iOS games http://www.stuff.tv/ios/ios-games/news en-GB Apple and Google scrapping to secure game exclusivity http://www.stuff.tv/apple-and-google-scrapping-secure-game-exclusivity/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A new battle is being fought in the OS war – and it’s all about restricting access to the most popular games </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="Hitman GO, currently exclusive to iOS" alt="Hitman GO, currently exclusive to iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hitman-go-exclusive.jpg?1398080299" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a bid to increase the appeal of their respective mobile operating systems, Apple and Google are apparently scrabbling to snap up exclusive game rights for the most popular titles.</p> <p>The <em>Wall Street Journal</em> reports that, in order to secure total or timed exclusives for iOS or Android, the companies are offering game publishers tempting enticements. Apparently this doesn&rsquo;t mean cold, hard cash but rather other incentives, such as premium positioning in app stores.</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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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"> Exclusivity: here to stay </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 upshot for users is that games are often unavailable on their platform &ndash; and not for any technical reason. We all know how frustrating that can be. At present, for instance, Square Enix&rsquo;s hot new turn-based <em>Hitman GO</em> is exclusive to iOS.</p> <p>Such practices &ndash; and the increasing fervour with which Google and Apple are courting mobile game publishers &ndash; are a measure of how important mobile gaming has become. Games are the most lucrative area of the app market at the moment, and that doesn&rsquo;t seem likely to change anytime soon. So the bad news is: exclusivity is almost certainly here to stay.</p> <p>[<a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304626304579510020273541060?mg=reno64-wsj&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304626304579510020273541060.html">Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2014/04/21/apple-and-google-are-reportedly-wooing-mobile-game-makers-as-they-seek-exclusivity">The Next Web</a>]</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-and-google-scrapping-secure-game-exclusivity/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android games Apps and Games iOS games Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:36:44 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435861 at http://www.stuff.tv iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So you’ve just bought yourself a shiny new iOS device! But now you have no cash left to buy any games. Don&#039;t despair, because these 30 stunners are available for free! </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="900" height="675" title="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/11-flockwork.jpg?1397981867" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s strange to think that Apple&rsquo;s pricey mobile hardware led to an extremely diverse ecosystem of hugely affordable games. But whereas handheld consoles have historically been lumbered with expensive cartridges, Apple pioneered a digital-only approach and embraced all-comers &mdash; indies and majors alike &mdash; leading to a staggering number of titles being created for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.</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"> 30. Cool Pizza (iPhone/iPad) </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 skateboarding game&rsquo;s a bit of a departure from the Tony Hawk template. The skateboard is haunted and propelled into the depths of the underworld, where a pizza-delivering girl must use boost mats to launch into the air, ready to smack fighting devils with her board. Imagine <em>Space Harrier</em> fused with neon and dipped in plenty of hallucinogens and you&rsquo;re there.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cool-pizza/id541666625?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Cool Pizza 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="1200" height="900" title="Cool Pizza" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-cool-pizza.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 29. Breakfinity (iPhone/iPad) </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>Bat-and-ball games have a long intertwined history with Apple hardware, <em>Breakout</em> driving many of Woz&rsquo;s decisions regarding the Apple II. We doubt <em>Breakout</em> impacted the iPad or iPhone so much, but it nonetheless seems appropriate to include <em>Breakfinity</em> in this list. It&rsquo;s essentially an update of 1980s classic <em>Arkanoid</em>, but instead of smashing walls of bricks to smithereens, the walls relentlessly close in. Get the ball through a gap and you can take on the next formation. Despite some twitchy controls, this is a playable and surprisingly tense take on an old favourite.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/breakfinity/id849968686?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Breakfinity 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="Breakfinity" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/brickfinity-iphone-ipad-ios-game_3.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 28. Smash Bandits (iPhone/iPad) </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&rsquo;re regularly stuck on motorways, wishing you could let rip and get all smashy, try this game. You tear about the place like a maniac, ramming the fuzz and obliterating anything smaller than a building. All the while, you&rsquo;re racking up TV viewing figures that result in cash for upgrades. When you crash, it&rsquo;s possible to steal a police car or SWAT van so you can cause even more mayhem.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/smash-bandits/id602403667?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Smash Bandits 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="Smash Bandits" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/24-smash-bandits_0.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 27. ON/OFF (iPhone/iPad) </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>Sort of a sliding puzzle crossed with a Rubik&rsquo;s Cube, ON/OFF is all about connecting coloured switches with tiles you drag around. Almost immediately, this is a game that&rsquo;ll cause steam to fly out of your ears as you battle devious level design. You get the first set for nothing, and several harder packs are available for &pound;0.99/US$0.99 each or &pound;1.49/US$1.99 for the lot.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/on-off/id574723132?mt=8" target="_blank">Download ON/OFF 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="ON/OFF" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/23-on-off.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 26. Lost Treasures Of Infocom (iPhone/iPad) </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>Once upon a time, quite a few games were like books, only you typed in what you wanted to do next. Go north! Put dangly bit in tea substitute! Tell husband, &ldquo;Kiss my kneecaps&rdquo;! And so on. <em>Zork</em> was one of the earliest masterpieces of interactive fiction, and it&rsquo;s entirely free in this collection (which enables you to buy other Infocom classics). Just don&rsquo;t get eaten by a grue.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/lost-treasures-of-infocom/id577626745?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Lost Treasures Of Infocom here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/freemium-and-iap-iphone-and-ipad-gaming-can-be-pro-not-just-con/feature">Freemium and in-app purchasing in iOS gaming can be a pro, not just a con</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="900" height="675" title="Lost Treasures Of Infocom" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/22-infocom.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 25. Word Forward (iPhone/iPad) </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 many word games aiming for minimal rules from a random selection of letters, <em>Word Forward</em> instead tries the opposite. Each level provides a specific selection of letters and challenges you to remove the lot by dragging out words, <em>SpellTower</em>-style. Power-ups can help you along, but it&rsquo;s careful planning that pays dividends here, even if you&rsquo;re often tempted to lob a bomb on to the board, to remove an awkward &lsquo;Qu&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/word-forward/id762612892?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Word Forward 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="Word Forward" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/word-forward-iphone-ipad-ios-game.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 24. Outwitters (iPhone/iPad) </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;re big fans of David Attenborough, but his nature shows don&rsquo;t quite capture the kind of underwater carnage shown in <em>Outwitters</em>. In this two-player asynchronous strategy title, you and a chum take it in turns to obliterate enemy sea-life, which is suspiciously armed to the gills. Adding to the tension, a fog of war means you can&rsquo;t see everywhere at once, so tread (swim?) carefully, or you&rsquo;ll get battered.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/outwitters/id432969074?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Outwitters 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="Outwitters" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/21-outwitters.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 23. Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol (iPhone/iPad) </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>What-ho! The master of turn-based strategy takes to the air, in this rather jolly version of World War I ace pilots and their victories over the bally enemy. Essentially chess in the clouds, you strategise your way to the best locations for yelling &ldquo;Chocks away!&rdquo; and blasting foes into oblivion. IAPs open up more missions, but there&rsquo;s plenty here for nowt.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sid-meiers-ace-patrol/id583000830?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Sid Meier&#39;s Ace Patrol 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="900" height="675" title="Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20-ace-patrol.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 22. Punch Quest (iPhone/iPad) </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>Most endless runners are more concerned with your character leaping about like a deranged bunny. Not here, where the heroes punch their way to victory. Jab! Uppercut! Slam! Pummel! Eight fingers and two thumbs are apparently all you need to defeat evil &mdash; at least until you discover power-ups and find a tame laser-spewing dinosaur to ride!</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/punch-quest/id554223561?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Punch Quest 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="900" height="675" title="Punch Quest" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/19-punch-quest.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 21. Groove Coaster Zero (iPhone/iPad) </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 rhythm-action game distilled to its purest form, <em>Groove Coaster Zero </em>merely demands a single digit and a sense of timing. As the music plays, you prod, press or swipe at precise moments to build your chain. Throughout, your eyes are wrenched from your skull as the track whirls, dives, and gleefully fires dazzling vector shapes every which way.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/groove-coaster-zero/id549050409?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Groove Coaster Zero here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 preview</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="Groove Coaster Zero" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/18-groove-coaster-zero.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 20. Triple Town (iPhone/iPad) </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>Triple Town</em> tasks you with building a city on a tiny grid-based board, using a match-and-combine dynamic that has a curious grasp of evolution. Three bushes make a tree! Three tombstones make a church! All the while, bears roam about, making a nuisance of themselves and blocking spaces. Your free moves slowly replenish (you can buy unlimited turns for &pound;2.49/US$3.99), but that won&rsquo;t bother you as you stare at the screen, trying to think a dozen moves ahead.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/triple-town/id490532168?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Triple Town 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="Triple Town" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/17-triple-town.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 19. Royal Revolt (iPhone/iPad) </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 young Prince is sent to Bogsmarts to learn about magic. While he&rsquo;s gone, unruly relatives carve up his kingdom. That just won&rsquo;t do. A total of 58 castles are therefore ripe for the taking as the Prince and his army set about hacking, smashing and magicking their way to victory in this charming and generous real-time strategy title.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/royal-revolt!/id545670708?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Royal Revolt 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="900" height="675" title="Royal Revolt" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/16-royal-revolt.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 18. Dots (iPhone/iPad) </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 minimal as they come, <em>Dots</em> tasks you with removing sets of dots from the screen that are joined by vertical or horizontal lines. Manage to draw a square and all dots of that colour vanish. The developer&rsquo;s aim is to hook you with power-ups and get you using IAP to buy more dots; but play against your own scores rather than global leaderboards and you can have plenty of fun without the aid of your wallet.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/dots-a-game-about-connecting/id632285588?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Dots 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="Dots" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/15-dots.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 17. Super Monsters Ate My Condo! (iPhone/iPad) </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>Part Jenga, part match-game, and all bonkers, <em>Super Monsters Ate My Condo!</em> gives you two minutes to feed giant monsters apartment floors, while combining sets of three condos into gems, cats, clocks and piggy banks. Fling gems into a monster&rsquo;s maw to fire-up its special power, then collapse in a heap as your condo finally crumbles to dust while the fat lady sings on the spinning Monster Wheel. Like we said: bonkers.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/super-monsters-ate-my-condo!/id553509171?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Super Monsters Ate My Condo 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="Super Monsters Ate My Condo!" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/14-super-monster-ate-my-condo.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 16. New Star Soccer (iPhone/iPad) </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&#39;ve ever fancied yourself as the next Wayne Rooney, you can work your way through the footie leagues in&nbsp;<em>New Star Soccer</em>. The simplified abstraction of life (keep everyone happy via success in minigames; buy all of the things) and matches (score goals; intercept passes; grumble as your teammates lack barn-door hitting abilities once again) are perfect for mobile play.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/new-star-soccer/id498973162?mt=8" target="_blank">Download New Star Soccer here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</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="New Star Soccer" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/New-star-soccer-iphone-ipad-ios-game.