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Today’s Apple event talked about a lot of stuff we already knew and showcased their desperate need to hire some comedy writers, but eventually they got around to talking about the new iPads and their software (once they were done faffing about with Stephen Colbert, that is).

Two pieces of software singled out for the spotlight: a new iOS version of the OS X photo editor Pixelmator, and updates to the Replay Video Editor app.

Image taken from the Mac version of Pixelmator

Image taken from the Mac version of Pixelmator


Pixelmator (otherwise known as ‘Photoshop For Broke Folks’) was shown off with a live demo where the team crafted a logo screen in real-time. A herd of oryx were erased from a sea of rippling sand dunes quickly and with relative ease, leaving the shape and texture of the desert behind them intact. Showing off the muscle of the iPad Air 2’s beefy new A8 processor, everything went quickly and smoothly as they repositioned image elements and blended the text logo with the background using Pixelmator’s suite of tools.

Next up was Replay from Stupeflix. Replay, which is already available, allows for the creation of movies from video clips and photos on your device, but the developers showed off just how well it and its new updates will run on Apple’s upcoming hardware. Movies rendered with seemingly no lag time at all – supposedly 4 times faster on the A8 chip versus the old A7. And thanks to Metal, the whole affair runs 20 times faster versus relying on the CPU alone. Some neat volumetric lighting work was shown, where lighting interacted with the text titles, including real-time color changing on the fly.

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Pixelmator is making its App Store debut later this month. Replay is already available for free, but
the new updates they showcased will be coming by the end of October as well.

Photo Oct 16, 1 44 23 PMIn a move that surprised nobody, mostly because we all saw it coming, Apple has unveiled their latest iPad: the iPad Air 2. It’s the new thing you need to buy, naturally.

The iPad Air 2 is, of course, even thinner than the original Air – 6.1mm, to be exact. It also uses a special anti-reflective coating to reduce reflections, which Apple claims has never been done in a tablet before. Touch ID will also be available on the new iPad, and it’ll ship with iOS 8.1, but you’re probably more interested in performance and such.

Photo Oct 16, 1 44 33 PMThe tablet will use an all-new A8X processor, which (at the moment) will only be available in the iPad Air 2. The result is 40% faster CPU performance, and apps that can run over twice as fast – up to 180X faster than the original iPad. It’s also got a 10-hour battery life, which is decent I suppose.

The iSight Camera has been updated as well, with 8 MP, 1080p HD video, and the ability to take all sort of fancy shots – slow-mo videos, 43 MP panoramas, burst photos, timelapse, and dual microphones. There’s also an improved Facetime camera for the front that allows for improved facial detection and burst selfies (hurray?).

Photo Oct 16, 1 49 00 PMThe online features have been improved as well, with faster wifi (up to 866MBps) and faster LTE (20 LTE bands).

The iPad Air 2 starts at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 64GB, and $699 for 128GB for the wifi models. There’s also going to be a new iPad Mini 3, with a 7.9″ Retina display, a 5MP iSight camera, 1080p HD video recording, the improved FaceTime camera, Touch ID, and the improved wifi (802.11n with MIMO). Both new iPads will be available for preorder starting tomorrow and they’ll ship by the end of next week.

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The Apple Watch is due out early next year, but there hasn’t been much opportunity for developers to start working on apps for it. That’s all changing next month.

Earlier today, Apple announced that WatchKit will officially be releasing next month. This means that in just a couple more weeks, iOS developers will have a totally new set of tools to play with.

Are you anxious to see what they can come up with for the Apple Watch?

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It’s time to get excited because Square Enix has just released Chaos Rings III!

On the Japanese App Store.

Okay, okay, so it’s not out worldwide yet. But the fact that it’s out over there means it’s only a matter of time before it’s released everywhere else. And it looks like it might be something worth waiting for, besides.

For starters, it’s selling for ¥2,800, which ends up being about $26.00. So this is definitely a premium release. Based on the tiny screen shots it’s also looking good, possibly with a little bit of extra flair thrown in to the battles. And do my eyes deceive me or does it look like parties will contain more than the series’ usual (and measly) two this time?

We’ll know for certain one way or another once Chaos Rings III is inevitably released in the US.

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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

Plants vs Zombies 2 Throws a Party at Big Wave Beach in its Latest Update

Posted by on October 15th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The zombies are headed to the beach! And you just know it’s going to be messy.

