The publishers are slowly, but surely, starting to trickle in. Today, Apple added another into the fold with Hearst. They have agreed to Apple's terms and will start to implement iTunes subscriptions into three of their iPad apps starting with July issues.
Remember summer nights when you were young, lying in the grass and finding patterns in the stars? (There’s a country song in there somewhere…) Pictorial runs along those lines; it's an educational/puzzle game where you take seemingly random stars and drag your finger until the stars become lines and eventually form a picture.
If your iPod feels a little stale, Discovr might be a good way to freshen it up. Enter the name of any artist and their icon appears, surrounded by icons of six similar bands. Double-tap an icon to learn more about that artist; to spawn more bubbles of more artists, a single-tap will do (and honestly, that seems backwards -- we’d like it the other way around).
If there's one area that the iOS gaming platform has been lacking in it has definitely been quality multiplayer experiences. While the PSP has games like Monster Hunter and SOCOM and Nintendo DS has Mario Kart, the iPhone hasn't had all that many quality multiplayer games worth getting excited about. So our interest was definitely piqued when we learned about the announcemen of Crescent Moon Games' 8-player shooter, Deadlock.
Last week we peered deep into the world of video apps, seeing what food bloggers and a professional kitchen could put together. Today, we crank it up a notch and delve into the world of celebrity chef apps. Can these outsized personalities kick it iOS style and prepare us a five-course meal of digital goodness, or are they jumping on a bandwagon and rushing out a digital soufflé, only to see it flop? Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah, that much we can say, so let's have a look.
Decades ago, in the United Skates of America roller rink in Rumford, Rhode Island, I was introduced to the joys of dual-stick shooter arcade games. Here, my lone robot warrior faced off against thousands of less-friendly robots, the only tactic being to dodge, refocus your fire in the direction needed and pray that the next available power-up would boost your weaponry or atomize the opponents on your screen entirely. This tradition lives on in Infinity Field, a new dual-stick space shooter developed by ForzeField Studios and published by Chillingo.
Not all writing is created equal. Sometimes you're trying to pen War and Peace; other times you just need to jot down an appointment. Notebooks for iPad aims to deliver the best of both worlds, combining extensive document management and syncing with basic text-editing and task-scheduling features. It’s not perfect, but Notebooks hits a middle ground that will be especially appealing to writers who need to edit plain text and organize multiple files.
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.