The iron portcullis of Apple's "walled garden" has reportedly slammed shut in front of some new apps that utilize what many are calling unfair practices. Specifically, reports are coming in that Tapjoy, along with other companies, are saying their apps have been banned for using "pay-per-install" incentive programs that offer free virtual currency or items to users who download the app.
It's stories like these that make us absolutely adore the iOS platform. Laser Dolphin is a new iOS game from Dingo Games that stars, you guessed it, a fully armed and ready-for-battle porpoise. The Prime Minister has been kidnapped by aliens and only Laser Dolphin can save him from inevitable probes.
The second Spring seasonal update to Angry Birds Seasons has arrived today just one month after the previous update released for St. Patrick's Day. If somehow you're not yet sick of Angry Birds and are craving even more obnoxious squawking and snorting you can get fifteen new levels in the update along with some new Game Center achievements.
According to Flurry Analytics, smartphones are continuing their march to dominance in the video gaming sector. The company released a set of data accompanied by two year-on-year graphs that show the total revenue of the video game industry (console vs portable vs iOS/Android) and a more specific breakdown of portable game revenue (Nintendo DS vs PSP, iOS/Android.) As you might guess, smartphones are accounting for an ever larger share of the market.
We've seen some weird stuff on the App Store over the past couple years, but this one is right up there at the top of the weirdness list. Someone over at the WWE has masterminded a new iOS game that combines the gameplay of Angry Birds with the superstars (as they like to refer to them) of the WWE wrestling organization.
If you were among the many disappointed to find that Apple left out AirPrint support for existing printers when iOS 4.2 was released, you’ve probably discovered Ecamm’s Printopia. If so, check for updates, because the company just released version 2.0 which brings a long list of cool new features.
The strange saga of 4th and Battery's Unpleasant Horse continues today as the game appeared ever-so-briefly on the New Zealand App Store, then it was reportedly pulled from the store abruptly. It was available long enough for discussion to begin about the game on the forums over at TouchArcade, but then it was gone with no official word or explanation.
Resident Evil 4 has been one of the best shooters available on iOS for quite a while, and now Capcom is looking to expand on that formula with the release of Resident Evil Mercenaries VS. The game seems similar to the previous game, but with new characters and a few notable enhancements like competitive play. We'll be able to find out if the formula holds up later today as the game makes its way to the North American App Store following its recent arrival on the New Zealand store along with plenty of other games.
In addition to some glitches downloading apps from the App Store on Wednesday night, you may have noticed a new addition to the Requirements section on every single app: “ix.Mac.MarketingName.” Is Apple about to launch a new device or has the App Store simply lost its mind?