Big Wave Beach Part 1 has come to Plants vs. Zombies 2, bringing 16 new levels along with it. The update also adds new zombies (naturally), more plants, a new bowling mini-game, and tides that go in and out as you play. But it’s not just about the beach. Halloween is also drawing near, so (starting on October 24) you can expect Lawn of the Doom Piñata Parties – complete with thematic costumes. You’ll also be able to get your mitts on the premium Ghost Pepper for a limited time. And if that’s not enough, now you can dress up your plants with the Costume Changer.

You can get Plants vs Zombies 2 for free, and the Big Wave Beach update is available now.

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via: Our Review

If you carry an iPhone or a decent Android-powered device in your back pocket at all times, you’re never without a great camera that you can pull out at a moment’s notice.

Part of the fun of capturing an impressive photo these days is adding your own personal touch (such as a filter) and sharing it with masses – apps like Instagram wouldn’t be as popular as they are if it wasn’t.

Moldiv, a photo editing app from Seoul-based developer JellyBus, gives you plenty of options for adding your own personal stamp to the photos you take.

The popular app allows you combine and edit multiple photos in order to create amazing photo collages, and add frames and even text captions before you share your masterpiece with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, the abovementioned Instagram, and many more.

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Moldiv is packed with options. There are over 80 basic frames and 100 premium frames to choose from, for example – all of which can be resized and adjusted and – ultimately – customized just the way you like.

Furthermore, there are 50 photos filters on-board with which to adjust your photos, including specially crafted options that enhance the natural vibrancy of your snaps. You can even control the opacity of Moldiv’s filters and apply them to multiple photos at once.

The editing options don’t end there, mind. Thanks to version 2.0 of Moldiv, which was released to celebrate reaching 20 million users, you can collage your favorite photos like a magazine or poster with the help of 60 presets.

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Since its release back in 2013, Moldiv has been Apple’s ‘Editor’s Choice’ in 120+ countries around the world, and has been featured in the Cupertino company’s ‘New & Noteworthy’ section of the App Store in 110+ countries.

JellyBus, the developer responsible for Moldiv, is currently hosting two special Instagram events (titled Selfie King and Queen and Kiss My Baby) – both of which are open to US residents until October 29 at 12:00 AM PDT.

If you’d like to enter and be in with the chance of nabbing yourself an iPhone 6, an Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens, a handheld selfie stick with remote, or an App Store voucher, use Moldiv to create a collage of selfies or baby photos and submit it to Instagram with the hashtag #ILoveMoldiv.

You can submit multiple entires at once, and be sure to tell you friends about your entries and get them to vote for them.

You can download Moldiv from the App Store [download] and Google Play [download] for free. In- app purchases allow you to unlock packs of premium frames and filters if you do want to splash a bit of cash though.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Livescribe has just announced SDK integration of its Livescribe 3 Smartpen with note-taking app Noteshelf. With this integration, scribbles from the pen are then transmitted to the app in real-time.

From the press release:

“To get started, customers should update their copy of Noteshelf to version 9.0, then go into the Noteshelf Store while connected to the Internet, and select the free Livescribe Sync Pack to add support for their Livescribe 3 smartpen. Once installed, customers tap the smartpen icon to add their handwriting to Noteshelf.”

We had an opportunity to review both Livescribe 3 and Noteshelf, and came away impressed with both. The Livescribe 3 is available from popular online retailers for $149.99, while Noteshelf is available for $5.99 on the App Store.

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via: Our Livescribe 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.

Who Wore it Best? goes viral as we take a look at Plague Inc. and Bio Inc., two games about crafting the deadliest diseases possible.

Cartoon Network Anything Looks Like Total Activity Overload for Your Brain

Posted by on October 14th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

These days most network sites (especially those with cartoons like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network) are jam-packed with what could be interpreted as “way too much content.” Games, video clips, quizzes, etc. And now we have Cartoon Network Anything to bring that same glut of content to your iPhone.

Anything is a sort of potluck of bite-sized Cartoon Network goodies. Think of it as a sort of digital activity book. One moment you might be drawing a mustache on one of the Teen Titans, and the next you’ll have a dance-off with Adventure Time’s Banana Guy. Because, you know (I’m sorry in advance), “Anything Goes.”

You can download Cartoon Network Anything right now for free.

