The end of August tends to be a slow time on the news desk, as last minute vacations are crammed in, as sleepy vacationers slowly get back in the groove of things, and as parents start bundling their kids off to school once more. Who has time for the news under those circumstances? Well, here's the stories that were heating up our thermometers this week, burning up the wires.
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.
We all survived a long, national nightmare waiting for the white iPhone 4, which was delayed a handful of times before finally being made available in late April. The question now is, could the same fate soon befall a newly leaked white iPod touch that may be introduced this fall?
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.
Oh come on, don’t act so surprised -- someone was bound to make one of these eventually, right? We all know the iPhone 4 takes great 720p HD video, but usually it looks like we were shooting during an earthquake. Now you can shoot video like the pros with the Steadicam Smoothee.
I have a third-generation iPod touch (running iOS 3.3.1), and I recently updated the software to iOS 4.2.1. I can get all the new features: AirPrint, AirPlay, folders, and so on. The only thing I can’t get is multitasking. Is there something I can do to get this feature, or can I just not get it at all with the third-gen?
Warm Gun may be the master of adjectives on the App Store when it releases. It's a post-apocalyptic, Wild West, steampunk, multiplayer iOS first-person shooter. It's quite a mouthful, but the developer sent us a new video of the game in action today and it looks pretty great.
You might remember 4th and Battery from their exploits earlier this year when they were spawned as an off-shoot brand of Bejeweled/Plants vs. Zombies developer PopCap Games. Their first game was mired in controversy, the second was hardly ever seen, and now they're back with a third. Though they're being a bit coy with the announcement, we think we know what game it is.
Phosphor Games has unveiled their highly intriguing new horror game for iOS. It's called The Dark Meadow, and it looks pretty amazing thus far. Today they're showing off some awesome new screens of the game in action.
Printopia is a small System Preferences pane that, once installed, will give you access to non-AirPrint printers directly from your iOS device, but also includes a feature to print directly to your Dropbox folder on your Mac. With this feature, whenever you print, a PDF file will be immediately transfered to your Mac's Dropbox folder and opened.