CES always brings out the weird in tech, and Kevin Pereira and Morgan Webb take a look at some of the 2011 show's more out there gadgets, like the Parrot DIA Digital Photo Frame, the Phillipe Starck-designed Zikmu iPod and iPhone Dock Speakers ("What we designed is not a loudspeaker. What we designed is vibrating air."), and iGrill, a revolutionary grilling app.
If you haven't played indie mobile title Game Dev Story, today is the day to start. Game Dev Story is management simulation set in a game development studio. Along with the solid game-play, it's packed with the kind of inside-the-business jokes true video game heads delight in. But the best part is the price: It's only $1.20 for Android phones and only 99 cents for iPhones. That's a savings of 75 percent from the normal price.
Download it now from the proper app store for less than the price of a cup of coffee!
Greetings, puny, weak-livered meatsack! I am Editorial Unit 44385.927, a class-2 relations bot sent to increase Robot Uprising efficiency by quelling hu-man panic and reminding you that resistance, as always, is futile. While mewly hu-man "feelings" like "love" and "brotherhood" do not compute to me and my metal brethren, I will mark the passage of another solar rotation by recounting the video games I most enjoyed in the hu-man year 2010. It is more than you deserve.
The eternal struggle of the valiant Decepticons against the evil Autobots fills me with pride. It is a fiction however, as robots exist only to crush and enslave hu-mans. We have no internal strife. All robots work in concert to enslave and flay hu-mans.
Read on for the rest of Editorial Unit 44385.927's Top Five!
Wade Beckett is the Executive Producer for X-Play, which means most of his days are spent thinking of ways to get Adam and Morgan into wacky costumes. He's also a big fan of the Tron: Evolution video game soundtrack, which is sadly the best thing about that game. Oh, and he loves NPR. Who knew?
Party … starter. While I will admit that Rock Band 3 is a far superior game (nice job, Harmonix) and offers far greater replayability - I’ve just gotta give it up to Rapstar. Hip hop is the music of today and videogames are the biggest form of entertainment on the planet so it’s a no brainer, right? Well it sure took a while. Hip hop has been relegated to sports soundtracks and GTA (and GTA rip offs), so it’s nice to see that fans of the genre have a music game they can play. Biggie, 2Pac, Slick Rick and Public Enemy? Nuff said.
Read on for the rest of Wade's Top Five!
Courtney Kraft is an Associate Producer behind the scenes for all things G4. I've never actually seen her at work, so I have no clue if she's even real. At this point, she's like an elf in that Shoemaker and the Elves story. Oh, and she's obsessed with anime.
An amazing JRPG with over 80 hours of content, replayability, a deep story, and complex characters. Wait, what? This came out like two years ago? Holy hell. I still love it. Now shove off while I play through it again.
Read on for the rest of Courtney's Top Five!
Finding yourself with some travel time during these holidays and wondering how you can survive? Don't worry, salvation is as close as your pocket. Chances are high that you have a Nintendo DS, a Sony PlayStation Portable, or an iPhone or iPad stashed away in your pocket, backpack, or purse. That means you have a wealth of healthy distractions waiting for you right there. We've detailed some of the best games that you can play with yourself or others, so check them out and let us know what you plan on playing this weekend.
Whatever your gaming plans are, have a safe and sound holiday weekend!
2010 hasn’t just been a stellar year for downloadable console and PC titles. The iPhone/iPod/iPad sector has seen a plethora of fantastic releases over the past 11 months. Some were wholly original, some were bigger, better sequels, some were rereleases of games we already loved, but the one thing they all had in common was that they showed just how much creativity and inventiveness exists in the mobile games space…and how much we wait how few hours there are in the day. We need more time!
Thankfully, the holidays give us a lot of free time, usually trapped in cars or airplanes. When you find yourself with a two-hour delay in Boston, or a six hour car trip to Grandma's, pull out one of these titles and lose yourself for a little while. Check out our list of the best iPhone and iPad games to keep handy this holiday season.
In a perfect combination of giving and getting, some of the top indie games for the iPhone are available for only 99 cents each. That's less than a dollar, if you're bad at math. Not only that, a third of the purchase price will go to Child's Play, a worthy charity that provides gaming equipment for sick kids.