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 15. HungryMaster (iPhone/iPad) </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>HungryMaster</em> features Delica and her cat, Saten, &lsquo;scrubbing&rsquo; enemies to turn them into food that&rsquo;s then fed to oddly ravenous houses. It looks like a NES classic, but plays like a thoroughly modern (if relentlessly frenetic) touchscreen title. There&rsquo;s an amusingly knowing sense of humour at the heart of <em>HungryMaster</em>, too, notably during cut-scenes that ape curiously scripted Japanese titles. &ldquo;Does Saten like drink?&rdquo; &ldquo;Alcohol is the best!&rdquo; (To be fair, we can&rsquo;t argue.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hungrymaster/id439558626?mt=8" target="_blank">Download HungryMaster 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="HungryMaster" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/13-hungrymaster.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 14. QatQi (iPhone/iPad) </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>More or less welding <em>Scrabble</em> to <em>Rogue</em>, <em>QatQi</em> has you explore dungeons by building crosswords. As you roam, barriers and coins are discovered; and on completing a challenge, you&rsquo;re presented with interactive statistics comparing your score to other players from your town or country, or worldwide. There&rsquo;s a currency of sorts in undos, but these can be replenished with patience or by watching some ads if you don&rsquo;t want to fork out any real-world cash.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/qatqi/id519861748?mt=8" target="_blank">Download QatQi 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="QatQi" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/12-qatqi_0.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 13. Flockwork (iPad only) </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 sheep have escaped while the sheepdog snoozes, but have found themselves in a kind of ruminant hell. Landscapes are littered with traps and deadly clockwork wolves, and you must get the sheepish escapees home as rapidly as possible. The snag: every sheep follows your movements precisely, and so you must cleverly make use of the environment and shear woolpower to manoeuvre the sheep and ensure their survival.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/flockwork-addictive-sheep/id450451813?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Flockwork 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="900" height="675" title="Flockwork" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/11-flockwork.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 12. Flappy Golf (iPhone/iPad) </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 imagine quite a few golfers have at one time wished their balls had wings, to sneak in a short putt. And this game&rsquo;s all about the flapping, riffing off the&nbsp;<em>Flappy Bird&nbsp;</em>craze and smashing that title&rsquo;s mechanics into the developer&rsquo;s own&nbsp;<em>Super Stickman Golf 2</em>. The net result is surreal and brilliant &mdash; a challenging and strange arcade game with a berserk online multiplayer mode, where four people desperately try to flap their balls into a hole.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/flappy-golf/id833756002?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Flappy Golf 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="Flappy Golf" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Flappy-golf-iphone-ipad-ios-game.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 11. Frisbee Forever 2 (iPhone/iPad) </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&rsquo;s an almost Nintendo-style charm to this game that&rsquo;s ostensibly about flinging a plastic disc through the air. The mechanics are simple: move left and right to keep your disc on the right path, in order to collect stars that keep you aloft. But it&rsquo;s the beautifully rendered and realised environments - pirate ships anchored at desert islands; looming snowy cliffs; lost ruins - that keep you playing.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/frisbee-forever-2/id528241232?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Frisbee Forever 2 here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-apps-you-need-gamify-your-life/feature">Six apps you need to gamify your life</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="Frisbee Forever 2" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10-frisbee-forever.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 10. Bejeweled (iPhone)/Bejeweled HD (iPad) </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>PopCap&rsquo;s gem-swapper is one of the most famous games around, and it feels perfectly at home on the touchscreen. Along with the standard mode, you get several unique variations on the theme: in Butterflies, you must carefully consider every move, to ensure your winged creatures aren&rsquo;t eaten by a deadly spider; and in Diamond Mine, you battle against the clock to dig ever deeper into the ground, blasting away at the rock with explosive special gems.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bejeweled/id479536744?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Bejeweled here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bejeweled-hd/id517260318?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Bejeweled (HD) 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="900" height="675" title="Bejeweled" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9-bejeweled.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 9. Trainyard Express (iPhone/iPad) </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>Technically speaking, <em>Trainyard Express</em> is a demo for <em>Trainyard</em>, a game that comes with a (not exactly hefty) &pound;1.99/US$2.99 price-tag. In both games, the aim is to draw tracks to lead trains to stations of the same colour. At first, this is dead easy, but soon you&rsquo;re juggling multiple stations, rocks, colour-switching and train-merging, all on a tiny playfield. Our advice: devour this freebie and then immerse yourself in its commercial sibling.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/trainyard-express/id348724199?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Trainyard Express 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="Trainyard Express" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/8-trainyard-express.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 8. Darkside (iPhone/iPad) </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 twin-stick shooter updates Asteroids and wraps it around planetoids. The visuals are a treat, from the organic, spinning space rocks to the pyrotechnics on display as your powered-up ship seeks to obliterate everything around it. The free version of the game gives you the arcade mode, but for &pound;1.49/US$1.99 you unlock missions, survival mode and smart bombs.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/darkside/id524330924?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Darkside 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="900" height="675" title="Darkside" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7-darkside.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 7. Halcyon (iPad only) </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 unique take on match games, Halcyon also borrows heavily from sound toys. You match colour currents, guiding pairs by drawing paths between strings. As you do so, the strings play and colliding currents chime, resulting in a beautiful accompanying generative soundtrack. Make no mistake, though: this is no noodly puzzler, and some of the later levels are ferocious.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/halcyon/id387838417?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Halcyon 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="900" height="675" title="Halcyon" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6-halcyon.jpg?1397981867" /> </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"> 6. Smash Hit (iPhone/iPad) </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>Oddly cathartic, surprisingly atmospheric, and very compelling, Smash Hit is an abstract and semi-ambient smash &rsquo;em up. You float through the void, lobbing metal balls at crystals, which rewards you with yet more balls; all the while, you must judge which glass forms are about to collide with you and smash them to pieces. Each new level brings surprises, from power-ups through to lurching camera angles and intriguing new obstacles.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smash-hit/id603527166?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Smash Hit 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="2048" height="1536" title="Smash Hit" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smash-hit-iphone-ipad-ios-game.jpg?1397981867" /> </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-25"><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"> 5. Hero Academy (iPhone/iPad) </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>Chess meets fantasy in this asynchronous turn-based two-player effort. To win, you must obliterate your opponents or their gems, mastering and taking advantage of each of your team&rsquo;s special powers. Multiple boards and solo challenges add further scope for play, and if you&rsquo;re prepared to pay a little, you can buy additional teams.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hero-academy/id488156323?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Hero Academy 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="Hero Academy" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-hero-academy.jpg?1397981867" /> </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-26"><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. Zen Pinball (iPhone/iPad) </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&rsquo;s not much &lsquo;zen&rsquo; in this highly animated, exciting pinball, which adds to classic metal-ball-spanging with dynamic table elements. Free table Sorcerer&rsquo;s Lair gives you plenty to do as two siblings face off against an evil sorcerer. They must battle all manner of creepy crawlies, aided only by the power of friendly ghost Whisper, a smattering of mini-games, some dubious voice acting, and plenty of ramps, targets and multiball modes.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/zen-pinball/id465694275?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Zen Pinball 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="Zen Pinball" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-zen-pinball.jpg?1397981867" /> </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-27"><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. Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint (iPhone/iPad) </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>Show-Off Billiards would be an appropriate alternative name for this game that forces you to unlearn and relearn how to smack balls around a pool table. Here, there are no pockets &mdash; instead, you play the craziest possible trick-shots (bounce off table edges; &lsquo;buzz&rsquo; nearby balls) to score big points. As like-coloured balls stick together, you can create shapes for bigger bonuses. You get a bunch of tables for free, and more are available via IAP.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/magnetic-billiards-blueprint/id432152950?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint 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="Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3-magnetic-billards_0.jpg?1397981867" /> </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-28"><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 (iPhone/iPad) </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&rsquo;s a point where arcade racers lose all connection with reality and they&rsquo;re all the better for it. <em>Asphalt</em> isn&rsquo;t bothered by trivial concerns such as an actual car&rsquo;s inability to fly hundreds of metres through the air, or drift seemingly endlessly around gloriously sweeping bends; instead, it&rsquo;s all about the need for speed, zooming around beautifully rendered and inventive courses, occasionally smashing your rivals into a wall, just because you can. It&rsquo;s a touch shoppy and grindy, but there&rsquo;s hours of exhilarating racing here without spending a penny.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/asphalt-8-airborne/id610391947?mt=8" 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="900" height="675" title="Asphalt 8: Airborne" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-asphalt.jpg?1397981867" /> </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-29"><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. Letterpress (iPhone/iPad) </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 mash-ups and then there&rsquo;s <em>Letterpress</em>, the mash-up to beat them all, concocting an absurdly addictive stew from <em>Boggle</em> and <em>Risk</em>. The idea&rsquo;s easy: find words on a five-by-five grid. But the cunning bit is any tiles surrounded by ones you&rsquo;ve claimed are protected from your opponent during their next go. <em>Letterpress</em> therefore becomes a tug o&rsquo; war land-grab, more about strategic thinking than pure wordplay. For free, you can play two games simultaneously; &pound;1.49/US$1.99 unlocks unlimited games.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/letterpress-word-game/id526619424?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Letterpress here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">The 200 best games of all time</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="Letterpress" alt="iCheapskate: 30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone / iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1-letterpress.jpg?1397981867" /> </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 iPad and iPhone games </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature#comments Apple Apps and Games iOS games Smartphones Tablets Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:17:53 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431573 at http://www.stuff.tv The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-best-mobile-cricket-games-world/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup gets underway, we&#039;ve rounded up the best touchscreen takes on the connoisseur&#039;s bat&#039;n&#039;ball sport </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="Shot!" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-world-cricket-championship-001.jpg?1395365368" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Batsman against bowler. The thud of leather against willow. The clatter of yet another English wicket falling.</p> <p>Yes, the 2014 T20 cricket world cup in Bangladesh gets underway in earnest this week, so why not&nbsp;get in the mood for it by having a slogabout on one of the many cricket game apps. </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"><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"> 5) Cricket 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>The Play Store and App Store are stuffed with cricket games which look great but don&rsquo;t play very well, and Cricket Unlimited is one such example. Your batsman is fixed in place and although you can swipe in any direction to send the ball thataway, the lack of foot movement makes it feel a bit samey. It&rsquo;s also too easy: just press the Power Boost button before a shot and you&rsquo;re pretty much guaranteed a boundary. Bowling is similarly flawed - you choose the power, pitch and direction of a ball, but there&rsquo;s no distinction made between bowling type.</p> <p>Odd decisions abound too &ndash; CPU players attempt crazy runs, blatant LBWs are turned down and in one game, J.Ruahut (there are no real player names here. Presumably that&rsquo;s Joe Root) was given out stumped despite not having moved from the crease. Still, there are plenty of game options available and it&rsquo;s a decent enough way to pass 10 minutes. Just don&rsquo;t expect it to hold your attention for much longer than that.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭✩✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cricket-unlimited/id711398179?