Epic releases Metal-powered ‘Zen Garden’ demo free on App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2014

Demoed at WWDC back in June to show off the power of Apple’s new low-level graphics framework, Metal, Epic Games’ Zen Garden is now available to download on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 8 and powered by the Apple-deigned A7 or A8 processor.

Built on the recently-unveiled Unreal Engine 4, the first game engine with built-in support for the Metal API, Zen Garden classes as a technological showcase.

The latest iPhone 6, for example, renders the demo in a whopping 1,440-by-1,080 resolution at a smooth thirty frames per second. Read More

 

Rovio Stars launches iOS 8 Metal-enabled game, Plunder Pirates

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2014

Game industry veterans Midoki and Rovio, the renowned Angry Birds maker hailing from Finland, have joined forces to publish a new game for Apple’s platform under the Rovio Stars label.

An addictive combat strategy adventure, Plunder Pirates invites you to build an island in lush three-dimensional graphics and then recruit a pirate crew to set sail for uncharted waters.

The free-to-play download has optional In-App Purchases available, supports Game Center achievements and leaderboards and files as one of the first iOS titles supporting Apple’s low-level framework for close-to-the-metal 3D graphics programming, aptly named Metal. Read More

 

EA confirms SimCity BuildIt coming to iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2014

Electronic Arts, the world’s top games publisher, announced yesterday that it’s readying SimCity BuildIt, the latest installment in the popular city-building franchise, for Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Once again, the game will task you with building a city of your dreams, with the choices you make evolving your city in a variety of ways.

“Meet your citizens’ needs to keep them happy, or make questionable choices and feel your citizens’ wrath,” the company wrote. Pricing and availability information will be publicized in due time. Read More

 

Apple-owned TestFlight surfaces in App Store as native app ahead of iOS 8 launch

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2014

TestFlight, a service allowing developers to beta test mobile apps on the fly, is now available as a native iPhone and iPad application in the App Store.

Apple snapped up Burstly, the company behind TestFlight, back in February to help its registered developers distribute their iPhone and iPad apps to beta testers before pushing them to the App Store for release.

TestFlight is available free of charge and requires iOS 8.0 or later. Read More

 

Sony’s side-scrolling CounterSpy stealth game now available on iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2014

After releasing on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita last month, Sony’s CounterSpy is now available on Apple’s iOS platform.

Developed by Dynamighty and published on the App Store by Sony Computer Entertainment America as a premium $4.99 download, CounterSpy is set in an alternate history Cold War era and puts you in the shoes of a budding agent for C.O.U.N.T.E.R.

Your goal in this action stealth side-scrolling game: stop a crazed superpower from unleashing a devastating nuclear missile attack unto the entire world. Read More

 

Rovio releases Angry Birds Stella

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 4, 2014

Rovio, the Finnish games maker which made a name for itself with the Angry Birds physics-based puzzler series, on Thursday released a brand new game set in the Angry Birds universe.

Called Angry Birds Stella and available as a freemium download in the App Store, it puts you in the shoes of the lead character Stella who joins five of her bird friends on a quest to protect Golden Island from the piggies and the greedy Bad Princess.

There are more than 120 playable levels in this initial release of Angry Birds Stella, with more to come by way of future content updates. Jump past the fold for the full reveal. Read More

 

Beamdog announces Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition coming to mobile and desktop soon

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

Developer and publisher Beamdog is soon going to unleash an enhanced edition of its classic role-playing game (RPG), Icewind Dale, on mobile and desktop.

Originally developed for Windows by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay Entertainment in the summer of 2000, Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition will be hitting the iPhone and iPad soon, Canada-based Beamdog confirmed on its website Tuesday.

Set in Wizards of the Coast’s Forgotten Realms campaign in the Dungeons & Dragons universe, the game includes almost 40 new kits and classes and features cross-platform multiplayer games, an overhauled interface, remastered quests from the original game and more. Read More

 

Official ‘Ask Me Anything’ app from Reddit now available on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

Reddit, the popular social and news website where users themselves submit content, today released a native iPhone application solely dedicated to its popular ‘Ask Me Anything’ interviews with everyone from movie stars to astronauts to artists and more.

