Posted by Ellis Spice on November 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Bossa Studios has updated the completely realisticSurgeon Simulator, allowing iPhone and iPod Touch owners the chance to say ‘Shhhhh. I Doctor Now’ on their devices for the first time.
For those of you unaware of Bob and his many unfortunate surgeries, Surgeon Simulator challenges players to complete a variety of transplants – including heart, double kidney, and eyes – with control of your surgical instruments down to your nimble fingers. Being a physics-based game however, your fingers will likely end up being more clumsy than nimble, with flying objects and a dead patient usually being the end result.
Surgeon Simulator is available to download for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch now for $5.99.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 19th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Talisman, by Nomad Games, is a great way to play a classic board game – and now with the new update, iPhone users can also enjoy the adventure.
The update also includes a lot of upgrades and bug fixes, such as the addition of two new characters – the Black Witch and Apprentice Mage – and Nomad Games has improved the movement animation of all the pieces. They’ve also made it easier to create, join, and pause an online game so you can spend less time connecting and more time having fun.
You can download Talisman for $6.99 on the App Store.
The update also includes a lot of other upgrades, including the ability to change font sizes, switching between the mage’s spellbook and priest spells is easier, and of course some bug fixes. NPCs have been updated as well. Now if they are blinded they will roam around until they happen upon someone to attack. Also, Drizzt Do’Urden finally has his classic scimitars to closer represent his character in the Forgotten Realms book series.
There are plenty more improvements to explore in the game. You can check out Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for $9.99 on the App Store.
The Daily Quests provide players with an opportunity to gather extra coins and experience points for completing special tasks. The Spy Glass, meanwhile, is a premium power-up that gives players the chance to peek at what the other player has up their sleeve. Finally, the ability to choose a deck means players can find a decent deck in single-player, then use it in PvP battles.
Epic Arena is available to download for free from the App Store now.
The iPad version of the app supports many of the features users can already find on the iPhone, including the ability to create and complete iOS reminders, send ‘running late’ texts and e-mails, and check flight status, including the terminal and gate information.
Tempo Smart Calendar is available on the App Store now as a universal app and is free to download.
Posted by Ellis Spice on September 2nd, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Function Space is a social learning network for science, which prides itself on being a ‘one-stop solution’ for learning science on the web. The site features news, articles, and discussion, and now there’s an iOS app so users can do view all of it on the go.
The app allows users to have discussions with peer groups or experts on a particular subject and get real-time updates on those discussions. Users can also access the large library of articles and discussions already available on the site and stay in touch with developments in the scientific realm through the app’s news section.
Function Space is available to download for free from the App Store now.
Posted by Ellis Spice on August 29th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Announced back in July, Outplay Entertainment‘s tower defense title, Alien Creeps TD, has made its way onto the App Store. Featuring over 50 different towers and three different game modes to partake in, players will need to deploy their towers and troops properly in order to save the Earth from the hostile alien hordes.
Alien Creeps TD is available on the App Store now and is free to download.
Trapped in dream in a four-color world, you’ll need to fly the doves out of the mazes of your imagination while avoiding walls and a variety of traps. As the trailer below likely proves however, that’s unlikely to be very easy throughout the three level packs within.
8bit Doves is available on the App Store now for $2.99.
Posted by Ellis Spice on August 25th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Doggins, the adventure game from husband and wife team Brain&Brain that stars a terrier and a villainous monocled squirrel, was previously only available for iPad users.
That’ll change this Thursday however, with the app set to let iPhone users play when it becomes Universal. Alongside letting those with smaller devices play, the app will also get some minor fixes, a new icon, and a slightly refined final puzzle.
Doggins will become universal this Thursday, but is already available on the App Store for the iPad for $3.99.
Posted by Ellis Spice on August 25th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The second chapter of SkyGoblin‘s The Journey Down series has today arrived on the App Store. The Journey Down: Chapter Two continues the story of Bwana and co in St. Armando as they continue to look for his lost father. Along the way, whilst running from pirates and the law in the Underland, they’ll discover a dark conspiracy which shrouds the fate of Bwana’s father.
To celebrate the release of Chapter Two, The Journey Down: Chapter One is also available this week for the grand price of nothing, giving players a chance to play the first chapter before they play the second installment in the story.
The Journey Down: Chapter Two is available on the App Store now for $4.99, whilst Chapter One is currently free and will be for the rest of this week.
Posted by Ellis Spice on August 22nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Megapop has released a huge update for Trolls vs Vikings, adding over a hundred new dynamic levels, with the addition of Valhalla. Alongside this the game also features player levels, a new region to play in, and a new spell system.
The look of world map has also been overhauled, along with new graphics, tips, and music added throughout to improve the user experience. Shop items have also been made cheaper after feedback from players (including from our review), with the Normal mode tweaked to give a smoother experience and the Hard mode made slightly easier than before.
Trolls vs Vikings is available to download for free from the App Store now.
Posted by Ellis Spice on August 15th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Golem Arcana, the point-based army-building board game from Harebrained Schemes – and its accompanying app – are now both available. The app will allow users to connect to the game’s figures, board, and cards via a Bluetooth-powered stylus – with a tap on the pieces or the board from the stylus sending information to the app.
The board game challenges players to assemble an army and take on the enemy with their combination of attributes and special actions. The story behind everything begins with the rise and fall of the Great Khan, with the ensuring chaos causing tribes and clans to rise up and take back their sovereignty and empires to reclaim their lost territory and honor. Now the heirs of the Khan are battling to take control of the Gudanna Dominion.
The app manages all the math for the player, meaning players do not have to memorize a complex ruleset. The app will also download new scenarios and will tally the results of every game into the overall conflict, with major developments triggered by the collective results of the players.
