lives to the cloud, and share the most mundane actvities to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, our online footprint is larger than ever.</p> <p>But as humans and social media run on very different lifespans, the question persists: what happens to your online presence when your die? Do you turn your facebook page into a memorial site? Arrange for your Twitter account to be deleted? Hope that family members will wipe your browsing history?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/emily-p-burt" title="View user profile.">Emily P Burt</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> To Loved Ones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Official Line: &lsquo;Delivering your words when they need them most&rsquo; </strong></p> <p>Are you that person who always has to have the last word? Well, you&rsquo;re in luck - because nowadays, apps that release &lsquo;farewell&rsquo; messages in the event of your demise are ten a penny. <a href="https://tolovedones.com/">To Loved Ones</a> is a letter website which has an edge - it allows users to plan far into the future for their letter delivery date.</p> <p>You could write letters for your best friend&rsquo;s birthday, or the arrival of your first grandchild. In the event of your death, the website will handle the delivery of your letters. Upon enrolling, the site asks for your date of birth and social security number. With this info, To Loved Ones claims it can track your date of death with &lsquo;95% accuracy&rsquo; (although I did spot an &lsquo;I&rsquo;m Not Dead&rsquo; button on the FAQ page).&nbsp;Thus, you can rest easy, safe in the knowledge that you can freak out your nearest and dearest by dropping them a line whenever they least expect it. </p> <p>Basic membership guarantees an annual record-scan for your death, with the first letter costing US$15, and US$10 for every subsequent missive.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="To Loved Ones" alt="apps to keep you alive after death" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/to-loved-ones.jpg?1412848064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> IfIDie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Official Line: &lsquo;What will you leave behind?&rsquo; </strong></p> <p>Since Facebook was founded in 2004, more than 300,000 of its users have kicked the bucket. Curently the website has an option for your profile to be turned into a memorial page, but if you fancy making more of a &lsquo;scene&rsquo;, there&rsquo;s an app for that.</p> <p><a href="http://ifidie.net/">IfIDie</a> is the Facebook app for your last words. Users record their last missives on a webcam, selecting trustees to report their death. If you die, your last message video (which can be up to three minutes long) will be published on your Facebook wall.</p> <p>The app&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdzCELofGgE">&#39;adorable&#39; animated ad</a> suggests you leave &lsquo;a big farewell, a favourite joke, a long-kept secret&rsquo;... It&rsquo;s cute, but definitely lacks the spontaneity of &ldquo;either this wallpaper goes or I do.&rdquo;</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t fancy your last words being made available to your 500+ strong list of &lsquo;friends&rsquo;, you can upgrade to a personal account which will let you send private messages. But if a public finale is exactly up your street, the app also boasts a special add-on called IfIDie1st, which promises a &lsquo;once in a deathtime chance to world fame&rsquo;.</p> <p>The first IfIDie1st user to kick the bucket will achieve &lsquo;immortality&rsquo; by having their final message published on <a href="http://mashable.com/">Mashable</a>, as well as several international news channels. So far the app has 240,928 registered users. Just make sure you&rsquo;re uploading an appropriate heartfelt sentiment, as opposed to that failed <em>X-Factor</em> audition tape.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="IfIDie" alt="apps to keep you alive after death" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-2_4.jpg?1412848064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LivesOn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Official Line: &#39;When your heart stops beating, you&#39;ll keep tweeting&#39;. </strong></p> <p>Inspired by <em>Black Mirror</em> episode &lsquo;Be Right Back&rsquo;, <a href="http://liveson.org/connect.php">LivesOn</a> was launched in 2013.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a harmless-looking AI app that, once you&rsquo;ve granted it access to your Twitter feed, begins observing and mimicking your tweeting habits. Initially these are just a hodgepodge of your own tweets, mashed together in a nonsensical format: &quot;I wasn&#39;t going to be carried inside. I&#39;m an owner, not a butler. #EmilyPBurt @_LivesOn.&quot;</p> <p>But beyond parroting your tweets back at you, the LivesOn feed keeps tabs on the sort of websites you enjoy visiting, your turn of phrase, and the hashtags you use. With this info, over time, the app begins generating coherent imitation tweets. The idea is that (having interacted with the app for many years) when a user eventually shuffles loose the mortal coil, a trustee will then be given the option of sending their LivesOn feed &lsquo;live&rsquo;. Your AI self will then be able to tweet on your behalf, to your friends, family, and generally into the void, forever.</p> <p>The app currently has 500 beta participents, and is undergoing further development. Are you feeling creeped out yet? You should be. #TweetbeyondtheGrave.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LivesOn" alt="apps to keep you alive after death" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twitter-liveson.jpg?1412848064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AfterNote </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Official Line: &lsquo;Share moments. Be part of Afternote.&rsquo; </strong></p> <p>As eternity websites go, <a href="https://www.afternote.com/">AfterNote</a> is pretty tame. It&rsquo;s a Facebook for the afterlife: an online database where you can preserve stories, pictures and videos. You can also write up bucket lists, make arrangements for your funeral (isn&#39;t funeral music one of those odd things that everyone seems to have an opinion on?), and organise your &lsquo;digital legacy&rsquo; by detailing which social media profiles you&rsquo;d like preserved or deleted.</p> <p>This is actually a very useful tool; and it&#39;s an aspect many of these Modern Immortal websites are missing. The help page has an index that details what action each of the main social media websites will take in the event of your death, unless otherwise specified. All in all, AfterNote is probably one of the best websites out there in terms of usefulness over gimmick.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s worth noting that for the app to work, users will need a trustee, who is also required to hold an account. It&#39;ll be the trustee&#39;s job to carry out the deceased&rsquo;s wishes at their discretion - although AfterNote reminds users that any requests or wishes they post on the website will not be considered legally binding: so don&rsquo;t go burning your last Will and Testament in favour of it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Afternote" alt="apps to keep you alive after death" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/after-note.jpg?1412848064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LifeNaut </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Official Line: &lsquo;Eternalize.&rsquo; </strong></p> <p>Top marks for creepiness in the eternity game go to <a href="http://www.lifenaut.com">LifeNaut</a>.</p> <p>An American website launched in 2010, LifeNaut claims it is &lsquo;in it for the long game&rsquo;. Quite right too, as it holds some pretty lofty ambitions. Upon signing up to the site, users create an online avatar, and are encouraged to upload photos, stories, plans, and memories. This information is saved in what LifeNaut calls a &lsquo;MindFile&rsquo;. So far so average. But wait - they also give users the option to create a <a href="http://www.lifenaut.com/learn-more-bio/">BioFile</a>.</p> <p>To sign up for a BioFile, LifeNaut sends users a little package of mouthwash, to gargle and return at their lesiure. Then, they extract a sample of your DNA and cryogenically freeze it to keep it preserved until such a time as human cloning might become a reality. At which point they raise a copy of you from the grave using your BioFile, and download your MindFile on to the replicant, &lsquo;enabling you to live on indefinitely&rsquo;. Obviously.</p> <p>The website suggests a donation of around the US$400 mark for this pleasure, to cover the costs of their cryogenic equipment or something. Yes it&rsquo;s is a real thing. LifeNaut are deeply committed to taking our posthumous presence to the next level, and are always looking for new MindFile volunteers. Either that, or they&rsquo;re just collecting used mouthwash samples for the hell of it. Which in itself raises a few questions. Either way, the afterlife is here: and it&#39;s tasting minty fresh.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/five-analogue-things-digital-tried-and-failed-kill/feature">Five analogue things that digital tried and failed to kill</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LifeNaut" alt="apps to keep you alive after death" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lifenaut.jpg?1412848064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The digital afterlife </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keep your online presence ticking after you die </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/i-wanna-live-forever/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/i-wanna-live-forever/feature#comments Apps and Games Sat, 04 Oct 2014 08:14:26 +0000 Emily P Burt 1445515 at http://www.stuff.tv Six of the best sleep apps http://www.stuff.tv/android/six-best-sleep-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Speed up your journey to the land of Nod with these soporific apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Six of the best sleep apps" alt="Six of the best sleep apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sleep-apps.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sleep: we spend a third of our lives doing it, but most of us just do what comes naturally, and hope for the best.</p> <p>Well, that&#39;s not the Stuff way. We have apps and gadgets for our waking hours, so why not turn to technology to improve the quality of our snoozes? We&#39;ve rounded up six apps that promise to do just that.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Twilight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The creators of this app claim that blasting your retinas with the blue-white light from your smartphone screen interferes with your body&rsquo;s melatonin production, preventing you from getting a full night&#39;s sleep. Twilight gradually shifts the colour temperature of your smartphone screen into the red end of the spectrum as the sun sets, making it easier on the eyes.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong> Android <strong>Price:</strong> &pound;Free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux" target="_blank">Download Twilight here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="659" height="372" title="Twilight" alt="Twilight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twilight-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are many sleep-inducing hypnosis apps out there, but Andrew Johnson&#39;s Scots burr makes this one the most soporific of all, gently wafting you into the arms of Morpheus using breathing exercises and guided meditation.