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Cricket Unlimited for iOS&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xtpl.cricketunlimited" target="_blank">Download Cricket Unlimited for Android&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">25 fantastic free Android games</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="Cricket Unlimited" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world Cricket Unlimited" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-cricket-unlimited-001.jpg?1395365368" /> </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"> 4) IPL Cricket Fever 2013 </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>IPL Cricket Fever 2013 is one of about a dozen cricket sims made by IndiaGames, and frankly we can&#39;t see much difference between them all. Still, this is probably the pick of them, bringing the razzmatazz of India&#39;s IPL to your mobile in some style. So you get cheerleaders, a multitude of modern flamboyant shots such as the scoop and the helicopter and more ads than a Saturday night on ITV. Seriously, you have to skip two before the game even starts.</p> <p>Once it does begin, you get a fairly good game, with a reasonable amount of batting and bowling control, nice graphics, genuine player names and even rudimentary commentary at key moments. Unfortunately, a few key flaws cost it dearly. When batting, there seems little relationship between the shot you play and where the ball ends up - even Chris Gayle would struggle to hit some of the shots that are possible here - and when bowling the CPU runs itself out about once an over.&nbsp;And while you can earn power-ups to boost your speed and six-hitting ability, the constant demands for in-app purchases begin to grate quite quickly.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭✩✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ipl-cricket-fever-lite-2013/id623162506?mt=8" target="_blank">Download&nbsp;IPL Cricket Fever 2013&nbsp;for iOS (from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.indiagames.cricketfeverchallenge" target="_blank">Download IPL Cricket Fever 2013 for Android&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</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="IPL Cricket Fever 2013" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world IPL Cricket Fever 2013" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-ipl-cricket-fever-2013-001.jpg?1395365368" /> </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) International Cricket Captain 2012 </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>ICC is the only game here that really nails the most important thing about cricket: stats. It&#39;s a management sim rather than an arcade smackabout &ndash; think Football Manager not FIFA - so you&rsquo;ll spend your time in it organising training, picking squads and setting tactics. And to do all that, you&#39;ll want to immerse yourself in the numbers. Lovely, lovely numbers.&nbsp;Within the game you&rsquo;ll find all-time averages for almost every professional player alive, meaning you could happily spend hours looking at it without actually starting a game. And what happy hours they&rsquo;d be.</p> <p>Once you drag yourself away from the stats and start playing, you have the option of skipping through matches or following them via text updates, with key moments presented as TV-style highlights. And although you&rsquo;re not technically controlling the players, you can have a major impact on the on-field action by setting batting and bowler aggression levels and positioning fielders. Alright, so &pound;4.99 is on the pricey side &ndash; especially given that all of the other games here are available for free, albeit most of them in Lite form &ndash; but what price many contended hours spent geeking out over averages? Just one question - can we have ICC 2014 now please?</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cricket-captain-2012/id554163563?mt=8" target="_blank">Download International Cricket Captain 2012 for iOS (&pound;4.99)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news">Threes! The most maddeningly addictive puzzle game ever</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="International Cricket Captain 2012" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world International Cricket Captain 2012" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-international-cricket-captain-2012-001.jpg?1395365368" /> </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"> 2) World Cricket Championship </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>Looking for a realistic arcade cricket game? Then WCC is pretty much your only choice. You get full control over your batting, with footwork, shot selection and timing all coming together in the way they should - hitting and hoping is very much a last resort. A clever confidence meter that builds up the longer you&#39;re in also plays a major role; attempt an ambitious shot too early in the innings and you&#39;ll soon be trudging back to the pavilion.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bowling isn&#39;t quite so rewarding, but you still get plenty of control over the deliveries and there&#39;s a real thrill when you send down three dot balls then tempt the batsman into chasing a wide one. Or at least we got a thrill from it. Maybe we&#39;ve been playing a little too much app cricket lately.</p> <p>The graphics are slick and detailed, animation is excellent and the whole thing has a quality, well-produced feel, with commentary, replays and the ability to edit player names. But be warned - it&#39;s hard. Stupidly so at first. Persevere, though, and you&#39;ll be rewarded with an entertaining, playable cricket sim that gets almost every aspect of the game right.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/world-cricket-championship/id486287740?mt=8" target="_blank">Download&nbsp;World Cricket Championship&nbsp;for iOS (from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextwave.wcc_lt" target="_blank">Download World Cricket Championship for Android&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/world-cricket-championship-lite/3f7c288d-c9d7-4861-ab67-d704bcfc662c" target="_blank">Download World Cricket Championship for Windows Phone 8&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</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="World Cricket Championship" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world World Cricket Championship" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-world-cricket-championship-002.jpg?1395365368" /> </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"> 1) Stick Cricket </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 Twenty20 of the cricket apps world, Stick Cricket shows tradition and realism the door and welcomes in big-hitting fun for a thrill-a-second party. Gameplay is simple: you control an endearingly angular stick figure with the sole aim of chasing down the opposition&rsquo;s total. They fire down deliveries; you smack them towards the boundary. And that&rsquo;s it &ndash; no bowling, no fielding, no running, no appeals, no fancy replays. Nothing except the ball whizzing towards you and the bat sending it skywards. Well, if you can hit it &ndash; timing is everything here, and it&rsquo;s all too easy to miss the cherry altogether or whack it straight down a fielder&rsquo;s throat.</p> <p>A variety of game modes (including a really tough World Cup sim) keep it fresh, and there are in-app purchases to add more. You can also buy new bats to improve your timing &ndash; although we&rsquo;d steer clear of the slightly overpriced &pound;20.99 SC Elite Limited Edition. So essentially it&rsquo;s a one-trick pony &ndash; but a really exciting pony that you won&rsquo;t tire of riding.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/stick-cricket/id406781620?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Stick Cricket for iOS (&pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sticksports.stickcricket" target="_blank">Download&nbsp;Stick Cricket for Android&nbsp;(&pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate: 25 amazing free games 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="1200" height="900" title="Stick Cricket" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world Stick Cricket" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-stick-cricket-001.gif?1395365368" /> </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/5-best-mobile-cricket-games-world/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-best-mobile-cricket-games-world/feature#comments Android Android apps Android games Apps and Games iOS iOS apps iOS games Fri, 21 Mar 2014 01:20:24 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434064 at http://www.stuff.tv Drop everything and try Threes! - a maddeningly addictive, perfect puzzle game http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The iOS and Android puzzle game that proves bad things don’t always come in threes </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="Drop everything and try Threes!, a maddeningly addictive, perfect puzzle game" alt="Drop everything and try Threes!, a maddeningly addictive, perfect puzzle game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/threes-on-nexus-4.jpg?1395209668" /> </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> <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><strong>Threes!, eh? What&rsquo;s that all about?</strong><br />Well, it&rsquo;s an iOS and Android puzzle game that proves bad things don&rsquo;t always come in&mdash;</p> <p><strong>You&rsquo;ve already done that joke. It&rsquo;s in big text at the top of the page</strong><br />Sorry. We&rsquo;re recycling a bit, copying and pasting, in order to fit in more games of Threes! Since getting hold of this puzzler when it was recently released for iPhone and iPad, our daily priorities have roughly been, in this order: breathing, eating, sleeping, Threes!, other stuff. Now it&rsquo;s on Android, too, there&rsquo;s no escape; but we&rsquo;re pretty sure we can cut down on that breathing thing, to squeeze in more Threes! time.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>But it really doesn&rsquo;t look like much. It&rsquo;s just a match game, right, where you slide tiles about?</strong><br />Yes, but that&rsquo;s how it gets you. You&rsquo;re all: &ldquo;Well, how dangerous can this be? It&rsquo;s JUST a simple puzzle game. I can put it down ANY TIME I CHOOSE. I don&rsquo;t HAVE to stay up until four in the morning, getting the best score among my similarly addicted chums.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>So what sets Threes! apart from all the other puzzlers out there?</strong><br />The underlying mechanics are ingeniously simple, but give you almost endless scope for improving your strategy and gradually boosting your scores. At its core, it&rsquo;s a basic match game: you merge a 1 and 2 to make a 3, and then pairs of cards are merged to double their face value. As you swipe, though, every card on the tiny four-by-four grid slides in that direction; and on every move, a new card enters the grid in a random empty space on the edge you swiped away from. It&rsquo;s game over when you get stuck, and so you must think many moves ahead. It&rsquo;s a bit like chess, but with oddly cute cards spouting catchphrases.</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="2000" title="Pairs of 192s and 12s gaze lovingly at each other, anticipating being merged" alt="Pairs of 192s and 12s gaze lovingly at each other, anticipating being merged" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3-happy-faces.jpg?1395209668" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Cards with&hellip; catchphrases? Are you drunk again?</strong><br />There&rsquo;s no time for that these days! Haven&rsquo;t you been listening? But the cuteness and catchphrase things are yet more great aspects of Threes!, in that there&rsquo;s personality infused throughout what could have otherwise been a dry (if still absurdly addictive) game. The little cards are each formally introduced the first time they appear, and when a pair arrives on-screen, they chirp at each other, in anticipation of being merged. Oh, and then there&rsquo;s the clever scoring system, where each tile&rsquo;s worth three times its predecessor&rsquo;s value. So a 3 is worth 3, but a 6 is worth 9, and a 12 is worth 27. Get a 768, and that&rsquo;s worth 19,683 points! It really urges you on to figure out how to reach those big cards &mdash; with just &lsquo;one more go&rsquo; after having already had several &lsquo;one more goes&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>&hellip;</strong><br />Hello?</p> <p><strong>&hellip;</strong><br />Are you there?</p> <p><strong>Busy. Playing Threes! Go away</strong><br />Ah, OK. Well, there&rsquo;s an infographic with more about Threes! below, if you want to know some interesting facts and find out how you&rsquo;re doing compared to everyone else&hellip;</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="2000" title="No more moves, and our final tally is 8,451. We can do better. *plays more Threes!*" alt="No more moves, and our final tally is 8,451. We can do better. *plays more Three" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-final-score.jpg?1395209668" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>&hellip;</strong><br />&hellip;</p> <p><strong>&hellip;</strong><br />&hellip;</p> <p>*tumbleweed*</p> <p><strong>CODA:</strong> The world economy nosedives as everyone becomes glued to Threes! Stuff apologises for the inconvenience and upcoming dystopia, where oil or water won&rsquo;t be currency, but instead still-powered-up devices with working copies of Threes! installed. To help bring about the end of civilisation, grab your own copy: it&rsquo;s <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/threes!/id779157948?mt=8" target="_blank">$1.99/&pound;1.49 for iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vo.threes.exclaim" target="_blank">$1.99/&pound;1.20 on Google Play, for Android</a>.</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="1650" title="Infographic" alt="Infographic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-infographic.jpg?1395209668" /> </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> Android games Apps and Games iOS games Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:27:04 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433728 at http://www.stuff.tv Freemium and in-app purchasing in iPhone and iPad gaming can be a pro, not just a con http://www.stuff.tv/apple/freemium-and-iap-iphone-and-ipad-gaming-can-be-pro-not-just-con/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In-app purchases don’t have to be a grind – they can benefit developers and gamers alike, says Craig Grannell </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="Dungeon Keeper – the latest game to run afoul of gamers&#039; ire because of IAP " alt="Dungeon Keeper – the latest game to run afoul of gamers&#039; ire because of IAP " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/04-dungeon-keeper.jpg?1392259066" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On January 15, Apple and the US Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement regarding a complaint about in-app purchases.</p> <p>In return for the FTC calling off its attack dogs and dropping the lawsuit, Apple would refund a whopping $32.5 million to customers. According to the complaint, those customers were often parents unaware their darling little tykes were burning through next month&rsquo;s rent on in-app purchases lurking within iOS games.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For some, this latest incident provides more evidence that in-app purchases and associated business models are inherently evil. It cements a line of thinking that freemium, free-to-play and IAP &ndash;&nbsp;either alone or in some combination &ndash;&nbsp;are a cancer eating away at the foundation of the mobile app ecosystem, especially gaming.</p> <p>The most recent target of gamers&#39; ire is&nbsp;EA&#39;s Dungeon Keeper, which uses IAP to charge for resources that are used to speed up play. With IAP enabling gamers to skip lengthy wait times to open up new areas of their dungeon, it&#39;s been characterised as a &quot;free-to-wait&quot; game. Even Peter Molyneux, creator of the original Dungeon Keeper, has&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26033685" target="_blank">weighed in</a>&nbsp;on the argument, saying that, &quot;I don&#39;t want to schedule it on my alarm clock for six days to come back for a block to be chipped.