Activision commits to Apple TV with big console games.

Another plastic guitar, another rock star in the making.

One of the biggest video gaming companies ever has just affirmed its support for the new Apple TV, itself just revealed this week by Apple.

Activision wrote a blog post detailing the games it will bring Skylanders SuperChargersGuitar Hero Live, and Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved to Apple TV, which shows a confidence in Apple’s ability to create yet another fantastic home for gaming as it did with iOS.

These aren’t casual like Crossy Road (though those types of games will do well on the big screen, too), but full console versions of popular titles.

Guitar Hero Live will come with its own Bluetooth-enabled plastic guitar controller, letting you play the rock star on the big screen via Apple TV. You’ll also be able to play the game on the go via your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. This is a game that hasn’t even come out yet for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and older consoles, so having it as a launch-day game on Apple TV is quite the coup.

This is console-level gaming for your Apple TV.

Skylanders SuperChargers will come with a Bluetooth-enabled portal, an embedded Bluetooth controller, and even a built-in stand. Progress in the game on your Apple TV will sync across all your iOS devices, too, making this value-add pretty compelling. If you’ve already got Skylanders Trap Team’s portal and controller, it will work with this new game as well. This is also a game available on console, providing feature parity with Apple’s upcoming set top box.

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved released on PC and consoles last year, mobile devices this year. Activision promises to bring it to Apple TV and iPad Pro (!) this fall. It’s a fast-paced arcade-style shooter with neon colors and a revamped online coop mode so you can blast aliens with a buddy. Imagine playing it on your Apple TV, then switching over to your iPad and playing with Apple Pencil as a controller. Wow.

Sure, the Apple TV won’t have the horsepower of a gaming console like PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, but it won’t have to. With these kinds of games coming to the $169 Apple TV, the market of people who actually need to buy a dedicated gaming device just got smaller.

This War of Mine brings the horrors of conflict to your iPad.

Make difficult choices in this compelling survival game, now on iPad.

Phenomenal survival game, This War of Mine, is now available on your iPad (and select Android tablets).

The team did a fantastic job of creating the atmosphere of war from the perspective of the civilian’s caught up in it. The game’s visuals, music and play mechanics all work together to create an utterly compelling experience as a non-combatant trapped in a war zone, hungry and vulnerable.

It’s something every one should play, and now that it’s on sale for mobile tablets, everyone can. Check out the launch trailer below.

During the original development, the team researched many recent conflicts all over the world, like the ones in Sarajevo, Syria and Libya. Sarajevo itself was one of the most well-documented conflicts, and informed quite a bit of the game itself.

In This War of Mine, you’ll need to scavenge areas in your shelter, outside, and in other buildings, staying out of sight and interacting with other AI-controlled players who may or may not be friendly. You’ll collect materials to make things like beds, crowbars, rainwater collectors, and stills to make moonshine.

Best of all, you can now grab This War of Mine for $10 on the App Store or Google Play. The game will retail for $14.99 after the introductory week.

7 retro-inspired iOS games you should’ve been playing yesterday.

Before we had iPhones to game on, we had these. They didn't even make phone calls. Photo Phil Monger/Flickr CC

Everyone gamer over a certain age has a fondness for the 8- and 16-bit titles they grew up on. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that developers born in the 1980s are now creating nostalgia-infused iOS games harking back to the glory days of the Genesis and S.N.E.S. But which of these should you be playing? Fortunately Cult of Mac can be your guide.

Pop in another quarter, click the button below, and find out what you need to download to truly be down with the kids thirty-somethings.

Docking Sequence ($0.99)

Even today, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey looks positively futuristic — which is why it’s such an hilarious concept to take a genuinely futuristic device like the iPhone and use it to make a retro game loosely based on Kubrick’s classic sci-fi.

As you can see from the above trailer, Docking Sequence is a fun, slightly Asteroids-style game, which asks the player to dock their spaceship on a revolving space station — all without hitting any obstacles in the process.


Star Marine: Infinite Ammo ($1.99)

If you’re a fan of Contra-style run-and-gun action, you’ll love Star Marine: Infinite Ammo. The plot (as far as it matters) concerns a lone human who crash lands on a planet filled with battle robots, flying worm-bots and assorted other mechanized nasties. It’s your job to lead your character through ten gruelling levels, mowing down baddies and upgrading your weapons along the way.

There are some great boss battles, some gorgeously inventive levels along the way, and some fun retro touches like the ability to shoot in 8 directions. Oh, and don’t forget the pulsating 80s-inspired soundtrack either. Sadly, Star Marine hasn’t been updated since 2012 and there’s no sign of a sequel on the horizon — but that in no way diminishes how much fun you’ll get from this iOS blaster.