</p> <p>iOS users may also want to try his <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/infinite-relaxation/id460610625?mt=8" target="_blank">Infinite Relaxation</a>&nbsp;app, which mixes and matches audio tracks to give you a different experience each time you use it.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong> iOS, Android <strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;1.89 (Android), &pound;1.99 (iOS)</p> <p><strong>Download Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/deep-sleep-andrew-johnson/id337349999?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hivebrain.andrewjohnson.deepsleep" target="_blank">Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson" alt="Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/deep-sleep-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you find falling water restful, this nature sounds app is the one for you. It provides you with every conceivable sort of rain you could imagine, from city rain to rain in a tent and full-blown downpours.</p> <p>You can also dial up other noises to help you nod off; including blizzards, crackling fire &ndash; and, oddly, home appliances. To each their own.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong> iOS <strong>Price: </strong>&pound;Free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/rain-rain-sleep-sounds/id478687481?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds" alt="Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rain-rain-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This app turns your smartphone into a full-blown sleep tracker; stick it under your sheets and the app uses its accelerometer to track your sleep patterns. As well as showing you how well you slept, it&#39;ll also let you set an alarm that wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase in the morning &ndash; you&#39;ll be positively bounding out of bed.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform: </strong>iOS, Android <strong>Price:</strong> &pound;0.69 (iOS), &pound;0.99 (Android)</p> <p><strong>Download Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sleep-cycle-alarm-clock/id320606217?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.northcube.sleepcycle&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock" alt="Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sleep-cycle-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Relax and Sleep II </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This soundboard app lets you pick and choose from a selection of relaxing noises, building up your own sleep-inducing soundscape. Some of them are obvious &ndash; summer rain, whale song and so forth. Others are downright baffling; the combo of beating heart, creaking rocking chair and music box surely belongs on the soundtrack to a horror film.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform: </strong>Android<strong> Price: </strong>&pound;Free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mizusoft.relaxandsleeptwo" target="_blank">Download Relax and Sleep II here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Relax and Sleep II" alt="Relax and Sleep II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/relax-and-sleep-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pzizz Sleep </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This sleep app uses a combination of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and binaural beats &ndash; two tones of different frequencies, one played into each ear &ndash; to help you drift off. Each time you use the app, the soundtrack&#39;s different &ndash; so you won&#39;t become over-familiar with the track and end up focusing on what&#39;s coming up next.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform: </strong>iOS<strong> Price: </strong>&pound;2.99</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pzizz-sleep/id341324632?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Pzizz Sleep here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-video-editing-apps/feature" target="_blank">Six of the best video editing apps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pzizz Sleep" alt="Pzizz Sleep" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pzizz-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/six-best-sleep-apps/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/six-best-sleep-apps/feature#comments Android Android apps Apps and Games iOS iOS apps Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:23:39 +0000 Stephen Graves 1448481 at http://www.stuff.tv BioShock iOS http://www.stuff.tv/bioshock-ios/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The classic shooter doesn&#039;t transition perfectly to mobile, but portable blemishes can&#039;t kill its brilliant core </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Remember it on the 360? " alt="BioShock iOS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/screen6.PNG?1413970247" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Any gamer who played the original BioShock on Xbox 360 will still recall exploring the depths&nbsp;of its underwater fantasy setting, tensing up at the brash Big Daddy showdowns,&nbsp;and soaking in an eerie atmosphere unlike anything else. Would&nbsp;someone coming to the game fresh today have that same kind of memorable&nbsp;experience on a 4in touchscreen?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £10.49 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s BioShock on the go </div> <div class="field-item even"> Amazing, distinctive art design </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Still a gripping campaign </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Muddier visuals </div> <div class="field-item even"> Touch controls not ideal </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tripped up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The lack of physical inputs on iOS devices means that big changes are needed to&nbsp;adapt BioShock for the platform; thus, a virtual stick and buttons. By and large, it&nbsp;does the trick. The buttons for your firearms and Plasmid power attacks match the&nbsp;overall aesthetic well, and are nicely laid out for you to swap attacks and deal with&nbsp;myriad threats.&nbsp;</p> <p>But there&#39;s a clumsiness that comes when playing a shooter when all the inputs you&nbsp;need aren&#39;t resting right below a thumb or finger, and here, slowed reactions are&nbsp;bound to get you killed unnecessarily at some point. Luckily, BioShock supports MFi&nbsp;controllers, and it&#39;s definitely the way to play. Get a gamepad with dual analog sticks&nbsp;and you&#39;ll be right back in the thick of things with a real console-like experience,&nbsp;aside from the occasional need to tap the screen for something not mapped to a&nbsp;button.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moga-ace-power-first-official-iphone-games-controller/review">Moga Ace Power controller review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Big changes afoot in this FPS " alt="BioShock iOS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen1.PNG?1413970247" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2048" height="1536" title="A certain clumsiness " alt="BioShock iOS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen2.PNG?1413970247" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dazzling, but diminished </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even as an early last-gen release, BioShock remains one of the most stunning games we&#39;ve ever played, due largely to its tremendous art design. The submerged city bursts to life with mid-century architecture and aesthetics, with plenty of neon spritzed throughout and incredible atmosphere built throughout its hugely diverse settings.&nbsp;But despite requiring a very recent iPhone or iPad, BioShock sadly looks ragged in its iOS incarnation. </p> <p>The models all have rough edges, many textures in the world are muddled, and lighting issues abound. The great original work isn&#39;t lost, but it&#39;s a bit more difficult to appreciate this amazingly rich setting. Perhaps the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-air-2-reportedly-out-october-without-new-ipad-mini-alongside/news">new iPad Air </a>will provide the muscle needed to fix the visual deficiencies.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Dazzling but diminished " alt="BioShock iOS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen5.PNG?1413970247" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2048" height="1536" title="Mid century aesthetics " alt="BioShock iOS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen4.PNG?1413970247" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="2048" height="1536" title="Visuals as stunning as this need muscle " alt="BioShock iOS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen11.PNG?1413970247" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BioShock iOS Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>BioShock has been available for seven years now, so it&#39;s not difficult to find cheaply for Xbox 360, PC, or PlayStation 3. And indeed, every other version of the game is more polished and precise than the iOS one, so if you have a decent computer or a last-gen console, that&#39;s absolutely the place to play it.</p> <p>But phones and tablets are turning more and more players onto games than ever before, and if it&#39;s your platform of choice, you&#39;ll feel no shame playing this rendition of BioShock. It&#39;s still a tremendous single-player shooter experience &mdash; one that&#39;s solidly enjoyable with touch controls, but truly great with a gamepad.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week">Apps and games reviews&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="You will feel no shame playing this rendition of BioShock" alt="BioShock iOS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen3.PNG?1413970247" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s not as slick as on other platforms, but BioShock&#39;s fantastic narrative-driven&nbsp;experience still shines through on iOS</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BioShock iOS review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen1_0.PNG?1413970247" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bioshock-ios/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bioshock-ios/review#comments App of the Week Apps and Games iOS Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:52:10 +0000 Sophie Charara 1448641 at http://www.stuff.tv Google's augmented reality Ingress game now lets you play and create custom missions http://www.stuff.tv/googles-augmented-reality-ingress-game-now-lets-you-play-and-create-custom-missions/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spice up your commute by capturing virtual portals on the way to the office </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Ingress gives you more reason to play with new user-generated missions" alt="Ingress gives you more reason to play with new user-generated missions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ingress_portal.jpg?1411727535" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ingress is an augmented reality game which lets you choose&nbsp;between two factions - the Enlightened and the Resistance - who battle to control territories marked by &#39;portals&#39;, and it&#39;s just been updated with missions.</p> <p>The portals themselves are normally monuments, sculptures or other public areas of interest, and you&#39;ll have to walk around to hack the opposition&#39;s portals and claim them as your own.