Apple's Game Center has been out for a while now. Cupertino is trying to attract developers to support it, both to network their titles for multiplayer action and to offer a fairly universal leaderboard system and list of achievements.
And it works pretty well.
For those of you that have been wondering what to do with the Game Center app that appeared on your iPhone or iPod touch when iOS 4.1 was released (and your iPad when iOS 4.2.1 hit the scene), here we go...
Just because your iPhone fits squarely inside your hand doesn’t mean you always have to enjoy it on your own -- several apps let you connect with friends to share locations and photos, or even have a little fun while together. Here are eight excellent options.
If you’ve got friends with an iOS device, then rejoice! So long as you’re not rocking the left-in-the-dust 3G--or even worse, the first gen iPod touch--you’ve been able to play friends and strangers on Game Center for quite some time. It’s easy to add friends to play with on Game Center, and now iPad owners have finally gotten their turn. We decided to check out some of the iPad’s best Game Center options, focusing primarily on the games that let you play opponents online.
If you’re looking for people to play with, leave your Gamer Center tag in the comments section. As an added bonus, you’ll instantly be entered for a chance to win a Tunebug Vibe – an ultra-portable speaker that utilizes surfacesound technology to blast any music device with a 3.5mm headset jack. Making friends and winning stuff? Now that’s a combination. Scroll down to the bottom for more details.
This week, Robbie will be playing! Join Robbie in Strategery (username: strngwys) and remember to add Flo in Lego Universe (username: ohthatflo)--same usernames on Game Center! We'll start playing at 4:00pm PST.
Software developer Eyedip announced iOS Game Center integration for its balloon-focused game, Flight Doodle 4.60, available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The new feature allows players to view achievements and compare best scores on global leaderboards within the Game Center community. In addition to the new social sharing options, the latest update of Flight Doodle also features a brand new “bomb” power-up, revamped boost mechanics, and exciting new balance changes.
When Apple released Game Center, there were already a flurry of games taking advantage of the new technology. But, behind every Game Center-enabled application, there's a developer (or developers) working hard to ensure that the technology will work the way Apple intended. We recently spoke to one of those developers, Kyle Richter, about how Game Center is changing the mobile space.
Figuring out which games are available for Game Center can be tough. Fortunately, Game Center compatbility-badges will be coming to the App Store in iOS 4.2, so you'll know exactly which games offer Game Center achievements while you're shopping around.
The Fruit Ninja 1.4 update was released to the App Store today, adding multiplayer support for Game Center. Battle your friends and enemies in an all new network multiplayer mode that throws blue fruits and red fruits at your screen. Slice away at your blue fruit while avoiding your opponents red fruit. The regular rules of the game still apply in multiplayer mode, such as bonuses and combo fruits.
With iOS 4.1, Apple released a completely new social gaming platform for the iPhone, iPod touch and in November, the iPad called Game Center. Game Center is the mobile equivalent of Nintendo’s Wii Network Play, Xbox Live, or Playstation Network. When you download games that have been designed to support Game Center, you can interact with leaderboards, special per-game achievements, and even multiplayer support complete with VoIP.