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
Our Rating: ★★★☆☆ :: RESTRICTIVE FLICK KICKING :: Read Review »

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
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: FANTASTIC FREEMIUM FUN :: Read Review »

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.

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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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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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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
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: STILL RUNNING :: Read Review »

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


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