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Michael Jackson may be gone, but if Michael Jackson The Experience is any indication, it seems that his music and his legacy will be with us forever. After showing up on every platform from the Wii to the PSP to the iPad, Ubisoft’s rhythm game tribute to the world’s favorite smooth criminal has now arrived on the iPhone. Luckily, this mobile version comes with a few new reasons for players to not stop until they get enough.
While the game retains the iPad version’s rhythm gameplay, the input system where players “draw a series of shapes with their fingers according to the beat and choreography of the Michael Jackson avatar” has been adapted for the smaller screen. The game also includes two new, exclusive songs: “Leave Me Alone” and “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough.” The rest of the soundtrack consists of “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Speed Demon,” and “Blood on the Dance Floor.” More songs can also be purchased in-game.
Remember the time, on the go. Michael Jackson The Experience for iPhone is available now for $2.99 on the App Store.
Released: 2012-08-09 :: Category: Games
iPhone gaming and mobile phone gaming in general are poised to take over the entire handheld gaming market but there is still one big thing holding them back. Touch controls can be great but they are no replacement for responsive, dedicated, physical buttons. Plenty of hardware manufacturers have tried to fix this problem with varying degrees of a success and now a new challenger, Bladepad, is trying to enter the fight.
Bladepad is a slim, protective case that adds a directional pad, two analog sticks, four shoulder buttons, and four face buttons to an iPhone all with full back-lighting. Like a PSPgo or Xperia Play, players can slide the buttons back underneath phone when they are not needed or just easily remove the case entirely. The case and phone can be simultaneously charged over USB and “the battery life is competitive with both the Nintendo 3DS and Sony PS Vita.” Bladepad, LLC says that the product will work with any iOS device using Bluetooth 4.0 including the iPhone 4S, the new iPad, and presumably whatever new iPhone comes out this fall.
However, the project is still in need of funding. Those interested should check out the Bladepad Kickstarter page where one can pre-order at reduced prices along with shirts and other prizes. Bladepad is currently slated for release this holiday season for $99.
The Cozi Family Organizer has already given parents an easy, streamlined way to maintain their busy family lives. However, the back to school season is coming up and as usual it’s bringing a whole host of new problems to be dealt with. That’s why Cozi is lending another helping hand with their free, Back-to-School Survival Guide update.
The guide and its four main features are included with every download of the standard Family Organizer app. “What to Expect at Every Grade” is a list of educational and emotional milestones gathered from experts so parents can monitor their child’s development. It also has curriculum topics and school supply suggestions for smarter shopping. “Chore Guide” offers tips on how to handle chores and allowances while “Checklists for Kids” makes sure that once a family establishes a routine they stick to it. Finally, “Lunchbox Gallery” has ten lunchtime recipes for kids to try out.
Cozi is also offering a $100 back to school coupon pack to anyone who registers a new account online or through the app before August 31st. The Cozi Family Organizer with the new Back-to-School Survival Guide is available now for free on the App Store.
Released: 2010-12-21 :: Category: Productivity
Plenty of people dream of becoming musicians but few realize just how hard that life can be. To break through, aspiring musicians must not only be good at their art but also know the right people so they can have a chance to show off just how good they are. With Musicr, musicians are now able to connect and share with each other like never before.
The app is basically a social network for musicians. Users can search for fellow artists with whatever skills they are looking for. Whether it’s a local drummer to help fill out a jazz band or someone to explain just how an accordion works, users can connect with them on Musicr. Amateur rock stars can also showcase their own talents and share how far they are progressing in their careers through text, photos, or other social networks. It’s all about bringing performers together so that they can give each other much needed help and exposure.
Make some new musical friends and be a part of the world wide jam session. Musicr is available now for free on the App Store.
Released: 2012-07-25 :: Category: Social Networking
When Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, drew up characters like the Lorax, the Grinch, and Yertle the Turtle, he inspired kids everywhere to be creative and unique. Now, arguably his most famous creation is back to teach that same lesson using new technology. Random House has launched their new iPad interactive coloring book Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat Color & Create!
