Test your spatial reasoning with this devilishly deceptive puzzle game
We know that spatial-awareness puzzles require a certain kind of person: a bold person, one who isn't afraid to get their mind tangled up in the puzzle. They've got to be a little pensive, too. After all, these puzzles often require a very specific solution, putting the wits of even the best lateral thinker to the test. One such puzzler is Breezeblox, a deceptively inviting puzzle game about a jiggly square.
Google takes on Twitch by offering live streams at 1080p 60fps
Google is making a number of small changes to YouTube, that will likely be welcomed by advertisers and gamers alike. YouTube's live streaming capability will now include support for 60fps streams, making it more suitable for gaming, while the initial advertising preroll that runs before many videos will now allow users to find out a lot more information about the advertised products, as well as making it easier to purchase.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 21, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we search the Internet to find bundles, discounts, offers, and sales on hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. The last few days of still-active deals are accompanied by a new set, including a 2TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive, the Nintendo 2DS, and an Asus Transformer notebook.
Somebody please hold our hand
We're no stranger to spooky games and scary themes, but sometimes the suspense inherent in horror survival games makes us very anxious, and it's difficult to get a good play session rolling. When faced with having to sneak through a creepy asylum, with a creepy kid whispering creepy things at us, and gurgling "inhabitants" chasing us into lockers ... we did the only thing any rational adult would do. We called our friend Todd, and asked him to virtually hold our hand through Skype while we played Lost Within by Amazon Game Studios.
Gaming news summary for May 20, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly post where MacNN and Electronista writes about some of the major stores in the wider world of gaming that developed over the last few days. In today's edition, more characters invade Lego Dimensions, the digital TV tuner for Xbox One goes on sale in the US and Canada, and a request for cheaters to apologize on YouTube in order to reinstate their banned accounts.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 20, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for sales, bundles, discounts, and offers on hardware, software, and gadgetry for you, the discerning reader. A recap of still-active deals follows the new batch, which includes $300 off a Lenovo notebook, the Logitech UE Boom speaker, and the Sony AS30 HD Action Camera
Cartoony MOBA offers fun play, poor multiplayer experience
Ah, the humble multiplayer online battle arena, or as it's colloquially known, the MOBA. We're not sure if there is a more misunderstood genre. This community-heavy, no-holds-barred, multiplayer brawl is almost unanimously love it or hate it, with very few people in between. Today, we took a look at a rather unusual MOBA, known as Awesomenauts, to see where it stacks up against other big-name games.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 19, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we search online for offers, sales, bundles, and discounts on hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. New deals follow after a recap of still-active deals from yesterday, with today's additions including a wide discount on Dodocase products, a 4K monitor from Dell, and a 3D printer and scanner for $600.
Apple Game Roundup for May 19, 2015
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at iOS Minecraft getting proper controller support, Adventure Time Puzzle Quest hitting the iOS App Store in the summer, a content expansion pack for Civilization: Beyond Earth, and an index of the top 15 games of 2015.
Don't let the dead eyes find you
Lots of people have told us they're "done" with Zombies. We hear that they're everywhere, over used, and it's gotten old. Well, we have to admit, we're not tired of Zombies yet. Now we're not as enthusiastic about them as some of our friends might think we are, but we're not opposed to some zombie based entertainment. It's true, there's a lot of zombie stuff out there and it seems to be still going strong. So when we see something with zombies in it, our attitude isn't to say, "oh no, not again." But rather, "okay, let's see what you've got." So when we saw a turn-based puzzler called DeadEyes, we wanted to see what developer Load Complete was able to do with the zombie-apocalypse genre. The answer is, "deliver a solid gameplay experience."
A simple but engaging connect-the-dots puzzler with some micro-transaction issues
Two Dots by Playdots purports to be the story of two brave dots. We're not sure there's actually a story there; certainly the game's visuals portray themes of travel and adventure which we quite like, but really what the user gets is some simple but engaging connect-the-dots puzzle action. We enjoyed the gameplay in Two Dots, but it does the thing we dislike most in games with micro-transactions. That being, it keeps us from actually playing the game.
Filemaker Pro 14, Cox Cable's cap testing, Xbox bricking, and more
Episode 15 of The MacNN Podcast is on the air! Regular shenanigans ensue, even if not perpetrated by the regular crowd. This week, we talk about Microsoft up to its old tricks with six versions of Windows 10 at retail, Xbox consoles bricked by Microsoft (or not), Cox Cable's cap testing, and much more!
