The iPod will be 10 years old this fall, and as more and more users opt for the iPhone or even the iPad as their media player of choice, Apple may be asking themselves: Is it time to drive a stake in the heart of the iPod yet? Here are a handful of reasons why they might, along with just as many for why they won’t.
Halfbrick has been responsible for some of the more memorable iOS hits to date -- notably Fruit Ninja and Age of Zombies -- and their latest, Jetpack Joyride, looks to make another strong impression on iPhone and iPad gamers when it launches this Thursday. I had a chance to play the universal app this weekend at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in Seattle, and while the speedy side-scroller is based in the self-propelled running genre popularized by Canabalt and Halfbrick's own Monster Dash, the addition of the titular object really gives this high-strung adventure a fresh new feel of its own.
I caught up with The Game Bakers team at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in Seattle this weekend, and according to Leprince, they were attracted to the iPhone and App Store by the quality and accessibility of the games, but found themselves hoping for a bit more depth from some of the headline titles. Squids is their response, as its vibrant cartoon-like style fits in well with the top casual offerings on the iPhone and iPad, yet it includes deeper layers of customization and strategy that reward dedicated play and tactical thinking.
As of right now, the only way to experience the OnLive gaming service -- which streams full games to any compatible device through an internet connection -- on the iPad is via a free viewer app, which lets you watch any other user's public gameplay stream. It's a nice demonstration of the tech, but ultimately most folks would rather play a slick, thrilling game than watch someone else do it from afar. Luckily, OnLive has an all-new iPad app in the works that will finally deliver on its promise to bring rich, Mac/PC-quality gaming experiences to devices that lack the internal horsepower to run such titles outright.
While we anxiously await what Apple has up its sleeve in the next iPhone, another tech giant seems to have something coming down their respective pipeline. According to the New York Post, Amazon is planning to release their own version of a tablet in September or October. The kicker though? The company is reportedly planning to release it for "hundreds less" than Apple's entry-level iPad 2.
PopCap Games has announced that they have just released an all-new version of they're amazing pachinko-themed casual game, Peggle. It's getting the HD treatment and is out tonight in an App Store near you.
John Carmack and his studio, id Software, have achieved some of the most stunning advances in the history of video games in the past 20 years, and they're generally regarded as graphics geniuses. So when they talked about the graphical capabilities of tablets, our interest was piqued.
If you need further evidence that Apple is reshaping the educational landscape with the iPad, look no further than Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee, who has recently introduced iPads into their innovative iKnow 2.0 program as digital textbooks for students as well as training for the faculty.