Video game publishing juggernaut Electronic Arts has taken out its check book yet again to acquire another high profile iOS gaming company. Late last year EA purchased Angry Birds publisher Chillingo (though not Angry Birds the brand) for a cool $20 million in cash, and now they have acquired another major player in the iPhone gaming world, Firemint.
You may not have heard of Auditorium, but trust us when we say it's one of the most unique and intriguing games on the iOS platform. It fuses great puzzle gaming with rhythm and music. So we're not exaggerating when we say the announcement of the creator's (Cipher Prime) next game, Pulse, was a great thrill. Now we're getting word that the game has passed approval and will be released on Thursday, May 5.
Last week, app developer Outfit7 announced a milestone with more than 100 million apps downloaded. So how do you follow up a feat such as this? By introducing your latest and greatest character, then having it skyrocket to the number one entertainment app within 48 hours.
If you’re sitting there waiting for your favorite iPhone app to get a universal update (or even a separate “HD” version for the iPad), you’re probably not alone -- here’s a lineup of 10 apps guilty of depriving us of some big-screen iPad love.
With all of Suda 51’s penchant for socio-political psychobabble, surrealism and punk-rock sensibilities, universal Frog Minutes is not the kind of game one would expect from his company, Grasshopper Manufacture. Frog Minutes is Grasshopper’s iOS debut, and when it was announced as a charitable project whose proceeds would aid victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami to hit the developer’s native Japan, all that was known about it was its name and amphibian-based logo. With Grasshopper’s pedigree and following, they probably could have released a game about navigating Japanese tax software and people would still buy it, and in some ways the quiet Frog Minutes is almost as mundane -- it’s an unexpected little app that involves, you guessed it, catching frogs.
Research in Motion may be getting plenty of ridicule over its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, but now iPad users have at least one reason to envy the device -- it’s getting the very first official Facebook app for tablets.
Holy White iPhone! And it's tracking your every move, even when you go back to the kitchen and sneak a couple extra bites of cake and drink milk from the jug -- and that's just some of what Apple revealed this week in the form of dance off press releases. Wait, what? The real news is below the fold, just in case you were pinned under a couch this week and might have missed some of this.
So you're going on vacation soon and you don't really want to spend your hard earned cash on apps before your journey. How about some free apps -- and a nifty new, helpful service from Google -- to get you all squared off for your trip? This week's Free App Friday features Google's new "What's Around Here?" Labs plug-in, free audiobooks for the plane ride there, an airport map on your iPhone and an app that let's you see what your pilot's seeing!
We just can't seem to keep PopCap out of the news feed today. First there was the heart-warming/wrenching story of the young Make-A-Wish boy who got to make a game with PopCap. Now, PopCap has announced that they have acquired a new game studio called ZipZapPlay that specializes in making social game experiences.
It’s not often that we absolutely fall in love with iPhone/iPad stands. Frankly, they’re so utilitarian that there’s not much to set one apart from another. They hold up your device -- and that’s about it. Besides, any inanimate object could theoretically handle that challenge, like a sufficiently sized rock or your sleeping cat. But after spending some time with both the desktop and foldable versions of Rokstand, we don’t want anything else propping up our iOS devices.