Posts Tagged iPad

Facebook for iPad Update Will Add Section for Games, Trending Topics

Posted by on June 18th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Facebook has announced an upcoming update for the Facebook for iPad app, with the main new feature being the introduction of a new channel for games and entertainment within the app for American users. This channel will be found in the new right-hand column when the iPad is used in landscape mode, and will provide users with a selection of iPad games they already play, which can be started up from within the app, and other games they may want to play according to their popularity with the user’s friends and the whole of Facebook.

This new right-hand column will also feature birthdays and events alongside sections for trending topics, which will display the most talked-about topics on Facebook at the time, and trending videos, which will display videos popular with the user’s demographic.

The Facebook for iPad app is available for free on the App Store now.

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Great Little War Game 2 Review

Great Little War Game 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
How does 60 more missions of Rubicon's turn-based strategy formula sound? Good? Then check this game out.

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Battleheart: Legacy Review

Battleheart: Legacy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This action-adventure RPG is just about as fully-featured, customizable, and fun as they come.

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Democracy 3 Brings Complex Political Strategy onto the iPad

Posted by on June 9th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Prepare to get political, as Positech Games have brought their political strategy game, Democracy 3, onto the iPad. Democracy 3 allows players to become the ruler of a country, giving them the power to fully control political policies and take the country in any direction they want to. Whilst raising taxes to sort out climate control or legalising the death penalty may sound like good ideas at the time, players will also have to try and please as many of the 21 different voter groups the game’s virtual voters fall into. Annoy them enough and you may get voted out at the next election – if you manage to survive that long, that is.

Democracy 3 is available for the iPad now for $9.99.

PSI – Submarine Combat Review

PSI – Submarine Combat Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This game is a self-proclaimed love letter to FTL, but with submarines.

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Digital Tribe Games has announced Stronghold 3: The Campaigns, an iPad version of the PC Real-Time Strategy (RTS) classic. As with the original, the blend between city building and RTS remains, with the key to the game being the castle that must be designed, managed, and defended. Players will need to run a medieval economy, devise personalized tactics, and launch sieges – as well as defend against them – in order to succeed.

Melanie Mroz, VP of Business Development at Digital Tribe Games, had this to say of the upcoming title:

The Stronghold franchise was met with great success and acclaim on PC and is a perfect fit for the iPad. Fans and newcomers alike can enjoy the trademark real-time castle-building gameplay anywhere in the world, and the talented developers have spent a great deal of time, effort, and care to optimize and fine-tune the game specifically for this platform.

Stronghold 3: The Campaigns is set to arrive on the App Store sometime in late June.

Romans In My Carpet! Review

Romans In My Carpet! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Command legions upon legions of tiny Roman armies in a quest to conquer a bedroom in this turn-based, multiplayer-focused strategy game.

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A team of former Google employees has announced Osmo, a set of creative-minded toys that interact with the iPad to try and give kids ages 6-12 richer play experiences. By using an accessory that connects to the top of an iPad, around the front-facing camera, kids can use a variety of pieces, including Tangram, Words, and Newton, to play games that stimulate the mind and use the real-world pieces to interact with what’s on the iPad screen, such as using objects and drawn lines to interact with objects to create physics-interactive structures.

Osmo can be preordered from playosmo.com for $49, 50% off the regular price, until June 22.

Record Run Review

Record Run Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Run to the soundtrack of your own library in the latest rhythm game from the creators of Rock Band and Dance Central.

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Tiny Dice Dungeon Review

Tiny Dice Dungeon Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Players must weigh risk vs. reward in this dice-based free-to-play dungeon-crawler.

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Metal Slug Defense Review

Metal Slug Defense Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Metal Slug Defense successfully combines the spirit of its run-and-gun predecessors with a competent set of strategy mechanics.

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Botanicula Review

Botanicula Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Botanicula is an adventure game that might be a bit frustratingly-abstract at times, but is a beautiful experience.

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Jungle Rumble: Freedom, Happiness and Bananas Review

Jungle Rumble: Freedom, Happiness and Bananas Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Move your monkeys in time to the beat in this rhythm game/real-time strategy hybrid.

