It seems more than a little bit strange, but apparently after the mid-season NBA trade flurry the iOS version of NBA Jam will be receiving a big roster update to bring the game up to speed with the current situation in the NBA. What's so strange about that? Well, iOS and other mobile platforms are the only ones getting that update. Console gamers that paid ten times as much for the game wont be getting it.
It's clearly been a bit of a crazy day over at THQ and LucasArts. When we posted earlier today, both companies had confirmed that the Star Wars Arcade game would be pulled from the App Store by the end of the day tomorrow. The fate of the entire Star Wars games franchise in the App Store was uncertain. Then, they deemed that all Star Wars games would need to be pulled from the App Store. But not long after that, THQ and LucasArts did a complete 180 and decided that no Star Wars games at all would be pulled from the store. Um...what?
Research in Motion is finally launching their own answer to the iPad on April 16 in the form of the BlackBerry PlayBook, and if the rumors are true they’ll even be hitting iOS with a new BlackBerry Messenger app shortly thereafter.
Android users got a treat this week with the release of Mobile Firefox, only a week after Mozilla unleashed the desktop version of Firefox 4 to the world. Available now on Android Marketplace, Mobile Firefox curiously skips Adobe Flash support in favor of HTML5.
If you've spent any time amongst console gaming communities you may have heard the name Rooster Teeth tossed around once or twice. Or, more likely, you may have heard the name of their renowned comedy series, Red vs Blue, an ongoing web show based on the Halo games. Now those filmmakers have turned their eye to iOS gaming to spoof the Angry Birds phenomenon.
Here at Mac|Life we're nerds for a lot of things, but rarely before have all of our nerditudes been so masterfully exploited simultaneously. Today we learned of a game that not only runs on our favorite gaming platform, but is also a mash up of one of our favorite games of 2010 and an awesome sci-fi setting that seems to be a spoof of (or direct homage to) Star Trek.
In case you didn’t know, the Children’s Book Fair is underway this week in Bologna, Italy, where iOS developer FrogDogMedia has announced it’s joining forces with Germany’s zuuka! GmbH to create “the world’s largest publisher of mobile children’s entertainment.” Take that, Disney!
One of the caveats for developers when it comes to WWDC, is the chance to be considered in Apple's Apple Design Award Competition, which is a program that recognizes apps that "set the standard for excellence" on Apple's platforms. Quietly announced in today's WWDC details though, was that apps must be included in the App Store by May 23rd in order to be up for an award.
The arcade shooter is a genre on life support. It is only by the grace of a very small (but apparently sufficient) niche of fans that the genre has managed to survive so many years beyonds its prime. Fast Striker is a call back to that age of shooters, and reinvigorates the classic bullet-hell style of 2D gameplay with more intense action and shinier graphics.