Maybe you've heard of 2048? The folks at Grantland have, including the popular smartphone game in a new list of media recommendations while almost entirely glossing over the fact that 2048 is a derivation of a clone of the well-liked game Threes. Well, Threes does get to be an oblique punchline at the end of the piece, … » 4/02/14 2:45pm 4/02/14 2:45pm

In the App Store Economy, Only Suckers Pay Retail

On the off chance you missed it, you might be interested to know that there's an unprecedented sale going on right now in the App Store. Apps that yesterday were 10 or 20 dollars are free today. Your first reaction is great. Your second, if you're anything like me, is but I just bought these. And that's because we're… » 7/08/13 3:09pm 7/08/13 3:09pm

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Pulled From App Store, BGII On Hold…

Well, this is a drag. Citing contractual issues, the people who made Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition have removed it from sale on their site and the Apple App store. The game won't be getting an upcoming patch, and the Android version has been put on hold, as has the planned enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate II. » 6/19/13 9:09pm 6/19/13 9:09pm

Bizarre Boyfriend-Maker is Back On The App Store, Slightly Declawed

Fans of boyfriends and strange iPhone chat games may recall Boyfriend Maker, the sometimes hilarious, sometimes genuinely creepy virtual companion app that was released last year for iOS before being summarily pulled from the App Store. » 4/23/13 2:00pm 4/23/13 2:00pm

Play A Whole New Sort Of Interactive Fiction, Then Write Your Own

There's a lot to be said for text-based interactive fiction. It engages our imaginations so directly, and gets away from a lot of the challenges present in graphical games that offer interactive stories. In games like Mass Effect and The Walking Dead, more choices mean that the developers need to make more content,… » 2/14/13 3:30pm 2/14/13 3:30pm

The Best Games for Your iPhone and iPad

We've promised that Kotaku's Bests lists—compliations of the best games for various platforms—will be changing, dynamic entities. So here's another update where new titles jump onto the rolls for two Apple mobile devices. Curious as to what they are? Click through and see if you guessed what we think are great iPad… » 1/28/13 9:30am 1/28/13 9:30am

Apple's Stance On Controversial Games Is A Little Insulting

Apple has had some problems recently with "serious" titles on its iOS store, which have been falling foul of some rather tight restrictions of what can and can't be represented in a game. We've seen a Second World War game barred for using historically-accurate Japanese flags, and more recently, a game about Syria » 1/17/13 12:30am 1/17/13 12:30am

A Serious Game About The Syrian Conflict Has Been Barred From The App…

Apple's notoriously haphazard approvals policy for App Store games continues unabated. Only a few months after a historical game about the Second World War was blocked for daring to use flags, a serious game about the current conflict in Syria has been barred for much the same reason. » 1/07/13 11:30pm 1/07/13 11:30pm

The Best Games for Your New Tablet or Smartphone

Look, let's not call them prayers. Rather, you can say that your deepest desires were answered when you got a shiny new smartphone or tablet under the Christmas tree today. Sure, you'll need it to stay on top of the ungodly pressures of modern life but, dammit, you need some good games for your tech slab, too. » 12/25/12 9:00am 12/25/12 9:00am

Pulled From The App Store, This Weird Boyfriend Simulator Lives On

It's too bad that 36You's surreal, hilarious fake boyfriend app Boyfriend Maker has been pulled from Apple's app store. It was likely pulled because the games now-infamous "chat mode" opened up all sorts of bizarre and risqué dialogue. » 11/28/12 5:30pm 11/28/12 5:30pm

Apple Blocks App That Alerts Users to American Military Drone Strikes

iPhone apps exist for all sorts of purposes: games and media to entertain, file viewers and creation programs for productivity, news for information on the world around you. To creator Josh Begley, Drone+—which lets people know about American UAV attacks—fits the bill for that last type of app. Nevertheless, Apple has … » 8/30/12 12:30pm 8/30/12 12:30pm