Notable New iPad Apps: iOOTP Baseball 2014

iOOTP Baseball 2014

iOOTP Baseball 2014 is the latest, greatest version of the excellent baseball management game for the iPad and iOS. It hit the App Store yesterday and it’s got quite a nice set of new features for this year’s edition, including:

• Real Opening Day 2014 rosters. Every player on every major league team is available, along with the top 20 minor league prospects for each team. Major league player ratings are based on PECOTA by Baseball Prospectus, the best player projection system available today.

• Player Editor. Players can edit everything from names and biographical information to hitting, fielding, and pitching ratings.

• Improved AI, including a direct port of the new player evaluation AI from OOTP 15

• Retina display support

• iOS 7 support (iOS 4.3 is the minimum required)

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Age of Empires: World Domination Coming to iPad and iOS this Summer

Age of Empires World Domination

Age of Empires: World Domination will be the first title from the classic Age of Empires real-time strategy franchise to hit the iPad and iOS. It’s due for release this summer, and it looks pretty great in an early trailer video.

It lets you choose from any of the game’s 4 most popular civilizations – the Celts, Vikings, Franks, or Huns – to do battle online in multiplayer combat.

I was a huge Age of Empires fan back in the day, so I’ll be curious to see how well it translates to the iPad. Here’s that trailer video for Age of Empires: World Domination for mobile:

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Notable New iPad Apps – Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

Family Guy Quest for Stuff iPad app

Fox’s hit animated comedy show ‘Family Guy’ has a brand new iPad game in the App Store – Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff.

Here’s a slice of the App Store description for the game:

After another epic battle with the giant chicken, Peter Griffin has accidentally destroyed Quahog! Play for FREE and rally your favorite FG characters (even Meg) to save the city in a hilarious new adventure from the writers of Family Guy. Or don’t, and regret it forever!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT ONLY ON THE APP STORE: Play the “Fool’s Gold” quest line to help Peter realize his dream of becoming filthy rich! ONLY available for players on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices!

If the game is 10% s funny as the show then it would still make for a hilarious bit of entertainment on the iPad. I installed it this morning just to take a quick peek – and I have to say the imagery and animations are pretty impressive.

Here’s what’s not so impressive to me right off the bat – the game is free but offers (or more like nearly demands) In-App purchases that range from $1.99 all the way up to $99.99. I’m a Family Guy fan and the game looks fun after just a few minutes with it, but I just can’t stand games that are almost immediately nagging you to pay up to move through them quicker – especially when there are In-App purchases at the huge numbers that are in this game.

Here’s an App Store link for Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. I’m sure we have plenty of Family Guy fans here – what do you think of this game, and any iPad game with iPad In-App purchases at the $50 and 100 levels?

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5 Under $5 iPad Games, March 29-30

Beth Game of Thrones

Hey everybody! Beth Elderkin with iPad Insight here. Check out what I’m reviewing this week!

Cue music: Dun dunn, da da da dunn, da da dunn…….

But seriously, three movie/TV tie-in games came out last week. All of them feature in-app purchases, or “freemium” options. So, I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at one of them, one that’s tied to a series I dearly love, and see just how much a value they are to their franchises. That’s why ‘Game of Thrones: Ascent,’ ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Star Wars: Assault Team’ are not on my “5 Under $5″ list this week. I’m taking a more in-depth look at them. Stay tuned for that review later on this week.

But now, onto this week’s “5 Under $5,” where I look at five games that came out this week … all less than $5.

Disclosure: These games were independently observed or purchased by the post’s author. For more information on our site’s review policies, visit the About page.

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QuizUp for iPad Updated: New Topics & More

The excellent QuizUp real-time trivia game for iPad was updated yesterday, to Version 1.1.4. The update brings a new home screen look, with a new sidebar for quick access to the game’s main sections, and new topics to test our knowledge on. Beer Logos is one of the fun new ones that I tried out [...]

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5 Under $5 – iPad Games, March 8

Hey everyone! I’m getting ready to be on my first SXSW Gaming panel. It’s free and open to the public … so for more information, check out my video this week! Disclosure: These games were independently observed or purchased by the post’s author. For more information on our site’s review policies, visit the About page. Games Featured This [...]

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5 Under $5 – iPad Games, Feb. 22

Thanks for checking out the first edition of “5 Under $5″ for iPad Insight. Every week, I’ll be looking at five recent releases … all of them under $5. Be sure to tune in every Saturday! Disclosure: These games were independently observed or purchased by the post’s author. For more information on our site’s review policies, visit [...]

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