Football Manager Handheld 2015 hit the iPad App Store last week. This is the latest version of the best football management game around, updated for the 2014/15 season. I was a huge fan of the PC version of this game for years, and over recent years the iPad version has become my favorite due to its ‘lighter’, faster gameplay.
I’ve spent more hours playing this game on the iPad then I’d care to admit in public, so it’s a big understatement to say I look forward to each year’s new version. This year’s update to the game seems a little more substantial than some past updates – here’s its list of new features:
Brand New Match Engine
– A completely new and more realistic 2D Match Engine allows you to better analyse your team’s performance on the field to help you make those tough decisions.*
– A brand new Scouting Agency which allows you to look at, and monitor, a ranked list of the top 50 players within the game both for current ability and future potential.
Rankings and Dynamic League Reputation
– New World Rankings, for international teams and national leagues, which will evolve over time based on performances in continental competitions.
More Detailed Club Stats
– A Club Stats page dedicated to showing you more detailed seasonal and historical information about all areas of your club.
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So here’s one thing I know and one thing I just learned last night thanks to that one thing I know:
— The One Thing I Know: If I get an email from Guy Kawasaki, old school Apple evangelist and all-round tech legend and badass, I will be giving that email my undivided attention. Big time.
— The One Thing I Just Learned Last Night: Kawasaki is now the chief evangelist (super cool title) for Canva, which is an awesome looking online graphic design tool that I’d never run across before receiving the email tonight. I’m a little late to the Canva party – just shuffling in after some 850,000 users.
Why am I blathering on about which emails get my full attention and awesome looking online graphic design tools? Because Canva is releasing an iPad version and it’s coming to the App Store today.
Now, take a look at the Canva iPad app video and tell me you don’t want that on your iPad yesterday.
Star Walk Kids – Astronomy for Children is a brand new iPad app from the makers of the popular and award-winning Star Walk app. As the name suggests, Star Walk Kids is built with a focus on younger kids and making the content more accessible and engaging for them.
Just as its parent app does,Star Walk Kids lets you point the iPad at the sky and uses the iPad’s gyroscope to make the star map on the screen match the sky where you are. Of course in this version there is a cartoon-style interface and a kid-friendly narration style.
Here are some of the app’s key features, including some things that are not included in the app that may be pleasing to parents:
- Fun short animated films explain the most important cosmic phenomena in simple terms
– Amazing hand-picked space facts voiced by professional actors
– Engaging cartoon-style setting and simple controls
You will see where the ISS is at the moment, learn how to find North from where you are, why the Sun is so important, and more.
– Does not contain 3rd party ads.
– Does not contain in-app purchases.
– Does not contain integration with social networks.
– Uses restricted 3rd party analytics compliant with Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, does not collect any personal information.
– Uses your location locally in the app to match the map to the sky above you.
Here’s an App Store link for Star Walk Kids; it’s priced at $2.99 and is a universal app designed to run on both iPad and iPhone.
GoodReader has been one of the most powerful and popular PDF / document handling apps for iOS for many years now. Today it’s got a brand new universal version for iPad and iPhone – GoodReader 4.
If you’ve used GoodReader you already know that it’s an excellent PDF reader app that offers a wealth of annotation capabilities and a comprehensive range of storage options – from FTP to Dropbox, Google Drive and numerous others.
GoodReader 4 brings an impressive set of new features to add to this already powerful app. These include:
- Insert blank pages for notes and drawings, solving the problem of not having enough space to annotate or draw images on a document
- Rearrange pages in a document
- Rotate individual pages – or even all of them
- Delete any pages from a document
- Extract individual pages as separate files, and split PDF files into halves – enabling a sub-set of pages to be shared as its own file
- Email individual pages rather than the entire document
- Append pages from other PDF files
- PDF Page Slider now shows page previews
- icon view for file browser, with larger previews
- collapsible tool area on the main screen
- “New PDF” button to create an empty file for your important notes and drawings
GoodReader 4 is a paid upgrade, though the developers have got it on sale initially at $2.99 to offer existing users a chance to upgrade at a discount (which is the best developers can do within Apple’s App Store rules). There’s also a Migration Assistant tool that helps users move all their files and settings from the old version of GoodReader.
Here’s an App Store link for GoodReader 4.
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?