Wii-like dance party in the living room via Apple TV? Yes, please!

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2014

Back in June, India-based Rolocule Games teased its upcoming Dance Party game which would supposedly bring multiplayer fun to the living room with a little help from Apple’s AirPlay technology and the $99 Apple TV media-streaming box.

At first, I was skeptical. But as Dance Party launched earlier today in the App Store as a free download, I’ve come to the realization that my fears were unfounded.

Yes, the game indeed works as advertised!

Dance Party really has to be seen live to be fully appreciated. Much like dance games on the Nintendo Wii, users mimic the onscreen dancer to get feedback on how they are doing. The game is basically airplayed from an iPhone to the Apple TV and takes advantage of Rolocule’s award-winning motion tracking technology called Rolomotion… Read More

 

BioShock may finally be coming to iOS

By Cody Lee on Jul 24, 2014

We’ve been hearing rumors since 2008 that 2K was bringing its popular first person shooter BioShock to mobile platforms. At one point, they actually released a trailer for the game, and named IG Fun Studios as its mobile port partner.

But somewhere along the way, the concept got shelved, and was never mentioned again—until now. Yesterday, 2K tweeted the above photo followed by ‘#discuss,’ and many believe it’s a hint the BioShock mobile project is back in gear… Read More

 

Instagram prematurely leaks its Snapchat rival

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2014

Facebook-owned Instagram may have unintentionally (or intentionally, perhaps?) leaked an image advertising its rumored Snapchat competitor, indicating the official launch could as well be around the corner. A banner for an app called Bolt was spotted by several online users in Instagram’s Android app.

Tapping the banner would yield a dead end in the Google Play Store. Although the banner went away a few minutes later, people have already screenshoted it and the image is now making rounds on Twitter and other social media channels online… Read More

 

Modern Combat 5: Blackout now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2014

That wait is finally over. After more than a year of delays, teasers and speculation, Gameloft’s ‘Modern Combat 5: Blackout’ is now available in the App Store. The game, which is one of the year’s most highly-anticpated titles, costs $6.99 and features no in-app purchases.

For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with our MC5 coverage, it starts out in Italy, where you have been sent on a special operation to secure a transport of WMDs from a particularly well-armed terrorist group. Keep reading for a full overview and gameplay clip… Read More

 

AMC teases new mobile game ‘The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land’

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2014

AMC and Finland-based Next Games have announced an upcoming mobile title called ‘The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land.’  The partners say the game will feature gameplay exclusively developed for smartphones and tablet devices.

This is the second mobile game we’ve seen for the popular zombie franchise, but unlike Telltale Games’ Walking Dead series, which is based on the comic books, this game is based on the hit TV show. Check out the teaser trailer below… Read More

 

No Brakes: it’s like driving therapy for your mind

By Jake Underwood on Jul 19, 2014

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a game that sports a cute hero. Whether it’s a small animal or an abstract shape with a cute face, I can’t seem to resist helping the little guy to victory. So when I stumbled by the app icon of the game No Brakes (and heard Sebastien mention the game on the last episode of Let’s Talk iOS), I knew I just had to give the game a chance. Read on for my full review… Read More

 

Gameloft posts new Modern Combat 5 trailer ahead of launch

By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2014

After more than a year of waiting, Gameloft is finally ready to release Modern Combat 5: Blackout. The studio announced earlier this month that the game will launch for iOS and Android on July 24th, which is next Thursday.

To hold you over until then, Gameloft has posted an official Launch trailer for MC5. While we’ve seen videos before, this new clip is over a minute long and offers an entertaining look at the game’s graphics and gameplay… Read More

 

Square Enix announces ‘Final Fantasy Record Keeper’

By Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2014

Square Enix and developer partner DeNA have announced a new game for the mobile Final Fantasy franchise. It’s called Final Fantasy Record Keeper, and you play as Deci, a bright student to Dr. Mog in the history department.

Dr. Mog serves as the record keeper for all previous Final Fantasy games, and his department is filled with paintings of famous battles and other scenes. And if you happen to see one you like, Dr. Mog can use magic to send you in… Read More

 

Gameloft releases endless jumper ‘Ninja UP!’

By Cody Lee on Jul 17, 2014

Gameloft today released an interesting new game called Ninja UP! It’s not a first-person-shooter, movie tie-in, or anything else the studio is typically associated with—instead it’s an endless jumper, à la Line Jumper and others.

Gameplay is as addictive as you’d expect. Players are tasked with sending a ninja flying upward by drawing lines that simulate trampolines. The smaller the line, the bigger the bounce, and levels are littered with deadly obstacles… Read More

 

Hours for iPhone: gorgeous time-tracking app by Apple Design Award winner Tapity

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

I don’t use time-tracking software because it’s a huge pain in the you-know-what. Part of the reason is that I don’t have enough time to keep track of how I spend my day.

On the flip side, I’ll be the first to admit there’s something inherently fun and appealing about the concept of monitoring when I work and how I spend/waste my day.

Realizing as much that most time-tracking apps suck anyway, Tapity — an Apple Design Award-winning studio behind Languages, a beautiful offline translator, and the popular student organizer and GPA calculator Grades — has spent the past three years bringing Hours for iPhone to life.

Now available as a $4.99 download, Hours takes the pain out of time tracking by letting you visualize how you spend your precious time… Read More

 

Facebook releases Mentions, new iPhone app you probably can’t use

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

The social networking behemoth, Facebook, today launched a brand new iPhone application: Mentions.

Although you can download it – the app is currently rolling out to the U.S. App Store as we speak – chances are you probably won’t be able to use it.

That is, unless you’re a verified public figure such as an actor, athlete, musician or other influencer, in which case Mentions is right for you.

