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Hop From Rooftop To Rooftop In The Endless Runner Skyline Skaters [Video Review]

New York is known for its architectural beauty and intense surroundings. With so many buildings, lights and more there is plenty of action to take place. In the new app Skyline Skaters you can become a part of that action, as you skate from the authorities jumping from roof to roof. Grind on railings, hop over rockets and so much more. How far do you think you can make it before you get caught in this new addition to the endless runner genre?

Take a look at the video and find out what you think.

Hectic Space May Be Crazy, But It’s Also Super Accommodating [Review]

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Here’s yet another retro-style arcade shooter you might want to check out.

Hectic Space by James Swiney
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: Free

Hectic Space is as pared down as you can get. It’s just your ship, a bunch of nasty enemies, and one simple control. You can only move up and down, so you can just drag anywhere on the screen to line up your shots, avoid the bad guys, and grab power-ups. But it’s not so bare-bones that the screen isn’t always full of … just … stuff.

Crazy stuff. All the stuff, basically. It’s nuts.

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Gadget Watch: The Week’s Awesomest Apple Gadgets

Each week we pull the best Apple-related gadgets from the Cult of Mac and collect them here for your perusing pleasure.

Dorky Ruck Pack Is Like A Giant Kids Back Pack For Astronauts

Dorky Ruck Pack Is Like A Giant Kids Back Pack For Astronauts

The Ruck Pack is a big box for your back, with zip-up pockets no the back and a clip-closure flap on the top. I like that the square design lets you fill the main bag without stressing the iPad you can keep in the bigger rear pocket, and I also like that this iPad pocket is protected by both its own zipper and the main flap, making it a little harder for pickpockets to lift your iPad out on a crowded subway, say.

Buy it $70

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Gadget Watch: The Week’s Awesomest Apple Gadgets

Each week we pull the best Apple-related gadgets from the Cult of Mac and collect them here for your perusing pleasure.

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Dodge Asteroids And Score Big In The New Arcade Game Lightspeed Hero [Video Review]

Talk of the popular app Flappy Bird has still seemed to be far from fading out. As developers everywhere continue to fuel the craze with remakes and clones, players everywhere have seemed to grow bored of many new app store releases. Although in spite of common trends, some developers have managed to channel the joys of Flappy Bird into their own creations. The new app Lightspeed Hero is one of the latest releases to do this. Avoid asteroids for as long as you can and see how far you can make it without crashing your spaceship. Just how long do you think you can last before game-over?

Take a look at the video and find out what you think.

This is a Cult of Mac video review of the multi-platform application Lightspeed Hero – Squideo Games, brought to you by Joshua Smith of TechBytes W/ Jsmith.

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Can You Collect 15 Coins? No, Probably Not [Review]

15 Coins

15 Coins is hard. Alright, that was the shortest review I’ve ever written. I’ll be back Monday.

15 Coins by Engaging Games
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $0.99 (promotional price; reg. $1.99)

Apparently, my editor refuses to pay me for three sentences, so I guess I’ll elaborate.

15 Coins is an arcade avoidance game where you’re trying to collect the eponymous pick-ups before you run into a past version of yourself and explode. Probably because of a paradox or whatever happened to Ron Silver at the end of Timecop. Actually, I think the game calls your pursuers “drones,” but they look like you and follow the same path you did, so I’m just going to go ahead and call time travel on this one. The point is that it’s difficult.

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TYLT RUGGD: Premium Protection For Your iPad Air [Review]

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The TYLT RUGGD is an iPad Air case that makes protection its priority. Its tough outer shell, triple reinforced corners, and “micro energy absorbing cushions” make it ideal for clumsy commuters who want to make sure their beloved tablet doesn’t get damaged on the train to work.

RUGGD by TYLT
Category: Cases
Works With: iPad Air
Price: $49.99

It’s also practical, with a built-in kickstand for watching movies on the go, and its two-tone design aims to provide a striking look that’s “more awesome that any other [iPad] case on the planet.”

The RUGGD is available in gray and green, and it costs $49.99. Let’s find out if it’s worth it.

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Use A Sharp Eye To Spot Changes In What’s The Difference? [Video Review]

When in a rush it can be easy to misplace something important. Next thing you know you’re looking everywhere trying to spot what you’ve lost. In the app What’s The Difference the objective is to spot five differences between two like pictures. Can you beat all levels and spot all differences before time runs out?

Take a look at the video and find out what you think.

This is a Cult of Mac video review of the iOS application What’s the Difference? ~ spot the hidden objects in this photo puzzle hunt! – Candywriter, LLC, brought to you by Joshua Smith of TechBytes W/ Jsmith.

Monument Valley‘s Charm Makes Up For Its Lack Of Challenge [Review]

Monument Valley

Monument Valley is what would happen if Fez and The Room (the game, not the movie) took place inside of M.C. Escher’s sketchbook.

Monument Valley by ustwo
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $3.99

It has a vibrant, interesting world full of impossible geometry, mysterious accusers, and bothersome crows. It’s a puzzle game and a jumpless platformer, and it’s endlessly amazing and mind-boggling to behold.

It is also one of the easiest games I’ve ever played, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t check it out.

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Travel In Rugged Style With Journeyman Leather Messenger Bag [Review]

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With a seriously rugged style, the Intrepid Journeyman messenger bag is nothing to be trifled with. The soft brown leather exterior enfolds the utterly solid yet flexible abilities of this cross-shoulder travel bag, which will become an asset in almost any travel situation.

Journeyman Messenger Bag by Intrepid Bag Co.
Category: Messenger Bags
Works With: Things you need to carry
Price: $369

Unless, of course, you need to carry a whole lot of things with you. In that case, the minimalist design of the Journeyman may not perfectly suit. What it contains, however, it contains well, and it meets an even more important criterion: how it carries.

A cross-shoulder messenger bag must be able to sit high up on your back without crushing your chest or killing your shoulders. You should be able to carry the thing all day long without starting to feel that mid-shoulder ache that a poorly fitting shoulder bag tends to invite.

The Journeyman was designed with this sort of wrapping fit in mind.

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