Who’s amped up for the weekend?! iPhone 4S early adopters are now celebrating their seven-day anniversary with their new little friend and everyone is geared up for Monday’s debut of the Walter Isaacson authorized bio of Steve Jobs -- but those aren’t the only things making news today. Here’s a look at what’s new for this fine Friday, October 21, 2011.
Have you still not gotten around to downloading the original Cut the Rope? Go. Now. Download that wonderful game and don't look back. It's ten times the puzzle game Angry Birds could ever be! And it's from that point of lofty praise that the sequel has to pick up the baton and continue the legacy. Thankfully, Cut the Rope: Experiments is more than up to the task.
Yesterday's launch of iOS 5 was also the launch of Newsstand, Apple's solution for buying and updating magazines and periodicals on iPhones and iPads. It's pretty spiffy, and we are there -- in fact, as of this writing we're the No. 6 app on the Top Grossing list. You can buy a single issue for $5.99 or subscribe for just 99 cents per month, which you can cancel anytime. (So there's really no reason to buy that $5.99 single issue, seriously.) More details and screenshots inside...
Most people probably aren't aware of Mobigames incredible iOS game, Edge, from the early days of the App Store. That's because the game was tied up in a major legal battle that kept it off the store for huge swaths of time (synopsis: the gaming industry's most infamous patent troll, Tim Langdell, sues the crap out of anything with the word "Edge" in it, claiming he owns the copyright because his company is named Edge Games.)
It was both a blessing and a curse to be an Apple fan last week, with the iPhone 4S announcement immediately overshadowed the death of co-founder Steve Jobs. But now, the second full week of October is in full swing, with more than a million preordered iPhone 4S units headed to customers this Friday. Here’s what else is making news for Monday, October 10, 2011.
Holy guacamole, it's practically October? October is tomorrow? Is this the fastest year ever, or what? As the leaves start turning and the days get shorter, it's comforting to know that some things never change -- like all the sales in the App Store.
OK, technically those do change; they change all the time! Which is why we tell you about them, in Friday's Price Drop column. This week we'll help you work out, pig out, and then bliss out with one of the funnest games of all time.
Bam! Pow! Regardless of whether or not you’ve seen the Batman television series from the '60s, you’re probably familiar with the pop-cultural trope of using visual onomatopoeia to induce an appropriately “comic book-y” feel to any given medium. And if you’ve ever felt the urge to create your own homage to camp violence or schlocky melodrama in paneled form, now you can with your iOS device.
Ever since Ernő Rubik crafted his famous cube in 1974, there's been a certain satisfaction in matching color-coded blocks to one another. Nowadays, unless you're a genius you likely gave up on one of those after 10 minutes or looked up a solution. Qvoid similarly tasks players to combine color-coded cubes, only this time you're pushing a cube around a three dimensional plane and it's a lot more forgiving and fun.
Halfbrick has a knack for creating cheap, quick-hit apps that immediately devour any remaining free time you thought you had -- see Fruit Ninja, above all -- and new universal app Jetpack Joyride may be its finest work to date. Like precursor Monster Dash, Jetpack Joyride thrusts everyman-turned-badass Barry Steakfries in a frantic side-scrolling adventure, but as indicated in the title (originally Machine Gun Jetpack), you're no longer stuck on the ground.
Groove Coaster is a rhythm game boiled down to its essence. Where Guitar Hero had multiple buttons and Rez married its interactive soundtrack to hardcore shooting mechanics, Groove Coaster is concerned entirely with keeping a beat using its simple one-touch controls to its advantage.