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Bridge Constructor Medieval Review

Bridge Constructor Medieval Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Build bridges to transport valuable troops and supplies in this physics-based, medieval-themed puzzle game.

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Blowfish Meets Meteor Meets iPad in Latest Update

Posted by on May 1st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Blowfish Meets Meteor, the brick-breaker our Jennifer Allen called “imaginative” and “charming,” has been updated with native iPad support.

Previously, the game only ran upscaled on the iPad – now iPad owners get native Retina Display support and no windowing. The game is still free of in-app purchases, but has been updated for all users with added sound and animations, and a rebuilt scoring system.

You can download the now-universal Blowfish Meets Meteor for $2.99.

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Cipher Prime’s Inake is coming to iPad on May 1, as exclusively revealed yesterday on our Twitch channel.

IntakeForiPadThis dubstep-fueled action-puzzle game is, according to William Stallwood of Cipher Prime, who joined up for the stream, pretty much a straight-up port of the PC version – in a sense. Some tweaks have been made to the game that will come to the PC version on May 1 as well, but ultimately it’s the same game with the same content. The difference is in the way it’s played: the game supports full multitouch controls on the iPad, so it’s a new approach to a familiar game.

Check out the video below of me going through the first 25 levels, which took some practice to get that far:

Watch some of the special levels, available in Challenge Modes:

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Boxer Review

Boxer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Turn your inbox into a task list or tune it to your own needs with this highly customizable, user friendly mailbox app.

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Dungeon Clicker Review

Dungeon Clicker Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Quest for loot in this dungeon crawler that is almost completely void of actual, compelling gameplay.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
This World of Warcraft CCG spin-off is easy to pick up, almost impossible to put down, and most amazingly of all, totally free. Consider this your only warning.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is Available on the U.S. App Store Right Now – Gogogogo!

Posted by on April 16th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

For a while we just had to sit back while PC gamers got to enjoy it. Then they teased us with a soft launch. Now the wait is finally over – Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is available on the US App Store!

This is normally where I’d speak a bit about how neat it looks and how popular it is, but it’s freaking Hearthstone. You deserve a medal for sticking around this long rather than going straight to the App Store to download it. But don’t worry, I won’t keep you.

You can grab Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for the iPad now, for free.

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Tank of Tanks Review

Tank of Tanks Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
This multiplayer game played on a single iPad is simple, chaotic fun.

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I think it’s fair to say that Dungeon of the Endless has been getting a bit of attention as of late. I mean it’s a great-looking game, and from what I played over the weekend it’s quite fun and challenging as well. Too bad it’s only going to be released for home computers… or is it?

Now before getting too excited, you need to know that nothing is set in stone yet. However, I was informed that the team at Amplitude Studios has actually been looking in to bringing their game to tablets. I mean it would make sense, really. The interface seems like it would be a perfect fit for the iPad. Of course a lot can happen in the course of trying to release a game on a new platform.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated if/when Dungeon of the Endless for the iPad is officially confirmed/shot down.

via: Amplitude Studios

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So little time and so very many apps. What’s a poor iOS devotee to do? Fortunately, 148Apps is here to give you the rundown on the latest and greatest releases. And we even have a tremendous back catalog of reviews; just check out the Reviews Archive for every single review we’ve ever written.

Power Grounds

 
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Power Grounds is probably best described as a minimalistic take on a Roguelike, to the point that it’s more like a puzzle game than anything else. I’d stick to calling it just a puzzle game, but alas, Power Grounds was borne out of something called the Seven Day Roguelike (7DRL) Challenge. The constraints on the creation of Power Grounds are very apparent (hence why I insist it’s more like a puzzle), but they result in a game that has such a laser-like focus on what it is supposed to be that it succeeds in being a very simple but very satisfying experience. Power Grounds takes some of the basic tenants of Roguelikes (randomization, permanent death, turn-based movement) and applies it onto a largely monochromatic grid. Players take control of a stick-wielding hero that is tasked with progressing through six rooms of enemies and obstacles – without dying – to beat the game. To do this successfully, players have to develop a strategy of movement as well as a strategy for unlocking the game’s power-ups. –Campbell Bird

