Battle for Wesnoth is one of my favorite Mac games of all time, and best of all, it’s completely and totally free. It’s an open source game back when creating open source games was the thing to do, but unlike most other open source games, it has endured and flourished, currently sitting at version 1.11.0. Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based strategy game, and it’s really excellent — it’s based on a filled-out fantasy world, there are plenty of units to fight with and against, there’s a full story mode to play, and there’s a skirmish mode where you can just pit different factions against each other to your heart’s content.
And if that doesn’t give you enough to do, there’s also a ton of great user-made content campaigns, which bring all-new stories and content to the title. And since it’s all open source, you can even jump in and create your own art, scenarios, units, or maps for the game. There’s an unbelievable amount to do with this engine, and again, it’s all for free.
It was a busy day in the App Store with a bunch of updates for popular apps such as Facebook and Twitter. There were also several new apps for iOS and OS X that are worth a mention. You can check out our comprehensive list new apps and notable updates below.
iOS and OS X Updates
Walking Dead: The Game [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $4.99] The Walking Dead is a five-part episodic game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic books featuring Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes.
Recall is an app that we were shown at WWDC last year, and it actually came out on the App Store last month, in a US-only release. But this week, the company behind the app has released it to a worldwide audience, and it’s available now to everyone for a launch price of 99 cents.
The idea behind the app is a simple one: It’s an app that helps you remember various recommendations for media that people give to you, sort of like a to-do list for listening to music, watching movies, or reading books. As you can see in the video below, you simply click a button to add a book, movie, or a CD, and then the app provides you with all sorts of links and information based on that piece of media, as well as an option to remind you of that recommendation at a later point in time. The app’s super simple and very well-designed — it wisely gets right out of your way and lets you use it as needed without a lot of bother.
Dropbox isn’t the only service celebrating a 100-million milestone this week; the desktop and mobile VPN service Hotspot Shield by AnchorFree is growing fast, and reports that it’s passed the 100 million downloads mark for the PC and Mac product. The mobile version (reviewed here), launched one year ago for iOS and now also on Android, has made it past 3 million downloads and is growing by 20 percent per month.
Hotspot Shield is celebrating the mobile anniversary with a Twitter-driven giveaway for a month’s service. You can check out the details here. I generally dislike the tactic of cluttering your Twitter timeline with tweets for free stuff, and the iOS app already comes with a seven-day trial — but if you need a month to see if it’s worth subscribing, go ahead. The giveaway runs through Saturday morning Pacific time.
The fastest web browser on the Mac just got a little safer. With Chrome 23, Google has introduced a “sandboxed” version of the Adobe Flash plug-in, which helps prevent its use in exploits that could allow harmful code to be run without the user’s knowledge.
Computerworld reports that Google engineers rewrote the Flash plug-in to comply with its own PPAPI (Pepper Plugin Application Programming Interface) standard. It had previously used the older NPAPI (Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface) standard.