Chris HoltMacworld

Chris is a former Macworld editor who has turned to a life of crime.


You Should Play: Rob your friends and protect your stash in King of Thieves

This challenging platformer-puzzler hybrid tasks you with stealing gold from built-in dungeons and dungeons designed by other players. The catch? Other players will steal from you, too.


You Should Play: Gunbrick is a puzzle game disguised as a platformer

While iOS is experiencing a revival of retro-inspired puzzle and platform games, Gunbrick is just original and weird enough to marry the two ideas well.

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Train like an Ironman with these apps for triathletes

Running, biking, and swimming in a single event? You'll need some training tools, and these apps are here to help.

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You Should Play: Kingdom Rush Origins might just be the best in the series to date

Origins may not be a reinvention for the series, but it’s sharp, fun to play, and interesting in just the right places.

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You Should Play: Challenging platformer Bean Dreams forces you to think strategically

Don't let this game's super-adorable protagonist fool you into thinking it will be an easy win.


You Should Play: Monster Strike is a delightful mashup of monster battles and pinball

Monster Strike hits that sweet spot between a player’s collecting obsession and the challenge of frenetic combat.


You Should Play: Retry proves Rovio has more to it than just Birds

This action packed side-scroller should reassure critics that the Rovio team is more than just physics puzzle creators enamored with cute birds and pigs.


You Should Play: Up your lawyering game with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

This game offers hours upon hours of cases to solve, with plenty of weird twists and challenging puzzles.


You Should Play: Pako

With crashes, high-speed chases, and hairpin turns, Pako is not just your average endless runner. It is an endless getaway game.

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Document Writer review: A cheap alternative to Microsoft Word

Document Writer has the basic tools you expect from a word processor, though the app has some interface quirks.

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You Should Play: Godus

Play as a deity, expand your following, and build new civilizations in this intriguing game.



You Should Play: Total War Battles: Shogun

Total War Battles: Shogun is a beautiful game, with exceptionally detailed units, fully realized 3D environments, and clean, intuitive interfaces.

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PhotoScissors review: Knock out the backgrounds of simple photos

This Mac app works fine with simple product shots for online auctions, but has trouble with fine details.


You Should Play: Sky Force 2014

Skyforce 2014 is a strong shoot 'em up that gives players great graphics and nimble controls.



You Should Play: Battleheart Legacy

Battleheart Legacy is that rare original title for iOS that is a great title in its own right, combining great writing, intuitive mechanics, and a deep world to become much more than the sum of its parts.