swipe magazine is a shiny new iPad magazine app that’s touted as the essential digital publication for iOS fans. It just hit the iPad App Store yesterday and it’s published by The iPhone Alliance, which this site is a member of. The iPhone Alliance is described like so:
The iPhone Alliance is a part of the wider Smartphone Alliance which unites over 52 of the very biggest and best independent games and app review sites to work together on a number of initiatives in order to help promote and celebrate the best mobile content.
There are lots of great sites in the alliance and I’m happy that my site has been part of it for quite some time now. Now here’s a little more on what swipe magazine is all about:
This is the only dedicated magazine that focuses on the best App Store content, and which has been built from the ground up as a true interactive digital experience for iPad. (An iPhone version is coming soon.)
Every issue is packed with only the very best games, apps, and accessories as rated by the leading independent review sites of the iPhone Alliance – a genuine ‘who’s who’ of the iOS media so you know they are opinions you can trust.
And here are some of the features in Issue 1:
✔ World exclusive first look at Rovio’s Angry Birds follow-up, Amazing Alex
✔ Interview with gaming legend and Elite co-creator David Braben about Lost Winds and other iOS projects
✔ Reviews of the recent must-check games, including N.O.V.A. 3, Angry Birds Space, Beat Sneak Bandit, Burnout Crash!, Flight Control Rocket, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Max Payne Mobile, Mass Effect Infiltrator, Waking Mars and many more
✔ The Top 10 RPGs on iOS: from Final Fantasy to Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP
✔ The coolest new iPhone/iPad hardware
✔ A collection of must-have apps
I’ve been browsing and reading the first issue over the last couple of days and it’s a heck of an impressive debut I’d say. The exclusive look at Amazing Alex is a great read and the issue boasts a number of good reviews and review roundups.
I like some of the quick-hitter type pages in this issue as well. Sound Bytes features a set of very good quotes from developers and publishers on mobile games.
The magazine’s interface is definitely bright and dynamic – and has lots of animated and interactive elements spread throughout its pages. It’s a little busy in some places for my taste, but overall it’s got a fresh, fun feel to it. If you’re a fan of game review sites you’re likely going to feel very at home with this iPad magazine. Issue 1 is designed for portrait mode only – I hope this may change in future issues.
Oh, and I’m included on the Divide iPinions page, where a few of us were asked for thoughts on freemium games:
I’m looking forward to having more iPad Insight content in future issues of swipe.
Speaking of which, Issue 2 is due out in July. There’s no word yet on future issue pricing or subscription offerings – but this first issue is available now at the attractive price of free / zero dollars.
Here’s an App Store link for swipe magazine.
If you get a chance to take a look I’d love to hear your thoughts on it the comments.