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Big Dad­dies take a bite out of Ap­ple as a por­ta­ble and pre­mium-priced Rap­ture splash lands on iOS

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BioShock resur­faces on iOS, plus there’s sites for the in­de­ci­sive… or are there?

App of the month

Watch­ing Ken Levine’s un­der­wa­ter shooter pow­ered up on a tablet, Big Daddy run­ning amok, is both ex­hil­a­rat­ing and hope­lessly nos­tal­gic. Such an iconic game on such a small form fac­tor sure plucks at the tech heart­strings, yet ul­ti­mately you’re re­buy­ing a seven-yearold game. Rap­ture makes a great hol­i­day spot, one man’s quest for iden­tity amid a dystopian ruin, but should you visit again?

Well, pub­lisher 2K has only ported the ac­claimed shooter to Ap­ple’s most pow­er­ful mo­bile plat­forms to guar­an­tee nec­es­sary grunt power. That said, the iOS ver­sion is a no­tice­able down­grade on the Xbox 360 one, with light­ing and at­mos­phere neutered. It still looks slick, mind, and the touch­con­trolled vir­tual stick is well im­ple­mented in the main to get round Rap­ture (we wish there was a “Just Vis­it­ing” op­tion to ex­plore).

As with most games made for “phys­i­cal” con­trols, BioShock is hob­bled as dif­fi­culty ramps up. The Eve/Adam up­grade tabs are tricky, while align­ing aim and fire to­gether on the screen’s right is awk­ward. Invest in a good Blue­tooth joy­pad, though, and this is a wet and wild trip down Mem­ory Lane. $18.99, 2k.com, out now on iOS (iPAd 4/iphone 5+)

Derek was go­ing to com­plain to the travel agent when he got home

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