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.
Ah, the Great App Store Pricing Debate. For years people have been arguing over the cost of mobile games. What constitutes “too much?” Where’s the line when it comes to free-to-play monetization techniques? Should developers have deep discounts and temporary giveaways? Should consumers simply expect everything to go on sale and wait accordingly?
The recent Dungeon Keeper debacle is a good example of this. Gamers and critics alike have railed against it for using various monetization techniques and associating itself with the classic PC strategy series, and many point to it as an unpleasant indication of where the video game industry (especially mobile) is headed. It’s an issue that’s almost as complicated as the initial Freemium vs. Premium debate; so let’s take a closer look at everything and try to make sense of it all.
Posted by Rob Rich on January 28th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pocket Informant Pro has been updated with some new features and a whole new pricing structure. Whereas the app used to be paid, it’s now available as a free (and feature-limited) download for everyone to try. Existing users need not worry though; Go users should automatically be upgraded to a special “Go Level” status, while Pro users will automatically be upgraded to Premium.
There have also been a fair number of additions to the app that include the ability to print out lists, share info via Airdrop, and an automatic notification when an event you’re scheduling may conflict with another. You can grab the update now, or download Pocket Informant for free in order to try it out. Since, you know, that’s how it works now.
Out this Fall is a new kind of card battle game: Outcast Odyssey. From This Means WAR! developer Magic Pixel Games, and Bandai Namco, you’ll be able to explore and discover new worlds, fight various foes, and take on a number of quests. There’ll be guilds to join too, so you can tag along with […]