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The Incident developer Big Bucket has announced that its next game, Space Age, will be releasing this week on the App Store.

Space Age is described as a ‘cosmic adventure’ set in the futuristic world of 1976. Following a band of intergalactic explorers who land on Kepler-16, a seemingly uninhabited planet, it’s soon discovered that something is very familiar and strange about this planet.

You”ll be able to welcome Space Age into your world pretty soon, with the game set to come out for iOS on November 6th.

UPDATE: Due to the review process taking longer than expected, Space Age is now set to launch on November 13th.

Surgeon Simulator Slices Onto the iPhone

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

Bossa Studios has updated the completely realistic Surgeon Simulator, allowing iPhone and iPod Touch owners the chance to say ‘Shhhhh. I Doctor Now’ on their devices for the first time.

For those of you unaware of Bob and his many unfortunate surgeries, Surgeon Simulator challenges players to complete a variety of transplants – including heart, double kidney, and eyes – with control of your surgical instruments down to your nimble fingers. Being a physics-based game however, your fingers will likely end up being more clumsy than nimble, with flying objects and a dead patient usually being the end result.

Surgeon Simulator is available to download for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch now for $5.99.

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via: Our Review

French Developer Pated Unveils Seashine

Posted by on October 30th, 2014

French one-man studio Pated has unveiled Seashine, “a poetic journey into the abyss.” Players take on the role of a jellyfish struggling to survive in the harsh deep ocean caves, with the game set to be an experience built around exploration, reflection, and survival.

In a search for light in the deep dark waters, players will have to hunt for rare light sources to last a little longer, avoiding the many natural and supernatural obstacles in their path. Using one-finger tilt-and-touch controls, players will be able to challenge their logic in levels, or their survival and exploration skills in an endless survival mode.

Seashine will swim into the light App Store sometime either later this year or early next year, and will be free to download.

Any.DO 2.0 Hopes to Help Manage Productivity

Posted by on October 30th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

An update has arrived for Any.DO‘s productivity app, bringing it to version 2.0. The key element of this update is the optimization for users to manage their collective ‘lives’, allowing them to plan out a productive day for both home life and work life.

Users can send messages to others, be it sending out the latest grocery list to the rest of the family or the latest to-do project to the rest of the team at work. Files can also be shared via Dropbox, with premium users able to upload an unlimited amount to Any.DO. Meanwhile, the app also allows premium users to set up regular reminders and set their own custom background colors.

Any.DO is available to download for free now, with the ‘Premium’ service discounted to $3 a month/$27 a year for the next two weeks.

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A Million Copies of Bio Inc are Being Given Away Right Now

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

Bio Inc. developers DryGin Studios have started a giveaway of one million copies of the disease simulation game, which they hope to achieve in around 48 hours.

Alongside this giveaway, version 1.5 of the game has arrived. Features added in in this new version include Game Center integration, including leaderboards and 30 new achievements to unlock, a ‘Fast Forward’ mode, new sound effects, and an Italian language option.

Bio Inc. is available for free from now until one million people have gotten the game for free.

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via: Our Review

A New Trials Frontier Update Awakens the Pumpkin King

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

A Halloween-themed update has arrived for RedLynx‘s Trials Frontier, adding new skins and tracks courtesy of the arrival of the Pumpkin King.

The Pumpkin King, as he does, is causing havoc, so it’s up to you to take him and his minions on across the world. The update introduces a 16-part live event, with smashing pumpkins being the name of the game. Players will also be able to unlock nine new bike skins and four tracks as they take on the squash plant royalty.

Trials Frontier is available to download for free from the App Store now.

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via: Our Review

Welcome one and all to the season of spirits, ghouls, and discounts. Yes, discounts. Didn’t anyone ever tell you that October is the ideal time for some sales?

Someone clearly passed on the memo to Double Fine, as they recently tweeted that its seasonal adventure title Costume Quest and Kickstarted point-and-click game Broken Age will both be on sale on iOS until the end of October.

Broken Age is available to download now for $4.99, whilst Costume Quest can be gotten for $2.99 and its DLC ‘Grubbins On Ice’ for $0.99.

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via: Our Costume Quest Revew

HeroCraft has announced that Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf, a turn-based strategy set in the Warhammer 40k Universe, will launch on iOS later this week.

The game is set to feature a single player campaign against Word Bearers and other enemies of the Space Wolves, with different heroes available to select for different play styles. Players will be able to unlock perks for each class and companions, two of which can be taken into each battle. The game also features a collectible card game element, with victories unlocking bonuses, tactics cards, and new weapons.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf will make its way to the App Store on Tuesday, October 28, and will be free to download.

