Konami has released the first Star Wars collectible card game for iOS devices. The Star Wars Force Collection features 230 characters and vehicles from Star Wars Episodes I-VI. Players must collect and upgrade individual cards to build a competitive deck in order to defeat other players in online strategic battles.
Players can earn more cards by recruiting allies, completing quests and defeating bosses. They can then use these cards to battle other players on "exotic planets" featured from the Star Wars universe.
Stunning new images detailing the front assembly of a white iPad 5 have surfaced on Sonny Dickson. As the fall release of the next generation iPad and iPad mini are fast approaching, higher quality photos and parts leaks are becoming the norm. Right in line with previous leaks, the part shows a thinner bezel on the next generation iPad.
The revised design brings the full-sized iPad in line with the iPad mini, which is also expected to see a refresh this fall. The iPad mini could feature a Retina display, increasing resolution. When it comes to the 5th generation iPad, Apple is expected to use the same film-based display technology featured in the iPad mini to reduce screen thickness.
Apple has its sights set on three-dimensional gestures if a recent patent filing detailed by AppleInsider is any indication. The write up describes 3D additions to the commonly used swipe and pinch, including push, pull, twist and sculpt. Ultimately to work, a future iPad would require additional sensors to detect the proximity of user input to the display.
Lifting one's fingers off the screen would result in iOS or a compatible third-party app generating or manipulating a 3D object. Shapes or clay objects could be rendered on the display in real time, taking advantage of the iPad Retina display. Titled "Working with 3D Objects," the patent points to several potential uses that could make iOS devices more useful for a variety of applications.
Game Technologies has announced today that Dice+ is now available to purchase through its website. The digital game die is capable of interacting with Bluetooth-enabled smart devices which allows users to play a handful of Apple and Android-based board games. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of supported games currently available, but Game Technologies has promised there is a "wide range of titles based on popular franchises" coming soon. Game Technologies has also released a development kit so app developers can create new games for the Dice+ controller.
Wacom believes it has filled a gap in the very crowded tablet stylus market with the Intuos Creative Stylus and its "realistic pen-on-paper feel". The Bluetooth 4.0 enabled device features 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity which "reproduces the feel and artistic control of traditional brushes and markers," according to the press release. The Creative Stylus is also compatible with Wacom's free Bamboo Paper app, Autodesk SketchBook Pro for iPad, ArtRage by Ambient Design, and ProCreate by Savage Interactive.
"It's great to finally see the trusted Wacom Intuos brand enter the creative mobile landscape. We're very excited to announce that ProCreate supports the new Intuos Creative Stylus and we can't wait to see what artists achieve with these two powerful mobile tools", says James Cuda, co-founder of Savage Interactive and developer of ProCreate for iPad.
Covering your thinner and lighter iPad mini in a bulky case defeats the point of having a smaller tablet. That's why Logitech has created the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio and Folio Protective Case for the iPad mini. Both folios are crafted with a lightweight water-resistant material that offers two-sided protection from bumps, scratches and spills.
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio includes a Bluetooth keyboard that helps free up space on the iPad mini's 7.9-inch screen. The keyboard is Logitech's lightest iPad accessory to date, and it features iOS shortcut keys to take full advantage of its smaller form factor.
After discounting its Nook Simple Touch to $99, Barnes & Noble launched its new Nook Video app for iOS devices. The app allows users to rent or buy movies and TV shows directly from Barnes and Noble's streaming service, without the need of a subscription. Nook Video also supports UltraViolet movies for users who want to access their digital collections.
The Nook Simple Touch sale and new video app comes after the surprise resignation of Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch, and a 34% drop in revenue due to poor Nook tablet sales. In June, the book retailer announced it would stop making tablets itself, and would start using an unnamed third party to manufacture black-and-white Barnes & Noble-branded e-readers.
Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time is finally available for iOS devices. The sequel to PopCap's popular tower defense game expands on the original with new plants, zombies and touch-based power-ups. The new power-ups allow you to squash, flick and zap yourself out of sticky situations, as long as you have enough in-game coins to afford them. The game also features a new time traveling story line where you have to go back in time to find your neighbor's missing taco.
There was never any doubts that PopCap would deliver a feature packed sequel, but the big question was if its freemium status would affect game play. So far it looks like in-app purchases are not necessary to enjoy the game. This means users do not have to shell out real cash, or wait a certain amount of time to access any of the game's features. You can however buy more coins and additional plants and upgrades if you want to gain an advantage. The Torchwood and Snow Pea plants are currently the most expensive in-apps purchase at $4 each. Of course there are already people complaining about the prices in the Customer Review section, but that is to be expected.
Disney is really pushing the NFC-based console game concept with the release of Disney Infinity on August 18. Not only will the game feature Skylanders-like collectible action figures, but Disney fans will be able to expand their Infinity world with the Disney Infinity: Toy Box app for the iPad.
The Disney Infinity video game will originally be sold as $75 Starter Packs for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U (there will also be a separate Nintendo 3DS release). Each starter pack will include three Disney related action figures that are needed to play the game. Players will also have the option to buy additional figurines such as Francesco Bernulli from Cars at $13 a pop. The game can be played like a traditional video game, or players can use the "Toy Box" mode to create their own Minecraft-style Disney Infinity worlds.
Team17 has released the follow-up to Worms 2: Armageddon exclusively for iOS devices. Worms 2 and 3 are part of the popular Worms computer game franchise that began in the 1990s. Worms 3 is an artillery strategy game where users control an army of four worms who engage in combat on various battlefields.
The game features a new card mode to boost your troops' abilities, 27 single-player missions, multiplayer Forts and Deathmatch modes, and the ability to customize your army. More importantly, there are six new weapons plus all the old favorites to choose from. You can also select between the new D-Pad control system or stick with the original touch controls.