Pro adventure game developers Telltale Games have released the newest chapter of their popular Sam & Max games on iOS. These classically styled adventure games that follow the zany exploits of the sleuthing dog and rabbit duo are generally split up into shorter, episodic titles, and the same is true for this release. Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space – Episode 1 ‘Ice Station Santa’ is the first of five episodes in this new adventure and in this episode, Sam and Max take on none other than the big jolly man himself.
This game will include a core story mode as well as a “Whack da Ratz” mini-game and a soundboard where players can craft their own quotes using character voices from the game. Sam & Max: Beyond Space and Time: Episode 1 is currently available in the iOS app store for $6.99, and is a universal app that can be played on iPhone, iPod, or iPad.
Episode 3, otherwise known as The Depths, brings players one step nearer to the conclusion of the series and it’s certainly upping the ante when it comes to action.
The player will find themselves making their escape, from Isla Nublar, through dark maintenance tunnels that connect the park with plenty of carnivorous dinosaurs in their path to freedom. Worst of all, the stress is becoming too much for the survivors as they begin to turn on each other.
As has been the case with earlier episodes, iPad 2 owners can opt to use AirPlay mirroring as they play to ensure fun for everyone watching.
Jurassic Park: Episode 3 – The Depths is out now priced at $6.99.
Telltale Games are back at it again, bringing more of their point and click goodness to the iOS. Mirroring the cinematic Jurassic Park experience already available on the PC, the iPad 2 exclusive second episode will continue the quest embarked upon in the series’ freshman effort.
“The Cavalry,” as this newest installment is christened, will actually follow two separate plotlines. In one branch Nima, Gerry and Jess will continue searching for a shortcut, pushing the trio through a never-completed roller coaster. The other side of the story will focus on a rescue team desperately in search of survivors. If nothing else, this certainly sounds like a compelling direction to resume the action.
Also, iPad 2 owners shouldn’t forget that all of the current as well as upcoming Jurassic Park episodes will take advantage of iOS’s unique AirPlay functionality when combined with an Apple TV. Why just play something on a tablet when you can experience it on the big screen, right? This should be a mission jam packed with exciting dinosaur encounters that players will not soon forget.
Snowy, Captain Haddock and Tintin. I doubt there’s a more universally recognized trio of adventurers in existence. Georges Rémi’s creations have attained almost legendary status since their original newspaper appearance in 1929, and while they may not possess Jones’ whip or Drake’s sarcasm they’ve still maintained a place in the hearts and minds of a vast portion of the population (200 million plus copies sold and counting). The soon-to-be-released CGI film is almost here, and it’s poised to rekindle the old flame for long time fans as well as welcome a new generation into the fold. If there were to be a video game made with the license, now would be the time for it.
Gameloft knows this, which is why we have them to thank for the recent release of The Adventures of Tintin – The Secret of the Unicorn – The Game. Players will take control of each member of the trio (as well as the legendary pirate, Sir Francis Haddock) as they make their way through adaptations of the film’s environments and attempt to find The Unicorn’s lost treasure. But don’t fret, this is a tried and true adventure game. There will be sneaking, flying, sword fights, camel races and more.
The interactive exploits of the world’s most well-known fictional reporter are ours for the having at a respectable $6.99. I’m sadly limited by the storage space on my older machine (846 MB? Yowza!), but that doesn’t mean anyone with a newer device or the die-hard fans can’t enjoy it on my behalf.
The game that Apple used to show off the iPhone 4S and iOS5 capabilities when it was released, Infinity Blade 2, is nearing its release, and developer ChAIR Entertainment has posted a pair of videos to talk about the game and hype people up for its release. The first video covers the game’s visuals with commentary from ChAIR staff on how the game’s visuals aren’t just designed to look stunning, but also to help create the atmosphere of the world. The second video covers the story elements of Infinity Blade 2, and what the developers, along with the author of the interquel novella Infinity Blade: Awakening, Brandon Sanderson, wanted to do to help expand the universe with this game. Both of these videos are embedded below.
