For the past couple years, Apple users in Canada and Europe have had Apple’s 12 Days of Christmas to look forward to for some post Xmas freebies, and this year, us lowly Americans can now get in on the action. All you have to so is download the app and wait. On December 26th, every day for twelve days, Apple will be giving away an iOS freebie. Sometimes it’s a movie, an episode of a TV show, books, music, games or apps. Viva la free shit!
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the reboot of Leisure Suit Larry is now available on iOS for iPhone and iPad. While there’s not yet an Android version, one is in the works. In the meantime, take your pants off and get all kinds of sleazy with your iPhone.
While it hasn’t been officially announced by Apple, for the fifth anniversary of the App Store, many of the best and best-selling games and apps for iOS are free right now. Yes, free!
Now that Microsoft has established its own mobile platform, you might think they might try and leverage their strong library of first party games, but it looks like they’re first going to be converting games like Age of Empires to iOS and Android. But considering the piss poor share of Windows Mobile on mobile devices (note that the fucking Blackberry Playbook has the same number of users as the Microsoft Surface), it’s probably just good business sense to start with Apple and Android first.
Calling it the biggest change to the iPhone since the launch of the iPhone, Apple today unveiled the highly anticipated iOS7. Not only does the whole thing have a new, sleek, minimalistic look, but all kinds of functions have been added, borrowed, improved or modified to improve the iOS experience.
When Jony Ives took over as the lead UI designer for iOS last year after Scott Forstall got the boot, most people were automatically thinking of a massive graphical overhaul for the next version of iOS, and it sounds like that’s the case. The launch of iOS 7 is being pushed back until September as Ives replaces the familiar pseudo-realistic page tears and stitches with a more modern, minimal and flat, almost Windows Metro-like design.
In Cards Against Humanity, the game is to try and submit the funniest answer to a question posed to the players. It’s a hilariously awesome game, but sadly there’s no mobile version. Enter Snap Snap Go, which is kinda like Cards Against Humanity, only using photos to answer instead of words.
Right now, it’s iOS only so check it out on the App Store.
While most kids aren’t carrying around little plastic Tamagotchi eggs anymore, there’s still a big virtual pet market on Android and iOS. And that’s exactly where Tamagotchi is going next, with an app/game being launched soon by Bandai.
2012 was a huge, huge year for mobile gaming as more and more and more people picked up iPhones, iPods, iPads and Android devices by the armload. And in 2012, the biggest money-making trend for iOS game developers was making free-to-play games with additional paid content. Every single one of the top 10 grossing iPhone games from last year were free. Free game, then charge people real money for in-game items. Seems to be a winning strategy.
With time quickly running out to get stuff in the mail before Christmas, Apple has just brought back app gifting, which you can now do straight from your iOS device. From the App Store, you can pull up a menu that lets you send any app as a gift to someone else, even letting you schedule it up to 90 days in advance.
As the lines between console and phone begin to blur, you’ll have to start making more hard choices like these… do you want Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for your phone for just $5? Yes, Vice City is a great game, but do I want it on a tiny touchscreen?