Preregistration for Nintendo’s Miitomo smartphone app begins Feb 17

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Nintendo’s first official smartphone-only title will launch in March for both the iOS and Android platforms, but the Japanese gaming company announced on Wednesday it will let users preregister for the app starting February 17th so they’re ready to go when the app officially launches. Read More


Rototo: a challenging space survival game, now free in the App Store

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Are you looking for a fun new App Store game to install on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to entertain your inner gamer? Look no further than Rototo: Space Survival, which is survival game where you actively defend yourself from incoming threats using a rotating shield.

Rototo is normally $1.99, but it’s currently free in the App Store for an unknown period of time, and we’d recommend taking advantage of that awesome deal! Read More


Nintendo: company’s second mobile game will focus on a “familiar” character

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 2, 2016

Following the continued decline in popularity of Nintendo’s game consoles and portable gaming systems, the Japan-based game maker has been forced to make the tough financial decision of developing for smartphones and tablets despite never wanting to in the first place.

Nintendo plans to have at least five mobile games available for such devices by March of 2017 as a part of its collaboration with DeNA, and now details regarding Nintendo’s intentions for a second mobile game have surfaced. Read More


Ubisoft confirms action RPG Assassin’s Creed — Identity is launching on February 25

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2016

Following its soft-launch on the App Store in Australia and New Zealand in September 2014, action RPG Assassin’s Creed — Identity will be finally launching worldwide on February 25, French games maker Ubisoft confirmed yesterday on Twitter.

Filed as the first Assassin’s Creed action RPG game for mobile devices, Identity features open sandbox levels and lets you create, evolve and customize your own assassins and play them in the iconic Renaissance Italy setting. Read More


Daily Deals: UE Bluetooth speaker, JayBird earbuds, Fire TV Stick and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 1, 2016

Hello! Welcome to iDB’s new exploratory ‘Daily Deals’ post. Here you will find a roundup of some of our favorite deals of the day on tech and tech-related products such as smartphones, tablets, accessories, connected devices, and even video games and consoles.

This is an experiment of sorts, born out of our love for tech and discounts. So we’re going to do a little trial run, and see how it goes. If it turns out to be something readers are interested in, we’ll add more products from more websites, and make this a daily thing. Read More


Whimsical jetpack-flying game Piloteer selected as Apple’s Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2016

Apple’s editors have cherry-picked the Piloteer game as its new Free App of the Week on the App Store, meaning you can now download this $1.99 title at no charge until next Thursday. Created by Fixpoint Productions and released on the App Store in June of 2015, Piloteer has an average rating of four stars based on more than 155 reviews.

In this physics-based game, a renowned inventor is determined to overcome the stigma associated with flying a jetpack and convince the world that jetpacks should be revered by all. It sounds easier said than done, however. Read More


MarcoPolo Ocean goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion in iTunes, and this week’s selection is MarcoPolo Ocean. This means that the game, which is highly rated in the kids-education-puzzler category, is going to be free from now through next Thursday—a handsome savings of $3.

The concept of MarcoPolo Ocean is pretty simple. It’s a digital sandbox of sorts, where kids are encouraged to do things like explore the deep sea, build a coral reef, and much more. Plus, its animations and playful narration help reinforce vocabulary, ocean concepts and other attributes. Read More


Exploding Kittens comes to iOS, local multiplayer only

By Lory Gil on Jan 21, 2016

You may recall that, one year ago, an independent game maker made the news by breaking the record for being the most funded campaign on Kickstarter. That game was Exploding Kittens.

Today, the company has launched an iOS version of Exploding Kittens so you can play with friends in the same room as you, without being tethered to the Internet. There is one caveat, though. You can only play with friends when they are in the same room. Read More


LONEWOLF review: become a paid assassin with a secret mission

By Lory Gil on Jan 21, 2016

I love sniper games. One of my biggest complaints with first-person shooters like Call of Duty is that you rarely get the chance to simply hide in the bushes and shoot people at your leisure.

With LONEWOLF, it is all sniping and very little return fire. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t an intense game with plenty of action. Check out my game review of LONEWOLF for more information. Read More


Undead Clicker! is an idle RPG that works while you are away

By Lory Gil on Jan 19, 2016

If you enjoy role-playing games as much as I do, you probably also know how difficult it can be to find time to play them. The good ones will suck you in for hours. Even the mediocre ones will keep you busy for longer than you’d expect.

Undead Clicker! is an RPG that you don’t even have to lift a finger to play. Although, lifting and tapping that finger will help you earn more loot and hire more heroes to help you defeat that dangerous dragon boss. Read More


Rust Bucket review: a pig-tastic roguelike puzzler

By Lory Gil on Jan 18, 2016

For the most part, I try to steer clear of free-to-play games. Sometimes, they turn out to be worth my time, but a lot of them are an obvious money grab that I don’t appreciate.

