Ubisoft soft-launched the fifth title in its Hungry Shark series for iOS in December. The early user reviews were mostly positive with praise for the game's updated graphics, open world gameplay and ability to unlock a variety of man eating sharks. On Thursday, Ubisoft uploaded an official trailer announcing that the sequel to Hungry Shark Evolution will be available worldwide on May 5th. The end of the trailer also notes that the game will be available for iOS, Android and Amazon devices.
Independent French game developer Vertige has teamed up with Tilting Point to release Tropical Wars to the Apple App Store and Google Play. Tropical Wars is a multiplayer strategy game where players must defend their island from koala pirates.
In the game players need to build an island naval base and plan out strategic formations for their warships after their tribe has come under attack. They can then take to the seas to battle against real players worldwide. The game allows users to assemble and upgrade powerful battleships and use big weapons and special powers to wipe out their enemies. Tropical Wars also offers the ability to individually control each warship in your fleet so you're not sitting around just watching the action like other multiplayer strategy games.
Apple on Tuesday gave its 12-inch MacBook a boost by updating it with the latest Intel processors, faster flash storage and an additional hour of battery life . The new MacBook is also now available in a Rose Gold hue, like the latest flagship iPhone and iPad models. This makes the MacBook available in four finishes, including Gold, Silver and Space Gray.
After launching its thinnest and lightest Kindle ever, Amazon announced it will offer its own standalone video streaming service for $8.99/per month. Previously Amazon customers had to subscribe to Amazon Prime for $99 a year to access Amazon Prime Video, which includes movies, television shows and original Amazon programming. The new service will pit Amazon against Netflix, who is raising its monthly prices to $9.99 in May.
The Pokémon parody Pockey Mortys was updated this week with ten new Mortys. The new Mortys can be caught in the wild after certain badge requirements are met. I haven't personally checked them, but it safe to assume the first female Morty, Morticia, and Pizza Morty are two of the ten new characters. The game has also been updated with a new Paralyze attack, a paralyze antidote and a caught indicator, but no new missions. The best new feature is quick crafting recipes, because while crafting is fun it could become a little tedious after awhile.
Apple has created a special Apps for Earth section on the App Store. Proceeds from all the apps listed on the page will go to help WWF's (World Wildlife Fund) effort in global conservation. As part of the promotion, several popular apps are offering bonus content. For example, Hearthstone players can unlock an exclusive mage called, Khadgar, and Candy Crush Soda Saga is holding two weekend-only themed events (April 15-17 and April 21-24). You can access the Apps for Earth section via the App Store app on your device. If you do not see the Apps for Earth banner, double tap your Home button and swipe away the App Store panel to reload the app.
Amazon today announced the Oasis -- the company's "thinnest and lightest Kindle ever." The eight-generation Kindle is "30% thinner on average and over 20% lighter than any other Kindle," according to Amazon. It weighs just 4.6 ounces and is just 3.4 mm at its thinnest point. The Oasis features a "featherweight" polymer frame that is "plated with metal by structural electroplating." This allows the digital reader to be lightweight while not being fragile. It is also designed to shift the center of gravity to your palm to give it a more book-like feel when reading.
DisplayMate pitted the 9.7-inch iPad Pro against its predecessor the iPad Air 2, and decided that the new tablet features an "excellent top tier display." Even though the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 share a lot of the same specifications, DisplayMate discovered that the Pro is "more than 20 percent brighter than the other current iPads." It also includes two color gamuts that deliver "color accuracy that is visually indistinguishable from perfect."
The Mac email client, Airmail made the leap to iOS for the iPhone earlier this year, and today it has been updated with iPad support. Version 1.1 of the app includes several new features including Split View multitasking and 3D Touch support. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners can now preview emails using Peek and Pop, and the app now includes a quick action menu from the Home screen. The Send Later feature has also been ported from the desktop version.
It was a big week for Disney as Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ from Square Enix, Disney Crossy Road and LEGO Star Wars Force Builder were all released to the App Store the same day as the trailer for Rogue One was launched online. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is probably the most anticipated mobile game to hit the App Store this week. The game takes place at the "beginning" of the Kingdom Hearts series in the world of fairies, and follows the Keyblade wielders as they battle against the Heartless.