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 18, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for discounts, offers, sales, and bundles for you, the discerning reader. The deals slate has been wiped clean of last week's sales, with the new batch including a 512GB SSD from Samsung, a $400 Mac mini, and an Altec Bluetooth Speaker for $30.
Face off in no-holds barred competitive local multiplayer with this reflex-based game
Local multiplayer games are somewhat of a rarity on the iPad, and we think that's a shame. There's something about sitting down and playing a competitive game with a friend that we enjoy, and the iPad seems to beg for this experience. One such game that takes advantage of the size and accessibility of the iPad is Circulets, a seriously competitive local mutiplayer game.
A 'casual' puzzle-solving game, that's not quite so casual
The casual gaming genres are extremely crowded today. A seemingly infinite amount of Candy Crush clones, hidden object puzzlers, and casino games make it difficult for any single casual game to truly stand out and shine. Luckily, Rooms: The Unsolvable Puzzle, from HandMade Game, has gotten the opportunity to rise above the crowd due to a successful predecessor and top-notch production values.
Gaming news summary for May 17, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly post where MacNN and Electronista writes about some of the major stores in the wider world of gaming that developed over the last few days. In today's edition, Blizzard brings back Diablo's "Cow Level" secret, Ubisoft gives up on previous-generation consoles, and Candy Crush Saga will be heading to Windows 10.
Season Four is out, app is now free to play
As we've said before about Zombies, Run!, it's ingenious. We quite like this app. The story is compelling, and has made us behave strangely in public on more than one occasion. Developer Six to Start is definitely a groundbreaker in the "crying while running" genre of fitness apps -- we're looking at you, episode A Voice in the Dark ... looking at you with red, puffy, tearful eyes. Previously, the app cost $5 from iTunes and Google Play, with in-app purchases for subsequent "seasons" of the audio-drama missions, but all that has changed. With the update to 4.0, Zombies, Run! is now free to play up to season four.
Apple Game Roundup for May 15, 2015
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at a massive content upgrade for Stardrive 2, the exit of Massive Chalice from early access, Badland: Game of the Year Edition, and iOS runner Zombies, Run! going free to play.
Consumer Oculus Rift hardware to require Geforce GTX 970 or equivalent GPU
The consumer version of the Oculus Rift will require a high-powered PC when it is finally released. Oculus VR has advised of PC specifications recommended for the "full Rift experience," and though it includes some fairly standard components for a gaming PC, including 8GB of RAM and an Intel Core i5-4590 processor, it will also need a graphics card that is at least the equivalent of an Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 or an AMD 290.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 15, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista search for sales, offers, discounts, and bundles on hardware and software for you, the discerning reader. Our last recap of the week's still-going deals follows, while the new collection includes JBL all-weather speakers, a $400 Alienware Alpha computer, and a 3D Systems printer.
Xbox Live ban for game testers leaking early details of Microsoft remake
Microsoft's rumored remake of the Gears of War franchise is being marred form accusations that it is being overprotective of its intellectual property. A game testing company has alleged that Microsoft is making some of its staff's Xbox One consoles unusable as a punishment for the leaks, a claim that Microsoft has refuted, denying it has 'bricked' the consoles in question.
Attack called 'sneaky,' permission to install mod also gave malware permission
A pair of high-profile game modifications to open world title Grand Theft Auto 5 for Windows are infected with malware, straight from the tinkerers. The "Angry Planes" and "No Clip" mods, one of which was featured by gaming enthusiast site Kotaku, have both been confirmed to be infected by a keylogger known as Fade.exe, which is implanted and given permission to run by the user during the process of installing the modification to the game.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 14, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the column where we scour online retailers for discounts, sales, offers, and deals on hardware, software, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Our usual recap of still-active deals follows after the new batch, which includes an Audio Technica USB condenser microphone, a Nintendo 3DS XL, and half price early access to Massive Chalice
A rainbow in the dark for typists, gamers
While Origin PC is known for the computers they build, they also offer a Gearshop filled with additional components to improve your gaming experience. One such offering is the $169 Origin PC BlackWidow Chroma, a mechanical gaming keyboard with customizable backlighting options. Anyone familiar with the PC gaming market may recognize the name "BlackWidow" as a product offered by Razer, and they would be spot on. Origin's keyboard is simply a Razer BlackWidow Chroma that has been rebranded with the Origin logo. Despite the BlackWidow's popularity amongst the gaming community, this was our first chance to get our hands on an actual unit. Find out our thoughts on the colorful keyboard in both our written hands on and accompanying video review.
