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Pocket Gamer reports that two new free-to-play Final Fantasy games from Square Enix have sneaked their way onto the App Store in Japan – Final Fantasy: Record Keeper and Final Fantasy: World Wide Words.

In Record Keeper, players take on the role of an Apprentice that jumps into paintings that take them to famous scenes from previous games in the series. The battle system is similar to that found in Final Fantasy: All The Bravest, with players getting to fight alongside Cloud Strife, Zidane Tribal, Luneth, and more.

Meanwhile, the word-battling RPG World Wide Words features the same art style as Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, with players given the task of typing out words to perform attacks against monsters and fast typing rewarded with more powerful attacks.

Nothing has been announced regarding the release of either of these games outside of Japan, but both can be found on the Japanese App Store now and are free to download.

source: Pocket Gamer

A new trailer has arrived for the newest title from Device 6 and Year Walk developers SimogoThe Sailor’s Dream.

Possibly teasing toward one of the three stories about “hearts united by the wonderful, but unmerciful ocean” that the game is set to include, the trailer features a man talking about what may have happened to “her” and his lifelong search.

The Sailor’s Dream is set to voyage onto the App Store sometime later this year.

Two games bundles from have been released by Headup Games and can currently be found on the App Store. For those who want to build bridges, there’s the Bridge Constructor Bundle, which will allow purchasers to gather together Bridge ConstructorBridge Constructor Playground, and Bridge Constructor Medieval for $3.99. Meanwhile, arcade fans can get The Big Arcade Bundle, which will provide players with Arson & Plunder HDSunny HillrideSci-FightersShiny The Firefly, and Race.a.bit for $4.99.

Both bundles and all of the games contained within are available to purchase from the App Store now.

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ProCamera 8 Launches, Adds HDR and Manual Controls

Posted by on September 26th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

An update has arrived for Cocologics‘ photography app, ProCamera 8, adding manual controls and HDR.

Through their partnership with vividHDR, accurate three-shot HDR capture is now in the app with five different HDR styles (Natural, Vivid, Dramatic, Black and White, and Faded) available. Users can try out the new feature for free but will get watermarks on their pictures, with an in-app purchase of $1.99 required to remove these watermarks.

Meanwhile, new manual controls allow photographers using the app to adjust exposure levels thanks to new control over Exposure Compensation and the ability to manage ISO sensitivity and shutter speed. Control over color temperature and color tint has also been added, as has slow-motion playback for high frame rate videos for the videographers among you.

ProCamera 8 is available to purchase from the App Store now for $3.99, with watermark-less vividHDR available as an in-app purchase for $1.99.

ProCamera 8

via: ProCamera 7 Review

Playdek has announced that three bundles of their card and board games have made their way onto the App Store.

Board game fans can now find Lords of Waterdeep and Agricola together in the Playdek Board Game Bundle for $9.99, whilst card game players can get Tanto Cuore, Nightfall, Fluxx, Penny Arcade the Game: Gamers vs. Evil and Food Fight together for $7.99 in the Playdek Card Game Bundle. For those who can’t pick between the two bundles and fancy getting more for their money, all of the previously mentioned titles along with Can’t Stop can be gotten for $14.99 in the Playdek Deluxe Eight Game Bundle.

All of the above bundles are available on the App Store now.

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Eventbrite has today announced a new app for ticket organization for events: Eventbrite Neon, which is set to replace their At The Door and Entry Manager apps.

This new app allows event organizers and venue operators to act as their own box office, with the app able to monitor ticket sales and trends in real time, accept payments and issue tickets on the spot, and scan attendees tickets at the event itself. Furthermore, potential problems such as ticket reissues, cancellations, and refunds can also be dealt with from within the app.

The Eventbrite Neon app is available on the App Store now, for free.

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Pangea Software Unveil Bundles and iOS 8 Updates

Posted by on September 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A whole host of updates have arrived for a bunch of Pangea Software‘s titles, allowing them to natively support the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Titles that were given an update include Air Wings, Air Wings Intergalactic, Billy Frontier, Bugdom 2, Cro-Mag Rally, Enigmo, Enigmo 2, Monkey Bongo, Nanosaur 2, Nucleus, Otto Matic, and Warheads.

Whew!

