Category Archives: Applications

If you've been enjoying assassinating people in the latest HITMAN game by Square Enix, you can now get your mobile phone to be an accessory to murder - if you get caught. HITMAN has recently come out on PC and consoles, and unlike previous iterations of the franchise, this one is an episodic one. Today, Enix released HITMAN Companion [Free], a new app that helps players keep up-to-date with the latest news and helps keep track of what's been added to the game, an especially useful feature considering the game's episodic nature. The app will send you notifications when Elusive Targets are released, an essential feature because you wouldn't want to delay your murdering for even one minute more than you have to...

In an effort to make up for lost ground in the battle against Sony's PlayStation, Microsoft is rethinking various aspects of the Xbox experience, from the actual console to the Xbox apps. Speaking of the latter, Microsoft has released updated Xbox [Free] apps for iOS and Android today that do away with the "SmartGlass" moniker of the earlier Xbox Apps and are called simply Xbox. These new apps allow you to keep track of your Microsoft gaming - on Windows 10 PC, Phone, and Xbox - from your phone or tablet. The new app looks a lot like Windows 10 and has a number of changes and improvements...




We unfortunately still live in a world where backing up saves of your favorite iOS games is not easily supported through iOS, and iCloud is not supported by many developers. The good news is that there is always iMazing, an incredibly useful tool that uses iOS' standard backup mechanisms in a selective way to let you backup and restore individual apps' save data. There is a capable free trial, but the problem was that after a few weeks, you'd have to buy the app, and while I think it's worth it (you can basically use iMazing to avoid using iTunes ever again), I totally understand if you just needed it for the app backups and didn't think it was worth it. But no more – the free version of iMazing now includes unlimited app backup and restoration...

Independent developer TouchMint has come out with a really clever companion app to Clash Royale [Free] that will help you figure out when your long-awaited magical and giant chests are bound to hit. Chest Tracker for Clash Royale [Free] is pretty much what it says on the tin: it tells you, based on which chest you received most recently, which chest you're bound to get next. See, the chests work on a rotation right now, where you get 1 gold chest for every 3 silver chests, with the rare magical and giant chest. This simple app allows you to see when in the rotation you'll get your next magical and giant chest...

EA has just released the Star Wars Battlefront Companion [Free], an app that should help you get even more out of the Star Wars game launching very soon. The Companion app lets you connect with friends, track your Star Wars Battlefront career, and play Base Command, a card-based game included in the app. ..

One of the nice things about PC gaming is the ability to use your own custom hardware, and that includes sound, especially for headphone users. If you use headphones that require a headphone amplifier, want higher-quality sound through an external digital-to-analog converter, or virtual surround through headphones, there are numerous solutions for that!. Even on consoles, you have some options available through hardware solutions and increased compatibility with USB sound devices. But for mobile, it's pretty much been the headphone output port and the limited options iOS gives you. You could get line-out audio through the dock port and run it to a headphone amp, but any advanced audio beyond then might require being tethered to a desktop...

iMazing Review: Stick it to the Apple, Backup Your Save Games on iOS 9

One of the things that is unquestionably better about PC and console gaming than mobile gaming is save game management. If you have progress in a game you want to back up to ensure that it's never lost, you're in the golden era of data protection. Consoles give you a decent set of options to protect your games, even if you delete your games from your hard drive, and even supporting cloud saves in many cases. And on PC, you can always hunt down the save files on your hard drive, and Steam Cloud works pretty well!..

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...

If you are into MOBAs, you've probably tried Fates Forever [Free (HD)], one of the first serious MOBAs on the iPad before Vainglory [Free] even set foot in the mobile world. While the game was quite good (I played it a bit), it never got the traction it needed to become sustainable, so its developers, Hammer & Chisel, decided to shift directions. Instead of developing another game, Hammer & Chisel devs are developing Discord [Free], a free voice communication chat app for multiplayer mobile games that hopes to compete with services like TeamSpeak. In an interview with VentureBeat, Jason Citron, founder of Hammer & Chisel, talks about the thinking behind Discord and what the company hopes this app will bring to the gaming world...

While the future of emulators on iOS is looking peachy-keen if you've got a Mac and aren't afraid to compile some source code, if you're still not willing to jailbreak your device or go to Android for some sweet emulators, Nintendo DS emulator nds4ios is available right now without any relative tomfoolery. iEmulators has an enterprise-signed version of nds4ios that you can install right now without jailbreaking. You just need to go to their site, tap on "Apps," scroll down to nds4ios, and install it. Apple hasn't revoked the certificate yet, so have at it!..

Oddly enough, a lot of the buzz surrounding Apple's keynote at WWDC wasn't necessarily new features or future major iOS revisions... But the odd inclusion of a surprisingly long segment on Apple's new music service dubbed simply, "Apple Music." Well, if you were following along with our keynote coverage and anxious to give Spotify, Pandora, or whatever else you're using the boot, Apple Music and iOS 8.4 is here...

