Monday, August 11th, 2014
In this article, we’ll share ten of the most fun and addictive iOS games for the iPhone and iPad in 2014. Take a look!
1. Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft
Blizzard are well known for creating addictive game franchises, from World of WarCraft, to StarCraft, to Diablo. Their latest is a (digital) collectible card game called Hearthstone, which vaguely resembles Magic: the Gathering. Like that game, it’s incredibly deep, with satisfying strategic battles against AIs and online opponents, but here you don’t have to pay a penny for the pleasure.
2. Monument Valley
Monument Valley is probably the most beautiful game on iOS right now, with a brilliant style inspired by the drawings of M.C. Escher. Each level is an impossible puzzle with its own rules, and discovering them is an absolute joy.
3. Walking Dead: The Game
Telltale are the best in the business at creating point-and-click adventure games, and The Walking Dead is one of their best efforts. The game is set in the same world as the TV show, but with a different cast of characters. There are puzzles to solve here, but the biggest challenge is making tough decisions under stress with long-reaching consequences. Each episode is punctuated with a few of these really big choices, and your decision will stay with you for some time afterwards – particularly if things don’t go to plan.
Micromon is a Pokémon clone, with the same familiar formula of capturing, training and battling. The game is currently #1 on the App Store with a 4.5/5 rating. While the game doesn’t have the depth or the polish that Pokémon is famous for, it’s still one of the best creature-hunting games created for Apple devices.
5. Hitman GO
Hitman GO is a surprisingly good strategy adaption of the assassination-focussed Hitman series. You take turns positioning your hitman, making your hit through stealth or outright bloodshed. The game’s simple rules are extended through the layout and equipment found in each level, and it becomes increasingly challenging to complete each objective as the game progresses. The game has cool “scale model style” graphics too, like you’re playing with a board game.
6. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
In this game, you attempt to become a major celebrity through fashion, dating, modelling and other such things. While this game looks like it ought to be awful, it’s surprisingly well constructed. Two words of warning, though: in-app purchases. Progressing in the game without spending real money gets increasingly difficult, and the game is making millions of dollars. Don’t get sucked in.
Godus is the latest god game from Peter Molyneux, who created Black & White back in the day. As the name suggests, you act as a god for a growing group of followers, sculpting the landscape, influencing nature and setting an example for your people. The game looks quite beautiful, and developers 22cans have promised more powers to come.
8. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
Minecraft is a leviathan in the gaming world, where players build the most fantastic contraptions from harvested wood, stone and metal. The Pocket Edition is a faithful recreation of the full experience you’ll find on PC and consoles, and is a perfect fix for anyone that’s jonesing for a little creative construction on the go.
Hoplite isn’t much to look at, but beneath the simple pixel graphics there’s a game of immense strategic depth. Like other roguelikes, you’ll find elements of randomisation and permanent death, so it’s important to choose each move carefully if you want to survive long. It’s an addictive experience for strategy aficionados.
10. Two Dots
Dots was a simple but brilliant game, tasking you with connecting the dots in a colourful and frantic manner to beat your high score. Two Dots is the sequel, an extension of that basic concept into a deeper game with adorable artwork and more varied objectives.
868-HACK is probably the most challenging game on this list. It’s a roguelike set in a 6×6 grid, where you’re tasked with hacking “precious data while the world sleeps.” Threats like viruses and glitches will seek to distract and destroy you, while you seek siphons to gain cash, energy and abilities – and ultimately to escape to the next level. It’s very hard, and very addictive. Good luck.
I hope you’ve found these recommendations helpful. If you’d like to share your own selections, please do so via the comments below or talk to us on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for reading the article and have a good one!
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
The iPhone 6 is still some months or even weeks from being announced, but that hasn’t stopped case manufacturers from using leaked and secret information to create iPhone 6 cases. Today Krusell have announced a range of iPhone 6 cases, in three lines: Kalmar Flip Wallet, Kalmar Wallet and Malmo FlipCover. Let’s take a closer look at each.
Krusell Kalmar Flip Wallet Case (Black, Brown)
First up is the Flip Wallet, which comes in the popular folio form factor and is made from a combination of genuine leather and soft microfibre. The case includes a horizontal flip cover that includes four pockets for storing your cash and cards. A magnetic closure system ensures the case stays closed, keeping your iPhone’s screen protected at all times.
Krusell Kalmar Wallet Case (Black, Brown)
The Kalmar Wallet is a little less orthodox. On one side it’s a traditional vertical flip cover, while on the back you get space for your cash, cards and ID like a traditional wallet. However, it’s still made of the same high quality genuine leather with a soft microfibre lining. If you’re looking for a wallet replacement, the Krusell Kalmar Wallet is a great choice.
Krusell Malmo FlipCover Case (Black, Blue, White)
The Malmo FlipCover is our final case. It opens horizontally, like the Flip Wallet, but is made from synthetic materials instead of leather. The case is a little more stiff, which allows it to gain a new ability: the flip cover can be folded back to serve as a media stand, keeping your phone at a convenient angle in landscape mode so you can keep an eye on incoming notifications, watch videos or play games.