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Tiny Dice Dungeon (free)

With a dice-based battling concept, Tiny Dice Dungeon is the Dungeons & Dragons game we never got in the 8-bit era. And, boy, is it making up for it now! Add in a great chiptune soundtrack and an addictive gameplay dynamic that will have constantly justifying one more battle and what you have is a delightfully retro iOS game.

Pizza Boy ($1.99)

There’s still no Mario on the iPhone, but Pizza Boy will make up for Nintendo’s refusal to cater for iOS gamers with a title that recalls the best bits of not only the original Super Mario Bros. but also Donkey Kong Country. You play the titular Pizza Boy, whose joy it is to recover his pizza pie from a villainous thief—traveling through a variety of colorful worlds in the process.

While the developers have been great at keeping this game optimized for the latest iOS devices, however, it’s worth noting that at five years old, this game’s pushing retro-status on its own.

Super Scrapped Robot (free)

When I was growing up, one of my video game dreams was for a full-color handheld device to replace the 4-shade green monochrome GameBoy I owned. Of course, now that such a device exists and is called the iPhone, what do we do? We long for the limited color palette of our youth, of course.

To quote Lutricia McNeal, ain’t that just the way that life goes down? All of this preamble brings us around to Super Scrapped Robot: a zany, action twin-stick shooter with a retro four shades of green aesthetic. With eleven randomly generated levels, five boss battles, and plenty of fun weaponry, this will take you back to the GameBoy games of your youth. Mercifully without having to change the batteries what felt like ever hour.

2-Bit Cowboy ($0.99)

Have you ever looked at a great Western game Red Dead Redemption and thought, wow, I wish they would strip away those gorgeous 3-D graphics, add a few more coins to collect, and possibly a MIDI score? If you’re just such a retro gunslinger then you’ll find plenty to enjoy in 2-Bit Cowboy: a rootin’ tootin’ gun-shootin’ kind of a game that borrows much of its inspiration from the… Castlevania and Metroid games?

As an added bonus there’s a character customization mode, along with the chance to get drunk on pixellated moonshine at the game’s Old West saloon.

Photo: Touch Arcade

Dungeons of Chaos ($1.99)

From its name alone, Dungeons of Chaos perfectly evokes the feeling of a late 1980s CRPG: the kind of title you’d burn the midnight oil playing on your Apple IIGS. That’s before you even so much as look at the gorgeously-realized retro graphics, and set about exploring a world filled with dark dungeons, Tolkien-style villages, all-powerful wizards, and some of the best battles this side of the Ultima series.

Deeply immersive and a whole lot of fun, Dungeons of Chaos belongs on the iPad (note: it’s not available for any other device) of any self-respecting 1980s role-playing fan.

You can now play Minesweeper in Notification Center!

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Although it’s a Windows game, I’ve never met anyone without a sweet spot for Minesweeper, the addictive little puzzle game that Microsoft debuted in Windows 3.1. Sadly, though, it never came to the Mac.

But if you love a good game of Minesweeper, we’ve got some great news. You can now play it right within Notification Center. Better act on it soon, though: Apple has a tendency to pull interesting iOS 8 widgets like this one.

Created by developer AA Mather, Minesweeper – Widget Edition is a version of the classic puzzle game that you can play right from the Today tab of Notification Center. The game is played the same as it ever was: You flag certain tiles on the grid as being “mines” based upon the numbers of the tiles that surround them. The only difference is, you can play it within any app just by dragging your finger down on any screen.

Minesweeper – Widget Edition costs just $0.99 on the iOS App Store, although if you want to buy it, I suggest you do so soon. In the past, Apple has had a disconcerting history of pulling the most interesting and interactive Notification Center widgets from the App Store. Minesweeper – Widget Edition could well be a contender.

Everything is awesome in The LEGO Movie Video Game for iOS.

If you enjoyed The LEGO Movie, you'll love its official iOS game. Photo: LEGO

With their rise, fall and ascent to global cultural dominance, Apple and LEGO are not entirely dissimilar as brands. I’m not sure whether their similar philosophies toward business have any bearing on my appreciation for both companies, but I do know that I absolutely loved last year’s LEGO Movie.

Having recently been robbed of an Oscar nom, fellow LEGO Movie fans can at least get some of their brick-fix today thanks to the news that The LEGO Movie Video Game has arrived on iOS — giving you a chance to play what is a very fun game on your iPhone or iPad.

Essentially, this is a port of the game originally created for mobile games consoles, the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita — with the added benefit of carrying a very reasonable price tag of $4.99 (although, alas, there are a few optional in-app purchases along the way.)

It pretty much follows the plot of the movie, and boasts appearances from upwards of 90 characters from the film (think Batman, Superman, Gandalf, the Green Ninja, and more), with the action spread across 40 different missions.

