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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
A new and hefty update has just been released for video texting app, Glide.
The app now offers tabbed navigation, making it easy to switch between friends, chats, and more. You can view when your friends were last active, as well as add distinctive names to personalize and better identify your group chats.
Alongside that, users can now create personal profile pages for themselves, as well as easily forward messages to other chats or share via email/SMS and various social networks.
The update is available now from the App Store and Glide is a free download.
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
New to the App Store is version 2.0 of Feed, an iPad app that allows you to create music from the sounds of the world around you.
The app offers an intuitive layout that means it’s easy to record, playback, loop, pitch shift, and modulate sounds – all gleaned from your iPad’s in-built microphone. Whether you’re walking through the countryside or taking your daily commute to the city, you should be able to grab some great sounds to use within Feed.
In honor of its significant update, Feed is currently on sale at 40% off, meaning it only costs $1.99 at the moment. Get in fast though as this is a time limited sale.
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Just downloaded Micromon and not sure where to begin? Here’s a helping hand in the form of a selection of tips and tricks to get you started.
Elementary, my dear Micromon
- It’s a concept that those used to other RPGs or Pokemon will know by heart, and it makes the difference in battle. Every element has its own strength and weakness. Besides the common/normal type of monster that is pretty neutral to everything, the other four each have pros and cons. Playing to their strengths is vital to success.
- Fire is weak against water, but it’s strong against wind based monsters.
- Water is weak against wind, but it’s strong against fire.
- Wind is weak against fire, but strong versus water.
- Mineral (or earth type) is weak against water, but strong against wind.
- It’s a simple mantra but one that you really need to remember if you want to succeed. It makes such a huge difference to whether you win easily or struggle greatly.
Grinding it out
- You’d be wise to regularly fight it out with other foes. It’s more fun that way, but it also means you can gain new Micromon as well as level-up your team.
- The grass is where most of the action is. Look out for sleepy looking Zs floating upwards. That means you can surprise the sleeping Micromon, easily giving you the upper hand.
- Get out the grass quickly though, if you don’t want another attack on your hands.
- Odds are you’re going to want to catch ‘em all, but if you just want to complete your database, you can simply witness a Micromon to get that all important entry.
- Capturing a Micromon is a matter of getting their HP as low as possible beforehand. You only get three shots at this, so plan well.
- Save your super chips for super rare or ultra rare catches for maximum efficiency.
- Don’t bother with Micromon that have low development rates. They’re never going to get to be anything exceptional so you’re just wasting your time with them.
- Similarly, bear in mind that store bought eggs always produce better Micromon than the wild varieties. They develop more quickly and are stronger on the whole.
Battling it out
The Cardinal Rule
Did you like the sound of recent quiz game, QuizTix: Movies, but found your movie knowledge lacking somewhat? How about a video games version instead?
Recently released on the App Store is QuizTix: Video Games, a fun and free way of testing your gaming knowledge. You can answer questions on a variety of different things to do with gaming, plus compete with your friends to see who knows the most.
QuizTix: Video Games is out now and is free to download.
Much has been said over the years about the wonders of BioShock. The world it offers is fascinating and wondrous. The storyline is grippingly dark and sinister. One thing that’s often easy to overlook, because it blends in so perfectly, is the soundtrack.
While the original soundtrack for BioShock is delightfully foreboding at regular points, it’s often the subtle introduction of familiar tracks from days gone by that really makes you tense.
The most iconic of the bunch is Bobby Darin’s ‘Beyond the Sea.’ Full of lyrics like “Somewhere beyond the sea, she’s there watching for me” and “My heart will lead me there soon”, out of context, it sounds romantic and sweet. Walking down the corridors of Rapture and hearing it in the distance, you’re pretty afraid as to what’s about to get you. Liked the song beforehand? Don’t expect to hear it in the same light ever again.
It’s a similar tale for kids’ favorite, ‘(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?.’ As a child, it’s cute and fun. As an adult playing BioShock for the first time, it’ll unnerve you to your core. Why is that music playing on repeat in an empty nursery? What the heck is going on? BioShock builds that tension to delicious levels.
‘Danny Boy’ is another one. So iconic, so familiar. It’s always had a sense of melancholy to it but there’s threat within those words when tied into the world of Rapture. Context has rarely been so important in a game until now.
Soon enough, even seemingly innocuous delights such as ‘Papa Loves Mambo’ and ‘It Had to Be You’ start having an edge to them. The beauty to BioShock is that it makes you question everything, even seemingly pleasant music. The sheer fact that you know this music and probably equate it with happier memories just makes it all the more unnerving.
BioShock isn’t just a game that gets inside your head because of its storyline. It gets there by subverting just how you feel about such musical hits. Even years after first playing it, I can hear Bobby Darin’s ‘Beyond the Sea’ when in a restaurant or just out and about, and I’ll go straight back to those opening moments of BioShock.