&quot;</p> <p>Dungeon Keeper and other games are the subject of countless hyperbolic rants; you&rsquo;ll find sentiments about the halcyon days of &lsquo;real gaming&rsquo;, where you&rsquo;d only spend a fixed sum on any game, and harsh warnings that any &lsquo;real gamer&rsquo; daring to install a game including IAP should be subjected, in a locked room, to an infinite loop of Amiga disaster Rise of the Robots, until such a point as their brain makes a break for it, consigning them to merciful oblivion.</p> <p>Commonplace arguments state that iOS gaming is now little more than about grinding out revenue from near-oblivious player automatons, with every title a mini-casino.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">25 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</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="70 quid for consumable in-app currency? What a non-bargain!" alt="70 quid for consumable in-app currency? What a non-bargain!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/01-tapped-out.jpg?1392259066" /> </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 case for IAP </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>Reality is more nuanced (apart from the bit about the dire Rise of the Robots, natch). Many developers are &ndash;&nbsp;perhaps surprisingly &ndash;&nbsp;broadly in favour of IAP and various free-to-play models.</p> <p>They argue these things enable fans to spend more money than they might otherwise on games they truly enjoy, incentivising those who created it, adding that iOS game pricing is ludicrously low compared to most other platforms, and so any potential for ongoing income is welcome.&nbsp;Without barriers to entry, games must also place more emphasis on rewarding mechanics and immediacy rather than attempting to hoodwink them with pretty screen grabs, thereby potentially further improving things for the player.</p> <p>IAP can also enable digital releases to be sustainable in the long term, which is important on a platform that has trained users to expect regular updates forever, for free. All development work needs funding, and if iOS gamers refuse to understand games and apps might have a limited shelf life as Apple blazes ahead from iOS 5 to iOS 6 to iOS 7 and beyond (while also refusing to provide any kind of paid-update option for existing titles), IAP looks to be a useful solution.</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="Letterpress shows that not all IAP is evil – here, £1.49 unlocks the entire game" alt="Letterpress shows that not all IAP is evil – here, £1.49 unlocks the entire game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/02-letterpress.jpg?1392259066" /> </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"> Why no demos, Apple? </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 not to say problems don&rsquo;t exist, because they very clearly do, not least when kids are spending thousands on the equivalent of virtual magic beans. It could be beneficial for everyone if Apple allowed demos for apps and games, thereby removing the need for products with single-IAP unlocks &ndash;&nbsp;although some developers would argue the free period would lead to people playing for a short time and then abandoning the product for something else that&rsquo;s free.</p> <p>Still, Apple could &ndash;&nbsp;and should &ndash;&nbsp;also consider making parental controls far more obvious, allowing developers to charge for updates, and limiting the top IAP tier, thereby encouraging genuinely <em>micro</em> transactions rather than ludicrously large payments.</p> <p>Mostly, though, what&rsquo;s needed is for the wider industry to recognise that exploiting its audience isn&rsquo;t a smart move, and that a better balance needs to be found when it comes to in-app purchases. They need to be about value and reward, not just a cash grab.</p> <p>Until that point, the smart move isn&rsquo;t to tar IAP and related issues with the broadest possible brush. Instead, embrace those titles and products that use the model well, and take developers to task that reek of greed, swindling and vile accountants with an evil glint in the eye.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature" target="_blank">25 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="1200" height="900" title="Magnetic Billiards offers transactions that are mostly ‘micro’ in nature. Its developer supports IAP, arguing it can extend the life of low-priced or free iOS games" alt="Magnetic Billiards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/03-magnetic-billiards.jpg?1392259066" /> </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/freemium-and-iap-iphone-and-ipad-gaming-can-be-pro-not-just-con/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/freemium-and-iap-iphone-and-ipad-gaming-can-be-pro-not-just-con/feature#comments Apple Apps and Games iOS apps iOS games iPhone & iPad Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:23:39 +0000 Stephen Graves 1432286 at http://www.stuff.tv The tragic future of Nintendo on iPhone, iPad and Android http://www.stuff.tv/tragic-future-nintendo-iphone-ipad-and-android/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You think Nintendo should scrap its consoles and head for other platforms? We’ve seen where this leads, and it isn’t pretty… </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="Nintendo on iOS" alt="Nintendo on iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nintendo-mobile-01.jpg?1391698174" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s 2015, and tech hacks the world over are heartily slapping each-other&rsquo;s backs, because Nintendo&rsquo;s done exactly what they demanded in a slew of know-it-all opinion pieces.</p> <p>The Japanese gaming giant spent 2014 slowly winding down production of its consoles, leading to last-minute panic-buying of the few remaining <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/nintendo-3ds/review" target="_blank">3DS</a> handhelds and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo-wii-u/review" target="_blank">Wii U</a> consoles on the shelves.</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"> Game Over </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>On installing and launching New New Super Mario Bros., there is the usual tingling sensation of excitement. Sure, Nintendo is just recycling its own IP yet again, but recycled Nintendo has in previous years still bettered the vast majority of other handheld games. And given that New Super Mario Bros. and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-super-mario-bros-2/review" target="_blank">New Super Mario Bros. 2</a> were both modern classics, how could New New Super Mario Bros. be anything but? It has twice as much new, after all!</p> <p>But tapping &lsquo;Start&rsquo; sends a chill down the spine. What is this? Mario is in low-quality 3D? And hang on, he&rsquo;s running without you holding down any controls, virtual or otherwise! &ldquo;Tap to jump&rdquo;, says the flashed-up instruction window. &ldquo;Swipe down to slide.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hang on, isn&rsquo;t this just&hellip; Temple Run? Confusion immediately leads to the first death, as Mario is killed by a suspiciously out-of-place Toyota Corolla. This is swiftly followed by the first of many shop pop-ups: Would you like a &lsquo;Castleful of Mushrooms&rsquo; for &pound;69.99? How about &pound;1.99 for a (single-use) Star? And for just &pound;4.99, permanently unlock Mario&rsquo;s &lsquo;Racoon Suit&rsquo;!</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/apple-ipad-mini-retina-display-vs-amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-7/feature" target="_blank">Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7</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="Nintendo on iOS" alt="Nintendo on iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo-mobile-06.jpg?1391698174" /> </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="Nintendo on iOS" alt="Nintendo on iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo-mobile-03_0.jpg?1391698174" /> </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"> Our princess is in another castle </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>Jaws hit the floor in a deafening crescendo. Nintendo is gone, and in its place is the mere husk of a great gaming company that once was. The few savvy commentators still alive after the great journo purge of 2014 point out that they&rsquo;d warned everyone about this.</p> <p>They&rsquo;d said Nintendo had thrived because &mdash; rather like Apple &mdash; they owned both hardware and software, and could therefore innovate around the company&rsquo;s own platform. They&rsquo;d warned Nintendo that offering &lsquo;free&rsquo; demos or mini-games on iOS or Android would be pointless, given that people into freebies burn through free content and then merely seek out more free content, rather than immediately popping out to buy some new hardware and plastic games cartridges. They&rsquo;d urged caution based on what had become of Sega and Namco, both once proud companies now reduced to whoring out old properties and packing them full of freemium nastiness and in-app purchases.</p> <p>And now Nintendo is irreversibly caught in the quagmire, never to be the same again.</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="Nintendo on iOS" alt="Nintendo on iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo-mobile-04.jpg?1391698174" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Naturally, though, because a large number of smartphone gamers have no taste and seemingly hate up-front purchases but are happy to waste small fortunes on IAP, New New Super Mario Bros. hits number one on Google Play and in the &lsquo;most grossing&rsquo; section of the iOS App Store, staying put until the heat death of the universe, occasionally troubled only by follow-up Nintendo hits Fruit-Swap Zelda, artillery game Angry Kirby, and one-thumb side-on iCopter knock-off F-Zero Mobile.</p> <p>On seeing Nintendo raking in cash once again, the very relieved hacks feel vindicated, right up until the point they are bludgeoned to death by ex-Nintendo fans wielding specially sharpened NES controllers.</p> <p>[Samsung Galaxy S4 render by <a href="http://wahashmi.deviantart.com/art/Useful-Samsung-Galaxy-S4-PSD-366408743" target="_blank">wahashmi</a>; iOS renders via <a href="http://www.pixeden.com/psd-mock-up-templates/ipad-mini-psd-vector-mockup" target="_blank">Pixeden</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wii-u/nintendo-wii-u-5-best-games-2013/feature" target="_blank">The 5 best Nintendo Wii U games so far</a>&nbsp;</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="Nintendo on Android" alt="Nintendo on Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo-mobile-05.jpg?1391698174" /> </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="Nintendo on iOS" alt="Nintendo on iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo-mobile-02_0.jpg?1391698174" /> </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"> Why Nintendo game apps are a bad idea </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tragic-future-nintendo-iphone-ipad-and-android/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/tragic-future-nintendo-iphone-ipad-and-android/feature#comments Android apps Apple Apps and Games iOS games Nintendo Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:18:08 +0000 Stephen Graves 1431974 at http://www.stuff.tv Drop everything and try: Lyne, a beautiful new puzzle game http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-lyne/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Knot your brain while calming your soul in a game that is deceptively simple but surprisingly complex </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="926" height="695" title="Drop everything and try: Lyne" alt="Drop everything and try: Lyne" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lyne-main.jpg?1389967711" /> </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> <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"> So this game’s “deceptively simple but surprisingly complex”? I bet it’s a puzzle 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>Yep.&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-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"> So what does this one do? </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 get a grid on which various shapes are placed. All you have to do is join strings of identical shapes (starting and ending with those that have a white centre), without crossing any of the lines. Because as we all learned from Ghostbusters, you never cross the lines (streams).&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="1560" height="1170" title="Drop everything and try: Lyne" alt="Drop everything and try: Lyne" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lyne-3.jpg?1389967711" /> </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"> That all sounds a bit familiar… </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 does. Lyne doesn&rsquo;t really do anything new, and we&rsquo;ve seen a bunch of somewhat similar titles elsewhere. But innovation isn&rsquo;t always the hallmark of a great game &mdash; sometimes just doing something brilliantly, with oodles of style, polish and panache, elevates your creation above its contemporaries.</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"> 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"> And I take it that’s the case here — or are you just hallucinating again after too many games of Boson X? </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&rsquo;s no funny business going on here (as you&rsquo;ll be all too aware from our terrible puns) &mdash; we really are in awe about how lovely Lyne is.</p> <p>As you drag paths across the shapes, they lazily spin and emit a little robotic panpipe noise. The strict grid &mdash; all 90- and 45- degree angles &mdash; results in a beautiful kind of stark minimalism, but also sets a framework that allows the game to start off easy but gradually become more complex.</p> <p>The first level&rsquo;s just about connecting two shapes, but you&rsquo;re soon battling junction boxes that require you to enter them a specific number of times.</p> <p>And for a game primarily designed for the touchscreen, Lyne feels pleasingly tactile, with shapes and paths responding immediately to your touch, and enabling you to temporarily pause one route while you try to figure out another.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-boson-x/feature" target="_blank">Drop Everything and Try: BOSON X</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="1370" height="1028" title="Drop everything and try: Lyne" alt="Drop everything and try: Lyne" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lyne-1.jpg?1389967711" /> </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"> Touchscreen? Uh-oh. I bet this is only available for the bloody iPhone, right? </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>Nope. Lyne <em>is</em> on the iPhone (and iPad), but the developer loves everyone equally, because it&rsquo;s also available for Android, Windows Phone, and also for Windows, Mac and Linux computers. OK, so maybe he doesn&rsquo;t love <em>everyone</em> equally &mdash; sorry, Amiga owners, but it really is time to switch platforms.</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"> 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"> OK, sounds good. But what if I get stuck, or, conversely, eat ‘brain food’ and fly through the entire game in six seconds. What then, eh? </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 developer&rsquo;s wisely avoided the painfully linear progress model found in many puzzle games &ndash; instead of completing one level to unlock the next, they&rsquo;re made available in batches of 25.</p> <p>Also, of the hundred or so we&rsquo;ve so far tried, all are possible to complete in a minute or two if you&rsquo;re willing to experiment and rapidly iterate.</p> <p>But if you are some kind of genius with a penchant for minimal puzzle games starring geometric shapes, you&rsquo;re also in luck: once you&rsquo;ve completed the first two sets of puzzles in Lyne, you unlock daily procedurally generated challenges.