Apple is all about the services lately. Apple Music has been growing fast, but we already know that there’s a lot more on tap in the near future. Apple’s video streaming service is coming as soon as next month or so, and their new News service powered by the Texture acquisition should also be here by Summer. However, Apple may not be stopping there.
Revolution 60, the first title from dev studio Giant Spacekat, is now out on the App Store. Rev 60 is a good example of mobile-first gaming experiences (which is increasingly common thanks to iOS), and also a great example of a video game with strong female protagonists (which is still quite rare). The mix of action and adventure gameplay in Rev 60 remind me a lot of Bioware’s Mass Effect series and Telltale’s point-and-click adventure games.
I spent a few minutes with the game earlier today, and although some of the animations and sound effects didn’t feel quite as spot-on compared to other triple-A mobile titles, I liked how much effort was put into a fully voice-acted and well-written storyline. I find that really refreshing after the relative silence of titles like Infinity Blade. The art style and colour palette also reminded me fondly of the ReBoot series I used to watch as a kid.
If you’d like to check Revolution 60 out, it’s free to download, and it costs only $6 to unlock the entire game (piecemeal in-app purchasing silliness need not apply).
Red Herring is a soon-to-be-released new iPad game from the makers of the excellent 7 Little Words game. Here is the developers’ short introduction to the game:
Red Herring – containing word game, logic puzzle and trivia challenge elements – is about organizing words into categories while keeping an eye out for sneaky “red herring” words that are only in the puzzle to confuse you.
They promise that the game is simple and addictive – two words that perfectly describe their 7 Little Words game. I did a review of 7 Little Words for iPad here last year, and it remains one of my all-time favorite iPad word games. The developers were kind enough to let me try out Red Herring prior to its pending release – and I can tell you it is a uniquely challenging and fun game. I’m already hooked.
Check out the trailer video above and look out for Red Herring hitting the App Store very soon.
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)
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:
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?
Card Shark Collection Deluxe is an app for solitaire enthusiasts. I was a big fan of the 4 deck version of Spider Solitaire on my desktop computer. Since an iPad is a comfortable way to play solitaire games, I began seeking a good version of Spider Solitaire. I tried several apps and then I discovered Card Shark. This is an app with a multitude of Solitaire games including Spider Solitaire. The first thing that impressed me is the ease of moving the cards. It is very quick and smooth. I was also pleased with the features and variety of solitaire games.
Card Shark Collection Deluxe has over 70 different solitaire games including the 1, 2 and 4 deck version of Spider Solitaire and 1, 2 and 4 deck versions of Spiderette which is a smaller version of Spider Solitaire that is quicker to play. When you start Card Shark, it remembers the last place you were. This is an opening screen of the 4 deck version of Spider Solitaire.
Touch and drag the cards to the appropriate pile. When there are no moves, touch the deck at the bottom to deal another row of cards. When you start playing, you will see 2 arrows at the bottom left.
They are the Undo and Redo buttons which will let you undo or redo your moves. If you want to start the game over from the beginning, touch and hold the Undo button at the left. At the bottom right is the “home” button. Touch this and you have several choices.
New Game – This wil bring up a fresh game of the card game you were playing.
Statistics – This will show statistics for your play of the game. They include what percentage of games you have won out of games you have started, the total time you have played that game, the average playing time, the fastest win time and number of moves, your current win streak and longest win streak and the average win time. You also have the option to reset the statistics for the game.
Rules – This is your how-to-play for the game.
Restart – Restart the current game.
Resume – Go back to where you were in the game.
More info – This will take you to the developer’s website. Continue reading
Football Manager Handheld 2014 for iPad, this year’s version of the very best football management game around, has been updated this week – to Version 5.3.
By far and away the biggest addition in this update is the January transfer window data update – which takes into account all the new signings and player movement that took place during the season’s second and final transfer window.
There’s also a lengthy list of bug fixes and tweaks / improvements to the game. Here is the full list:
Fixed scout results panel incorrectly displaying scout on an assignment
Fixed players appearing in scout results that have been signed by the user
Fix for some scout report summaries changing between viewings
Tuned transfer and regen AI
Fixed rare player profile crash when player is signed by an inactive reserve team
Added Sweeper position to some player position strings
Tweaked ability of virtual players at top clubs slightly
Tweaked player match performances slightly
Fixed instances where match analysis string in news item did not match that on the page itself
Tweaked AI manager movement
Added news item when starting game managing nation/unemployed
Added injury doubt to Player Availability page
Improved predicted line-up on Next Match page
Fixed tipping own team for relegation bug
Tweaked Coach/Scout Reports
Tweaked AI manager tactical choices
Tweaked squad status perception for players
Added ability to view opposition roles/instructions in match
Added search by Nationality and Based filters to Player Search
Made choice of cloud/local save page persist
Improved handling of custom MyClub team names in non-English languages
Fixed retention of inactive area display style in preferences
Prevented attempts to exchange players in auctions
Added option to view club tactic page by default when tapping club name
Tuned loans to non-domestic clubs
Tuned transfer AI (free transfer signings)
Tuned transfer AI (declining older players)
Tweaked how players react to sales
I’m a long-time huge fan of the Football Manager franchise – on PC and now for several years on the iPad instead of a PC. So I always appreciate these game updates, and the list for this one looks good – and like a heck of a good reason to fire up a new game this week to check it out.
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 last night.
Here’s the full change list for this update to QuizUp:
Yet again we’ve made some improvements to everyone’s favorite trivia game.
+We improved the home screen! More stuff to tap, more interesting topics to check out, and generally much better access to all the great options QuizUp has to offer!
+Bug fixes and stability improvements! Because we can’t stop, no we won’t stop.
QuizUp is easily the most fun trivia game I’ve seen for the iPad. I picked it as our iPad App of the Week a few months back and had this to say about it:
I’m a big fan of trivia games, and QuizUp is an instant big favorite for me. It’s not mildly addictive. It’s full-on crazily addictive. Just one more game and I’ll eat dinner that turns into 12 more games and 5 rematches type addictive.
Here’s an App Store link for QuizUp; it’s a free app and a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.
Shenandoah Studio, makers of the excellent Battle of the Bulge and Drive on Moscow strategic wargames for the iPad, have released the first screenshots of their upcoming new title on the battle of El Alamein.
The new game will be titled Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein, and will be focused on the crucial battles fought in North Africa during World War II. It’s set for release in the Spring of 2014. Hit the break for a couple more screenshots from the game …
Time for some fun nostalgia with Missile Commander for iPad. As the title suggests this is an update of 34 year old Atari game Missile Command for the touch generation. It stays true to the simple gameplay of the original while updating the graphics and sound in a suitably retro way.