Earlier this year, Gameloft released Ice Age Village, a free-to-play social game based off of the popular Ice Age movie franchise. With the next movie in the series, Continental Drift about to release in theaters, a big update incorporating the movie has been released. Players’ islands have been set adrift on an iceberg, and they must ward off pirates as well, something I’m sure the creatures of the actual ice ages had to deal with. There’s 26 new quests featuring characters from the new movie, with new animals to raise, and new buildings to build like a volleyball court (wooly mammoths were known for their volleyball expertise). Play the game obsessively, reaching the max level? Then good news, the level cap has been raised to 60, and the maximum village size has doubled! Continental Drift doesn’t release until this Friday, June 13th, but the update for the game is available right now.
Those of us who have been paying attention know that Apple removed Google Maps from iOS 6, preferring an in-house solution for their native iOS Maps app. That also means that one of the best features of Maps, Google Street View, will soon be gone. What’s a Street View fan to do? Well, NAVIGON thinks you should purchase or update to their own navigation app on the iPhone.
The free 2.1 update will include Google Street View as well as NAVIGON Cockpit, among other things. They’re also available for reduced purchase until July 16th, so get cracking.
Google Street View helps users see what it looks like at their destination, and in NAVIGON, it’s the default view when they get near the final location. Without this feature in iOS 6 app, users will likely love its inclusion in NAVIGON.
Cockpit, available as a $5.99 in-app purchase, displays real time driving data like speed, level, gForce, and an adjustable speed and altitude graph. There’s also an off-road screen with a compass and altitude meter for those who like to travel off the beaten path.
NAVIGON 2.1 will also include a way for users to tap on a section of a planned route and block that section out, allowing the app to recalculate around the specified area, great for avoiding parts of town or freeways users don’t want to drive through for any number of reasons.
The new update also touts performance enhancements like start up time and map rendering response, including zooming and panning. New retina graphics are also included for the iPad version, including an optimized map manager interface.
For even more Independence Day fun, the North American NAVIGON apps and in-app purchases are on sale until July 16, 2012. Here’s a list of the prices and reductions.
The Main Apps on Sale:
NAVIGON USA - price returned to $39.99, was on sale for $29.99
One of the most popular blogging platforms out there, Tumblr has recently updated its iOS app.
Version 3.0 comes with all manners of new features, most notably a completely revamped and sleeker dashboard. Increasing compatibility with the iOS format, tap based functionality is improved and swiping through the composing interface has been introduced. It should all make for a much simpler app, ensuring users can blog content even faster than usual.
High resolution photo support is now included, proving particularly beneficial to those of us with the new iPad and iPhone 4S, although the app isn’t Universal just yet.
For those without a consistent internet connection or those currently abroad, offline support will be a great hit with users able to post new blogs, reblog content and comment on others’ work all while offline.
Spotify support and the ability to search tags is also supplied.
Lots of people have grown up on Worms, and plenty have come to love the little invertebrates thanks to their multiple re-releases on virtually every existing platform, but something’s been missing from Worms 2: Armageddon this whole time. It’s meant to be a multiplayer game through and through, but while the wealth of options has been nice (Bluetooth, Local Hotseat, WiFi) there was still one element needed to make it perfect for mobile – iOS or otherwise – gaming. Good thing Team17 is awesome.
Worms 2: Armageddon now features asynchronous multiplayer. Allow me to reiterate: Worms 2: Armageddon now features asynchronous multiplayer. This means that anyone anywhere can start, continue, or finish a game whenever they have a spare moment. No need to sit around waiting for the other person to make their move. No more forfeiting a game because someone has to walk the dog. Players can simply take their turn, then move on to something else. Perhaps another game of Worms.
The update is live now, so anyone who already owns it can jump on the App Store and start the download. Then enjoy up to 16 simultaneous games to be played at their leisure. Everyone else can download it for $0.99 and start priming those Holy Hand Grenades.
