Category Archives: iPad Models

Final Release Version of Mojang's Card Battler 'Scrolls' Expected Late Next Month

A small team in Mojang’s studio in Stockholm, Sweden has been quietly and unassumingly developing Scrolls, a card-based tactics battler, for over three years, always seemingly overshadowed by something else. First, always and inescapably, by Minecraft [$6.99], a world-conqueringly massive phenomenon that grabs attention like a black hole grabs light. In 2012, the game was the subject of a trademark dispute with Bethesda Softworks, who argued that the title infringed on their Elder Scrolls series. The lawsuit was settled and Scrolls moved into open beta last year, without much fanfare. Microsoft’s recent announcement that it plans to acquire Mojang for $2.5 billion once again dominates any discussion about the studio or its games...

'Motorsport Manager' Review - Formula Racing for the Masses

When I sat down to try Motorsport Manager [$2.99], I thought it would be the perfect thing to poke at while listening to a podcast. After all, I wouldn’t be expected to drive the cars; I’d be running the biz and laying out the race strategy. A half-hour in, I realized I hadn’t absorbed a word, because I was so fully engaged in growing my fledgeling racing empire and watching my drivers tear up the track. It’s never overwhelming, nor is it too light to maintain interest. Motorsport Manager finds a nice spot in the complexity spectrum wherein it requires frequent decision-making, without ever inducing paralysis by presenting too many options simultaneously...

If the recent exhumation of the Sierra name (as a publishing imprint of Activision) incites a nostalgic impulse toward adventure in you, Bik - A Space Adventure [$2.99] should satiate. Even if relics like Space Quest are outside your experience, Bik offers an efficient, humorous jaunt punctuated by light puzzles that anyone can enjoy. Its ambitions are modest, but all the key elements work well enough, and they fit together to make a coherent, entertaining whole...

Just imagine how great the world would be if everything lived up to its potential. We'd have flying cars, safe clean-burning energy for all, a Stanley Cup-winning team in Vancouver, and Elthinia [$2.99] wouldn't be a terrible mess of a game. Unfortunately, here in the real world, potential sometimes amounts to very little except disappointment. If you play Elthinia, and I strongly assert that you should not, you can see the potential all over the place. The battle artwork is really good, the story is extremely detailed, character progression and customization are surprisingly deep, and the world seems like a place I'd like to explore. The first problem is that this is very clearly not a finished product. To be very fair, I waited until the game had its first patch since it was supposed to be coming quickly and fixing some very important things. Well, the game is still full of bugs, both major and minor, but the game is out there on the store for anyone to buy, so it's fair game for criticism...

Straight from tonight's "So, this exists" department is Gutpela's SideWalker - Late to Work [Free] a game that cleverly combines two things that are very hot right now on the App Store: Any behind the back Temple Run style game, and anything that has even vaguely Minecraft-y graphics. SideWalker combines these two fads into one incredibly absurd concept of a game where all you're doing is walking to work. Of course you need to avoid other pedestrians on the sidewalk and other obstacles, but you can basically take your time controlling your speed by swiping up or down on the screen between a slow saunter and a power-walk. But, yeah, the goal is to just get to work...

Heads up: an iPad-specific version of Riven is still on the way, and it's going to include some key improvements over the original game, CEO of Cyan Worlds Rand Miller revealed in an awesome interview with Modojo. ..

It’s easy to get excited about iPad mini because it’s a different kind of iPad. Smaller, lighter, and thinner than every previous model, it’s surprisingly good for playing games. Its downsides are related to its tech, which is for the most part borrowed from the iPad 2, but it's still an incredibly capable device and its distinctive physical features have me preferring it over my full-sized iPad based on my time with the device thus far...

I've never been a fan of hardware reviews. A device could have everything -- a great screen, fantastic speed, perfect form factor, superb build quality -- and it still could be worthless if its ecosystem is flat or nonexistent. Content creators need to be around. If they aren't, a new feature is just that; a feature. Who wants a tablet that has a crazy good GPU but no games that actually take advantage of it?..

Comparison Shots of Games on iPad 3 vs. iPad mini

We've been hitting it pretty hard with coverage of the new 4th generation iPad and iPad mini launches today, and earlier we posted a list of the Top Ten Best iPad Game Classics For iPad Mini where we suggested some of our favorite iPad games that cover a lot of different genres and should be a nice fit on the smaller form factor of the iPad mini...

Top Ten Best iPad Game Classics For iPad Mini

November 2nd, 2012 10:10 AM EDT by Brad Nicholson in iPad mini, News
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One of the coolest features of iPad mini is its form factor. It's smaller, thinner, and a lot shorter than a regular iPad, making it more comfortable to grip and easier to stow in a bag. But let's not get wrapped up and forget its most important feature: its access to thousands and thousands of video games via the App Store...

Intentional or not, sometimes the iPad and iPhone version of the same game feel quite a bit different from each other. You can boil it down to size. On iPad, you've got a much larger screen area to work with than you do on iPhone. Because of that size and the way you hold the device as a result, you play games differently. It's just what happens...

There's a couple of reasons to want a new iPad 4. Either you've yet to own an iPad with a gorgeous retina display, or you just really dig the latest in technology. Regardless, this is a powerful device fitted with a brand new GPU that can push out major graphics without seriously taxing the important stuff, like say, battery power. ..

Screen resolutions are getting a little bonkers. There's a lot. New iPad and iPad with Retina display both support retina; iPhone 5 rocks a wide-screen retina display; older phones and iPod touches support a mixture of retina standard high-resolution; And now there's the iPad mini screen, which sits in the middle. Its screen isn't retina level, but the pixel density is quite high considering...

Even before today's launch of iPad mini and iPad with Retina Display, there were a lot of different kinds of iPod touches, iPads, and iPhones out in the wild. Each has their own technical highs and lows. Game creators, for the most part, do a fantastic job with supporting just about everything with their games. ..

When the new iPad, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5 hit store shelves, so did some awesome games that took advantage of the much beefier hardware. Infinity Blade 2, Sky Gamblers, and Lili (to name a few) are solid examples of good release day games that also operated as showpieces. We've yet to see this kind of game for iPad with Retina Display, or "iPad 4," but don't sleep on the device -- a lot of game makers are telling us that they're looking to capitalize on the beefier, more powerful GPU...

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