The Latest Update for Heroes of Dragon Age Introduces Daily PvE Challenges

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

An update has been brought upon us for EA Mobile‘s CCG-inspired installment in the Dragon Age series, Heroes of Dragon Age. This update brings a new divisional leaderboard system, a newsfeed, and the Nexus: a new area for Player vs Environment (PvE) adventures.

The Nexus provides players with events for multiple difficulty levels. If players manage to progress through Nexus maps, they will find themselves rewarded with gold, gems, and exclusive heroes.

Heroes of Dragon Age is available to download for free from the App Store now.

via: Our Review

Things Get Magical in The Sims FreePlay with a New Halloween Update

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

Witchcraft has come to The Sims FreePlay in its newest update, adding Spell Casting and Broomstick hobbies to the free-to-play title.

The Spell Casting Hobby allows players to conjure up collectibles and hatch their own Pet Dragon, whilst the Broomstick Hobby lets players to rocket up into the clouds. Players will also find themselves owners of some free gifts to celebrate this, the spookiest part of the year.

The Sims FreePlay is free to magically appear download from the App Store now.

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via: Our Review

Pocket Gamer has noticed that, hidden within OS X Yosemite, the latest update to the Mac operating system that arrived last week, is the ability to capture footage straight from a Lightning cable connected iOS device.

Intended for developers but freely available to all, footage captured this way comes in the full Retina resolution of the device, with no jag or frame rate drops even on bigger 3D games. Whilst it might not give users the editing or streaming options they might be able to get from other software and hardware, it does at least makes the process for getting footage for Let’s Plays and the like more open and a heck of a lot easier.

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source: Pocket Gamer

The Sandbox Says “Hello” to New Levels and a New Playable Character in its Latest Update

Posted by on October 20th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Version 1.9980 of Pixowl‘s The Sandbox has arrived on the App Store, adding a third volume and some optimizations to the game.

This new volume contains ten levels with a mixture of elements including Brainiac, Contraptions, Controllable Elements, Pixel Art, and Music. The pack also introduces Arnold: a new controllable character who can jump, shoot, and launch grenades.

Optimizations have also been brought in, meaning that the game is now optimized to work with the latest version of iOS 8, whilst at the same time still working on devices running up to iOS 5.

The Sandbox is available to craft download for free from the App Store now.

via: Our Review

The First Major Update for Godus Adds New Lands, Mini-Games, and More

Posted by on October 20th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The first major update for 22 CansGodus has arrived, bringing new lands, tweaks for Halloween, and more.

The big new feature for this update is the new lands to explore. Players can now construct an Ark and stock it with supplies, bringing their followers into the new, more advanced Frontier Age, which contains new cards to collect.

Meanwhile, in order to get into the spirit of the season, the landscape has been given a ‘scary’ change as well as followers dressing up for the holidays. Players can also win items from the new ‘Voyage’ challenge mode to decorate the world with .

Godus is available to lord over download from the App Store now for free.

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via: Our Review

Flick Kick Football Legends Update Brings Balances and Optimization for the iPhone 6

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

A new update has arrived for PikPok‘s Flick Kick Football Legends, optimizing the game for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and bringing slight balance tweaks.

These tweaks mean that training players to get XP and fusing duplicate cards to unlock special cards now cost less than before. Alongside this, players can help out friends playing the game by sending them stamina – allowing them to play for a little longer.

Flick Kick Football Legends is available to downloaded now from the App Store for free.

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via: Our Review

A new trailer has arrived for One Man Left‘s Tilt to Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge, an obstacle course-based entry in the Tilt to Live franchise.

Using the tilt controls familiar to the series, the game will feature three challenging gauntlets full of traps and enemies for players to fall afoul of, with three difficulty modes allowing them to pick the length of their health bar. And if players manage to make their way through the gauntlets, the Dot King awaits.

Tilt to Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge is set to release on iOS later this month.

Jagex, the developers behind Transformers: Universe and the long-running RuneScape, have unveiled at RuneFest that they are working on Chronicle: RuneScape Legends (working title), which is a collectible card game set in the world of Gielinor. The game is set to launch in 2015 and will allow players to craft their own miniature RPGs against enemies, including classic boss monsters from the MMORPG, and take on other players in PvP.

James Sweatman, lead designer of Chronicle: RuneScape Legends, commented on the game at its announcement event:

“We’ve been quietly developing Chronicle: RuneScape Legends since the start of the year to ensure that it’s not only a fun and compelling player experience, but one still very much interwoven into the rich lore of RuneScape. We’re looking forward to sharing more information on the game over the coming months, especially in regards to Chronicle’s debut on tablet and mobile!