Connectrode is made by Shay Pierce, who at one time found himself working for OMGPOP, creators of Draw Something. He became famous for being the only employee of OMGPOP to not be part of Zynga’s buyout offer, because he would have lost control over Connectrode by joining Zynga, and for having blogged about doing so. According to Shay Pierce, the game actually saw a sizable sales increase because of it, selling “in the low thousands” after the blog post was published.
So, this Connectrode update is a thank you to the people who bought the game and supported him along the way. There’s a new endless game mode, Push Mode, that has new pieces come up from the bottom every 3 pieces or so. Connectrode is now universal, with support for the iPad Retina Display. Finally, the colors of all the pieces can be customized in order for colorblind people to enjoy the game. The free update is available now.
Gua-Le-Ni is not quite a normal game. In fact, it’s one of the few titles about taxonomy in existence. However, the fans of this odd bird of a game – literally, there’s some odd birds in this hybrid animal creator – can rejoice as there’s a new update for the iPad-only title.
Much like the game itself, the update has two distinct elements. One, there’s new animal parts to combine together. Want to make a Waldor, a half-walrus, half-condor creature in the game’s Fiction mode? Now you can! There’s also a new game mode, Poetry mode, which comes with various new illustrations to help tell a new story with the various chimeric creatures that Gua-Le-Ni conjures up. This mode is designed to be more relaxing in its pace than the Non-Fiction mode, with classical music and the verses of old sonnets to accompany the gameplay. The update is now available, and the game is on a temporary $0.99 sale for the month of June.
Fingle, the iPad’s most intimate and awkward game, has gotten a big new update to give those fingers more reasons to get up close and personal with each other. First off, the app now supports the iPad Retina Display. Enjoy entwined digits on a screen with unparalleled clarity, even if relationships may not be very clear after playing this. Two new level packs have been added. Get back into the era when we decided love wasn’t free any more, because somebody had to buy those mirror balls with the groovy new Disco levels. As well, there’s the new Confusion levels which have a new gameplay element: gray buttons that can be picked up and moved around by players. These level packs are free additions to the game. Haven’t gotten in on the touchy-feely action? Well, the game is on a temporary $0.99 sale. The game may cost money, but the awkward moments are priceless.
The End of Days draws nearer. But rather than dwell on the inevitable destruction of the world, the Pygmies have been given a bit of a reprieve. Bolt Creative’s newest update to their sandbox of death involves a Pygmies-only dance club. Being Pocket God it should come as no surprise that the club comes with its own set of unique perils. It’s not called Dance Dance Execution for nothing.
Players can pull a balloon down from the ceiling and give it to a pygmy who will promptly suck out the helium and start to ramble a-la David After Dentist. Silly as that might be, the real fun can be found on the dance floor. Dragging a pygmy onto it will begin a Dance Dance Revolution-style mini-game in which the proper arrows must be matched or a massive disco ball will drop down and crush the little semi-naked rug cutter.
An all-new Dance Pack (available for $0.99) rounds out the new stuff, and includes more dance moves for the pygmies. Dropping one of them into the hanging go-go cage will get them boogying to a number of tunes, including the Pocket God theme. Pocket God Episode 45: Dance Dance Execution is live and available to download right now. So Macarena on over to the App Store and get to it.
NASA launched their official iOS app back in 2009. A little over a week ago, NASA updated the app to NASA App 2.0. The update includes a major redesign from the 1.0 version of the app. Apart from the interface redesign, the update also included a news section, feature content section, and more.
A team at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California completely rebuilt NASA’s app with a faster and more intuitive interface. In addition, the team has added new features like weather forecasts in the spacecraft sighting section, maps and information about NASA visitor centers, and the ability to “favorite” items for later access or printing.
Jerry Colen, the NASA App project manager, commented on the new update,
“This is our first major redesign of the NASA App for iPhone since our initial release in 2009. We are really excited about this release and think users are going to love the new interface and features.”