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/googles-augmented-reality-ingress-game-now-lets-you-play-and-create-custom-missions/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/googles-augmented-reality-ingress-game-now-lets-you-play-and-create-custom-missions/news#comments Android apps Android games Apps and Games Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:32:16 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1448634 at http://www.stuff.tv iPhone 6, iOS 8 and Apple Watch: how your apps will evolve http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-makers-iphone-6-ios-8-and-apple-watch/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We talk to the app makers to find out how Apple’s new kit and mobile OS will impact on the apps and games you love </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1024" height="768" title="apps" alt="The app makers on iPhone 6, iOS 8 and the Apple Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/dev-lead.png?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8</a> are all big steps forward for Apple. But hardware is nothing without software; even iOS 8 is really only a foundation for the playground in which app and game developers frolic.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The big screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s</a> display boasts a screen&nbsp;resolution of&nbsp;1136 x 640, but both of Apple&rsquo;s new iPhones have larger screens and more pixels to play with: 1334 x 750 for the iPhone 6 and 1920 x 1080 for the iPhone 6 Plus. Existing apps zoom to fill these extra pixels, making use of iOS 8&rsquo;s scaling capabilities, but developers are looking forward to reworking their apps to fully take advantage of the extra space.</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodiware.com">Good.iWare</a> CEO Yuri Selukoff says &ldquo;the larger the screen, the better it is for reading&rdquo;, and hopes people with new Apple devices will &ldquo;spend more time reading and annotating documents, which means more possibilities for apps like GoodReader&rdquo;. Mike Ferenduros, creator of iPad comic reader <a href="http://chunkyreader.com">Chunky</a>, says the new devices are &ldquo;enough to push me into finally making my app universal, simply because bigger screens turn the new iPhones into better comic readers&rdquo;. Elsewhere, <a href="http://splashdata.com">SplashData</a> CEO Morgan Slain sees a new lease of life for the many productivity apps that use list-based interfaces: &ldquo;Extra pixels help you deliver more user records at once, saving people time and effort in scrolling and searching.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> <p>According to developer <a href="http://splendid-things.co.uk">Benjohn Barnes</a>, people with multiple iOS devices will start to see &ldquo;smoother transitions from &lsquo;phone&rsquo; to &lsquo;tablet&rsquo;&rdquo;, when it comes to apps. Developer frameworks now define the similarities between devices, instead of considering them entirely separate units. This is already apparent with the iPhone 6 Plus, which in landscape boasts a two-column display in Apple&rsquo;s apps - something third-parties are sure to mimic.</p> <p>From a developer standpoint, this means more work, which could potentially impact on app updates and pricing. However, developer <a href="http://www.lukeredpath.co.uk">Luke Redpath</a> called this a &ldquo;wake-up call&rdquo;, arguing developers should be using resolution-independent graphics and auto-layout capabilities as the number of available devices proliferates. <a href="http://www.pcalc.com">PCalc</a> creator James Thomson adds that although Apple omitted talking about the specifics of its new devices at WWDC 2014 in June, it was possible to read between the lines regarding imminent larger iPhones &ldquo;and possibly bigger iPads with a split-screen option&rdquo;.</p> <p>The message, he says, was &ldquo;don&rsquo;t assume screen sizes are fixed any more&rdquo;. While demanding a shift in approach and extra work for developers in the short term, embracing Apple&rsquo;s new thinking will, argues Thomson, &ldquo;make apps more flexible&rdquo;; he reckons if Apple came out with a 7in iPhone tomorrow, his PCalc app would already adapt with no extra work.</p> <p>Panic&rsquo;s <a href="http://mrgan.tumblr.com">Neven Mrgan</a> also enthuses about the manner in which Apple has provided guidance and tools, but complains that the rest of a developer&rsquo;s toolkit is lagging: &ldquo;Design apps need to start helping out by natively supporting concepts such as adaptive UI or even multiple canvas sizes that reuse basic elements. Little pieces of functionality are trickling in, but we still have to do a lot of manual hacking to design for all the different iOS devices.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="600" title="display" alt="display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/display_0.jpg?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Playing the game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mrgan notes he&rsquo;s spent 15 years sweating over pixel precision, following the idea that a good designer must arrange everything just so. But techniques need revising now the iPhone&rsquo;s moving towards extremely high-resolution screens, flexible viewport sizes and scaled graphics. Games creator <a href="http://pixelsontoast.com">Kevin Ng</a> wonders how developers of retro-style pixellated games like Wayward Souls will now fare, since they relied on whole-number scaling to blow imagery up in a manner that always remained sharp. &ldquo;Their choice is now whether to allow fuzzy edges or crop the game world on certain devices, which could give unfair advantages to some players in multiplayer,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p>Elsewhere, though, developers see few problems regarding bringing games to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Ng notes the screens are still 16:9, like the one on the iPhone 5 and 5s, meaning interfaces can remain largely the same, bar minor adjustments for &lsquo;thumb reach&rsquo; and textures. He also dismisses any notion iOS has turned into something like Android for games creation, and even suggests Android has <em>benefitted</em> iOS developers: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had to deal with Android&rsquo;s many resolutions for years, which has forced games designers to start thinking in a resolution-agnostic manner. Because of this, many games should work fine out of the box with the new iPhones.&rdquo; Games developer <a href="http://www.aeiowu.com">Greg Wohlwend</a> adds that this also works in reverse: &ldquo;If you make a game and it does well, you&rsquo;ll want it to work on everything. So starting with a more flexible output in mind will help minimise headaches when porting to new systems.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8 review</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.revolution60.com">Giant Spacekat</a> head of development Brianna Wu is also extremely positive about the potential for games on the new iPhones. She similarly dismisses Android comparisons &mdash; &ldquo;The problem there isn&rsquo;t so much screen sizes as dealing with all the different hardware&rdquo; &mdash;&nbsp;and reckons games are &ldquo;simply more fun to play on a bigger screen&rdquo;. She wonders whether larger iPhones could impact on Vita sales, and notes that Apple&rsquo;s Metal technology could be transformative to mobile gaming.</p> <p>&ldquo;Metal&rsquo;s going to let gaming on your iPad and iPhone look closer to games on a console. Those things that really make you go &quot;WOW!&quot; when you play a PS4 game is what Metal lets devs do better than ever before, solving limitations regarding particle effects and transparency,&rdquo; she explains. &ldquo;My belief is because of Metal you&rsquo;re going to see way more games on consoles ported specifically to iOS, because they&rsquo;ll simply run better now.&rdquo; Wu notes that Metal is also something that could impact on Android, because the sheer fragmentation of hardware and software makes a similar system on that platform practically impossible to implement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="416" title="gaming" alt="gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gaming_0.jpg?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Building extensions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beyond the screen, it&rsquo;s iOS&rsquo;s newfound extensibility that has developers excited. Previously, every app was a silo, but that&rsquo;s about to change. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not a hyperbolic person, but iOS 8 app extensions could be the biggest thing to happen to third-party iOS apps,&rdquo; believes David Chartier of <a href="https://agilebits.com">AgileBits</a>.</p> <p>Whereas before it was hard to get iOS apps to work together and exchange information, Chartier says iOS 8 &ldquo;blows that all wide open&rdquo;. This will lead to new classes of apps, and also make existing apps and services more powerful. You&rsquo;ll be able to clip anything from Safari to Pinterest, collect content into Evernote, have 1Password fill passwords, and more. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about faster workflows and ultimately providing more power to end users,&rdquo; says Oliver Waters of <a href="http://d3i.com">d3i</a>.</p> <p>By way of example, games developer <a href="http://www.boson-x.com">Ian McLarty</a> says he uses his iPad for music composition, and will no longer have to use extra apps to read data and then transfer it to Dropbox. And Iconfactory&rsquo;s <a href="http://gedblog.com">Gedeon Maheux</a> notes how developers can add value to existing offerings, such as PCalc&rsquo;s Today View extension that optionally resides in Notification Center: &ldquo;People love it because you get instant access to a calculator right from the lock screen. There are so many possibilities and opportunities here.&rdquo;</p> <p>Elsewhere, Touch ID is now available for third-party apps (&ldquo;A big win for anyone who wants an extra layer of security,&rdquo; according to <a href="http://metaclassy.com">Metaclassy</a>&rsquo;s Jorge Pedroso), and Handoff will enable the seamless transition of in-progress content between devices. Wu wonders whether Steve Jobs&rsquo;s Apple would ever have allowed such things, and reasons this renewed Apple is &ldquo;getting better&rdquo;.</p> <p>There are some notes of caution, however. Chartier says developers must be careful to alert users about integration features, because although they&rsquo;re installed with app updates, they are not enabled by default. Mrgan hopes a &ldquo;market of apps aiming to replace system services won&rsquo;t devolve into a contest of cleverness and giddiness, like we&rsquo;ve seen in the past, and will instead compete on feature quality and robustness&rdquo;. Redpath, though, is convinced things will go well: &ldquo;Extensions have the potential to really change how we all use iOS, and I get the impression Apple intends to develop new &lsquo;extension points&rsquo; in the future. But for now, being able to share data between apps without having to switch apps is a killer feature.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1324" height="993" title="extensions" alt="extensions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/extensions.png?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch this space </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, Apple&rsquo;s recent event wasn&rsquo;t only about the iPhone &mdash; Apple Watch was unveiled, which the company says developers will be able to create apps for. Barnes warns that the &lsquo;watch&rsquo; part of the device&rsquo;s name is essentially a misnomer: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not sure thinking of it as a watch will be any more useful than thinking of the iPhone as a phone. It&rsquo;s really a computer you can carry around even more easily.