Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 18th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Recently, Time named inkle’s 80 Days their #1 Game of the Year. It plays out as an interactive fiction game with a steampunk reimagining of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days.
inkle has updated 80 Days with the new polar expedition, which adds approximately 30,000 words to 80 Days’ branching narrative. The game lets you explore an entire 3D globe with 150 cities and race your friends to see who can circle the world the fastest.
Join in the race with 80 Days for $4.99 on the App Store.
This new update supports iOS 8 as well, and iPhone users will be happy to hear that it now properly supports the iPhone 5 and up. Players will also be able to enjoy searching for the Mirror of Smoke in central America with new high-resolution visuals.
Check out the new and improved Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on the app store for $4.99.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 5th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The new update for 505 Games’ popular game, Terraria, can be (and is) described as massive.
They’ve added over 1,000 new items and block types. You’ll be able to build bigger and better with all those blocks, but look out because with great blocks comes great enemies – over 100 new enemies and 4 new bosses to be specific. Oh dear. You might just have to recruit one of the 15 new pets or hang out with one of the eight new NPC’s.
If all that wasn’t enough, 505 Games also added new biomes as well as updates to old ones, new events, new music, bigger chests, and weather. Good heavens.
You can check out Terraria for $4.99 on the App Store.
In Card Wars, you’ll get new Holiday Sweater Hero Cards, a holiday-themed tree house with loot chests, special creature, spell, and building cards (limited availability), and the Adventure Calendar – sort of a super mathematical (awesome) Advent calendar with daily gifts for logging in.
Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, on the other hand, is getting Codger the Elf – a weird old guy in Powder Peaks who needs Niko’s help in a new island-spanning quest. You’ll also be able to play new levels where you must find missing presents and you can earn a brand-new costume for Niko if you finish Codger’s quest.
You can grab a copy of Card Wars – Adventure Time and/or Monsters for $3.99 and $4.99, respectively.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 26th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ossian Studios has permanently lowered the price of their western action RPG, The Shadow Sun.
The game brings together elements of Dungeons & Dragons and The Witcher to create a story-driven RPG with real-time combat and tons of characters to meet. You will explore the imperial city of Shar with its mysterious plague in this 10-hour adventure with over over 70 unique areas and 200+ unique items, hidden secrets, and ancient treasures.
Check out The Shadow Sun for $4.99 on the app store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 20th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Kingdom Rush: Origins is a prequel to the popular Kingdom Rush by Ironhide Game Studio. The game adds new towers, heroes, levels, and enemies to the world, as well as over 70 unique achievements and three difficulty modes.
You get to control one of nine unique heroes including Prince Denas the Knight, Arivan the Battlemage, or the wizard Vez’nan before he decided to join the forces of evil. The game pits you against the Dark Elf Army, which has over 30 new enemy types including gnoll, baldersnatch, evil spider, and dark elf warrior. You’ll be able to defend against them with the eight new towers that are available.
The is a ton of new stuff to try out, so download Kingdom Rush: Origins for the iPhone for $2.99 and for the iPad HD for $4.99 from the App Store today.
Start your engines:
Would you like to know what we thought of all this drifting and rough racing? Check out our Reckless Racing 3 review!
Reckless Racing 3 is down and dirty racing that prides itself on crazy drifts, breakneck straights, and fantastic in-game physics. Here are few tips to help you to take those corners like a pro.
Start Your Engines
Use the straight sections to steal a glance at the mini map towards the top of the screen and check for any fast-approaching sharp turns.
It’s only on those severe turns that braking becomes necessary. Usually releasing the acceleration while turning into the bend, then hitting the gas and turning out of it will suffice. When using the default button layout, tapping to turn out of a drift is a much better technique than holding down on the directional arrow, ensuring maximum control rather than veering into another drift accidentally. Just be aware that terrain can sometimes dictate otherwise.
While the green guideline might be a great tool for rough navigation, deviating slightly wide and then taking corners as close as possible without crashing is a surefire way to overtake and undercut other racers.
