Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 25th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
GREE and BANDAI NAMCO Games Inc. have collaborated to release to release PAC-MAN MONSTERS for iOS isers. Based on the 80s arcade game, it incorporates the look, sound effects, and characters from the original, with RPG elements.
From the press release:
In PAC-MAN MONSTERS, players are invited to take on the role of the iconic hero PAC-MAN and set off with a band of friendly monsters on an epic adventure across Pac Land. PAC-MAN, with the help of his friends and the pellets he gobbles up around the puzzle grid, protects Pac Land and attacks the variety of monsters that are hell-bent on the destruction of Pac Land.
PAC-MAN MONSTERS is available for free on the App Store.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 24th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Sandbox, the-true-to-its-name sandbox adventure, has just received a new update. The new update adds in a new Ecology Campaign with 20 new levels, and new disaster elements.
The Sandbox is available for free (with in-app purchases) on the App Store.
What’s New in Update 1.900?
+ Play the brand new Ecology Campaign
Through 20 environmental levels, you’ll have to protect our planet by solving environmental puzzle: Stop the deforestation, find ways to fight the air or water pollution and find sustainable solutions to help the world stay healthy and beautiful. The challenge is real! Have fun while making the difference !
+ Discover 13 new elements that will allow you to deal with environmental issues:
- Unleash the nature’s anger with the 3 natural catastrophe elements: Tornado, Earthquake and Tsunami. They will change the topography of your worlds and destroy everything
- The Eruption will allow you to play with liquids and create volcanoes
- Nature can be rough but mankind is always the most destructive force… The nuclear explosion element reminds this sad truth
- Introducing a new basic element that have many interactions with the existent ones: Salt! Create Sea Water that turns metal to Rust and the Salt Mud to a sterile soil…
- The Blue Whale will swim around and need to go to the surface every minutes to go breathing… If its way is blocked or its environment polluted, this fragile giant will die.
- The Oil Tanker has a hull breach and spill oil around, killing what’s alive.
- Two new trees to plant hope for a brighter future: the Cacao Tree will help the humans to have a better life and the Mangrove Tree will grow in the sweet water spreading his roots in the bottom of the ponds.
Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon players are getting a little help from an unexpected source this week. Wil Wheaton (a.k.a Advisor Wheaton) is taking part in a special scavenger hunt style promotion for the whole week.
According to the details on Kabam’s forum, current players just have to add “_AW” (the initials for Advisor Wheaton) at the end of their city name to enter. Merely changing your city name earns you a special “Advisor Wheaton Prize Chest” full of in-game goodies. The Advisor will be doling out clues as to the whereabouts of various artifacts via Twitter and the official Dragons of Atlantis YouTube page all week through Monday, 4/28.
You can grab Dragons of Atlantis off the App Store for free.
Version 2.0 adds in content from Season 5 of the hit TV series, as well as a new mode, a Perk system, and new characters.
The Season 5 story arc, Rise of the Master, sees the most recent incarnation of the Master, as played by John Simm, continuing his chaos and destruction. It also introduces two older incarnations of the Master from classic Doctor Who, Roger Delgado (the First Master) and the burnt Master from The Deadly Assassin.
The Perk system unleashes an innovative system for customization, strategy and depth – players will unlock abilities as they collect and level up their collection of allies and as they progress through the game.
Four more incarnations of the Doctor join the game: the First Doctor (William Hartnell), the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and the War Doctor (John Hurt), bringing us to a total of ten Doctors now available for free in the game with more on the way.
Doctor Who: Legacy is available for free on the App Store.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 21st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Createrria, the interesting app maker within an app from Incuvo, has just received a big update. The update adds leaderboards, parental controls, seasonal content, and more. From the developer’s website:
Most important new features and changes are:
- Holiday content: Icon, splash, new avatar and new profile decorations
- New physics-based game mechanics: Pogo Bubble
- Possibility to easy showcase creations to other players
- High score leaderboards
- Parental Controls for online features and in-app purchases
- Many speed and stability improvements for older devices
Createrria, as noted, allows players to use the tools it provides to create and share platform games. We reviewed the game late last year; it is available for free on the App Store.
The current app maintains most of the elements that make the game so popular: the ability to craft and manage output. Facebook is not required, and the game is careful to allow players to consume the game in time chunks that work for them. It also has a new social control mode, which allows users to play anonymously or connect on social networks, enjoy connected rewards, and even play in offline mode.
“FarmVille pioneered social gaming on the web, and with FarmVille 2: Country Escape we’ve reimagined the franchise as a mobile experience to match how players want to connect with their farm and with their friends,” says Jonathan Knight, vice president of games at Zynga. “The foundation of the mobile game was built on listening to player feedback, so we’ve added features such as giving players the choice to play with friends or on their own, connectivity between the mobile game and FarmVille 2 on Facebook and the ability to play offline. We’ve created an experience where all FarmVille fans will feel right at home. As we focus on growing and sustaining this beloved franchise, we’re proud for FarmVille 2: Country Escape to usher in a new chapter of FarmVille on the go.”
Farmville 2: Country Escape is available for free on the App Store.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 17th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ultra-popular racing game Real Racing 3 (from mobile stalwart Electronic Arts) has just received a pretty hefty update that adds in a whole new experience.