In a nutshell, Mentions allows celebrities to see what fans are saying, engage in conversations with people and influencers who are talking about them, tell their own story by sharing updates, photos and videos – and even host live Q&As directly from their iPhone… Read More

 

HBO launches Game of Thrones Ascent on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

HBO, the premium cable and satellite television network owned by Time Warner (which itself could get acquired by Rupert Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox) today has enabled iPhone owners to enjoy the worlds from the successful Game of Thrones book and television series.

Having originally launched on the iPad in time for Season 4 debut in late-March, developer Disruptor Beam once again teamed up with Kongregate, having bumped the game to version 2.0 and adding native support for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Jump past the fold for the specifics… Read More

 

Google Analytics app with Real Time reports now available for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

Google is definitely on a roll these days when it comes to its dedication to the Apple platform. One of the most prolific App Store publishers, the Internet giant in the past seven days alone has released or updated half a dozen apps for the iPhone and iPad.

Just a few examples: the company launched a new YouTube Creator Studio app for the iPhone, released another app to manage AdWords Express accounts for small businesses, updated Google Maps with Gmail appointments and mapped search results, posted the popular augmented reality game Ingress, updated Chrome for iOS with Cast support, refreshed Google Wallet with support for gift cards, free debit card transfers and more and started flagging Flash content in search results on iOS and Android.

And today, Google released a brand new Analytics for iPhone appRead More

 

Bungie launches companion app for upcoming console game ‘Destiny’

By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2014

We are rapidly approaching the launch of hit-game-maker Bungie’s first major release since leaving the Halo franchise. The game is called Destiny, and it’s a combination action role-player and first-person shooter that’s landing on consoles in September.

Starting tomorrow, folks with a late-gen Sony or Microsoft console will be able to play a public beta of Destiny. And if you plan on checking it out, you’ll want to download the second screen app Bungie just released for iPhone called ‘Destiny Companion.’ Read More

 

Instapaper creator launches Overcast, free podcast app for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014

Following an extensive beta testing period, Marco Arment – the creator of Instapaper, founder of The Magazine and co-host of the Accidental Tech Podcast – today unveiled his latest creation, an iPhone podcast client dubbed Overcast.

Available with basic features free of charge in the App Store (advanced stuff can be unlocked through a one-time In-App Purchase), Overcast for iPhone is accessible to novice users yet packs a lot of punch to make podcast die-hards happy.

Having taken Overcast for a brief spin with our own Let’s Talk iOS and Let’s Talk Jailbreak podcast series, I came away pretty impressed.

I think Marco’s full-featured app has mass appeal (at least in podcast circles) to win over folks who are unhappy with the existing podcast clients on the App Store with its sleek user interface, simplicity and elegance.

If not, perhaps advanced capabilities will make you a convert? I’m talking stuff like Smart Speed, Voice Boost and Smarter Playlists to help you listen to more podcasts in more places, try new shows and completely control your experience… Read More

 

Google launches augmented reality game Ingress on iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

The Internet giant Google earlier in the year ported its near-real time augmented reality massively multiplayer online pervasive game, Ingress, to Android and now the app is available on iOS as well.

The free iPhone and iPad game uses your location and real-world objects in your near vicinity to provide various clues and transform your world into the landscape for a “global game of mystery, intrigue, and competition”Read More

 

Nike releases new Soccer for iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

It’s interesting that although Adidas is the official sponsor of the world’s greatest sporting spectacle that is the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Nike has managed to hijack the event and successfully steal Adidas’ thunder with clever marketing tactics.

Part of Nike’s stealthy yet effective approach is a new iPhone app dedicated to all things soccer.

Called Nike Soccer in the United States (the name is localized in other markets), it strives to put the best of soccer in your pocket by sending you timely alerts on upcoming events while keeping you connected to the world of Nike products and athletes.

The name of the game is exclusivity: Nike Soccer delivers premium content and provides access to limited product and events before any of Nike’s other channels… Read More

 

Sonico launches iTranslate for Mac with voice output, dictionaries, 80+ languages and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

German developer Sonico Mobile makes some fairly nice translation apps for the iPhone. Their excellent iTranslate app, available free for the iPhone and iPad, allows you to translate words and text into over 80 languages.

It supports voice input and output for most language pairs, which works much better than you’d think in terms of dialects, gender, speaking rate and other variables affecting translation accuracy.

Sonico is now bringing that same experience to your Mac with the launch of the native iTranslate for Mac app, a free download from the Mac App Store. With over 80 languages supported out of the box and features like voice output, fast text input, romanization and built-in dictionaries, Sonico’s software enables the App Store’s most popular translator tool on your Mac… Read More

 

Google launches new YouTube Creator Studio app for iPhone

By Cody Lee on Jul 10, 2014

Hot on the heels of this morning’s release of AdWords Express, Google has launched another new app for iOS. It’s called YouTube Creator Studio, and it’s a one-stop shop for YouTube creators to access information on their channels and videos.

The app provides quick access to video analytics, comment moderation tools, notifications and even YouTube’s Video Manager that’s found on the desktop site. Here, you have the ability to edit video information like titles, descriptions, and tags… Read More

 

Sega unleashes Sonic Jump Fever on the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

Having initially soft-launched in the Canadian App Store, Sega has now made Sonic Jump Fever available worldwide. Keeping true to its promise, the Japanese games developer and publisher has released the game as a freemium download with an optional Special Ring Bundle available via a $0.99 In-App Purchase.

Sonic Jump Fever challenges you to compete against friends for high scores in fast-paced vertical jumping challenges. “Unleash Fever Mode and push Sonic into hyper-speed for earth-shattering scores,” teases Sega…

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