The Golem Arcana app is available on the App Store now as a free download, and the board game is $79.99.
For the improved graphics, artwork adjustments have been made that allow the game to provide widescreen ‘retina’ graphics to devices that support it. If players wish to play in the original 4:3 ratio from before, that option has also been preserved for them.
Lunar Silver Star Story Touch is available on the App Store now for $6.99. No official date for the Version 2 update is available yet, but SoMaGa Inc has stated that it’s submitting the new build to Apple this month.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 12th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
MailDeck 2.0 by Crono, Inc. is a powerful email manager that organizes your Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, AOL, Outlook, Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, and other accounts in one easy to use app. It’s also now available for the iPhone as a universal app.
The app includes a search function with multiple filters to make finding your email easier, and allows users to search through attachments by account or file name. The conversation-like style of MailDeck lets users view links between messages based on a person, a file, a task, or message. For added security, all of the email and attachments receive 256-bit AES encryption.
“If you yearn for smarter email management and a more refined interface, definitely give MailDeck a try.” -Dave Johnson of CBS’s “MoneyWatch”.
Posted by Ellis Spice on July 24th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Previously, Bossa Studios’ and Mike Bithell’sThomas Was Alone was itself alone on iOS, being only available to iPad owners. That’s changes today, as the adventures of Thomas and his quadrilateral buddies is now available for iPhones (minimum 4, with 4S upwards recommended) and 5th generation iPod Touches due to the game becoming an universal app. To celebrate this, the game is also on sale, knocking 33% off the usual price for this weekend.
Thomas Was Alone is available now for $3.99, and will be until July 28, at which point the price will rise back up to $5.99.
Posted by Blake Grundman on May 29th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
After six long months of work behind the scenes, PDF Expert 5 developer Readdle is excited to announce that their previously iPad-exclusive application is now making the jump to iPhone. Better yet, the new iPhone version is just as powerful as it’s larger screened brethren, only at a fraction of the size. Best of all? The universal upgrade is a completely free for all existing PDF Expert 5 owners.
Aside from everything that already makes the application so great, the new update also includes a bevy of performance enhancements and new features such as the introduction of a continuous scroll mode and on-the-fly calculations for LiveCycle design forms.
PDF Expert 5 is available now as a Universal app for $9.99.
Frozen Synapse, a popular turn-based strategy game from renowned developer Mode 7, will become a universal app and arrive on the iPhone and iPod touch at some point later this year, according to a report from Pocket Tactics. You can get the game on the iPad right now, however, and that version has received a plethora of great reviews.
Notably, the game’s user interface is jam-packed on the PC version and it’s already clunky on the iPad; there’s just a lot of buttons and options that make the game work. It’s hard to imagine Mode 7 being able to fit all of the game’s buttons on such a small screen.
We’ll see how it works on a 4-inch (or 3.5-inch) screen when Frozen Synapse is released for the iPhone later this year.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 7th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cloud Spin has been updated to become a universal app; it is now available for iPhone and iPod Touch in addition to the iPad. Thus, the flying adventure featuring Lucky the rabbit is now playable on a whole lot more iOS devices.
When we had a look at the app in Fall 2013, we thought it was great, and this update definitely increases its attractiveness. The game has also been tweaked with improvements based on on user/reviewer feedback, including more music variety in Tournament mode. To mark this update, the app will be offered for 50% off for a limited time.
Cloud Spin is available on the App Store for $0.99 until March 13, when it returns to its regular price of $1.99.
Posted by Jeff Scott on February 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hop has created one of the most unique takes on email. Their iOS email client is a bit more like a messaging app than it is an email app. The update released today adds the two most requested new features, multiple account support and iPad support. Hop has also reduced response time in the app by beefing up their servers making the app even more speedy.
The multi-account support allows both individual inbox views and a unified inbox view. Customizations are available to make the email app fit they way users need to use it.
What makes Hop unique? As it turns out, tailoring the app to quick conversations, making it more message app like, speeds up usage. And that might be what mobile email should be. In speaking with co-founder Erez Pilosof, he noted that in their look into how people use Hop, they discovered that people act on many more emails, and do so quicker, using Hop over other email clients. The theory behind that is that the shorter messages lead to shorter, more casual responses, which lead to quicker conversations.
I also spoke to Mr. Pilosof about security. Since email security has become a bigger concern, especially so since Hop will have copies of users email on their server – a requirement for the service to work so quickly. He was quick to note that Hop takes security very seriously. Mr. Pilosof has past experience in security and they go above and beyond what other email clients do. Each message is individually encrypted with a unique key. Every single message. In addition, those keys are changed daily. This makes a mass breach of email almost impossible, at least on the Hop servers.
It’s been a bit of a long and bumpy road for Realmac Software after they released Clear+ on the App Store last year. First there was the issue with removing the original version to make way for the universal build, then there was confusion when they put the original back up and users weren’t sure which version they needed. However a plan is in motion to straighten all of this out once and for all.
The details can be found on Realmac’s website, but the gist of it is that they’re going to cut it back to one single universal app – making the original Clear iPad compatible. Current users won’t need to do anything as this will just roll out as a regular update. For users looking to switch over without having to pay for the change, Realmac will be dropping the app’s price to free for a couple of days over the coming weeks. If you’d like to be notified of when you can jump in and grab your free “upgrade” (of a sort), you can sign up to receive an email notification at the bottom of this page.
Posted by Rob Rich on February 14th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Get those fingertips ready, would-be musicians, Fingertip Maestro has gone from iPad-only to universal. Now you can create a bunch of colorful melodies with a few taps, or just mess around on both your iPad and your iPhone.
Fingertip Maestro is available for free, with various in-app purchases for additional sound packs.