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Doctor Who: Legacy receives big update, adds Perk System and more

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RUN OF THE MILL :: Read Review »

Tiny Rebel Games (with Seed Studio and the BBC) has just updated puzzle RPG Doctor Who: Legacy with new content and features.

Version 2.0 adds in content from Season 5 of the hit TV series, as well as a new mode, a Perk system, and new characters.

The Season 5 story arc, Rise of the Master, sees the most recent incarnation of the Master, as played by John Simm, continuing his chaos and destruction. It also introduces two older incarnations of the Master from classic Doctor Who, Roger Delgado (the First Master) and the burnt Master from The Deadly Assassin.

The Perk system unleashes an innovative system for customization, strategy and depth – players will unlock abilities as they collect and level up their collection of allies and as they progress through the game.

Four more incarnations of the Doctor join the game: the First Doctor (William Hartnell), the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and the War Doctor (John Hurt), bringing us to a total of ten Doctors now available for free in the game with more on the way.

Doctor Who: Legacy is available for free on the App Store.

Createrria Gets an Update that Adds Leaderboards, Parental Controls, and More

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GET CREATIVE! :: Read Review »

Createrria, the interesting app maker within an app from Incuvo, has just received a big update. The update adds leaderboards, parental controls, seasonal content, and more. From the developer's website:

Most important new features and changes are:
- Holiday content: Icon, splash, new avatar and new profile decorations
- New physics-based game mechanics: Pogo Bubble
- Possibility to easy showcase creations to other players
- High score leaderboards
- Parental Controls for online features and in-app purchases
- Many speed and stability improvements for older devices

Createrria, as noted, allows players to use the tools it provides to create and share platform games. We reviewed the game late last year; it is available for free on the App Store.

Expedia Updates its iPhone/iPod App, Adds in a Digital Media Lounge

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 14th, 2014

Expedia just updated its iPhone/iPod Touch app to add a digital hub called the Media Lounge.

The Media Lounge presents users hand-picked content meant to make travel easier and more enjoyable. It allows them to download premium content every month via iTunes - stuff like travel guides, wi-fi finders, and more. The first Media Lounge offering is Over, a photo-editing app (regularly $1.99) that enables travelers to personalize photos by adding text and artwork.

All this is in addition to the saving, booking, and itinerary tools already present in the app (which, outside the update, are also available to iPad users).

The Expedia app is available for free on the App Store.

Money Management App iBank Gets an Update that Adds Search Functionality - is on Sale for a Limited Time

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 8th, 2014
iPad App - Designed for iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FULLY FEATURED :: Read Review »

IGG Software, makers of mobile money management app iBank for iPad, has updated the app with some new features. Now users can search transactions by a specific account or globally, use new management categories, and enjoy auto-fill functionality.

To mark the update, iBank is going on sale for a limited time. From now through Thursday, April 10, you can grab it from the App Store for 50% off ($9.99).

ProCamera 7 Update Adds TIFF File Saving, Instagram Support, and More

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 8th, 2014
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: COMPREHENSIVE SNAPPING :: Read Review »

Cocologics has updated its ProCamera 7 app with several enhancements. From the update note:

One of our most feature packed updates to date with new TIFF file saving, Open-in functionality, high-res Instagram support and Shadows and Highlights correction tools.

With the new TIFF file format you can now save and edit maximum quality, truly lossless photographs in ProCamera. There are two TIFF formats available, uncompressed TIFF or TIFF LZW for smaller file sizes. You can change the file format in Settings > More > File Format.

Our new sharing functions make it even easier to get your photos online and in print. The Instagram SquarePrepare function now supports high-res exports - making your #ProCamera7 photos sharper than ever. The new Open In option lets you easily transfer photos between supporting editing and sharing apps. Open In supports TIFF functionality. We've also improved our DropBox compatibility and added Vimeo sharing. The new print option makes it possible for users to wirelessly print their photos at home or with print services that support the function.

We had an opportunity to review the app late last year; ProCamera 7 is available on the App Store for $4.99.

Ginger Labs Updates Note-Taking App Notability - Tweaks Note Review Process and Navigation Tool

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 7th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: NOTE-WORTHY :: Read Review »

Notability has received an update, adding in some usability improvements and more.

You can find specific details below, but the biggest changes include being able to link typing, drawing, photos, and handwriting to your recorded audio clips, as well as improved navigation tools that make scrolling through text and audio a lot easier.

We had an opportunity to review the app a while back; Notability is available (on sale currently) $2.99.

Everything that you add is now linked to your audio recording -- just tap play and watch your handwriting, typing, drawings, and photos come to life. This visually rich presentation of your note provides an awesome new way to review your notes or even to create lessons or instructional notes for students or colleagues.