</p> <p>Bucking the trend of modern mobile games, you also don&rsquo;t have to pay extra for them. Now we really do wonder if we&rsquo;re hallucinating&hellip;</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="3106" height="2329" title="Drop everything and try: Lyne" alt="Drop everything and try: Lyne" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lyne-4.jpg?1389967711" /> </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"> Where to get 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>You can download Lyne for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thomasbowker.lynerelease" target="_blank">Android</a> (&pound;1.60/$2.50), <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lyne/id731753333?ls=1&amp;mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> (&pound;1.99/$2.99), <a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/lyne/bf04e86a-cf61-491e-b095-a257fb725f5e" target="_blank">Windows Phone</a> (&pound;1.99/$2.49) or <a href="http://www.lynegame.com" target="_blank">Windows/Mac/Linux</a> ($3).</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="2312" height="1734" title="Drop everything and try: Lyne" alt="Drop everything and try: Lyne" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lyne-end.jpg?1389967711" /> </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"> You might also like </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><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-pingtune/feature" target="_blank">Drop everything and try: PingTune</a><br /><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-pindrop/feature" target="_blank">Drop everything and try: Pin Drop</a><br /><a 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href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-waiting-line-3d/news" target="_blank">Drop everything and try: Waiting In Line 3D</a><br /><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/windows-8/drop-everything-and-try-star-wars-tiny-death-star/news" target="_blank">Drop everything and try Star Wars: Tiny Death Star</a><br /><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-super-tory-boy/news" target="_blank">Drop everything and try: Super Tory Boy</a></strong></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"> 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"> Drop everything and try: Lyne </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-lyne/feature#comments Android games Apps and Games Gaming iOS games Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:06:19 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431341 at http://www.stuff.tv The 20 best free iPad Air and iPad Mini apps http://www.stuff.tv/ipad-air/20-free-ipad-air-and-ipad-mini-apps-you-must-download-christmas-day/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff’s pick of the top iOS apps to download for your Apple tablet - and they won’t cost you a penny </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="2400" height="1556" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iPadminiRD_4up_wHand_iOS7-PRINT.jpg?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With everything from robot unicorns to panda apps on offer, we&#39;ve rounded up the best apps for the iPad Air and iPad Mini.</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/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</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"> Dots </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>Absurdly addictive, Dots is an incredibly simple game that sees you join the dots on screen rather like a turbocharged Connect 4. It&#39;s a simple, easy to understand game, but give it a few minutes and you&#39;ll be hooked - and Christmas Day will disappear in a blur or bright colours and plinky plonk sound effects. There are lots of features to unlock, from a gravity version to special Chrismtas modes, all designed to keep you hooked.</p> <p><a href="http://weplaydots.com/" target="_blank">Download here</a></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="843" height="403" title="Dots" alt="Dots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7845_326403337504094_1238078502_n_0.png?1397044710" /> </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"> Real Racing 3 </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 think iOS games can&#39;t rival a console, then take a look at Real Racing 3, a superb, fully featured racing game. The graphics are stunning, and more importantly it&#39;s one of the most playable racers we&#39;ve tried, with the tilt screen steering working brilliantly. There&#39;s a career mode to keep you going through the holidays, and regular updates, the latest of which has brought multiplayer racing in real time.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-racing-3/id556164008?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></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="656" height="369" title="Real Racing 3" alt="Real Racing 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RR3_screen02_656x369.jpg?1397044710" /> </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"> WWF Together </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>Perfect for Panda fans everywhere, WWF Together is a stunning exapmple of how iPads can be used for education. It&#39;s an amazing interactive piece of work highlighting key endangered species, and letting users see some stunning photography and facts about each. It&#39;s already been chosen by Apple as one of their top apps of 2013, and we agree - go get it now.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/wwf-together/id581920331?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></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="960" height="600" title="WWF Together" alt="WWF Together" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WWF-together-ipad-app.jpg?1397044710" /> </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"> Robot Unicorn Attack 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>As well as being possibly the best named game in existence,&nbsp;Robot Unicorn Attack 2 is a superb game that sees you guiding your unicorn across a variety of terrains. It&#39;s utterly absurd, but also brilliant - after all, who hasn&#39;t dreamed of riding a unicorn into battle.</p> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/robot-unicorn-attack-2/id541672969?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></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="1136" height="640" title="Robot Unicorn Attack 2" alt="Robot Unicorn Attack 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4326.jpeg?1397044710" /> </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"> YouTube </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>Google&#39;s YouTube app was unceremoniously yanked from the iPad along with Maps, but it has come back leaner, faster and better. It&#39;s a superb little app, giving you access to everything in the YouTube world, from your favourites to your subscriptions, in a simple, easy to understand app anyone will be able to use - a real essential for any iPad owner.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/youtube/id544007664?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></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="1024" height="768" title="YouTube" alt="YouTube" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0024.png?1397044710" /> </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"> Solar Walk 3D </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 those classic apps used to demo iPads, this app lets you, as the name suggests, walk through the solar system - with a mass of educational information on everything from planets to Nasa rovers. It looks stunning, with 3D walkthorughs, cutaways and loads of knowledge for the budding Brian Cox.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/solar-walk-3d-solar-system/id347546771?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></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/yvwF3e7MSvI" 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-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"> Pages </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">Apple&rsquo;s own word processor received a huge overhaul this year, turning into an incredibly capable, Microsoft beating tool and integrates with Apple&rsquo;s iCloud online storage. Brilliantly, for new iPad owners it&#39;s also free, so what are you waiting for...</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/pages/id361309726?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></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="1964" height="1216" title="Pages" alt="Pages" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hero_hero_2x.png?1397044710" /> </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"> GarageBand </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 we&#39;re on the subject of Apple&#39;s apps, GarageBand is by far the best and easiest to use music creation app on the market. It also revived a huge overhaul this year, fully spruced up for iOS 7. It can now run unto 32 different tracks concurrently - not bad when you consider Queen&rsquo;s Bohemian Rhapsody only used 28.</p> <p><a href="http://www.apple.com/ios/garageband/" target="_blank">Download here</a></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="1412" height="1060" title="GarageBand" alt="GarageBand" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gallery_play_touch_2x.jpg?1397044710" /> </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"> DJAY 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>If Garageband is just a bit too indie-rock, then hit the decks with Djay 2 instead. One of the first apps to take advantage of the iPhone 5s and iPad Air 64-bit processor, Djay 2 is phenomenally powerful, letting you mix together music, and can even automatically match the pitch so your mashups will sound better than ever. It&#39;s also pretty simple to use, so you&#39;ll be mixing the Christmas carols together in no time.</p> <p>Just perhaps use the headphones, for the sanity of the rest of your family.</p> <p><a href="http://www.algoriddim.com/djay-ipad" target="_blank">Download here</a></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/mSsXrPxJ2rc" 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-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"> duilingo </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 arguing with the family has gotten too much, why not learn another language instead? A unique approach to learning a language, Duolingo lets you learn a language through playing games against others, and you can even help translate web pages as you learn. It&#39;s surprisingly good fun, and the perfect education app, as you&#39;ll quite often forget you&#39;re actually learning as you play.</p> <p><a href="http://www.duolingo.com/" target="_blank">Download here</a></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="1024" height="768" title="duilingo" alt="duilingo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/duolingo.png?1397044710" /> </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"> Google+ </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 know, it got off to a bad start, but trust us - Google&rsquo;s social network has come on in leaps and bounds, and on the iPad in particular, looks absolutely stunning. It still hasn&#39;t quite gotten the engagement of Twitter or Facebook, but it is well worth loading up - particularly as Google continues to improve it.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/google+/id447119634" target="_blank">Download here</a></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/DWxjyZgAcP4" 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-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"> Spotify </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 best music service out there, and with an interface that makes it easy to explore every feature from the smaller screen, Spotify also now lets you listen for free on the iPad - hurrah! It&#39;s also a great looking app, with an excellent discover section, although its recommendations can be a little hit or miss at times.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/spotify/id324684580" target="_blank">Download here</a></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="2137" height="1138" title="Spotify" alt="Spotify" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lifestyle-3.jpg?1397044710" /> </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"> Triptease </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>Unashamed travel porn, Triptease is one of the best looking iPad apps on the market. It blends together stunning photography with user submitted reviews, and is quickly turning into an excellent resource for the discerning traveller - and a great way to waste time for the armchair traveller.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/triptease/id616111580?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></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="Triptease" alt="Triptease" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0143.PNG?1397044710" /> </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"> 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>Astonishingly addictive, this simple little game is about creating an uninterrupted flow of colourful lines. Fiendishly difficult in later levels, it&#39;s a superb example of the kind if smart, simple to use apps that shows gaming is all about the mobile device rather than the console for many.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flow-free/id526641427?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></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/jkq2lCGneyc" 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-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"> Sky Go </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&rsquo;re already a Sky subscriber, then this is a no-brainer. Sky&rsquo;s TV app has gone from strength to strength, and the breadth of content it now offers is superb, particularly as you can get BBC, Channel 4 and 5 content alongside Sky&rsquo;s own - making this simply the the best TV app out there.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sky-go/id446086440?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></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="416" title="Sky Go" alt="Sky Go" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky_go_extra_4_0.jpg?1397044710" /> </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"> Netflix </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 you&#39;re on a TV watching tip, Netflix is well worth a download, and new users get 30 days free to try out its vast catalogue of TV and films. It&#39;s also well worth checking out its exclusive new series, such as House of Cards and Orange.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/netflix/id363590051?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></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/Rf21Q9L01yc" 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-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"> Facebook </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>An obvious choice, but if you&#39;re just using Facebook through your iPad&#39;s browser, stop what you&#39;re doing and go and get the app immediately. It&#39;s a very well designed, slick experience, and one Facebook has worked hard on - which shows.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/facebook/id284882215?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></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="596" height="447" title="Facebook" alt="Facebook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/851557_489040777816559_395429545_n.png?1397044710" /> </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"> Twitter </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>Another obvious but essential download. Twitter&#39;s iPad app has made some tremendous improvements, and although we miss being able to access lists easily (if you&#39;re an addict, try tweetlist), this is a nice way to take part in the endless discussions about Christmas TV without having to actually speak to your family.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/twitter/id333903271?mt=8" target="_blank">Download now</a></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="531" title="Twitter" alt="Twitter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10073432733_86c9f55212_c.jpg?1397044710" /> </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"> Kindle </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>Amazon&#39;s Kindle reader is the go-to book reader for most people, with good reason. It&#39;s simple, easy to use and has a great catalogue - just be warned that on iOS, you&#39;ll have to go buy new books in a browser rather than from the app.