Puzzle platformer To-Fu Fury is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2015

To-Fu Fury from Amazon Game Studios, regularly $1.99, is available at no charge until next Thursday as Apple’s new Free App of the Week via the App Store’s weekly promotion.

Released in July 2015, this puzzle platformer challenges you to save the Fortune Kitty playing as To-Fu, a stretchy, sticky, flingy and combative cube of bean-curd. Expect a lot of puzzle solving and physics-based action in this game. Read More


Lara Croft GO gets its first expansion

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2015

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Square Enix’s Lara Croft GO for iOS has received its first expansion pack following the game’s August 2015 debut in the App Store. Titled “The Shard of Life” and available at no charge to those who have purchased the game, the update packs in more than two-dozen additional levels and a bunch of new monsters to defeat, costumes to unlock and gemstones and artifacts to discover. Read More


Gorgeous platformer Leo’s Fortune hits the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Leo’s Fortune, a gorgeous action platformer with beautiful artwork that debuted on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in April of 2014, is now available on the Mac.

A $6.99 download from the Mac App Store, this premium title is free of advertisements and In-App Purchases. Leo’s Fortune has won numerous awards and is one of the best platform games available on any platform.

Our own Lory Gill called it arguably the most gorgeous iOS platformer she has played in a while, writing in her review that fans of platform games should pick up Leo’s Fortune in a heartbeat. Read More


Review: collect resources, terraform new worlds and survive in space in Last Horizon

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2015

As an avid stargazer who’s been dreaming about space travel for ages and a sucker for minimalist games, Last Horizon immediately piqued my interest.

In fact, Last Horizon was an instant purchase for me and I never regretted dropping $2.99 on this space survival and exploration title from Pixeljam. Last Horizon puts you in the shoes of a pilot of a lone spacecraft.

Your oxygen and fuel supplies are limited and your goal is a simple one: you must travel the space and seek out new worlds to inhabit. You’re going to encounter a range of varied planets along the way and harvest their resources.

Some planets hold terraforming resources you need to create a beautiful, harmonious new planet for yourself. Others only provide oxygen and ore to repair your ship. Read More


Holiday shutdown: don’t expect new apps or updates between December 22-29

By Cody Lee on Nov 20, 2015

Apple on Friday announced to developers that it will be performing its annual iTunes Connect shutdown for the holidays next month. The company posted the bulletin on its developer portal this afternoon, saying that it will not be accepting new app or update submissions beginning on December 22 through the 29th. Read More


Beat Sports review: turn your Apple TV into a Wii, sort of

By Lory Gil on Nov 20, 2015

With the fourth-generation Apple TV now available, we are getting a glimpse at the types of apps and games that are being developed for our living room. One surprising addition to the gaming world comes from Harmonix (creators of Guitar Hero and Rock Band).

Beat Sports is a rhythm-based sports game. Players use their Siri Remote control as a sort of Wii style motion-based remote to swing away at oncoming balls. We’ve got a full game review of Beat Sports for your reading enjoyment. Read More


Memory Palace will put your concentration and memory to the test

By Lory Gil on Nov 17, 2015

We are constantly consuming all manner of information, media, and entertainment. It goes into our brains, and much of it ends up in our subconscious. The more we cram into our heads, the harder it becomes to remember everything we’ve learned.

Memory Palace Game is a memory game that makes you remember illustrations in a specific order. If you correctly list the objects, you’ll unlock a larger palace, and possibly unlock a larger area in your memory. Read More


The Room Three review: same great puzzle solving, but with more room to move

By Lory Gil on Nov 16, 2015

Fireproof Games has made a name for itself on iOS with one series of games. The Room won Apple’s Game of the Year in 2012. The sequel, The Room Two, came out in late 2013 and transported players to a new location with plenty of new and intricate puzzles. It was also named as one of Apples Best Of games in 2013.

The Room Three is already proving to be of the same stellar quality as its predecessors. After two similar titles, will players get tired of the same thing again? We have a full game review of The Room Three for you today. Read More


App Store search results are now smarter and more relevant

By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2015

Apple has been working hard in recent weeks to make App Store search results smarter and more relevant, reports TechCrunch. The outlet points to comments from high profile app developers, who began noticing changes to the search results earlier this month and a major algorithm update on November 12.

“I just searched Twitter on the App Store and Instagram is gone,” Contrast’s David Barnard pointed out on Twitter. “Tweetbot is #4, Twitterrific #5, and more relevant results overall.” Tapbots developer Paul Haddad also spotted the change, noting that the change has had a significant impact on his app searches. Read More


Mavenfall uses 3D Touch for deeper gameplay

By Lory Gil on Nov 11, 2015

With battle card games like Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon TCG dominating the market, it seems impossible for new titles to make a splash with card gamers. Mavenfall stands out from the pack with a few special features that are unique in the card game world, at least for now. Taking advantage of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus 3D Touch, Mavenfall lets players go deeper into the battle. Read More


Console-grade hack’n’ slasher Implosion – Never Lose Hope is IGN’s Free Game of the Month

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2015

Implosion – Never Lose Hope by Rayark Inc. has gone free via IGN’s ongoing Free Game of the Month promotion.