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Ember_Logo_Small_505_Games_NFusion_MobileI’d like to think that we’re all familiar with N-Fusion Interactive, but for those of you who aren’t, I imagine you’ve at least heard of some of the games they’ve been involved with: Space Noir, Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded, and Deus Ex: The Fall to name a few. The studio has done some pretty impressive work on iOS over the years, and now they’re getting ready to release the RPG they’ve always wanted to make.

The world of Ember seems like a fascinating one. The game is titles after the world’s most valuable natural resource, which is used for all sorts of things from providing energy to a city to being set in jewelry. What’s more, it has intelligence. The larger the chunk of Ember, the smarter it is, to the point that you might find yourself squaring off against some rather (understandably) hostile giant crystals.

Ember_505_Games_Screen_19Ember also plays into your story, not just the over-arching story of the world. Throughout the game you’ll acquire Ember shards, which you can then decide to sell off for a tidy profit or set free – much like freeing or harvesting a Little Sister when you stop and think about it. Creepy.

Ember can best be compared to PC classics like Ultima and Baldur’s Gate. It uses a top-down isometric perspective, sure, but the similarities go a bit further than that. The world is also incredibly large, and will never need to load when traveling from one area to another. It has day/night cycles, weather, multiple homes to own, NPCs have their own schedules and behaviors that they keep to, and even the animals interact with each other (i.e. cats chase mice, wolves hunt deer, etc) on their own.

Items are also liberally sprinkled throughout the world (think just about anything Elder Scrolls) and all of them can be picked up. Or dropped, of course. There’s also a crafting system, so you’ll be able to turn ore you’ve mined into a new weapon or mix potions using materials gathered from the woods. And yes, there are readable books.

Ember_505_Games_Screen_20Combat is in real time, but you can pause the action at any point while you plan your tactics and activate skills. And speaking of skills, they’re tied to your equipment as opposed to being in some sort of tree. The reasoning behind this is simple: to prevent players from getting “stuck” playing a class they decide they don’t like. If you’re 12 hours in (the game touts 30 hours of gameplay, 180 quests, innumerable sidequests, etc) and decide focusing on melee combat isn’t doing it for you, it’ll be easy to start playing around with fireballs and lighting bolts instead. And of course when you put on new gear and equip new weapons they’ll all show up on your character.

There’s no official release date for Ember yet, but it’s coming along nicely and looks to be close to completion based on the build I was shown. Pricing is also still up in the air, but it’s definitely going to be a premium title – no ads, timers, etc. At the moment it’s being designed for the iPad, but I’ve been told there’s a chance we may see a separate iPhone version as well. Either way I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

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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Expert App Reviewers

 

So little time and so very many apps. What’s a poor iPhone/iPad lover to do? Fortunately, 148Apps is here to give you the rundown on the latest and greatest releases. And we even have a tremendous back catalog of reviews; just check out the Reviews Archive for every single review we’ve ever written.

Banner Saga

 
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Titles that feature the graphical polish of Stoic’s Banner Saga don’t come around every day. Seemingly pulling inspiration from the art style featured prominently in Disney’s animated films such as 1963’s “The Sword in the Stone,” the game tells two parallel storylines of parties venturing into the wilderness and relative unknown, with the simple goal of surviving to see another day. Amazingly, the animated aesthetic doesn’t dull the bite of the compelling storytelling and weighty decisions facing the player. People can die at virtually every juncture; so try not to get too attached to any one character. The action itself plays out through the standard fare of conversational decision trees and third person tactical turn-based combat. Depending upon the abilities of any one character, as well as their prior achievements on the field of battle, they can be upgraded to better meet the steadily increasing challenge brought forth by AI combatants. Any player who is familiar with the tropes of the tactics genre will find that Stoic has stuck very close to the formula, which also reflects well on Banner Saga’s approachability. –Blake Grundman

Skylanders Trap Team

 
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Before I delve into the particulars it’s worth noting that the download for Skylanders Trap Team is free, but you’ll need to own the Trap Team Starter Pack ($74.99) – and an iPad 3 or up – if you want to play the full game. The price is nothing to sneeze at, certainly, but bear in mind it comes with a wireless Skylanders Portal, one Trap Master and one slightly less fancy Skylander, two Trap Crystals (more on those in a bit), and a wireless controller. The gameplay should be familiar to Skylanders fans. You’ll be wandering around various levels with your characters, fighting against the forces of the evil wizard Kaos, solving some relatively simple puzzles, platforming on occasion, and swapping between Skylanders in order to access special element-specific gates. It’s a bit on the simple side, which is an understandable byproduct of being a game meant for a younger audience, but it’s absolutely overflowing with charm. –Rob Rich