&rdquo;</p> <p>As for the apps, Chartier notes it&rsquo;s a &ldquo;totally new platform, which will require new thinking for new use-cases&rdquo;. It eschews multitouch and has a tiny screen, which will prove challenging to app and game creators. Chartier reasons those who &ldquo;truly think outside the box will be most successful,&rdquo; while Maheux is excited by the interface: &ldquo;Already, everything&rsquo;s starting to gel and vibe&nbsp;&mdash; the animations are fluid and make sense, and the design is clean and purposeful. I can&rsquo;t wait for something like the Apple Watch&rsquo;s Home screen to come to the iPhone&hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p>In terms of what we&rsquo;ll see, it&rsquo;s all speculation for now. Stephen Dodd of <a href="http://www.officetime.net">Office Time</a> reckons it&rsquo;ll be perfect for tracking your life, including for business uses, such as timing billables by client. Waters sees loads of potential in health and personally connected apps, with the Apple Watch sensors and &lsquo;taptic&rsquo; engine collecting and feeding back data to users in new ways. And Morgan is looking forward to non-obvious applications: &ldquo;Notifications, exercise apps and remotes seem obvious enough, but what about games, creation tools and companion accessories? Three years from now, millions will use a hip new Apple Watch service we can&rsquo;t even imagine today.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch hands-on</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="600" title="watch" alt="watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch_0.png?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tight squeeze </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As ever, there was some disappointment following Apple&rsquo;s September event. Mobile app developer <a href="http://www.squidee.com">Luke Durrant</a> wasn&rsquo;t thrilled at Apple keeping 16 GB devices in the line-up (and, worse, the 8 GB iPhone 5c), and said this means developers will have to take extra care to keep app builds small so they don&rsquo;t take up too much space: &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve seen people with such devices who can&rsquo;t even update to iOS 8, because they have 6 GB of photos and just a few apps&rdquo;. With larger screens, the demand for bigger assets only amplifies this problem.</p> <p>Pedroso also says it&rsquo;s getting increasingly hard for independent developers to keep pace: &ldquo;For the last couple of years, we&rsquo;ve been spending months just playing catch-up with updates to iOS, OS X and devices. And this year, Apple&rsquo;s released even more stuff.&rdquo; He adds he doesn&rsquo;t want to sound too negative &mdash; Apple&rsquo;s updates are good for business &mdash; but such stressful periods can with smaller developers propel apps into a kind of maintenance mode rather than their creators working on planned new features. There&rsquo;s also a question of stability, with betas, developer tools and even the final shipping operating systems coming under fire.</p> <p>Developers have also been criticised due to many early iOS 8 updates not being properly optimised for iOS 8. Many apps simply zoom the interface and fix a few bugs, and some games don&rsquo;t work at all on the iPhone 6 Plus. Durrant appeals to users to allow developers a little time. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to take a while for developers to take full advantage of the new APIs and capabilities, and the full power of everything Apple&rsquo;s released won&rsquo;t come until later,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;But I think we are already on the next chapter in the iOS app ecosystem.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="390" title="storage" alt="storage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/storage.jpg?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-makers-iphone-6-ios-8-and-apple-watch/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-makers-iphone-6-ios-8-and-apple-watch/feature#comments Apple Apps and Games iOS 8 iOS apps iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Watch Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:29:47 +0000 Craig Grannell 1448372 at http://www.stuff.tv Assassin's Creed Unity http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 22/09/14: Unity&#039;s season pass will deliver a dark bonus campaign, plus a new side-scrolling spinoff </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/assassins-creed-unity-01.jpg?1411439772" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last year&#39;s <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review" target="_blank">Assassin&#39;s Creed IV: Black Flag</a> </em>was a welcome seafaring deviation from the usual historical city-tromping escapade, but <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</em> is the coming-out party for the series on new-gen hardware.</p> <p>Let&#39;s check off the list: a nearly 1:1 scale Paris in the time of the French Revolution; four-player campaign co-op missions; totally reworked gameplay fundamentals; a cracking new game engine.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> United, we revolt </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The late 18th century is much too early for an appearance from the Eiffel Tower, but Paris remains a pretty perfect pick for a wide-open city to explore &ndash; particularly given the presence of the massive Notre-Dame Cathedral, which Ubisoft spent a year crafting to resemble the real thing. The city of love won&#39;t be so welcoming as the French Revolution rages on, but that ought to make for a great action-game setting.</p> <p>This time around, you&#39;ll take the role of Arno Dorian, an Assassin whose adoptive father was an enemy Templar. His love interest? Also a Templar, named Elise &ndash; so expect some tricky business there.</p> <p>Like his series predecessors, Arno is skilled in both combat and speedy navigation, but has been described by Ubisoft as &quot;more ruthless&quot;. His Phantom Blade modifies the usual hidden blade with a throwing ability, plus Arno wields a French cutlass and a multi-barrel pistol. In sum? Expect plenty of conflict around ol&#39; Paris.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-fps-games-ever/news">The 30 best first-person shooter games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/esHd9JlpR2Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-05.jpg?1411439772" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-03.jpg?1411439772" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Live together, die alone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For the past few entries, <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed</em> has split its gameplay between the standard single-player campaign and a separate online multiplayer mode. And that&#39;s been a largely successful approach &ndash; sometimes more on the competitive end than the narrative adventure side of things.</p> <p>But as its title implies, <em>Unity</em> is all about teamwork, and not in some walled-off side mode &ndash; it&#39;s within the campaign. Granted, the four-player online co-op doesn&#39;t extend throughout the entire campaign, but numerous missions allow you to link up with others and execute grand assaults and assassinations, with each player taking on a unique skill that benefits the team. The fluid, complex E3 demo was enough to convince us of its potential brilliance.</p> <p>Alas, the trade-off here is that <em>Unity</em> will be the first core series entry in five years without a competitive multiplayer component. Still, that seems a fair omission, and since Ubisoft is always working on multiple entries at once across its numerous studios, that&#39;ll give them time to shake things up for next year&#39;s inevitable release.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-06.jpg?1411439772" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Back to basics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Unity</em> looks really fabulous in the demos, but we&#39;ll see if it actually runs that well on an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> &ndash; considering what happened with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review" target="_blank">Watch_Dogs</a> between its first demo and eventual release, we&#39;ll have to play this one to believe it. But alongside the promised new-gen visual upgrade comes tweaks to the core fundamentals of the series.</p> <p>For example, the parkour and climbing action features new &quot;Parkour Up&quot; and &quot;Parkour Down&quot; input options, which allow you to better navigate the terrain and chain together really fluid, tricky commands &ndash; such as leaping downwards, swinging from a post for a moment, and then grabbing on to a ledge on a perpendicular wall.</p> <p>On the stealth side of things, you&#39;ll be able to take cover throughout the world rather than relying on groups of gypsies or sitting on benches; you can now crouch to hide behind objects and slip into alleys to try to disappear. And the combat has been overhauled and simplified to focus on attacking, dodging, and parrying, with the footage showing a more diverse array of group kill animations.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best console games in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cOJ1fG7gc2U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-04.jpg?1411439772" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-07.jpg?1411439772" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-08.jpg?1411439772" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Much more in store </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Unity</em>&nbsp;promises to provide a wealth of on-disc content, but unsurprisingly, Ubisoft plans to add more and more to the experience in the months after release to keep players hooked (and spending money). Two large chunks of content&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.ubi.com/assassins-creed-unity-season-pass-assassins-creed-chronicles-china/">have been revealed</a>&nbsp;thus far.</p> <p><em>The Dead Kings</em>&nbsp;side campaign explores the city of Saint Denis, and finds Arno battling Raiders and solving puzzles within the catacombs following the events of&nbsp;<em>Unity</em>. He&rsquo;ll also have a new Guillotine Gun available, plus the&nbsp;<em>Dead Kings</em>&nbsp;pack adds new missions to the Unity main game as well.</p> <p>Meanwhile,&nbsp;<em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Chronicles: China</em>&nbsp;is a brand new side game that takes the form of a 2.5D side-scroller. You&rsquo;ll play as Shao Jun, a character from the&nbsp;<em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Embers</em>&nbsp;animated film (and who was trained by series favorite Ezio Auditore) and battle through 16th century Beijing.</p> <p><em>Chronicles</em>&rsquo; brush painting art style looks slick, and it reminds us a bit of Klei Entertainment&rsquo;s great downloadable title,&nbsp;<em>Mark of the Ninja</em>. Both will be included in a discounted season pass, along with 30 in-game items for&nbsp;<em>Unity</em>, such as a Fleur de Lys sword available at launch.