As reported by Touch Arcade late yesterday, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff was released on the App Store for a short while in New Zealand, probably as the result of a mistake. It was quickly taken down and Fox apparently went all nuclear about people showing the game. Trying to erase history, just as their news channel loves to do, the Fox lawyers decided that it never existed and filed copyright claims and take down notices against the people who are likely the biggest fans of the Family Guy franchise.
Being ever so brave and handsome, our good friends over at AppSpy decided to throw caution to the wind and stream the game anyway. Fight the power! And all that. Things turn ugly almost as soon as they start the stream…
The game is officially released tomorrow — which means it will likely be out at the usual time tonight. But with this fiasco, who knows. We are still trying to decide if we want to even further cover a game with such a hostile company behind it.
Laser Dog Games, creators of the well-loved game PUK, is at it again. This time they’re teasing the upcoming space game Alone. In Alone, you have to use game’s “ultra responsive slide controls” to navigate through caves, rocky outcrops, and falling debris while it becomes ever more claustrophobic as you play.
Alone is an endless runner, and the game’s “procedural worlds” attempt to give the player a sense of making progress through space. The difficulty of Alone rises and falls as you move from planet to planet, with a little bit of down time between each area giving you room to breathe. The game is also said to have a fantastic soundtrack.
Alone will be available on June 26 on iOS, and will be a premium game with no pesky in-app purchases.
Although currently only available for PC, Democracy 3, an awesome political simulator from indie developer Cliff Harris, will be coming to the iPad according to Pocket Tactics and a post on Harris’ blog. This is the second port of one of Harris’ games following the release of Gratuitous Space Battles, which was released on the App Store in 2012.
Democracy 3 lets you play the role of a blood-sucking politician (such as a president or prime-minister), taking control of the entire country and giving you the power to cater to the “motivations, loyalties, and desires of everyone in the country.”
Keep your eye on 148apps as we’ll be sure to let you know when there’s more to tell you about the upcoming release of Democracy 3 for iPad.
Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous has released an official trailer to accompany the game; additionally, it has announced an upcoming update. According to its information:
The new Brimstone Pinball mode throws players into a malevolent pinball machine, where every bumper is armed to the teeth and out to destroy you. Your only weapon is the wild, ricocheting brimstone, which you’ll have to tame if you want to survive.
This new one-player gametype will launch with 15 of its own achievements and a fresh leaderboard to climb. It’s a 99¢ DLC coming to the App Store this month.
We looked at the app late last year. Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous is available for $2.99 on the App Store.
IGG Software, makers of mobile money management app iBank for iPad, has updated the app with some new features. Now users can search transactions by a specific account or globally, use new management categories, and enjoy auto-fill functionality.
To mark the update, iBank is going on sale for a limited time. From now through Thursday, April 10, you can grab it from the App Store for 50% off ($9.99).
Posted by Stephen Hall on April 8th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
IFTTT (If this Then That) is a service for connecting your favorite web applications and platforms together and pushing information between them. One of those platforms that is critical to the way IFTTT works is iOS, and today the service’s mobile application was updated to version 2.0.0.
In the latest version of IFTTT, you’ll find a bunch of new features including iPad compatibility; you can now manage and create recipes from the comfort of your tablet. Also packed into this update is the iOS Notifications channel, which allows you to send triggered actions straight to your iOS device. Lastly, the update includes a new iOS Photos channel that works when you’re in a specific area.
The event, which is highlighted by “A Very Big Indie Pitch,” packs in networking opportunities with two content tracks: East meets West global publishing stage and the Indie Rock Stars game creation stage. There will also be world class speakers, interactive workshops, an exhibition area, and a Pocket gamer Party amongst other events and displays.
Host company Steel Media‘s chief, Chris James, is clearly excited. “Pocket Gamer has spent 8 years doing everything in its power to help the mobile games industry grow and to help the amazing people inside it to achieve the respect and success they deserve,” he says. “PGC2014 is the next natural step in that journey and I think it’s going to be the best thing we’ve ever done.”
