Welcome to this week’s Game Time, where we’ll take a good hard look at everything the Universe has to offer, and what it means to be truly sentient. We always keep it interesting with iOS GAAAAAMETIME.
The Fruit Ninja 1.4 update was released to the App Store today, adding multiplayer support for Game Center. Battle your friends and enemies in an all new network multiplayer mode that throws blue fruits and red fruits at your screen. Slice away at your blue fruit while avoiding your opponents red fruit. The regular rules of the game still apply in multiplayer mode, such as bonuses and combo fruits.
As we previously mentioned, the Unreal Engine that powers many console-quality games was going to make the move into the hands of iPhone and iPad developers, allowing game developers to create more graphically-rich games for iOS devices. But as Know Your Mobile reports today, the UDK (Unreal Development Kit) may make it's way into the hands of iOS developers very soon.
We’re ridiculously stoked on Game Center, and for good reason. It adds a new layer of depth to the App Store and it helps us fulfill our unending desire for achievements, no matter how ridiculous and truly worthless they may seem. This week, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best Game Center games that have multiplayer, and enable you to rack up all of those achievement points you’ve been waiting to add to your bucket list.
With iOS 4.1, Apple released a completely new social gaming platform for the iPhone, iPod touch and in November, the iPad called Game Center. Game Center is the mobile equivalent of Nintendo’s Wii Network Play, Xbox Live, or Playstation Network. When you download games that have been designed to support Game Center, you can interact with leaderboards, special per-game achievements, and even multiplayer support complete with VoIP.
Lately we've been playing a lot of Team Fortress 2 on Frag the Editor Friday. Okay, it's really all we've been playing. This week we're going to mix it up and have the editors playing different games, giving our readers the opportunity to play against us without having to delve into the face-shooting world of FPS.
So pick an editor and get ready to battle:
Roberto Baldwin & Nic Vargus - Steam - Team Fortress 2 - Mac|Life Steam Group - Join the group chat room to be invited to the game.
Ray Aguilera - Enigmo - Game Center & Strategery- Username: raguilera - Will announce on his Twitter feed when he's ready for another game.
Susie Ochs - Words with Friends & Strategery - Will be accepting new games over the weekend - Username: sfsooz
Florence Ion - Cro Mag Rally - Game Center - Username: Ohthatflo - Will announce on her Twitter feed when she's ready for another game.
If you're like a most of the Mac|Life staff, you have more than one email address. If you're on Game Center, your main email address might not be the one you have attached to your Game Center account. Here's how to add all of your email addresses to Game Center so you don't miss an invitation from your game playing friendship.
With the release of iOS 4.1 today, many are scrambling to download and play Game Center games with their non-iPhone 3G using friends. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of games to choose from right now, but a member on the Touch Arcade Forums is documenting the approved games as they become available in iTunes.