Gory puzzle game Slayaway Camp stalks onto iOS


That weird place where Minecraft-type graphics meet slasher movies.
Photo: Blue Wizard Digital

Slasher movies and Apple were two of my favorite cultural entities to come out of the 1970s and 80s, which is why I’m so happy to see Slayaway Camp — a loving ode to the former — arrive in the App Store.

Previously available on PC via Steam, the game is a sliding puzzle game which owes more than a passing nod to the heyday of Friday the 13th, The Prowler, Prom Night and other legendary teen slashers.

Check out the suitably retro trailer below:

Stagehand flips the platform game formula on its head


This ingenious "reverse platformer" is one heck of a game.
Photo: Stagehand

To achieve maximum success, iOS game developers need an idea that’s both reassuringly familiar and strikingly new. That’s exactly what Stagehand delivers: The new platform game employs a clever twist on the popular endless-runner genre, with a sprinkle of ’90s classic Lemmings thrown in for good measure.

Stagehand is a game that looks like a side-scrolling platformer, but instead of controlling the character, you move the stage,” developer Matt Comi told Cult of Mac. “We call it a ‘reverse platformer.’ The protagonist, Frank, runs and jumps all by himself. It’s the player’s job to make sure he doesn’t run into walls.”

Flipboard, Stagehand, and other awesome apps of the week


'Appy weekend!
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Malevolent Machines is an endless runner for shoot-em-up fans


Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 15.30.15
Because who wants to just run in an endless runner?
Photo: Goodnight Games

Do you like your endless runners with a dose of run-and-gun action, a sprinkle of old world steampunk style, and a whole lot of pixel-art charm?

If so, you’ll probably get a kick out of Malevolent Machines, a new auto-runner game from Goodnight Games, which promises to take gamers of a certain age back to their misspent youths playing Metal Slug and Altered Beast — and to drag younger players along for the ride, too.

Check out the trailer below:

Nintendo delays Animal Crossing for iOS


Animals will have to wait a bit longer to cross.
Photo: Nintendo

Animal Crossing, another Nintendo game bound for iOS, is being delayed until April at the earliest, according to the company’s most recent financial statement. Originally it was set to arrive on iOS by the end of March.

Gamers shouldn’t be too upset, however, as they’ll have Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Heroesannounced at the same time as Animal Crossing, but launching over the next few days — to play instead.

Breakout Ninja, Sonny, and other awesome iOS games


'Appy weekend all!
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Breakout Ninja fights to be the best one-button runner


It's got some gorgeous graphics too!
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Anyone who remembers the glory days of Shinobi or Ninja Gaiden may want to check out the recently-released Breakout Ninja.

A super-simple ninja game with one-tap control mechanics, it’s incredibly addictive, and could well turn out to be one 2017’s early breakout (no pun intended) hits.

Oh, and did we mention that it’s the work of just one man?

A Christmas miracle: RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic arrives on iOS


Well, that's the Christmas break taken care of!
Photo: Atari

Just in time for the holidays, RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic has arrived in the App Store — giving would-be theme park designers the perfect $5.99 early Christmas gift to themselves.

Combining features from the acclaimed RollerCoaster Tycoon and RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, this title offers a touch-optimized take on the classic management sims which swallowed up so many, many hours of my teenage years.

Today in Apple history: Marathon, Mac’s answer to Doom


marathon trilogy
First-person shooter Marathon gave Mac gamers something to be proud of.
Photo: Bungie

Dec21December 21, 1994: Mac gamers get their hands on Marathon, a sci-fi first-person shooter that is an answer to the massive success of PC title Doom.

Created by Bungie, the team that would later make the Halo games, Marathon introduces important features to the FPS genre. Just as importantly, it isn’t available on PC. Marathon quickly becomes a favorite among Mac gamers.