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review">Tom Clancy&rsquo;s The Division preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/83gmiey7S7w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rogue remains </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Due to its enhanced engine and massive world, <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</em> won&#39;t be playable on older consoles &ndash; or dated PC hardware, for that matter. But Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 series fans won&#39;t be left in the cold this autumn, as they&#39;ll get their own original entry, <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Rogue</em>, in November.</p> <p><em>Rogue</em> is set in the timeframe after <em>Black Flag</em> and before <em>Unity</em> &ndash; during the Seven Years&#39; War &ndash; plus it&#39;ll tie back into <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed III</em> to some extent, making this a good way for longtime aficionados to tie up loose ends before grabbing a new console for <em>Unity</em>.</p> <p>The campaign features <em>Black Flag</em>-like ship combat and navigation in the frigid North Atlantic, but also includes diverse land action, with stops in the River Valley and New York along the way. Multiplayer has also been cut from this entry, but here&#39;s hoping the campaign proves essential enough for even day-one <em>Unity</em> buyers to go back and fire up a last-gen console to dig into.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/gamescom-2014-ultimate-roundup/feature" target="_blank">Gamescom 2014: the ultimate trailer and news round-up</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/R6M_jpmLydw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed Rogue" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed Rogue" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-rogue-01.jpg?1411439772" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vive la révolution! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</em> launches worldwide for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on 28 October, and what we&#39;ve seen thus far has truly impressed throughout.</p> <p>The series has had a real up-and-down trajectory in recent years, with <em>Revelations</em> and <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed III</em> both underwhelming, but <em>Black Flag</em> representing a nice twist. With luck, <em>Unity</em> is the game Ubisoft has been saving all of that old open-world magic for.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review" target="_blank">Assassin&#39;s Creed IV: Black Flag review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-02.jpg?1411439772" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity preview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vive la révolution! The open-world stab-em-up goes truly next-gen </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:54:30 +0000 Stephen Graves 1444857 at http://www.stuff.tv Destiny http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We spent hours playing Bungie&#039;s epic MMO/FPS hybrid and managed to tear ourselves away just long enough to write this review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1300" height="900" title="Become Legend" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Destiny-Beta-Review-main.jpg?1413873049" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Expectation can be something of a double-edged sword. One edge is the lovely everyone-wants-to-buy-our-game edge. The other is the everyone-thinks-this-game-is-something-that-it&rsquo;s-not edge. It&rsquo;s very possible that no game in the history of games typifies that more than Destiny.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £42.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4. Also available on PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Setting the scene </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not only are you from the future, you&rsquo;ve been alive in the future, killed by evil invaders, then resurrected a few hundred more years into the future by a floating rubik&rsquo;s cube with the voice of Tyrion Lannister.&nbsp;</p> <p>By the time that happens humanity has already conquered the galaxy with the help of a huge omnipotent sphere of magical power, and then been brought to the edge of extinction by said omnipotent sphere&rsquo;s enemies. Now it&rsquo;s a far less powerful sphere, floating above and protecting the Last City on Earth.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s your job - you warrior-zombie, you - to join the rest of the guardians in pushing back the evil aliens from Earth and humanity&rsquo;s other colonies on the Moon, Mars and Venus, and obviously do that with guns.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Swanky threads, bro" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny1.jpg?1413873049" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Guardian (that&#039;s you) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But before you can get into the fragging you need to create your guardian. You can be a pouty human, a pouty hipster-goth, or a sentient humanoid machine called an Exo. You&rsquo;re only choosing your looks here, which can be tweaked further with any number of scars, hair-dos or face tattoos. The real decision is which class to play as - a tank-like Titan, a sneaky Hunter or a space magic-wielding Warlock.</p> <p>In truth, even that decision has less impact than you might imagine. Every weapon is available to every class, and while armour is unique to each, statistically there&rsquo;s practically nothing in it. You&rsquo;re again choosing a look, a specific double-jump, grenade effect and super attack. The classes become more specialised once you unlock a sub-class around level 16, but it&rsquo;s only really pro gamers who should pay any real heed to particular player roles. If that&rsquo;s not you, pick whichever class you think looks most badass - you won&rsquo;t be penalised later.</p> <p>In case you&rsquo;re confused, this is a good thing. It ensures balance in, which is absolutely crucial to the FPS-side of Destiny. Plus, being tied into a particular role because you chose a particular class is what turns normal gamers into the vision of Cartman and Co. seen in the World of Warcraft episode of South Park.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="960" height="720" title="Choose your Destiny" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny2.jpg?1413873049" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So once you&rsquo;ve made your pouty or metal character you&rsquo;re dropped into the wilds of Old Russia and tutored through the first five character levels by your trusty Ghost. Each of these levels unlocks a skill that&rsquo;s fundamental to the way Destiny plays - the aforementioned double-jump, grenade attack and mighty Super - and you get to experiment with each one-by-one without being swamped by mechanics from the off.</p> <p>After the initial drip-feed you can progress as you please. Continuing the main story missions seems obvious, but there are just twenty available, so rushing them might not be the best plan. Besides, each has a level requirement, and if you do rush from one to another it&rsquo;s unlikely you&rsquo;ll have met it when you get there, which is why diverting into Destiny&rsquo;s other modes is a great choice.</p> <p>The storyline itself is one of our few gripes with Destiny. A lot of the missions involve running around, shooting enemies, letting your Ghost scan some machinery, holding off a barrage of enemies, and then repeating the process.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are a few variations here and there, but that formula above is the gist of it. Destiny isn&#39;t a true vanilla FPS, and its MMO elements and scale alone mean that we weren&#39;t expecting a deep single player Mass Effect-like story, but still, a little more variety and thought put into the storyline would have been nice.</p> <p>During your progress, you do unlock Grimoire cards which are actually packed with in-depth Destiny lore, fleshing out the story a great deal. The only problem is, you can only view these cards on Bungie&#39;s website or the Destiny app, which is an extra step that most gamers could do without.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Eep" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny3.jpg?1413873049" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shooting (virtual) people </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Then there&rsquo;s The Crucible, Destiny&rsquo;s PVP mode, which plays a heck of a lot like Halo&#39;s matchmaking. This is a very high compliment.</p> <p>Battles are lightning fast, visceral and vertical, with double-jumps and three-dimensional level design forcing you to be aware of everything that&rsquo;s around and above you.&nbsp;</p> <p>If there&rsquo;s one disappointment here it&rsquo;s that you don&rsquo;t get the Big Team Battles of Halo - this is all 6v6 on tight maps, with vehicles playing a relatively minor role. With any luck these more epic fights are part of Bungie&rsquo;s long term expansion plans.&nbsp;</p> <p>Even as it is, The Crucible is an ever-exciting place to spend your time, and you&rsquo;ll gain experience points, new guns and equipment, and even (later on) special rewards exclusive to PVP players.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Ah, the hand cannon. How we love you so" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny4.jpg?1413873049" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny5.jpg?1413873049" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrols </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Previously and perhaps more aptly known as Explore, this is mode available on each of the four planets and give you access to the entire map, taking on mini-missions and grinding out hundreds of kills for experience points, faction rewards, loot drops and bounties, the last of which are receive in the game&rsquo;s main hub, The Tower, and have even greater rewards.</p> <p>Patrol is also the mode that exposes both the limits and intricacies of Destiny&rsquo;s maps. These aren&rsquo;t truly huge, sprawling worlds, but large areas connected by arteries that can often be zoomed through on your Star Wars speeder-like Sparrow. It won&rsquo;t take you long to visit the entire map, but that&rsquo;s not the same as seeing everything - Destiny is riddled with caves, tunnels and other secret areas that contain chests, collectables and occasionally extraordinarily large and powerful enemies. It will take endless hours to explore them all.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;d stay back a bit if we were you" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny6.jpg?1413873049" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Strikes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Finally, there are the Strikes, perhaps Destiny&rsquo;s best content. These long, self-contained missions are a real challenge, with huge quantities of enemies and the odd mini-bosses (that often aren&rsquo;t mini at all) leading to a final battle with some huge &nbsp;boss that could well take over ten minutes to bring down. This is where Destiny is at its very best, needing skill, perseverance and most of all teamwork.</p> <p>Our early strike missions took around 30 minutes, but later missions can take up to an hour. They&#39;re exhausting, draining, but still fun, and there&#39;s a sense of achievement, tinged with relief, each and every time a gargantuan boss is taken down, thanks to your three-man fireteam&#39;s teamwork. Speaking of which:</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Poke it!" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny7.jpg?1413873049" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Teamwork </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve perhaps left it quite late to point out that Destiny is an entirely multiplayer game. Actually, you can tackle most of the content on your own if you like, but even then you&rsquo;ll bump into other Guardians on your travels, because this is an always-connected game.