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Centipede: Origins Goes Free, Adds iCloud, iOS 6, iPhone 5 Support

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on November 8th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: UNORIGINAL :: Read Review »

Centipede: Origins now has friend challenges, saved progress via iCloud, iPhone 5 support, and iOS 6 and Facebook integration. Oh, and it's now free. Woot!

- Now the levels' leaderboards are focused around your friends. Invite them via Facebook or GameCenter to see how you rank! Is your iOS 6 device linked in to Facebook? See all your contacts and Facebook friends right in the game.
- Win more coins by challenging another player! An awesome coin reward goes to the winner!
- Earn more coins by connecting with your Facebook profile.
- Now Centipede: Origins is integrated with iCloud. You are now able to save earned/bought currency and play on your iPad, and then load it from the iPhone or vice versa!
- For those with iPhone 5, we improved the resolution so you can slay some bugs in vivid detail!

Happy 40th Birthday Atari

Posted by Lisa Caplan on June 27th, 2012

It’s a tiny bit depressing that many of us here are older than Atari. Still as OG’s (original geeks) most of us equate the name with our and their glory years of gaming. Recently the former giant has been reinventing itself, having previously released their VCS catalog and a few arcade hits in a Greatest Hits package for iOS, and with more recent forays into the App Store like Circus Atari and Centipedes Origins. They are also winding up a contest for indie developers who took their original, maybe the original video game, PONG and remade it for iOS. The finalists have been announced and can be found here. The company turns 40 today and much of the recent flurry of activity is to celebrate the occasion.

The company was founded back in 1972 with PONG making their presense known to a new generation. Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Dig Dug, Paper Boy and dozens of other arcade games became quarter-gobblers through the 70’s and 80’s, while the Atari 2600 defined the home console market.

The company is using the big day to announce a new partnership with Zynga to make mobile titles, freemium games we presume. That’s a dubious partnership, but one that should be interesting to follow. They are also holding a big giveaway, “40 Giveaways in 4 Days” which is open to US residents only, with details on Atari’s Facebook page.

We wish Atari many happy returns of the day, and look forward to a new generation getting to know them on iOS. Check out the nostalgic trailer and peek in the gallery to see a cool infographic on Atari's history.

Centipede: Origins Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on June 26th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: UNORIGINAL
Centipede: Origins is a modern update of Atari's classic Centipede game, but it fails to do anything particularly inventive with the conceit.
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Five For Friday: Week Of June 22

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 22nd, 2012

There's a hefty focus on fun this week in our Five for Friday. We've got a cheerful selection with apps offering inspiration when it comes to travel destinations and meals out, to an interactive story for kids, arcade basketball and the return of an old classic. There's guaranteed to be something for everyone here.

Centipede: Origins
Atari has been updating many of its classic titles in recent months such as Breakout: Boost and Asteroids: Gunner. Latest to the selection is Centipede: Origins, updating classic arcade title Centipede with plenty of bug-blasting to be had. The title offers 3 upgradeable weapons with the same number of gadgets to use in order to stop the centipede onslaught. It should prove a highly entertaining reimagining.

Taking a vacation but not sure where to go? Be guided by Trippy, the app that shows off the splendour of many areas. Users can share their own experiences while checking out what friends and other visitors are exploring. Some beautiful sights are viewable here, all down to the imagery that others snap, as well as the ability to share opinions on the locations. Even if you're not travelling any time soon, take in some attractive views.

Rodman FT
Embracing the fun of flick mechanics, Rodman FT provides a 3D basketball free throw game connected to the one and only Dennis Rodman. Controls are simple with flicking and swiping dominant. The first level is free to play with others unlockable through in-app purchases so it'll prove an ideal distraction over the weekend. AirPlay connectivity and a special Augmented Reality level add to the experience.

Brave Interactive Comic
Recently released at the cinema, Brave is set to be a big hit amongst young adventurers and what better way of continuing such excitement than through the official app? The interactive comic gives fans the chance to relive the adventure of Merida as kids explore each of the 48 comic pages. Kids can get further involved through the drawing instructions within the app, which teach them how to draw their favorite characters from the movie.

It's not always easy to find somewhere tasty to dine out. While personal recommendations are the best source of inspiration, they're not always as simple to come by as you'd like. Dish.fm is a new app that offers a great way of crowd sourcing information and ideas by pulling together comments and constructive criticism on nearby restaurants as well as user photos and dish ratings. Users can liase with friends or strangers, hopefully getting a great cross section of views on an establishment.