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/id302584613" target="_blank">Download here</a></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="1024" height="748" title="Kindle" alt="Kindle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-2.png?1397044710" /> </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"> BBC iplayer </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 catch-up TV app, the iPlayer is the choice for the discrening bedroom iPad user, giving you full access to the BBC&#39;s online service, with the ability to download programmes for offline viewing - so no need to watch anything else even when you&#39;re on holiday.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bbc-iplayer/id416580485?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></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="608" height="342" title="BBC iplayer" alt="BBC iplayer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/608.jpeg?1397044710" /> </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"> Don't paginate </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/ipad-air/20-free-ipad-air-and-ipad-mini-apps-you-must-download-christmas-day/feature#comments Apps and Games iOS iOS apps iOS games iPad Air iPad Mini Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:14:13 +0000 Mark Prigg 1430381 at http://www.stuff.tv ZX Spectrum resurrected as a Bluetooth keyboard, of course http://www.stuff.tv/zx-spectrum-resurrected-bluetooth-keyboard/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More than 30 years after it first launched, the rubber-keyed icon is making a comeback </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="ZX Spectrum Bluetooth keyboard" alt="ZX Spectrum Bluetooth keyboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zx-spectrum-bt-keyboard.jpg?1387788505" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The ZX Spectrum is coming back &ndash; but it&rsquo;s coming back as a Bluetooth accessory for your phone.</p> <p>Elite Systems has announced that it&rsquo;ll be resurrecting the 1982 computer as a Bluetooth keyboard that&rsquo;ll work in tandem with an iOS app (and later, apps for Android, Windows Phone, PC and Mac).</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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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"> Party like it&#039;s 1982 </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>Elite Systems&rsquo; idea is that you can use it to play their extensive collection of Spectrum games from the App Store (such as the officially-licensed <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/zx-spectrum-elite-collection/id391336343?mt=8">ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection</a>) in authentic ZX fashion &ndash; yes, rubber keys and all. It will, naturally, work as a regular Bluetooth keyboard too, so it should jive nicely with pretty much any app or game.&nbsp;Imagine pairing it with an iPad to create a totally incongruous portable work setup.</p> <p>The company is preparing a <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/952953995/1706707152?token=178af0ea">&pound;60,000 Kickstarter campaign</a> for the keyboard, which it says will cost between &pound;40 and &pound;50 when it arrives. Quite when that will be is not yet clear, but we&rsquo;ll keep you posted.</p> <p>In the meantime, fans of British retro computers can indulge their sense of nostalgia with our pick of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-best-zx-spectrum-homages/news">best ZX Spectrum homages</a>.</p> <p>[<a href="http://bluetoothzxspectrum.elite-systems.co.uk/">Elite Systems</a>]</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> iOS games iPad iPhone Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:37:32 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430307 at http://www.stuff.tv 16 classic game remakes you have to play http://www.stuff.tv/16-classic-game-remakes-you-have-play/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A collection of game classics even more awesome than you remember, rebuilt from scratch to run on modern hardware. </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="588" height="441" title="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" alt="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/game-controllers.jpg?1387534640" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you remember the first time? The moment you realised you could go off grid in GTA and do whatever your twisted id desired? The day you stumbled across the Lightning Gun in Quake and gibbed a room full of fiends with electric death? That time you cleared a full screen in Tetris, with no time to punch the air as the next block fell?</p> <p>All these moments will be lost. Like tears. In rain. If only you could go back and discover your favourite game memories again, for the first time.</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/karl-hodge" title="View user profile.">Karl Hodge</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. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition </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>Is it possible for a remade game to achieve perfection? The 2009 special edition of 1990&rsquo;s The Secret of Monkey Island makes a persuasive argument.</p> <p>Of course, Monkey Island is an ideal candidate; a heavily scripted point and click adventure with a series of static screens and rudimentary character animation. But let&rsquo;s not take anything away from the achievement.&nbsp;</p> <p>Already regarded as a classic, the 2009 version does more than simply polish here and resize there. It&rsquo;s a recreation of the original that retains everything that worked and sumptuously updates everything that has stopped working.</p> <p>All the bits that &ldquo;wake the dreamer&rdquo;, like the original&rsquo;s 256 colour palette and 8 bit audio, have been replaced. Hand drawn illustrations, a remastered soundtrack and freshly recorded voicework take their stead.</p> <p>The Secret of Monkey Island frequently features in reviewers lists of all-time favourite games for its zany humour, balanced gameplay and compelling storyline. The Special Edition, which is available on almost every platform there is, ensures that it will stay there.</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="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" alt="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monkey_0.jpg?1387534640" /> </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. Doom 3 </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>To be pedantic, 2004&rsquo;s Doom 3 was a reboot rather than a remake. One that many critics thought failed to live up to the hype. How could it? The original, 20 year old Doom was a revolution for First Person Shooters. To match the innovation of its source material, Doom 3 would have needed to laser project Cacodemons directly onto the retinae of its players.&nbsp;</p> <p>But, here&rsquo;s the rub. Doom 3 is now nearly 10 years old and it retains all the claustrophobia, creepiness and chaos you remember from Doom while, quite frankly, looking awesome &nbsp;- especially in the recently released BFG edition for PC, which tweaks lighting, sound and textures for modern systems.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some critics moaned about the corridor battles and jump scares; the moments of panic where a once unoccupied room would crackle into darkness and spit hostile NPCs at you. Well, duh - so did the original. It&rsquo;s Doom. That&rsquo;s the fricking point.</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="960" height="720" title="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" alt="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/doom3.jpg?1387534640" /> </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. Legend of Grimrock </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>Spawned in a golden age, Dungeon Master was the Atari ST classic that combined brain taunting puzzles with brawn testing battles as you explored the bowels of a Mediaeval castle.</p> <p>The &lsquo;80s RPG and its similarly loved sequel Chaos Strikes Back boasted 3D environments, rendered in 2D. Though your four-strong party&rsquo;s movements were restricted to 90 degree turns on a step by step grid, you never felt less than completely immersed in a world where animated skeletons, poisonous fungi and murderous mummies could be hiding around any corner.</p> <p>2012&rsquo;s Legend of Grimrock for Mac and PC &nbsp;owes everything to Dungeon Master. Though the level design is different, the gameplay is re-crafted from the bottom of its boots to the top of its helmet. There&rsquo;s one key difference; though the grid is retained, Grimrock&rsquo;s environments and monsters are 3D.&nbsp;</p> <p>Torturously hard, even on medium - but rewarding you with nostalgic warmth in every level - Grimrock is how remakes should be. A little bit of homage and a lot of innovation. And if you really want to play Dungeon Master again, you can do that with an add-on mod.</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/_HnTeQFBIq0" 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-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. Tomb Raider Anniversary </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>Tomb Raider was ambitious back in 1996, with its cavernous arenas, nascent use of polygonal 3D and Lara Croft&rsquo;s pointy assets. There&rsquo;s more emphasis on puzzle solving and exploration than you might remember, probably because you were hypnotised by the aforementioned pointiness. As for shooting stuff, though Lara has since euthanised species across seven continents, there wasn&rsquo;t as much of that in the original game. It was better for it.</p> <p>A grand total of nine other entries have been made since, but only two are genuinely worth revisiting - 2013&rsquo;s recent full reboot Tomb Raider and 2007&rsquo;s Tomb Raider: Anniversary.</p> <p>A near complete remake, with a new engine and enhanced mechanics (developed for the seventh game in the series, Tomb Raider Legend), it somehow clones the memory you have of playing the original.&nbsp;</p> <p>Every location is present, but there&rsquo;s more to explore, with environments you can shimmy around and ropes and poles to climb. And, of course, Lara is a little more rounded as a character - both physically and intellectually.</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="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" alt="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tomb.jpg?1387534640" /> </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. Elite: Dangerous </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>I make no apology for including a game that&rsquo;s still in development. Though experience tells us that high levels of expectation are often mashed into a stinky paste of disappointment, this is Elite we&rsquo;re talking about. This is the unsurpassed, open world space exploration game that made it compulsory to own a home computer in the 1980s.&nbsp;</p> <p>It did 3D space flight simulation, trading, combat and near-infinite world exploration - all in 49 KB . It was GTA III a full 17 years before GTA III. In space.</p> <p>After many years of muttering, grumbling and licensing spats between the game&rsquo;s original authors, Elite is coming back on the PC. Crowd Funded on Kickstarter, Elite: Dangerous is set for release on March 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p>Marketed as a sequel, initial video peeks depict a 21st century version of Elite. The attention to detail and real world physics that made the original such a compulsive playing experience are now enhanced by a graphical realism undreamt of in 1984. If you really can&rsquo;t wait, you can join the alpha program and start playing now. It&rsquo;ll only cost you &pound;200...</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/VE8B4KptyVI" 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-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. GoldenEye 007: Reloaded </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>1997&rsquo;s Nintendo 64 shooter GoldenEye 007 was lauded for just about every element, from gameplay to graphics. Not bad for a movie tie-in to a then tired franchise.</p> <p>When craggy Daniel Craig stepped in to reboot Bond, GoldenEye 007 got a makeover too - first for the Wii, then a 2011 release on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Using Craig&rsquo;s likeness and voice, the new GoldenEye was a streamlined remake with tweaked dynamics and simplified gameplay. But you can&rsquo;t make a sow&rsquo;s ear out of a silk purse and the underlying design was a solid foundation to build on.</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/x8aquCqCS7E" 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-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. Black Mesa </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>What do true fans do when they get fed up of waiting for Half-Life 3? Remake the original Half-Life, that&rsquo;s what.</p> <p>Black Mesa is a do-over of the seminal, narrative soaked shooter using Valve&rsquo;s Source engine. Made as a total conversion of Half-Life 2 for PC, it&rsquo;s entirely free, made with love and kisses by a team of volunteers who are still overhauling every pixel of the original. You can download the first release now and a more polished, second release on Steam is due soon.</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="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" alt="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackmesa.jpg?1387534640" /> </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. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary </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 Microsoft&rsquo;s earlier forays into gaming, Halo: Combat Evolved sounds like a sequel but was actually the first in the ever-popular series. A critical darling, praised for its multiplayer mode on the Xbox, it sold 5 million copies.</p> <p>The anniversary edition is a slick upgrade rather than a remake, preserving the original&rsquo;s gameplay in digital aspic, while a new graphics engine supports enhanced player models and turns graphical slickness up to 11. If you play one version of Halo on Xbox 360, this should be it.</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="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" alt="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/halo.jpg?1387534640" /> </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. Prince of Persia Classic </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 Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia begat a franchise of titles, but although the 3D &ldquo;Sands of Time&rdquo; trilogy had its moments, the original 2D platformer remains the most charming entry in the series.</p> <p>2008, 19 years after the original&rsquo;s release, saw a rebuilt 2D PoP with a 3D engine for PlayStation and Xbox, then later for iOS and Android. Prince of Persia Classic slavishly follows the level design of the original and is just as much fun as the original.</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/Xkn-h0UU4LE" 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-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. Another World 20th Anniversary </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 two kinds of gamer. Those who love Another World and those who are wrong. This adventure platformer has a scientists-in-peril-aliens-from-alternate-dimensions plot oddly similar to Half-Life, though it debuted several years before.</p> <p>Enhanced versions were published in 2006, then again in 2013. Unlike many of the games in this list, the Anniversary editions were updates rather than remakes, with the same base code, original polygon graphics scaled up for HD, new sound and redrawn backgrounds. It looks as gorgeous now as any indie side scroller you might care to mention and the gameplay hasn&rsquo;t aged a day.