As previously mentioned, Chronicle: RuneScape Legends is set to launch sometime next year.

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News Republic App Introduces My News Digest

Posted by on October 14th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A new update has arrived for the News Republic app, adding in a feature called ‘My News Digest’ to the news aggregator.

If users swipe to the right they’ll now discover this new feature, which aims to give a live overview of the day’s news based around the topics that the user has already added to their home screen.

News Republic is available to freely download from the App Store now.

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Zynga Celebrates Five Years of Words With Friends By Making it New

Posted by on October 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Zynga’s Words with Friends will be hitting its fifth anniversary very soon, and to celebrate 7.7 billion games played (and many, many uses of the word “qi” over the past 1800ish days), the game has been refreshed into New Words With Friends – now with some much-requested features.

The most requested feature was Solo Play, which now makes its début in the updated version of the app. Solo play allows players to practice without an Internet connection or direct opponent, with the game adjusting to the level of the player to still provide them with a challenge.

Community Matches, meanwhile, allow players to opt-in, search through a series of profile cards, and find themselves potential new opponents to face off against. Profiles are also new, with stats including high score, number of games completed, and average word score now available to show off to both your friends and recent opponents.

New Words With Friends is available now on the App Store and is worth 99 points free to download.

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via: Our Words With Friends Review

Relaxing Space-Based Puzzler ORBB is Available Now

Posted by on October 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Mochi Bits has released their relaxing yet challenging space-based puzzle game, ORBB. In ORBB, players are tasked with jumping from planet to planet while collecting all of the stars along the way.

While the game has been built to provide a challenge to those who want to race through, with each of the sixty levels having its own achievement for completing it within a set amount of time, players can also choose to relax and take it slow, with the game providing no risk of the player plummeting to their death.

ORBB has already gravitated towards the App Store, and is available for $2.99.

The Room Two is Currently on Sale for $0.99

Posted by on October 7th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

As much as I’d like to reveal to you that The Room Two, the great logic puzzle title from Fireproof Games, is currently on sale for 66% off, I’m afraid that you’ll need the spyglasses pictured below in order to see this news.

It’s a shame, really. You likely would have loved to have known that we gave the game 4.5 stars in our review, and that it currently carries an 8.9 rating over on QualityIndex. But alas, you’ll likely never know that this game is very much worth getting at this price, especially with The Room Three set to release next year.

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via: Our Review

Rocket Rainbow and Team17 Digital have announced that their ‘ewe-nique’ puzzle game, Hay Ewe, will be making its way onto iOS later this week. Featured within the ranks of Rocket Rainbow are a number of ex-PopCap staff who worked on Bejeweled, Plants vs. Zombies, and Peggle.

Centering on the adventures of natural-born leader Matilda the Sheep, who has the task of rounding up mischievous lambs, players will find sixty levels to play, leaderboards to compete on, and an in-game level editor that will allow them to create and share their own levels.

Hay Ewe wool will make its way onto the App Store this week for $4.99.

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Adobe Talks New Mobile Apps at MAX 2014

Posted by on October 7th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Yesterday at their MAX conference, Adobe unveiled a series of new mobile apps and the public beta of the Creative SDK, which will allow third parties to link mobile apps into Creative Cloud.

New ‘Creative Profiles’ allow users to connect to files, photos, colors, fonts, and more from wherever they are, from whatever device they’re using, and from all of their CC-supported apps – with assets appearing automatically in contexts where they could be suitable. Nine new mobile apps were also unveiled, each with their own unique function that feeds into the Adobe ecosystem. The announced (and now released) apps are:

  • Photoshop Sketch – Allows for drawing with new built-in brushes and integrates with Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC.
  • Photoshop Mix – Updates to Mix allow for precise compositing and enhanced integration with Photoshop CC.
  • Lightroom Mobile - Builds off of Photoshop CC and allows clients, friends, and family to select favorites and leave comments on photos shared online.
  • Illustrator Draw - Formerly Adobe Idea, this new vector drawing tool gives users a more modern interface and integration with Illustrator CCAdobe Ink, and Slide.
  • Illustrator Line – A precision drawing app, Line features new functionality for perfectly distributing shapes as users draw and for sending sketches to Illustrator CC.
  • Adobe Premiere Clip – Premiere Clip allows users to quickly edit their videos on the move and send them to Premiere Pro CC for further editing.
  • Adobe Brush CC – Using this app, users can create unique brushes from any photograph and use these brushes in Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, or Adobe Illustrator Sketch.
  • Adobe Shape CC – Shape CC allows users to create shapes from high-contrast photos of anything, with these photos turned into vector art that can be used immediately in Illustrator CC and Illustrator Line.
  • Adobe Color CC – Formerly Adobe Kuler, colors can be captured and saved as themes for further use in other Adobe applications.

