Games

How free-to-play manipulates you into having-to-pay... and pay... and pay...

A lot has been written about the true cost of free-to-play games - we even devoted a day of Talk Mobile to it a few weeks ago - but how does it actually work? We know the less-than-scrupulous developers target our impatience and our ego, but what are the exact mechanics involved? Ramin Shokrizade takes a look at the most common coercive monetization techniques in a guest post for Gamasutra:

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Saddle up with The Lone Ranger from Disney for iOS, available now

As is so often the way in the present day, a new blockbuster movie gets itself an official mobile game, and Disney's The Lone Ranger is no exception to this. Out now for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, saddle up as a Texas Ranger and protect the town of Colby in the old Wild West.

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The Prince of Persia is back in an all new adventure on iOS July 25

The Prince of Persia series has been around for almost a quarter of a century now, but it's back on July 25 with an all new game set to hit iOS. The Shadow and the Flame will follow the tried and tested sideways scrolling formula we know and love from the previous Prince of Persia games, but throws some stunning visuals into the mix as well.

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Motion Tennis review: Wii style gaming with your iPhone and Apple TV!

Mirroring games from your iPhone to your Apple TV with AirPlay is great, but it's still just what's on the small screen blown up on the TV. This isn't the case in Motion Tennis. With this game, the mirrored content is something different to what's being displayed on your iPhone, which opens up a whole new experience. Think Nintendo Wii style gameplay, only using your iPhone as the remote, and your Apple TV as the console.

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Experience more of the zombie apocalypse in The Walking Dead - 400 Days

Telltale has announced the release of The Walking Dead - 400 Days, new downloadable content (DLC) for the Mac and Windows release of its game based on the popular television and graphic novel series. A release is also planned for iOS.

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Do you have what it takes to rule Europe? Napoleon: Total War comes to Mac

Feral Interactive has announced the release of Napoleon: Total War - Gold Edition for Mac. It's a conversion of the real-time strategy game from Creative Assembly that combines the original game with The Peninsular Campaign, Heroes of the Napoleonic Wars, Imperial Eagle, and Coalition Battle Packs.

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Angry Birds adds 15 new levels, gives Red Bird some new moves

The original Angry Birds has received an update that adds new levels with new gameplay, challenging players to hit moving targets. The Red's Mighty Feathers episode contains 15 new levels.

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Popular indie game Limbo now available for both iPhone and iPad

Limbo, an already popular indie title for consoles is now available for both iPhone and iPad. With the long holiday weekend approaching in the US, Limbo will make for a perfect time killer. If you're new to Limbo, you'll love the design and the eery story line.

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Save big on Call of Duty for Mac! Get $130 bundle for only $40!

This one isn't around for long, but until the end of today you can get yourself a pretty stunning looking Call of Duty bundle for your Mac for just $39.99. So, what do you get? Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Black Ops expansion packs Rezurrection and Annihilation and Escalation.

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Mercedes and Bentley bring some tire smoking prestige to Real Racing 3

The choice of cars in Real Racing 3 isn't exactly poor, but we'll always take more, especially when more comes in the form of prestige vehicles from Mercedes Benz and Bentley. The Bentley Continental GT and Mercedes SLS joins an already impressive list of cars that includes the Bugatti Veyron. And, Real Racing 3 also now has a brand new Time Trial mode for you to give them both a run out in.

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