Of course, the NASA App is free to download. Check it out and start browsing images, viewing mission information, and exploring the new update.
Escape From Age Of Monsters is already plenty of fun, as our review discussed last month, but it’s just about to get a whole lot more enjoyable.
The latest update to the beautiful endless runner is set to offer a whole bunch of a new features.
New “flyby” items will be available to unlock and thus upgrade. There’ll be a Coin Converter upgrade which changes all pop-ups to money bags for a set time, as well as a Bonus Collector, a Boost for ploughing through walls and a new Coin Multiplier.
As well as that, there are new extra lives to acquire, player-activated powerups to enjoy and even the chance to restore to life after defeat or profit from a headstart that skips the player past the first building.
For those talented players who can stay in turbo mode for long enough, there’s now Double Turbo that offers a 3x multiplier and, ultimately, Turbo Heaven giving players an impressive 5x multiplier.
Bsides all the new upgrades, there’ll also be new buildings to leap from and various tweaks and improvements.
Fruit Ninja is about to get its biggest update yet to celebrate its second anniversary on Thursday, May 24th. The key new element in the game appears to be that players will now be able to earn an in-game currency, called starfruit, that can be used to buy new powerups from new characters Gutsu and Truffles, introduced in the new trailer produced by People’s Republic of Animation. Powerups and new “super fruit” like berry blasts will be available to help players raise their high scores. New powerup peaches will add extra time to Arcade and Zen modes, making higher scores even possible. As well, a new bomb deflect powerup is available for skilled ninjas.
As well, in celebration of this new update and the 2-year anniversary of the game, Fruit Ninja is temporarily being given away for free from their Fruit Ninja Anniversary page, where a promo code for the iPhone/iPod touch version can be generated for a limited time. The update will arrive for both versions of the game this Thursday.
Epic Games and ChAIR Entertainment are putting out the second major update to Infinity Blade 2 this week. The new Vault of Tears update will bring new content to not just ClashMobs, but also to the main game mode. For the new singleplayer content, new areas and story elements have been added, which will help to dive into the past of protagonist Siris, and promises to unveil unknown secrets behind the universe of Infinity Blade.
There will be new enemies to fight while uncovering these secrets in these new areas, such as the Moss Golem, the Dark Fiend, and the ambiguously-named Acolyte. New items and gems are coming to the game, over 50 in all, including the new cardboard armor. A new treasure map feature will help with discovering those cleverly-placed hidden items in the levels. For ClashMob mode, Twitter and Facebook will be more deeply integrated, with likes and retweets contributing to the cause – which is slaying enemies, of course. The free update releases on Thursday, May 24th.
Whale Trail, ustwo’s stylish endless runner, is about to make another big PIVOT 180°™. The game is going to shift to a free to play model in the coming weeks. The game is going to be more akin to Jetpack Joyride or Temple Run than the pure score experience that it was previously. Now players earn an in-game currency called krill while playing, that can be spent on new costumes for Willow, along with powers and items for Willow to use, all in the name of higher scores. Of course, it will be possible to buy krill with in-app purchases as well.
For those who purchased the game in the past, and are potentially angry about that $0.99 game they bought shifting to free, well ustwo is hoping to soothe those fears by giving previous paid users a big bag of krill for their trouble. Just what I always wanted! Dr. Zoidberg should be excited too. ustwo are hoping that this update turns the game from a Succailure™ into a just plain success. The update is due to hit in the coming weeks.
Skylanders Cloud Patrol, the on-rails shooter based on Activision’s popular toys and games hybrid franchise, has recently gotten an update bringing new features.
Most importantly, more Skylanders have been added into the game. Warnado, Wham-Shell, Camo, and all of the Legendary Skylanders are now in the games, so our toy addict readers no longer need to fret about their favorite not being in the game. The web codes that come with each Skylander can still be used to unlock them right away in the game, to take advantage of their elements for daily bonuses, and because it’s just more satisfying using one’s favorite character to get a high score. Of course, they can still be unlocked via in-game credits, but that’s just not as cool as owning the actual figure, now is it?
