‘Dance with flARmingos’ in a mixed reality mating ritual

Flamingos rule everything around her. Her clothes are covered in them. Her workspace is littered with representations of their spindly legs and hot-pink plumes. She's spent hours studying their migratory patterns, mating rituals and native environments. She's traveled the world speaking to conservationists and ornithologists to better understand them. She even adopted 20 of the winged icons to aid in her research and their preservation.

PlayStation’s redesigned phone app focuses on socializing

If you've ever used the PlayStation App on your phone, you know how dodgy it has been since launch. Never mind the dated looks -- its interface was a hodgepodge that was never particularly helpful in any one area. At last, though, it's getting a makeover. Sony has released an overhauled PlayStation App for Android and iOS that not only drags the look into the modern era, but borrows more than a few cues from social networking apps. It's dominated by a Facebook-style "what's new" feed that puts your friends' PS4 activity front and center, and clearly does much more to encourage comments and sharing. Even profiles have a more social look, and you get quicker access to your friends list and notifications.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Of course there’s retro-inspired ‘Stranger Things’ mobile game

Netflix has flirted with simple games starring its most popular original series, but its latest stab at interactive promo goes a little deeper. The streaming juggernaut tapped developer BonusXP to make a full-on mobile game for Stranger Things. And as you might expect, it's is about as retro as possible, aping classics of yore like River City Ransom and the NES' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for inspiration. All that to say, it's a bit more complicated than Netflix Infinite Runner from January. You can do sweet jumps on your bicycle as one of the kids and explore the Upside Down as Hawkins police chief Jim Hopper, for example.

Source: iTunes, Google Play

‘Flower’ brings its zen gameplay to iPhone and iPad

Earlier this month, Apple announced that it had snagged exclusive rights to the next game from indie studio Thatgamecompany. Sky (described as a "romantic social adventure game") will be an Apple TV exclusive. But, there's more to the relationship between the two firms. On Thursday, the developer revealed its given its indie classic Flower the iOS treatment. The game is now available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, priced at $4.99.

Source: Thatgamecompany

D&D Reader app brings paper reference books to your tablet

Dungeon Masters can rest a bit easier now that the library of Dungeons and Dragons core rulebooks will soon be available in an easy-to-lug digital edition. Instead of a stack of heavy paper-bound volumes, you'll be able to take your iPad or Android tablet to your next gaming session loaded up with the upcoming D&D Reader app, which should be available this fall.

Stunning visual puzzler ‘The Witness’ arrives on iOS

After months of teases and rumour, striking 3D puzzle game The Witness has finally landed in the App Store, for both iPhone and iPad. Likened to a modern-day Myst, the open world game sees players wake up on a strange, colorful island with no memory of who they are or how they got there. Only by exploring the vast island, discovering clues and completing curious puzzles can they hope to regain their memory and somehow find their way home. With dozens of locations to discover and more than 500 puzzles to solve, The Witness is a beautiful beast of a game, available now for $10/£10.

The ‘Futurama’ crew returns today in a new mobile game

Good news, everyone: after no small amount of hype, you can revisit the Futurama universe on your phone. Jam City's TinyCo has released Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow for free on both Android and iOS. It's clearly another not-so-subtle attempt to cash in on a much-loved TV series, but this title promises to do more than trade on a familiar name. It has a relatively rich story created by Matt Groening, David X. Cohen and a writing team from the show, and the original show cast is on tap for dialogue. However, the most intriguing part may be its extremely varied gameplay -- it's more ambitious than many console or PC titles in some ways, even if it's not necessarily as deep.

Source: App Store, Google Play

Recommended Reading: Netflix trims its library of original shows

'The Get Down,' 'Sense8'
Cancellations Signal
That Netflix's Originals
Are 'Destructible'

Daniel Holloway,
Variety

In the span of about a week, Netflix cancelled both The Get Down and Sense8 -- two noteworthy series from its slate of original shows. The streaming service seemingly renewed everything, but now a couple of its more anticipated shows won't return. Variety has a look at what this means for the company, including reasons why these two shows in particular won't be coming back. It turns out producing a Baz Luhrmann show is even more expensive than initially anticipated.

Watch Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote in 15 minutes

What's that? You weren't able to sit through nearly three hours of Apple news earlier today as the company kicked off this year's installment of WWDC? No worries. We've condensed all of the watchOS, macOS, iOS, MacBook, iMac and iPad news into a convenient 15-minute clip. And yes, we made room for that newfangled Siri speaker, the HomePod. Sit back, relax, and catch up on what you missed without sacrificing a of couple hours to the task.