This triple-A hack and slasher promises to bring console-grade gaming experience to your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The download can be redeemed at no charge through IGN, by following our instructions.

Released in April 2015, Implosion retails for $9.99 and has never gone free in the App Store so you’re looking at a significant saving if you’re into these kinds of games. The game holds a rating of four and a half stars based on nearly 900 App Store reviews. Read on for the instructions on redeeming your free copy. Read More


Apple announces Tech Talks tour for Apple TV developers

By Cody Lee on Nov 10, 2015

Following the posting of a new tvOS beta, Apple on Tuesday announced that it is taking to the road next month to help developers take full advantage of the new Apple TV. Beginning December 7, the company plans to hold TV Tech Talks in 10 cites around the globe.

During these events, developers will get in-depth technical information on building and designing for tvOS, learn refined coding techniques, and obtain valuable instruction from experts. Seating is limited, so those interested will have to register for a chance to attend. Read More


Lumino City review: a puzzle adventure that’s as good as it looks

By Lory Gil on Nov 8, 2015

Puzzle adventure games are a dime a dozen, but that doesn’t mean they are all good (or all bad, for that matter). Finding the right mix of complexity and innovation, combined with proper elements of visual aesthetic, is not that easy.

Lumino City has found the right mix. Not only is it visually pleasing (read below to find out more about that), but the puzzles are also unique and complex, without being so difficult that you lose interest. We’ve got a full game review of Lumino City for you today. Read More


How to play MAME arcade games on Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2015

Along with being able to play classic Nintendo and Sega games on your Apple TV, you can also play classic arcade titles. Doing so is made possible by a port of MAME, which stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. Unfortunately there isn’t yet a GitHub page setup for the MAME tvOS port, but the same developer that created the MAME emulator that we showed you a while back has made the full Xcode project available for download. Read More


Alien: Isolation – The Collection swarms its way into Mac App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

In addition to releasing Tomb Raider: Anniversary in the Mac App Store this morning, Mac gaming specialist Feral Interactive also unleashed another premium title in the store, Alien: Isolation – The Collection, a survival horror game set fifteen years after Alien.

This gigantic 20.89-gigabyte download packs in all previously released downloadable content, including two stand-alone missions set aboard the Nostromo and five mission packs adding new maps, playable characters and challenges to the Survivor and Salvage modes. Read More


Tomb Raider: Anniversary hits Mac App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

Tomb Raider: Anniversary, the grand reimagining of the original 1996 Tomb Raider video game for the new audience, is now available on the Mac as a $9.99 download in the Mac App Store. Created by Feral Interactive and Square Enix, the game retraces Lara Croft’s original adventure in pursuit of the legendary Scion artifact.

Tomb Raider: Anniversary is powered by an enhanced graphics engine, dubbed Tomb Raider: Legend, with enhanced physics and animations delivering a fluid experience and bringing life to the game’s massive environments on your Mac. Read More


Rayman Fiesta Run for iPhone and iPad slashed to $0 in Apple’s Free App of the Week promo

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2015

Since its November 2013 debut, Ubisoft’s Rayman Fiesta Run has only gone free briefly through an in-app promotion within the Expedia app.

That’s why Apple’s editorial team has decided it was high time to permit everyone to download this game to their devices at no charge, so they’ve made Rayman Fiesta Run free until next Thursday.

This marks the first time the fast-paced platformer has been slashed to zero bucks in the App Store. Taking cues from Rayman Jungle Run, Rayman Fiesta Run has you jumping, flying, punching, running up the walls and more in the wacky new Fiesta world. Read More


The Room Three hits the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2015

Following the success developer Fireproof Games has seen with The Room and The Room Two, it’s now posted the third installment in the series to the App Store. Following the established naming convention, the game is aptly titled The Room Three and priced at $4.99 a pop.

For those who haven’t played Fireproof’s BAFTA award winning Room games yet, the physics-based puzzle series challenges you to navigate the trials devices located on a deserted island by rotating, zooming and examining dozens of artifacts in order to discover their hidden secrets. Read More


Activision Blizzard is buying Candy Crush Saga maker King Digital for $5.9 billion

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2015

Renowned games publisher Activision Blizzard is purchasing King Digital, the maker of the popular Candy Crush Saga videogame series, in a transaction valued at a whooping $5.9 billion, the two companies announced Tuesday.

Activision, best-known for the World of Warcraft, Diablo and Call of Duty videogame series, said ABS Partners, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, will acquire all of the outstanding shares of King for $18 in cash per share, for a total equity value of $5.9 billion. Read More


tvOS App Store is conveniently flagging gamepad-enabled apps

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 2, 2015

Unlike the regular App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad application, a brand new tvOS App Store for Apple’s latest fourth-generation Apple TV makes it easy to distinguish at-a-glance between games that offer support for ‘Made for iOS’ (MFi) gamepads and game controllers and those that don’t.

As first observed by AppleInsider over the weekend, not only does the device’s App Store storefront app clearly states whether or not a game supports dedicated MFi game controllers, but compatible controllers can be used to navigate across the entirety of tvOS. Read More

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