The app is packed with features designed to “jumpstart your child’s imagination.” In addition to 32 colors of virtual crayons and paint brushes there are 16 Seuss-themed stickers and 11 patterns to discover. There are also eight special tools like animated magic hats and a Confetti Cannon. Initially, the app includes 16 pages to color and more themed packs can be purchased in the app’s Design Shop. Finally, parents can share their child’s finished creations via email.
Oh, the places you’ll go with this app. Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat Color & Create! is available now at a special launch price of $1.99 on the App Store.
Released: 2012-07-26 :: Category: Education
People love taking pictures with their iPhones and since the cameras keep getting better so does the quality of the pictures themselves. With a seemingly endless supply of potentially great snapshots out there, Pictorama figured that there was probably some money to be made. The good news is that they are letting the users get in on the action.
The process is simple. Users take a photo, give it tags, and upload it. From there, it is judged by a panel of experts and fellow enthusiasts. If it’s approved, the picture is then put on the marketplace and every time it gets purchased, the photographer gets a cut. Beyond that, everyone from professionals to amateur shutterbugs can get feedback from the community and even share knowledge of their own. Pictorama is also offering 0.25€ per accepted picture upfront.
“Turn passion for pictures into profit.” Pictorama is available now for free on the App Store.
Released: 2012-06-12 :: Category: Photography
Of the many great things about Christopher Nolan’s final Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises, Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer’s bombastic, sensational score is certainly one of the greatest. Zimmer, who previously brought musical life to films like Gladiator, The Last Samurai, and Pirates of the Caribbean, helps create a Gotham City that feels almost real. Reality Jockey is looking to finish the job with The Dark Knight Rises Z+, an “augmented soundtrack experience.”
Similar to the developer’s work on the Inception soundtrack, another Nolan-Zimmer collaboration, The Dark Knight Rises Z+ takes sounds from the real world and filters them through the sounds and music of the film to immerse the user in an altered reality. Alongside its atmospheric audio effects, the app features a BAT flight simulator, commentary with Nolan and Zimmer, and an extended “Origins” soundtrack with new, exclusive songs.
Enter Gotham before it turns to ashes. The Dark Knight Rises Z+ is available now for free on the App Store. The Dark Knight Rises is in theaters now.
Released: 2012-07-19 :: Category: Music
Plenty of drivers have already discovered how integrating their smartphones with their cars can lead to better driving experiences. This fall, Honda owners will get to try out a new kind of connectivity system called HondaLink. Combined with the Aha Radio app, HondaLink looks to give users a fresh way to enjoy their content on the road.
Aha Radio seems to work like an audio version of Flipboard. Users feed the app with their various personalized media sources like songs, radio stations, audiobooks, podcasts, and social networking sites and are then presented with a custom audio stream for them to listen to while driving. Users can also monitor traffic conditions as well as search for directions to restaurants and other local hotspots. All of this is done through the hands-free voice recognition controls, steering-wheel controls, and in-dash controls that HondaLink provides. That way, users can stay safely connected without even touching their phones.
HondaLink arrives this fall with the 2013 Honda Accord. Meanwhile, the Aha Radio app is available now for free on the App Store.
Released: 2010-02-16 :: Category: Music
“Electric City” is a new animated web miniseries from movie star Tom Hanks and Yahoo! Screen. In addition to the cartoon collaboration, the project seeks to expand into other digital media like comics and, of course, video games. Jump Games is bringing “Electric City” to iOS devices with their new role-playing game Electric City The Revolt.
“Electric City” is named after and set in a post-apocalyptic future society where all of the world’s power and information is controlled by a group called Wire Central. As Frank Deetleman, players will join the rebellion and fight for freedom by exploring the city’s various precincts, completing missions, and solving puzzles all while avoiding the AMPs or Allied Municipal Patrol. Players can also compete in various mini-games and compare scores with friends.
