Top Farm, a FarmVille-like game from Fruit Ninja creators, now available globally

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

As Fruit Ninja and the rest of Halfbrick’s lineup of paid iOS games has gone free for a limited time, the company on Friday released a brand new iPhone and iPad game in the App Store. Top Farm, a would-be FarmVille killer, actually soft-launched in select markets a year ago and it’s now available worldwide.

A free-to-play download, Top Farm is a farm simulation game created by Brazil-based studio Vostu in which you must harvest crops, craft goods and explore new colorful and vibrant lands. Read More

 

Amazon’s Prime Now app featuring one-hour delivery released for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

Online retailer Amazon today launched Prime Now, a shopping and ordering app for iOS and Android with one-hour delivery directly to a customer’s doorstep in select markets.

Available exclusively to Amazon’s $99 per year Prime members, the software allows you to shop for tens of thousands of daily essentials such as diapers, toys, paper towels, shampoo, batteries and mor, plus gifts like consumer electronics, wearables, books, toys, clothing and other items.

One-hour delivery will set you back eight bucks per order while two-hour delivery is available at no cost.

For the time being, Prime Now is available from 6am to midnight, seven days a week, in select areas of Manhattan, with more markets to be added at a later stage. The app will even ping you when the new delivery services launches in your area. Read More

 

Telltale teams up with Mojang on narrative-driven Minecraft: Story Mode, due in 2015

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

Telltale Games, the makers of cinematic games liek The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead series, and Mojang, a Microsoft owned game developer studio based in Stockholm, Sweden, are teaming up on a brand new, narrative-driven game set in the Minecraft universe.

Minecraft: Story Mode, premiering in 2015 on consoles, computers and mobile devices, has an original story and, like all Telltale games, will be driven by the choices you make. Read More

 

Duet Display lets you use iPhone or iPad as an extra display for your Mac, without lag

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

Although Duet Display is not the first app to allow your iOS device to act as an extra display for your Mac (Shape’s $10 iDisplay comes to mind), it’s the first app to have done screen extending right.

Built by ex-Apple engineers who worked at the company for three years on the iPad and iMac, the software delivers a Retina display at a smooth sixty frames per second with no lag whatsoever.

Featuring touch control, Duet Display makes interactions with your Mac fun and smooth while taking advantage of the fact that an additional display increases productivity by giving you up to 48 percent more pixels to work with. Read More

 

Adopt your own candy-crunching monster in My Om Nom virtual pet simulator

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

As previously hinted, Russian developer ZeptoLab of the Cut the Rope fame on Thursday launched a pet simulator game for the iPhone and iPad featuring Om Nom, a cutesy candy-loving monster who stars in the Cut the Rope physics-based puzzle series.

In My Om Nom, the lead character gets an attractive female company as Om Nelle, a little candy-eating monster girl, makes an appearance. Read More

 

Minecraft maker Mojang releases Scrolls for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2014

Available starting today for Mac and Windows PCs and Android tablets, Scrolls from Minecraft maker Mojang takes the best bits of collectable card games and combines them with the most interesting strategy elements of tactical war games.

More than two years in the making, the mash-up game invites you to build your army, develop strategies and take control of the hexagonal battlefield by defeating your friends in online multiplayer challenges, no matter which platform they’re playing on.

If you prefer playing alone, Scrolls have you covered with single player challenges along with casual play. A free demo version of Scrolls is available to try before you buy it. Read More

 

Microsoft releases MSN-branded News, Money, Sports, Health & Fitness and Food & Drink apps

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2014

Microsoft on Thursday released five new applications for the iPhone and iPad. Available free of charge in the App Store, the News, Money, Sports, Health & Fitness and Food & Drink apps have been created under the MSN brand.

As a bonus, a Weather app from MSN will be hitting iOS later this year. It’s interesting that the MSN Health app syncs its data with iOS 8’s Health database.

It has pedometer functions to continuously track, analyze and receive insights on your daily steps taken on the iPhone and tracks your runs (record your time, distance, pace and calories burned while you run, bike and do other outdoor activities).

