Why the new Apple TV won’t be like the Pippin


How quickly we forget Apple's biggest flops.
Alas, poor Pippin. We knew you not too well.
Photo: All About Apple

One of the most eagerly-anticipated features of the new Apple TV, set to be unveiled today, is that it will be geared toward the gamer market — maybe even taking on console powerhouses like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Although Apple dominates mobile gaming thanks to the iPhone and iPad, this will be the company’s first stab at making a device where games are one of the primary features. Right?

Wrong! Back in 1995, Apple launched its own-brand games console, the Pippin. Despite some good ideas, it sank like a rock.

Here’s what Apple learned from that sales disaster, and why it won’t make the same mistake twice.

Don’t Starve brings hunger game to iPhone


Those beefalo look pretty worried.
Those beefalo look pretty worried.
Photo: Klei Entertainment

Seriously, try not to starve. That’s the entire point of Klei Entertainment’s runaway hit game Don’t Starve, a test of survival set in a darkly humorous, Edward Gorey-esque world filled with vicious hounds, creeping spiders, herds of stampeding Beefalo and slimy fish men.

Now you can get in on the action on iPhone, as the desktop game just became a universal app called Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition.

There are few surprises among the top iOS apps of all time


App Store logo

Photo: Apple

There are more than 1.6 million iOS apps, but if you had to guess the top downloaded games and apps of all time worldwide, chances are good you would get a near-perfect score just by looking at your iPhone.

Four of the top 10 are apps from to Facebook, while Candy Crush, Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds continue to dominate the games section of the iOS App Store.

Discovery VR, Lara Croft GO, and other awesome apps of the week


Have an 'appy weekend.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

From undersea virtual reality to a great Mac Instagram client, there have been plenty of interesting apps that have hit the App Store in the past seven days. But which ones to download this weekend?

Thankfully, Cult of Mac is here to help guide you through the best apps of the week. Check below to see our picks:

Inspired by MacPaint, Rogue Invader mixes retro art with modern gameplay


Modern game, retro look. Does FOX know about these Zenos?
Modern game, retro look. Does FOX know about these Zenos?
Photo: Squishy Games

Upcoming sci-fi shooter Rogue Invader looks like a massive HyperCard stack in glorious motion. Currently on Kickstarter to fund the last bit of development, the roguelike game is the brainchild of Squishy Games founder Nathan Rees, who’s been making games ever since he discovered the joys of MacPaint as a kid.