Category Archives: iPad
The latest in the Angry Birds series has become official, with Angry Birds Star Wars II catapulting our way on September 19. As expected from the earlier promo shot, the new game covers the prequel trilogy, and this time around is bringing Skylanders-esque figurines from Hasbro into play. The Telepods as they’re known, will be available to buy from toy stores, and by holding them over the camera on your iOS device you’ll be able to zap the character into the game. So, an out-of-app purchase, then.
We’re looking at about 30 new characters, and this time around you even get to choose which side of the force you want to play as; Jedi or Pork Side. Rovio isn’t disclosing whether or not Jar Jar Binks will be represented in some way, but frankly, if he isn’t, that’s a fail. Beyond announcing Star Wars II, Rovio also confirmed the Return of the Jedi themed update for the original Angry Birds Star Wars game will be dropping out of hyperspace sometime soon.
Infinity Blade: Dungeons was supposed to be a showpiece for the iPad, initially announced way back at the iPad 3 launch event, and now it seems we shall never get to play it. The title was put on hold indefinitely when developer Impossible Studios closed down, but the publisher Epic Games has now confirmed the project is cancelled.
Dungeons was lined up as a hack-and-slash spin-off title to the massively successful Infinity Blade series, but for well over a year now we’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting. At least we don’t have to wait anymore. The slightly more positive news is that it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the Infinity Blade series, but no doubts like us, there’ll be a few of you out there that will be disappointed about this one?
The National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are gathering data directly from Apple and eight other tech companies in the United States. Code-named PRISM, the program collects data directly from the servers of companies including Apple, AOL, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, PalTalk, Skype, Yahoo, and YouTube. GCHQ, the British equivalent of the NSA, also appears to be obtaining this data. Data collected includes emails, phone records, chat transcripts, video calls, and more.
So far, Apple, Google, Facebook, and others deny direct participation in PRISM. The congressional leaders and President Obama have spoken to reassure the public that the program is targeted on foreign communications and is meant as a tool to fight terror. PRISM is an outgrowth of the domestic intelligence-gathering efforts of the Bush Administration; it started in 2007 and is reauthorized by Congress every three months.
There’s a lot that’s still unclear about PRISM and to how these companies are participating. This information just came to light yesterday, and there’s still much to sift through until we have a better picture. We’ll do our best to keep you updated as we learn more.
Source: The Washington
Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time, the follow up to the extremely popular Plants vs. Zombies, will be released worldwide July 18 exclusively for iOS devices. Additionally, Plants vs. Zombies 2 will have an invite-only preview next week at the E3 conference in Los Angeles. Popcap says the new game takes place across time, with new plants to help players defend against the zombie horde.
Designed from the ground up as a live service, the ever-expanding universe of Plants vs. Zombies 2 continues the epic struggle of plants defending your brainz against zombies from your backyard through the vast reaches of time, both past and future. New worlds with new levels, plants, zombies and new ways to play will be released on an ongoing basis. Leveraging the touch interface of Apple’s popular mobile devices, Plants vs. Zombies 2 includes all-new touch-screen power-ups that enable players to “break the fourth wall” and interact with zombies directly, as well as via plant defenses.
Unlike the original game, Plants vs. Zombies 2 will be a free-to-play game. A free initial download, the game will contain a number of in-app purchases for upgrades and items, though Popcap insists that players will be able to access every level of the game without paying anything. The exact nature of the in-app purchases has yet to be announced though they will probably be similar to those in the original Plants vs. Zombies. It’s good to know at least that the main game will be available without the need for an in-app purchase.
I’ve always been a big Tetris fan, and Tetris Blitz is a new twist to the class game. You have two minutes to clear as many lines as possible, but instead of the traditional gameplay of rotating and dropping each piece, Tetris Blitz gives you options for placement of the pieces. You simply tap the spot you want the piece to go, or cycle through more choices. There are also power-up in Tetris Blitz that help you rack up the points. Tetris Blitz is not traditional Tetris, but I’m enjoying this new, high-paced version.
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes continues its campaign to occupy every single platform, with the release of an iOS version. That joins the existing PC, Mac, PS3, Vita, 3DS, DS, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360 versions in a sort of Justice League of near-identical games.
The iOS release costs $4.99 and includes two different control schemes, which means there’s a slightly better chance you might find one that’s workable, though we’re always skeptical of console-to-iOS ports.