The new navigation tool provides an easy and powerful way to review your notes. Scroll through your notes while preventing stray marks. Or follow along with your audio and tap anywhere to jump to a specific point in your recording.

Audio recordings can also be played back at several different speeds to help you speed up review. You can also quickly rewind 10 seconds to hear an important part of the recording again.

Also, you can now select a typed word and view a definition.

Transport Tycoon Receives Easter Update: Tweaks Soundtrack and Adds More Features

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 4th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ROUND :: Read Review »

31x Limited's management simulation game Transport Tycoon has just received an Easter update.

First up, the soundtrack has been remastered by the game's original composer, John Broomhall; the new music can be selected in the game options. Also, there are new levels with five new scenarios, revamped tutorials, new achievements (some of which are hidden), and bug fixes.

We had an opportunity to look at the game in the fall of last year, and liked it. Transport Tycoon is available on the App Store for $6.99.

Tiny Thief Update Adds New Episode with New Levels, Objects, and Characters

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 3rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STEALS THE SHOW :: Read Review »

Tiny Thief, the point-and-click game from 5 Ants, just got an update that adds in a whole new episode adventure. The new episode, titled "Bewitched," includes 5 new 'magic-filled' levels, 18 new objects to find, and 10 new characters. It can be unlocked for $1.99 via an in-app purchase.

We had an opportunity to review the game in last year, and we liked it. Tiny Thief is available for free (with optional in-app purchases) on the App Store.

Two Lives Left Updates Coding App Codea, Adds iOS7 Support and More

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 25th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Two Lives Left has updated Codea to version 2.0. The updated iteration brings in iOS stylings to the app; it now also features full 64-bit support, as well as more features that can be found in the extensive list below.

Assets

Codea now features a brand new unified asset system that supports sounds, music, images and more
• Music API for playing background music in popular formats
• Three fantastic new sound and music packs for you to use in your games — composed especially for Codea

Completely New Code Editor

• Intelligent autocomplete picks up all your variables, locals and nested types
• In-line errors show up live as you code
• Smart indentation and scope completion
• Most editor keys can be long-pressed for more options
• Support for multi-line comments
• Fix your code layout with the new Re-Indent feature

New Features

• Find and Replace: access via the search button on the keyboard
• Location API: access GPS data in Codea
• displayMode(OVERLAY): use this for a transparent sidebar in your projects
• Codea now uses double precision floating point
• Projects can be sorted by recently opened, or by name
• Z-level supported in setContext
• Bluetooth Keyboard Shortcut support (see Getting Started section for a full list)

Improvements

• Codea has lost weight: Codea 2.0 is 23 MB, compared with 36 MB for the old version
• Air Code respects your editor theme choice (light or dark)
• Shader Lab can bind arrays, and will tell you about failed bindings
• Shader compilation errors are printed as warnings in your projects
• Dark keyboard style for dark theme

Fixes

• Many, many fixes. Including the wrapped line issue in code editor

Codea is a unique code editor that allows user to create and tweak projects right on their OS devices. It incorporates several features to make the mobile experience enjoyable. It is available for $9.99 on the App Store.

Dead Trigger 2 Updated to Add New Features, Starter Packs Currently Half Price

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 25th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GOOD GETS BETTER :: Read Review »

Dead Trigger 2, the action packed undead dispatcher from MADFINGER Games, has just been updated to version 0.5.0.

The new version notably brings an arena mode, which hearkens to gladiatorial combat. Competing with others is encouraged, as is creating zombie-killing structures. Also, the leaderboards allow for direct comparisons, and there are new zombies and environments. Additionally, starter packs are now half off.

We had an opportunity to look at the game a while back, and enjoyed it.

Dead Trigger 2 is free-to-play on the App Store.

SolForge Updated to Include Major Expansion Called Rise of the Forgeborn

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FORGE YOUR DECK :: Read Review »

Stone Blade Entertainment has updated its iOS trading game SolForge. The expansion adds in new cards, changes to the tournament and store systems, and a new mechanism called card forging.

Stone Blade chief Jusin Gary says, "new content is the lifeblood of any successful collectible game. We’re excited for our players to experience our first large expansion set, and hope they all have as much fun playing with the new cards as we had making them!”

We reviewed the game in the Fall of last year, and mostly enjoyed it.

The updated version of SolForge is available on the App Store for free.

Gameloft Updates Despicable Me: Minion Rush with New Environments, Mini-Games, and More.

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: MOVIE MAGIC :: Read Review »

Gameloft has announced an update to its hit runner Despicable Me: Minion Rush.

The new update has some interesting stuff added. There is a new environment based on the movie Despicable Me 2 called the Anti-Villain League, a new-mini game, and a whole new costume to procure. There are also more challenges to with the the new local leaderboards, and a tweaked main menu.

We had a look at the game last summer and loved it. Despicable Me: Minion Rush is available for free on the App Store.