Among things like the iMovie for iPad and a little thing called the iPad 2, Apple today announced the upcoming availability of GarageBand for iPad, and the little musical powerhouse has never looked sweeter. If you’ve ever used one of the piano iPad apps, you’ll understand immediately why this is something to get excited about. And it won’t just let you play piano, either; you can strum a guitar, play the bass, or bang on the drums. Since it won’t hit the app store until March 11, we don’t yet have a hands-on review of it, but what we do have an idea of what it is, and why it will be awesome.
In the mobile gaming world all of the attention is focused on San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference, but that hasn't stopped EA from launching one of its biggest games of the year. Fight Night Champion, EA's new boxing game, is now available for iOS devices.
Before you ask, no, we're not entirely certain why Sonic needs to drive a car in this upcoming racing game. We weren't sure when this title was released last year on consoles either. Our guess: it would look weird if he was running next to the cars of his opponents in a kart-racing game. There's one thing we are sure about: we're pretty excited about this game getting its release on iOS platforms.
Ordinarily, when a developer finds success with a particular game, their follow up project generally follows in a similar genre. Kairosoft's announcement of Hot Springs Story is a perfect example. However, Firemint seems to have no qualms about continually reinventing themselves. Their new game is titled Agent Squeek and stars an adorable secret agent mouse.
There's never a shortage of speculation surrounding an Apple product launch or update. The release of iOS 4.3 is no exception. Since iOS 4.2.1 became available for download, the Internet has kept itself busy trading in rumors, scrutinizing build notes, and picking apart the code of iOS 4.3 test builds in the hope that doing so might reveal what was next for Apple's trusty mobile operating system. Most likely, all will be revealed at this week's Apple Event. But do you really want to wait that long to find out what Cupertino has in store for us? Of course not. To that end, we've put together a list of what we know so far about the next iteration of iOS. The short version? It's gonna be awesome.
Typically, Apple sets the design trend for the computer industry. For years they've done this, laying out some design principle that gets snatched up by nearly everyone else, in a way that makes the industry prettier. Since we're all so use to that direction of inspiration, it seems surprising for Apple to be influenced by others, and it's especially surprising to see them influenced by their largest competitor in the mobile market.
SuperBrothers Sword and Sorcery EP is nothing if not unique. There's practically nothing about this game that seems cribbed from other releases, and the new trailer they've released is no different. Presented in an almost Twilight-Zone-esque way, the trailer aims for "audience calibration" to prepare us for the game's impending release.
Game Dev Story was one of our favorite little-known titles from all of last year. It's wonderful blend of quirky humor and addictive gameplay grabbed us and didn't let go for days. Now, the game's developer, Kairosoft, has released a follow up to Game Dev Story titled Hot Springs Story.
Recently, Epic released their Unreal Development Kit (UDK) for iOS devices, giving most every developer access to one of the highest quality gaming engines around. What's more, if you're doing educational or non-commercial work, you can use it for absolutely free.
Amidst the hubbub of updated MacBook Pros and soon-to-be-updated iPads, another event of much spiffiness looms on the horizon: Game Developers Conference in San Francisco from February 28 to March 3.
With that in mind, here are ten upcoming games worth looking forward to for the Mac OS X and iOS platforms. And while they may make you forget to pay attention to and feed friends, family, loved ones and pets, they're en route and could be interesting...