As with many of Apple’s App Store changes, controversy has erupted in the wake of the company’s new in-app subscription billing, which has claimed another high-profile developer who has penned an open letter to Cupertino over their rejection.
Late last week, some rumors began to circulate that Final Fantasy III would soon be getting an iPhone port. However, that's where the news stopped. Two problems arose: A) the news was based off of a scan of a japanese magazine that nobody could read to confirm the news, and B) nobody knew whether the game (if it existed at all) was coming to territories outside of Japan. Today Square Enix offered an official word on the matter, and we can all rejoice in the knowledge that one of the lost Final Fantasy games will find its way to North America on the iPhone.
Announced last week, Apple’s new policies for subscription billing appear to have raised the hackles of publishers more than it’s made them happy -- and questions remain as to exactly who is going to have to use the option in the first place.
Chillingo, the publisher behind games like Cut the Rope and Guerilla Bob, announced that its currently working to bring the B-list first-person shooter Painkiller to iOS platforms. The original Painkiller was developed by People Can Fly for the PC platform and was widely known for its incredibly over-the-top action and violence.
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.