The app lets Reddit fans browse the latest and best interviews from the popular service (both current and archived ones), ask a question when someone is marked as active, discover new personalities in any field or subject, vote for your favorite interviews (and share them with friends) and much more.

The free of charge software is now available to download in the App Store. Read More

 

Notability finally arrives to the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2014

Notability by Ginger Labs, the powerful iPhone and iPad note-taker to annotate documents, record lectures, sketch illustrations and more, has leaped to the Mac.

Now available in the Mac App Store for $9.99, the Mac edition completes the experience by extending functionality found in the iOS app to your desktop.

The app makes it easy to create notes by dragging PDFs, photos or audio files from your desktop to Notability.

Handwriting and sketches can be scaled, transformed, rotated, nudged and restyled to your liking. Most crucially, your notes will look the same on your Mac, iPad and iPhone and of course sync seamlessly between devices through iCloud. Read More

 

Bioshock now available in the App Store for $14.99

By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2014

Heads up gamers, a major new title has landed on iOS this evening. The official mobile port of 2K Game’s Bioshock—thought by some to be one of the best first person shooters of all time—is now available in the App Store, for both the iPhone and iPad, for $15.

For those unfamiliar with the game, it’s set in an underwater Utopia in the midst of a civil war. You play as Jack, a cast-away from an airplane crash who finds himself trapped in this mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. Read More

 

The Walking Dead Pinball hits Mac and iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

Telltale Games, the creator of the episodic Walking Dead game (itself based on the “The Walking Dead” comic book series by the Eisner Award-winning creator Robert Kirkman), has partnered with Skybound Entertainment and Zen Studios on a Walking Dead-themed pinball game for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac.

The game is available now as a standalone download in the App Store for $1.99.

The Walking Dead Pinball offers a table based on the most iconic locations from the Game of the Year-winning series, including the St. John’s Dairy Farm, Travelier Motel, Bell Tower and Train & Level Crossing.

3D versions of the zombies and famous characters such as Lee and Clementine, along with the original lines and voice acting, round up this nicely done pinball game. Read More

 

‘Madden NFL Mobile’ is now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2014

Just in time for NFL season, EA Sports has released a mobile version of its latest Madden NFL game, aptly-named ‘Madden NFL Mobile.’ The release coincides with the game’s highly-anticipated console release, which began hitting store shelves early this morning.

The good news is, it appears that EA has really improved graphics and animations over last year’s mobile Madden title. The bad news, however, is that not much else has changed. The game still requires an Internet connection, and it’s littered with in-app purchases. Read More

 

Instagram launches Hyperlapse, a smart time-lapse video app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2014

If you’re looking for a clever use of the iPhone’s gyroscope and accelerometer sensors, look no further than Hyperlapse, a new iOS app by Facebook-owned Instagram which lets you create panning and time-lapse shots, steadycam-style.

The time-lapse feature is similar to one Apple will bring to iOS devices with the release of iOS 8 in Fall.

As for the tracking shots, the software uses advanced algorithms and your iPhone’s hardware to smooth out panning shots as if you recorded video with a Steadicam or a professional $15,000 tracking rig.

And in what prove to be a killer feature for folks who loathe Instagram, Hyperlapse can be enjoyed without an Instagram or Facebook account as no signup is required to use the app.

Hyperlapse is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

Sequel to exquisite stargazing tool Star Walk now available in App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2014

Yours truly used to be an amateur astronomer during his education years. And while I’m saddened because no longer do I have the time to set out to stargazing trips, my love for the stars has never waned.

And who could blame me?

Even nowadays, I’d sneak outside on a clear night whenever I feel like reliving the excitement of spotting breathtaking comets or gazing up at the shimmering Milky Way.

But instead of lugging around astronomy binoculars, compact telescopes and other heavy gear, you can see me exploring the night skies using just my iPhone and specialized astronomy apps such as Night Sky 2 and Star Walk.

The latter, by Vito Technology, is one of the best stargazing apps in business. Used used by over ten million people and the winner of Apple Design Award, Star Walk is beyond doubt among the best astronomy apps in the App Store.

As of today, a sequel to Star Walk, predictably called Star Walk 2, is now available on iOS as a $2.99 download for the iPhone and iPadRead More

 
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