Judging from today's Morning Report, the line between console and mobile gaming appears to be narrowing rapidly, as the latest saga in the Skylanders series will offer the same experience on both platforms. Meanwhile, a murder suspect in Florida tries to make Siri an accomplice, and Amazon eyes small business registers — read on to find out all the details!
It’s been a few years since the last totally new Tony Hawk-branded skateboarding game, but Activision plans to revive the long-running franchise with an exclusive new mobile entry this summer. Tony Hawk’s Shred Session reimagines the trick-centric game for touchscreen devices, taking a behind-the-back view in portrait orientation and letting you swipe to perform different moves as you follow a set path through each environment.
The appearance of a traditional Call of Duty on iOS is long overdue – with the gap ably filled by Gameloft's lookalike Modern Combat series – as earlier entries focused on the Zombies survival side mode from the console games. But much as Call of Duty: Strike Team resembles its big-budget brethren on the surface, it's not quite as typical as it seems thanks to the ability to switch to an overhead tactical view and control multiple squad members with simple taps. And that's a very good thing, as the mobile-friendly perspective is actually the better half of this glossy military shooter experience.
In the world of console gaming, the Skylanders franchise – spun off from the once-popular Spyro the Dragon series – has been one of the biggest surprises over the last couple of years, enthralling kids and adults alike by letting them collect physical figurines that can be imported into the game using a portal peripheral. Following a couple of digital-only iOS entries, Skylanders Battlegrounds finally brings a similar experience to iPhone and iPad, though while the toys and process are much the same, the game built around it struggles to captivate.
Sometimes, it feels like it’s hard to say anything new about the Call of Duty franchise. Foreign extremist group threatens the world, the hero shoots scads of terrorists in the face — you know the drill. But Black Ops manages something unique. New additions to online multiplayer offer an incentive to keep returning to the well, the zombie-blasting mode returns in a big way, and the entire affair is wrapped in one of the craziest, most exciting narratives in the series.
Though Pitfall! for iPhone and iPad shares its namesake with the classic 1982 Atari game, this 30th anniversary "remake" bears little resemblance to its predecessor. It is, through and through, an infinite runner -- a style of game popularized by fantastic titles like Canabalt and last year's hit, Temple Run. Pitfall! doesn’t push any boundaries or blow away expectations, but it is bigger, flashier, and bolder than others of its kind.
Rumors! Rumors! Nothing but rumors half the time! Well, we've got a few of those and plenty of other news. Just wait until next week, though, as September officiallykicks off "Overheated Speculation Month" for Apple watchers. Meanwhile, here's a few overheated news stories from this week that are raising up some dog day like weather around these parts.
Atari 2600 fans, sit down and take a deep breath, because your prayers have been answered! Following up on their "reimagining" of the classic Pitfall!, Activision has gone ahead and released a free iOS app which includes all 45 of the original games.
If you were born more than 30 years ago, you probably remember the Atari 2600. And that means you probably remember the days when developer Activision was pumping out all kinds of cool game cartridges for the platform, including a personal favorite of ours which is making the jump to iOS today. Need a clue? Why, just keep reading our recap for Thursday, August 9, 2012 and find out...
Given the popularity the Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure console game -- which uses toys with built-in RFID chips to interact with the digital characters -- it's disappointing that the series' iOS debut is a simple gallery-style shooter, paired with the kind of persistent challenge progression done best in the excellent Jetpack Joyride.