&nbsp;</p> <p>Doing so would also rob you of the game&rsquo;s greatest joys - the camaraderie and shared joy of wearing down a particularly fearsome boss, the nerdy-but-classic pastime of comparing weapons and showing off your latest natty threads, and even the silly victory dances at the end of a tasty Crucible battle - yes, Guardians can dance.</p> <p>The only flaw (which, depending on how much you want to chat to other people, is a fairly big one), is the lack of in-game proximity chat. Currently, you can walk past other players, and even dance with them if you want to, but to actually chat to each other, you&#39;ll have to join up as a fireteam.&nbsp;</p> <p>It would have been much easier if proximity voice shat was on by default, letting you hear players within a certain range. An option to mute whiny 12 year olds could also be implemented, for peace of mind.</p> <p>The fact that there&#39;s no chat with your team in team deathmatches in the Crucible is another oversight, and we hope Bungie chooses to rectify this in future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Pals" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny8.jpg?1413873049" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wonderful worlds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>However you decide to tackle the game, you&rsquo;ll find Destiny an exceptional production. This is a graphically gorgeous full of colour, lens flare and intricate weapon, armour and enemy design. It sounds incredible, too - this may be sci-fi but every weapon sounds hefty and huge.</p> <p>Those weapons feel hefty and huge, too, and there&rsquo;s impressive variation in the way they handle. One auto rifle may look a lot like any other auto rifle, but it&rsquo;s unlikely it&rsquo;ll fire the same, with rate of fire, recoil and accuracy creating a real difference.</p> <p>And speaking of feel, as briefly mentioned earlier, the game feels like Halo. It&rsquo;s in the floaty jumps and whipcrack of a sniper rifle. The pulse and explosion of a plasma grenade and the flanking, cover-finding tactics of the enemies. For all of the MMO trappings, this is still a genuinely exceptional action game, and that&rsquo;s vital to the appeal.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="747" height="560" title="The scenic route" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny9.jpg?1413873049" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the end, what you get out of Destiny depends a fair amount on what you&rsquo;re prepared to put in. The race to level twenty is over quickly, but only those prepared to grind after that for faction and light points will see the game&rsquo;s most exotic kit and unlock it&rsquo;s greatest challenges (the mighty, attritional six-player Raid only unlocks when you hit level 26 and requires exceptional kit to beat).</p> <p>Similarly, simply playing through the campaign suggests a story that makes very little sense - only delving into the lore-filled Grimoire cards, unlocked as you progress, reveals the intricacies of the lore Bungie has created, and that&rsquo;s far from ideal.</p> <p>So for a game as massively marketed as this, Destiny perhaps isn&rsquo;t for everyone, and those who are hoping only for an epic Halo-style campaign may be disappointed that that delicate balance of focus and grandeur isn&rsquo;t quite matched in Destiny&rsquo;s story missions.</p> <p>But in every other way Destiny is Halo, but Halo on a bigger, far more multiplayer level, and with the addictive quest for loot of a game such as Diablo. For many gamers, including this one, that&rsquo;s an utterly irresistible combination.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="695" height="521" title="Come back!" alt="Destiny review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny10.jpg?1413873049" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Halo meets Diablo meets World of Warcraft, and that&rsquo;s just about as incredible as it sounds</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny Beta played: &quot;A lot of entertainment for zero cost&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bungie&#039;s sci-fi shooter is utterly brilliant – and it&#039;s not even finished yet </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Destiny Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:35:58 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434979 at http://www.stuff.tv 15 totally amazing one-thumb games to play on your iPhone 6 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/15-totally-amazing-one-thumb-games-play-your-iphone-6/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Love gaming but don&#039;t have banana thumbs? Don’t despair! Read our list! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="600" title="Games" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/games-pic2.jpg?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might have noticed that Apple has released the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a>, and it comes in two sizes: big and <em>bigger</em>.</p> <p>Unless you&rsquo;re armed with banana thumbs, that means all those great one-thumb games you used to play while on a train/crossing the road without looking out for traffic/simultaneously in an epic swordfight with Zorro must now be consigned to the trash.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Threes! (£1.49) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This insanely addictive puzzle game has you sliding numbered tiles around a grid, merging them to create ever-higher numbers until you run out of space. The concept is simple, like <em>Tetris</em>. But it will invade your dreams, like <em>Tetris</em>. Seriously. There&rsquo;s no escape.</p> <p>The game&rsquo;s also surprisingly cute, each card having its own character and personality. And it&rsquo;s also approximately 2048 times better than <em>2048</em>, which horribly ripped it off.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability:</strong> TWO THUMBS UP! Big buttons, which are easy to reach, and the game enables you to swipe from anywhere.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/threes!/id779157948?mt=8">Download Threes here!</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="1136" title="Threes! (£1.49)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/threes.png?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Doug Dug. (£1.49) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Doug is a dwarf on a mission. His aim is to dig deep underground and grab all of the shiny things, to satisfy his hunger for bling. The key is to not get greedy and end up crushed to death by avalanches that you mostly cause through overly ambitious digging, or get eaten by various subterranean nasties. It&rsquo;s a bit of <em>Mr Driller</em> mashed into a smattering of <em>Dig Dug</em>, and it&#39;s very addictive indeed.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability:</strong> TWO THUMBS UP! Drag-hold anywhere to move. New games are easy to start. Minor thumb gymnastics are required for activating special objects you probably won&rsquo;t use much anyway.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/doug-dug./id855900711?mt=8">Download Doug Dug here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="1136" title="Doug Dug. (£1.49)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/doug-dug.png?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Canabalt (£1.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original side-on leapy game, where a tiny figure bounds across rooftops and through office windows, attempting to escape from a city seemingly being torn apart by giant monsters. Fast-paced and with a rousing soundtrack, <em>Canabalt</em> now also boasts several alternate modes, soundtracks and leapy people, giving it a much-needed longevity boost.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability</strong>: ONE THUMBS UP! The main game is tap-to-jump, but it&rsquo;s played in landscape and the entry screen requires some stretching to reach the options.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/canabalt/id333180061?mt=8">Download Canabalt here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="640" title="Canabalt (£1.99)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canabalt.png?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sausage!! Sausage!! Sausage!! (free/69p) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The App Store description sums up this game nicely: &ldquo;This is the best game for a billion people who loves sausages in the world!!&rdquo; [sic] And in order to show your love for the sausages, which are cruelly being dropped from above, you must catch them in a bun. It&rsquo;s the most basic of one-thumb timing tests, but it&rsquo;s fun and what more could you want? Apart from mustard, <em>obviously</em>.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability</strong>: TWO THUMBS UP! Simple gameplay and easy-to-reach buttons for starting a new game.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sausage!!-sausage!!-sausage!!/id646676989?mt=8">Download Sausage!! Sausage!! Sausage!! here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="1136" title="Sausage!! Sausage!! Sausage!! (free/69p)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sausage.jpeg?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fotonica (£1.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Fotonica</em> takes <em>Canabalt</em>, turns it 90 degrees, zooms into a first-person view, and then shoves the lot through a <em>Rez</em>-style vector visual filter of fragmented landscapes. The arcade mode comprises seven really tough set courses, and then you can try your luck at three insanely challenging endless modes. It&rsquo;s a gorgeous endless runner, and perfect for one-thumbing it with a new iPhone.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability</strong>: ONE THUMBS UP! In-game is hold to run and let go to jump. The menus might need Reachability on the iPhone 6 Plus, but otherwise it&rsquo;s all good. It also works in landscape or portrait (the latter of which is best).</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fotonica/id871197819?mt=8">Download Fotonica here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate - 38 amazing free apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="1136" title="Fotonica (£1.99)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fotonica.png?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget-Me-Not (£1.49) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Forget-Me-Not</em> isn&rsquo;t only the finest old-school arcade game on the iPhone, but it&rsquo;s so good that it stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best 1980s classics. You roam randomly-generated mazes, munching flowers, grabbing a key, and then making for the exit. All the while, creatures materialise and merrily go about annihilating everything around them, within seconds transforming a sedate <em>Pac-Man</em>-style game into a crazed neon battleground.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability</strong>: TWO THUMBS UP! Swipe to move, and big menu buttons that are easy to reach.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/forget-me-not/id419572408?mt=8">Download Forget-Me-Not here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="1136" title="Forget-Me-Not (£1.49)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/forget-me-not.png?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beat Sneak Bandit (£1.