Play-Doh’s new toy-to-life app is pointless, but fun

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/410cd5a58e3a1c9474303d1fcf4b8a42/204534775/Edit+1.00_01_33_00.Still004.jpg" />If you had a decent childhood, you probably crafted some Play-Doh masterpieces back in the day. Today, however, kids are less likely to play with the modeling compound and more likely to spend time on an iPad. As such, Hasbro is taking a stab at making the 60-year-old brand relevant to modern kids with its new "Touch" app for <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/31/ipad-regains-tablet-market-share/">iPads</a> and <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/13/iphone-7-and-7-plus-review/">iPhones</a>. The game scans your creations and animates them in a virtual world that's as immersive as it is entertaining, even if you're nearly 30 years old (ahem).

BioWare’s ‘Jade Empire’ gets another shot at life on iOS

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/20cd15d5b8f7029f6804ff352de692e0/204433654/jade-empire.jpg" />BioWare is virtually synonymous with <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/12/mass-effect-andromeda-trailer/"><em>Mass Effect</em></a> and <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2014/11/20/playdate-dragon-age-inquisition-ps4/"><em>Dragon Age</em></a> these days, but it has had its share of experiments.  Remember <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2011/09/24/jade-empire-is-near-and-dear-to-bioware-sequel-could-be-comin/"><em>Jade Empire</em></a>, its China-inspired (and critically well-received) action role-playing title?  Aspyr does -- it just released versions of <em>Jade Empire: Special Edition</em> for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/jade-empire-special-edition/id1099295860?mt=12">the Mac</a> and, crucially, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/jade-empire-special-edition/id1108475553?mt=8">iOS</a>.  You can now relive the story of a martial artist restoring balance to the world using your phone or tablet, not just your computer at home.  There are simple controls in the iOS version if you're not comfortable with a touchscreen, but you can also switch to an expert mode when you're comfortable with using taps and swipes to defeat other warriors.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a  href="http://kotaku.com/bioware-action-rpg-jade-empire-now-available-on-ios-1787481767">Kotaku</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/jade-empire-special-edition/id1108475553?mt=8">App Store</a><!--//-->, <a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/jade-empire-special-edition/id1099295860?mt=12">Mac App Store</a><!--//-->, <a  href="https://www.aspyr.com/games/jade-empire-special-edition">Aspyr</a><!--//-->

iOS 10 can livestream your games

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/a07cf54d1b1aee7444f0c3e0a6f88e93/203951181/s.aolcdn-1-ed.jpg" />You won't have to use an Android phone if you want to <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/03/14/google-play-games-livestreaming/">livestream your mobile gaming</a> sessions. Apple has <a href="https://blog.mobcrush.com/wwdc-e7c04b0d50d7#.3i9qgtpub">revealed</a> that <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/13/apples-ios-10-is-all-about-expanded-3d-touch/">iOS 10</a> will include ReplayKit Live, a feature that livestreams apps in addition to previous recording support. As you might expect, you can also include your own audio or video remarks. You'll have to wait for both iOS 10 and supporting apps, of course (Mobcrush is one of the first to make plans), but it could be a big deal for iOS gamers who've wanted to share a hot new title while they're playing it. ReplayKit Live should be useful in more productive apps, too -- it could help teachers demonstrate concepts through educational apps, or open the window to live technical help.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2016/06/14/apple-ios-10-replaykit-live-streaming-gameplay/" >9to5Mac</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://blog.mobcrush.com/wwdc-e7c04b0d50d7#.3i9qgtpub" >Mobcrush (Medium)</a><!--//-->

Engadget giveaway: Win a Genius Kit and iPad Air 2 courtesy of Osmo!