Infinity Blade 2 will make its way into gamers’ hands starting next Thursday, as ChAIR Entertainment has confirmed the December 1st release date, and a price of $6.99 for the universal app. Those looking to get into the series before the highly-anticipated sequel releases can check out the original Infinity Blade at a sale price of $2.99, and read Infinity Blade: Awakening for $2.99 on the iBooks Store.
Exciting times dinosaur fans! Jurassic Park has hit iPad 2s! Not literally obviously as no one would like a T-Rex to crush their beloved gadget. No, I’m talking about Jurassic Park: The Game, hotly anticipated since Telltale Games announced it earlier in the year.
Maximizing the processing power of the iPad 2, Jurassic Park: The Game promises breath-taking cinematic scenes and some darn impressive graphics. Players will be taken back to Isla Nublar during the events of the first Jurassic Park film and be able to interact with the storyline in a brand new way. While many locations will be familiar to fans, there will also be plenty of new areas to explore as we discussed earlier this week.
Jurassic Park: The Game also comes with AirPlay functionality so that players can see the action on their Apple TVs for even more impressive visuals.
Jurassic Park: The Game is out now for the iPad 2 priced at $6.99.
For those living underneath a rock the past year or two, Minecraft is the uber popular indie-made computer game, for Mac and PC, that has set the gaming world on its ear while making a kajillion dollars – all while still in beta. The official non-beta version will most likely be announced this weekend at MineCon, but the big news for us here at 148Apps is the arrival tomorrow of Minecraft: Pocket Edition, also known as the end of productivity as we know it.
This pocket edition is reported to be the same as the Android version, and has also been out on the Xperia Play. The pocket version gives players all the needed blocks to craft and build and mine to their heart’s content, but does not include the survival mode made popular by the original game’s release. Other reports suggest that there will be a local multiplayer option that will allow iOS and Android users to play together.
All this is confirmed with the magic New Zealand iTunes store, which is listing the Universal app of Minecraft: Pocket Edition for iOS for about $7. Here in the US, the app should go live at midnight tomorrow. Or tonight. Whichever way you prefer to look at it.
It’s all go for Capcom and beat em up fans the world over at the moment with two new releases and a new update for Street Fighter IV: Volt.
First up is the much anticipated release of Final Fight bring classic side scrolling beat em up action to the iPhone. As it was upon its original release in the arcades, Final Fight allows its players to choose from one of three characters: Guy, Cody or Haggar. It’s then down to that character to rescue a kidnapped woman, Jessica, from a ruthless street gang. With each character offering their own fighting style and abilities, there’s plenty to hook beat em up fans. The iOS version includes a finishing move button which allows the player to blow up enemies at any given time, much like the special move seen in games like the Streets of Rage series. Added functionality exists with the ability to join up with a friend for co-op play thanks to the game’s Bluetooth network support. Final Fight will be regularly priced at $2.99 but it’s currently on offer priced at $0.99 until September 21st as part of Capcom’s Super Sale.
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-09-15 :: Category: Games
Another new release comes in the form of Street Fighter II Collection which for a mere $3.99 offers three Street Fighter II games in one, namely Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition and Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting. We all know and love this title. For many it was their first taste of beat em up wonder. It’s all here in an iOS format with a button command system that fits into the touch screen nature of the system. There’s also the addition of a finishing move button and of course there’s competitive play via Bluetooth.
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-09-15 :: Category: Games
Finally, Capcom has updated Street Fighter IV: Volt and added two new characters to the roster: Fei Long and Yun. Due to this update and Capcom’s Super Sale, Street Fighter IV: Volt is currently priced at only $2.99 rather than the usual $6.99 price tag. This offer lasts until September 19th so get in there fast.
Harold and the Purple Crayon is a wondrous and thoughtful adaptation of the classic 1955 children’s book of the same name that had been developed into an interactive storybook, now a universal application.