Alongside updating many of their titles, Pangea Software has also released four game bundles, which are:

Pangea Super Pack (Bugdom 2, Cro-Mag Rally, Enigmo, Otto Matic, Nanosaur 2, Warheads, Monkey Bongo, Enigmo 2, Billy Frontier and Nucleus) – $12.99

Pangea Adventure Pack (Bugdom 2, Nanosaur 2, Otto Matic and Billy Frontier) – $6.99

Pangea Action Pack (Warheads, Nucleus, Cro-Mag Rally, Antimatter, Billy Frontier and Nanosaur 2) – $7.99

Pangea Puzzle Pack (Enigmo, Leaf on the Wind, Monkey Bongo and Enigmo 2) – $6.99

All of the previously mentioned bundles, and the games contained within, can be found on Pangea Software’s iTunes page.

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WWE SuperCard has Been Updated With a New Gameplay Mode and Ultra Rare Packs

Posted by on September 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

2K has updated their wrestling card battling title, WWE SuperCard, with new modes and card packs headlining the update.

The People’s Champion Challenge allows players to pick between two WWE Superstars in a match corresponding to a real-life live event. Through playing exhibition matches, players can gather points for themselves and their chosen Superstar, and receive rewards based on the winning wrestler at the end of the week-long battle.

The Ladder mode, meanwhile, challenges novice and seasoned players alike with climbing up a ladder as they play. As players climb higher, new rewards will unlock, with statistics such as victories and prizes accumulated tracked throughout.

Finally, there’s the new Ultra Rare Card Pack, which 2K claims has been made available due to popular demand. This pack allows players to acquire Ultra Rare or higher cards for their rosters and is available for $9.99.

WWE SuperCard is available to smash through a table download from the App Store for free now.

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via: Our Review source: Take-Two Interactive

BADLAND Update Brings Better Visuals to iPhone 6 Owners

Posted by on September 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

An update has arrived for Frogmind’s BADLAND, bringing enhanced visuals for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, which the developers claim bring “even more beauty and atmosphere” to the side-scrolling title. For those without one of the newest iPhones, you haven’t been forgotten – fixes for bugs, including issues with replay sync, as well as support for the Czech language also coming in this update.

BADLAND is available to download from the App Store now for $3.99.

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via: Our Review

Evernote Update for iOS 8 Adds Web Clipping, Quick Notes, and More

Posted by on September 19th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

An update to the Evernote app has arrived alongside the release of iOS 8, with clipping, quick notes, and new notifications headlining the new features.

Users will now be able to use the web clipping feature to simply save any webpage that they’re on, straight from the Share icon. This feature isn’t limited to webpages however, as it also works with photos, documents, PDFs, and other parts of iOS 8. Meanwhile, by swiping down from the top of the screen and going to the notification center, users can add a quick note bar for Evernote, allowing them to start a new note straight from there.

The app also contains a couple of new features for premium users. For these users, the app now attempts to find notes related to what you’re currently working on and can be locked and unlocked using Touch ID on devices that support it.

The Evernote app is available to download from the App Store for free now.

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via: Our Review

iOS 8 Brings Metal Updates, Bundles, and Widgets from Gameloft

Posted by on September 19th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A whole host of newness has arrived on the App Store today, courtesy of Gameloft.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout now contains Metal graphics, allowing the game to have over five times the particles on screen at any one time – thus resulting in improved heat rays, denser explosions, and richer weather effects. Asphalt 8: Airborne also contains new Metal support, with a new season devoted to Metal that allows players to take on 23 cars at the same time rather than the usual eight.

App Bundles are another new feature for iOS 8, and two Gameloft bundles are already available to purchase. Fans of the Modern Combat series can grab the Modern Combat Pack, which contains the third, fourth, and fifth installments in the series for a total of $9.99. Action fans, meanwhile, can grab the Action Pack, which contains Modern Combat 5 and Gangstar Vegas for $7.99.

Speaking of Gangstar Vegas, it has also received an update that adds a widget for the game. As a result, players are now able to see and enter events, as well as claim rewards from them, directly from their notifications screen. These events have also been boosted by the addition of a new gangs system, allowing groups to go for exclusive rewards in weekly events.

Be vewy, vewy qwiet. I’m hunting wunners featuwing wabbits, and luckily, it’s duck season wunner season. Zynga has unveiled Looney Tunes Dash!: a runner featuring Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Road Runner, and more.

Following on from fan feedback, the developers have aimed to give players a game that has a sense of progression – meaning that, unlike many runners, levels do have a completion point. By completing levels, players can unlock new characters and landscapes iconic to fans of the animation classics.