The game has now been updated to support the new iPad, including supporting that Retina Display. The Skylanders will look practically real! Well, they kind of already are, but, now the digital versions will look practically real. I suppose. Sadly, despite having “Cloud” in the name, cloud-based saving has yet to be implemented. The free update to the game is available now.
Poker Pals, the asynchronous multiplayer poker/Scrabble hybrid released late last year, is about to be reborn. Better, faster, stronger than it was before.
The big new feature is the new Epic game mode. This takes place on an 11×11 game board, with two decks of cards coming into play. Jokers are no longer static corner cards in this mode; now they are actually playable cards that users can play. As well, 2x and 3x hand multiplier squares are available to make that great hand really sting.
On the technical side of things, the update will support the iPad Retina Display. Account creation and sign-in will be easier, with the ability to sign in via Twitter and Facebook along with email. Accounts will still synchronize across devices. It’ll be easier to plan out future moves while waiting for an opponent to make their move as well.
The update will be releasing in a few weeks, though we don’t have a date we can share yet. The iPhone/iPod touch version of the game is going to shift to a single free-to-play universal app, with the iPad version and both free versions of the game being removed from the App Store. However, all previous users, including those of the free version, will get free upgrades to the full version of the new app when they download it.
Knowing what’s going on in the world at large is certainly useful. Sometimes though, it’s more important to know what’s going on across the street instead of what’s going on across the globe. Recognizing that, the EveryBlock app seeks to fill that local news niche and with its the new update it is hoping to fill that niche even better.
The 2.0 update adds a host of new community features bringing the app more in line with the EveryBlockwebsite. Users can now more easily connect to their neighborhoods by choosing the specific locations they want their news to come from all the way down to the block level. Users can become citizen journalists and share breaking news and photos of events as they unfold. Using the app, users can also send questions to their neighbors or even just start a conversation in real time.
Be aware that currently EveryBlock is only available in the following 16 cities: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The updated EveryBlock app is available now for free on the App Store.
SEGA’s Super Monkey Ball franchise was just past its iOS popularity apex when they launched Super Monkey Ball 2: (Sakura Edition) in April 2010 as a universal game on the heels of the launch of the original iPad. The classic tilt-controlled platformer, however, sat untouched after that until last Christmas when it received it’s iOS 5 makeover. Now SEGA has updated the game again adding a new multiplayer option.
Players can compete against up to three friends via Game Center, each playing a different character: AiAi, MeeMee, Baby, or my favorite, GonGon. It’s a quick race to the finish line with the option to pick the level. Random matching is also available, but the wait can be over five minutes to find a single partner.
The new mode is welcome and may help revive Super Monkey Ball 2, but what doesn’t appear updated are the graphics. Here’s hoping for Retina display graphics in a new update soon.
When it comes to arcade-flavored games with tilt controls, iOS has gamers covered in spades. But before the floodgates opened up and tilt controlled games started rushing in, there was only one that truly mattered: Tilt To Live. This was one of the best received games of 2010 – so much so that it was an a nominee for our Best App Ever Awards that year. Simply put, it helped define what could be expected from tilty arcade games on the platform.
Since then, the game made its way to the iPad in form of Tilt To Live HD, which has recently been graced with an update that adds in full iPad retina support. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the game yet, it is completely free and well worth checking out, if for no other reason than the shiny new visuals. Give it a play through and let us know what you think in the comments below. Trust us, it will be well worth your time.
It seems like just yesterday that the Super Bowl had just wrapped up and we were still discussing what were the funniest commercials of the night. As hard as it may be to believe, that was almost three months ago. Though players won’t take the field for the next couple of months, this is actually the time of year when champions are made: Draft Season.