I remember Harold and the Purple Crayon from my childhood and have shared this story with my son as well. Few children’s books that I can think of beg to be turned into an interactive storybook as much as this one does, and I have been eagerly waiting for this to be developed into a universal app, knowing that at some point this was bound to happen.
I am very eager to introduce this app to readers who may not know of its existence. It is the perfect experience that I expected with every element thoughtfully conceived, making this book a joy to share with my son.
This Too Shall Pass is a very unique and special storybook application with versions available for both iPad as well as iPhone. This tale, based on a traditional proverb of the same name and also part of the “Classic World Tales” series by the developers at Moving Tales, is excellent. Languages include Spanish, French, as well as English, and are great for bilingual families as it is intriguing how one can select a language mid-story if one chooses, and one can make his own recording as well.
Said to be inspired by Persian, Buddhist, and Jewish sources, this is a story of a kind, yet disillusioned king who searches for words of wisdom that can relieve him of his melancholy, as he worries that his state of mind may dampen the mood of his kingdom.
Readdle has a new app for the iPad to allow users to create PDFs directly on the iPad from a wide variety of souces, entitled PDF Converter. Users can convert documents from Microsoft Office and Apple’s iWork suite directly into PDFs. Web sites can be loaded using the app, and saved as PDF files to be easily read later or saved in a permanent state. Information and photos from a user’s contacts and photo library can be loaded into PDF Converter, and attachments in emails can be easily loaded into it as well. Files can also be loaded from a linked Dropbox account, so they don’t have to be stored directly on the iPad in order to be used with PDF Converter.
Once files are converted to PDFs, users can easily save them in the app to be viewed and transferred from the app. As well, PDF Converter supports AirPrint for easy printing directly from the iPad. The document can also be emailed and opened in other apps that can open PDF files.
What is the usage of PDF Converter? This app makes it easy for business users to create permanent static files from editable documents to easily print out, like if there is a contract that needs to be signed, it can now be converted from an editable file to a PDF directly on the iPad. This could also make it easy for writers to print out their articles or stories that they were typing up on their iPad, without having to work with a PC. They can also control how they want their viewers to see what they have written when it is printed out. Really, that’s the potential strength of this app; it is another mechanism to usher in the post-PC era, to help make the iPad a more productive device, and to allow people to work directly from it.
Ahoy, ye mateys! Telltale Games’ revival of the classic Monkey Island adventure game series, Monkey Island Tales HD, is now available on iPad. Featuring legendary protagonist Guybrush Threepwood, these games continue the kind of offbeat humor that the original games were known for. Developed in conjunction with LucasArts, and designed to stay true to the Monkey Island aesthetic, Telltale’s games put the player in control of Guybrush, trying to stop the undead pirate and long-time nemesis LeChuck, as well as trying to cure a voodoo curse he accidentally unleashed upon the Caribbean while trying to stop LeChuck. Whoops.
Now, when I say the series is now available on the iPad, I don’t just mean one entry, with more entries to come later; I mean the whole series is now available on iPad! Starting today, parts one through five are all available for purchase on the iPad for $6.99 each. This means that players can check out the series at their own pace, try out the series and quit playing if they get bored, or pick up from a specific episode if they’ve played other episodes before.
But what about people who haven’t played the Monkey Island Tales games at all? Like people who are familiar with the classic games that Tim Schafer had a hand in, but are skeptical about the new series’ faithfulness? Or what about the people who need an introduction to the series that’s more than just what a short lite version would provide? Well, Telltale Games has decided to give these people a great deal, as episode one is available for free! That’s right, the whole first episode is available for free, no gimmicks. This will only be free through July 22nd, before it goes back up to normal price, so act quickly, or else there won’t even be a lousy t-shirt to be had!
Logitech has created a wired keyboard for the iPad which is the first one made specially for use in the classroom. The Logitech Wired Keyboard for iPad is designed for easy connectivity by simply plugging it in, making it easier on students and teachers, and has a key lifespan of more than five million strokes. [...]