Looney Tunes Dash! is set to release in select countries (and Tazmania?) this week in Acme’s Apple’s App Store. For those asking “What’s up Doc?”, more details are set to be announced in the coming months. Hopefully in the form of a note attached to a falling anvil.

Th-th-th-that’s all folks!

source: Zynga

The New Assault Vector Update Brings Better AI and Graphical Improvements

Posted by on September 16th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

An update has arrived for PKSArena‘s Assault Vector, bringing various improvements to the hex-based strategy game. 

The enemy AI, one of the main negatives pointed out in our review, has been improved, with two new enemies also added. The upgrade system has been balanced as well, with cheating now no longer possible with the Hyper Jump. In addition to this, the overall look and feel of the game has been given an upgrade, with new leaderboards available for players to conquer.

Assault Vector is available on the App Store for $0.99.

Assault Vector

via: Our Review

Polish developers Tequila Games have unveiled Earthcore: Shattered Elements – a collectible card game for iOS that is set to come out early next year.

The unique point to Earthcore is the ‘Card Crafting’ feature, which will allow players to utilize the cards in their collection and fuse cards together to form new, more powerful cards, with over half a million of these combinations available. The game also features a Rock, Paper, Scissors-esque element system, with cards belonging to fire, water, and nature elements. In addition to this, the game also has a ‘Risk’ system, with cards with more special powers creating a higher loss to the player if they’re defeated, meaning players will have to be careful when using these more powerful cards.

Lukas Deszczulka, the CEO of Tequila Games, had this to say on their upcoming CCG:

Following on from our history of creating successful casual games, Earthcore: Shattered Elements represents a big step forward and a very significant investment for Tequila Games. We are targeting both mid and hardcore players with a AAA title in a genre our team knows and loves. We’re currently working with some very experienced tabletop game design experts to innovate the CCG genre and we’ve invested heavily in the single player story-driven campaign, which is often neglected in games of this type. We’re sure that both new and experienced players alike will find Earthcore:Shattered Elements very different to anything that they’ve played before.

Earthcore: Shattered Elements is set to launch on iPhone and iPad in the first quarter of 2015.

Quantum Sheep has announced that the latest entry in the Air Supply franchise, Air Supply SOS, will be making its way onto iOS soon.

Within the game, The Time Travel Clothing Company is stealing wool from kidnapped Quantum Sheep, resulting in the Mothersheep sending out an SOS (“Save Our Sheep,” of course) to all heroes. It’ll be your job to be that hero – using your jetpack to dodge dangers and put rescued sheep into your rocket, all the while keeping an eye on your dwindling air supply.

Inspired by Jetpac on the ZX Spectrum, the game features twenty characters to unlock, 100 levels to play, over forty different alien enemies, and over 11 million customization combinations for the look and feel of the game.

No pricing or release date has been announced yet for Air Supply SOS, but the game will have no in-app purchases or adverts and has been confirmed to work on iPhone 4 and up, original iPad and up, and on 5th generation iPod Touch.

With the release of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch just around the corner, Amazon has announced a special offer for their Trade-In Program. If you submit an item before October 10, that price will be locked-in for the following 45 days after that submission, with these gadgets currently worth the following amounts:

  • iPhone 5S – $400 for 64 GB
  • iPhone 5 – $350 for 64 GB
  • iPad Mini – currently at $150.75 – $261.8 based on model and memory size
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear – $71.40
  • Pebble Steel Smartwatch for iPhone – $100

This offer for the Amazon Trade-In Program is set to last for the next month, through until October 10.

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Peggle Blast is Coming to iOS Soon

Posted by on September 11th, 2014

EA has announced that a new Peggle will be making its way onto iOS soon, in the form of Peggle Blast. The game features a more cartoony art style than Peggle Classic, but will still feature all of the skill shots and peg destroying players expect from the series.

This announcement will not be much of a shock to some however, with Peggle Blast likely being the final version of the game currently out in New Zealand – known only as Peggle.

A release date and official pricing are yet to be announced for Peggle Blast, but if the app does indeed follow the same pattern as the similar version currently available in New Zealand it will be free to download.

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Super Evil Megacorp‘s “unapologetically core” MOBA designed for touch controls, Vainglory, was shown off at Apple’s press conference Tuesday, and today we get another look via a trailer for the game. Featuring veterans from Blizzard and Riot, the game is built in the studio’s own E.V.I.L engine and will feature full Metal API support from day one.

