It was another nonexistent week for iPad games and apps. As we discussed last week, it seems like developers are opting to make more universal titles as the size of iPhones have increased and interest in tablets has decreased. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple is preparing to launch its third-generation 9.7-inch iPad on March 15. Hopefully a new iPad Air will help boost some interest in iOS-powered tablets once again and encourage developers to make more high quality titles for the iPad.
New iPad Games of the Week
The amount of iPad-only apps released to the App Store has steadily been on a decline. More and more developers seem to be opting for universal releases as the demand for tablets slows and the size and power of the iPhone increases. Even Big Fish Games has started making its weekly hidden object games available on both the iPod touch and iPhone. Big Fish was one of the last developers who regularly made and released games solely for the iPad.
Gamers have a bad case of Morty fever. Adult Swim's new Pokémon parody, Pocket Mortys, has taken over iOS and Android devices. Everyone this week has been busy trying to collect all 82 multiverse Mortys in the new game based on the hit cartoon Rick and Morty. As for new iPad releases this week, pickings are slim, which is a good thing because it's officially Morty time.
Here are this week's noteworthy App Store releases for the iPad through 01/10/16 to 01/15/16. Don't forget to check out our App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.
This was the first week of new App Store releases after the holiday shutdown which ended on December 29. You can see some of the new universal releases here and all the noteworthy new iPad releases below.
In App Store news, Apple announced $1.1 billion in worldwide App Store sales over a two week period from December to January 3. Apple customers set a single day sales record on January 1 with $144 million spent on new apps and in-app purchases. You can read the complete Apple press release here.
It looks like everybody got their apps into the App Store before the yearly winter holiday shutdown, which takes place from December 22 to December 29. There were a lot of apps released to the App Store this week due to the mad dash to beat the deadline. Be sure to check out our sister site's App Store recap for all the new universal releases, so you can find a few apps to help you get through the long holiday season.
Frogmind has released a sequel to its 2013 Apple iPad Game of the Year. BADLAND 2 is now available on the App Store for both the iPhone and iPad. The sequel promises to deliver the same side-scrolling action with stunning levels as the original, but with new elements, such as liquids, flamethrowers, frost, magma, water and searing light. BADLAND 2 includes a single player campaign and online stages with "globally ranked, asynchronous multiplayer events." The original BADLAND has also been discounted to $2.99 on the Apple App Store.
AppFigures has been following the growth of the Apple TV App Store, and the company has released a report claiming that there are currently (as of December 9) 2,624 apps available for download. AppFigures estimates that the "store will be hitting 5,000 apps in about a month and 10,000 apps in early 2016." The large amount of apps being ported to the Apple TV may be good news for Apple, but AppleFigures also noted that "the majority of paid apps cost $2.99 or less." This isn't great news for the Apple which had hoped the fourth-generation Apple TV would be a serious console competitor.
Telltale Games this week announced a new episodic game series based on Batman. The unnamed Batman title will launch in 2016 for consoles, mobile devices and other platforms. Telltale didn't reveal a lot of details about the game, but they did release a teaser trailer which you can watch below. Here's the official announcement:
“At Telltale, we’ve been honored to bring our unique approach to interactive storytelling to some of the biggest entertainment franchises in the world, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll soon be exploring what it means to be Batman in an all-new series starting next year,” said Kevin Bruner, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “This iteration of Batman will give fans a first-hand opportunity to dive deeper into the complex life and mind of Bruce Wayne, the duality of his own identity, and the struggle of responsibility in saving a city overcome with corruption and villainy.”
There were a lot of iPad-only titles released this week so let's jump right in. We also hope everyone had a happy thanksgiving and a fruitful Black Friday. Just one quick reminder, the App Store will not be accepting new apps and app updates from December 22-29. You can read the official Apple announcement here.
Here are this week's noteworthy App Store releases for the iPad through 11/22/15 to 11/27/15. Don't forget to check out our App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.
Apple this week finally added categories to the Apple TV App Store. Upon launch the App Store only included the sections Featured, Purchases, and Search. This made it difficult for users to find what apps were available on the App Store without searching for a specific title. The App Store now includes a Top Charts section, an Entertainment section and Games section. Apple is expected to rollout more subcategories to the Apple TV App Store in the future.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced this week that the fourth-generation Apple TV will be available for pre-order on Monday, October 26, and that it will begin shipping at the end of the month. Apple also opened app submissions for tvOS. This means developers can start submitting third-party apps and games for the new Apple TV.