</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="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" alt="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/anotherworld.jpg?1387534640" /> </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. Mushroom Kingdom Fusion </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>Why have one game remake when you can have a kabillion? That&rsquo;s what Mushroom Kingdom Fusion is; a fan made PC game that mashes up levels and characters from a slew of favourite console franchises.&nbsp;</p> <p>Though the core mechanic is yoinked from Super Mario World, you&rsquo;ll find levels inspired by Super Bomberman, Metal Gear Solid, Mega Man, Wolfenstein, Prince of Persia and many more. You can play as Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Link and a bunch of others. It&rsquo;s mental and fantastic. Oh, and though it&rsquo;s a bit of nightmare to install, it&rsquo;s also free.</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/k_WietBmUBc" 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-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. Bionic Commando Rearmed </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>Another 2D platformer revamped, this time the SNES side scroller Bionic Commando. A total remake for the PC, most of the original gameplay is preserved, carefully matched with screenshots from the original. Though powered by contemporary code, it retains 80s styling and the quirky physics of the original.</p> <p>The real irony here is that developers Grin remade the game as marketing for a total 3D reboot, released just a few months later - but while critics and fans praised Rearmed, the Bionic Commando reboot was given a sound kicking. Result? BC Rearmed got a sequel, the super-sexy reboot didn&rsquo;t.</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/Yc_utuHk7xk" 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-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. Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001) </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>Castle Wolfenstein has, arguably, been rebooted more times than any other game in the history of rebooted games. The original was a 2D, overhead stealthy action adventure where your character has to escape from the titular castle, full of naughty Nazis.</p> <p>The first reboot was Wolfenstein 3D - ID&rsquo;s pre-Doom FPS. The game mechanic changed with the switch to 3D and stealth gave way to blasting your way through corridors.&nbsp;</p> <p>There have been two subsequent &ldquo;sequels&rdquo; - 2001&rsquo;s Return to Castle Wolfenstein and 2009&rsquo;s Wolfenstein, both rebooting Wolfenstein 3D with more sophisticated execution. We pick 2001&rsquo;s Return over the rather pedestrian 2009 entry. Even though it&rsquo;s as long in the tooth as some of the originals in our round-up, the gameplay&rsquo;s superior in every way.</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="1024" height="768" title="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" alt="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wolfenstein.jpg?1387534640" /> </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. Sonic the Hedgehog 2013 </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 probably could have filled a similar sized list with console classics that have been ported to mobile platforms. And, one day, maybe we will. Maybe we will... &nbsp;But, for now, let&rsquo;s acknowledge &nbsp;that few hit the bullseye like Sonic the Hedgehog 2013.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not the first attempt to transfer Sonic to iOS and Android, but it&rsquo;s the best. Never departing far from the original, the graphics are deliberately retro, optimised for mobile platforms. The music is remastered rather than recreated. The load screens use assets pilfered from Sonic 2. And yet, all this is rebuilt from scratch, running directly and smoothly on new hardware. It&rsquo;s an authentic Sonic experience, on your iPad.</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/Stqo8KmTz2A" 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-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. Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded </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>Lots of people really enjoyed 1987&rsquo;s Leisure Suit Larry. By &ldquo;people&rdquo; I mean 14 year old boys and by &ldquo;enjoyed&rdquo; I mean &ldquo;masturbated to&rdquo;. Larry was an illustrated text adventure where you&rsquo;re a 40 year old software salesman trying to get shagged by a series of objectified, pneumatic tarts in seedy locales. I could be overselling it here.</p> <p>In 2013, Leisure Suit Larry was given the Monkey Island treatment, with a complete remake that swapped text navigation for a point and click UI and revamped graphics. Sticking doggedly to the original&rsquo;s soiled script, the superior execution simply serves to expose all of Larry&rsquo;s baked-in flaws. Still, as a bona fide slice of gaming history - and inexplicably popular - it has to be played through at least once.</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="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" alt="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/larry.jpg?1387534640" /> </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"> 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"> 16. Oddworld: New n’ Tasty </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 can&rsquo;t wait for the final entry in our countdown - because there are few games more likely to have you chuckling one minute then screaming into a waste paper bin the next.&nbsp;&nbsp;Oddworld: Abe&rsquo;s Oddysee was the PlayStation&rsquo;s premiere platformer. Fun, beautifully animated and brimming with personality it&rsquo;s difficult to imagine it being topped. But a 3D powered remake has been in the works now for 5 years... Screenshots and video suggest it&rsquo;s a faithful update with scrummy HD looks. &nbsp;Expect it on pretty much every console and OS sometime next year.</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="822" height="617" title="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" alt="16 Classic Game Remakes You Have to Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oddworld.jpg?1387534640" /> </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-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best vintage games – with a spit-and-polish for modern systems </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/halo_1.jpg?1387534640" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/16-classic-game-remakes-you-have-play/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/16-classic-game-remakes-you-have-play/feature#comments Android apps Android games Console games Gaming iOS games Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:50:22 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1430271 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: New Star Soccer is our Game App of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/gadget-awards-2013-new-star-soccer-best-game-app-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The simple, addictive and tongue-in-cheek simulation of a professional footballer&#039;s on- and off-pitch life finishes top of the league table </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="Stuff Gadget Awards 2013 New Star Soccer" alt="Stuff Gadget Awards 2013 New Star Soccer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nss-with-award-logo_0.jpg?1386699783" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>2013 has been a fantastic year for mobile gaming, with everything from sweet-squashing action to creepy adventuring invading our phone screens and keeping us occupied during the morning commute.</p> <p>But after much brain-racking, it&#39;s an updated game about the ups and downs of life of a football star that has grabbed our top prize...<br />&nbsp;</p> <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"> Winner: New Star Soccer 1.5 (Android, iOS) £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>A refreshing spin on the footy game, New Star Soccer puts you at the centre of the game, combining off-pitch role-playing sections with on-pitch action. The latest update introduces headers and also increases the difficulty level with more dogged defenders who close you down while you take aim. Your skills also diminish over time - so you won&#39;t be scoring 50 goals a season when you&#39;re 50 years old.</p> <p>Download for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.newstargames.newstarsoccer&amp;hl=en">Android</a> or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/new-star-soccer/id498973162?mt=8">iOS</a></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="New Star Soccer 1.5 " alt="New Star Soccer 1.5 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-star-soccer.jpg?1386699783" /> </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"> Runner-up: Badland (BlackBerry, iOS) From £1.50 </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 admit it: the visual and sonic design has as much to do with Badland&#39;s appeal as its gameplay. Stripped back to the basics, what you have is a side-scrolling dodge &#39;em game but it&#39;s so beautifully realised that it doesn&#39;t need to be anything more than that. Coming soon to Android.</p> <p>View at the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/badland/id535176909/">App Store</a> or view at <a href="http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/35354890/?countrycode=GB&amp;lang=en">BlackBerry AppWorld</a></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/7nkxyKo09Qs" 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"> Runner-up: Ridiculous Fishing (iOS) £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>Tilt-controlled games fell out of fashion a few years ago, but the super-sharp styling of Ridiculous Fishing has brought it to the attention of the masses. Drop a line, reel it up and then shotgun the gills out of your catch to earn cash for the tackle shop.</p> <p>View at the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ridiculous-fishing-tale-redemption/id601831815">App Store</a></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="Ridiculous Fishing" alt="Ridiculous Fishing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RidiculousFishing_0.jpg?1386699783" /> </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"> Runner-up: Candy Crush Saga (Android, iOS) £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>Who&#39;d have thought you could construct an entire saga, followed by millions worldwide, based around grids of boiled sweets? By hooking into social networks, this old-skool puzzler has become one of the biggest games on Earth right now.</p> <p>View at the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/candy-crush-saga/id553834731">App Store</a> or view at <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.king.candycrushsaga&amp;hl=en_GB">Google Play</a></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="Candy Crush Saga" alt="Candy Crush Saga" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CandyCrushSaga-1_0.jpg?1386699783" /> </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"> Runner-up: Olo (iOS) £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>In the olden days people would go down the pub, pretend they weren&#39;t there when the gov&#39;nor answered the phone to their spouse, and play shove ha&#39;penny with a bloke called Norman over a bottle of stout. Now you can recreate that magic with Olo, a digital update of that penny-flicking classic.</p> <p>View at the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/olo-game/id529826126?mt=8">App Store</a></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="Olo" alt="Olo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Olo_0.jpg?1386699783" /> </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"> Runner-up: Real Racing 3 (Android, iOS) £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>Driving a coach and horses through the 1GB mark, this whopper of an install rewards you with an incredibly detailed and in-depth race game. Graphics are console quality &ndash; and the online multiplayer makes this a must for any tablet gamer.</p> <p>Check it out on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.games.r3_row&amp;hl=en">Android</a> or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/real-racing-3/id556164350?mt=8">iOS</a></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="Real Racing 3" alt="Real Racing 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RealRacing3_0.jpg?1386699783" /> </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"> Runner-up: Year Walk (iOS) £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>Arty, dark, abstract and dreamlike, this spooky adventure game is a real treat for gamers that like something off the beaten track. If Real Racing 3 has an opposite, this is it. Not for younger gamers, but if you don&#39;t mind a bit of a fright at night, give it a go at bedtime.</p> <p>View at the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/year-walk/id555916407?mt=8">App Store</a></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="Year Walk " alt="Year Walk " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/YearWalk_0.jpg?1386699783" /> </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"> Runner-up: Rymdkapsel (Android, iOS) From £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>A semi-abstract isometric 3D space station construction game (yeah yeah, another one of those...), Rymdkapsel&#39;s constant challenge comes via the random sequence of Tetris-style shapes that you&#39;re forced to build your galactic hive from. We also dig the ambient soundtrack, ideal for blocking out the din of the daily commute.</p> <p>Get the Android version <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.grapefrukt.games.rymdkapsel1&amp;hl=en">here</a> or the iOS game <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/rymdkapsel/id663547503?mt=8">here</a></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="Rymdkapsel" alt="Rymdkapsel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Rymdkapsel_0.jpg?1386699783" /> </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"> Runner-up: The Silent Age (Android, iOS) £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>A point-and-click adventure in the style of the Lucasfilm games from the late 80s and early 90s, The Silent Age is an expertly crafted diversion. While the initial download is free, to continue playing you&#39;ll need to pay for later levels &ndash; which start cheap and end up at &pound;16.99.</p> <p>Download for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=dk.houseonfire.android.thesilentage&amp;hl=en">Android</a> or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-silent-age/id580991034?mt=8">iOS</a></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="The Silent Age" alt="The Silent Age" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TheSilentAge_0.jpg?1386699783" /> </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"> Runner-up: Device 6 (iOS) £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>Off the wall, bad, invincible and dangerous, Device 6 is a game that can be described with Michael Jackson album titles if necessary, but it might be more useful to call it a piece of interactive fiction peppered with puzzles and an unusual habit of rotating its text orientation to keep you on your toes.</p> <p>View it on the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/device-6/id680366065?mt=8">App Store</a></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/_SvaQ97ZuUw" 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> Android games Apps and Games Gadget Awards 2013 iOS games Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:23:10 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1429651 at http://www.stuff.tv Drop everything and try: Boson X http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-boson-x/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dizzying endless runner will spin you right round, baby, right round, like a rec–, er, a sprinting scientist. Oh, just play it! </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="Boson X" alt="Boson X" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/boson-x-screenshot-08.jpg?1385698064" /> </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> <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"> What’s this, another endless running game? YAWN! </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>Oh, stop being so negative. This isn&rsquo;t your typical running game featuring a licensed cartoon character or an Indiana Jones knock-off &mdash; this one features a scientist!