So, one of the interesting things to come from the WWDC announcements that Apple's doing now is that you don't need an Apple developer program membership to run apps on your own device with the Xcode 7 beta. As such, questions started to arise: could you now run emulators without needing a $99 yearly subscription to Apple's developer services? Or otherwise having to jailbreak, register your UDID with a third-party service, or hope for another one to sneak on to the App Store? It looks like the answer to that question is yes, as one developer has sideloaded GBA4iOS on to his iOS device using Xcode 7...

What do you do when you want to find a good app or game? The answer to this question is rarely 'well I hop right onto the App Store and dig one up.' Most of the time you'll find that a site much like ours has much better content curation. There are YouTube channels, personal blogs, and even twitter users that garner traffic and attention simply because finding an app is a chore. I realize that this sort of an accusation requires a hefty explanation. I find that there are three major issues... well ok actually four problems but I'll get back to that last one. So why rock the boat? I mean, we get extra traffic because there are fewer ways to effectively find apps you want right? Eh. I don't really mind a little competition in this case. In the end, I am a consumer very much in need of a better App Store, just like many of you. Now we have seen some incremental improvements recently including a refocusing on editorial content. Moving away from easily manipulated algorithmically derived content is good, but I don't think it addresses the major issues still facing the App Store...

A new emulator has snuck on to the App Store over the last few days, and it's quite the rad multi-system emulator: Homebrew Indie Games [$2.99] can play NES, GBA, Genesis, and SNES games. Plus, it supports MFi controllers! Thanks to our forums for posting about this one. There's one big problem: it's pretty much useless for you if you're on iOS 8.3. The app hides its true intentions in a surprisingly-transparent way: it's got a bunch of ROMs of, well, homebrew indie games made to be run on the hardware of other systems. There's 18 homebrew games here in total, and the description even quotes some of the emulators whose code it is using. The hook is that if you load ROM files into the Documents folder of the app, they'll be listed among the playable games here. ..

Describing itself as an 'Alarm Playing Game', dreeps [$2.99] caught my eye with its attractive pixel graphics and promise of a low-maintenance adventure. Well, what I found probably can't be called a game in the traditional sense, but it might still be of interest to some of you. Since I saw some people in the TouchArcade forums wondering exactly what dreeps is, I figured that even if it's not something I can review, it's at least worth talking a little about it...

'Floppy Cloud' Is the Latest NES and Super Nintendo Emulator to Sneak onto the App Store

One thing I forgot in the annual tradition of telling the App Store Christmas story this year was the nearly-annual tradition of a developer sneaking an emulator onto the App Store moments before the iTunes freeze thinking it'll last until Apple thaws out next week. iMAME did it a few years ago and lasted exactly two days, which I believe is the current record holder for longest time an emulator has been on the App Store before getting pulled...

Never Miss a 'World of Warcraft' Queue Again With the 'WoW Notifier' App

If you're among the bazillion people desperately queuing up to log into their World of Warcraft server to play the new Warlords of Draenor expansion, listen up- While the Looking For Group and Looking For Raid systems have made it way easier to find groups, there is nothing that sucks more than waiting in queue for an hour (especially if you're playing a DPS class) only to have the one time you actually get up from your computer to go to the bathroom or get something to drink be when the queue pops. It's happened to me more times than I could remember, almost like the game knows I went AFK for a minute...

This week the latest entry in the open-world action game series Far Cry will be releasing on Windows PC and both current- and last-gen game consoles, and to supplement this big release developer Ubisoft has released Far Cry 4 Arcade Poker [Free] for free on mobile devices. Like other mobile tie-in apps that launch alongside big-name console releases, Far Cry 4 Arcade Poker actually offers a benefit to players of the full game: you can earn currency which you can use in the full game on console or PC. Presumably this will be handled by linking up your Uplay account, though obviously I don't have the console game to test this out...

Did you miss GBA4iOS after updating to iOS 8.1, or sad that you couldn't get it on your iPhone 6 or Plus because Apple closed the enterprise distribution loophole that GBA4iOS and other emulators used to be installed without jailbreaking nor App Store distribution? Well, never put anything past people wanting to play Game Boy Advance games when Apple won't let them, as GBA4iOS 2.1 can be installed on iOS 8.1 devices via iEmulators. While the old 'date trick' doesn't work any more, there appears to be a new enterprise certificate trick in play, as any iOS 8.1 device can install this version. Developer Riley Testut warns that Apple manages to close off the loopholes for distribution of emulators, so don't expect this to last for long. You can install it from iEmulators, but it requires trusting an enterprise certificate from an unknown Chinese company...

Unfortunately, with the enterprise signing bug going away in iOS 8.1, emulators like GBA4iOS, the one that seemingly popularized the whole trend, will no longer be installable by anyone without jailbreaking or having a developer account. However, the date trick to install the app still works for now, and so Riley Testut and the GBA4iOS team are putting out GBA4iOS 2.1. The source for the app should be available soon in beta for testers with developer accounts to install it themselves. Multiplayer is the big feature of 2.1, but isn't going to be part of the initial release as it's still in the works. 2.1 will add iPhone 6/Plus support, the ability to set a homepage for the web browser, and selectable color pallettes for Game Boy games. Testut says "Under normal circumstances, I’d much rather hold off on the release of the update until I had completely polished it, but right now our priority is to get the update out before iOS 8.1 drops for everyone."..

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