Get all the latest news from WWDC 2017 here!

Teenage paranormal thriller ‘Oxenfree’ now fits in your pocket

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/b37e99796baaa666f0274e99ab1baad4/205061102/Sreens_CYMK_Beach.jpg" />Spooky <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/01/15/oxenfree-and-the-sweet-spot-of-supernatural-teenage-drama/">adventure game <em>Oxenfree</em></a> has made its way to mobile. Developer Night School's sidescrolling tale debuted on PC and Xbox One early last January, with a stop on PlayStation 4 <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/04/27/oxenfree-ps4-new-game-plus-interview/">last May</a> that added, among other things, a New Game+ mode. Now it's available <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1179177872?mt=8&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4">for iOS devices</a>. At the minimum, iPhone 5S and iPad Air running iOS 9.1 or newer. The iTunes listing says that the game has been reworked a bit for the platforms and features "custom touch controls." Sounds like it should make working through the game's radio and cassette puzzles a little more tactile. To celebrate launch week Night School has knocked 20 percent off the regular price, bringing it down to $3.99.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a  href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/03/16/oxenfree-now-available-on-ios">IGN</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1179177872?mt=8&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4">iTunes</a><!--//-->

Nautical horror game ‘Sunless Sea’ heads to iPad

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/38feb860f97142dcaa78bcd8e01a0435/205010861/Dawn%2BMachine%2Bsunless%2Bsea-ed.jpg" />Aquatic RPG <em><a href="https://www.engadget.com/2014/07/17/early-access-review-sunless-sea/">Sunless Sea</a></em> has been a big win for British indie developer Failbetter Games. The <a href="http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/sunless-sea">well-reviewed</a> game has sold half a million copies since its 2015 PC release, and soon, <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/19/apple-reportedly-buys-facial-recognition-startup/">iPad</a> users will be able to get in on the Victorian Gothic adventure. Not long after sequel <em>Sunless Skies</em> <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/02/literary-horror-game-exceeds-125-000-kickstarter-goal-in-4-hour/">very quickly</a> exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal, Failbetter Games announced that <em>Sunless Sea</em> is headed to iPad on March 23rd.

‘Super Mario Run’ won’t work offline due to piracy concerns

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/bb7178cb99bc37bca6d66524590ca214/204687314/supermariorun.jpg" /><em><a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/08/super-mario-run-iphone-hands-on/">Super Mario Run</a> </em>doesn't arrive for <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/11/15/super-mario-run-december-15th-iphone-ipad/">another few days</a>, but when it does, you'll need a constant internet connection to play the game. In <a href="http://mashable.com/2016/12/08/super-mario-run-shigeru-miyamoto-interview/#5k3HzUBWYiqV">an interview with </a><em><a href="http://mashable.com/2016/12/08/super-mario-run-shigeru-miyamoto-interview/#5k3HzUBWYiqV">Mashable</a>, </em>Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that due to piracy concerns, the latest installment of Mario doesn't have an offline mode. The company is worried about piracy because the game will be available in 150 countries on devices that it doesn't have direct control over.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a  href="https://9to5mac.com/2016/12/09/super-mario-run-requires-a-persistent-internet-connection-to-play-no-offline-mode-due-to-piracy-concerns/">9to5Mac</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="http://mashable.com/2016/12/08/super-mario-run-shigeru-miyamoto-interview/#af9tsss">Mashable</a><!--//-->

‘Super Mario Run’ arrives on iPhone and iPad December 15th

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/d9528e1c3c39070a613548906a778aed/204590378/s.aolcdn.com.jpg" />At the iPhone 7 event, <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/07/mario-is-coming-to-the-iphone/">Apple and Nintendo revealed</a> that Mario would make his way <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/07/nintendo-loses-a-little-piece-of-its-identity-with-super-mario/">to iOS devices</a> this December. Well, today Nintendo revealed the exact date: December 15th. That's the day <em>Super Mario Run </em>will be available to play on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app can be downloaded for free, but you'll only be able to play parts of the game's three modes without handing over additional funds. To unlock the full game, you'll have to pay $10.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161115005715/en/Super-Mario-Run-Launches-iPhone-iPad-Dec">Nintendo (Business Wire)</a><!--//-->

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><!--//-->

Indie developers ditch controllers for real-life interactions

e3_2016-6150122 If there’s one thing E3 was not short of, it was controllers. Thousands of the things! Xbox controllers, Dual Shock controllers, third party controllers, motion controllers. But at Indiecade, an independent games showcase at the show, developers devised a variety of ways to play with no controller at all, making digital games charmingly analog. Read More

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><!--//-->

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><!--//-->