Additionally, the app contains a Diet tracker (there’s a database of over 300 thousand to track your daily calorie intake) and a Cardio tracker to monitor your cardio training and analyze progress over time.

Jump past the fold for the full rundown of each app. Read More

 

Readdle launches PDF Office, a new productivity suite with subscription model

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2014

Ukrainian developer Readdle today added a new flagship application to its stable of productivity software for the iPad, PDF Office. The all-in-one mobile solution is suited for demanding users who need to produce PDF files on the go, from scratch, or edit existing documents using a bunch of powerful editing and annotation tools.

With PDF Office, you can create new PDFs, jot down notes, scan documents using your iPad’s camera, create and fill out forms, convert any file, picture or even a website into a PDF document, annotate and sign PDFs, collaborate on documents and more — all in the name of going completely paperless.

Based on a subscription model, PDF Office is available free of charge with subscriptions starting at $5 per month (annual subscription will cost you $40). Read More

 

HERE Maps coming to iPhone in early 2015

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2014

HERE Maps had been available in the App Store briefly before it got pulled in December 2013 because “iOS 7 ruined the experience”. Nokia later admitted the app was “a rushed product” that “went horribly wrong” because it was “never thoroughly proven.”

The Finnish firm has now officially confirmed that HERE Maps will return to the iPhone in early 2015 following today’s release of HERE for Android and a relaunch of a new web-based experience over at here.com.

“Our iOS app development team is working hard on this and we plan to officially launch HERE for iOS in early 2015,” said the team. The revamped iOS navigation app will be joining several big-name mapping products in the App Store from the likes of Google, Garmin, TomTom and many more. Read More

 

Ubisoft teases Heroes of Might & Magic III for iPad, due in January

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2014

The classic PC game, Heroes of Might & Magic III, is coming to the iPad next month, French games maker Ubisoft confirmed Wednesday.

The fantasy turn-based strategy game has you controlling a bunch of heroes that command an army of creatures inspired by myth and legend.

As you may have guessed, it’s been optimized for the 21st century gameplay with updated Retina graphics, touch controls and more.

In addition to the turn-based combat system, the game focuses on tactical overland exploration, resource management, RPG-like character progression and strategizing. Read More

 

Cut the Rope’s Om Nom is getting its own virtual pet app next Thursday

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2014

As noted by TouchArcade, Om Nom, the cutesy protagonist of the Cut the Rope series of puzzle games, is getting its own virtual pet app soon. Developer ZeptoLabs is reportedly aiming to release the forthcoming virtual pet simulator app in the App Store as soon as next week.

You’ll be expected to attend to your candy-loving monster’s daily needs by playing with him, feeding him sweeties, keeping him happy and more. Read More

 

Night at the Museum: Hidden Treasures hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2014

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the third and final installment in the “Night at the Museum” movie series, is premiering later this month and an official tie-in iOS game is now available for download in the App Store.

Night at the Museum: Hidden Treasures for the iPhone and iPad is a hidden object adventure game that puts you in the shoes of Larry, a night guard from the movie who gets to explore the museum’s hidden secrets, exhibits from Camelot, ancient Egypt, imperial China and more.

In his quest, Larry will team up with some of the most significant figures in human history such as Teddy Roosevelt, Atilla the Hun and Joan of Arc. If you’re a fan of the movie, this tie-in game should be a no-brainer. Read More

 

Square Enix’s Dragon Quest III launches worldwide

By Cody Lee on Dec 5, 2014

Fans of the classic RPG ‘Dragon Quest III’ will be happy to hear that Square Enix has delivered on its promise to launch an English version of the game. After spending a few months in Japan, the title is now available in the US App Store.

Dragon Quest III is the third installment in Square Enix’s popular turn-based RPG series from the early 90s. And as with other ports, the iOS version of DQ III features the same great gameplay as the original, with updated touch controls. Read More

 

Square’s new Caviar app lets you order food from top-rated eateries

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2014

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s mobile payment startup, Square, earlier this year purchased Caviar, a food delivery service, for a reported $90 million. On Thursday, the company released the official Caviar iOS app in the App Store.

