Platformers are experiencing something of a renaissance on the iPhone this month. First we got the superlative League of Evil, followed by The Blocks Cometh [iTunes Link], and now Volcano Escape has hit the scene with an M.O. to change the face of the genre. The unique new platformer from Bravo Game Studios is releasing today across all iOS devices, and from the looks of it Volcano Escape is something like Doodle Jump meets Contra. Which is a very sexy thought.
Popular adventure game developer Telltale Games has announced that their new game, set in the universe of the seminal 1980s sci-fi flick, Back to the Future, has released to the App Store. If you grew up wishing you could live in a world full of flux capacitors and irritable Libyans then this may be the best chance you'll ever get. Episode 1 features a completely new story set within the Back to the Future universe.
Jailbreakers, we have some good news for you if you were bummed by the earlier iBooks announcement. It's the iPhone Dev-Team to the rescue for you, as the latest update to their PwnageTool is now available for your downloading dispersal. The update brings untethered jailbreaking for devices that are running iOS 4.2.1 and also fixed the iBooks issue discovered earlier which could prevent a user from opening up an iBookstore purchase on their device.
A new study has shown the true earning potential that free iOS apps have achieved. The study compared several different types of advertisement-supported apps on iOS and Android platforms and analyzed how much money they were able to make per user. The results show pretty clearly that ad-supported apps can easily rival the paid variety in terms of earning potential.
Neverending one-button platformers have become extremely popular on the iPhone over the past year. Games like Canabalt proved you didn't need complicated design to engage players for hours. Now, indie developer Honeyslug is taking that formula a step further with their new release Poto and Cabenga. You control not one, but two characters with a single button.
Tower defense games on the iPhone are extraordinarily common. Most of them fade into obscurity and are forgotten within days of their release. TowerMadness is one of the few and the proud that continues to stand above the rest and serve as a mark of quality. It's probably not as good or as popular as Fieldrunners, but this new update is definitely a step in the right direction.
Spacetime Studios has announced that they are working on a follow up to their well-known free iOS massively multiplayer game, Pocket Legends. Rather than a sequel to the successful fantasy game, they're switching genres altogether and crafting a whole new experience, with a science fiction theme. The game is dubbed Blackstar and is tentatively scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2011.
Apple's push notification system has certainly been a great utility on our iPhones to help us stay abreast of the latest news, sports scores, tweets, Facebook status updates and the like. However, if you happen to have a string of them right in a row, it can get to be a bit of a mess. Apple reportedly has taken notice and could be aiming to release a new notification system for iOS.
Time Geeks takes unabashed inspiration from Where’s Waldo, but this great iPhone and iPad game arguably one-ups those classic find-the-character hunts by offering a diverse array of items and people to find on each map, plus randomized placements of each. With a visual style inspired by classic pixel graphics and several stages packed with pop culture references (including an island loaded with Lost gags), Time Geeks will keep you busy for weeks; mini-games and a level editor keep things interesting for even longer.
Conventional wisdom says that if Apple had freely licensed the Mac’s operating system when it was released back in 1984, the vast majority of the world would be using it, Windows would be a niche player, and everyone would be happier.
Conventional wisdom also says that Apple is now making the same mistake by keeping tight and proprietary control over iOS, the iPhone and iPad’s operating system, and by doing so, it’s letting Android, Google’s mobile-device operating system, chomp away at Cupertino’s market share. After all, Android is steadily improving, sales of Android-equipped smartphones are outstripping iPhone sales in some markets, and the number and variety of Android-powered offerings give customers a far richer array of devices from which to choose.