The game and its characters will also tie in with the main, 90-minute episodic series currently airing here on Yahoo! Screen. Electric City The Revolt is available now for $0.99 on the App Store.
The point and click adventure genre has seen somewhat of a resurgence over these past few years thanks in part to devices like the iPad. While classics like Monkey Island and Sam & Max get updated for modern audiences, all new experiences are being created as well. Case in point, Daedalic Entertainment’s Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, the acclaimed 2008 underground adventure game and winner of the 2009 Red Dot Design Award, is arriving on the iPad in August 2012.
When young Edna wakes up in an insane asylum locked up and with no memory, obviously she suspects that something is wrong. With the exception of her talking stuffed bunny Harvey, everyone mistakenly believes that she’s crazy. Her only choice is to escape. Edna’s quest will have players interacting with fellow patients, staying one step ahead of the asylum’s Dr. Marcel and soaking in the bizarre, twisted atmosphere throughout the 20 hours of adventure goodness.
There’s no exact date or price yet for Edna & Harvey: The Breakout but look for it on the App Store sometime this August.
Mobile gamers already got a taste of BulkyPix and Pohlm Studio’s ghoulish survival game Hasta La Muerte when it arrived on Windows Phone 7 last year. With its recent release on the App Store though, that many more people can now give it a shot. We can’t stop death but what if we could command it?
In Hasta La Muerte players attempt to ferry groups of souls to their eternal resting places. However, the path is not an easy one. Throughout the 30 levels players will have to confront damned and inconsolable souls, an enigmatic scientist and his monstrous creations like the Meca-Angel, and various other hellish obstacles in this unique 2D world. Players aren’t powerless though. Using “Soulpets” they can gain new abilities, rack up points, and formulate new strategies in this “chase-and-be-chased” experience.
Looking out for the dead is a hard task but somebody’s got to do it. Hasta La Muerte is available now for $0.99 on the App Store.
Released: 2012-07-05 :: Category: Games
Thanks to advancements in technology, transportation, and communication, globalization is bringing the world’s populations closer together at an accelerating rate. As this continues though, it is important for us to stay aware of the hardships of those in places where safety is not guaranteed. UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, hopes to bring these struggles to light with My Life as a Refugee.
The game casts players as one of three refugees hoping to escape from any number of war-torn countries. As they attempt to find freedom they will be presented with the kinds of dilemmas facing actual refugees. How will they protect their families? What will they do if the smugglers become violent? Will they give up if they are caught by the army after coming so far? Through this virtual journey, players will start to understand why millions of people are so desperate to run, survive, and restart their lives.
“Every minute eight people are force to flee. What would you do?” My Life as a Refugee is available now for free on the App Store.
Released: 2012-06-28 :: Category: Games
Phosphor Games Studio’s last creation, Dark Meadow, received high praise for its haunting atmosphere and attention to detail. Now, they’ve announced a partnership with social gaming juggernaut Zynga to help release their newest title, Horn. The game appears to continue their tradition of intricate world-building and Infinity Blade-inspired action while moving in a more fantastical, almost Shadow of the Colossus styled, direction. However it ultimately turns out, this adventure at least looks promising.
Horn puts players in control of a young blacksmith’s apprentice named Horn in a story based on the Old English tales of King Horn. Using his sword, crossbow, and, of course, his horn, players must lead Horn in a quest to undo a curse that has transformed his fellow villagers into bizarre monsters. Every action from combat to puzzle solving makes use of the game’s touch gesture system. Horn features three distinct open-worlds to explore and nine game levels making for a campaign about 10 hours long.
We also know that Horn’s score comes courtesy of Austin Wintory, the award winning composer behind PlayStation indie darling thatgamecompany’s flOw and Journey. Unfortunately, we do not yet know Horn’s price or release date. Expect more news soon though.