Category Archives: Apple TV

Apple has touted its new Apple TV as a gaming machine, but truth is we haven't really seen too many good games on the device yet (with some notable exceptions). Go Rally, a racing game developed by Inputwish and published by Chillingo, hopes to shine on the device by offering players pass-and-play multiplayer and easy controls. The behind-the-car racing game offers time-trial competitions, where you can compare times with other players in the same room as you, a full-on career mode, car upgrades and customization, and over 100 tracks set in a variety of environments and weather conditions...

One of the greatest things about iPads (and iPhones to a certain extent) is being able to bust one out with a group of friends and all get down and dirty with some same-device multiplayer gaming. It's a niche market for sure, but there's nothing quite as fun as trash-talking someone to their face as multiple people all try to utilize the same tiny screen space. It's couch gaming with your buddies for these modern times. ..




News surrounding Apple TV game releases has slowed to an absolutely crawl, which is pretty understandable considering how poorly the platform seems to be doing for developers. Yesterday, Grumpyface Studios, the guys who are responsible for more than a few really great titles published through Adult Swim Games and Cartoon Network announced on our forums that the Steven Universe RPG, Attack the Light [$2.99] will be coming to the new Apple TV...

If you have an Apple TV, as of today you have two pretty big games to play, provided you can afford to pay quite a bit more than for your usual iOS fare. Disney Infinity 3.0 boasts a console-quality experience (but of the previous generation). The starter pack costs $100 and includes Anakin Skywalker and Ashoka Tano figures, which I know are two of the crowd favorites. There's also a Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Play Set piece, a Bluetooth Disney Infinity base, a web code card for mobile and PC devices, and a Steelseries Nimbus Wireless Controller. That last part makes the Starter Pack worth it if you don't already have a controller for your Apple TV...

'Evel Knievel' Review - Too Legit To Quit

'Evel Knievel' Review - Too Legit To Quit

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November 10th, 2015 3:30 PM EST by Nathan Reinauer in $1.99, 4.5 stars, Apple TV, Arcade, Games, Platform, Reviews, Sports, Universal
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Evel Knievel is undoubtedly one of the more ridiculous pieces of American pop culture. I don’t mean ridiculous in a bad way; just that it seems equal parts silly and awesome that someone could make a career out of jumping a motorcycle over increasingly large numbers of crazy things like buses and sharks. That weirdly fascinating balance of absurdity and danger are on full display in Barnstorm Games’ Evel Knievel [$1.99], to the point where I’m not sure how seriously I should be taking any of it...

'Beat Sports' Review - Weee! Sports on the Apple TV!

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November 9th, 2015 12:00 PM EST by Nathan Reinauer in $9.99, 4 stars, Apple TV, Games, Music / Rhythm, Reviews, Sports
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I wasn’t planning on buying the fourth generation Apple TV right away. But then Guitar Hero Live [Free] happened, and I just couldn’t wait. I mean, the game is great on the iPad and iPhone, but obviously it was always meant for the living room. Imagine my disappointment, then, when I finally got Apple’s new streaming box and Guitar Hero Live wasn’t even in the App Store yet. Luckily, though, developer Harmonix (who kicked off the whole plastic instrument trend back in 2005) did have a rhythm game on the store right on launch day. It’s called Beat Sports, and while it’s no Guitar Hero or Rock Band, it’s still a pretty fun little slice of music gaming...

Earlier this year, developer Sean Kearney released One Play Pong [Free] on iOS. It was a "circular Pong" style game that allowed you to bat a tiny ball back and forth without the messiness of interacting with other people. It was a simple and fun game that had a hilarious and catchy trailer. Well, when the Apple TV was announced and Kearney decided to bring One Player Pong to it, rather than simply port the existing game he decided to take things up a notch by adding new music, new graphics, local leaderboards for couch competition, and special power-ups. The result is Super One Player Pong, now available on the Apple TV. He also took the trailer-making up a notch, check it out...

The new Apple TV leaves a lot to be desired, as evidenced by Eli's first impressions of the device after receiving it Friday morning. My Apple TV got caught up in a shipping snafu, but I did receive it on Saturday, and so far my feelings pretty much mimic Eli's. It's definitely a much-improved content streaming box compared to previous generation Apple TVs, but when it comes to actual games and several areas of the user experience, the new Apple TV is shockingly subpar. One of the big drawbacks is how the App Store is set up in its initial release. The search functionality is poor, and there are no sub-categories to define. So essentially if you aren't on the featured page you pretty much don't exist. With that in mind, here's a few recommendations for games that aren't currently featured anywhere by Apple. Some are just plain good games, some are not the greatest but do exhibit unique elements that are worth highlighting. At the very least, if you're a new Apple TV owner craving some new games this should give you some stuff to try out. Note: Some of the videos/screens below are from the iOS versions of these games...

For some totally baffling reason, there isn't an official Twitch viewer on either the new Apple TV or older Android TV devices. Presumably it's something they're working on, since there are apps for consoles already, but it's a super strange omission right now. Thankfully, developer Jermaine Jong has come to the rescue with the totally unofficial new Apple TV App UnTwitched. It's a buck and basically works as advertised, letting you both browse popular games and featured streams, as well as search for anything you want. There's no chat to speak of, but, that's arguably a good thing...

New Apple TV First Impressions: A Discoverability Nightmare, Zany Controls, and Loads of Potential

I unboxed my Apple TV a little over an hour ago, and my initial impressions of the device are incredibly mixed. I'm happy that I got a lot of my predictions right when I posted about the Nvidia Shield, but at the same time, that isn't a great thing. The Apple TV is going to have a long way to go before it's a serious contender in the gaming space, as crazy controls and a baffling lack of discoverability are holding it back. Of course, there's loads of potential here, but, will Apple realize that potential?..