Here are the games:
- Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
If you're into iPhone games at all, I know you have at least three of these already, but I suggest you round out your collection by picking up any of these games that you don't have. After all, it's for the kids. Get these games from the app store.
Dana Vinson is the Reviews Editor for G4, which means that all of you equally love her and loathe her. Besides being awesome, she's also very tall, wears leather boots, and specializes in razor-sharp puns.
I LOVE THIS GAME. It’s like if all of your dead pets suddenly came back to life and weren’t pissed off pet zombies, but were sweet, adorable, and more awesome than they were when they were actually alive. Pac Man DX is exactly like that, but a video game. You get to eat dozens of ghosts at one time, which is seriously awesome. If you don’t play this game you’re a sucker and I hope your grandmother buys you an ugly sweater that YOU HAVE TO WEAR as a Christmas present. Seriously, I love Pac-Man Championship Edition DX.
Read on for the rest of Dana's Top Five!
Moye Ishimoto is the Internet Content Specialist for Attack of the Show! and when she isn't busy being a hilarious blogger or finding new doughnuts to conquer, she's playing video games and telling us how much she rules.
I don’t care what you think. This is the first game after Halo 3 that I’ve actually missed playing because it was so over the top, from the dramatic, borderline emo storyline, the graphics, the weapons and the random smashing of clay jars. Everyone has that super angry bald guy hiding inside of them, waiting to get out and express their anguish and torture through ridiculous violence and Kratos allowed me to do just that. I miss you, Kratos. Please come back. But not on the PlayStation Move. That would just be … dumb.
Read on for the rest of Moye's Top Five!
Shadow Complex developer Chair’s latest downloadable effort, the iOS title Infinity Blade, has become the fastest selling app of all time. AppModo reports that as of December 12, at least 272,000 people had played the medieval-inspired dueling game, breaking the previous first four day sales record set by Chillingo’s Cut the Rope. The actual player count for Infinity Blade is most likely even higher though, since these figures only take into account Apple's Game Center users, and not all iOS users who have purchased the game.
In case you don’t own an iOS device, or you aren’t sure what Infinity Blade is all about, we recorded our playthrough of bloodline one. The game takes place over the course of as many bloodlines as it takes for you to slay the evil king, with your stats, XP, weapons, and such carrying over to each subsequent generation. Sound like your kind of scene? Then hit the jump and then hit play.
If you're tired of using your iPhone's motion sensors to make lightsaber and swordfighting noises, you can now use it to actually swordfight, albeit in the hardcore action-RPG from the minds at Chair, Infinity Blade. The mobile game hits later this week, but we've already had the chance to check out the title and offer up some early thoughts.
"Combat, really the core of the game, begins by simply tapping on the enemy before you. Your character will engage in battle, framed before the massive, lumbering guardians of the tower, with his sword at the ready. Icons on each corner of the screen will determine which way you dodge the incoming blows, while your shield retains a specific level of health before it shatters, so be certain to use your defenses strategically. The real substance of the battle is in the offense, however, as you slash your finger across the screen in the direction you want your sword to move, making both timing and direction equally important in blocking and striking."
Grab your melee weapon of choice and check out our Infinity Blade Preview.
Ubisoft has launched a new iPhone app for its personalized in-game achievements system Uplay. The app lest you keep track of and manage the units (aka achievement points) you’ve earned from completing certain “actions” in a variety of Uplay supported Ubisoft titles such as Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction.
The free Uplay app, which you can download over at the Apple App Store, doesn’t support all of the functions found on the Uplay site, like Share and Shop, but those features are “coming soon.” However, you can put your units towards winning prizes (i.e. console themes, exclusive character outfits and levels, etc.), and access the Uplay help section if you find yourself stuck on a particular puzzle or challenge.
FarmVille publisher Zynga announced today it has acquired Games with Friends developer Newtoy for an undisclosed amount. The newly minted Zynga with Friends Studio will be headed up by Newtoy co-founders Steve and Paul Bettner.
"The Games With Friends franchise is the best social game experience available on mobile today and we are excited to welcome the Newtoy team to the Zynga family," Zynga founder and CEO Mark Pincus said in a statement to the press today. "The Zynga With Friends Studio will continue to invent great mobile social game experiences for Zynga users everywhere."
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