TDKR: Gotham City’s Most Wanted
iOS | Free
With the final installment of Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy hitting theatres this week, there’s no shortage of enthusiasm for anything and everything related to the caped crusader. If you want to immerse yourself in the experience, Gotham City’s Most Wanted is a good place to start. The premise is simple: snap a pic of your face, then, by using facial mapping, the app allows you to superimpose the mask of either Batman, Bane or Catwoman overtop. Once you’ve disguised yourself as a cat burglar, a super-villain or Gotham’s savior, share the image through Facebook, Twitter or email.
Batman: Arkham City Lockdown
iOS | $5.99
Likewise, if you’re looking for something a little more extensive to tide yourself over until you see The Dark Knight Rises, this open world action/adventure game should keep you busy for hours. Following the success of 2009’s Arkham Asylum and 2011’s Arkham City, the game sees Batman moving across Gotham City to fight a ton of baddies including The Joker and Two-Face. With fantastic graphics, satisfying gameplay (master all the combos for some pretty intense fighting moves) and character upgrades as you progress, Lockdown is a worthy iOS addition. Also, BlackBerry users may want to check out The Dark Knight game for their devices.
Star Trek Captain’s Log
iOS | $1.99
If however you’re looking for something more sci-fi-oriented, Star Trek fans should take note of the Captain’s Log app. Functioning as a “communicator,” the app is designed to record your voice recordings, text, pictures, and the GPS mapping of your presumably Star Trek-filled day-to-day life. As you amass this information, begin to share your “Captain’s Logs” with other app users or social media friends. With the GPS component, log your coordinates on a map using a badge of your choice (Starfleet, Klingon, Romulan). The customizable skins, images and sound effects should appeal to fans of the Star Trek universe, and if you can locate the hidden easter egg, then you’ll uncover a 3D model of the USS Enterprise to explore.
SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine
iOS | Free (in-app subscriptions available)
Whether it’s for news and features on The Hobbit, Star Wars, Doctor Who or just about anything else you can think of, fans of the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres should recognize SFX Magazine as an important resource on everything from TV shows and movies to comics, games and collectible items. As a monthly publication, you can download individual issues or subscribe for longer periods of time, while the recent redesign should impress longtime readers and newcomers alike.
iOS, Android | Free (in-app purchases available)
Judging from the success of The Avengers, Spider-Man and, well, just about every Marvel movie ever (not to mention DC’s films as well), our interest in comic-based characters certainly isn’t dwindling. As one of the biggest comic libraries and stores for your mobile device, this app offers downloads from all the big publishers, as well as from several respected indie ones. The real bonus though, is with the app’s Guided View technology – essentially offering you the ability to view whole pages at a time, or to scan through individual panels as you would with a print copy. With a massive amount of titles available, any comic fan would do well to get reading with this app.
Ultimate Star Wars Lightsaber
Android, iOS | Free
An oldie but a goodie, no sci-fi and fantasy app collection would be complete without the Star Wars Lightsaber. When you need some personal Jedi time (or Sith if you’re so inclined), the app is designed to mimic the sounds of a lightsaber as you wave your mobile device about. Swing it slowly for that awesome whoosh sound we all love, or more quickly for the the impact hit effect. To get fancy, select your preferred saber colour, hilt, character and music, then get to all those awesome imagination-fueled duel scenes.
The Sims Medieval
iOS | $2.99
More interested in the fantasy side of things? Not to worry – The Sims Medieval is a great way to immerse yourself in a world full of knights, combat, magic and more. As with all previous Sims games, the idea here is to create a character that you will then guide through adventures, quests and day-to-day activities in an expansive world. The gameplay is fun and lighthearted, while the background music provides a rich soundtrack to your virtual existence as a squire, lord, or even a vampire. Completely addictive and enhanced with Retina Display, this is a game you may have some trouble putting down.
Windows, BlackBerry | $2.49
After watching, reading and gaming your way into sci-fi bliss, maybe it’s time to prove your knowledge of the genre is, in fact, out of this world. With 1,000 questions to test whether or not you know the difference between Star Wars and Starship Troopers, this app doesn’t just concern itself with recent work, but rather tries to span the entire history of the genre. And while some questions are pretty easy (pfft – everyone knows that Burton directed the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes!), others are substantially more challenging.