Acorns

 
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Money management and investing in the markets can be daunting for even some of the more seasoned adults, let alone 20-somethings and those making their first long-term financial decisions. With all the heavy fees and blind trust in traders with sometimes dubious intentions it can seem like the risks far outweigh the potential rewards. Acorns is an ambitious app that aims to gain a following by removing all of the hassle of financial planning; even if that means over-simplifying the process. I will say that Acorns does a lot right. The app looks great and navigating throughout the windows is a joy, even if the initial task of finding where all the windows are can be a bit arduous. The simple graph on the front page gives users a simple summary of how their investment is doing, and a more detailed breakdown can be found by simply swiping to the left. Money can be invested either by direct transfer or by linking a bank account and letting Acorns round up purchases made via credit or debit card. This means on a $5.88 purchase, $0.12 would be siphoned into Acorns. –Joseph Bertolini

Just Dance Now

 
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Normally, with console versions of Just Dance, you’d use your controller (or Kinect, or motion control, as it were) to dance along to the choreographed dancers on-screen, but with Just Dance Now all you need to do is download the app. Anyone who wants to join in can download it as well, then hop into your game by providing a code that can be found at the app’s official website. What follows is a surprisingly complete experience, with a catalogue of pop songs that’s quite impressive. While many are locked behind a paywall in the form of a VIP Pass, many of the free songs are refreshed each day so you can at least have some semblance of choice. You’ve got songs like “Gangnam Style” and Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance,” and there’s a fun selection of free songs so you don’t have to worry about spending money. –Brittany Vincent

Toonia Twinmatch

 
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Toonia TwinMatch, as the name may imply, is an interesting new game for children – a matching game of sorts that players old and young will find far more interesting than the typical app based on “memory” or “concentration” where one needs to flip over tiles in order to create pairs. Instead, Toonia TwinMatch is based on traditional Mahjong Solitaire where 144 tiles are laid out as well as stacked in specific ways, with free tiles in need of being paired are those that can be moved without being blocked by other tiles on either the Left or Right and Top. Likewise, top tiles need to be removed to open up tiles on lower levels. Adults may be familiar with the vast options for Mahjong Solitaire as an online computer game or apps for adults. Likewise, instead of traditional Chinese Character tiles, Toonia TwinMatch includes bright, colorful, and stylized fruits and vegetable tiles to match, as well as a helpful light bulb that can be turned on with a tap that will identify free tiles by darkening the ones currently blocked. Pairs will faintly be highlighted as well if a player is slow to make matches, which is a nice touch. –Amy Solomon

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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:

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FIFA 15: Ultimate Team

 
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This year, EA shakes things up by only presenting us the Ultimate Team mode in FIFA 15 for Android. That’s a fact that you either hate or love, but I must say: I was surprised by that choice. Normally I would start a soccer game review with the words that the game is bigger and better than the version released a year ago. But that is not the case with FIFA 15: Ultimate Team. Instead of making the game, sometimes unnecessary, bigger, Electronic Arts tried to built upon the core of the Ultimate Team mode. You know, the mode where you need to collect cards of players, technical staff, coaches and attributes and build your own team based on the cards you collect. You get those cards by fulfilling certain goals. –Wesley Akkerman

Escape Bird

 
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When I saw the screens for Escape Bird, I thought: this looks like the Dark Souls version of Flappy Bird. Was I right? We all know the type of game Flappy Bird was. It was an unfair and unpolished, but somehow hilarious game about a bird, trying to escape whatever through some odd looking pipes, that somehow reminded us all of a Italian plumber. By tapping we made sure the bird didn’t fall or touch anything and by doing good, we all scored higher points. Or not, depending on the (lack of a good) hitbox. –Wesley Akkerman

Sony Music Unlimited

 
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One of the biggest question a music service has to answer is the one that pertains to content. On this front, Sony Music Unlimited packs a major punch; not shocking, considering we’re talking about, well, Sony here. It boasts more than 30 million songs, which is far from shabby. In reality, it picked up almost every artist I threw at it across genres. I was happy to find entire albums from even obscure artists; it didn’t have ALL, but I think I could be satisfied with the selection. The audio is quite clear (320 kbps High Quality Audio), and no ads to contend with. The ability to access the premium service on the web, multiple mobile platforms, Playstation consoles/handhelds and compatible Sony electronics adds to its allure. –Tre Lawrence

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer played the new VR game from the guys behind Monument Valley, reviewed Skylanders Trap Team, went hands-on with Chaos Rings III, reported on a pair of clever new business models, and shared some sad news for iOS emulation fans. It’s all here, and more, at Pocket Gamer.

