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Golem Arcana Board Game and Accompanying App Available 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.

Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch Update Will Improve Artwork and Add Controller Support Very Soon

Posted by Ellis Spice on August 15th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SILVER STAR :: Read Review »

SoMaGa Inc will finally be releasing the long-awaited 'Version 2' update for Lunar Silver Star Story Touch in the near future - and adding iOS7 controller support and refined graphics as well.

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.

MailDeck Gets a 2.0 Update and Goes Universal

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 12th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: IDEAL EMAIL MANAGEMENT :: Read Review »

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”.

MailDeck is available for free on the App Store.

Thomas Was Alone Goes Universal, Slashes Price to $3.99

Posted by Ellis Spice on July 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: THOMAS WAS EXCELLENT :: Read Review »

Previously, Bossa Studios' and Mike Bithell's Thomas 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.

PDF Expert 5 is Now a Universal App - has Also Been Updated with a Few More Features

Posted by Blake Grundman on May 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NEW AND IMPROVED :: Read Review »

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.

Power Grounds Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ROGUE PUZZLER
This tightly focused roguelike challenges players to choose their powers carefully if they want to survive through six of its randomized rooms.
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Hit Game Frozen Synapse Coming to iPhone Later This Year

Posted by Stephen Hall on April 9th, 2014
iPad App - Designed for iPad only
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A GOOD DUST-UP :: Read Review »

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.

Colourfill Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on April 9th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: CHALLENGING
A retro color-matching arcade game where players must capture enemies by filling the screen with the appropriate colors before time runs out completely.
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PZL Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on April 3rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MAZE MEETS RUBIK’S CUBE
Maze meets Rubik's Cube in this 3D puzzler where the objective is to climb through 10 challenging levels to get the highest score.
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Nerdy Workout Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on March 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HILARIOUS
Help a nerd bulk up his biceps all while avoiding the flying monsters that want to eat his beefy arms.
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GERMONSTER: Germ Monster Saga Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on March 19th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: GROOVY GERMS
GERMONSTER is a basic match-three puzzler that requires players to line up identical germs vertically and horizontally to send them back to the lab.
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Cloud Spin Updates to a Universal App, Celebrates by Going Half-Off for Limited Time

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 7th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FLYING DELIGHT :: Read Review »

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.

Tiny Goalie Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on February 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SIMPLE YET CHALLENGING
Save all the soccer balls and avoid dangerous flying red water bottles in this easy to learn but hard to master game.
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Hop Email App Updated - Now Universal, Adds Multiple Account Support

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.

Stubies Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on February 18th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CHARMING
An adorable and chaotic puzzler where the goal is to clear the screen by matching block-headed creatures together without letting them fall off the platforms.
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