Originally slated for October 31st, the second season of the Netflix original series Stranger Things launched a few days early, pitting it against the previous king of Halloween weekend, Jigsaw. The 8th film in the Saw series came in just a bit behind expectations at the box office, but it still managed to nab the number one spot of the weekend dethroning Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. It is unclear if the early launch of Stranger Things affected Jigsaw's return to theaters, or if the series just doesn't pack the same box office punch as it did in the past. While Saw and Stranger Things battled for eyeballs this weekend, the Strangers Things iOS game also received an update.
It's Halloween weekend and plenty of horror themed games have hit the App Store this week, but before we look at the newest Halloween titles, here are some other noteworthy games now available for the iPad.
Slitherine released the nation building strategy game Afghanistan '11 to the iPad. Unlike other war simulations where the goal is typically to crush your enemy, your mission in Afghanistan '11 is to win the trust of local villagers by providing security and keeping up morale at home. Afghanistan '11 is available for the iPad for $19.99.
The post-apocalyptic management game Sheltered is now available on the Apple App store for all compatible iOS devices. Developed by Sonny Meek and Dean Foster and published by Worms developer Team17, Sheltered is a deep survival game released to Steam in March 2016. In the game players must look after a family who have discovered an underground fallout shelter after the end of the world. In order to survive, players need to search for supplies in the vast unforgiving wasteland full of feral beasts.
Amazon today updated its Kindle app for iOS with a "brand new look built around the books you love," according to the release notes. Version 6.0 of the app also includes a new light theme, one-tap navigation for features you use most and Goodreads integration.
The text-based adventure game Subsurface Circular is now availble on the iPad. Originally released for Steam earlier this year, the game has earned "Very Positive" reviews.
In Subsurface Circular players take on the role of a robot detective in a futuristic world. The detective must solve the mysterious disappearance of other robots by talking to worker robots on subway cars. The game is played by collecting words and phrases to solve dialogue puzzles.
While most are focused on the upcoming launch of the iPhone X, iPad fans are wondering what Apple has in store for its tablet lineup. Questions like will Apple release a new iPad mini, and will the next-generation iPad Pro models ship with Face ID have begun to swirl around the rumor mill. But what about Apple's original 9.7-inch iPad lineup?
Love or hate it, Rick and Morty isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and either is its popular mobile game, Pocket Mortys. On the heels of a record breaking third season, the developers of the hit Pokémon-spoof announced that they plan to add over 50 new characters to Pocket Mortys. The new characters will be introduced over the course of this year and into 2018. They will include a combination of original in-game versions of Rick and Morty, and other characters from season 3 of the television series. New characters will include Teacher Rick, Working Class Rick, Street Loco Morty and more.
The iPad mini hasn't been officially discontinued but the future of the 7.9-inch tablet remains a mystery. Apple still offers a 128GB version of the smaller tablet on its website for $399, but a new model hasn't been released since September 2015. This has lead many to speculate that the mini will eventually be discontinued as it ages in technology while newer fresher products are released.
Google Opinion Rewards is now available on the Apple App Store. The app allows users to earn money for completing short 20-second surveys. You can sign up with your Google ID and receive payments through your PayPal account. Download the app now for free and start earning today.
Movies Anywhere is a new service that allows users to connect their iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Video and Vudu accounts in one place. You can store for free, any Disney, Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros. movies purchased through one of the four major digital providers mentioned above. There is no and never will be a subscription fee, and syncing your accounts is quick an easy. You can sign up to Movies Anywhere through the official website and download the app from the App Store.