Hey! You Got Your NFL Players in My Temple Run 2!

Posted by on October 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Imangi Studios has gone and teamed-up with NFLPlayers Inc, and the result is a bit more sports in one of the App Store’s more popular runners.

Throughout the season, many of the NFL’s top players will be added to Temple Run 2 as playable characters. These sports stars will only be available for a limited time (via in-app purchase, of course), but will remain unlocked indefinitely who anyone that purchases them. First to make their way into the Temple Run universe are Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson (pictured).

Temple Run 2 is available on the App Store for free, and you can download the new NFL players for $0.99 each.

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via: Our Review

Electronic Super Joy: Groove City is Trying a New Kind of Cross-Platform Promotion, on Steam

Posted by on October 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

As Pocket Gamer has pointed out, Electronic Super Joy: Groove City has quietly made its way to iOS. It’s also been pointed out that the crazy dace-happy adventure comes with its own Steam key.

Now I’m all for funky music-centric games, but the inclusion of a Steam key is particularly fascinating and exciting. With more and more games becoming available on both mobile and PC, it makes all kinds of sense to do something like this. More so than to do it the other way around, actually, thanks to Apple’s limit on the number of promotional codes a developer can generate.

I’m thinking (and hoping) that it’s something we’ll be seeing more of in the future, but what do you think? Is this a one-off fluke or could this be a sign of what’s to come for cross-platform games? Could there be a chance we’ll see PSN and Xbox Live codes as pack-ins with mobile games in the future?

You can grab Electronic Super Joy: Groove City off the App Store now for $4.99.

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source: Pocket Gamer

At EA’s annual “Naughty & Nice” event in NYC last week, I was able to check out a few interesting mobile titles. I’ve already mentioned SimCity BuildIt, but there are two more up-and-comers worth talking about: Peggle Blast and Rescue Quest.

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Peggle Blast is, you guessed it, more Peggle. Specifically it’s more in-line with Peggle 2 as many of the same folks who worked on the console sequel have had their hands in this new mobile release.

Music that changes up to suit the mood (i.e. when you’re running low on shots, etc) has made the transition from the second game. The “Ode to Joy” segment that comes after you clear the final peg has also been dressed up a bit, and now spits out any balls you may have remaining to create some serious bouncy-madness for some extra points. It’s even possible for this celebration to end up clearing the entire board for you. Some memorable Masters are also returning, along with a few new faces that bring a new powers to the table (board?).

Peggle Blast doesn’t have an official release date yet, but it will be coming to the App Store “very soon” for free.

Rescue Quest

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My initial impression of Rescue Quest was of yet another match-3 tile clearing game, similar to that one about the candy. However, while the point is to match like-shapes and clear tiles, the goal isn’t to clear the whole board.

Instead, you’ll need to clear tiles in order to create a path for your character that stretches from the entrance of the level to the exit. You can double-tap to change the route they take (i.e. guide them through a longer stretch with fewer obstacles, take as straight a line as possible, etc) for a little more control as well. And in later levels, you’ll also have enemies to contend with that you can damage by creating matches in the areas they’re standing.

Rescue Quest is also due out sometime this year, and will be free-to-play.

Guerilla Tea Games has announced that they will be releasing their new experimental rhythm game, Incandescence, on October 16.

To play Incandescence, you tap a finger on a mystical pyramid to create a rave-like visual displays and increasingly intense music. The game may seem simple, but it asks the player to maintain that rhythm and can be played with 2, 3 or 4 fingers at a time.

Incandescence will be available for free on the App Store later this week.

What is SimCity BuildIt, Anyway?

SimCity BuildIt has been teased here and there, but specific details have been a bit sparse. That is, until now.

We recently had the chance to ask EA Mobile’s Vice President and General Manager, Jason Willig, some questions about the series’ new mobile outing. I was also able to get a live demo at EA’s recent Naughty & Nice event in New York, so I’ve got some serious impressions to share. After the questions, of course.


