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Got the New iPad? Here Are Ten Games Updated to Support It.

Posted by Carter Dotson on March 17th, 2012

Just bought a new iPad? Congratulations. Sure, tweets may come in clearer than ever, and videos at 1080p quality, but what's the real way to show off that beautiful new 2048x1536 screen? With games, of course! And how about some online games to take advantage of the LTE option available? Yes, please! Here's ten titles that show off just how crisp the new iPad's Retina Display looks.

Mass Effect: Infiltrator: This Mass Effect spinoff, developed by Iron Monkey Studios (Dead Space for iOS), has just been updated with iPad Retina Display support. It's now pushing over three times the pixels as the console Mass Effect 3. Our own Rob Rich called it "the best cover shooter on the App Store," which makes it a great and stunning way to rebound from the polarizing ending of the console game.

Order & Chaos Online: Gameloft's World of Warcraft-alike has been updated to support the new iPad. That's right, now it's possible to fight for the forces of order or the warriors of chaos on a screen resolution higher than many monitors playing WoW, from anywhere on earth thanks to LTE speed.

Real Racing 2 HD: This was one of the first games to support 1080p output from the iPad 2's HDMI port. A lesser person would have been satisfied with this high amount of definition. For those unsatisfied snobs, now Firemint's racing game supports the new iPad's Retina Display. If this isn't defined highly enough, perhaps it's time to start racing for real.

Touchgrind BMX: Illusion Labs' Retina Display support is no illusion, as their multitouch stunt biking game has full support for the new iPad. Show off fantastic tricks at fantastic display. Skateboarding is still not a crime, but the original Touchgrind has not yet been updated for the new iPad.

Monsters Ate My Condo: Enough of the three-dimensional games. This frantic, fast-paced puzzler from PikPok and Adult Swim Games now has iPad Retina Display support. Feeding delicious condos to giant monsters has never looked better. This is probably the only game to involve feeding condos to monsters, but it's still gonna look really good on the new iPad.

Infinity Blade 2: When Apple's announced a shiny new Retina Display product, Infinity Blade has been there. While the new entry shown at the new iPad press conference, Infinity Blade Dungeons, is not available yet, the latest entry in the series now has shinier graphics in anticipation of its new content.

Galaxy on Fire 2 HD: While the galaxy is not literally on fire, because there's no air, Fishlabs' space warfare series is looking better than ever on the new iPad. This version of the game was designed to take advantage of the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S when it came out, and it's ready to handle the latest and greatest iPad and its Retina Display.

Flight Control Rocket: That was fast. Right after the release of this new entry in Firemint's legendary path management series, it got an update to support the Retina Display. So, for those who bought the game on Thursday, fearing that they would have to worry about the game looking ugly on their new iPad? Their worst fears have gone unrealized!

Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy: How could I leave off the game that Apple themselves used to show off the new iPad? Battle friends online in absurd resolution, and at absurd speed anywhere thanks to the LTE connectivity on the cellular models.

Diamond Dash: This colorful, fast-paced puzzle game has gotten an update for the Retina Display. Not only is it possible to play against Facebook friends, it's possible to play against them at a higher resolution and pixel density than they are! Unless they get the new iPad too. At that point, all bets are off.

8th Annual IMGA Award Winners Unveiled

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on March 2nd, 2012

Today at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona the the winners of the 8th Annual International Mobile Games Awards were announced. These apps represent the cream of the crop from every corner of the globe, so rest assured that when you download these you're getting only the best of the best. Also, 148Apps has a special connection to the awards as our owner, the ruggedly handsome Jeff Scott, is a member of the judges panel (hi boss!). So without further ado, here are your winners.

Best Casual Game

Best mobile social game
Charadium 2

Best Real World Game
Meatspace Invasion (France iTunes Store only)
C4M and Mekensleep

Best Sports Game
Touchgrind BMX

Excellence in Gameplay
Infinity Blade 2

Most Innovative Game
Superbrothers : Sword and Sworcery EP

Grand Prix (Best Overall)
Infinity Blade 2

People's choice
Flick Tennis: College Wars
Rolocule Games

Contre jour
Mokus Games

Illusion Labs Announces Touchgrind Sequel, "Touchgrind BMX," for Spring 2011

Posted by Bonnie Eisenman on March 21st, 2011

Touchgrind, a skateboarding (or "fingerboarding") game that beautifully demonstrated the power of multitouch, debuted in the early days of the App Store. At the time (all the way back in 2008!) we called it a "great game with a finger controlled board and fantastic and innovative physics and control." Since Touchgrind, Illusion Labs hasn't released too many titles, but they've all been of extraordinarily high quality; Touchgrind, Labyrinth 2, and Sway all won "Editor's Choice" designations from us. So, then, it's with great excitement that we view a new trailer from Illusion Labs. It looks like Touchgrind is finally getting a sequel!

The trailer doesn't contain too much information, but it's tantalizing nonetheless. The sequel will be called Touchgrind BMX, and instead of a miniature skateboard, players will control BMX bikes, though of course the focus will still be on performing finger-twisting tricks. Touchgrind BMX is scheduled to hit later this spring.

From the video, we can see that the game retains the gorgeous graphics that have become Illusion Labs' signature. Additionally, players will have separate control of the front and back of the bike at the very least—unsurprising, considering that Touchgrind BMX is being billed as "the world's first true multitouch BMX game." The video shows off a number of tricks, with the promise of being able to post replay videos to YouTube for your friends to gush over. We can also see a variety of bikes and locales. As the description boasts, "Your skill and imagination are the only limits to unlock bikes and locations all over the world."

I think "teaser" is definitely the appropriate title for this trailer. Still, it's got us pumped. Touchgrind was hugely fun thanks to its fantastic controls and physics, and Touchgrind BMX looks like it'll expand upon those strengths. "Spring" is just about here, so we should be able to see how well Touchgrind BMX carries on its predecessor's legacy soon enough!