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before Simogo went all literary with <em>Year Walk</em> and <em>Device 6</em>, they created oddball arcade games. This one&rsquo;s a mash-up of single-screen platforming, stealth and rhythm action, with every movement controlled by tapping the screen. The aim: steal all the clocks, avoid the gaze of the guards, and escape with your life! It&rsquo;s absurdly clever, and we won&rsquo;t even hold the lack of a &lsquo;tallscreen&rsquo; aspect ratio against it.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability</strong>: ONE THUMBS UP! The main game&rsquo;s great, but you might need another thumb during the level-select screens.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/beat-sneak-bandit/id473689550?mt=8">Download Beat Sneak Bandit here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="1136" title="Beat Sneak Bandit (£1.99)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beat-sneak-bandit.png?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tiny Wings (69p) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This sweet survival title features a bird with tiny wings that nonetheless dreams of flying. Cunningly, she&rsquo;s figured out that by sliding on her belly down hills, momentum will propel her off of the next. On holding the screen, the bird folds her wings; you must time this right, so she always hits downhill sections, and can then get as far as possible before the sun sets. A second game mode transforms <em>Tiny Wings</em> into a breakneck racer, featuring the bird&rsquo;s four chicks speeding home in order to win the biggest fish.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability</strong>: ONE THUMBS UP! Single-thumb in-game, but the menus sometimes need an additional thumb to reach.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/tiny-wings/id417817520?mt=8">Download Tiny Wings here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="640" title="Tiny Wings (69p)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tiny-wings.png?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Zen Bound 2 (£1.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the most beautiful games to grace handheld devices, <em>Zen Bound 2</em> is about wrapping rope around sculptures, which then paints them on contact or via the use of paint bombs. It&rsquo;s a simple concept, but effortless one-thumb movement gives you a huge amount of control, and the environment somehow feels very real, despite its surreal nature and the fact you&rsquo;re pawing at glass.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability</strong>: TWO THUMBS UP! A gloriously tactile game, and you can spin the view with a single thumb - even on level-select screens.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/zen-bound-2-universal/id363308208?mt=8">Download Zen Bound 2 here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="1136" title="Zen Bound 2 (£1.99)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zen-bound-2.jpg?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Badland (£2.49) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Badland</em> resembles <em>Tiny Wings</em> set in a kind of alien hell. Flapping critters battle their way through a forest filled with a suspicious number of death-dealing devices, from spinning saw blades to lethal lasers. You tap to flap, grab power-ups to clone yourself, and figure out a route to the end. It might be pretty, but <em>Badland</em> very much has an evil glint in its eye.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability</strong>: ONE THUMBS UP! Simple one-thumb in-game play, but menu buttons are all over the place.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/badland/id535176909?mt=8">Download Badland here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="640" title="Badland (£2.49)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/badlands.png?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slingshot Racing (69p) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The idea of a one-thumb racing game might fill you with suspicion, but <em>Slingshot Racing</em> works wonderfully. Set across dozens of icy tracks, you race steampunk sleds issued with grappling hooks that shoot out to nearby towers when you hold the screen. Momentum then speeds you along, beyond opponents, and, in some cases, mere inches ahead of terrifying contraptions out to crush you.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability</strong>: ONE THUMBS UP! One thumb&rsquo;s enough for playing the game, but it&rsquo;ll need to be a banana thumb to reach all the menus.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/slingshot-racing/id516349924?mt=8">Download Slingshot Racing here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="640" title="Slingshot Racing (69p)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/slingshot-racing.jpg?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SpikeDislike2 (69p) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The ball here likes bouncing and moving on, but very much dislikes spikes, hence this game&rsquo;s name. Press the screen and it scrolls. Time it right and the ball won&rsquo;t get a spike up its&hellip; well, whatever a ball has for a bottom. Get really good and you&rsquo;ll be awarded loads of combos and credits for unlocking new and bizarre game modes. For extra challenge, play in portrait, which gives you way less warning regarding nearby hazards.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability</strong>: TWO THUMBS UP! The interface is a bit of a dog&rsquo;s dinner, but readily accessible in portrait or landscape.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/spikedislike2/id604867277?mt=8">Download SpikeDislike2 here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="640" title="SpikeDislike2 (69p)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spikedislike2.png?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winter Walk (free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Winter Walk</em> finds a gent out for a stroll on a snowy, windy evening. It&rsquo;s imperative that, as a gent, he not lose his hat, and so you have to hold the screen during gusts of wind. The longer you survive, the more of the gent&rsquo;s thoughts are displayed. That&rsquo;s pretty much it, but this is a sweet title with gentle humour, and a serious survival challenge is lurking beneath the charm.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability</strong>: TWO THUMBS UP! Hold anywhere to start and anywhere to play. Lovely.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/winter-walk/id489734396?mt=8">Download Winter Walk here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="640" title="Winter Walk (free)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/winter-walk_1.jpg?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Relic Rush (69p) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Imagine <em>Tomb Raider</em> as designed by someone who owns an 8-bit home computer and a very broken joystick. You still have to speed through dusty environments full of traps and things out to kill you, but only your thumb can help you to victory. This one&rsquo;s an auto-runner, with you pausing on holding the screen. At first, it&rsquo;s easy to avoid the odd lazy (yet deadly) frog, but later on, your timing must be perfect to get you past lava traps, ghosts and snowball-lobbing yetis, and - importantly - to the idol before it turns from gold to tin.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability</strong>: TWO THUMBS UP! Big tappable buttons and you hold anywhere during the game.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/relic-rush/id594738410?mt=8">Download Relic Rush here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="1136" title="Relic Rush (69p)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/relic-rush.jpeg?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Food Run HD (£1.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your gaming life&rsquo;s incomplete until you&rsquo;ve experienced the sheer joy of a burger with legs wall-jumping like a meaty ninja. But this happens often in <em>Food Run</em>, where fruit, doughnuts and other tasty treats make a dash for level&rsquo;s end, avoiding various hazards along the way. It&rsquo;s colourful, simple platforming fun, but with plenty of smarts in both level design and controls. You could say it&rsquo;s <em>very tasty</em>, only then you&rsquo;d be arrested by the pun police - and that would be bad.</p> <p><strong>Thumbability</strong>: ONE THUMBS UP! Chunky buttons, but they&rsquo;re a bit of a stretch. In-game, everything&rsquo;s one-thumb leaping though.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/food-run-hd/id487151812?mt=8">Download Food Run HD here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature">The 25 best games for iPhone and iPad right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="640" title="Food Run HD (£1.99)" alt="The best one-thumb games for iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/food-run-hd.jpg?1411011064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/15-totally-amazing-one-thumb-games-play-your-iphone-6/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/15-totally-amazing-one-thumb-games-play-your-iphone-6/feature#comments Apple Apps and Games iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:04:00 +0000 Craig Grannell 1447820 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rogue + Threes! + whimsy = addiction + fun + a surprising amount of death by giant snail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_6079.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Collaboration and a unified front are all very well, but there&#39;s a point when these things can go a teensy bit too far.</p> <p>That point is probably when you&#39;re part of a cooperative tasked with raiding dungeons full of things very much out to kill you, yet still feel compelled to act as one, no matter the consequences. This includes when said consequences involve stumbling into a pool of acid, just because your cohort fancied grabbing a nearby piece of bling.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £2.49 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPhone/iPad </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Navigating snails and Sir Swapsalot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You begin in a catacomb, two semi-randomly chosen fantasy characters (barbarian, mage, and so on) dumped among walls, golden chests, and odd-looking shells. Swipe and your pair of heroes/kleptomaniacs move as one, and the shells materialise into roaming monsters. Open a chest or make too many moves and more foes or hazards materialise, potentially blocking your path to the exit and getting all fighty if you venture too near.</p> <p>Turn-based titles, and especially roguelikes like the brilliant 868-HACK, often force a steely kind of concentration, and a chess-like approach to fighting your way onwards.</p> <p>This is immediately evident with The Nightmare Cooperative, which further ramps up the complexity through the manner in which your party moves. Getting a pair through the initial catacombs is fairly simple, but since you can pick up more team-mates along the way, the variables multiply, not least when the monsters become brighter and weirder.</p> <p>The motley crew includes giant homing snails that leave an ice-slick behind them, and Sir Swapsalot a character that switches place with any adventurer that stumbles into his line of vision. You therefore repeatedly find yourself in situations where a single swipe could simultaneously result in battles with monsters, gold collection and death.