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 8th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Music application and accessory heavyweight IK Multimedia has released yet another iOS music-inclined app. AmpliTude Orange is specifically geared toward iPads.
According to the app information, AmpliTube Orange was developed with careful guidance from the tone gurus at Orange to ensure the authenticity of the sound. Derived from the award-winning desktop recording studio version, AmpliTube Orange for iPad lets you choose from 6 Orange amp models and 3 stompbox models.
Amplitube Orange is available on the App Store for $14.99.
- Real-time guitar and bass mobile + recording app
- Full rig with 4 simultaneous stompboxes + amp with effects + cabinet + mic
- Inter-App Audio support (available on iOS 7 only)
- Audiobus compatible: works in any of the 3 Audiobus “slots”
- 4 stompbox models — Highway Drive, The Shaker, Echo Trip (by registering), and Noise filter
- 6 Orange amps with matching Cabinets — OR50™, Rockerverb 50™, Thunderverb 200™, Tiny Terror™, AD 30™, AD 200 Bass MK3™
- Dynamic + condenser mic models
- Ultra-realistic tones derived from the AmpliTube Orange™ Mac/PC software
- Single track recorder (with re-amping and preroll) expandable to 8-track studio with master effects through in-app purchase
- AutoFreeze allows for separate, tweakable effects per track on the multitrack recorder
- Import songs/backing tracks directly from your Music library on your device or from your computer
- Export via E-mail, SoundCloud, FTP or File Sharing
- NO VOICE feature removes the lead vocal or guitar solo from imported songs
- Change the tempo (-50% to +200%) of imported songs without affecting their pitch
- Digital audio in/out
- MIDI controllable
- Powerful preset system
- Includes tuner and metronome
- Low-latency for real time playing
- Can be incorporated into AmpliTube 3 for iPad app via in-app purchase.
The game makes the player pick sides. Does one help the Living Machines Lab or work to thwart it? Multiple choices, interactions and differing endings sew the gameplay together. The game promises to flow smoothly with the beginning of the movie.
Transcendence: Origins is available for free on the App Store.
We were fortunate (HA! See what I did there?) enough to get a look at Leo’s Fortune during GDC, but I recently had the chance to sit down with Anders Hejdenberg, owner and designer for 1337 & Senri, to take an even longer look at the upcoming title. And I have to say it’s mighty cool.
The goal for Leo’s Fortune from the start was to make a “real” platformer for mobile. No auto-running or anything like that, but an actual old school style platformer. The game uses a very simple set of controls – on the left-hand side of the screen, swipe left or right to move; on the right-hand side, swipe up to jump, swipe up and hold to float, and swipe down to squish down or drop from mid-air. It’s extremely easy to learn, but the environments are what will really put your skills to the test.
It’s also pretty amazing to look at, with a combination of 3D models, hand-drawn artwork, and detailed textures. Each of the game’s themed worlds has its own puzzles and hazards to contend with, and each also has its own very distinct look. And they’re all impressively-detailed looks, too.
Leo’s Fortune is due out at the end of the month, but no specific date is available yet. There also isn’t a set price at the moment, but it’s going to be a premium game with no in-app purchases.
Bottom Line: The Mophie Space Back does something no other device does: it expands the storage space of an iPhone for media, and does so in a very portable and useful package.
We’ve looked at otherdevices that allow for the expansion of available storage on iOS devices, but none have done so in such a elegant and portable way as the Mophie Space Pack. Here’s a quick video introduction to the device:
On the surface, the Space Pack looks like any other Mophie battery case. But on the inside are additional smarts and storage to keep up to 32GB of media. This is facilitated by a special app from Mophie called Space. Take a look at the video below to get a better idea of how Space works:
My overall experience with the Space Pack has been great. The only shortfalls have to do with the restrictions of iOS and not the device itself. I’d love a way to offload more and integrate more data with the storage inside the Space Pack, but iOS just doesn’t allow it. Within the confines of what can be done, Space goes beyond what I’ve seen others do and does a great job of presenting and playing the stored media.
