Hot on the heels of an important Star Wars: Tiny Death Star update, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga has landed at the Apple App Store. The new iOS game features LEGO versions of all the Star War episodes starting with The Phantom Menace. Episode one is free to download, and Episodes II – VI are available as in-app purchases. You can purchase the complete saga for $15, or each episode individually for around $3 each.
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a port of the console versions of the games released by the Lego Group in 2005. The iOS version features 36 story mode levels, bonus content, over 120 characters, and both "Classic" and “Touch Screen” controls. The game requires 1.44GB of available space if you download it directly to your device, but only 735MB of space if you download it to your computer and then sync.
Star Wars: Tiny Death Star has received a special holiday update which makes it easier to unlock all the hidden "Scenes" in your Album. Version 1.2 of the game allows you to deliver bitizens with a question marks to any level. This is great because you can now try to match the correct Star Wars character to the right level to unlock all the scenes. For example, delivering Boba Fett to the Cloud City Spa will unlock the Hans Solo carbonite scene.
This feature was just released today, so I haven't had the time to unlock all of the scenes, but I will update this page as I figure out each one. Also feel free to pitch in and tell us who unlocks what scene or any other tips in the comments section below. This way we can make a complete list to help other players who are stuck. Thanks in advance!
The stock iOS keyboard has come a long way since the original iPhone launched in 2007. Apple's constant improvements, such as adding a cut and paste option, has all but eliminated the need for any third-party options. But a San Francisco-based company wants to change all that. Fleksy founder Ioannis Verdelis sat down with The Verge to explain why his keyboard should be the go to option for iOS app developers.
The company has begun rolling out a developer's kit that allows app creators to insert the Fleksy keyboard into their code. Fleksy's creators claim that the keyboard is so easy to use, that users will be able to type without looking at their devices, just like when working on a traditional QWERTY keyboard. The software uses gesture and touch typing to improve writing on mobile devices. For example, users can use swiping and sliding gestures to create spaces between words, and have the keyboard auto complete words before they are finished typing.
Rovio Entertainment's new free to play Angry Birds title is now available on the App Store. Angry Birds Go! is a soapbox racing game which features all your favorite Angry Birds characters such as Red, Stella, Moustache Pig and more.
The game takes place on Piggy Island and allows you to build and race over 50 soapbox cars on various racetracks. Players can choose to use touch-based or tilt-based controls to steer their kart, and select between three difficulty levels for all the different stages. The game features many game modes from basic races to Fruit Splat, and it is very easy to play. The game also doesn't require any previous knowledge of the Angry Bird franchise to enjoy.
Apple is giving away 12 free gifts to iOS 7 users starting on December 26. While it is unknown what the items will be, they normally include free downloads of movies, TV shows, games, books and music. iOS 7 users can receive Apple's 12 free gifts by downloading the 12 Days of Gifts app from the App Store.
The app allows users to download 1 free item each day for 12 days. Each free gift only lasts 24 hours, but users can enable alerts so they can receive a notification each time a new item is available. In previous years Apple has given away games like Sonic Jump, downloads of TV shows like How I Met Your Mother and free singles from artists such as One Direction and Ke$ha.
Retro gamers can now purchase the entire Double Dragon Trilogy from the App Store. The $2.99 download includes Double Dragon, Double Dragon 2: The Revenge, and Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone. Players can choose between Arcade and Story mode, and three difficulty levels (mobile, normal or expert). Arcade mode allows you to play the game the way it was meant to be, from beginning to end, and Story mode allows you unlock new stages and achievements as you advance.
The Double Dragon Trilogy also includes the original 8-bit soundtrack, a brand-new remastered soundtrack, Bluetooth co-op mode and gamepad support.
The developers behind Minigore, Ice Rage, and Bike Baron have officially released KingHunt for iOS devices. The game takes the "slicing" genre to the next level by offering a progressive campaign where players must stop the Evil Kingmaker as he conquers the lands of Heart Isle.
“We felt it was time to introduce some new ideas into a genre that is largely known for only one game,” said Mountain Sheep COO Teppo Soininen. “We’ve injected a sense of depth and fantastic locales, with complex lighting models and a ton of particles and polygons on screen. KingHunt is a natural evolution.”
Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Pirates is now available for iOS devices. The new Assasin's Creed mobile title allows users to play as the upstart pirate Alonzo Batilla as he tries to build his own pirate empire. The game features real-time naval battles, changing weather conditions, a vast array of islands to explore, and over 50 story and side missions.
Players are tasked with building and upgrading their pirate ship, hiring and managing their ship's crew while trying to uncover truth about La Buse’s mysterious lost treasure. The game also includes the most legendary pirates of the era, including Sam Bellamy, Ben Hornigold and Blackbeard.
Third party iPad keyboards are not only a great way to free up space on your iPad or iPad mini's display, but most of them offer full-size keys and iOS shortcuts to make life much easier. And now with iOS 7, Apple has added the ability for developers to add these shortcuts to stock apps like Safari, Mail, and Pages. Not every OS X shortcut is available on iOS, but a few Apple bloggers have taken the time to sniff out what is available. Here is what they found using an iPad mini and a Logitech Tablet Keyboard.
Apple supplier Quanta Computer Inc. is reportedly working on a 12.9-inch iPad for 2014, according to the DigiTimes. The publication also noted Quanta is competing with Foxconn Electronics over Apple iWatch orders. The larger iPad will allegedly go into mass production in the second half of 2014, while the iWatch is purportedly already in "pilot production."
"Quanta is expected to encounter several challenges in terms of industrial design and assembly when making the large-size iPad. And since the size is not the mainstream specification, order volumes are expected to be limited, the sources said."
"As for the iWatch, component makers have already started the pilot production, but because of low yields, mass production is rumored to have been postponed from the first quarter of 2014 to the second."