Now that the draft weekend is in the books, the NFL ’12 app has been updated with all of the draft knowledge you could possibly need to win those arguments that are bound to ensue around the water cooler. Every draft pick of every round has been analyzed by hand, to provide the hardcore fan with all of the information necessary to know what to expect next season.
Once again the NFL brings the passion of the sport to the audience that craves it.
The long-awaited Jetpack Joyride 1.3 update is here. We’ve been teasing it for months now, but now it’s finally available. Yes, the world can now finally use gadgets in order to help get higher scores. Hang out near the top too much? Use the Gravity Belt to help fall faster, though they may make it more difficult to stay up in the air. Want to travel farther at the end of a game? Then use Insta-Ball to bounce around in a ball after death. Really, really hate those scientists? Use Nerd Repellant to replace them with cobwebs and tumbleweeds. Want to make more money? Use the Gemology gadget to enable special gems worth extra coins that pop up in the coin formations. Certain gadget combinations have special names to them: Insta-Ball plus Gravity Belt equals Serious Bounce, for example.
The update also features a nice tweak for frequent users of the cloud save functionality, as the game now says when and from what device the cloud save is from, assuming that doesn’t match the current device’s save file. It’s a nice addition designed to make picking the more advanced save easier. The free update is available now.
There was something anomalous about the third generation iPad. It had that shiny new Retina Display, but Anomaly: Warzone Earth didn’t run at Retina resolution on there! Earth was ready to go to war over this cruel misdeed.
Well, fret no longer, earthlings! 11 bit Studios just released an update for Anomaly: Warzone Earth HD to make it compatible with the iPad Retina Display, thus correcting a situation that 11 bit Studios are quoted as saying is “not very good at all.” Yes, aliens can now be conspired against, and their towers properly offensed in stunning high resolution!
Now, one may think “So, the game has twice the resolution, that means the game’s going to be twice the price, right?” Wrong, rhetorical person! The game is now in fact much cheaper, as the price is now half off: $1.99 for the HD version which is universal, and $0.99 for the iPhone/iPod touch version. Did that version get anything new? No. Will saving an extra dollar fill that gaping hole caused by the lack of an iPad in one’s life? Possibly! The Retina Display update is available now.
Insanely popular physics-based puzzler Cut the Rope has received yet another update adding even more levels. It’s been a few months since the last update (December), but the game has been constantly releasing new levels and content since its release back in October of 2010.
With this release, Cut the Rope has added another “box” with 25 more levels to the already insane level count of 250. That puts the total levels up to 275 and total boxes to 11. This box has a DJ theme with vinyl records throughout. In addition to the extra levels added, a new Om Nom drawing has been hidden in the game for players to collect as well as a new leaderboard and achievements.
The game was released with 100 levels. The game has almost tripled in content since its release with no extra charge to players.
Only a month after its release, Rovio has released its first update to Angry Birds title, Angry Birds Space. This new update includes levels and Space Eagles for everyone!
The game now has ten new levels set on icy planets. In addition to the free new levels, all iOS players will be receiving free Space Eagles. These avians are a bit different from the Eagle in the previous Angry Birds games. Instead of destroying all pigs on a level, the Space Eagle creates a large explosion in a set area of a level. While still incredibly powerful, it doesn’t instantly finish a level for players. Now all updated iOS players will receive twenty of the mighty birds. Also, each daily login will grant one free Space Eagle for players.
Angry Birds Space puts a new spin on the popular phyiscs-based sling-shot game. The birds are now flinging themselves at pigs in a zero gravity atmosphere. These new, slow-motion puzzles with competing gravity from various planets puts a new spin on the familiar Angry Birds gameplay.
Released a little over a month ago, sequel to popular Square Enix game Chaos Rings, Chaos Rings II, has received its first major update. Most important of the added features include a higher level cap for both the player and dungeons.
