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An easy to use Comic aggregation app from AFK Studios. Completely redesigned recently to better suit comic viewing and offer a fluid and easy user interface. One of the best ways to read comics on the iPhone or iPad.
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That headline could have gotten quite a bit longer. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! The fine, upstanding folks at TellTale Games, purveyors of such fine games as Sam & Max, Monkey Island, Wallace and Gromit, and Puzzle Agent, have decided that they just don’t have enough to keep them busy. They announced a metric ton-load of games coming our way soon, on iOS and other gaming consoles you may or may not own.
First up, Back to the Future – it’s out now for the iPad, it’s $7, and it’s a BRAND NEW storyline, episodic style. TellTale worked with the actual writer of the movies to come up with this all new adventure, then created a video game around it. The Mac/PC version is up to Episode 2, and they’re releasing it on the iPad, starting now. Says iTunes: “Play as Marty in a cinematic adventure true to the films, [in a] collaboration with Bob Gale, Film Trilogy Co-Creator/Co-Writer. New Back to the Future story in 5 monthly episodes.”
Released: 2011-02-17 :: Category: Games
Next is Puzzle Agent 2. Yes, you heard us right – the sequel to the award-winning puzzle game featuring artwork by comic artist Graham Annable is coming to the iPhone and iPad as well as the PC, Mac, and PlayStation Network. Nelson Tethers is again featured in an all new tale and set of puzzles set in the MidWest, scheduled to release this spring. “In the second Puzzle Agent game, ace puzzle investigators will return to the snowy mid-west to help Agent Tethers solve the mystery haunting the realm.”
Add to the above a new game – Hector: Badge of Carnage: “a lewd, crude and gritty law enforcement comedy, featuring tough-talking, soft-bellied Detective Inspector Hector – a flawed, misanthropic anti-hero with an unhealthy taste for all things criminal, corrupt or smothered with curry sauce. ” Telltale will bring the first installment (currently on iPhone), ‘We Negotiate with Terrorists,’ to iPad, PC and Mac this Spring, with two more installments planned for later in the year. We can’t wait, to be honest – the title alone is worth checking this one out.
Released: 2010-06-02 :: Category: Games
Finally, Telltale Games is partnering with two hot comic book properties as well.
Fables, the award winning comic series created and written by Bill Willingham, is coming to gaming consoles near you. The press release boasts, “Fables is one of DC Comics’ longest-running series published under its Vertigo imprint. The series received over a dozen Eisner Awards including for Best Writer, Best New Series, and numerous wins for Best Serialized Story, and was a 2009 Hugo Award nominee for Best Graphic Story.” Fables is a graphic novel that concerns the exiled characters from the world’s storybooks — big Bad Wolf, Pinocchio, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and many others — as they fight a mysterious Adversary and learn to live in the very real mundane world of New York.
In addition, Telltale has inked a deal with Robert Kirkman and Image Comics, writer and publisher, respectively, of The Walking Dead, another hot property in the graphic novel and television industries. The Walking Dead games are promised to be coming to “PC, Mac, console, handheld, mobile and social gaming media.” We checked with Telltale PR, and they said, in essence, to keep an eye out around comic con time for further announcements.
On a quick end note, here, Jurassic Park the game is also being announced for Mac and PC, with a $5 pre-order discount. At the press event, Telltale did say they were bringing it to Mac, PC, “and other platforms,” according to our man on the scene. If past release history tells us anything, though, the iPad is probably one of those other platforms, though nothing specific has been announced. We’ll try and follow up on this one as well, because, c’mon – Jurassic Park!
With iOS4 and the iPhone 4 hitting this week, it’s not so surprising that we’ve seen tons of new apps. This week’s Friday Five features a number of big-name efforts, many of which highlight the features of the iPhone 4 and iOS4. Let’s get started!
The productivity-sucking, Facebook-spawned plague has been unleashed upon the App Store masses. Someone say a prayer for us all. The iOS version is supposed to sync with the Facebook version, so if you already have a farm, don’t worry about maintaining two! Just like on Facebook, you “grow” both plants and livestock and earn coins and XP for your troubles. This app also includes in-app purchase options for both coins and premium “Farm Cash.”
Released: 2010-06-24 :: Category: Games
I don’t know why Eliminate:GunRange is missing spaces in the title. I can tell you, however, that it’s ngmoco’s brand-new, iPhone 4-exclusive title. A spin-off of the popular Eliminate FPS series, GunRange is designed to take advantage of the iPhone 4′s gyroscope and Retina display. The game drops you into one of three shooting ranges and lets you blast away at targets using any of twelve weapons. Support for the iPhone 3GS and additional content are promised in the future.
Released: 2010-06-22 :: Category: Games
Windows Live Messenger
Despite the whole Apple/Microsoft battle, Microsoft has apparently seen fit to release a messenger client for its Windows Live service. It’s pretty much your typical IM app, with hooks in most major social networks (Flickr, Facebook, Youtube, MySpace, etc). In addition to chatting and sharing photos, you can access your Hotmail email account from within the app.
Released: 2010-06-21 :: Category: Social Networking
NPR is a wonderful, wonderful organization. It’s simply incredible how much they give away, for free. NPR Music follows their long-since-released NPR News app and gives you access to NPR’s musical selections. Listeners can choose from Classical, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and more. Live streams from over 75 public radio stations are available. Folks with new iPhones can take advantage of backgrounding, listening to music even when the app is closed.
Released: 2010-06-23 :: Category: Music
DC makes its iPhone debut with many familiar comics: Batman, Green Lantern, the Justice League, Sandman, and more. The app itself is something like a comic-store, from which you can download individual comics via in-app purchase. Most comics run $1.99 apiece. (A few freebies are available, too.) For viewing comics, there’s either a full-page view or a Guided Reading option; with the DC app, all of your comics are contained in one simple app. Comic lovers should at least download the free app and check out the full selection.
Stanza includes the most customizable reading interface I’ve seen on a mobile application. It allows you to customize nearly everything, from the page turning animations (a slide like the Kindle’s or a page turning animation like iBooks’) to the background and color of the text. Stanza really does make the experience all about the text – the user is able to customize everything about the way the book is viewed. Barnes and Nobles’ app was lauded earlier this week for including the same customization but their application locks you into using their bookstore. Stanza lets you load your own books onto the iPad or iPhone. It also, however, allows you access to a variety of other eBook stores directly from the phone.Perhaps the application’s best feature is Stanza’s Detail views for text. Highlighting text using the traditional copy and paste mechanism in iBooks yields a tooltip that lets you bookmark (highlight) and look things up in the dictionary. It’s a more complicated scenario in Stanza but one that offers one additional option – the ability to share text on Facebook, Twitter, and through email. The detail view pulls up the paragraph in question in an iPhone-sized window and makes it easier to select text.
Stanza works perfectly with Calibre, my app of choice for eBook conversion. It now allows for a really simple workflow to get eBooks from the desktop to an iPad. It’s possible to move books by utilizing a computer as a wireless server, or by pushing them from Calibre into iTunes. It’s also possible to drag books into iTunes and into Stanza.
Stanza is the ideal reading experience, with customizable colors, animations, and more and compatibility with dozens of different formats. The Lexcycle team has succeeded in bringing the great iPhone app to the iPad and I, as an avid reader, am glad they did so.
Judgment Day has at long last come for the traditional paper comic book. Ok, so maybe that's hyperbole (something Stan "The Man" Lee would no doubt appreciate) but Marvel Comics for the iPad represents a significant step forward for digital comics. Change is coming, my comic book fanboy friend, and this time it ain't caused by radioactive spiders or cosmic rays.
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