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I was pretty pumped about UpWord Notes when it came out back in February, and it’s still the first place I go when I need to jot something down. Meanwhile, my iPhone’s onboard Notes app just languishes in a folder marked “Trash” because I can’t delete it.
Developer Lau Brothers is dropping Version 2.0 of UpWord Notes on us today, and it includes several new features that make the app even more fun and useful.
I know that TwoDots, the followup to last year’s megahit Dots, has been out for a little while, but I have a pretty good excuse for not having reviewed it yet: I’ve been playing it this whole time.
It’s taken me so long to get to this article, in fact, that the developer has since released an update with a bunch more levels, and now this review is timely again. So take that, Time.
Anyway, TwoDots is a lot of fun. Provided you’re incredibly lucky.
Maybe you’ve just seen the latest X-Men film. A lot of people have, so odds are pretty good. And if it left you wanting to know more about the original Days of Future Past storyline, but tracking down the trade paperback and then, like, reading it sounds like a lot of work, here’s a game you’ll want to check out.
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past is out now for your favorite iOS device, and it aims to faithfully re-create the source material the way it originally appeared. This means that it’s the assassination of Senator Kelley that brings forth the robopocalypse (that character died in the first film, so he wasn’t available to die in the new one), and it’s Kitty Pryde, not Wolverine, who goes back in time to set things right.
Sure, you can play the whole game as Wolverine if you want, but if you’re a purist, you have a chance to do it “right.”
If you watch Netflix on your iOS device or game console, you know that the browsing function on those apps is a pain to use. And unless you know exactly what you’re looking for, it can be annoying to find something new.
So as a service, we’re going to recommend some things you can watch on Netflix right now. This time around, we have three fascinating documentaries about the horror genre. But even if you’re not a fan of scary monsters and super creeps, they still have plenty to offer.
Space Channel 5
Pop legend Michael Jackson plays a bit part as "Space Michael" in developer Sega's rhythm game Space Channel 5. (He gets a bigger part in the sequel.)
Saints Row: The Third
Actor Burt Reynolds plays the mayor of fictional city Steelport in ridiculous open-world action game Saints Row: The Third. Because of course he does.
Mass Effect 3
Famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin makes a brief appearance in the epilogue of developer BioWare's Mass Effect 3. He was the least controversial part of that ending.
Grand Theft Auto IV
Comedian Ricky Gervais appears in Grand Theft Auto IV's comedy club. You can watch him on TV in your apartment or catch the live show.
Vice City Stories
Another Grand Theft Auto gem: Musician Phil Collins appears as himself in the '80s-tastic Vice City Stories. You can go to an in-game Collins concert if you have $6,000 for a ticket.
Former Black Sabbath singer and anti-bat activist Ozzy Osbourne appears in Double Fine's adventure game Brütal Legend as The Guardian of Metal. This means he sells you upgrades.
Back to the Future
Although newcomer A.J. Locascio provides the voice for Marty McFly in Telltale Games' Back to the Future series, the films' star Michael J. Fox appears as two McFly relatives in the final episode.
Celebrities have been lending their voices and likenesses to video games for years, and you need only look at the voice-cast lists for big games like epic first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops to see how prevalent they are.
But some appearances are more subtle, relevant or just straight-up awesome. Here are seven celebrity cameos that actually belong in their respective games.
I suck at table tennis. Like, it’s embarrassing.
I’m alright at serving, and I can usually return, but if anyone smashes at all or puts any spin on the ball, I fold faster than a laundry robot. I still like the idea of table tennis, though, which is why I’m glad we have video-game versions.
And Table Tennis Touch, which is out now for all of your iOS devices, is easily the best one I’ve ever played.
Maybe you have a busy life, and you need some help making time for the things that matter. Like, a lot of help. I’m talking about zero willpower here.
PlayTimer is for you. It locks your phone down but good so that you can play with your kid or focus on other things for a while. You just set the interval, press the cute smiley face, and you’re off. If you touch your phone, an alarm sounds unless you show the app your unlock key.
The unlock key is your child’s face, and that’s kinda weird, but I do like the idea.
I know I’ve said it before, but video games hate bricks.
And to that end, here’s yet another title about destroying those square bastards. It’s called Bricks, and it has a novel approach to smashing things that gets as fast-paced and exciting as it does embarrassing to be seen playing.
It’s probably not that bad if someone catches you, but you may raise some eyebrows. Here’s why.
With Gesture Alarm Clock, you set wakeup alerts by drawing numbers on the screen. It has a sleep timer that plays a variety of soothing music and sounds to lull you off. Plus, it has three different vibration strengths, several gesture-based snoozes, and if you think you’d wake up easier if your iPhone’s flashlight turned on, it’ll do that for you, too.
It will also automatically wake you up earlier if it detects traffic delays, and it displays the current weather.
But it won’t cook my breakfast, so I can’t really recommend it.
I really can’t get enough of twin-stick shooters.
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
I don’t know what it is, but they have a very specific kind of frantic energy that appeals to me without being overwhelming. And I like them so much that every time I have an opportunity to play one on iOS, I give it a chance despite the fact that my iPhone has no sticks to twin, so the touch controls usually suck.
Ekon the Cyborg is a new two-pad shooter that somehow has controls that work. And I’m as shocked as anyone. But beyond that, it’s a nostalgic and colorful romp that is pretty much made of my childhood.