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Pop Idol Hatsune Miku is in Brave Frontier as a Playable Character for a Limited Time

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

In celebration of New York Comic Con, and her recent performance on David Letterman, Hatsune Miku will be appearing in gumi‘s Brave Frontier. The singer will be a playable character until Oct. 20, and during this time players can exchange crystals for the chance to win rare characters including Duetto Megurine Luka.

If you are attending NYCC you can try out the game at booth #542, and on Saturday, October 11, the Brave Frontier development team will be available to meet in-person.

Attendees of the convention can get hands-on access to play the new content now at the Javits Center. Stop by the booth to pick up one of the code giveaways.

You can also check out Brave Frontier for free on the App Store, of course.

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ZenMate Security VPN has Been Released for iOS 8

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

ZenMate Security VPN by ZenGuard has released an updated version optimized for iOS 8. The app protects your privacy by hiding your IP and Securing your device with encryption. The app has been super popular; just 14 months after launch they have broken their 5 million user milestone. ZenMate Security VPN will also now have the Firefox extension, which brings the same level of security to Firefox.

You can download ZenMate Security VPN for free on 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
Hey There, Zombie Apocalypse Survivors:
Want to know what we thought about all this vehicular zombie slaughter? Then check out our Zombie Highway 2 review!

Zombie Highway 2 answers the age-old question of how far you would get during a zombie apocalypse if you and your buddies piled into a car and hit the road. The answer is not far at all. Still, these tips might help you survive just that little bit longer.

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  • It’s all about speed. The faster you travel, the more damage you do to a clingy zombie. Try to make it a clean hit though, without letting the car touch the wrecked vehicle. Otherwise it’s a first class ticket to slow city. Population, you.
  • If a bash doesn’t dispatch one of the more determined zombies, give him a few rounds to the face as he will be more susceptible to damage while stunned from a hit.
  • While smashing a zombie into the wall is effective in the tunnel to enable safe passage, outside it slows the car down too much, making it easier to tip over.
  • Weapons-wise, save up for the big hitters over the automatics. Revolvers, shotguns, and the more exotic weapons pack a greater wallop. Just make sure you hit the reload button more often. Did anyone order zombie pate?

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  • Save the nitro boost until later. When you have no ammo and 4 fat zombies attached to your car, a nitro boost will keep you level and, more importantly, build up enough speed to bash them off in one go. If you’re walled-in when this happens then it’s your lucky day, because you can proceed to bash those suckers down repeatedly at breakneck speed.
  • Reload every time you hit a straight stretch of road devoid of zombies or wreckages. There’s nothing worse than running out of ammo while a raging red zombie beats against the window.
  • Avoiding zombies is better than hitting them, especially in the later stages of a run. Do this by either driving behind them or by swerving towards them but narrowly missing, not giving them enough space to make a leap to your car. More often than not this will work, and will avoid the slowdown that comes with running over a member of the undead.
  • When the warning symbols appear, steer into the tipping motion that puts the car on two wheels in order to counteract the jolt. Even better, ram the effected side of the car into a wall if there’s one available, as it will prevent it from overturning. It will effect speed however, so make sure the threat from the other side isn’t just as bad.

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Lastly, here are a few extra tips straight from developer himself:

  • Focus on your driving. For the first couple miles zombies do not pose an imminent threat. If you can’t scrape them off after a few tries, then resort to shooting.
  • The tunnel may seem difficult, but most of the debris is angled so you can deflect off of it. Stay calm and you will survive.
  • Hard zombies are worth A LOT more than weak ones. Go farther for big rewards.

Hopefully these tips and hints will be enough to help see you that extra mile on the inevitably doomed journey down the aptly-named Zombie Highway.

New York Comic Con attendees will be able to check out Outcast Odyssey, by BANDAI NAMCO Games. The app is a free-to-play card battler developed by Magic Pixel Games, where players explore dungeons in order to collect cards and treasure.

Outcast Odyssey has hundreds of hand-drawn cards to collect that are illustrated by some of the top comic book artists in the industry. Players can form guilds and battle other players to test their battle decks.

Outcast Odyssey is coming to iOS soon, but if you’re visiting NYCC this week you can stop by the BANDAI NAMCO Booth (#1620) to check it out.

Hit the Court with Angry Birds Seasons and the NBA

Posted by on October 9th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

After conquering Rio and Space, where could those Angry Birds go next? The NBA, apparently. In the next episode of Angry Birds Seasons, NBA Ham Dunk!, Rovio Entertainment sends the birds to take the pigs to the court. The update will have 15 free NBA-themed levels and 30 NBA team levels available for purchase.