All of the above apps are free to download on iOS and are available now.

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ipodtouch03I’m an iPod Touch owner, and I think it may be time for me to admit that my device’s time is almost up. But firstly, a little bit of back story for you: 

My first iOS device was a 2nd generation iPod Touch, which is long ago enough for it to not have had a camera or microphone. My second iOS device was a 4th generation iPod Touch, with my current device being a 5th generation device. Putting it bluntly, I’m a fan of the iPod Touch.

To me, the iPod Touch was Apple’s accidental handheld console. Sure you can purely use it as an iPod with a camera if you so wish, but to someone like me, it was (and still is) my gateway into iOS gaming at a much cheaper cost than an iPhone – one that also just happened to fit into my pocket. The fact that I could access the wide variety of iOS games through a relatively cheap device (compared to other iOS devices, anyway) is the reason I’m here today, on a site devoted to iOS apps.

ipodtouch02Once upon a time the release of an iPod Touch was a yearly thing, with the tech in the device just below that found in that year’s iPhone. The 4th and 5th seemingly started the pattern of a new device every two years, meaning this year should’ve bought on the release of the 6th generation. The September 9 iPhone 6 announcement event has long since come and gone however, and the world is seemingly nowhere nearer to seeing a six next to the iPod Touch name.

If you sit down and think about it though, in this day and age the iPod Touch is an unusual thing. It’s the size of the phone and does almost everything you’d expect from a modern phone besides be a phone: it has a touch screen, two cameras, a microphone, and the ability to run apps. To be fair, that’s also everything the average person would likely expect from a modern tablet as well. And therein lies the rub.

I can understand why Apple seems to be no longer supporting it. In the past year, the hardware giant released four iOS devices – the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, and the 2nd generation iPad Mini. Four devices, all varying in price and size, and each with their own niche to cater to. Within those devices, there’s something there for pretty much everyone. You want a phone-sized device to play your iOS games on? Fine, go get an expensive contract and get an iPhone. You want a device devoted to running apps? Fine, go get an iPad or iPad Mini with their bigger screens and better resolutions. You want both? Before, the answer to that question was the iPod Touch. Now, I think Apple would much rather you gave them more money and bought an iPhone and an iPad.

ipodtouch01This time next year, we’ll likely see the release of iOS 9 and the end of support for the generation of devices that used the A5 chip – including the 5th generation iPod Touch. As much as I hope Apple will announce a new iPod Touch next year, part of me knows that the brand is effectively a dead parrot at this point. And as much as I want to nail it to a perch, it’s already pushing up the daises and has joined the choir invisible.

So, farewell iPod Touch. The iPhone minus the phone. The iPad Mini but even smaller. The accidental handheld console. You will be missed.

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Strap in for some news, brother! SEGA Networks has announced that the multiple-time World Wrestling Champion Hulk Hogan is taking over Crazy Taxi City Rush for the month of October.

The month-long Hulkmania Takeover event will feature a Bay City full of Hulkamaniacs, giving players a chance to hire Hulk Hogan as a driver and earn bonus cash for every smash, crash, and pick-up. As players use him they will fill their Hulkameter, unlocking unique Hulk Hogan-themed customizations for their taxis that, along with some bragging rights, add a ride bonus.

Alongside this event, the update also brings full controller support, the ability to share stills of taxis, and the ability to share video via Kamcord.

Crazy Taxi City Rush is available to hulk out download from the App Store now for free.

via: Our Review

Ms.Pac-Man Goes Pink for National Breast Cancer Foundation Campaign

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

Bandai Namco Games America has unveiled that they have joined forces with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and as a result are launching the Ms. PAC-MAN Pink Ribbon Campaign.

At the base of the campaign is a new maze pack for Ms. PAC-MAN and PAC-MAN, titled the ‘Hope Maze’, with all purchases of the $0.99 pack going directly towards supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In addition, the in-game interface in both games will be going pink for the month of October.

NBCF Founder and CEO Janelle Hail had this to say on the campaign:

We are very excited about our new partnership with Bandai Namco and the Ms. PAC-MAN Pink Ribbon Campaign. By encouraging their gamers to Join the Pac, we can reach more women than ever with our message of hope. The funds they raise will allow us to provide early detection services for women in need in all 50 states.

Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man are both available on the App Store now for $3.99, with the ‘Hope Maze’ available as an in-app purchase in both games for $0.99.

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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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