If you thought Angry Birds showed any signs of slowing down, think again: Like the movies that inspired the spinoff, Angry Birds Star Wars will apparently not be confined to a single app, but rather a whole series instead.
Welcome back to the Monday edition of the recap! WWDC 2013 is now a wrap, and developers have headed home to start tweaking their apps for OS X Mavericks and iOS 7, but it was a relatively quiet weekend on the tech front. That doesn't mean you're left without anything to read today, however -- as always, we've assembled a crack team of stories, so without further ado…
With stellar followups like Angry Birds Space, developer Rovio has once again proven that its bird-flinging saga has every reason to deserve its status as the unofficial poster child of mobile gaming, and for the next week, you can download it for free for both the iPhone and the iPad. Considering that it reached 10 million downloads in the first three days after its release last year, there's a good chance you already have it.
Whew! It's only Thursday, but it feels like we've already experienced a full week after hitting the ground running in Los Angeles on Monday and Tuesday at Adobe MAX 2013. There's been a number of notable product introductions over the last few days you might have missed, so here's a quick recap of a handful of those while we catch our breath.
Angry Birds Friends brought the fowl-flinging sensation to Facebook, and unsurprisingly, it proved hugely popular in that format. Now the socially-connected spin on the franchise makes the return trip to iPhone and iPad while maintaining the distinct, free-to-play approach that defined that browser-based take. On a platform that already hosts five distinct Angry Birds games packed with several hundred total levels, the prospect of playing in one six-stage tournament per week may not seem remarkable, but it's the competitive aspect that puts an interesting tweak on the usual formula.
Many of our readers are probably iPhone owners, so you may have met Thursday's news about Facebook Home with a shrug or even a groan -- after all, what are the odds it will ever come to iOS? (Slim to less than none.) True Facebook junkies will probably be setting their alarm clock early on April 12 to download it anyway. Missed the news? Get caught up with our overnight recap below...
Developed by Angry Birds creator Rovio, The Croods is a village-building game inspired by DreamWorks’ latest CG animated film. With these two studios behind it, you might expect the game to be a sure thing, both as a promotional tool and as a fun iOS game for all ages. Instead, this freemium title isn’t the least bit charming, and all it seems to want is your money. Your objective is to create resources for the prehistoric Croods family by trapping, taming, and caring for wild animals, but the game downplays its characters in favor of a hollow gameplay approach.
It's no secret that the makers of Angry Birds want to become bigger than Disney, and starting March 17, they'll have their first crack at doing just that by bringing their iconic mobile game to the cartoon world.
This week you are in for a treat, boy are you ever. This week we have some App Store essentials that went on sale. We're talking apps that are must-haves. So if you've been putting off making your App Life that much better, simpler, cooler, then this is the week for you to get out your wallet.
Thanks in no small part to the perpetual success of Angry Birds, the puzzle game has mutated its own amazingly popular block-breaking sub-genre. Not content to simply ape the competition, Toy Story: Smash It! takes that concept into three-dimensional space, and in doing so makes for one of the best games of its kind on iOS devices. It's a simple concept that makes great use of a familiar property: Buzz Lightyear lobs balls at toy block play sets in Andy’s room, attempting to knock over all of the squeak-toy aliens in as few throws as possible.