Category Archives: Applications

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, Iā€™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."..

If you fancy yourself something of a sport-drinker, chances are you've played or at least heard of a popular drinking game called Power Hour. The idea is simple: A playlist filled with 60 different songs plays 1-minute snippets of each song. Every time the song changes, you take a shot of beer. By the end of the hour, the goal is to have taken 60 total shots of beer. Sound easy? It's not. At all. I'm not some superstar drinker by any means, but I can definitely toss a few back. However, making it to the end of Power Hour is a struggle, and I've seen the game take down far better drinkers than me over the years...

The internet is sometimes an exhaustingly terrible place, but one of its redeeming qualities (for our purposes, at least) is that it's made making video games easier than ever. Another tool of this democratization might be inklewriter, a suite of interactive fiction tools developed by Inkle Studios. Inkle, you'll recall, are the dudes responsible for some of the best gamebooks on the App Store, like Socery! 2 [$4.99], 80 Days [$4.99], and most recently, Down Among the Dead Men [$0.99]...

Good news for those of y'all who missed GBA4iOS during its recent DMCA takedown time: it's back. Developer Riley Testut revealed what exactly happened with the emulator: Nintendo filed a DMCA request to GitHub to take down the emulator because it provided a direct search on a ROM site to get more ROMs...

A great sale on KOTOR isn't the only Star Wars-related iOS news today, as Disney has also released a brand new app/game called Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace [$6.99]. It's broken up into two main parts: an interactive visual storybook that retells the tale of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and a pod racing game...

Play Nintendo DS Games On Your iOS Device Without Jailbreaking Using 'NDS4iOS'

You might remember GBA4iOS a GBA emulator that was released for non-jailbreakers a couple of month ago. Well today you can add another emulator to your list with the arrival of a new version of NDS4iOS you can now play the Nintendo DS without jailbreaking. ..

Earlier this week we learned that GBA4iOS, an emulator for iOS that runs Game Boy Advance and legacy Game Boy games, was getting a massive revision and being rebuilt for iOS 7. Well, now that the countdown timer on the GBA4iOS website has finally ticked down to the last second, the new version of the emulator is now available. And, as we had suspected, it does not require a jailbreak in order to install it, nor does it require the weird workaround of turning your device's clock back in time like the previous version did...

You can already get the old version of GBA4iOS without jailbreaking through a weird workaround by rolling back your date to 2012 and installing it from iEmulators... But per a countdown on GBA4iOSapp.com, the new and improved version 2.0 is launching soon which sports an awesome feature set...

How to Play NES Games On an iPhone Without Jailbreaking via webNES

If you want to run emulators on your iPhone (or iPad), you've basically got two options: Use this crazy workaround which involves rolling the date of your device back to 2012 and installing old, previously signed emulators. Alternatively, you can just bite the bullet and jailbreak and install any number of emulators that people are actively developing on Cydia. Well, as of this weekend there's a third option. Like the previous two solutions, the third isn't very ideal either, but if you want to play NES games on your iPhone, it's worth checking out...

'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor' Companion App Will Offer Hints Based on What it Hears [Update: It's Out]

There have been a number of companion apps released alongside console and PC games which offer a variety of different benefits, but the Palantir companion app for the upcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes things to a whole new level. As Joystiq reports, Palantir is a collaborative effort between Warner Bros. and Wikia, and will function like many other companion apps in its "Reader" mode, offering a portal into the information about the game curated by Wikia's community. That will include player-written guides and background information about the characters and lore in the game...

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