Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 18th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Sling Media has added support for Chromecast through their Slingplayer app for iPhone and iPad. Chromecast allows you to send content to your TV straight from your mobile device, and Slingplayer lets you turn that around and watch TV on your mobile device.
With the two combined you can use the Slingplayer as a remote control for changing the channel, navigating the guide, or accessing the DVR connected to the Slingbox, and you can send videos to the TV via the new ‘Cast’ icon within the app. Conveniently, the Slingplayer app can run in the background so you can keep doing important things like playing Angry Birds while you watch TV.
The SlingTV unit can also be controlled with the app, like a remote in case you own one.
You can download Slingplayer on the App Store for $14.99.
The iPhone 6 is out tomorrow, and plenty of people are excited about it. So much so that they’re planning to – or already have – traded in their old iPhone to go towards it. The thing about trading in hardware is it’s very important to make sure your personal information isn’t still on there once it leaves your hands. You generally have nothing to worry about when going through reputable businesses, but these days it never hurts to make sure.
Overkill 3 is like every trope of big modern gaming rolled into one. It’s a sequel to an action-packed military shooter. It’s flashy and scripted and flaunts its sophisticated graphics. And it’s a mobile game with a heavy emphasis on in-app purchases. But does it still manage to forge its own identity within that sea of marketing points? We find out in this edition of It Came From Canada!
In its biggest break from past Overkill games, Overkill 3 is a third-person shooting gallery rather than a first-person one. Movement is automatic, so players just aim and decide when to pop in and out of cover. But now they can see their vulgar, macho, soldier hero with his scarred Mohawk head instead of just imagining him. The shift also provides a slew of new tactical options. Firing down the sights, from the hip, or from behind cover each has its own balance of safety and effectiveness. More indirect assaults, like grenades and explosive barrels, also take on new dimensions for players and their enemies alike.
But the real benefit of the pulled out camera is the wider variety of moments it’s able to present. Players get a better look at the game’s graphically detailed and impressively lit environments from desert Shanty Towns with secret Windows 95 jokes to vaguely futuristic cities. Calling in airstrikes or firing off rocket launchers also becomes more exciting when seen in their full glory. The game’s levels bounce between standard missions, wave-based survival modes, and even turret sequences for those that miss the first-person feel. But nothing justifies the new perspective more than the occasional quick-time events where players swipe the screen, causing their hero to dramatically leap out of the way of sniper fire. It’s bombastic and ridiculous in the same blockbuster action movie way other AAA games are. And given its content and fall release, Overkill 3 definitely wants to be in that company.
Developer Craneballs says the limited number of levels in this soft launch version will be expanded during later releases, but players can still get more from the experience by buying and experimenting with different tools. Equipping new armor, lovingly rendered guns, and side weapons can really change a fight, and players can level-up via repeated playthroughs to give them access to even more goodies.
The past generation of games proved people can’t get enough of modern military shooters, but will this generation prove that players have now had their fill even on mobile? Overkill 3 will have to find that out for itself when it fully launches later this year.
Rules!, the fast and adorable puzzle game by TheCodingMonkeys, has updated to include a lot of new stuff.
The game now has Beginner and Timeless modes so that players have more options if they’d prefer a more relaxing game, and has instituted leader boards so you can see where you stand on your puzzle-solving abilities. The user interface has gotten an upgrade too, with a more visible flash when rules change, improved shake detection, faster screen transitions and, faster transition to bats.
You can check out all the new stuff for Rules! on the app store for $1.99.
Activision has revealed the new Kaos Doom Challenge for Skylanders Trap Team. The challenge lets players battle through increasingly difficult waves of Kaos’ minions. If using their army of Skylanders and defensive towers, the Portal Masters fail to destroy the minions and Kaos will open the “Mystery Box of Doom,” which will is full of gigantic boss monsters!
According to Emperor Kaos, “A recent evil study of a thousand trolls revealed that nine out of ten agree that I am the most powerful and impressive evildoer to have ever conquered Skylands. Naturally, I had every tenth one banished to my “Kaos Doom Challenge” to test the effectiveness of my 100 waves of ultimate evil doom – and they were never heard from again. So let’s just say EVERYONE agrees – I am the most powerful and impressive evil doer ever.”
With the coming release of Skylanders Trap Team on October 5, it sounds like the Emperor needs a thrashing.
Monster Warlord by GAMEVIL USA is having a massive party for its two-year anniversary.
GAMEVIL has been wildly successful with the social monster battling game with over 16 million downloads, which makes Monster Warlord one of their most popular titles. To say thank you, they are giving away free Jewels and anniversary-edition monsters, welcome packages for new members, increasing success rates, and holding massive sales from now through September 22.
Join the party and download Monster Warlord today for free on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 18th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Epic Games, makers of the Infinity Blade series, have released the visually stunning tech demo that is Epic Zen Garden for us all to play with.
Epic Zen Garden uses Metal and Unreal Engine 4 to render beautiful vistas and tranquil ponds that you tap to explore. Different areas come with little surprises such as touching the koi pond, which summons fish from the depths, or the sakura tree that lets loose a swirl of cherry blossoms when tapped. Players can rake patterns in the sand of their garden and enjoy the simple grace of the environment as any good zen gardener would do.
