Taskbox, the iPhone mail client that aims to help you get to zero inbox while turning emails into tasks, has dropped to Free on the App Store for the very first time. First launched last October, this well received and ever improving mail app has a gesture system much like Mailbox, in that you can simply swipe left or right to perform actions: add task, complete, archive and delete. And similar to Mail Pilot, Taskbox lets you easily create todo lists out of your never ending inbox.
Infuse is the latest play-it-all video player app to hit the App Store. Long gone are the days when you first need to convert non-MP4 files before importing them for viewing on the iDevice. Infuse doesn’t just play 14 different video file formats, it’s also hands down the best looking app of its kind on iOS, it syncs with your trakt.tv account, and importing subtitles for TV shows or movies is an absolute breeze.
It’s kind of funny that some of my favorite games this week were ones that I either thought I wouldn’t like or had no intention of trying in the first place. Smile Plants is a match 3 game from Gamevil, so it’s already new territory for them. The object of the game is to build up a diverse and thriving garden, which personally sounded like a lot less fun then the game actually ended up being. If you’re still not ready to trust me on that one, how about Madman Drop? This is an infinite faller which once I decided to try it managed to capture my attention right away thanks to its unique control scheme. You simply hold the screen to stretch the main character and let go to have him curl up. Not only does it make for some amusing movements, but when timed correctly can be quite a boost in your descent.
Konami’s recently released PowerPros 2013 World Baseball Classic for iPhone has dropped to free for a limited time (previously $4.99). This is the second instalment on iOS following POWER PROS TOUCH and the game is based on the popular baseball series from Japan - Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū. PowerPros 2013 features 2 game modes (exhibition and championship) and you get to choose from 16 “world” teams, which pack over 400 of the worlds best players. If you’re a fan of this long running baseball video game series or just baseball games in general, be sure to grab this one while it’s still free.
8 Ball Pool, arguably the best Pool game on iOS and the rare online-only title that’s monopolized much of my free time over the past 2 months, has been updated and in the process, given what most of its players have been yearning for since its release – an offline mode. Previously only available for play when online, Miniclip has added the option to “Practice Offline”, thus allowing ball-stroking addicts to get their fill while Wifi or 3/4G data isn’t readily available.
Google Now has been available to Android phones for several months now, and it has finally arrived for the iPhone and iPad. Described as ”the right information at just the right time”, Google Now is the latest feature found within the Google Search app. Once you sign into your Gmail account, “Cards” will appear at the bottom that provide helpful info like local weather, currency conversion when travel abroad, traffic conditions to your next likely destination, sports scores, flight status and much more.
I think this might be one of the kookiest collections of games I’ve compiled in a while. My biggest addiction this week came from the card game inspired Rocket Patrol. There’s an online mode so you can take on the human element, but what really got me was trying to beat the computer AI, which I still haven’t been able to accomplish. If you’re more interested in challenging your dexterity than you’ll really want to tackle Tilt Universe. It feels like a Wii mini-game, but manages to up the challenge level a few notches. As an added bonus, I’ve even decided to make the intro image a game. The picture belongs to a game that was released this week, but I haven’t linked to it or written about it in this roundup. Can you figure out what the game is?
Now that developers are comfortable with the iOS platform and have realized how well it works for adventure games we’re starting to see a lot more original content come to Apple’s mobile devices. One of the latest entries in the genre is The Silent Age, and it’s clear the folks behind this game know a thing or two about what made the old Sierra classics great. If I had to come up with a down side, it’s that the game was over just as it was reaching its peak. Thankfully the developers are already hard at work on a sequel, though, so even that little inconvenience will be rectified at some point.
Once again I’ve tried to bring you a nice variety of games to consider this week, and you’ll be happy to know that there are no infinite runners on my list this time around. There is a rather addictive strategy game called Tower Zoo, however. The mechanics are simple, there are plenty of levels to challenge you, and when you get done whopping – or getting whopped – by the computer AI you can take on your neighbor in pass and play mode. If you’re more of a “poker with an edge” sort of player you should consider taking Alice of Hearts for a spin. This game has puts an interesting twist on the Wonderland fable, it has a pretty slick presentation, and it does a good job of using poker hands for combat that feels different than other games of its style. If you’re just looking for some visceral action then Fisticuffs: An Arcade Boxing Game might fit the bill. It’s a simple boxing game with a small but diverse roster of fighters that’s fun and could be something great if people play it and encourage the developers to add more to it.
Ravenous Games has a decent collection of retro-looking casual games piling up in their catalog, though I’d wager that they are best known for their League of Evil series. Gravity.Duck is nothing like those games aside from the graphics style. For some reason that bothered me at first, but it didn’t take long until I got completely hooked on this one. In fact, I think I’ve played it more than both of the League Of Evil games combined. Ravenous has one again nailed the art of the casual gaming experience, and I for one am happy to indulge. Continue reading…