Zombies, Run! 2 is a combination exercise app and roleplaying game. You play the character “Runner 5,” one of several people trained to scavenge for supplies in the zombie apocalypse. The app times/tracks your runs, plays music during the missions, and tells you when you’ve collected supplies and when you need to run faster to avoid a horde of the undead. Your goal (other than getting your butt up off the couch) is to collect enough supplies to improve your base.
FreeCiv, an Open Source 4X game based on the original Sid Meier’s Civilization, is now playable inside of HTML5-compatible browsers (such as Safari). In the game, you start with a single village and are charged with building it into a world-dominating nation through war, diplomacy, resource management and technological research.
Newt Gingrich is puzzled about what to call the device in his hand. Personally, I’d call it an iPhone in a Mophie case. But what starts out as a video of a politician and author apparently confused by modern technology turns into a cogent and thoughtful call to a conversation about how technology can change our lives.
You may be shocked to learn that there are still breakthroughs to be made in backpack design; that people are still working on ways to arrange pockets, and not just make them look like whatever cartoon their company has licensed. But I have to say that the Boa Squeeze by Booq has a slick, sci-fi design with lots of pockets to keep your digital life organized and mobile.
Telltale Games (Back to the Future, The Walking Dead) has just announced The Wolf Among Us, based on the comic book Fables by Bill Willingham. Set before the start of the series, it casts the player as Bigby “The Big Bad” Wolf, one of many characters from fairy tales who have escaped into the modern world and live secretly in New York.
It should be simple to be an evil overlord in retirement; you’re not bothering the general public (any more), so no one should bother you, right? Wrong. Your hordes of presumably ill-gotten gold have attracted legions of adventurers, and now you have to summon your minions to protect it in the forthcoming game Evilot by Syrenaica.
Before there were interactive ebooks, there was interactive fiction—books that put you into the story by breaking the narrative into decision points where you made a choice on how to proceed. Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! series blended interactive fiction with roleplaying by introducing randomized combat and magic. The first of the four books—The Shamutanti Hills—is available now for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
While the iTunes store contains a multitude of video options, it doesn’t have every video, nor does it play every format. For those who want to play a video on your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that’s in MKV, AVI, WMV or one of 11 other formats, the Infuse video player from FireCore is now available.
Good news for people who love licensable robots that change into other things! Transformers: Legends—a collectible card game app—is now available, free-to-play in the iTunes App store and Google Play. Players build a team of heroic Autobots or villainous Decepticons and attempt to accumulate resources. And the very best news is that its inspired by the first generation of characters from the ’80s, and not the nonsensical films!
Game company Spicy Horse—developers of Akaneiro: Demon Hunters and Alice: Madness Returns—has announced a mashup of collectible card gaming and real-time strategy titled Hell Invaders. In the game, rather than comparing stats on two opposing cards, 3D representations of the monsters and spells battle it out.