New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: 2015 Fantasy Football Draft Kit and more

Time Surfer

The NFL pre-season kicked off on Thursday, which means it is time to start seriously considering your fantasy football roster. Developer Bryan Saltzman has released 2015 Fantasy Football Draft Kit and Cheat Sheet for the iPad. The draft kit is available on the App Store for $3.99.

The zombie survival game Rebuild 3, which was supposed to land on the App Store this week, has been delayed until August 27.

iOS 8.4.1 patches TaiG 8.4 jailbreak

iOS 8.4.1

Apple today released iOS 8.4.1 to fix several bugs affecting Apple Music, but the update also breaks the TaiG iOS 8.4 jailbreak, according to the security notes. As you can see from the security update, Apple has patched several exploits used by the TaiG Jailbreak Team to release their iOS 8.4 jailbreak tool. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users who want their devices to remain jailbroken should not upgrade to iOS 8.4.1.

Rebuild 3 delayed for iOS until August 27th

Rebuild 3 iOS

The iOS port of the zombie survival game Rebuild 3 has been delayed until August 27th. Developer Sarah Northway announced on Tuesday that a "last-minute device incompatibility issue" forced her to delay the launch of the game originally shceduled for August 13th. The unforeseen issue has also prompted Northway Games to extend its mobile testing team to 2,000 slots. There are 1,000 slots for iOS users and 1,000 slots for Android users.

Peninsular War Battles now available on the Apple App Store

Peninsular War Battles

No Confederate flag here. Peninsular War Battles from HexWar Games is all about Napoleon's campaign to conquer Portugal and Spain in the 1800s. Like all HexWar strategy games, Peninsular War promises to deliver historically accurate battles and battle tactics with "accurately depicted" uniforms and flags for the time period. The game features 5 tutorial campaigns, 3 invasion campaigns and 8 assault campaigns for only $0.99. Additional campaigns can be purchased separately.

Classic puzzle game 'Zoombinis' remade for the iPad


After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the educational puzzle game Zoombinis has been updated for the iPad, and it is now available on the App Store. In the game players must use logic, analyze data, spot patterns and solve problems to help Smurf-like creatures called "Zoombinis" escape imprisonment from the evil Bloats.

Activision Reveals Superchargers Online Multi-Player Mode and Kart Racing

Skylanders Racing Mode

Activision today revealed that Skylanders Superchargers will include a new racing mode and online play for the first time in franchise history. The racing aspect of the game comes as no surprise since it is already known that the Superchargers come with an "unstoppable fleet of incredible vehicles," but what wasn't known is that players will be able to play both the Adventure and the Racing modes online with other players. The Superchargers game modes will include:

Jailbreak tweak 'KeySwipe' makes switching iOS keyboards smoother


Everyone was happy when Apple added the ability to use third-party keyboards in iOS 8, but in typical Apple fashion they made switching between keyboards a pain in the neck. To open a third-party keyboard users must first download an app, then enable the keyboard in their Settings. Once installed, users must tap the world icon on the stock keyboard, then tap the ABC icon to open the third-party keyboard. This annoying procedure all but ensures that most iOS users just stick with Apple's stock keyboard because it is just simpler to use, but now thanks to KeySwipe switching between keyboards is as easy as swiping up or down.

iPad loses market share within the shrinking tablet industry

iPad loses tablet market share.

It's no secret that the global tablet market has been in decline for several years now, not because the technology has become obsolete, but because larger smartphones are drawing away potential buyers and consumers are waiting much longer between upgrades as compared to phones, which are often upgraded every two years or sooner. Apple has always maintained the dominant position in the market, but recent analysis by IDC shows that it has lost some ground to competitors over the past year.


New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Angry Birds 2

Angry Birds 2

Rovio released the first true sequel to Angry Birds 6 years after the original took mobile gaming by storm. Angry Birds 2 has already been downloaded over one million times since its release, which is an impressive feat, even for a free game. The game features the same slingshot gameplay as the original but with better graphics, multi-stage levels, new spells and more. Angry Birds 2 is available on the App Store for free.

Tower defense title Dungeon of the Endless announced for the iPad

Dungeon of the Endless

Dungeon of the Endless, a tower defense, roguelike adventure game, is coming to the iPad this summer, according to Touch Arcade. The well reviewed game was originally released for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X in 2014, and it has been compared to FTL: Faster Than Light.


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