New iPad Games of the Week: Broken Age, Blood & Laurels and More

Here are the most noteworthy games released for the iPad through 06/08/14 to 06/14/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is ReadQuick. This app will be free on the App Store until 06/19/14. In case you missed the memo, Angry Birds Epic, a free RPG game based on Rovio Entertainment's hit franchise, was released for all iOS devices this week.

Broken Age

Broken Age ($9.99) - The first title from Tim Schafer (The Secret of Monkey Island) in 16-years, Broken Age is a point-and-click adventure game that follows two teenagers named, Vella Tartine and Shay Volta. Act 1 of Broken Age is available now on the App Store, and Act 2 is set to launch as an in-app purchase in the future. Here's the synopsis from the official App Store description:

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Apple Patent Shows Smart Cover that Relays Notifications

A new patent application filed by Apple today describes an "Integrated Visual Notification System for an Accessory Device." In other words, an iPad case that will transmit visual notifications might be in the works.

Apple files patent application for smart Smart Cover

The text of the application basically describes several possible methods of having an iPad case light up to notify the user of new messages, emails, battery warnings, game notifications, calendar events and so on. The device depicted looks the same as a Smart Cover, having a magnetic three panel front flap that both protects the screen and serves as a stand when opened and folded over. The contents of those three panels are what sets the proposed cover apart.

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Worms Creator Releases New Free to Play Game for the iPad and iPhone

The developers behind the hit PC game Worms are back with yet another simple, but addictive, title for iOS devices called (R)evolve. The game is now available for free on the App Store. In (R)evolve, players must spin a planet to protect its evolving life from a constant bombardment of meteorites.


Life on the tiny alien planet begins with one seed and eventually develops over time as you survive each wave. For example, your seed will grow into little person who eventually invents defenses against the meteorites. (R)evolve is the perfect game for people who enjoy simple but challenging games like Flappy Bird.

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Don't Expect Too Much From the New iPad Air

Apple is reportedly starting production on its second iPad Air this month, and some casual fans might find it a little boring. The sixth-generation iPad will feature the same design and display resolution (2048 x 1536) as its predecessor, according to ETNews. The report also makes no mention of Touch ID, but other sources still believe the fingerprint sensor will be Apple's biggest selling point for its new tablet.

iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 is expected to feature Apple's new A8 processor, which is rumored to improve battery performance, an improved 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and that's about it. Apple is also purportedly working on a third-generation iPad mini with similar improvements. Both tablets are expected to launch sometime this fall.

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Best Buy Drops iPad mini Price to $199

Not to be outdone by Target, Best Buy is also offering the original iPad mini for only $199. That's $100 off the normal suggested retail price for Apple's 7-inch tablet. Just like Target, this deal is in-store only and does not apply to Best Buy's online store.

Best Buy iPad mini Deal

Best Buy is also offering a great deal for customers looking to buy a 4G LTE iPad Air. You can nab any cellular model iPad Air at the same price as the Wi-Fi only equivalent, as long as you are willing to agree to a new two-year contract with Verizon Wireless. This deal is similar to T-Mobile's Operation Tablet Freedom, which allowed users to upgrade their Wi-Fi only iPad model to any cellular model.

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Updated Kindle for iOS Includes Audiobooks

Audiobooks have been a popular alternative to reading for some time now, whether for car trips or just a respite for the eyes. Now you can enjoy them on your iPad, as Amazon's Kindle for iOS (and Android) has been updated to include seamless transition from text to audio versions of more than 45,000 titles.

Kindle includes audiobooks in updated app

The "Whispersync for Voice" feature, which the Wall Street Journal called "Amazon's killer new app for books," allows the user to switch from reading a Kindle book to listening to the companion audio from Audible with just one tap. According to Senior Vice President of Amazon Kindle, Russ Grandinetti, "[Amazon is] working hard to help customers find more moments each day to enjoy a great book... Integrating professional narration into our Kindle apps means you never have to put down a favorite book—start reading at home, get in the car and simply tap a button to continue listening without losing your place.”

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Original iPad mini Only $199 for Father's Day [Deals]

Target is offering $100 off the original iPad mini for Father's Day. The deal is in-store only and there seems to be very limited supply. You can find out what locations have the iPad mini in stock by using your zip code here. You can also nab a 16GB Retina display model for only $369 (normally $399) from Target's online store or at any retail location.

Target iPad Deal

The original iPad mini doesn't feature a Retina display, but it will support iOS 8 when the new OS is released this fall. This means the first-generation tablet still has a lot of life left in it making the Target sale very tempting for shoppers looking for a great deal on an older model iPad.

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iPad Split-Screen Multitasking Found in iOS 8 Code

The Apple rumor mill promised us that the iPad would be getting a split-screen multitasking feature in iOS 8, but the feature was never mentioned during Apple's WWDC keynote. According to New York Times technology writer, Brian X. Chen, the new feature wasn't ready for prime time and that's why it was never announced, but developer Steven Troughton-Smith has discovered the code hiding in iOS 8.

iPad Multitasking

Troughton-Smith tweeted today that iOS 8 features code for running two apps side-by-side. This means that multitasking could still possibly come to the iPad in a later iOS 8 update, and that the rumors were probably true.

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SteelSeries Announces Stratus XL Wireless Gaming Controller for the iPad

SteelSeries has announced its second wireless gaming controller for iOS 7 devices. The Stratus XL is a large format version of the original Stratus controller, which was released earlier this year. Unlike most of the MFi controllers on the market, the Straus does not require a Lighting connection to work, making it one of the few wireless controllers available for all iOS 7 devices, not just the iPhone.

Stratus XL

SteelSeries decided to release the Stratus XL due to a high demand from the gaming community for a full-sized controller option. The Stratus XL features the same console-style layout as its predecessor, and it promises to deliver "an estimated 40 hours of gameplay" only using two standard AA batteries. The controller also includes 4 action buttons, 4 shoulder buttons, dual analog sticks, a Bluetooth pairing button, an on/off switch to conserve battery power and a battery life indicator.

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Game Boy Advance (GBA4iOS) Emulator for iOS Devices is Back in Business

The Game Boy Advance emulator, GBA4iOS, is once again available for download after a short hiatus due to legal trouble with Nintendo. The emulator's creator Riley Testut, removed the website in May after Nintendo sent a DMCA notice requesting that the site be "shut down". Testut has published a very lengthy blog post explaining what happened with the emulator and how it was resurrected from its "untimely DMCA death".


As expected, Nintendo issued a DMCA take notice to GitHub asking that the webiste be shut down because it hosted an app that "pointed directly to a ROM downloading site".

"This web site hosts a downloadable mobile application for iOS that provides users with access to unauthorized and illegal copies of Nintendo’s copyright-protected video games in violation of Nintendo’s exclusive rights."

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