Posted by Ellis Spice on October 10th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Zynga’sWords 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.
Posted by Ellis Spice 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.
Posted by Ellis Spice 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.
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 Ewewool will make its way onto the App Store this week for $4.99.
Posted by Ellis Spice 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 CC, Adobe 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.
I’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.
Once 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.
This 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.
Posted by Ellis Spice on October 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted by Ellis Spice 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.
Posted by Ellis Spice 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.
Posted by Ellis Spice 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.
Posted by Ellis Spice 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 unveiledLooney 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.
Posted by Ellis Spice 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted by Ellis Spice 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 1849will 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.