Thanks for checking out the cases on show today! We’ll have many more iPhone 6 covers in the weeks and months ahead, so stay tuned. You can let us know what you think of the cases in the comments below.
Monday, October 21st, 2013
From the truly weird, we move onto a genuinely useful iPhone accessory that’s ideal for anyone that takes pictures on their iPhone – we have two new Olloclips! If you haven’t heard of these before, they’re really slick clip-on lenses for iPhone photography that really extend the range of photos you can take.
The first new model is the olloclip 4-in-1 lens kit, which as the name suggests includes four clip-on lenses in a very small package. You’ll get a fisheye lens (for taking 180 degree photos), a wide angle lens (about double that of a standard iPhone shot) and two macro lenses. These macro lenses offer 10x and 15x zoom, allowing you to take shots at 18 and 12 mm, respectively. With these four lenses, you’ll be able to take a much wider varieties of photos than you could with the standard iPhone lens.
Our next model is a more specialised lens, offering two functions instead of four. This is the olloclip Telephoto and Polarising Lens Kit – as you might have gathered, this provides a long-range telephoto lens and a glare-reducing, colour-enhancing polarising lens. The zoom available here is quite standard – just 2x – but will allow you to easily take long-range shots without distortion or loss of image quality. The polarising lens is a great “always-on” lens which reduces glare and really makes colours pop.
Whichever lens kit you choose, you’ll be able to take much better pictures than ever before… as well as being able to take pictures that never would have been possible without these lenses, like intense macro shots or long-range efforts. And whenever you want to go back to your standard, unadorned iPhone, it’s easy to just pull off the olloclip and place it back in your pocket or purse.
For more information on these excellent photography aids, check out the product page linked below:
Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Tired of losing your keys, the remote or the cat? We’ve got the answer – the StickNFind, an amazing tracking sticker.The idea is simple – just stick a sticker onto the thing you hate losing, whether that’s your luggage, your shoes or your wallet. The SickNFind is about the size of a 10p piece and is only 4 mm thin, so you can easily fit it onto a small key fob, inside your wallet or in a pocket of your purse or luggage. Once the sticker is in place, you can use an app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to locate your missing item.The app works really well, actually. The radar screen shows the approximate distance and orientation of the object you’re looking for. Once you’ve located an item, just start walking in a given direction and you’ll easily be able to see if you’re getting closer or further away.
If you’re still not sure where your lost item is, you can even press a button in the app to make the button flash, buzz or both – that makes it super easy to find what you’re looking for.
The app also allows you to set up a virtual leash, so you’re alerted when a sticker move more than set distance away from you. It’s handy for keeping an eye on your pets or making sure your bag or purse isn’t stolen when you’re out in public.
The StickNFind is efficient too, ensuring more than a year of battery life. Each sticker is powered by a watch battery, making it cheap and easy to replace once it’s finally exhausted.
The StickNFind is the easiest way of keeping tabs on commonly lost items like keys, bags, pets, remotes and wallets. For improved security and less time spent searching, take home the StickNFind. It’s one of the best new accessories for the iPhone 5S
and indeed all other iPhone and iPad models!
You can pick up the StickNFind as a pack of two stickers or four stickers. For more information including additional photos, availability and pricing, visit the product pages linked below:
I’m sure you’ll find the StickNFind as useful as I do! Be sure to let me know in the comments if you have any questions or comments.
Have a good week and I’ll see you next blog!
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
A case isn’t just about protecting your phone – it’s also about style. Particularly for popular phones like the iPhone 5, your choice of case is the best way you can make your phone look unique. That’s why I’m happy to announce that we’ve just got in eleven new amazing iPhone 5 cases, each sporting a sick new design.
We’ll start off with my favourites – five iPhone 5 covers decorated with animal motifs. First up we’ve got Sunny Leo, a multi-coloured lion wearing sunglasses. He’s available on two different cases – a leather flip case and a hard case. Next up is the Warrior Owl, whose serious face is highly detailed and comes on a leather flip case as well. Owls also feature in our next case, the Sherbert Owls, with a series of adorable smaller owls in various states of repose. We end our animal adventures with a gorgeous fox-adorned Vulpes hard case.
Next we’ve got five patterned cases. 80′s Sweater starts off the count, and is a colourful case tempered with black streaks, available in both hard case and leather flip case form. After that, we’ve got a mashup between a wool coat and a video game in Scandinavian Invaders, which is on a leather flip case. Overdose appears Native American to my eyes, with an eye-catching geometric design on a leather flip case. Our final patterned case is the rather fittingly titled Grandma’s Quilt, which again comes on a leather flip case and looks precisely like its namesake.
Our final case is one that reminds me of deceptive artists like Escher and Dali. The case is called It’s a Cloudy Day, and features a spiral staircase wrapped around a mountain that’s also someone’s head. It’s definitely the weirdest one here, and I definitely like that about it.
Whichever one you choose, you’ll certainly end up with a uniquely fashionable iPhone 5 case.
What do you make of them? Let us know in the comments below!