It was a big week for the App Store. Not only did Apple unveil a new store front highlighting indie games, but quite a few interesting titles were released for iOS devices. Capcom ported two of its arcade classics, 1942 and Ghosts'n Goblins, to mobile devices. Both notoriously difficult games were updated with a "casual mode" for easier game play and new touch controls. The World War 2 vertical shooter 1942 is available for $1.99 and Ghosts'n Goblins is only $0.99.
As promised, Feral Interactive has announced that the Rome: Total War expansion Barbarian Invasion is coming to the iPad on March 28th. The new chapter is a standalone campaign that takes place three centuries after Total War. The game follows an overstretched Roman Empire who must contend with warring tribes and religious tensions as three major religions fight for dominance.
Next-generation iPad reports have been all over the map when it comes to an actual release date. One day after MacRumors reported that Apple is planning a late-March event for its iPad refresh, the DigiTimes claims the event has been moved to April. Citing supply chain sources, the Taiwanese site reported today that Apple will unveil its new iPad lineup in early April to "mark the inauguration" of its new headquarters in California.
Apple is planning to launch its next line of iPad models "later this month, most likely between Monday, March 20 and Friday, March 24," according to MacRumors. Citing a "reputable supply chain analyst," the Apple blog reports that the Cupertino company is also gearing up to announce a few other new products besides its new iPad models at the March event.
Marvel: Contest of Champions players are upset with Netmarble after the company acquired the game's developer Kabam. The uproar came after Kamam issued an update to the game that nerfed a number of heroes, and made other changes to even the playing field. The fans behind the "#BoycottMCOC Movement" have even sent out a press release, which you can read in its entirety here.
Kabam did apologize for the changes and a new update is in the works, but some fans do not believe they will address all the problems. You can read more about the MCOC controversy here, and learn why some fans are skeptical that their demands will be met.
Bethesda announced today that The Elder Scrolls: Legends is coming to the iPad on March 23rd. The official PC version of the strategy card game is also available to download starting today, and it will begin rolling out for other devices in a few weeks. Here's the complete schedule posted on the Bethesda blog:
If you believe all the latest leaks and analyst predictions then Apple is gearing up to release at least 3 new iPad models sometime in the next few weeks. While most reports have indicated a March announcement, Steven Sande of Apple World Today believes Tim Cook and team are waiting until April 4th to launch their new iPad lineup.
Sande points to the current iPad Pro shipping times on apple.com as a sign that the iPad Pro 2 will be available on April 4th. Sande also notes that Apple may be waiting until their new spaceship headquarters in complete to hold their first major keynote of 2017. The new 175-acre campus called Apple Park is slated to open in early April.
Skoove is a new app on the App Store that teaches users how to play the piano with over 250 interactive lessons and full courses. The iPad app not only promises to have you playing your "first melody in minutes," but it teaches the theory behind each song and the proper playing techniques. Skoove will also listen to your performance and give you feedback and tips on how to improve.
Apple this week released two more ads promoting the iPad Pro. The new ads are part of an ongoing iPad Pro campaign using real tweets from real people, addressing real problems that the tablet can solve. The first ad posted above highlights the note taking capabilities of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, while the second ad highlights all the other devices that the tablet can replace. You can watch the second ad posted below.
Ellen DeGeneres has released her second(?) title to the App Store. The new game called Dice with Ellen allows players to compete against Ellen herself in Yahtzee-like matches to win prizes. Players can challenge other Ellen fans from around the world, compete in dice tournaments, or try to beat Ellen’s score in Ellen’s Lucky Dice Challenge. Other features include dice customization, Facebook support so you can go head-to-head against friends and family, in-game chats, awards and achievements.
Dice with Ellen is available for free on the App Store.