Tomorrow could be the most important day in recent Apple history. It certainly will be a big test of Tim Cook’s leadership.
If reports are to be believed, we will see the announcement of the next, larger iPhone, the iPhone 6 coming in at 4.7″ and 5.5″ models. But possibly just as important, we will see the announcement of the new Apple wearable — be it the iWatch or whatever it ends up being called. It will be the first new Apple product line since the launch of the iPad in 2010.
We’re also expecting the usual stats update, and hopefully, if we’re lucky, a few game demos that will show off the new iPhones and Metal. If you remember, Metal is Apple’s iOS 8 framework that gives developers much more direct control of the graphics hardware which should lead to even more amazing games.
Join us on Twitter for updates live during the announcement starting at 10am Pacific tomorrow. We’ll also have full details and analysis of the announcement and (hopefully) hands on impressions here tomorrow afternoon.
It’s kind of a slow news day for iOS games, probably because tomorrow will be a crazy-huge news day as the next iPhone is announced, plus the iWatch and whatever else Apple has up its sleeve for the slavering masses (myself included). But two new trailers have just been released for games that look pretty promising. Check ‘em out below. (more…)
At PAX Prime 2014, there were several panels offering career advice, with one specifically focused on what it’s like to work in the industry as a game writer.
The panel, Tinder Tales and Other Wicked Ways to Get Work as a Game Writer, moderated by me, featured Dan Tack, PC Editor of Game Informer, Samit Sarkar, Reporter at Polygon, Bobby Stein, Lead Writer for Guild Wars 2 at ArenaNet, Duncan Stanley, Marketing & PR Manager at Deep Silver, Robert Workman, Contributing Writer at Shacknews, and Kyle Gaddo, Editor of Save/Continue.
Hit the jump for key insights shared included these seven top tips every budding blogger should know: (more…)
On its PlayStation blog, Sony announced that Sackboy is coming to iOS. Sackboy is the star of the star of the PlayStation-exclusive LittleBigPlanet platformers, and is really the closest thing to a Mario-like mascot that the company has. The iOS game, which will also come to PS Vita and Android, will be an auto-runner called Run, Sackboy! Run!. Check out the colorful pics below. (more…)
CouchConnect is an extra long HDMI cable that connects a mobile device to just about any modern TV. I recently had a chance to try out CouchConnect while traveling with just my iPhone and iPad mini. It’s quick to set up, and works the same as any other HDMI cable — the bonus is that it’s over 16 feet long — easily connects to a TV in a hotel room and extends to the bed.
I was able to stream an SF Giants game from MLB At Bat to the TV in my room and later play a few games mirrored on the TV. The video streaming worked without a hitch, but the game play was a bit delayed — as it is with any HDMI connection. Barely noticeable in all but the twitchiest of games.
For just $30, anyone who travels any amount, or just has a need to stretch an HDMI cable across a room, CouchConnect is a great option. Note that the standard Apple HDMI adapter ($50) is still needed with CouchConnect — or a related HDMI adapter for an Android device. For more info on CouchConnect, check out their site.
Wednesday is Big Game Night for iOS gamers because each hump day at 11 p.m. EST is when most of the week’s biggest games hit the U.S. App Store. This week we have a fantastic-looking line-up for fans of a variety of genres. Check out our picks below. (more…)
Good news, JRPG fans: Square Enix has announced that it will continue to bring the Dragon Quest series to the App Store. As you may already know, Dragon Quest IV and VIII have already been released in their full portrait-orientation glory. Next up is a remastered version of the original game, which will then be followed by II, III, V, and VI. (more…)
The fine folks at Telltale still refuse to publicly admit that Tales from the Borderlands will be coming to iPad. But we know it will. Don’t we? It should be the next big story game series now that The Walking Dead Chapter Two is complete. Well I’ve convinced myself of that anyway. I took a bit of time at PAX to play through about 30 minutes of the game and it’s everything I’ve come to expect of a Telltale game — amazingly well done. I can’t wait for it to come out on iPad. Are you listening Telltale?
Steven Universe – Attack the Light is a new game from Cartoon Network that takes a light Pokemon type RPG into the Steven Universe, uh, universe. Steven guides his three other characters through a series of dungeons battling them with light and fun turn based attacks. Look for Attack the Light later this year.
Adventure Time Game Wizard is an in development game we saw from Cartoon Network at PAX this year. The game allows players to develop their own platform game using either grid paper or the in game editor. Creating levels using paper is done by using a set of standard symbols for platforms, elevators, coins, etc. Longer levels can be created by using multiple sheets.
The game should be great for kids that want to create their own games, an easy introduction to level design. Look for Adventure Time Game Wizard later this year.
Light in the Dark is a light based puzzle coming this week to iOS. In the game, light emitting characters are moved around a game board to light up stars — light all three stars for a perfect score on the level. As the levels progress, more obstacles, more difficulty, and much more to manage. It’s a great looking game and includes 60 levels from the easy to impossible. Look for it in the App Store soon.
Stormworm is being described as the 3D successor to Snake. Seems like an apt description. The snake or worm in this case is centered on the screen with a press on the right or left side to turn the 3D world it roams on in that direction. It’s a quick and fun game that indeed does ramp up the snake idea. It should be out on iOS soon and is available now on Google Play.