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/c8929f1de09820b57d132366b9cc1d5d/203400517/201601osmo-giveaway-1400-2JT.jpg" /><p class="p1">Kids have been known to hog the iPad, so you may as well load one up with fun <em>and</em> educational games to offset all that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2O30pDefKs">Rastamouse</a> binge watching. <a href="http://www.playosmo.com/">Osmo</a> is an interactive game system that can challenge and entertain young minds beyond just swiping and tapping. The company's Genius Kit includes an entire suite of games that teach through storytelling and utilize a special mirror to turn the table into a playing field. <a href="https://www.playosmo.com/en/order/?cc=us">Hands-on games</a> like Tangram, Numbers and Words focus on the basics of spacial skills, math and writing, while Newton and Masterpiece provide interactive drawing tools. <a href="http://www.playosmo.com/">Osmo</a> has given us an iPad Air 2 and a Genius Kit for one lucky Engadget reader this week, so they can give the gift of fun and learning to the next generation -- or, you know, just play with it. All you need to do is head to the Rafflecopter widget <!--more--> for up to three chances at winning this unique blend of physical and digital fun.</p>

Winner: Congratulations to Nick B. of Waseca, MN!

Engadget giveaway: Win a Genius Kit and iPad Air 2 courtesy of Osmo!

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/c8929f1de09820b57d132366b9cc1d5d/203400517/201601osmo-giveaway-1400-2JT.jpg" /><p class="p1">Kids have been known to hog the iPad, so you may as well load one up with fun <em>and</em> educational games to offset all that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2O30pDefKs">Rastamouse</a> binge watching. <a href="http://www.playosmo.com/">Osmo</a> is an interactive game system that can challenge and entertain young minds beyond just swiping and tapping. The company's Genius Kit includes an entire suite of games that teach through storytelling and utilize a special mirror to turn the table into a playing field. <a href="https://www.playosmo.com/en/order/?cc=us">Hands-on games</a> like Tangram, Numbers and Words focus on the basics of spacial skills, math and writing, while Newton and Masterpiece provide interactive drawing tools. <a href="http://www.playosmo.com/">Osmo</a> has given us an iPad Air 2 and a Genius Kit for one lucky Engadget reader this week, so they can give the gift of fun and learning to the next generation -- or, you know, just play with it. All you need to do is head to the Rafflecopter widget <!--more--> for up to three chances at winning this unique blend of physical and digital fun.</p>

Donald Rumsfeld helped make an iPhone game

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/3000x2000+0+0/resize/1400x933!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/midas/239857ea55c75f45955f8f047eb28704/203303777/590103113.jpg" />Like him or hate him, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/08/rumsfeld-resignation-captioned-well-by-mac-os-x/">Donald Rumsfeld</a> has been a jack of all trades -- and apparently, that now includes mobile games. The veteran politician has teamed up with programmers to release <em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/churchill-solitaire/id1030804846?mt=8">Churchill Solitaire</a></em>, an iOS game based on the card game that Winston Churchill supposedly played to sharpen his strategic thought processes. Rumsfeld was strictly a creative director (he's not exactly a coder by trade), but his influence is everywhere. Reflections on Churchill's life appear while you're playing, and even the pricing mirrors Rumsfeld's values -- while the base game is free, hints and retries cost money ("there are damn few undos in life," <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/former-defense-secretary-marches-into-new-territory-videogames-1453483137?mod=e2tw">he says</a>).
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/former-defense-secretary-marches-into-new-territory-videogames-1453483137?mod=e2tw" >Wall Street Journal</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/churchill-solitaire/id1030804846?mt=8" >App Store</a><!--//-->

11 Great Apps That Are Even Greater on the iPad Pro

So you’ve got a brand spanking new iPad Pro. You’re probably going to want to take advantage of the 12.9-inch display, the four speakers, and the souped up A9x processor. We’ve made a list of the coolest, most beautiful apps you can get, whether you’re a designer or just someone who appreciates big screens.