Wind-Up Knight 2

 
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Wind-Up Knight 2, Robot Invader’s sequel to the game that put them on the map, is an auto-running platformer where players must jump, attack, roll, and use their shield to take out enemies and avoid hazards. This is not an endless runner, this is a platforming game where movement is automatic, and it’s freemium (with IAP to unlock the full game) versus an endless runner with consumable IAP so players should go in expecting something quite different from everything else that’s out there. The items that can be bought with the game’s coins (which can be bought with IAP as well) do provide help, but they’re not squarely necessary at all. –Carter Dotson

Breakfinity

 
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Offering that “just one more go” mentality, BREAKFINITY is a brick busting game in the vein of Arkanoid but with a difference. That difference being that it’s effectively endless. It’s a nice twist on the usual format. After all, how often does one ever complete an Arkanoid-style game, anyhow? Usually, it’s a classic example of enjoying the journey rather than seeking out the destination. Each level of BREAKFINITY is relatively quick to complete, mostly because the objective isn’t to clear all the bricks. Instead, it’s to create a gap and hit the top wall of the screen in order to progress to the next stage. Once that happens, the level changes around but the format stays the same. –Jennifer Allen

TapPainter

 
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Once upon a time, those who wanted to see whether a new color suited a particular room in the house were restricted to using paint samplers on their wall and being confined to having to redecorate at some point very soon to hide such things. That day has passed – kind of – with apps like TapPainter emerging to make the process much simpler. Admittedly, nothing is going to quite beat the tactile process of painting things on the actual wall, but TapPainter does a decent job of demonstrating what can be achieved. All the user needs to do is either import or take a photo directly of the room before getting to work. This is where, in the case of my rather lackluster iPad 2 camera, things get fuzzy. I found it a much smoother process to take a photo with my iPhone 5 before importing it that way, but mileage is going to vary here depending on what iPad users have. –Jennifer Allen

Space Pack from Mophie

 
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We’ve looked at other devices that allow for the expansion of available storage on iOS devices, but none have done so in such a elegant and portable way as the Mophie Space Pack. On the surface, the Space Pack looks like any other Mophie battery case. But on the inside are additional smarts and storage to keep up to 32GB of media. This is facilitated by a special app from Mophie called Space. –Jeff Scott

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Golfy Bird

 
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Okay, I admit it. I really didn’t want to have a go at Golfy Bird. I mean, it is from Noodlecake, yes, which is almost always a positive. Still, it sounds suspiciously like The App That Was Pulled that we deign not mention by name. Frankly, the clones that popped up were somewhat depressing, and I even winced at real birds for a spell. I was wrong. Golfy Bird is its own person, and it’s somebody that might be very easy to like, and even fall in love with. –Tre Lawrence

Mikey Hooks

 
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Mark my words… There might be a zillion RPGs, and countless board games, and twice as many hidden objects games… no matter the time frame, or the medium of gaming, there will always be a place for arcade action gaming. Always. Mikey Hooks, which comes to us via platform heavyweight Noodlecake Studios and BeaverTap Games, is just one of those games, and I admit that I had pretty much decided to like it at first glance. –Tre Lawrence

SideSwype

 
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Nice to meet you, SideSwype. The playing area is a 5×5 grid, with space for 25 squares of different colors. if filled all the way. The sparse white background is a great counterpoint that highlights the coloring of the squares, and the smooth animations are just what we’d expect from a game that uses gestures as the main form of movement and problem-solving. –Tre Lawrence

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer cautiously checked out Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile, took a stab at a Clash of Clans clan war, spent some ker-azy money in Crazy Taxi: City Rush, put together an epic guide to FTL, and checked out some games at Birmingham-based expo, Rezzed. It’s all right here.

Captain Bubblenaut Hits the Big Screen in a New Update

Posted by on April 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Captain Bubblenaut from indie developer Dean Tate is a fun arcade game featuring one-finger “slide the ground” controls. The goals of the game include eliminating all “erflings” and making your father “Admiral Pop” proud. The game features 30 achievements and Game Center leaderboards, more than 4 different terrains, charming music, and more.

