Gumi has recently updated their JRPG, Chain Chronicle. The update adds HD quality Retina visuals with an aspect ratio of 4:3 to fit the iPad and to give you crystal clear graphics.
You can also enjoy Chapter 9, which includes a new story. The Round-Table Conference is gathering representatives from all over Yggdra, and Phoena discovers a shocking secret about the Black King. Along with the new chapter you'll get new weapons such as the Skull Rod and Ideal Wand, and new Chain Story quests featuring Silver Wolf Guide Barienna and Thousand Rivers Warrior Jedah. There is also a new 5 star Flame Swordswoman named Sonya.
There is a ton of new content to explore, so download Chain Chronicle today for free to check it out.
Disney has released Disney Movies Anywhere app that gives access to any Disney, Pixar, or Marvel digital movie purchased via Disney or iTunes, all in one place. This app introduces something we haven't yet seen, deep ties and content license sharing with iTunes. Here's how it works.
Two logins are needed, a Disney ID and an iTunes ID. Once signed into the Disney ID, the app will prompt the user to tie a Disney ID to an iTunes account by launching iTunes on the iOS device and asking for permission. See the screenshots below.
Once the two accounts are linked, the magic happens. Any Disney, Pixar, or Marvel movie purchased in iTunes now shows up in the app. In addition, any Disney digital movie purchased (usually as part of a DVD & digital copy bundle) that is associated with the Disney account now appears as purchased in the iTunes account. That's something we haven't seen before. A deep integration and cross license system between iTunes purchases and a content owner's own system.
And beyond that, there is every single Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movie ever made available for purchase in the app. That's pretty magical. All of my childhood favorites are here, even the non-animated ones like Old Yeller and The Love Bug. The prices are high, as is common for Disney, but they are all there.
In addition, the app also includes special features, shorts, etc. all of the content associated with each release is included with a purchase. As a special offer, anyone who downloads the app and sets up the connection between Disney and iTunes will be gifted a free copy of Pixar's The Incredibles.
Jamie Voris, Chief Technology Officer, The Walt Disney Studios comments on the release.
“Disney Movies Anywhere is an adaptable digital ecosystem designed to help consumers consolidate their Disney movie collections and enjoy them for years to come. The beauty of this technology is that it enables us to work with iTunes and future provider partners to ensure movie lovers have streamlined access to all of their favorite Disney titles no matter which device they are on. The intuitive layout of the website and app creates an easy and enjoyable browsing environment for the whole family.”
I hope we see a lot more of this type of integration in the future with content rights holders integrating with iOS and iTunes. It's a loosening of digital rights, just a tiny bit. And does so in a way that's refreshingly logical and customer friendlier than most services launched these days.
I have a suspicion that this is an example of what we may see once the Apple TV strategy is finally revealed.
We got a chance to go hands on with Narr8 a few days ago, and it's been officially announced today. Narr8 is a new kind of publishing platform, and a very ambitious one. The all original content will cover everything from entertainment to education and all be interactive, animated, and in series form. Fully developed, it will be an engaging and eclectic mix of content. Think of it as adult comic book-style with interactive content.
Could be an interesting new platform for content creators once they open up to outside authors. Right now all content is developed in-house. Take a look at the link below for more info on Narr8. Coming soon to the iPad.
Know what's great about Pocket God? Aside from the malicious glee one gets from snuffing out helpless cartoon characters repeatedly, I mean. It's that the game has been receiving a ridiculous amount of support since it's release. Just over 40 Episodes have been released thus far, and Bolt Creative doesn't look like they plan to slow down any time soon.
Yes, I said "over" 40. The newest Episode, "I Sting the Body Electric" has just gone live. This update adds a coral reef to the Ocean Floor area, complete with jellyfish to torment those loveable, languishing pygmies. It also includes a purchasable "Underwater World" skin pack that changes the Pocket God island's boulder into a puffer fish and the volcano into a whale. Oh, and there's something about iOS 5 feature support or something. I wasn't really paying attention.
I'm kidding! Just kidding! Don't hurt me!
The new update allows players to make use of two iOS 5 thingies: First, there's the Asynchronous Turn-Based Gaming that will let them square off against friends and complete strangers in the Battle of the Gods mini-game. Second is the iCloud Storage, which will save progress whenever a level in the battle arena is completed or a new challenge is unlocked. Then they can continue their game with no data loss on any of their other iOS devices.
I suppose there's no time like the present to dive back in to the pygmy slaughter. Pocket God is, and has been, available on the App Store (iOS 5 support and all) right now for a buck. But really, who doesn't own it by now?
Fantastic Contraption has survived its port from the online Flash game with exceptional grace. Its well-implemented puzzling system and expansive community portal for downloading and sharing levels make this one a no-brainer.