Games

Captiona, Kite, Elk, and other apps to check out this weekend

Looking for new apps and games this weekend? iDB has you covered. In the latest edition of our Apps of the Week roundup, we have some great selections such as an app for creating unique Instagram captions, a newsletter manager, and a sharp currency converter. And as always, we have two great new games for you to check out.

Apple’s free app of the week: Hyperburner

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Hyperburner. For the next 7 days you can pick up the hit arcade racer for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $3.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Hyperburner is a high-speed space flier set in a distant solar system. Players must guide their ships through increasingly dangerous courses, striving for the high score.

Lara Croft GO gains new levels and iMessage sticker pack via Mirror of Spirits update

Developer Square Enix this morning issued a new content update to its turn-based isometric puzzle mobile game, Lara Croft GO. Bumping version number to 2.1.7, the game now lets you take Lara through a whole new journey in an alternate reality. Specifically, the update brings out a whole new chapter named Mirror of Spirits with 25 new puzzles and three new mechanics. As a bonus, players get a brand new Lara-themed sticker pack for iMessage. The update is available at no additional charge to those who have purchased the game.

Pokémon GO gains Easter-themed Eggstravaganza event

Developer Niantic Labs announced Thursday that its popular augmented-reality game Pokémon GO is getting a new in-game event for Easter, aptly named Eggstravaganza. From 1pm PDT on Thursday, April 13, 2017 to 1pm PDT on Thursday, April 20, 2017 a greater variety of Pokémon can now be found in 2 km eggs. Players will also enjoy a few additional perks.

Popular PC strategy title Total War: Warhammer is coming to Mac next week

Feral Interactive today announced that Total War: Warhammer will be coming to your Mac next week.

Filing as the first game in the trilogy, it was originally developed by Creative Assembly in partnership with Games Workshop and published by SEGA.

Feral has ported Total War: Warhammer to macOS using Apple’s low-level Metal graphics framework. The turn-based strategy game is out now on Linux and will launch on Mac App Store next Thursday, April 18.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition gains Chinese Mythology mashup pack & other goodies

Microsoft announced today that Minecraft: Pocket Edition is gaining a Chinese Mythology mash-up pack along with a few other goodies and improvements, such as a free Redstone Mansion map available via a new Worlds section in the in-game store.

The new features are available at no charge to existing players and require Minecraft: Pocket Edition version 1.0.6, which is rolling today on App Store.

Minecraft’s upcoming update will let creators sell their skins, mini-games, textures & worlds

Minecraft developers announced on their blog today that a community Marketplace feature is coming soon to the mobile Minecraft: Pocket Edition game via an upcoming Discovery update. Marketplace will let Minecraft players and creators sell their custom skins, mini-games, textures, worlds and more.

At launch, Marketplace will offer content created by well-known community members, including Noxcrew, BlockWorks, Qwertyuiop The Pie, Blockception, Sphax, Eneija Silverleaf, Imagiverse, Polymaps and Razzleberry Fox.

Apple’s free app of the week: Toca Life: School

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app Toca Life: School. For the next 7 days you can pick up the hit children’s title for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $3.

Toca Life: School is another fun and educational app in the popular Toca franchise. It features 5 interactive locations for telling stories about life at school, including a classroom, playground and lunchroom.

Delta Beta 3: iOS emulator gets an update

After a considerable hiatus, Riley Testut has returned today with a third beta of his emulator application for iOS, Delta.

A relatively small changelog accompanies this update to the gaming application, a successor to the ever-popular GBA4iOS, and almost three months separate it from the previous release, Beta 2.

Official F1 2016 game coming to Mac this Thursday

Developer Feral Interactive announced Monday that it will be releasing a Mac port of Codemasters’ official game for the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship this coming Thursday, April 6. The game takes advantage of Apple’s new graphics API, Metal, so it should squeeze every bit of power from your Mac’s GPU. It includes various online multiplayer game modes that let you compete against up to 21 players on any of the 21 Grand Prix circuits.

HelloGbye, Breaker, Soon and other apps to check out this weekend

It’s the weekend again, and that means it’s time for another episode of our Apps of the Week roundup. Today’s selections include a digital travel agent, a new podcast client, an app that alerts you when cool things are happening, and of course we’ve picked out two new games for you to try.

Apple’s free app of the week: Blyss

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Blyss. For the next 7 days you’ll be able to pick up the popular puzzler for free on both iPhone and iPad—saving you a solid buck.

Blyss is essentially an endless puzzle adventure that features calming, serene graphics and a transcendent soundtrack. Features include unlimited, unique puzzles, 3 game modes, and a player leaderboard.