I'm sure many of you out there have spent the past week burning through your allotment of sick days at your job so you could spend all day with the shades drawn hunkered down on your couch in front of Mass Effect 3. If this describes you and you have an iOS device to boot, then you're probably going to want to grab the free Mass Effect 3 Datapad [Free] which has now gone live in the App Store.

We learned a tiny bit about the Mass Effect 3 Datapad last month, and the app description makes it sound like the companion app to the console title is actually even more feature-filled than we originally thought. You'll can check out codex entries from all three Mass Effect console games to learn more about the lore. There are also videos, screenshots, and a news feed on all things Bioware and Mass Effect.

Most interestingly, the Mass Effect 3 Datapad app can interact directly with the console game. After meeting certain characters in Mass Effect 3, you will receive messages in the iOS Datapad app. Nothing integral to the enjoyment of the console game, but rather additional fan service for those that want to explore even further. Also, you can deploy ships in the app's Fleet Commander which can increase your chances of success against Reapers in the console game. Pretty neat.

The Mass Effect 3 Datapad is free and a Universal app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad so if you're into the Mass Effect universe, are currently playing Mass Effect 3 or plan to in the near future, you should definitely give the app a download.

  • http://twitter.com/sabin1981 Sabin Figaro

    "Your request could not be completed.  The item you requested is not currently available in the UK store"

    Seriously, am I the only one getting really sick of this regional lockout nonsense?

    • Brian Taylor

      Sabin, it's definitely available in the UK app store. I download it hours ago, early this morning.

      • Ben Ruddock

         Yeah downloading in the UK right now too.

      • http://twitter.com/sabin1981 Sabin Figaro

        I got that error 3 hours ago, as my post is timestamped, it wasn't available prior to that.

      • http://twitter.com/sabin1981 Sabin Figaro

        For some reason, my post was deleted (thanks...>_>) so I'll just post it again;  it's not available on the UK app store on my end.  So someone is either telling porkies, or Apple has two versions of the store; one for me and one for everybody else :D

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  • http://twitter.com/MarkEightThree MarkEightThree

     Pretty cool app. Seeing as how I'm caught up in the Mass Effect universe right now, this is nice to have. The ship deployment thing adds about 0.90% to your galactic rating every four hours... not very rewarding.

    • http://thrillingadventurehour.com/ Yars Anvil

      Use the credits you earn to upgrade the mission reward bonus. It seems as though you can at least increase readiness as much as multiplayer does

  • Duane Locsin

    Awesome.

    Now all they have to do now is make those iPads they use in the future today and we are set.

    I got al the games, DLC, comics, Audio books, some apperal, the M8 Avenger replica, ME Galaxy, Infiltrator and now this.

    Seriously I Iove, Sci-Fi, futurism and space and Mass Effect was made for me.
    Bioware continue the series please!

  • Ben Ruddock

    So happy this is available on all devices, since they originally said iPad only.

  • TomCrown

    The iPad app is fairly useless with no Mac port of ME3(which could have been done quite easily, given UE3.)for all those that don't have consoles or PC's.

    • Ben Ruddock

       Boo-hoo, if you wanted to play games why did you buy a mac?

    • zman2100

      Useless? It connects to every version of the game available, including consoles. I'd hardly call that useless.

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    They should just make a pinup gallery that showcases the *ahem*... outfits that the ladies in ME3 wear.  If that's how women in the future dress then screw this Puritanical age. 

    Once again a video game makes me loathe reality.  Damn you, self-perpetuating cycles!

  • http://www.facebook.com/EspertheEmpath Joshua Lord Saviour

    Awesome, no love for android apps. As usual. Whatever.

  • http://twitter.com/SugaShane83 Shane

    when will this be coming out for the android?

  • http://twitter.com/SynbiosTael 4l3x T0rr3s

    We NEED an android app

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dexploratio Kennyd Sevenants

    Why do you keep referring to ME3 as "the console game"? o_O 

    What about the real gamers who play games on PC instead of consoles?