Gaming new summary for May 13, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly post where MacNN and Electronista look back at the last few days in the wider world of gaming. In today's edition, more IP is confirmed for Lego Dimensions, the Rockstar Editor will be heading to Grand Theft Auto V on next-gen consoles, and Nintendo is seriously contemplating dropping regional restrictions in its next console launch.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 13, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista search for the best hardware and software offers, sales, discounts, and bundles for you, the discerning reader. A mid-week recap of still-active deals comes after new additions to the list, including the Typinator Family Pack, a Buzzi Wi-Fi Smart Plug, and a 23-inch Dell monitor.
Out of private beta, the front-end for the DRM-free service has promise
Since its auspicious inception in 2008, GOG has been the little digital distribution service that could. With accomplishments like the exclusive releases of System Shock 2, TIE Fighter/X-Wing and Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, GOG has shown that yes, it is possible to run a successful videogame business focused on DRM-free distribution. Many companies have heavily emphasized DRM in their recent releases, and client-centric DRM-based services like Steam, Origin, and Uplay, as well as Apple's own Mac App Store are still market leaders. Among these services, it is Steam -- the 500 pound gorilla of PC gaming -- that continues to enjoy a position of prominence and influence in the videogame industry. A recent revelation from the upstart is GOG Galaxy, a completely optional front-end for the service, and MacNN has taken an in-depth look at how it looks right now.
Paired down strategy offers quick Risk-like gameplay for both single and multiplayer
We're willing to bet that a lot of our readers grew up playing games like Risk, and have fond (or not-so-fond) memories of the game. Sitting around a table with your friends, making pacts, breaking pacts, acting like you didn't know about the pact in the first place -- it's all part of the game. There's something unique about the emergent qualities of strategy games, and we're positive that's why games like Risk stick with us. We took a look at Strategic Dice, a game that replicates the feeling of playing strategy-based board games and will likely send you hurling down the path of nostalgia.
Apple Game Roundup for May 12, 2015
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at the Solforge upcoming beta exit, a big patch for Civilization: Beyond Earth, the launch of Elite: Dangerous on OS X, and the reinstitution of gambling apps on iOS in Sweden.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 12, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware, software, and other interesting items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. A recap of yesterday's still-active deals follows the new list, which includes a Netgear dual band smart router, a compact Maingear Spark A8 desktop, and a 28-inch Samsung 4K monitor.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 11, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista search the Internet for sales, discounts, offers, and bundles for you, the discerning reader. The slate has been wiped clean, leaving only new deals, including a Lenovo Y40 gaming notebook, a 50-inch Toshiba television, and an infrared thermometer from Nubee.
Fly the unfriendly skies in this classic shooter, respawned again
From classics like Capcom's 1942 and Taito's Raiden series, to more modern classics like Ikaruga and Radiant Silvergun, the vertical shoot'em up (shmup) has a long and storied history. Some of it good, a lot of it bad, much of it fun. The latest entry into the fray is a modern remake of a mobile classic, Sky Force Anniversary, from developer Infinite Dreams. And what a beauty it is.
Gaming news summary for May 10, 2015
The Game Replay is a twice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming from the last few days. In today's post, the next Assassin's Creed title is revealed ahead of an official announcement, a Hearthstone player spends $3,400 on new cards, and Bungie's second expansion for Destiny is still on track for release.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 8, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers, searching for discounts, sales, bundles, and offers for you, the discerning reader. Our usual final recap of the week's still-active deals follows the new batch, which includes the Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX, the Slingbox M1, and a Sony NEX-5TL bundle.
A slick flying game of near misses and nearly misses
Kayos by Jonathan Lanis is an arcade game what the player tries to keep their sleek minimalist design jet alive as long as possible. Obstacles are either scattered about or falling from the sky, and the space between them becomes tighter and tighter. In all honesty, we don't think we're very good at Kayos, but we actually enjoy playing it just the same.
Apple Game Roundup for May 12, 2015
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at the release of Legend of Grimrock for the iPad, a Game of the Year update for Wasteland 2, Nintendo's tone-deafness on the smartphone game market and five forthcoming releases through 2016, and a possible future release of military shooter ARMA for OS X.
Popular Latin American mobile puzzle game releases to the US iOS App Store
Turn-based puzzle games aren't new, and the genre offers a lot of different takes on game mechanics and content, covering everything from games with RPG elements to games that feel more like shooters. Today, however, we checked out Armadillo Gold Rush, a turn-based puzzler which has been a popular mobile title in Latin America for almost a decade now, and has finally made the leap to iOS.
