After almost every Apple keynote I like to step back, try to see the big picture and get my bearings on where Apple is positioning itself and its products. A way to review things we saw that were surprising as opposed to things that were expected. Here are my first impressions of the Apple media event, which was already dubbed “iPad mini Launch” event by many in the tech press, but which surprised in the diversity of its additional announcements and thus turned out to be more significant, in my view. [click to continue reading…]
Following the success of the RPG, or role-playing game, another form of gameplay decided to take things to the next level: the MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, which allows groups of users to meet together in a virtual world and collaborate on missions, trade and barter, or just goof around for awhile.
Some of the more popular MMORPGs today include Second Life, Star Wars: The Old Republic and City of Heroes. However, the king of the crop is the fantasy-based mind suck otherwise known as World of Warcraft. Unfortunately, any rumors of bringing WoW to the mobile platform are just that, rumors. At this point, it may be at least one or two years before WoW is introduced to the iPad.
Order & Chaos Online looks to be, at first glance, a mobile rip-off of WoW. There are similar environments, characters and quests that seem to mirror those of its computer-based counterpart. Upon playing the game, I discovered it really can be quite the WoW copycat. However, I don’t consider this a bad thing.
The RPG, or role-playing game, has become one of the fastest-growing game genres on the iPad. Gone are the days when it was simply enough to hack and slash at fruit or jump doodles; nowadays, even mobile games can be expected to have a plot, character development and satisfying action. But the real question is: Do they succeed?
To answer this burning question, I have decided to devote all my iPad game reviews to different RPGs for the next several weeks.
Before sudokus, crosswords and Angry Birds became popular forms of puzzle-based entertainment, there was the Rebus. Dating back to the Middle Ages, rebuses are allusional devices that use pictures to represent words or parts of them. They were originally used to represent people’s surnames and tell stories during a time when a majority of the population couldn’t read.
Now, they’re just fun, engaging and challenging puzzles.
The Rebus Show is a fantastic game that brings rebuses to the iPad — not necessarily for the first time, but certainly for the best time. While other rebus apps on the iPad tend to look like poorly drawn Microsoft Paint creations, The Rebus Show is a visual feast … especially for those like myself who love turn-of-the-century art and culture.
In the world of iPad gaming, puzzle games still hold the spotlight.
Oftentimes, more casual iPad users prefer puzzle games; because, unlike more involved games such as Sid Meyers Pirates! and Grand Theft Auto III, puzzle games are much easier to pick up, play and then ignore. It’s a more passive type of gameplay, which is great for those who only have a spare 15 minutes here and there to throw an angry bird at some green pigs.