So, when Rust Bucket came into my sights, it didn’t make a good first impression. However, after having spent some time in the pork belly of this underworld (it’s a pun you will understand later in this review), I’ve got a different impression, to say the least. Checkout my game review of Rust Bucket below. Read More


Text-based adventure Lifeline is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 14, 2016

Lifeline, the first in a series of groundbreaking text adventures from developer 3 Minute Games, is as of today listed as Apple’s new free app of the week in the App Store. The 99-cent game is available at no charge to everyone until next Thursday.

Lifeline, which made its App Store debut in April of 2015, is completely text-based but don’t let that put you off, the game is actually fun and addictive—especially if you own an Apple Watch. Read More


IGN names minimalist text-based title A Dark Room its new Free Game of the Month

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2016

IGN has named independent developer Amirali Rajan’s chart-topping atmospheric adventure title A Dark Room its new Game of the Month, meaning you can download it at no charge for a limited time. The game currently retails in the App Store for 99 cents.

A minimalist text-based game, A Dark Room has some role-playing game elements and invites players to “come light the fire and escape into a world you’ll never forget”. Read More


The uber–challenging Super Hexagon is Apple’s Free App of the Week

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 8, 2016

Super Hexagon is one of my favorite iOS games of all time. Its controls are perfect for touch screens, its learning curve is simple, and its challenge is legendary. Terry Cavanagh’s creation is so good that I was actually inspired to make a video just to talk about Super Hexagon–something I wouldn’t normally do.

Needless to say, Apple must feel like I do about the game, and it wants more people to get to know it and appreciate it. This is actually the second time that Super Hexagon, a game that normally sells for $2.99, has been made available for free as a part of an Apple promotion. Previously, the game had gone free inside of the Apple Store app, but as of yesterday, Super Hexagon is now featured as Apple’s Free App of the Week. Read More


Atomas: a fun game I can’t put down, and here’s why

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 8, 2016

A lot of times when downloading and trying out games from the App Store, I find myself dissatisfied with the game just minutes or hours after playing it. It’s not always easy to find those hidden gems that Apple fails to give the spotlight to, but when stumbling across one, I’ll easily get addicted to the game and not want to put the game down.

One such game is Atomas, which is a beautifully-crafted puzzle game by Max Gittel that is centered around the elements of the periodic table and allows you to combine groups of like elements with lower atomic numbers to form elements with larger atomic numbers. Read More


You can now pre-order Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset for $599, ships in March

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2016

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that Oculus, a virtual-reality company it bought in March of 2014 for $2 billion, will be launching its hotly anticipated Rift virtual-reality headset at the end of March 2016.

Priced at $599, the device is now available for pre-order and will initially ship to 20 countries starting March 28, including Australia, Canada, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom, Oculus said.

The Rift comes bundled with two games—Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie—with more than a hundred games coming later this year, including Rockband VR by Harmonix, Edge of Nowhere by Insomniac, The Climb by Crytek and Minecraft by Microsoft-owned Mojang. Read More


Square Enix announces Final Fantasy IX coming soon to iOS

By Cody Lee on Dec 31, 2015

Great news Final Fantasy fans! Square Enix on Thursday confirmed that FF IX is coming soon to iOS, Android and PC. As noted by TouchArcade, the studio has posted a teaser page for the game on its website, as well as an official trailer on YouTube.

Originally released in 2000, FF IX is the ninth title in the popular RPG franchise. The story follows a talented young thief named Zidane Tribal, who joins with others to defeat Queen Brahne of Alexandria, the one responsible for starting the great war. Read More


The best apps and games of 2015

By Lory Gil on Dec 31, 2015

At the end of every year, we bring you the best of the best when it comes to apps and games. In the past, we’ve bombarded you with about 10 categories of our top favorites in different posts. This time, however, we decided to skim the top and really give you the cream of the crop.

Below, we present you with the top 10 apps and games that came out in 2015 based on content the editors of iDownloadBlog submitted and voted on. We have even included what we consider to be the number one app and number one game of 2015. If you don’t see your favorites this year, feel free to include them in the comments below. Read More


Popular puzzle game Har•mo•ny 3 is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 28, 2015

Apple has named the puzzle game Har•mo•ny 3 from BorderLeap its new Free App of the Week in the App Store, meaning you can download the $1.99 iPhone, iPod touch and iPad game at no charge until this coming Thursday.

Released seven months ago as a third game in the series, Har•mo•ny 3 is framed as a challenging puzzle game of “beautiful colors and captivating music, unified in perfect harmony”. Read More


The best apps and games for new Apple TV users

By Lory Gil on Dec 25, 2015

If Santa (or maybe your hard-working, thoughtful spouse) brightened your holiday with Apple’s fourth-generation set-top box this year, you’ve got a big surprise in store for you. Not only can you watch your favorite movies and television shows from such apps as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and HBO Go, but Apple TV 4 has also been updated with its own App Store full of interesting content for your big screen.

If you just unwrapped a new Apple TV and are wondering where to start, we’ve created a list of the 10 best apps and games for new users. Read More

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