Vainglory will begin its worldwide roll-out when it launches for iPad 2 and up, and iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, in South-East Asia sometime this October.

Rebellion Games, developers of the Sniper Elite series and iOS titles like Joust Legend and Harmony Isle, have announced that they are now a partner developer on Apple’s Metal technology.

Metal was announced back at WWDC, and Rebellion Co-founder and CTO Chris Kingsley has stated that he saw its potential as soon as it was announced:

“We’re excited to be working so closely with Apple’s technology in our Asura Engine as it will empower us to code to Metal, remove some of the main rendering bottlenecks, and bring even better looking, more immersive games to iOS devices. Metal is leading the way in the next generation of mobile rendering technologies. It could be a real turning point for mobile gaming.”

Whilst no games were mentioned, it’s very likely that we can look forward to some Rebellion games coming out and using the new 3D API sometime in the future.

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Seidio Unveils iPhone 6 Case Range

Posted by on September 9th, 2014

Seidio has unveiled their new range of ‘Surface’ and ‘Dilex Pro’ cases for the new iPhone 6 today.

The Surface case will cost $29.95 and aims to add minimal bulk whilst protecting the phone. The case will not gather lint or slide around easily, and also features precision cut-outs for ports, controls, cameras, and speakers.

The Dilex Pro, meanwhile, is slightly pricier at $34.95 and features Hexguard technology, which Seidio claims will provide extra cushioning if your iPhone 6 is dropped. A built-in metal kickstand is also included, with the case also featuring a soft-touch coating to make it easier to take the device in and out of a pocket or purse.

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My.com, developers of Jungle Heat, have announced Iron Desert, a new tactical strategy game. Within the game, tactical and strategic skills will be challenged as players face off against the invader Iron Dragon and his assistant, Commander Scar. Players will need to manage their equipment, recruit units and fight battles either alone or with a friend.

Iron Desert features a large social component, with players able to join clans and work together to achieve the goal of dominating the desert. Other players will be able to help by sending tanks, helicopters and more to battle against enemy buildings, with tactics and maneuvers also available to share between allies.

Yury Maslikov, Publishing Director of My.com, said this of the new title:

Iron Desert takes the battle from the jungle to the desert, offering fans of Jungle Heat the next evolution of military strategy games on mobile devices. With more tactical features, mechanic improvements and content, resulting in hundreds of hours of gameplay, Iron Desert will be the next mobile hit in My.com’s gaming catalog that no player should miss.

Iron Desert will arrive on the App Store translated into ten languages sometime soon.

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1849 Expansion Pack “Nevada Silver” Set to Arrive Later This Month

Posted by on September 8th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Following on from the addition of a sandbox mode, SomaSim has announced that its iPad-only Gold Rush-era city management game 1849 will receive an expansion entitled “Nevada Silver” later this month.

The expansion takes place on the other side of the mountains ten years after the Gold Rush, where silver has been discovered in Comstock Lake. The original gameplay will be built upon, with technological advances like trains and steam-powered mills adding new challenges to trade and mining operations, with players taking on six complex scenarios set in Northern Nevada towns.

1849 is available to purchase now for iPad for $4.99, whilst the “Nevada Silver” expansion will be an In-App Purchase and will cost $1.99 when it releases.

1849: Nevada Silver

via: Our Review

Epic Arena Update Brings Daily Quests and More

Posted by on September 8th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A new update has arrived for Travian Games‘ and Shadow Masters‘ online strategy title Epic Arena, adding daily quests, a new ‘spy glass’ feature, and the ability to choose a deck.

The Daily Quests provide players with an opportunity to gather extra coins and experience points for completing special tasks. The Spy Glass, meanwhile, is a premium power-up that gives players the chance to peek at what the other player has up their sleeve. Finally, the ability to choose a deck means players can find a decent deck in single-player, then use it in PvP battles.

Epic Arena is available to download for free from the App Store now.

Epic Arena

via: Our Review

Dead Trigger 2 Summer Update Adds Daily Challenges, Daily Missions, and a New Region

Posted by on September 5th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

An update has arrived for Madfinger Games‘ Dead Trigger 2, adding a new region, weapons, and daily things to do.

The new Power-T10 region within Siberia is set to provide players with their toughest challenge thus far, with a unique hideout skin and the two new weapons hidden within – the Winchester 94 and the KSG. New Daily Missions, meanwhile, will reward players with double earnings if they take the call to arms, whilst Daily Challenges will provide players with a new special challenge to complete every day, with gold awaiting those who succeed.

