Category Archives: Applications

Today is a momentous day in the world of video games at large as perhaps the most iconic video game character in history has launched his newest adventure on Nintendo's Switch console. Super Mario Odyssey launched at midnight Eastern today, which meant that I was already staying up playing that when it came time to pre-order the new iPhone X when that went live at midnight Pacific. Yes, I'm tired today! Also, Super Mario Odyssey is bloody fantastic, and based on the reviews coming out over the past day or so (it is now the most well-reviewed video game of all time) I'm not the only one having fun. Anyway, while the Switch crowd is the only ones who get to enjoy Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo has released a fun new treat for iOS device-owning Mario lovers. It's an 8-Bit Super Mario Stickers Pack [$1.99] which, as you can probably guess from its title, features 8-bit sticker versions of our favorite plumber...

If you're one of the lucky ones heading to Anaheim for BlizzCon 2017 next week or even one who's just going to watch through the Virtual Ticket, you should definitely download the BlizzCon 2017 Mobile app [Free], available on both iOS and Android. The app is your main hub for watching all the streaming events and videos, figuring out how to schedule your day, checking out the hall maps if you're lucky enough to be at the venue, staying on top of all the esport competitions, and so much more. You can even watch archived videos if you've missed anything. And you'll also get notified for any breaking news or any updates on what's going on at the venue or online...




With EA's FIFA 18 now out for PC and consoles, many amateur soccer players and managers are getting back into kicking the ball around and buying packs to build their Ultimate Team. If you are one of many who own the game (I'm one of them, too), don't forget to grab the FIFA 18 Companion [Free] app to make your life much easier and to manage your squad on the go. The Companion app allows you to manage all aspects of your club—players, managers, consumables—while you're on the bus or waiting at the bank (to get more money so you can buy more packs). You can also keep a closer eye on the transfer market so you can pick up that great attacker you've been eyeing for a while. And, of course, you can buy more stuff on the go, especially special offers or lightning rounds...

The good people over at Blizzard have decided to give you another way to keep in touch with all your Blizzard-gaming friends, so they are releasing an app called Blizzard Battle.net [Free] today for both iOS and Android. This new app allows to chat with the friends you already have (even if they aren't online at the moment), check your chat history with them (so you can keep track of any previous slights), and, of course, get notifications when someone messages you. As is the case with the desktop version of Battle.net, you are also able to see what your friends are playing so you can decide if you want to join the party or avoid it altogether...

A few months back we wrote about Playstation working on an app called PlayLink, which allows players to use their smartphones in innovative ways when playing certain PS4 games. The latest game that uses this technology is Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier, an upcoming Telltale-like narrative game where players can vote on the choices using their smartphones. And when the vote is a tie, players can use specific tie-breaker tokens to overrule the rest. People who've been playing early builds of the game say that the PlayLink feature really makes the game stand out, so it looks like Sony is smart to lean into using smartphones to enhance gaming experiences beyond just using them for your usual gimmicks...

Destiny 2 is pretty much the talk of the gaming world right now, and even though it's not on mobile (we wish), Destiny Companion [Free], the game's mobile app, is an essential part of the game, and it just became even more useful starting today. Specifically, the game launched without its Clan features, but Bungie has switched them on today, and the best way to create and manage your clans is through the Destiny Companion app. As Bungie details, the Destiny Companion allows you to view other Clan profiles, read their Mission Statements and members, and in general enjoy the game's "culture" (as Bungie calls it). If you want to either join or create a Clan, the Destiny Companion allows you to create and edit Clan Banners, edit the Clan Name, Motto, and Mission Statement, view players' XP contributions, and also track your own weekly contribution...

A few months back we wrote that Microsoft was working on an app called Mixer Create [Free] that would make mobile streaming much easier and help the company take on Twitch, and that app is now live for both iOS and Android. Microsoft is betting on making streaming through its service a more interactive experience than a platform like Twitch by turning latency down to almost zero and by allowing viewers to influence gameplay. Specifically, Mixer will offer very low latency, which should make streamer-viewer communication much better; gone are the ten second delays you have to deal with on Twitch...

Destiny 2, Bungie's promising sequel to the quite successful Destiny, is releasing on consoles September 6th, so Bungie is about to update the official Destiny Companion [Free] app with many new bells and whistles. The new app will allow you to keep up with all the news and updates and track upcoming events and activities to ensure you don't miss on any good loot. You'll also be able to create or join a Clan (a pretty necessary part of getting the most out of the game), communicate with your teammates through Clan text chat, and track your Clan's progression and shared rewards. Destiny 2 really emphasizes playing with others, so the ability to communicate with friends and teammates is pretty essential...

Mass Effect: Andromeda, Bioware's latest entry in the Mass Effect series, is getting ready to launch across the world on March 21st. As it's been the case with other big games recently, Bioware is launching a companion mobile app that will help players stay engaged with the game's universe even when away from their console or PC. The app, called APEX HQ, is specifically a companion for the game's multiplayer component and will help you keep track of your characters. APEX HQ will show your characters' progression, items, rewards, but it will do more than just display info; the app will also allow you to adjust your character's loadout, spend points on skills, recruit and equip new teams, and even customize team names...