</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"> What’s the story, then? </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>Inside a particle accelerator, a miniature Brian Cox dressed in a suit with charming elbow patches sprints for his academic life, leaping across gaping chasms and collecting energy from glowing blue strips that provide the power to discover new particles &mdash; and eventually the elusive Boson X.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re pretty sure this is entirely scientifically accurate, and a faithful recreation of what those clever boffins have been up to at the Large Hadron Collider, with their trainers and energy drinks.</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="Boson X" alt="Boson X" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/boson-x-screenshot-03.jpg?1385698064" /> </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"> So, it’s Canabalt in 3D, with a scientist? </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>Sort of. But this isn&rsquo;t just <a href="http://www.canabalt.com" target="_blank">Canabalt</a> flipped 90 degrees &mdash; Boson X takes place on dizzying rotating tracks, where you tap left or right to switch lanes, or hold the screen to jump and hang in the air using special (but temporary) science levitation powers! Also, this is more like Canabalt meets ferocious twitch classic Super Hexagon.</p> <p>The first particle accelerator is gentle, but merely lulls you into a false sense of security. Hit 100 per cent in the energy collection stakes and &mdash; BOOM! &mdash; everything speeds up and it feels like your little science guy has been abruptly catapulted by the world&rsquo;s biggest elastic band. Some other particle accelerators <em>start</em>&nbsp;at this breakneck pace and add further hazards, such as deadly electricity bolts, disappearing sections of track, and whirling platforms that only settle at the last possible moment.</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/ks1eBeMVf94" 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-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"> Super Hexagon? Ah. So this game’s basically impossible then? </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>Only if you believe modern games should hold your hand as you amble about, one eye on the television. Boson X &mdash; like Super Hexagon &mdash; isn&rsquo;t like that. Instead, it&rsquo;s akin to something concocted by gaming legend Eugene Jarvis, demanding total attention; but it <em>is</em>&nbsp;possible to learn.</p> <p>Bar the initial level, it might initially appear like Boson X is designed by a sadist, but like Super Hexagon, platforms don&rsquo;t appear at random. Instead, each particle accelerator has a small number of repeating sections. The trick is to recognise them when they appear, and position yourself to best take advantage of upcoming energy strips.</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="Boson X" alt="Boson X" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/boson-x-screenshot-04.jpg?1385698064" /> </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"> Doesn’t that all get a bit repetitive? </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 does, but in the best tradition of classic arcade titles, Boson X never becomes tiresome. First, all six particle accelerators are very different, requiring unique strategies to master. Secondly &mdash; and more importantly &mdash; the game never ceases to be fun. It&rsquo;s great to just have a quick go on (a typical run might only take a minute or two), and there&rsquo;s always a high-score to chase and rival scientists to beat online.</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="Boson X" alt="Boson X" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/boson-x-screenshot-01a.jpg?1385698064" /> </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"> Sounds good, but now I think about it, I’m pretty sure I read about Boson X a while ago in New Scientist. Or maybe Edge magazine </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 probably because it was already released on iOS and PC, but now it&rsquo;s available on Android, meaning millions more people can get hopelessly addicted to science!</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="Boson X" alt="Boson X" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/boson-x-screenshot-05.jpg?1385698064" /> </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"> Don’t you mean an endless running game with a cute twist? </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 right: SCIENCE!</p> <p><em>Google Nexus 4 render by <a href="http://slaveoffear.deviantart.com/art/Nexus-4-PSD-339422726" target="_blank">slaveoffear on DeviantArt</a></em></p> </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"> Where to get it </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>You can download Boson X for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.muandheyo.bosonx" target="_blank">Android</a> (&pound;1.49/$1.99), <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/boson-x/id660600531" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="http://www.boson-x.com" target="_blank">PC/Mac/Linux</a> (bafflingly, free). And by &lsquo;can&rsquo; we mean &lsquo;should&rsquo; &mdash; immediately. Science needs you!</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"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-boson-x/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS games Thu, 28 Nov 2013 17:15:35 +0000 Stephen Graves 1429551 at http://www.stuff.tv Drop everything and try: New Star Soccer http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-new-star-soccer/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff’s favourite mobile football game has just gone freemium on Android </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="New Star Soccer" alt="New Star Soccer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-star-soccer-nexus-7.jpg?1384215557" /> </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> <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"> New Star Soccer has been around for ages… </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>Yes, we know that. But now it’s gone free for Android (it’s already free on iOS), meaning users of smartphones and tablets running Google’s OS no longer have an excuse not to try it out.</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"> OK, but convince me anyway </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>Right, well New Star Soccer is the best footie game on mobile. Put simply, it plonks you in the boots of a 16-year-old fledgling footballer and challenges you to work your way up to the big leagues.</p> <p>Impress your manager, your teammates and the fans with your performances and you’ll be rewarded with better contracts, transfers to bigger clubs and, well, money, which can be used to buy equipment (we never realised that energy drinks were such a vital part of every professional footballer’s training regimen until we played this) and improve your lifestyle.</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="New Star Soccer" alt="New Star Soccer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-star-soccer-1.jpg?1384215557" /> </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"> 
‘Improve my lifestyle’? </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>Yes, NSS acknowledges the importance modern footballers place in things like crap tattoos, tasteless jewellery, overrated gadgets and overpowered cars by allowing you to purchase them. Avoid them and your image will take more of a beating than Crystal Palace’s defence has this season.</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"> 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"> But it’s a football game so… </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>Yes, most of it is thankfully focussed on the sport itself. During matches you’ll be presented with opportunities to pass, shoot at goal, take free kicks and penalties and win the ball back from the opposition. You can also build up skills through training exercises (and again, by chugging those magical energy drinks).</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="New Star Soccer" alt="New Star Soccer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-star-soccer-2.jpg?1384215557" /> </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"> Say I’m an old player who’s left NSS by the wayside. Any new features? </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>Yep. There's loads of them, but in terms of just the matchplay element: headers are now included, opposing players will close you down, and you can focus your play on attack, defence or balanced movement during the match.</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"> 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"> 
And it’s free you say? </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>Well, freemium. So if you don’t shell out at least a little bit of money (under a quid) for an in-app ‘Pro License’ purchase, you’ll have to put up and won’t be able to transfer to a new club or negotiate a more lucrative contract. It’s a move which has attracted a lot of negative reviews, but if you look at the free version as a demo and the Pro License as the real game, it hasn’t really got any more expensive.</p> <p>You can download New Star Soccer for Android <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.newstargames.newstarsoccer&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">here</a> and iOS <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/new-star-soccer/id498973162?mt=8" target="_blank">here</a>.</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="New Star Soccer" alt="New Star Soccer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-star-soccer-3.jpg?1384215557" /> </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> Android games iOS games Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:46:36 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1428989 at http://www.stuff.tv Drop everything and try Star Wars: Tiny Death Star http://www.stuff.tv/windows-8/drop-everything-and-try-star-wars-tiny-death-star/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For the glory of the Galactic Empire, add retail shops and sniff out those pesky Rebel spies in an all-new Tiny Death Star </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="Drop everything and try: Star Wars: Tiny Death Star" alt="Drop everything and try: Star Wars: Tiny Death Star" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Star%20Wars%20Tiny%20Death%20Star.jpg?1384139595" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Judge not by its size, for the Tiny Death Star is a technological terror that has the ability to destroy a planet.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Unfortunately, Emperor Palpatine and Lord Vader are in dire need of Imperial credits to finance the battle station’s construction. Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to attract Bitizens, give them jobs in retail stores and earn billions of Imperial credits to complete the Tiny Death Star.</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"><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"> Star Wars goes 8-bit </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 a galaxy far, far away, Disney has engaged Nimblebit to work on a Star Wars version of its highly addictive tower-building game Tiny Tower. The result is a massive makeover set in the Star Wars universe, with familiar characters in their most adorable 8-bit designs.</p> <p dir="ltr">The gameplay is largely similar to the original Tiny Tower. Start off by building residential apartments for your Bitizens to stay in. Add retail stores within the Tiny Death Star and assign jobs for Bitizens to slog in the name of the Empire. Check in on your tower every so often to stock products, put them up for sale, and expand your tower with more credits. Send your Bitizens to their desired level via the elevator and upgrade its movement speed with Galactic Bux.</p> <p dir="ltr">New elements introduced in the Star Wars makeover include missions issued by the nefarious Emperor Palpatine. Complete the missions, and you’ll be rewarded with more credits that'll bring you closer to the completion of the Tiny Death Star.</p> <p dir="ltr">New Imperial levels which require special Bitizens, add a new gameplay mechanic. For example, you can send Supply Officers to the Interrogation room to gather Rebel Secrets and exchange them for credits.</p> <p dir="ltr">Star Wars and Tiny Tower fans will be tickled by the unbelievably cute cutscenes that pay tribute to the movies. Follow the prompts to find Rebel spies like Princess Leia, and you’ll be issued a Galactic Bux, plus a cutscene depicting a firefight between her and Imperial stormtroopers. Unlock more 8-bit fun moments as you progress and review the cutscenes in the menu.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tiny Death Star has been simultaneously launched on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/id663576850?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lucasarts.tinydeathstar_goo" target="_blank">Android</a>, and handily, <a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/star-wars-tiny-death-star/ed04c1b1-f34e-40e0-b997-67cbac8d0ad5" target="_blank">Windows Phone</a>, <a href="http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/star-wars-tiny-death-star/a1de22cd-f324-42a1-82e8-038735ba25dc" target="_blank">Windows RT and Windows 8</a>.&nbsp;Like its predecessor, the game is free to download. You can accelerate the tower’s growth by performing in-app purchases for Galactic Bux and spending them to eliminate the building and selling time.</p> <p dir="ltr">So go forth, join the Galactic Empire and wipe out those Rebel scum from the galaxy with extreme prejudice now. Like, right now.</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/X-c2LVcB2GQ" 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="567" height="425" title="Star Wars go 8-bit" alt="Star Wars go 8-bit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Star%20Wars%20Death%20Star%2001.jpg?1384139595" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Star Wars go 8-bit" alt="Star Wars go 8-bit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Star%20Wars%20Death%20Star%2002.jpg?1384139595" /> </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/windows-8/drop-everything-and-try-star-wars-tiny-death-star/news#comments Android games Apps and Games iOS games Windows 8 Windows Phone games Fri, 08 Nov 2013 10:00:14 +0000 Will Findlater 1428891 at http://www.stuff.tv Logitech Gamepad turns the iPhone 5s into a portable gaming powerhouse http://www.stuff.tv/apple/logitech-gamepad-turns-iphone-5s-portable-gaming-powerhouse/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Logitech&#039;s leaked iPhone gamepad could be the answer to iOS&#039; touchscreen gaming woes </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="805" height="604" title="Logitech Gamepad turns the iPhone 5s into a portable gaming powerhouse" alt="Logitech Gamepad turns the iPhone 5s into a portable gaming powerhouse" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/logitech-iphone-control.jpg?1380767175" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Famous Twitter tech whistleblower @evleaks (who's usually bang on the money) has revealed a new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s </a>game controller case made by Logitech.</p> <p>The controller comes complete with a D-pad, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-vs-ps4-controller-showdown/feature" target="_blank">Xbox controller</a>-inspired ABXY buttons and left and right shoulder buttons.</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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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-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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/logitech-gamepad-turns-iphone-5s-portable-gaming-powerhouse/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/logitech-gamepad-turns-iphone-5s-portable-gaming-powerhouse/news#comments Apple Apps and Games iOS games iPhone 5S Logitech Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:52:29 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1427374 at http://www.stuff.tv