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news">Threes! The maddeningly addictive puzzle game&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6077.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6082.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heavy on the nightmare </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Initially, then, despite some tranquil sound design and sharp, modern graphics, The Nightmare Cooperative is heavy on the nightmare bit, feeling like a savage and frequently unjust ordeal.</p> <p>Often, the game becomes about cutting your losses, sacrificing one of the team so that the others may survive. But it nonetheless grabs hold, and you&#39;ll want to beat it rather than feel beaten.</p> <p>Once you master the game&#39;s intricacies, how some enemies can be manipulated and used to your advantage; the way in which careful use of collectable potions can get you through otherwise seemingly deadly situations, you&#39;ll find your way to new sets of dungeons and, with some good fortune, the end of the quest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-they-need-be-fed-3/review">They Need To Be Fed 3 for iOS/Android review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6083.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That the game even has an end is surprisingly rare on a modern mobile puzzler, and The Nightmare Cooperative&#39;s strictly defined nature changes the way you approach subsequent quests.</p> <p>It&#39;s not simply about seeing how long you can stay alive, but also how smart you can be within given time constraints.</p> <p>The fixed boundaries might not make for the most open game nor the most expansive, but The Nightmare Cooperative is frequently thrilling and punishing in equal measure. A focussed, novel and polished mobile title that rewards those determined enough to stick with it.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/the-nightmare-cooperative/id905878967?mt=8">Download The Nightmare Cooperative for iPhone/iPa</a>d</strong></p> <p>Coming later this year for Android&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week">More App of the Weeks for iPhone, iPad and Android&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6078.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review#comments App of the Week Apps and Games iOS games iPhone & iPad Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:17 +0000 Sophie Charara 1447222 at http://www.stuff.tv Batman: Arkham Knight http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 10/09/14: The Dark Knight&#039;s latest open-world romp looks to be a summer blockbuster (in 2015, that is) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="What, you thought it was going to be set in the Bahamas?" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-002.jpg?1410402965" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With <em>Arkham Asylum </em>and <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/batman-arkham-city/review" target="_blank">Arkham City</a></em>, Rocksteady Studios set the standard for Batman games.</p> <p>Previous efforts never made us feel like we were really controlling the Dark Knight, but the Arkham series rectified that with sublime stealth, crisp combat and enough Bat gadgets to fill an issue of <em>Stuff</em>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Setting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the year since The Joker&#39;s death in <em>Arkham City</em>, the streets of Gotham have been uncharacteristically peaceful. But then the Scarecrow turns up with a plan to take revenge on Batman, forcing a mass evacuation&nbsp;by planting toxic mind-warping bombs all over the city. This clears the way for a Halloween showdown with the Caped Crusader, who is voiced again by Batman voice specialist Kevin Conroy. </p> <p>But Bruce Wayne&rsquo;s not wasted the past 12 months. Anything but - for starters, he has a brand new Bat-suit, complete with Apex cloth physics (rough translation: looks more realistic), and new gadgets, more on which later. Oh, and a pimped-up Batmobile.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naughty-dog/last-us-remastered/review">The Last of Us Remastered review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NkuD0Inb9Gs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Batmobile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As killer features go, the chance to drive the Batmobile is about as deadly as 10-mile asteroid hitting the Earth. It&rsquo;s a real mean machine, a cross between a dragster and the tank-like vehicle of the Christopher Nolan films, capped off with steely metallic hubcaps and a flaming exhaust. It can drive itself, so you can call it to you at the press of a button, and there&rsquo;s an ejector seat so you can leap out of it at high speed like a proper showoff.</p> <p>The Batmobile is also bulletproof and capable of smashing through lampposts, cars and even some walls. And did we mention that it has homing missiles? No? Well it has those too. The Batmobile is also why only those with a PlayStation 4, Xbox One or powerful PC will be playing <em>Arkham Knight:</em>&nbsp;the visual details are so intricate that it demands 160MB of memory to display it, <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com" target="_blank">reports GameInformer magazine</a>. It&rsquo;s enough to give an Xbox 360, with its total of 512MB of RAM, a seizure.</p> <p>Basically, we want it. Yesterday.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s 200 greatest games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7AykgIIWdPM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gotham City </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But what use is a Batmobile when there&rsquo;s nowhere to go? Fortunately, Rocksteady thought of that and is busy creating a Gotham City that will be about five times the size of Arkham City and spread over three islands. The streets will also be wider, to make it more fun to drive around in Batman&rsquo;s tank dragster, while extra effort is also going into making Gotham feel more alive and real - you&rsquo;ll be able to see into buildings through windows and hear noise from the street when indoors.</p> <p>Also, each of Gotham&rsquo;s neighbourhoods are set to have a distinctive look, which should help make it easier to navigate than the samey Arkham City. And while the Scarecrow&rsquo;s Halloween bomb threat has cleared out the civilians, there will be loads of crims around; Rocksteady is promising four times as many thugs as in <em>Arkham City</em> and crowds of as many as 50 people, which you&#39;ll be able to scatter by charging towards them in your Batmobile. Tasty.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Gotham City in all its glory" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-003.jpg?1410402965" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Combat and gadgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Simple but varied combat has always been one of the Arkham series&rsquo; greatest assets, and the developers have retained the purity of the controls here rather than slipping into fiddly fighting combos.</p> <p>That&#39;s not to say combat is completely unchanged. New moves include sneaky &lsquo;Fear Takedowns&rsquo;, which slow time so Batman can take out multiple enemies or hide before being seen, and the ability to disarm thugs and turn their weapons against them. For extra brutality, Batman will also be able to use the environment against enemies, giving you the chance to ram villains&rsquo; heads into vending machines or air-con units. Ouch.</p> <p>Batman will also have a few new gadgets, together with enhanced versions of his existing kit. The new gadgets are still under warps, but there will definitely be a souped-up grapnel gun that&#39;ll allow you to make mid-air U-turns. The gliding mechanic is also getting an overhaul, so that Bats can glide for longer and do more while he is doing so.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review" target="_blank">Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="When Batman gives you the elbow, you know about it" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-007.jpg?1410402965" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supervillains </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unless there&rsquo;s an awful back-from-the-dead twist that we don&rsquo;t know about, The Joker won&rsquo;t be starring in <em>Arkham Knight</em>. But there&rsquo;s no shortage of super-baddies for the Caped Crusader to deal with.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve already mentioned the Scarecrow but the Penguin, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and the Riddler have also all been confirmed. And all are getting new looks, too. The Penguin has had his head shaved so that he looks like Phil Mitchell wearing Patrick Moore&rsquo;s monocle while The Riddler, who is going to play a more visible role in this game, now looks like a grubby Charlie Sheen.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s Arkham Knight himself, a new villain created specially for the game by DC Comics&rsquo; writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee. All we know so far is that he looks like some kind of anti-Batman, but given that they named the game after him, we&rsquo;d expect him to be something pretty special.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Meet the Arkham Knight" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-008.jpg?1410402965" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Multiplayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fancy a bit of <em>Arkham Knight</em>&nbsp;multiplayer action? Well forget it. There will be no multiplayer in this game. As game director <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com" target="_blank">Sefton Hill told Game Informer</a>: &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have the time to do multiplayer. We want to focus on making the best single-player experience we can. We don&rsquo;t feel that it needs a multiplayer element.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Arkham Knight will be a solo affair" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-004.jpg?1410402965" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AVAILABILITY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we&#39;ve already mentioned, <em>Batman: Arkham Knight</em> will only be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and fairly decent PCs. Its release date was originally set for October 2014, but Warner Bros. delayed the game to give Rocksteady more time to deliver on its ambitious design.</p> <p>Ultimately, the game will launch on 2 June 2015, taking the form of the rare summer video game blockbuster release.&nbsp;Pre-orders of the game will include an add-on that lets you play as Harley Quinn in four self-contained challenge maps, while GameStop will offer an exclusive second add-on DLC pack on top of that, one that features Red Hood as a playable character.</p> <p>Two special edition versions of the game will be available: a Limited Edition (&pound;89.99) with a 12in Batman statue, plus an extra-special Batmobile Edition (&pound;169.99) that swaps in a transforming statue of the titular vehicle. Both bundles also feature a Steelbook game case, comic book, art book, and character skin pack.</p> <p>Watch the clip above for a stunning glimpse at the game in action, and keep&nbsp;checking back to this preview for more details as soon as we have them. Look out for a full review when the game launches next June.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pO2_iUkojCY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:59:06 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435192 at http://www.stuff.tv