In today's not unsurprising but still incredibly disappointing Apple news, beta testers of Riley Testut's upcoming successor to the GBA4iOS emulator, Delta, were notified over the weekend that the app has been removed from TestFlight. According to Testut, over 10,000 people applied just to get in on the beta and well over 10,000,000 people downloaded the original GBA4iOS. The demand for these emulators is a real thing, and we've even experienced that ourselves over the years as any time we post a story about a new one slipping out on to the App Store it'll vastly outperform any of the other articles posted that week...

If you're on a jailbroken device and want to play Super Mario Run [Free], you might run into an issue with your device crashing by playing the game. If that's the case, what you'll want to do is download and install tsProtector 8+. While the app has a paid feature for unlimited white and blacklisting functionality, for this one game you'll want to add Super Mario Run to your blacklist. What tsProtector does is that it tricks apps into thinking that your device isn't jailbroken, and by adding it to your blacklist, it should prevent Super Mario Run from suffering any jailbreak-related crashes. You may see some crashes from the game, but if the game is kicking you out due to being jailbroken, this won't happen any more...

Riley Testut, developer of the famed GBA4iOS, is back with a new multi-system emulator in the works, called Delta. Oh, and he's looking for beta testers. Delta is set to support a number of Nintendo systems at first, with all 3 Game Boy generations supported, along with the Super Nintendo and the Nintendo 64. More consoles are expected to be added in the future. Oh, and the GBAiOS project is officially dead now, but this is the obvious successor. GBA4iOS remains perhaps the peak iOS emulator because it was so well-made, and there's a cool 2-year anniversary video from earlier this year to check out:..

If you're a PlayStation 4 gamer, then you should probably download the new PlayStation Communities [Free] App, out now for iOS and Android. This app will let players meet players with similar interests so you can socialize or even team up. For instance, you can join parties and launch into games with other Community members, which is a great feature for those who like playing multiplayer games like Destiny or Overwatch but don't want to go through the solo queue. You can also check community profiles, join and leave communities, and pretty much position yourself among players with similar interests...

BlizzCon 2016 Mobile App Is Now Available

October 25th, 2016 8:45 PM EST by Tasos Lazarides in Companion, Games, News
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If you're planning on going to BlizzCon 2016 or even buying a Virtual Ticket to watch the Hearthstone World Championship (and all the other events), you should probably download the free BlizzCon 2016 [Free] app, available now for iOS and Android. The BlizzCon 2016 Guide app lets you plan your day so you don't miss out on any of the events or panels whether you're there in person or watching using the Virtual Ticket. If you're going to grab some loot while there, you can use the app to keep track of the wait times at the stores and also get those sad notifications informing you that that one item you wanted to get is now sold out...

If you're one of the many getting ready - or already playing - Battlefield 1, then you should pick up the just-updated Battlefield Companion [Free] app to get a leg up on the competition. As we wrote about recently, EA decided to overhaul its Battlelog app and turn it into the Battlefield Companion in time for the release of its flagship game. The app now has numerous new features that should be great for those playing the console or PC game. You're able to check all your stats and achievements and compare them with your friends', you can get an overview of your career so far, and can also pick specific weapons or vehicles to see your performance with each one of them...

If you are a veteran Battlefield player or one who's waiting for the upcoming Battlefield 1 to jump on the bandwagon, you'll have a new companion app to mess around with at some point this fall. Currently, you can get the Battlelog [Free] app to help you keep track of your Battlefield exploits. The upcoming update will change the name to Battlefield Companion and will be a complete overhaul of the app with many different features. For instance, there will be a better interface that will make navigating the app easier and will also fully support Battlefield 1, a Career section that will be your new profile and the place where you check all your achievements and amazing (or terrible stats) and also compare them to your friends' and in-game frenemies'. And finally, you'll be able to customize your Battlefield 1 soldier's loadout on the go...

FIFA 17  is coming out tomorrow for PC and Consoles, and you can download EA's FIFA 17 Companion [Free] today to help you stay connected to your teams once the game comes out. The Companion is all about the Ultimate Team mode and allows you to use the transfer market at all times - great for being able to pick up a player right at the last minute - manage your squad and your club by changing formations and using your consumables as needed, and visit the store to buy packs, a good thing since FIFA shops tend to run many limited time specials. So as you can tell, these are all useful features for anyone planning on spending time on the Ultimate Team side of FIFA 17...

If you are one of the many enjoying World of Warcraft's Legion, the game's latest expansion, then you should probably be using Blizzard's World of Warcraft: Legion Companion [Free] app, which was announced at PAX. Blizzard designed this app to help players make the most of their time in-game. Imagine the companion as a kind of mission control where you can track all kinds of information and take actions when needed. You can view your active world quests and emissary bounties and even check the rewards to help you decide which quests are worth your time. You can also see which missions are available in your Class Order Hall and get them started straight for the app...

If you're an owner of a PlayStation 3 or 4 as well the owner of a Sony handheld device, you're no doubt familiar with the Remote Play feature that allows you to stream your console games on a Vita or PSP. A couple of years back the service was even expanded to the PlayStation TV, Macs and PCs, and certain Android devices. But what if you're a PlayStation owner and an iOS device owner, and you want to stream games to your iOS devices? Well, now there's a solution for you, too, as developer BitWise Solutions has just released the PlayCast [] app to the App Store...

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...

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