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‘Mortal Kombat X’ for mobile rewards your victories with konsole kred

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After a lengthy hiatus, Mortal Kombat is coming back to the mobile world -- and it's giving you a few extra incentives to brutalize fighters while you're waiting for the bus. Mortal Kombat X will reach Android and iOS users on April 14th with not just the obligatory fatalities and other gory details, but a two-way reward system that encourages you to keep playing when you switch platforms. If you thrash enough suckers to unlock content on your phone, for example, you'll get some perks when you fire up your console at home. Something tells us the mobile MKX won't be as challenging as its full-size counterpart (swipe to finish someone off, really?), but look at it this way: it's not often that you get to break someone's jaw on your commute and feel good about it later. Filed under: , , , Comments Source: Warner Bros. (BusinessWire)

Trials Arcade for iPad is motorcycle trick-riding fun with only one flaw

IMG_0420 Trials Frontier is a fun arcade-style motorcycle stunt riding experience. The whimsical graphics, unique bike controls, and intricate courses make the riding interesting, and you’ll find yourself laughing at your own crashes. Even at the very beginner levels, the bike responds well to inputs and you’ll quickly become more expert in jumping, wheelying, and flying through the air without landing on your head. Trials Frontier is set in a dusty desert town. You play the part of an aspiring motorcycle trials rider. (For the uninitiated, motorcycle trials is the sport where you try to get you and your bike up, over, and around obstacles without falling or putting a foot down.) The town is populated with various characters, some friendly, some nefarious, and some who want your help. In order to help them you take part in motorcycle competitions, sometimes against the clock, and sometimes against one of the bad guys, collecting rewards for good performance. You’ll need those rewards to upgrade your bike and remain competitive as you pass through the many levels. Characters include a map-maker who needs your help charting desert territory, a bad guy named Butch who’s been terrorizing the town, and a damsel who needs your help to get rid of Butch and reclaim the town. Continue reading "Trials Arcade for iPad is motorcycle trick-riding fun with only one flaw"

Air Race Speed for iPad-An Entertaining Space Flyer

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Air Race Speed is a fast and fun way for you to test your space-fighter pilot skills like Luke Skywalker in the famous trench-run finale to the original Star Wars movie. You use the iPad’s motion sensor or on-screen controls to guide a series of faster and faster ships through tunnels, past obstacles, and around moving barriers. Air Race Speed is a perfect combination of easy to pick up, but challenging to get good at. While the object of the game is immediately apparent, and the controls self-explanatory, getting higher speeds and therefore lower lap times takes skill, practice, and luck. As a beginner, you start with a slow but easy-to-control ship. Your mission is to guide your ship through a series of tunnels and around obstacles without crashing, and get the lowest possible time on each course. The ship is set to coast at a slow speed without any interaction from you. You speed... < p style="clear:left">Read the whole entry... »

Apple rejected one of the best games of the year over pixelated nudity

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If you've ever played the fantastic Windows or Mac versions of Papers, Please you already know how fantastic of a fit it will be on iPad when it launches on Friday. The game -- referred to as a "dystopian document thriller" by its creator -- tasks you with screening immigrants at the border of a war-torn country. Its debut on iOS is nearly upon us, but the game's developer, Lucas Pope, revealed today that it was initially rejected by Apple due to "pornographic content." Yikes.

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In the game, it's up to you to check identifications, verify permits, and in some cases put suspicious individuals through an x-ray scanning device. The resulting images often reveal bombs, weapons, or other prohibited items, but they also show a good bit of nudity. This might already seem like a bit of a sketchy reason to reject an iOS game -- there's really nothing explicit or suggestive about the images -- but it's even more questionable once you actually see the game's super low-res, pixelated graphical style.

A bare breast is essentially a semicircle with a dot on it, and good luck identifying anything in the mess of pixels that resides down below. To call such a thing "pornographic" is a massive stretch, but rather than fight the decision (which you can't really do anyway), Pope decided to remove the nudity from the game entirely.

