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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Introducing Fantastical for iPad — A Killer New Calendar App

Fantastical is my favourite iPhone calendar app by a long shot, so it’s with great pleasure that I share the release of the Fantastical for iPad.

All of the things I love about the Fantastical suite of apps are present here:

- the horizontal scrolling DayTicker
- the tidy list of upcoming events
- full Reminders support
- natural language parsing for events and tasks

The whole experience has been reimagined for the iPad as a dynamic dashboard. Fantastical for iPad looks similar enough to the iPhone and Mac versions to be familiar, but its design seems to have taken account that we use tablets differently than other devices.

The real standout feature for me here is the way you can pull the DayTicker down and turn it into a week view. I live and die by week views at my current position, and having one appear so dynamically is simply genius.

I still have to get my hands on the app, but I plan to write it up in a week or two. In the mean time, you can get your hands on Fantastical for iPad for $10 on the App Store.

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Notable New iPad Apps: BBC Sport

BBC Sport iPad app

BBC Sport app now has an iPad version. The app has been available on iOS for over a year, but as of last week it’s a universal app with a full version for the iPad.

This is great news if you’re a fan of great sports coverage, and especially of coverage that goes beyond just major US sports. Here’s a little of the App Store description of the app:

The official BBC Sport app is the sports fan’s guide to live sport news, stats, fixtures and results, curated by the BBC’s team of sport journalists. Users can also read articles and analysis, follow live scores and even customise and set quick links to favourite sports and football teams.

The app’s layout is fairly similar to the look of the BBC online Sports section. There’s a home page with top sports stories from around the world and a large number of dedicated sections for individual sports.

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Notable New iPad Apps: SXSW Go 2014 Version

SXSW Go iPad app

South by Southwest, or SXSW, just kicked off this weekend in my lovely hometown of Austin, Texas. It’s an annual festival covering music, film, and interactive arts.

And of course the very useful SXSW Go app for the iPad has been updated for this year’s festival.

SXSW® GO is the official mobile app for getting the most out of attending SXSW 2014. Browse our lineup and create your personal schedule, then login to sync it with your other devices. Find your friends and connections and see what they are up to, and network with thousands of other Attendees. You can also find your way around Austin, navigate the trade show, stay connected to the social world and more!
You can build your schedule online at schedule.sxsw.com or directly on your mobile device. With SXSW® GO, you also can sync your online schedule with your mobile device, so your info will always be up-to-date!

If you’re attending the festival this is the one companion app you need. Here’s an App Store link for SXSW Go; it’s a free app and a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.

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Notable New iPad Apps: Disney Movies Anywhere

Disney Movies Anywhere for iPad

Disney Movies Anywhere is a new iPad app that lets you buy and stream movies from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel on the iPad. It’s a companion app to Disney’s new online service and offers a large catalog of films from the three studios.

Here are some of the app’s notable features:

•Watch your Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies everywhere you go!
•Build your digital movie collection with a library of hundreds of videos to choose from… more coming soon!
•Get new movies directly through the app or redeem your Disney digital copies.
•Access exclusive Disney content for free – original programming, never-before-seen videos and much more…
•Watch movies while connected or download movies to your device for offline viewing.
•Earn Disney Movie Rewards points for every digital transaction.

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Notable New iPad Apps: Ken Burns

The new Ken Burns app is named after and is the creation of the well-known documentary film maker. It looks like a unique and compelling new app for the iPad promising a chance to ‘see history through a different lens’. Here’s a little slice of its App Store description: See America through the eyes of [...]

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Notable New iPad Apps: Drippler

Drippler is a clever new iPad app that offers up a daily set of all the latest and trending iPad news – on apps and accessories, tips, and more. Here’s a little of its App Store intro: Discover something new for your iPhone, iPad or iPod every day and stay one step ahead with the [...]

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Notable New iPad Apps: Disney Animated

Disney Animated is a wonderful new iPad app that takes us into the world of Disney and their great animated films. It’s a fascinating look into Disney’s fantastic animated feature films – all the way from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs right up though an early look at their next upcoming movie, Frozen.The app [...]

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