Star Apps: Retro Futura Tour 2014

In the early '80s -- when the US charts were still dominated by '70s rock like Steve Miller Band, Chicago, and Foreigner -- a fresh crop of artists rose up with a revolutionary, synth-based sound that borrowed from Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder and would influence future electronic music. This second British Invasion included Howard Jones, Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey, Ultravox's Midge Ure, Katrina and the Waves' Katrina, and China Crisis. If you missed them the first time around, catch them on this summer's Retro Futura Tour. I chatted with these artists about the tour, the stories behind their … Read more

PhotoFunia review

PhotoFunia gives you numerous options for mixing your photos with diverse backgrounds and settings to create both unique and bizarre images. No matter what type of theme you're looking for, you're sure to find it in this innovative app.


Lots of stuff: There are all kinds of effects you can use on your photos in this app, although they might not be the kinds of things you're used to thinking of when you think of effects. What PhotoFunia contains are tons of different scenes and backgrounds that you can insert your photos into, like billboards, calendars, … Read more

Retro-style games are modern classics

After reviewing Devious Dungeon, it occurred to me that the classic platformer game genre is far from dead. Even though the graphics for smartphone games have reached amazing heights with games like Real Racing 3, the Modern Combat franchise, and countless other top-tier titles, what's interesting to me is that games that look like they could be played on a '90s-era gaming console continue to be popular with today's gamers.

A steady stream of retro-looking platformer titles have had great success and continue to fly up the App Store's most-popular lists, relying more on tried-and-true gameplay than … Read more

Retro dungeon crawling that's mindlessly entertaining

Devious Dungeon for iOS is an old-school dungeon adventure game that adds RPG elements as you grind through dangerous (and devious) 2D dungeons. Not only do you run and jump from platform to platform as you kill monsters, you also can upgrade your equipment as you progress to higher levels in the game, but the upgrade options are not as extensive as I'd like.

Devious Dungeon was made by Ravenous Games, the same folks who made the similarly-styled League of Evil and Random Heroes games. If you played either of those popular titles, you know these developers aim for … Read more

Outrun daleks in the Doctor Pacman Flash game

Play a Time Lord version of Pac-Man complete with a pixilated bow tie in this fan-made Flash game Doctor Pacman -- made by Ruben P. Vargas from Rarity Workshop. Ghosts Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde (renamed Caan, Thay, Jast, and Seec) are replaced with their corresponding colored daleks.

As Doctor Pacman, you must gobble the sonic screwdriver to disable the daleks and make them vulnerable to attack. When the daleks are in attack mode again, they chant "exterminate" over and over as they chase your Time Lord, who runs around the Tardis, just like in "Doctor Who." … Read more

'The Big Lebowski' goes 8-bit in video game reimagining

Picturing a standard Coen brothers film as a video game brings to mind some gruesome and unpleasant experiences. Think "No Country for Old Men" as a gritty PS3 title capable of giving The Last of Us a run for its money, or "Raising Arizona" as a twisted take on a crime-oriented sandbox game...but with a baby involved.

However, the folks over at CineFix, the YouTube channel known for its 8-bit retellings of classic films as if they were retro games, decided on the cult classic, "The Big Lebowski," as the next installment in its 8-Bit Cinema series.

The result is an experience we only wish we'd had back in the '90s.… Read more

Nananana...Classic 'Batman' TV series box set to be released

Riddle me this, Batman. If you wanted to excite fans about your box set release of your hit TV show from the 1960s, who would you ask to break the news? Oh right, Conan O'Brien!

The late night talk show host and comedian tweeted on January 15 to his 9.7 million followers the geekatstic news along with an impressive photo of himself posing with the classic BatmobileRead more

Chewbacca tweets his favorite 'Star Wars' memories

Let the Wookiee tweet! On his official Twitter account TheWookieeRoars, Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew recently gave followers a treat by captioning rare production photos of his time filming the original "Star Wars" films, "A New Hope," and "The Empire Strikes Back."

While some of his captions include silly commentary about Princess Leia and banthas, he also reveals some fun behind-the-scenes stories.

The photos aren't exclusively from Mayhew's personal collection, but also some that have made the rounds online on Twitter accounts like Unseen Star Wars and Star Wars 1977-1983. … Read more

Review: RetroGmer for Mac lets you play classic arcade games right in your Dashboard

Featuring about a dozen classic arcade games, RetroGmer for Mac delivers an impressive collection of titles in a small package right to your OS X Dashboard. You'll like that this widget includes most of your all-time favorites, such as Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., and Space Invaders.

RetroGmer for Mac installs directly to your Dashboard. The widget's design is clean and minimal: the collection of games displays as individual icons on the bottom row of the widget and the rest of the widget's window is reserved for the actual game. While the icons are rather small and difficult … Read more

Say hello to a teeny tiny working Mac

It's strange to think that less than 30 years after the release of the original Macintosh -- then the cutting edge of consumer computing -- the Mac's been vastly outstripped by a small device that fits in your pocket.

So why not make a a tiny-size working Mac out of today's gadgets? RetroMacCast's John Leake has done precisely that, scaling the machine down to one third of its original size, just 4.5 inches by 3 inches by 3.5 inches (which is still a heck of a lot chunkier than an iPod). … Read more