Agricola, an iOS port of a popular board game, is a resource management game, where you play a 17th century farmer who struggles to expand your farm, improve your house, and feed a family, all while competing for resources against other players who are trying to do the same.
Samson Technologies has developed a USB MIDI controller/keyboard that can be powered through the iPad or iPad Mini. Take it to your next gig. Take it to the campfire. (Who doesn’t love campfire songs?) There are a lot of ways to use this controller, but is it really a viable tool for a musician or an overpriced electronic toy?
A movie tie-in app that doesn’t suck? Believe it or not, the World War Z game for iOS feels like an actual game, and not a hastily tossed-off freebie. Designed using Unreal engine, this first person shooter makes good use of the touch interface and manages to tell a gripping, if limited, story.
Pinball Rocks HD is a standard pinball game with a rock n’ roll sensibility. The usual rules are all here—accumulate as many points as possible, complete missions (certain combinations of target hits), and hit special targets for boosts or bonuses. Since this is from Sony, the background music is stuff you may recognize.
“Serious fun” is kind of an ironic slogan for Natsume, as there’s not a whole lot serious about their games. Their iOS lineup for 2013 involves fishing (which I guess some people take seriously enough), zombie attacks, human attacks, ninjas climbing over Tetris blocks, and, in a pleasant surprise, a HomeTown Story.
LEGO App4+ is essentially a side scrolling, coin collecting platformer. The idea is that you can build your own LEGO vehicle and drive it. I loved the game, and my children’s incessant nagging to play it again and again says it all, really. LEGO App4+ is a kids game through and through, but one that’s truly developed and produced with the child in mind.
I’ve discovered that one of my favorite iPad accessories is essentially a pillow; specifically, iPevo’s very cool PadPillow iPad support, which is a disarmingly simple concept in theory and a fantastically brilliant one in practice. Now, building on the success of PadPillow, iPevo has expanded the PadPillow family with PadPillow Lite.
“No Fear” is a popular slogan to put on the back of your pickup truck. It’s also entirely meaningless, and an outright lie. It’s important to fear things; that’s how we, as a civilization, stay alive. One thing we shouldn’t have to fear, however, is poor audio quality when recording podcasts, music and whatnot. That’s why Blue Microphones has released Nessie.
E3 and WWDC 2013 have come and gone, but our Street by 50 on-ear headphones giveaway continues until Saturday night at midnight PDT. The Street by 50s from SMS Audio are valued at $179.95, so don’t miss this chance to get a great new set of cans to hear all that game and app audio in its full glory.
This week on the Free Apps Roundup: I can’t get you early access to iOS 7, but if you like comics (specifically Marvel comics), you’re going to be happy to see Avengers Alliance (and THOR: Son of Asgard) available this week for free. It’s a game full of heroes and missions. There’s also Minion Rush, a game that lets you be part of the super villain Gru’s loyal group of minions. Surely some of these apps will help keep your mind off of how much you’d like to upgrade to iOS 7 this very instant.
To coincide with the theatrical release of the latest Superman movie, Man of Steel, the official tie-in game is now available for purchase from the App Store. Man of Steel for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch wants you to relive the events of the Man of Steel movie which has Superman thwarting General Zod’s invasion of Earth.
Founded in January of 2007, InnoGames has over 100 million registered players of their online games, and that number is likely to increase now that the Hamburg, Germany based company has announced they’re bringing two of their more popular games—Forge of Empires and Grepolis—to iOS and Android devices.