Recently, Captain Bubblenaut received a humble update that brings the game to the larger screen of the iPad. Luckily, for you, the game is now universal meaning you don’t have to repurchase the game to play it on iPad. The update also includes support for iOS 6 and new menu music.

You can get Captain Bubblenaut on the App Store for $1.99.

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Lightroom Mobile Announced for iPad

Posted by on April 7th, 2014

Adobe today is announcing Lightroom Mobile for iPad. With an iPhone version planned for later in 2014.

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The app allows syncing of edits from the desktop version of Lightroom 5 to the iPad on selected groups of images. The service is free with any of a number of Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions.

What Lightroom Mobile is: Lightroom Mobile is a quick way to view and apply a select number of edits to a group of photos from a Lightroom catalog while away from a desktop. These images can be pre-synced to allow offline access, or accessed live. Even while away from the network Lightroom is running on.

What Lightroom Mobile is not: Lightroom Mobile is not a cloud photo service. It’s merely a way to sync photos and edits between desktop and iOS. These images can be manipulated on both ends and even displayed in low resolution on the web, if selected. But it is not a backup service, nor a large scale image sharing service. That is still left for other applications like Adobe’s own Revel.

Lightroom Mobile, like Lightroom desktop, does non-destructive edits to the images. Meaning the original is not altered, just a series of edits applied over the top of it. The original is always available.

Lightroom Mobile will also assist in moving camera roll images back to a Lightroom catalog. Users can create a new collection on the iOS device and choose to have camera roll images automatically added to it. This will cause the images to be synced back to the same collection on the Lightroom Desktop.

Lightroom Mobile is available free with the subscription to any of the following Creative Cloud plans:

• Creative Cloud—Photoshop Photography Program
• Creative Cloud complete plan
• Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition
• Creative Cloud for teams complete plan

We’ll have more about Lightroom Mobile as soon as we can get our hands on it.

via: Adobe Lightroom Mobile

Fantastical 2 for iPad is Now Available, Includes New Fantastical Dashboard

Posted by on April 2nd, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Fantastical 2 from Flexibits, known as the most fantastic calendar available for the iPhone, was this morning released in the larger iPad form-factor. The app ships with all of the calendar features you love from the iPhone version, including its seamless iOS reminders integration, the ability to open links in third-party browsers and apps, the ability quickly search through your events and reminders, and most importantly, its language parser that allows you to create events in plain English.

But the iPad version of Fantastical 2 features the new Fantastical Dashboard, which allows you multiple ways (such as DayTicker, week view, or full-screen week view) to view your events and reminders in a way that suits you best. And your Fantastical Dashboard can be switched between these different views with a simple gesture. Overall, this app is a great addition to the Fantastical family, leaving only the Mac version yet to be updated to the “2″ version number.

You can get Fantastical 2 for iPad on the App Store for $9.99.

WordCaster Review

WordCaster Review

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Test vocabulary in this dungeon-crawler by playing Boggle to cast spells.

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Action RPG KingsRoad has been doing pretty well for itself on Facebook, and now it’s on its way to the iPad.

In addition to the touch-centric interface and controls, it will also feature cross-platform play for a total of three different players. With drop-in, drop-out play no less. Weapon enchantment and socketing, guilds, in-game chat, and a constantly updated list of dungeons.

KingsRoad should be hitting the App Store early this summer for free. With no energy timers, either!

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Eets Munchies Review

Eets Munchies Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Eets Munchies is a puzzler that offers some entertainment, but won't set the world on fire.

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FridgePoems Gets iPad Support and More in Recent Update

Posted by on March 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Remember those little black and white magnets you would play with on the fridge as a kid? They were a blast for creating the wackiest of phrases, poems, and stories. But what if you could play with those magnets all the time with no need for a fridge? FridgePoems is a great app that lets you do just that, and it recently received a big update bringing it to version 1.3, which adds iPad support for even more magnet-making fun.

The update claims to make the “fridges bigger,” but they only mean big enough to support the larger screen of Apple’s iPad. Other features in this update include bug fixes and a bit of “polishing… here and there.”

You can get FridgePoems on the App Store for free.

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