Dead Trigger 2 is available to download from the App Store now for free.

via: Our Review

Sonos Becomes Simpler – Removes the Need for a BRIDGE

Posted by on September 5th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Using a Sonos device is now a little simpler, as the need for a BRIDGE device has been removed with the launch of Sonos Controller 5.1. This major update means that devices can now connect directly via an existing WiFi network, meaning a wired connection to the router or a Sonos BRIDGE is no longer required.

This doesn’t mean that the need has gone completely for the BRIDGE, however. In situations where WiFI doesn’t reach every room you want to put a speaker, or where Sonos 3.1 and 5.1 home theater setups are being used, Sonos still recommends the use of a direct connection to the router or the use of a BRIDGE.

For those who use Sonos, the Sonos Controller app can be downloaded from the App Store now for free.

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via: Play:1 Hardware Review

Amazon Game Studios Announces Sev Zero: Air Support, a Companion to the Fire TV Game

Posted by on September 4th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Sev Zero is the first game made by Amazon Game Studios to have made its way to the Fire TV, and now there’s a companion app for iPad to go alongside it.

With the iPad app, players can bring friends and family into the battle against the Ne’athu, with the player on the iPad acting as air support, sending down air strikes to take out the enemy. Meanwhile, the other player can continue the tower defense and first-person shooter side of the combat.

Sev Zero: Air Support is available on iPad now and is free to download, whilst Sev Zero is available on the Amazon App Store and costs $6.99.

Sev Zero: Air Support

Tempo Smart Calendar is Now Available on iPad

Posted by on September 4th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Following on from their link-up with Uber a couple weeks back, Tempo Smart Calendar has received another update that adds iPad support.

The iPad version of the app supports many of the features users can already find on the iPhone, including the ability to create and complete iOS reminders, send ‘running late’ texts and e-mails, and check flight status, including the terminal and gate information.

Tempo Smart Calendar is available on the App Store now as a universal app and is free to download.

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24me Update Adds Smart Notes and iOS 8 Widget Support

Posted by on September 4th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

An update has arrived for the 24me all-in-one personal assistant app.

This ’3.0′ version contains Smart Notes, which allow users to quickly and easily take notes and embed photos and videos into them. These notes can also be synced into the calendar within the app, meaning that users can easily assign the notes with a date.

The new version also puts a widget on the ‘Today’ screen onfordevices with iOS 8, allowing a quick overview of all your events, tasks, and notes for that day. Users will also be able to check out their To-Do lists from within the widget and will receive notifications with relevant information.

24me is available on the App Store now and is free to download.

via: Our Review

Dungeon Gems Update Brings in Daily Challenges, Multiple Decks, and More

Posted by on September 3rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

An update has arrived for Gameloft‘s Dungeon Gems: adding a daily challenge mode, new quests, new heroes, and more.

The Tower of Trials will provide players with a new set of 20 waves of foes every day, with better performances resulting in more rewards. Players will also find 20 new quests to take on alongside new heroes to collect. Multiple decks, meanwhile, allow players to prepare different teams of heroes, as well as allowing them to pick the best for the situation. The new ‘Card Lock’ feature will also make sure players don’t accidentally trade or enhance Rare or Super Rare cards they’re holding onto.

Dungeon Gems is available to download for free from the App Store now.

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via: Our Review

Pocket Gamer reports that Double Zero One Zero has announced their Papers, Please-esque “censorship simulator,” The Westport Independent, will be making its way to iOS. In the game you play the role of the editor of an independent newspaper based in Westport – a  city of liars, politicians, and rioters. The citizens rely on your newspaper to get the truth, and it’s up to you to decide what to print. In the meantime, you also have a guidebook from the government to follow if you want to stay on their good side.

Here, Game designer Pontus Lundén explains the newest addition of the game, with your decisions now also possibly affecting the lives of your journalists as well as yourself:

Throughout the game you will censor articles, pick out headlines, and layout your paper. Your actions will affect the peoples’ opinion of both the rebels and the Loyalist government. At the same time, it’ll also affect the lives of your employees. They have both their lives and the lives of their families to protect, so don’t blame them if they don’t want to follow you onto the Loyalist’s or the rebel’s hit list.

The Westport Independent will be coming to iOS, but no release date has been hinted at yet.

source: Pocket Gamer
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