Now the game has open wheel vehicles in its arsenal – cars such as the Caterham Seven 620R, KTM X-Bow R, Ariel Atom 3.5, and Ariel Atom V8. Additionally, the roster has expanded, adding in the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Porsche 911 RSR. Drivers are invited to get ready for the renown endurance race with The Road to Le Mans live event.
The update also expands the customization and photo mode, and opens up the option of visiting the collections of others.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 14th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
DeNA and Crytek, the collaborative team behind tactical third-person action game The Collectables, has gotten into the spirit of the season by revealing it ongoing “Easter Egg Mayhem” in-game event that is scheduled to run till 15:00 CEST on April 22.
The event allows players to collect Easter-themed reward cards by accumulating Easter eggs. According to the official announcement, by completing the extremely challenging reward stages players can earn bronze, silver, and Epic reward cards that are not available in the regular campaign.
Crytek Budapest Studio Manager Kristoffer Waardahl mentions the humorous undertones. “The Collectables had an amazing launch and we’re just getting started. Crytek and DeNA are dedicated to delivering great content and the Easter Egg Mayhem event is a prime example of this,” he says. “Easter Egg Mayhem puts a spotlight on the fantastic sense of humor in The Collectables and we hope our fans have as much fun playing through the event as we did making it.”
The Collectables is available for free on the App Store.
IceFlame LTD, the development house behind soccer and car racing mashup Soccer Rally, has just announced the publish date for Soccer Rally 2.
Like the original this new iteration is likened to polo, with players using souped-up vehicles to advance the game ball. The game sports both single player and multiplayer modes, with multiplayer games allowing for different sports balls to be used. Cars can be customized, and thee is plenty of in-app content to be purchased.
Soccer Rally 2 is due out, for free, on the App Store on April 24.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 4th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Apple smart device users that have a hankering for The New York Times curated news content have a new app to satisfy their needs: NYTNow. The app features the biggest news stories of the day, as summarized by a team of New York Times editors.
NYTNow features hand-selected top stories from The New York Times, selected stories from other sources, a morning briefing, and article summaries. Regular use includes access to 10 articles per month, but subscribers get unrestricted access to everything the app offers (as well as access to NYTNow on the web).
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 4th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Spaceteam has just received an update that changes the upgrade pricing; folks who had previously bought stuff now have everything unlocked.
Additionally, the game can now be played in French, German, Italian, and Spanish (with more languages coming soon). Specific anomalies are now part of the regular game, and there is a new segment called the Admiral’s Club.
We had an opportunity to review Spaceteam early last year and liked it a lot; it is available for free (with optional in-app purchasing) on the App Store.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
2K, along with Cat Daddy Games has released a new update for Sensei Wars. This update brings a bunch of new and interesting features, including a new “Dynasty” mode, custom equipment, upgrades, Global chat, and more.
Sensei Wars is available on the App Store for free.
Posted by Rob Rich on March 27th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Today Microsoft has confirmed that Office is on its way to the iPad. In fact, the entire suite (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) is available now for free, with a subscription service available for full functionality.
Word is in many ways the same word processing program that you’re no doubt already familiar with, only retooled for touch screens. Tables, charts, graphics, a table of contents, and all those other useful features are available on your iPad. Charts and other images that have been imported from Excel can be edited from within the app, and text will dynamically adjust around these items as you drag them around the page. Co-op features are also built in, which will allow multiple users to edit a document simultaneously in real-time across a number of different devices. No worries about things getting too confusing, though. It’s also possible to display markup so that you can see what edits have been made, have conversations with your fellow users within the margins, and so on.
Excel carries over all the familiar features from its PC counterpart, along with the obvious changes for a touch-based interface. You can sort through chart layouts quickly and easily, and the app will even make recommendations for you with samples that use your data. Even the keyboard has been adjusted to cater to iPad users, with a customized numeric keyboard that should make data entry a lot easier.
PowerPoint allows you to import and edit your slides and images, includes all those popular transitional effects everybody seems to love, and has added some new functions that are specific to touch screens. First, you can call up a digital laser pointer by tapping and holding your finger on the screen, in order to make it easier to point out specific elements in a presentation. Second, you can add annotations by drawing highlights directly on the screen.
All of the apps in the Office 365 series also share data across multiple devices (iPhone, iPad, PC, etc) using Microsoft’s OneDrive service. The entire collection is available now, for free, and uses the Office Mobile subscription-based model. So you can opt to pay $9.99/month or $99.99/year (family) or between $60.00/user/year and $180/user/year (business) in order to access the complete list of features across Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
The original Doodle Grub was pretty popular (to put it lightly). Well, Pixowl is getting ready to release a sequel, simply called Grub.
Grub will use a similar series of accelerometer controls, naturally. However it’s also going to include new power-ups, new enemies, new obstacles, and bigger maps that scroll to follow the grub as he crawls along. You can also save and share video replays with your friends to see who’s grubbiest. There’s even the possibility (possibility – it’s not a certainty yet) of simultaneous multiplayer in future updates.
Much like the original, Grub is going to be free-to-play. You can keep an eye out for it in the App Store at the end of April/the beginning of May. Or you could always request access to the beta right here.