When BioShock arrives on iOS, make sure you stick those headphones in – it’s going to be an essential part of the experience. In the meantime, why not get yourself acquainted with it via a Spotify playlist?
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A year after its initial release, Despicable Me: Minion Rush has just received a huge update.
The game has been taken in an entirely different direction than before, courtesy of The Jelly Lab. It’s added a progression system, with players having to collect fruit from various locations in order to make the tastiest jelly ever.
Besides the new missions and progression system, there are new costumes to enjoy in the form of the Jelly Jar and Lucy disguises.
The update for Despicable Me: Minion Rush is out now and the game is free to download from the App Store.
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Editor’s Choice winning board game adaptation, Chainsaw Warrior, is currently on sale for a mere $1.99 and it’s for a very good reason.
Players are being given the opportunity to enter a competition to win a rare and original copy of the 1980s board game of the same name, plus the expansion cards from White Dwarf issue 88. It’s quite the special piece of gaming history for fans of the game, both young and old.
All you have to do to win a copy is to record a play session and submit a video link to the developers at email@example.com, and the best submitted run-through of the game will win the prize. It’s as simple as that! The developers promise that they’ll be marking on score, style, and aggression, and are excited to see how you defeat the Darkness.
Entries need to be submitted by August 17 to be considered, so get cracking.
Do you not have a copy of Chainsaw Warrior? Simply, snag it from the App Store while it’s on sale for $1.99 and enjoy!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
We loved minimalist survival game, Duet, when it was first released last October so we’re pretty sure a forthcoming update for it will make it all the sweeter.
This Thursday you can enjoy the Epilogue Update, which promises to include 48 new epilogue stages, a new storyline, new game features, plus 4 brand new musical remixes.
The original release included 50 stages, so this update very nearly doubles the content already there, and it’s entirely free.
Duet is available now from the App Store priced at $2.99. The update is set to hit the store this Thursday.
Ok, so we’re all about ready to accept that Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is a big deal on the App Store, regardless of your own personal feelings on the matter. However, did you know there are valuable life lessons to learn from it? And I don’t just mean that it’s a friendly reminder that stepping away from your iPhone is a very good idea sometimes, or that perhaps when you find yourself writing about such games for a living that you should consider a career change. No, I mean it teaches you valuable lessons that you can apply to real life scenarios. Honest.
Look how frowny-faced that guy looks. Isn’t he just so fed up? Some might say it’s thanks to those tight looking braces he’s wearing, obviously cutting into his shoulders a little too much. Fortunately, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood has some wise advice to offer. He needs to be charmed! Yup! Folks, you need to make room in your day to chat to people and remind them just how charming you really are. The more shallow the comment you make to them, the better. No one cares about depth in this world.
Fortunately, such charm can easily be applied either through some very expensive and hard to gain premium currency, or you can simply mention that you know Kim Kardashian. Because everyone’s impressed by her presence, right? Right? Don’t expect Mr Grumpypants to cheer up any time soon, though.
Journalists are leeches. WAIT. I don’t mean me, I’m nice! You know the kind I mean. Lon Garrera here demonstrates the problem. If it wasn’t for that media badge, he’d just be a random stalker with a camera, just waiting for a restraining order to strike him down.
It’s a long, long path to stardom. Just ask any celebrity, assuming they’re willing to speak to someone as lowly as you. While you could probably get cosy with the right celebrities to work your way up through the ranks, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood goes the classier route, expecting you to work your way up to stardom through grit and determination. Oh, and time. Lots and lots of time. And busywork.
If you try to talk to someone of the opposite sex in public, odds are someone’s going to think you’re an aspiring home wrecker. No, I don’t know why either, but Kim Kardashian: Hollywood seems pretty convinced of this fact. You need to come up with a date or two to seem less threatening. Always, always have a date spare, even if you’re perfectly happy single. The Kim Kardashian life is pretty archaic on that front.
Talent isn’t everything. Money, clothes, cars, and homes are all that really matters in terms of being successful and famous. Sad but true if this game is anything to go by. Feel free to weep in a corner.
Also, knowing the right people is everything. Absolutely everything. In real life, Kim Kardashian won’t give you the time of day, but let’s pretend that she would be this keen to help people get along. Otherwise fame is a much, much trickier path.
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood does offer one sensible piece of advice, though. Interested in someone and they’re interested in you? Go for it, regardless of if they’re the same gender as you, it doesn’t matter. It’s the 21st century, and while our century is increasingly dominated by the importance of materialism and being in the public eye at all times, we have at least made some progress in terms of acceptance.
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is available now on the App Store and it’s a free download. I hear it’s sucking up people’s time. In my case, it’s merely broken my soul a bit.