Featuring crisp dish photos, real-time tracking of your order from counter-to-door and more, Caviar makes it easy to order food from your favorite local restaurants right to your door, from the palm of your hand using your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

Themeboard review: iOS 8 keyboard with gorgeous themes, unique Emoji bar, auto-correct and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2014

There most certainly is no shortage of downloadable iOS 8 keyboards in the App Store, so much so that the proliferation of soft-keyboards makes it virtually impossible for us to cover each and every one that hits the Apple platform.

On the other hand, themable keyboards like CoolKey, a keyboard for the colorful, are few and far between.

Customization matters to an awful lot of people and there’s admittedly a void here than needs filling. That’s where Themeboard jumps in.

Created by Germany-based Taphive, the brains behind such apps as TodoMovies that we reviewed back in March, this app is an advanced iPhone and iPad keyboard with a built-in repository of wonderfully designed themes by some of the best designers around.

Theme board sports a unique Emoji/Kaomoji bar and has plenty of features that users have come to expect from Apple’s default keyboard like auto-correction, Caps lock, slide-shift to capitalize, quick delete with three speeds, text predictions, custom shortcuts and more.

Read on for the full review of this feature-packed keyboard. Read More

 

Winter is coming: Telltale’s Game of Thrones arrives in App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2014

Telltale Games last month posted a teaser trailer and a few scant details about an upcoming game based on HBO’s hugely popular, award-winning fantasy drama television series, itself adapted from of “A Song of Ice and Fire”, George R. R. Martin’s series of epic fantasy novels.

I’m pleased to report that on Thursday, the Game of Thrones interactive action adventure game officially surfaced on the App Store and is now available in an episodic format akin to Telltale’s The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series and The Wolf Among Us.

The narratively driven, six-episode game puts you in the shoes of different members of the Forrester household. The decisions you take have consequences and will change the story around you and determine your characters’ fate. Read More

 

Lara Croft is back: Tomb Raider II hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2014

Good news, Lara Croft fans! Tomb Raider, the classic 1990s action-adventure game, is back: a successor to the original Tomb Raider game (which hit iOS last year) surfaced in the App Store on Thursday.

Costing $1.99 a pop, the iPhone and iPad game was created by Square Enix and features updated graphics, grand new locations, over 50 achievements and more.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal. Read More

 

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2014

Oddworld, the popular platform-based action adventure originally released on consoles back in 2005, has been ported to iOS and is now available in the App Store as Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath.

The game puts you in the shoes of a tall, dark and enigmatic figure, a drifter turned bounty hunter simply named Stranger. Your goal: capture outlaws and collect bounties, armed with your trusty double-barreled crossbow that fires insects and small animals.

The iOS port sports a highly detailed graphics engine capable of rendering towns, realistic water effects, lush forests, massive industrial facilities and vast outdoor panoramas in console-grade fidelity. Read More

 

Shopping on Amazon has never been so beautiful with Canopy for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2014

Not sure about you, but holidays always stress me out. More Black Friday deals than I could possibly process isn’t the worst part, it’s hunting for great gifts that’s both time-consuming and exhausting.

This is especially true when shopping on Amazon. If only someone curated the best and finest products available for purchase on the Internet’s biggest catalog…

That’s where Canopy jumps in. Created by CanopyCo, Inc., this nifty little iPhone application presents you with a beautifully designed list of Amazon products, neatly organized by categories and brands and curated by “a community with great taste.”

In addition to shopping by categories and brands, the free app lets you find gifts by personality type, see what’s new, trending or the most popular in the product feeds, build a personal collection of your favorite Amazon products and much more. Read More

 

The Longest Journey Remastered for iOS launches globally

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2014

After soft-launching in Australia and New Zealand last month, The Longest Journey Remastered by German developer Funcom is now available in App Stores around the world. The game is based on the 1999 point-and-click classic for Windows PCs.

One of the highest rated adventures of all time, this version of The Longest Journey has been specifically remastered for tablet devices.

The premium release includes a new intro and outro by Funcom’s famed game designer Ragnar Tørnquist, a new font, touch-optimized controls and a dynamic help system. Read More

 
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