We just can't seem to keep PopCap out of the news feed today. First there was the heart-warming/wrenching story of the young Make-A-Wish boy who got to make a game with PopCap. Now, PopCap has announced that they have acquired a new game studio called ZipZapPlay that specializes in making social game experiences.
Better grab a box of tissues for this story. Owain Weinert is 9-years-old and has Leukemia, cancer of the white blood cells. When he enrolled in the Make-A-Wish program his wish was to create his very own video game. Today we're getting word that PopCap Games stepped up to fulfill the request and has created Allied Star Police which was designed by Weinert.
If you’re a fan of old-fashioned terrestrial radio, you’ve probably already discovered ooTunes Radio, one of the biggest and best iOS apps that pulls in live AM/FM broadcasts from over 150 countries -- and thanks to a new 4.0 update, looks good on the iPad while doing it.
Last week we brought you a gallery of 20 beautiful Mac OS desktops, but the customization doesn't stop there. This week we bring you 20 beautifully customized iPad homescreens. iOS customization is a little more challenging than OS X customization, particularly on the iPad, but with a little time and perseverence, these themers achieve beautiful results. Hopefully their work will inspire you to give iPad theming a try, too.
The Angry Birds phenomenon is clearly unstoppable. While in the past the seminal iOS title was rivaled by other classics like Cut the Rope and Flight Control, the bird-flinging sensation has sling-shotted completely off the map. While other iPhone successes are measuring their success in the thousands and millions, Angry Birds is in the tens and hundreds of millions. Is there no end to the anger?
It's hard to say for certain, but this might be our favorite iOS gaming story of the year so far. Back in February we reported on a game that we were pretty sure would ruffle a few feathers when it came out. It was called Smuggle Truck and the goal of the game was to transport illegal immigrants across the southern US border.
At the same time as Square Enix is expanding on its existing franchises on iOS, they're also rolling out a brand new franchise called Imaginary Range. The new product is being called a game-comic hybrid. In other words its mostly a comic book, but with interactive elements to try to capture some of the many gaming fans on iOS as well.
In case you missed it last year, Chaos Rings was one of the very best RPGs ever to be released on the iOS platform. Even after the release of Final Fantasy III, it's still probably the best. Made by Square Enix (the legendary purveyors of fine RPGs like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest,) it was one of the first iOS games to truly justify a high $13 price tag. Now, apparently Square Enix found some success with the title because they're expanding the series with two brand new games.
Apple has remained mostly silent on its latest “Locationgate” scandal involving GPS-equipped iOS devices recording and saving location data -- until now. The company has just posted an extensive question and answer document on its website, covering 10 key points.
Gameloft has been receiving a ton of flak for its highly ambitious upcoming MMORPG called Order and Chaos Online. However, today Gameloft has announced that they are forging ahead and have released the new iOS game, but only in Canada. Moreover, the game comes standard with three free months of play time for 99 cents.