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​Facebook for iPad’s new sidebar wants you to play more games

Love Facebook, but hate your friends' endless invitations to play Farmville? You might not like the social network's latest iPad update. According to the Facebook developer blog, the company is testing out a new sidebar that offers users in landscape mode a sampling of trending topics, videos and other content. Most of this data is fairly personalized -- consisting of upcoming birthdays, events, holidays and recently played games, but there's also a special section reserved for advertising "popular" Facebook games. Fortunately, you aren't guaranteed to see the latter element right away: the column's layout is out based on individual use. If you don't play Facebook games, you might not see advertisements for them. Filed under: , Comments Source: Facebook

Review – FlipPix Art for iPad

flippix1 FlipPix Art is a logic puzzle app that is fun for all ages.  You need to use logic to fill in squares that form an approximation of an image.  When you touch Play, you are presented with a picture with question marks representing hidden pictures that will be revealed when you solve the puzzle. flippix2 Touch a question mark and you will get the puzzle.  There are 3 levels of play, 5×5, 10×10 and 15×15.  Let’s look at the simplest level, 5×5 first to see how it all works. flippix3 You have a five by 5 grid with patterns for each row both vertically and horizontally.  The pattern of the second row across is 1 1 1.  That means the first, third and fifth square is on, the second and fourth square is off.  To make this move, touch the first, third and fifth squares on the second row and then touch the paintbrush at the right.  To turn off the second and fourth squares,... < p style="clear:left">Read the whole entry... »

Review: Hitman GO for iPad

< p style="text-align: center;">Hitman GO for iPad Hitman GO is a brilliant and surprisingly charming adaptation of the Hitman concept. Hitman games have always been played from a third-person perspective, and required precise timing and thorough knowledge of your surroundings to successfully assassinate your targets. Hitman GO, on the other hand, plays more like a board game. It’s sort of like Monopoly — but instead of making a killing, you’re just killing. This mobile version of the game removes the need for reflexes or advanced scouting; instead, it trains the player to become an efficient, route-planning eraser of people. You swipe on your character, Agent 47, to move him one space at a time, and each time you move, the enemies on the level will react in some way (by patrolling or turning around). Some levels are as simple as weaving your way around the enemy patrols until you reach the exit, while others will have you... < p style="clear:left">Read the whole entry... »

5 Under $5 iPad Games

Hey everyone! Beth Elderkin from iPad Insight here, checking out some interesting games for this week’s “5 Under $5.” If you want to see more about Hitman Go, fellow reviewer Thomas Wong will be doing a review soon. Be on the lookout for that! **Note: In the review, I wrote the first game as “The Amazing Spiderman 2,” when it’s actually “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Disclosure: These games were independently observed or purchased by the post’s author. For more information on our site’s review policies, visit the About page. Games Featured This Week: 1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
$4.99 2. Unpossible
$1.99 3. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Free 4. iOOTP Baseball 2014
$4.99 5. Hitman Go
$4.99
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Review – Card Shark Collection Deluxe for iPad

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Card Shark Collection Deluxe is an app for solitaire enthusiasts.  I was a big fan of the 4 deck version of Spider Solitaire on my desktop computer.  Since an iPad is a comfortable way to play solitaire games, I began seeking a good version of Spider Solitaire.  I tried several apps and then I discovered Card Shark. This is an app with a multitude of Solitaire games including Spider Solitaire.  The first thing that impressed me is the ease of moving the cards.  It is very quick and smooth.  I was also pleased with the features and variety of solitaire games.

Card Shark Collection Deluxe has over 70 different solitaire games including the 1, 2 and 4 deck version of Spider Solitaire and 1, 2 and 4 deck versions of Spiderette which is a smaller version of Spider Solitaire that is quicker to play.  When you start Card Shark, it remembers the last place you were.  This is an opening...

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iPad Game Review – Game of Thrones: Ascent

It’s Game of Thrones time! With Season 4 right around the corner, I thought it’d be good to look at ‘Game of Thrones: Ascent,’ a computer free-to-play that came out on the iPad last week. Be sure to check in this weekend for your latest ’5 Under $5 iPad Games’ rundown.

Here’s an App Store Link for Game of Thrones: Ascent; it’s currently free.

Disclosure: This game was independently purchased by the post’s author. For further information regarding our site’s review policies, please see the “About” page.


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