If you’ve ever played a LEGO game before, chances are you won’t need any convincing to pick this up. If you’ve never played one… well, if you’re a fan of irreverent comedy, hilarious cameo appearances and, of course, colored bricks, you’re pretty much guaranteed a whale of a time.

One word of caution, however: the game takes up a ridiculous amount of space to play it, mainly thanks to the large number of cinematics that have been included. To install over Wifi you’ll need 2.2GB of available space — although this shrinks down to just 1.1GB if you download the game on your computer and then sync.

Get Wii-style bowling with an iPhone and Apple TV.

Now all you need is a wrist strap. Photo: Anuj Tandon

To get the fun of virtual bowling without a Wii, look no further than Bowling Central, a magical iOS app that lets you swing your iPhone around to send a virtual bowling ball to slamming into all the pins at the end of the lane.

Rolocule Games decided that they wanted to create a Wii Bowl-style experience, only with an Apple TV and an iPhone. It’s not a simple technology, but the two business partners managed to create “rolomotion” for motion tracking, winning a 2014 Edison Award in the process.

With it, you can swing your iPhone like a Wii remote without having to get one of the ubiquitous Nintendo consoles.

“We worked really hard to get the motion gaming controls right,” Anuj Tandon told Cult of MAc in an email, “and getting the perfect controls took time. Not only … can you give accurate direction to the ball, but by twisting the wrist, the ball can be given a spin, just like real bowling

With all the sensor in an iPhone, it’s surprising that there aren’t more motion-control games like this in the iOS gaming scene (which has over 300,000 active game submissions). Bowling Central is a unique entry among so many.

Rolomotion uses the gyroscope, magnetometer and accelerometer in your iPhone to accurately track all the motion of your iPhone while sending the video up to the screen via your Apple TV and AirPlay.

Anuj Tandon, left, and Rohit Gupta, in all their finery. Photo: Rolocule Games[/caption]Tandon (with Gupta, right) grew up in New Delhi, while his partner came of age in Amravati in central India. The two met in an undergraduate course in Computer Engineering at the University of Pune, which is near Mumbai. Gupta ended up at Columbia University in New York for a Master’s degree and worked a bit at Electronic Arts before returning to India to found Rolocule Games with Tandon.

The company first released motion tennis, but got several customer requests to release a bowling game with the same motion control.

“Once we had the controls set,” said Tandon, “we wanted to give the user the option to play the game on the device so we added the swipe controls as well.” Then they created the levels and user interface, which you can see in this short gameplay trailer.

With the motion controls, the gameplay is strikingly intuitive, you can select the lane, hold the ball and swing to release right on your iPhone using only one hand to give the ball a direction and spin.

The key here is how Rolucle’s rolomotion tech uses not just the accelerometer (change in speed), but also the gyroscope (change in angular orientation) and magnetometer (change in position in space). It’s also super easy to use, as all the tech resides in your iPhone. The Apple TV just provides an easy viewing experience.

When Tandon isn’t playing his own game he likes to play sports games, like FIFA on his console. “On my phone right now,” he says, “I like playing WWE Super Card8 Ball Pool, and Flick Tennis.”

You can grab your own copy of Bowling Central for $2.99 in the App Store right now, and play a little bowling on your Apple TV. No Wii required.

Crack the code in Do Not Believe His Lies.

Players attempt to crack the code in Do Not Believe His Lies: The Unforgiving Riddle

Do Not Believe His Lies: The Unforgiving Riddle is an interesting, sometimes weird, puzzle game where players have to figure out what the code to unlock the next puzzle is. There is very little in the way of instructions in the game.

Do Not Believe His Lies: The Unforgiving Riddle is a fascinating mind-bending journey that will drive players mad most of the time, but somehow still retains that fun factor. Some of the puzzles are intriguing and require a bit of thought such as the Claritas Candor puzzle. These puzzles require a bit of “outside the box” thinking in most cases and some answers make little sense. Do Not Believe His Lies: The Unforgiving Riddle utilizes an assortment of riddle devices like hiding an answer in fairly plain sight. This requires players to recognize somewhat cryptic code.

Do Not Believe His Lies: The Unforgiving Riddle pushes players to think outside of the box to find the answer to each riddle

For levels that are not as obvious to solve, there are hints available for an in-app purchase. Although, thrifty players may find answers on the web for some of the levels. A fascinating part of the game and what makes it rather enjoyable is that each code seems to form a kind of story. This adds to the mystery of Do Not Believe His Lies: The Unforgiving Riddle.

Do Not Believe His Lies: The Unforgiving Riddle is free on the App Store and recommended for players wanting a puzzle game that doesn’t follow convention.

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