The update, called “My Fang is All About the Magnum!,” increased the dungeon level cap from 100 to 200. So now players will have much more difficult dungeons to work through. To aid those players in defeating those tougher dungeons, the player level cap has been increased to 150. In addition to the increased level caps, the game has also released a hidden boss and unlocked a new P.U.B. side quest for players to tackle.
Another update, schedule for next month, is supposed to further increase the level cap for players, add more special quests, and release more hidden bosses. That update is titled “Give Earthly Desires the Boot!”
Chaos Rings II is a turn-based strategy RPG similar to other classic RPG titles from Square Enix like the prolific and popular Final Fantasy series.
Minecraft may be my favorite game of all time. I’ve played it on an almost daily basis since I was introduced to it a little over a year ago. I remember how excited I got when the piston update came out. So imagine my disappointment when Minecraft – Pocket Edition was released for iOS with a fraction of the features in the PC version of the game. Finally, developer Mojang’s most recent update to Minecraft – Pocket Edition has taken one step closer to making the iOS edition similar to the full edition with crafting.
Previously, one of the most important features of Minecraft, the ability to craft objects from material found in the game, was left out of Minecraft – Pocket Edition. Mojang has a tradition for taking game development slowly. It took the original Minecraft over a year of a completely playable beta for them to release what they called the 1.0 release. So it was no surprise that they planned to do the same with Minecraft – Pocket Edition. Crafting is part of Minecraft – Pocket Edition’s 0.3.0 update. Notice that they aren’t even calling Minecraft – Pocket Edition a 1.0 game yet. So in a way, Minecraft – Pocket Edition is still a beta.
Other features in the update include cows and chickens, damageable items, making resources harder to gather, and dropping items. I won’t be a true fan of the iOS version of Minecraft until it’s at par with the PC version and let’s me connect to multiplayer servers. But this update is a good start.
SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: Want your own copy of MotionX Sleep? The developers have given us a link that will send you a unique code to redeem for a FREE copy of the app. Simply click right here to enter. Offer available to US iTunes account holders only.
When I first took a look at MotionX Sleep, I was fairly impressed with all the sleep-monitoring app’s handy functionality. However, that was then. Now MotionX has added a laundry list of new features and tweaks, making it even more formidable in the world of iOS lifestyle software.
Along with a bunch of minor optimizations, a number of features have been directly improved thanks to customer feedback. MotionX Sleep now offers an “audible placement test” to make finding the best spot for the special pillow alarm much easier. The alarm itself has also had an interface tweak, making it easier to set. Sleep history and other statistics can be viewed in one, seven, or thirty-day summaries to give users better detail on their sleep habits. This info can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter as an effective way of convincing our mothers that we are, indeed, getting enough rest.
The Smart Sleep Cycle Alarm has also been improved by way of allowing users to adjust their wake-up window, including new sounds, and adding an optional vibration. Finally, the interface has been adjusted to make certain features easier to customize. The 24/7 Daily Step Counter can be turned on or off from the main menu, and undesired sleep recordings can be deleted straight out of the sleep log.
It’s the little improvements like these that go a long way. While MotionX Sleep was a worthwhile investment for health-conscious iOS users before, it’s even more useful now.
Insanely popular and recently Zynga-purchased game, Draw Something, has updated with many features that fans have been asking for since the app released back in February. Features to get excited about include Say Something!, Share Something!, and Save Something!
Say Something! allows players to comment on each other drawings. This adds a sort of chat system to the game that lets players tell them what they thought of each others drawings. Share Something! lets players share their favorite drawing to Facebook and Twitter for their friends’ amusement. Right after a drawing is finished, a Facebook and Twitter button becomes readily available for users to press and instantly share with their friends.
And Save Something!, probably the most desired feature from people I’ve talked to, gives users the ability to save drawings to the iOS device’s camera roll. In the same screen that displays the social networking sharing buttons, a save to device button is presented. It’s an easy way to save those special drawings players spent their valuable minutes on. Sharing options from the camera roll then become limitless.