There are things that I would have liked to see in the Space Pack, sure. We all have dreams! For one, why not include a micro SD card slot or two on the inside to allow further expansion? It would be awesome to put in another 128GB of storage. I’d also like to see a couple solid holes in the case to allow for a wrist strap (yes, I am a bit crazy about this feature on cases). But overall the experience is fantastic and the Space app works perfectly, within the bounds of what iOS will allow.
The Space Pack is a bit expensive, but for anyone planning on getting a battery pack anyway, the added expense is worth it for the extra breathing room for media.
Cocologics has updated its ProCamera 7 app with several enhancements. From the update note:
One of our most feature packed updates to date with new TIFF file saving, Open-in functionality, high-res Instagram support and Shadows and Highlights correction tools.
With the new TIFF file format you can now save and edit maximum quality, truly lossless photographs in ProCamera. There are two TIFF formats available, uncompressed TIFF or TIFF LZW for smaller file sizes. You can change the file format in Settings > More > File Format.
Our new sharing functions make it even easier to get your photos online and in print. The Instagram SquarePrepare function now supports high-res exports – making your #ProCamera7 photos sharper than ever. The new Open In option lets you easily transfer photos between supporting editing and sharing apps. Open In supports TIFF functionality. We’ve also improved our DropBox compatibility and added Vimeo sharing. The new print option makes it possible for users to wirelessly print their photos at home or with print services that support the function.
We had an opportunity to review the app late last year; ProCamera 7 is available on the App Store for $4.99.
Adobe today is announcing Lightroom Mobile for iPad. With an iPhone version planned for later in 2014.
The app allows syncing of edits from the desktop version of Lightroom 5 to the iPad on selected groups of images. The service is free with any of a number of Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions.
What Lightroom Mobile is: Lightroom Mobile is a quick way to view and apply a select number of edits to a group of photos from a Lightroom catalog while away from a desktop. These images can be pre-synced to allow offline access, or accessed live. Even while away from the network Lightroom is running on.
What Lightroom Mobile is not: Lightroom Mobile is not a cloud photo service. It’s merely a way to sync photos and edits between desktop and iOS. These images can be manipulated on both ends and even displayed in low resolution on the web, if selected. But it is not a backup service, nor a large scale image sharing service. That is still left for other applications like Adobe’s own Revel.
Lightroom Mobile, like Lightroom desktop, does non-destructive edits to the images. Meaning the original is not altered, just a series of edits applied over the top of it. The original is always available.
Lightroom Mobile will also assist in moving camera roll images back to a Lightroom catalog. Users can create a new collection on the iOS device and choose to have camera roll images automatically added to it. This will cause the images to be synced back to the same collection on the Lightroom Desktop.
Lightroom Mobile is available free with the subscription to any of the following Creative Cloud plans:
• Creative Cloud—Photoshop Photography Program
• Creative Cloud complete plan
• Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition
• Creative Cloud for teams complete plan
We’ll have more about Lightroom Mobile as soon as we can get our hands on it.
Psychoz Interactive, a development house based in France and Canada, has recently announced that the pilot episode for their Survival Horror game, Forgotten Memories, is close to release.
Forgotten Memories has been in production for two years. This first episode (which looks to be a self-contained mini-adventure) is due out on the App Store in the near future for free, with subsequent episodes to be financed via Kickstarter.
Keith Andrew, the Editor for PocketGamer.biz, broke the news to everyone earlier today. This new look is just the beginning of a series of changes that are planned and will continue to crop up in the coming weeks, and users are encouraged to report any errors you might find while browsing around as these things tend to happen when websites go through big changes like this.