“Get ready to hit the court with your favorite NBA team, and start dunking birds and bashing piggies for extra points,” said Pekka Rantala Chief Commercial Officer of Rovio Entertainment. “We are really pumped to offer this fun mash-up to Angry Birds and NBA fans.”

You can grab Angry Birds Seasons on the rebound for $0.99.
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The long-awaited second episode of The Silent Age, by House on Fire, is finally on its way. Fans will be stoked to hear that the final chapter of Joe’s story will be released on October 16.

Episode two will have over 60 new locations and several new characters to meet, as well as some nice improvements. House on Fire has added a new dynamic animation system while also upgrading the dialog, shadow, lighting, water, and reflection systems.

“We were overwhelmed by the massive response we received after launching The Silent Age Episode One, and we felt we had to rise to the challenge and create an even better Episode Two,” said Uni Dahl, CEO of House on Fire. “These last few months we’ve spent an enormous amount of time fine-tuning the experience in every detail, and we hope we can live up to what fans have come to expect from the game.”

The Silent Age Episode Two will be available October 16 for $4.99 on the App Store.

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Earn Some Karma with Todoist’s Latest Update

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

Todoist, the powerful task organizer, has released a new update called Karma.

Karma keeps track of your productivity and assigns you a score. Just like leveling in an RPG, now you can level-up your ability to get things done. You can check out your progress broken down into the last two weeks, last month, or six months via the graphs that Karma creates. You can also use Karma to pinpoint your most productive days so you can make better use of that time.

Whenever you level up in Karma you can broadcast your awesomeness to your friends and family with the new social networking feature. It connects to your Twitter, Facebook, and/or Google+.

“Achieving your aspirations has never been easier. We’re thrilled to bring Todoist Karma – a feature that has set us apart from our competitors – to all of our 13 platforms so that users can set goals and track their productivity no matter their location or device,” says Amir Salihefendic, founder and CEO of Doist.

Can you reach the Enlightened level of 50,000 points? Download Todoist for free today and find out.

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.

applepay03A couple of years ago, with the holiday season rapidly approaching, my mother generously asked me if there was anything I wanted for Christmas. As it turned out my wife and I were just getting into board games as a hobby, but not wanting my mom to bother wandering into a Manhattan board game specialty store I just told her I’d give her the names of a few games we were interested in that I knew she could find on Amazon. She surprised me with her response – that she wasn’t going to be able to get me those games because she didn’t feel comfortable shopping online.

My mother is the first to admit that she’s not the most tech-savvy person around, but I was still shocked that she wouldn’t order anything from Amazon, and further shocked that she had never bought anything online. When I asked why, both she and my father explained that they simply didn’t trust the technology and that it made them uncomfortable.

applepay02I guess the reason I found it difficult to accept is because online transactions have represented the majority of my expenses for years. So the idea that people who are otherwise modern, educated, competent folks wouldn’t trust something as universal as online shopping – their instinctive distrust – seemed downright silly to me as someone who is, by upbringing and profession, constantly exposed to the world of social media, online commerce, and internet connectivity.

Which is why I had to stop and scold myself when I saw Apple Pay and immediately shook my head in disapproval.

Sure, there are security features in place. Sure, your credit info isn’t technically stored on the device. And sure, what is locally kept is locked behind a biometric defense system, can be disabled remotely, and probably has a dozen other security protocols I’m unaware of. Still, my gut reaction to the idea of using my phone to pay for things was instantaneous distrust – and that’s ridiculous.

applepay01Whether you’re an adherent to the Cult of Apple, just think their products are cool, or even if you have no intention of buying Apple’s newest miracle device, the fact is that this idea of a unified way of managing your credit, integrated into your mobile electronics, is a very likely technological progression. Of course security will always be an issue, but is there really any difference in using my computer to order something from an online retailer via my credit card or tapping my iPhone against a sensor to initiate the exact same kind of transaction in person? The bottom line is that (semantics aside) there isn’t, and I doubt very much that this feature will remain exclusive to the iPhone for long.

I also doubt I’m the only one who looked at Apple Pay and scoffed. But I think that, like my parents not trusting the idea of internet commerce, it’s just a product of technological inertia. No, I’m not one of the folks who ran out to get an iPhone 6 Plus on day 1, but I won’t be one of the naysayers who resists the direction this new tech is taking us simply because ‘it’s different and that makes me nervous.’

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