Other features include Undo Something! and Refresh Something!, adding the ability to undo the last line and refresh game updates by pulling the list down. More updates are sure to come soon.
It’s been a long time coming. At least, it probably seems like a long time to all those disgruntled iOS users. Anyway, at long last, Plants vs. Zombies has gotten a major update that includes a number of features that many have been missing (i.e. taking issue with their absence). Read on for the nitty-gritty.
More mini-games are being added to the already robust list, including the Zombiquarium, Portal Combat and Beghouled Twist. Anyone unfamiliar with these mini-titles should know that they’re all interesting and fun in their own ways. Especially Beghouled Twist, with its hybrid of classic zombie-on-plant carnage and match-three puzzles. Of course, Portal Combat is interesting, too. The addition of reality-bending gateways that let plants fire across multiple rows (careful that the zombies don’t use them to get closer!) make for some cool overkill moments.
A new puzzle game has also been included in addition to I, Zombie (which itself has received an Endless Mode). Vase Breaker is now a particular favorite of mine as it takes the random “card” distribution used in many other extra modes and hides it underneath a grid of unmarked vases. Some may contain plants, some may contain zombies. Players have to play conservatively and smart if they’re going to have any chance of making it to the end. And yes dear iPad users, at long last the Zen Garden has also been included. Raising oddball plants like our PC counterparts is finally, blessedly, an option.
It’s not all mini-games, however. Popcap has also included support for several languages (Spanish, French, etc), as well as some new items in Crazy Dave’s shop and the expected Game Center achievements. Take note: some of the extra stuff such as bonus I, Zombie levels and the like are gated behind purchases via in-game coins. These coins are earned fairly regularly through simply playing the various modes so it’s not a big problem, but players should know that they won’t be able to jump right in to all the new stuff immediately. Worst case scenario; they get to sample the first level of a given mode or game type, then spend a few rounds of doing whatever to earn enough cash to unlock more stages.
Once this update goes live tomorrow (4/19), the iOS version of Plants vs. Zombies will finally be comparable to its PC counterpart. Both for the iPhone and the iPad. Rejoice, fellow iOS users! Rejoice and stop all the bellyaching!
Read It Later has a new app launching, and with it a brand new name: Pocket. What this brings is a brand new stylistic interface, one that aims to help users keep track of their favorite content across devices easier.
The new interface features a new view that integrates images and video previews to give a visual identity to items saved to the service. It’s also possible to switch to a simple list as well. Videos from services like Vimeo and YouTube can be called up in an HTML5 player directly in the app, instead of having to watch the video on the website itself. Filtering for just articles, images, and videos is available, and items can be tagged and filtered by these tags.
Pocket still works with old Read It Later accounts, and any app that integrated with Read It Later such as Tweetbot will find that the functionality still works the same as it did before the name change. Pocket is now completely free and ad-free for all platforms, eschewing the free/paid model the apps previously used.
Gameloft’s wave-based hack ‘n slash RPG Dungeon Hunter 3 has at-last gotten a much-requested feature: online multiplayer. The 1.1.1 update adds 4 player online play through their own Gameloft Live servers. The modes include a co-op mode, where players go on the game’s missions with three other players, helping to get higher ranks and collect better rewards from the levels. Player levels are viewable in the menu, so if some newbie jumps in with their level 1 in a level 40 game, then they can be kicked out like the noobs they are. As well, there’s a player vs. player mode where 4 players duke it out in an arena to see who the mightiest warrior is, clashing steel and casting spells until one is left standing. Deathmatch mode is only for bragging rights, there are no coins or treasure to be had for victory here. The update is available now, alongside some other bug fixes and tweaks.
A new visual redesign has made its way to Rhapsody, putting artists front and center on the new home screen. It’s always nice to have easier access to the music you listen to as it provides a simpler way to browse new releases, popular artists, and featured albums. You can also check out enhanced album [...]