Square Enix has followed up its release of Adventures of Mana to the Apple App Store with the launch of Final Fantasy IX for iOS and Android devices. The ninth-game in the Final Fantasy series follows Princess Garnet, who is captured by Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe. Garnet and her personal guard, Steiner, team up with Zidane and other characters as they embark on an adventure to stop a malevolent force that threatens to destroy their world.
It was another nonexistent week for iPad games and apps. As we discussed last week, it seems like developers are opting to make more universal titles as the size of iPhones have increased and interest in tablets has decreased. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple is preparing to launch its third-generation 9.7-inch iPad on March 15. Hopefully a new iPad Air will help boost some interest in iOS-powered tablets once again and encourage developers to make more high quality titles for the iPad.
Marvel Avengers Academy has officially landed on the App Store for iOS devices. The game re-imagines Earth's Mightiest Heroes as young students in S.H.I.E.L.D. director, Nick Fury's new school. Players must recruit and train new heroes while trying to solve a mysterious "timefog" affecting the academy.
The game offers an interesting twist on Marvel's most popular characters by forcing them to deal with the dangerous task of navigating campus life. Players must not only develop their students' powers but help them go on dates and deal with rival cliques.
The amount of iPad-only apps released to the App Store has steadily been on a decline. More and more developers seem to be opting for universal releases as the demand for tablets slows and the size and power of the iPhone increases. Even Big Fish Games has started making its weekly hidden object games available on both the iPod touch and iPhone. Big Fish was one of the last developers who regularly made and released games solely for the iPad.
Apple on Tuesday released its official Q1 2016 earnings report which ended on December 26, 2015. The company announced a "record quarterly revenue of $75.9 billion and record quarterly net income of $18.4 billion." That's a large increase from the previous quarter when Apple posted $51.5 billion in revenue and $11.1 billion in profit. Apple also announced that it sold 74.8m iPhones, 16.1m iPads and 5.3m Macs over the holidays. Individual Apple Watch sales were once again not announced due to "competitive reasons."
Five Nights at Freddy's creator Scott Cawthon surprised fans again by releasing FNaF World a few weeks early. The RPG, set in the FNaF universe, was originally slated for a February release, but it is now available on Steam. The official game descriptions reads:
"Featuring the entire cast from the Five Nights at Freddy's series, this fantasy RPG will let players control their favorite animatronics in a an epic animated adventure!"
After launching a new app that allows iOS users to qucikly record song ideas, Apple rolled out a huge update to its original music creating tool, GarageBand. Version 2.1of the app includes a ton of new features, plus support for Apple's newest devices, the iPad Pro and both iPhone 6s models.
Apple says the new version of GarageBand "looks stunning on the expansive 12.9-inch Retina display on the iPad Pro." The larger screen also gives iPad Pro owners access to more controls and room to play. On the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus musicians can now utilize 3D Touch to play keyboard sounds with polyphonic aftertouch.
There's been quite a few dodgy iPad Air 3 rumors circulating the internet the last few days. A lot of Apple fans are still banking on Apple releasing its next-generation 12-inch tablet sometime early this year. This wishful thinking is mostly based on a research note sent out by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in December 2015. This week more rumors have surfaced claiming that the iPad Air 3 will not only launch in March, but it will also be the first iOS product to feature an IP rating for water resistance.
Roadhouse Interactive and 50cc Games today announced they are woking on an upcoming mobile title based on the mytology of heavy metal icons Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast will be a free-to-play RPG where players take on the role of the band's mascot, Eddie, in his various forms. Players will be able to utilize each incarnation of Eddie's unique powers and abilities as they travel through time exploring different worlds. The game will include character art based on Maiden’s past album covers, and a soundtrack featuring tracks from the band's long history and previously unheard live recordings.
Gamers have a bad case of Morty fever. Adult Swim's new Pokémon parody, Pocket Mortys, has taken over iOS and Android devices. Everyone this week has been busy trying to collect all 82 multiverse Mortys in the new game based on the hit cartoon Rick and Morty. As for new iPad releases this week, pickings are slim, which is a good thing because it's officially Morty time.
Here are this week's noteworthy App Store releases for the iPad through 01/10/16 to 01/15/16. Don't forget to check out our App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.