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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

Function Space, a Social Network App for Science, Launches on iOS

Posted by on September 2nd, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Function Space is a social learning network for science, which prides itself on being a ‘one-stop solution’ for learning science on the web. The site features news, articles, and discussion, and now there’s an iOS app so users can do view all of it on the go.

The app allows users to have discussions with peer groups or experts on a particular subject and get real-time updates on those discussions. Users can also access the large library of articles and discussions already available on the site and stay in touch with developments in the scientific realm through the app’s news section.

Function Space is available to download for free from the App Store now.

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via: Function Space Website

Alien Creeps TD is Now Available Worldwide

Posted by on August 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Announced back in July, Outplay Entertainment‘s tower defense title, Alien Creeps TD, has made its way onto the App Store. Featuring over 50 different towers and three different game modes to partake in, players will need to deploy their towers and troops properly in order to save the Earth from the hostile alien hordes.

Alien Creeps TD is available on the App Store now and is free to download.

CalPal Update Brings the App to 2.0, Adds Lots of New Stuff

Posted by on August 29th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

An update has arrived for Or Be Square’s CalPal calendar app, adding a variety of new features.

The app now includes a month view and a ‘Back to Today’ button to make scrolling to past and future events easier. Links, telephone numbers, and addresses can now also be clicked on from within the app, with new rows within the calendar also now showing people who have been invited to the event and their attendance status. Alongside this, performance has also been improved, with the preferences page simplified and the UI tweaked as well.

CalPal can be downloaded from the App Store now for free.

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8bit Doves, the New Game from Icebreaker Developers Nitrome, is Now Available – and in Four Colours

Posted by on August 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Nitrome, the developers behind Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage has released 8bit Doves: a two-button, Game Boy-styled flying platformer.

Trapped in dream in a four-color world, you’ll need to fly the doves out of the mazes of your imagination while avoiding walls and a variety of traps. As the trailer below likely proves however, that’s unlikely to be very easy throughout the three level packs within.

8bit Doves is available on the App Store now for $2.99.

Heroes of Order & Chaos Add Twitch Integration, New Heroes, and More

Posted by on August 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

An update has arrived for Gameloft‘s mobile MOBA Heroes of Order & Chaos, adding three new heroes, a solo league, and Twitch streaming support.

The three new heroes are: Marithus (Fighter), Donovac (Guardian) and Skale (Support). Meanwhile the addition of the Solo League will allow players to climb up an individual leaderboard and claim the rewards that come with it.

Twitch integration will allow players to stream their battles live, with support for camera, microphone, and chat built in. Also in this update, matchmaking has also been improved, balances to characters have been made, and an option to reconnect to matches has been added.

Heroes of Order & Chaos is available on the App Store now and is free to download.

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via: Our Review

Spotify Connect Turns One, Now Supports New Devices

Posted by on August 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

This time last year Spotify launched Connect: a feature that allows users to play their music through home speakers. It already works through 80 different speakers and home audio systems, and today it has been announced that more partners and devices are set to be added in the near future.

Bose, Panasonic, and Gramofon have partnered with Spotify for the Connect feature, meaning that some of their devices will soon work with the music service. For the first time a Smart TV will also able to connect with Spotify, with Phillips Smart TVs. Finally, multi-room set-ups are supported as well, meaning multiple users can listen to multiple pieces of music within the same household.

The Spotify app is available for free on the App Store now, although you will need a premium subscription of $9.99 a month in order to use Connect functionality.

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via: Our Review

Ridge Racer Slipstream Update Adds New Cars, Challenges, and Tracks

Posted by on August 26th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A new update is arriving for Bandai Namco‘s free-to-play racer Ridge Racer Slipstream, bringing new challenges, courses and cards into the mix.

Players will be able to race around two new courses - the Seacrest District and Surfside Resort – and get behind the wheel of four new Class 1 cars - the Kamata Synci, RC410, Lucky Wild Evolver, and Soldat Rauna. Players will also have the chance to unlock some new achievements and compete in new races, battles, and Masters’ Class 1 career mode challenges.

Ridge Racer Slipstream is available to download from the App Store now for free.

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via: Our Review

Infinity Blade III: Kingdom Come, the Final Update, Set to Arrive September

Posted by on August 26th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

ChAIR has unveiled Infinity Blade III: Kingdom Come, the final update for Infinity Blade III. The update will provide a new environment, new enemies (including a new dragon to face off against), and dozens of new items to collect.

Alongside this announcement of the final update, ChAIR has also released a trailer to celebrate four years of Infinity Blade being shown off on the Apple stage, with footage from the update sprinkled throughout.

The ‘Kingdom Come’ update for Infinity Blade III is set to arrive on September 4, with the game available on the App Store now for $6.99.

via: Our Review

Doggins is Set to Arrive for the iPhone This Thursday

Posted by on August 25th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Doggins, the adventure game from husband and wife team Brain&Brain that stars a terrier and a villainous monocled squirrel, was previously only available for iPad users.

That’ll change this Thursday however, with the app set to let iPhone users play when it becomes Universal. Alongside letting those with smaller devices play, the app will also get some minor fixes, a new icon, and a slightly refined final puzzle.

Doggins will become universal this Thursday, but is already available on the App Store for the iPad for $3.99.

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via: Our Review
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