EA Mobile’s Surviving High School has been released on a quite a few platforms. However, only the recently-released iPad version, Surviving High School HD, lets players experience this interactive adventure game’s tawdry tales of adolescence in glorious high-definition. While walking through the halls of Centerscore High, taking quizzes and talking to fellow students, the choices players make will shape their social lives. Depending on what they decide, they might end up a jock, a nerd, a popular kid or an outsider.
This free app also allows players to download free, weekly extra episodes extending the plot even further. When switching from Portrait to Landscape mode, players gain access to a decision tree which helps them plot their course throughout the story lines. Additionally, all episodes players download are archived in an illustrated visual timeline and this is all managed through the new Multi-Touch interface.
Completing the illusion is the ability for Surviving High School HD players to keep tabs on their virtual friends, like any good teenager would, through Faceplace Alerts. Whether their actual high school years are behind them or not, now iPad owners can survive or thrive in this high school for as long as they want.
Very few things pique my curiosity as quickly as the combo of slugs, sci-fi and outer space. Leave it to app developer Bit Barons to create a new brainteasing puzzle game with a theme as unique as Astroslugs. Set in a time before time, Astroslugs challenges players to help the slugs gather Slug Energy through 35 levels. Controls are designed specifically with the iPad in mind, requiring players to slide their fingers to create paths for the slugs to travel. In a clever change of pace, each level of Astroslugs has multiple paths to a solution, so a deft mind can find numerous ways to achieve victory.
There’s a good introduction to the game via the Lite Version on the App Store, but for those hungering for more slugs, 148Apps and developer BitBarons have teamed up to offer five promo codes for the full version of Astroslugs. Just leave a comment below to enter. We’ll pull five names a little later in the week. Good luck, and happy slug hunting!
Despite what you may think about the sport of Badminton and those that play it, you may be shocked to know that it is actually a fairly popular sport. It is so popular, in fact, that it has even spawned a fairly successful iPhone game. Sure, I can hear you silently asking yourself, “Why in the name of all things that are good and holy would someone buy a badminton game?” but really, who doesn’t want to get the chance to whack around a birdie at breakneck speeds? Developer Rolocule Games has decided to take both the iPhone game and the sport of backyard warfare to new heights, with the debut of their new game, Super Badminton 2010 HD, for iPad. The game’s website touts some of the new features to draw in the gaming masses:
8 badminton players – each with unique strengths and weaknesses.
3 tournaments to challenge your skills: Choose your player and realize the dream to become a real badminton star.
4 stunning 3D badminton stadium courts to simulate the real badminton stadiums.
Wooden badminton court to give you an experience of playing badminton at your local court/gym.
Control direction of your shot by tilting your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad! – giving you an incredible immersive experience with complete command over your shots!
Gameloft has announced that Zombie Infection HD is now available on the App Store for iPad owners. Priced at $6.99, the launch continues the company’s porting of its existing core titles to the iPad platform. Making use of the iPad display, Zombie Infection offers full HD graphics and continues the undead-maiming mayhem seen in the iPhone version launched in May this year.
Meanwhile, for iPhone users, Gameloft has also announced that three of its popular titles; Modern Combat Sandstorm, Dungeon Hunter and Skater Nation will all be available for the discounted price of $0.99 for a limited time, so grab ‘em while they’re cheap.
When the iPad first launched, there was some muddle on the App Store about how to distinguish regular iPhone-sized apps from iPad apps. After some experimentation (XL was floated for a while), most developers settled on using “HD” to denote iPad-specific apps. For example, “Angry Birds HD” is Angry Birds…for iPad.
Now EA Games has to go and mess things up with NCAA® Football by EA SPORTS HD. Guess what? It’s an iPhone 4-exclusive title.
Does your head hurt yet?
Look, EA, we get it. Your football game has fancy graphics that take advantage (nay, require!) the iPhone 4′s Retina display. And I know that you’re a gigantic company, but big companies have to follow the rules, too. And the rules of the App Store, informal though they are, state that the “HD” moniker is reserved for iPad titles.
This does bring up an interesting point, though—how do we differentiate between all of these platforms? We have apps for iPad, for all iPhones, for iPhone 4′s; and then we have universal apps, some of which are optimized for the iPhone 4′s Retina display and some which aren’t. And what about the next iPhone and iPad? My guess: other than “HD” for iPad, we’ll have to rely on app descriptions, unless Apple steps in.
Still, EA, as it stands now “HD” signifies an iPad release. You’re doing it wrong!
I make no bones about it. Real Racing is my favorite iPhone game ever. I’ve always been a fan of racing games. Real Racing just hits a chord with my by making the game fun, very well made, and not crazy complex (and boring) with car customization options.
While I haven’t seen it yet, this is a preview you know, Real Racing HD looks to be everything that I love about Real Racing, but on a much bigger screen.
“We’re all very excited about the launch of iPad, and Real Racing HD really shows off the new possibilities that come with this breakthrough device,” said Firemint CEO Robert Murray. “Real Racing is all about authentic pack racing action. iPad is incredibly immersive and personal so playing the Real Racing HD App will be an adrenaline-fuelled rush.”
One of my biggest concerns with Real Racing HD, and any racing games on the iPad is how you will control it. When a racing game was shown at the iPad launch I was initially excited. Then I started to think — who wants to hold a 1.5 pound $500 device as a steering wheel controller? Not me for sure. Not only is it heavy, but seems like the risk of dropping it is increased greatly with rapid gameplay. Luckily it looks like Firemint have put some thought into this problem and implemented some iPad specific control schemes.
In addition, Real Racing HD adds some ghost racing options, and the ability to customize your car skin by importing an image from your camera roll. Real Racing HD is available now in the App Store — even if you don’t have an iPad to play it on!
Words With Friends is a multiplayer Scrabble-type word game currently available on the iPhone. Info came in last night that Newtoy will be releasing Words With Friends HD on the iPad at launch. Newtoy were kind enough to send us over some screen shots. Take a look at those below. No amazing new features announced, just the same great multiplayer game we know and love, but easier to play on the larger iPad screen.
Newtoy let us know that they will also be hanging out with fans at the Stonebriar Mall in Fricso, TX this Saturday from 9am-Noon to celebrate the Words With Friends HD and iPad release. (Hint: They’ll have free t-shirts and Words With Friends HD promo codes!)