Pixel Press

If you grew up with side-scrolling run-and-jump video games like Super Mario Brothers or Sonic the Hedgehog, you probably spent a little bit of time imagining what it would be like to make your own. With Pixel Press ($10), you too can create your own video game (without ever writing one line of code). Start with their downloadable grid paper by drawing your own paths, obstacles, moving platforms, spikes, and more. Then scan it into the app using your iOS or Android device — the app takes it from there, letting you test, design, and even play your creation. Once you're satisfied with the game, share it with the world and give others the opportunity to beat your high score.

  • Parallels Access

    Remotely access any software on your Mac or PC as if it were a native iOS app from your iPad with Parallels Access ($Free). No matter where you are in the world, so long as you have an active internet connection, you can use software from your home or office machine, and access files. Features like tapping, swiping, pinching, and scrolling make it feel like you are working on an application meant for your iPad, while select, drag, copy, and paste let you seamlessly switch between remote apps and iPad apps. A built-in app launcher and app switcher keep you as productive as you would be on your full-size machine.

  • Blackbar

    Somewhere between a crossword puzzle and a choose your own adventure novel, you'll find Blackbar ($3) — a word game of censorship and storytelling. This game tells the story of a science fiction dystopian future through a series of redacted documents, where the story (and the game) gets more complex as you make your way through. As you fill in the blacked out words, the conspiracy behind the story becomes less opaque. And, while it doesn't bash you over the head with its views on the suppression of free speech, its message against censorship is certainly present.

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