The reset button isn’t as damning as you’d think. In fact, in any situation that requires a reversal maneuver the reset button is actually preferential as it only incurs a minimal time penalty, can serve as an obstruction to opponents, and sometimes players won’t even lose their position.
Larger, heavier vehicles can use their weight to their advantage by smashing other cars off-course. This is best achieved by hitting the back of an opponent’s car during a turn, forcing them into a tailspin. Be sure to judge how this will effect the speed and trajectory of your own car, though.
In the settings menu, turn on the Chase Camera to have a clearer view of the road ahead, putting you behind your racer rather than at a fixed bird’s eye view. While this new angle may bring on a bit of motion sickness for the weak-stomached (if you had a problem with iOS’ home screen animations then you might want to play Zen Garden instead) it grants a better perspective for upcoming turns. For Gymkhana Mode however, the sheer amount of donuts and spins makes the Chase Camera a dizzying nightmare, so it’s better to have it saved for Races and Drift events.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 17th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
GoodReader, by Good.iWare Ltd., is one of the top document management apps out there. In its latest update, Text-to-speech for PDF and TXT files has been added.
When you’re viewing a document you can use the “Speak” command and the app will read specifically selected portions of text or the whole document. You can control the language, speed, and use the controls to pause, resume, skip, and rewind. GoodReader also now supports Dropbox’s business accounts, has had a few bugs fixed, and expanded the versatility of bookmarks.
You can download GoodReader for $4.99 on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 7th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Knights of Pen & Paper, by Paradox North, has gotten a Halloween-themed update called Haunted Fall. While the holiday has already passed, the update includes plenty to keep you happy.
You’ll have access to a new Witch class, enemies, locations, and quests. The Witch joins your team as a healer and hexer, weakening your foes just when you need it. You’ll be able to explore the Corn Field Maze and the Abandoned Dwarven Mall.
Pick up Knights of Pen & Paper with its Haunted Fall update for $4.99 on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 6th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Pixelmator for iPad is a layer-based image editor that lets you create, edit, and enhance your images and allows you to work between your Mac or Adobe Photoshop and iPad without any hassle.
Recently, the Pixelmator team released an update that adds the repair tool, updated the brush previews and brush parameters, and improved localizations. The new repair tool lets you quickly remove anything from an image.
You can download the improved Pixelmator for $4.99 on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 23rd, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Wizards of the Coast has announced that this November they’ll be releasing Garruk’s Revenge, a brand new expansion for Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers. The expansion will add four new campaign levels and a Garruk Wildspeaker deck from the Alara block.
Crushing your foes will earn you more cards from the Alara series, and in exciting news all of the original Magic 2015 campaign cards (as well as Hunt Bigger Game and the Expansion cards) will be earnable through gameplay. Also, if you’ve already played the heck out of the game and unlocked the previous five chapters (Innistrad, Theros, Ravnica, Zendikar, and Shandalar), you’ll be able to win Battle Boosters in multiplayer matches.
Garruk’s Revenge for Magic 2015 will be available for $4.99 on the App Store in early November.
Posted by Rob Rich on October 17th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It’s finally happened. Today, Republique has passed the halfway point. Episode 3: Ones & Zeroes is now available.
This latest (and longest) episode has Hope attempting to bring down her captors by exposing the truth, with a little help from the local newspaper’s editor-in-chief. The propagandized government (if you could call it that) controlled newspaper. Seems like a bit of a conundrum.
You can get your hands on Republique for $4.99, and you can download the latest episode for $2.99. You could also spend $11.99 for the season pass for episodes 3-5 if you already have episode 2, or $14.99 for the whole season pass (episodes 2-5).
Posted by Rob Rich 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.
Toyze, the 3D marketplace app by Eligo Games, has signed a licensing agreement with Game Insight to offer fans the chance to own 3D figures from three of their properties: Tribez, Dragon Eternity, and Mirrors of Albion. “Game Insight is one of the most successful players in the international mobile gaming industry and we are thrilled to […]