In unrelated developments, two recent "recreations" of former Mac and Nintendo classics have made their way into "web app" versions, bringing back familiar software for those of a certain age, providing a "living" demonstration of "old-school" programs and games and at the same time offering a showcase for the growing flexibility of web technologies. The year-old "CloudPaint,"
a tribute to the Macintosh's original graphics program MacPaint, has recently been updated with five levels of "undo" -- and another site offers a fully-playable HTML5 version of Super Mario
. Both are available for use free of charge.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown on sale for 50 percent off
The award-winning iOS version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown
, recently updated for optimization on iOS 7, is now available for half its usual price for a limited time on the iTunes App Store. Normally $20, the title is now available for $10 and has just added multiplayer leaderboards and asynchronous multiplayer mode. The overhead-shooter game lets players lead an elite paramilitary organization known as XCOM to fight against an impending alien invasion. The graphically-intense game requires and iPad 2 or later, an iPad mini, a fifth-generation iPod touch or an iPhone 4S or more recent.