You can download Epic Zen Garden for free on the App Store now.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 17th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Citrix’s ShareFile for iPad has been redesigned to support iOS 8. The a file-sharing app now has a new user interface that uses patent-pending contextual menus to navigate through the app faster and easier.
ShareFile also has the new File-Editing feature that allows users to create and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents from within the app, share and sync multiple files at once, and send files from different email apps on your iPad. It basically wants to be a one-stop-shop for all your document managing needs.
Check out ShareFile for iPad for free on the App Store today.
To accompany the release of iOS 8, Eastwood has released a new update for ETA. The personal driving assistant now has a Today View extension that shows your top three locations.
ETA integrates with your favorite map apps so that you can click on a location on a map and get the ETA and directions without ever opening the app, and they have included the ability to drag and drop locations via a pin.
In celebration, ETA will be on sale throughout the iOS 8 launch week, which runs from the 17th to the 24th. You can pick up ETA for $0.99 right now on the App Store.
2K announced today that they are bringing NHL 2K to iOS this fall. The game has received a graphics boost and 2K has added a bunch of new features.
NHL 2K includes Classic game modes, NHL Winter Classic, Free Skate and Shootout, as well as the new My Career mode. There is also a new three-on-three competitive Mini-Rink game, allowing players to challenge their friends in a turn-based shootout. The game will have live roster updates so players can routinely customize their team.
NHL 2K will integrate MFi Controller compatibility, NHL GameCenter LIVE connectivity, and iCloud support and is set to be priced at $7.99.
Keep an eye out and your opponent checked, because NHL 2K will be available on the App Store later this fall.
With the iOS 8 dropping today, Readdle has dramatically overhauled all of their apps to have more functionality and integrate with your iCloud Drive
Scanner Pro, the app that turns your iPhone or iPad into a portable scanner, now has Scanner Pro editing extension. This allows you to scan your photos from Photo Library and save them to your iCloud Drive.
PDF Expert 5, a PDF reader and editor, now has Zoom Writing, AirTurn support, bookmarks management, and other iOS 8 exclusives.
Documents 5 can now be your main app for managing files iCloud Drive and other apps.
Calendars 5 has received the new iOS 8 Today View widget and Notification Center widget. These widgets make it easier to view and schedule tasks and notifications.
Printer Pro now has iCloud Drive support, making it a fast and simple way to print your documents from anywhere.
Lastly, PDF Converter now has PDF Converter extension, so that you can convert things like photos from your camera roll with one click.
There are a lot of new features to explore in the Readdle update suite. Check them all out on the App Store.
Be vewy, vewy qwiet. I’m hunting wunners featuwing wabbits, and luckily, it’s duck season wunner season. Zynga has unveiledLooney Tunes Dash!: a runner featuring Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Road Runner, and more.
Following on from fan feedback, the developers have aimed to give players a game that has a sense of progression – meaning that, unlike many runners, levels do have a completion point. By completing levels, players can unlock new characters and landscapes iconic to fans of the animation classics.
Looney Tunes Dash! is set to release in select countries (and Tazmania?) this week in Acme’s Apple’s App Store. For those asking “What’s up Doc?”, more details are set to be announced in the coming months. Hopefully in the form of a note attached to a falling anvil.
At this point I’m relatively certain most of the country is familiar with Destiny. And for those looking to augment their game a bit, Bungie has changed their Bungie Mobile Companion App to Destiny Companion.
Roadhouse Interactive has released the new Space Wolves update for Warhammer 40,000: Carnage. In this new update, you can play as the Lone Space Wolf as he brings down vengeance for his fallen brothers armed with the new Power Axe and the Hunter Killer Servitor Support Drone.
The new Support Drones feature (which is available for all characters) lets players equip one of the 100 available Drone to aid them in battle. The drones come in 4 varieties: Melee, Ranged, Blocking, and Healing.
The update has also raised the level cap to 50, so get out there and cause some havoc with the new Space Wolves update.
You can download Warhammer 40,000: Carnage for $6.99 on the App Store.
KEMCO RPGs Destiny Fantasia, Infinite Dunamis, Bonds of the Skies, and Grinsia are all currently on sale for 88% off their normal prices.
In Destiny Fantasia you play Lidim, a weapon shop worker who accidentally overhears a secret negotiation between two countries that may end in war. The game has an interesting leveling system, which gives characters strength and attributes after each enemy encounter.
Infinite Dunamis is the story of Luke, an engineer who stumbles across an amazing robot, and features a plot that threatens the entire world (of course).
Bonds of the Skies has players taking on the role of main character Eil as he travels with his friends and their Grimoas (gods) to save his town and fight an evil demon.
In Grinsia, a family of treasure hunters searchers an ancient ruin for the ultimate loot. The game allows you to play as multiple characters, and each one has a slightly different take on the story to make the game re-playable for different experiences.
All four games are on sale for $0.99, but the sale won’t be around forever. So check out these Kemco titles while it lasts.