Long-time Apple fans no doubt recognize the name Pangea Software. Founded nearly 30 years ago, Pangea has been prolific in creating games for Apple's lineup of desktop computers over the years, even striking a deal with Apple to bundle up a selection of their games into Macs for a period of time. It made sense then that Pangea would be all over the iPhone's App Store when it launched in 2008, and the company has made a habit out of being among the first to support new features and devices as Apple rolls them out. Things like the high resolution Retina Display screen, Game Center online multiplayer, the iPad when it was brand new and more were all things Pangea was quick to be on top of with their catalog of games. This week the new Apple TV is arriving and unsurprisingly Pangea is right there with it...

'Guitar Hero Live' Review - Better Than On Consoles?

There are two kinds of musicians in the world: those who like Guitar Hero, and those who don't. Okay, there are probably musicians who are indifferent to the whole phenomenon, but whatever. The point is, as someone who plays a variety of instruments in real life, I have my fair share of musician friends who think rocking out with plastic guitars is stupid. "Why not play real guitar?" they cry, while stroking their hipster beards and drinking PBR. Well, because real guitar isn't a game, and sometimes I just want to play a game. I unashamedly love Guitar Hero, and I was absolutely stoked when I heard there was a new one coming out, and iOS would be getting an un-neutered version. Well, after playing it for several days, I can say that not only is Guitar Hero Live [Free] indeed (nearly) identical to the console versions, but in some ways it actually might be better than the PS4 and Xbox versions. Potentially...

With its longer-than-usual development cycle and crazy anticipation awaiting its release, it's kind of hard to believe that Oceanhorn [$8.99] has been out for nearly two years now. This Zelda-inspired action RPG still feels as fresh as a daisy, and perhaps that's because developers Cornfox & Bros. and FDG Entertainment have consistently updated the game over the past two years adding new features and optimizing for the latest hardware. That trend continues this week with the debut of the new Apple TV, as Oceanhorn will be right there alongside it as a launch title...

One developer has found out that Apple TV games all must work with the remote, they can't require an MFi controller at all. This is according to Apple guidelines in the App Programming Guide for tvOS, which states that "Your game must support the Apple TV remote. Your game may not require the use of a controller." This makes sense for Apple to do from a user experience standpoint, where they might not want to have anything on the Apple TV's App Store that is inaccessible to people, but there are some issues to be had...

Upcoming Apple TV Game 'Fantastic Plastic Squad' Is All About 80s Cartoons and Action Figures

Another day, another Apple TV game announced. I have a hunch this Apple company is about to get very popular, might even go mainstream. Fantastic Plastic Squad is an upcoming game from Studio Pound Sand, led by former executive producer and studio head for EA's Medal of Honor games. The game is a third-person shooter where you pretend to be an action figure (haven't we all done that at some point in our lives?) which you can upgrade and customize to your liking. First, let's start with the trailer. If you are in your mid-thirties like I am, you'll see so many 80s influences in this trailer it's ridiculous (in a good way); It really feels like the 80s should take this trailer to court for plagiarism and intellectual property theft. Needless to say, it's glorious!..

'Skylanders SuperChargers', 'Guitar Hero Live', and 'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved' All Coming to the Apple TV

Activision joined the announcement party for upcoming Apple TV games today, and it's starting to look like all the publishers want to get in on the Apple TV action. Activision also gave us our first insight into how the iPad Pro might influence game design choices in the future. The first game Activision announced is Skylanders SuperChargers, the next iteration of the company's huge moneymaker that is the Skylanders franchise. The game's starter pack, which we have already talked about, will be identical for all iOS devices...

The Full 'Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition' Console Experience is Coming to Apple TV

Have the console wars begun? As Jeff Scott (@TheAppivore) writes over at Slide To Play, Apple let slip that Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition is under development for Apple TV and iOS, and this edition will be the whole shebang, not a "streamlined" mobile version with half the features missing. When Disney listed iOS and Android as supported platforms for Disney Infinity 3.0 back when it first announced the game, Jeff wrote about his hopes that 3.0 would pull a Skylanders and bring the base and the physical characters to mobile. Apparently, Jeff has Disney's ear as John Vignocchi, Vice President of Production for Disney Interactive, announced yesterday that the full Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition console experience will be available on the new Apple TV later this year...

Eden Games Announces Racing Game 'GT Spirit',  an Apple TV Launch Title

So, are you excited about the gaming possibilities of the Apple TV, or not sold on it yet? Eden Games, of Test Drive Unlimited fame, has jumped wheels first into the Apple TV as it has already announced its upcoming game, GT Spirit, a launch title for the Apple TV. The game plans to deliver a "realistic, driving experience" with fully simulated engines, powertrains, suspensions, and aerodynamics. ..

The question surrounding any gaming-capable Apple TV was the obvious question of input: how would you control the games on the TV? Well, we now know: MFi controllers will be supported, and SteelSeries is releasing a new controller, the Nimbus, designed for Apple TV. But the main interface method is going to be that Remote with the touchpad and motion controls...

So, with the new Apple TV supporting games a key new feature, there's one interesting point regarding download sizes. Apparently the initial download size is 200 MB, so this obviously would limit the kind of games that would be playable on the Apple TV, right? Well, immediately it seems like something is up when Apple made a point of demoing Asphalt 8 [Free] and briefly displaying Transistor [$9.99] – both of which are decidedly not sub-200 MB games. So what's going on? Apparently the 200 MB download size is just an up front download size restriction, and apps can then download assets after launch. This experience actually is similar to many Android games, where there's an initial download and then a data pack download along with the file. But this is seemingly related to the App Thinning and On-Demand Resources that is coming to iOS 9, as we explained here...

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