We're not here for a princess, we're here to kill you
Dungeon Crawlers Metal by Ayopa Games is a top-down fantasy tactical RPG. The player controls four characters -- a warrior, priest, mage, and a rogue -- in their quest to "cleanse" a dungeon of monsters for the smarmy-looking Dungeon Keeper that hired them. The meat of the gameplay is in turn-based combat on a grid, and it's quite fun -- although there were a few hiccups when we played with it.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 7, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl the Internet to find offers, discounts, sales, and bundles for you, the discerning reader. Our usual recap of still-available deals from earlier this week follows the new collection, including $200 off a Macbook Air, a Moga iOS game controller, and a camera-equipped drone for $100.
Unique card game has players bluffing and backstabbing to come out on top
Newcomer Coup is a competitive multiplayer card game for the iPad and iPhone. Unlike Hearthstone or Magic the Gathering, it's not based off of a CCG model, but more akin to quick-playing card games, like Citadels. In fact, Coup exists as a physical card game in the real world, and the mobile version is actually the product of a successful Kickstarter. We took a look at Coup to see just how it stacks up against other card games for iOS.
Gaming news summary for May 6, 2015
The Game Replay is a twice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming from the last few days. Today's edition includes the addition of Star Wars to Disney Infinity, the return of classic phone game Snake, and extra downloadable content for Goat Simulator that parodies zombie-survival games.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 6, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the column which features a list of the best online discounts, sales, offers, and bundles for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's recap of still-active deals from Monday and Tuesday are joined by a new wave of offers, including an Acer Windows tablet and keyboard dock for $200, cheap Gear Pro action cameras, and a "killer" games bundle that includes Planetary Annihilation
Apple Game Roundup for May 5, 2015
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at the GOG Galaxy front-end public beta, an EVE Online charity effort for Nepal, the top 10 strategy games according to Mac Gamer HQ, and a possible mod for Grand Theft Auto V to use an iPhone to control the in-game phone.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 5, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl online retailers for offers, sales, discounts, and more for you, the discerning reader. A recap of still-active deals from yesterday follows after today's new batch, which includes a $100 Lenovo Windows tablet, a refurbished Sony NEX camera, and a Bluetooth car stereo receiver.
Strange platformer has players traversing terrain without jumping
We love platformers. What started out as a simple concept has now expanded, with thousands of titles for avid gamers to enjoy with something geared toward everyone. Because there are so many out there, traversing this diverse genre can be a little daunting. We're here to show you a neat title we recently checked out, called Gravilon, a platformer with an interesting twist.
The games you play waiting for an Apple delivery
Hey now, steady down there, Slim. Got no beef with you today. Just moseyed on in to town to wait for the stagecoach that's a-bringin' me my Apple Watch. Think I might take a pew here and play myself some cards. Barkeep! Quit polishin' that glass and fill it with some firewater. I got me a copy of Bang, The Official Video Game version 2.1.6 and I mean to have me some fun.
Tabletop gaming app boasts stunning graphics, cool features in a portable package
One of the biggest problems of tabletop gaming is that requires a lot of things to be in place before you can even begin to play. First, you need to get a group of people together in the same place to play a game, and generally, that place needs to have enough space for a table, a board, miniatures, and more. But what if it could be easier? 3D Virtual Tabletop gives you the ability to take a tabletop map and miniatures virtually anywhere you can take an iPad or an iPhone.
MacNN and Electronista deals for May 4, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day where we search online for discounts, offers, and sales for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Since it's the start of a new week, we've wiped the slate clean of old deals, with the new list including a 40-inch Sony TV, Turtle Beach gaming headphones, and because of today's date, discounted Star Wars books on Kindle.
PC gaming made elegant
When it comes to PC gaming, there are two basic routes you can take. You can choose to purchase a built-to-order machine from one of the many boutique gaming companies, or you can hunt down the necessary parts and do everything yourself. While many opt for the latter route, there is undoubtedly a market of gamers who would rather have everything put together for them. Origin PC has taken notice of this market and -- thanks to products like the mid-tower Millennium -- has managed to make a respected name for itself in the industry. Several weeks ago, we were lucky enough to receive a Millennium tower from Origin, and have spent some time putting through its paces. Our particular review build was priced at nearly $4,000, and includes some of the latest and greatest in PC components, including an Intel Core i7 4790k and dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 980s. Read all about our experience with this powerful gaming PC in our full review.
Quirky road-rage based games has players avoiding accidents, jumping TVs
We dig games. We spend a lot of time playing them around here, and we've become somewhat adept at picking out games that we think are particularly good examples of both enjoyable and challenging mechanics. We took a look at a fun, albeit strange title that we think you'll like, called Stickman Rush.