Category Archives: Applications

"Professional" video games can be mystifying to watch, largely because they make you fully realize just how terrible you actually are at whatever game you thought you were resoundingly pretty good at. As a fairly run of the mill human being, when I play StarCraft II, I set up my base, build some dudes, and ship 'em off towards my opponents base. That's about where my strategy ends. I try to do this as quickly as I can, but my actions per minute are laughable, and I know almost nothing about the rock, paper, scissors of units. That all seems pretty normal to me...

Dead Rising 3's SmartGlass support is way too neat to not mention. According to Joystiq, the "second screen experience" for the Xbox One exclusive will grant players access to bonus missions, as well as special abilities including, but not limited to, air strikes and drone support. More interestingly, the SmartGlass app will also help folks "locate specific types of items and abandoned storefronts," Joystiq says. Meaning, you could have a couch co-op partner help you find stuff, as well as set waypoints on your map. That's pretty neat, as it opens up a new way to play via tablets and phones. The potential of SmartGlass is seriously awesome...

As expected, the PlayStation 4, or more specifically features on PS4's PlayStation Network, will be accessible on phones. After its E3 press briefing last night, Sony tossed out a promotional video, showing off how folks will be able to use their phones to buy content and, yeah, send messages across PlayStation Network. ..

The return of Commander Mode to Battlefield 4 was a pretty cool reveal the other day at EA's E3 2013 press briefing. The part of the feature that's getting us revved up is the fact that players will be able to offload their duties as Commander to a mobile device. Just as if you were in-game, Commanders with a tablet or phone can gather intel, order air strikes, and coordinate positions. ..

Ubisoft's E3 2013 press conference closed with a look at Tom Clancy's The Division, an MMO shooter RPG that's being created by the capable hands at Massive Entertainment. It looks a lot like the latest handful of third-person Ghost Recon games, except Division focuses a lot more on progression, cooperation, and has a persistent open world that players can shoot each other in...

[Update: Trailer Added] E3 2013: 'Trials Frontier' Announced for Mobile

Two new Trials games are coming in 2014, Trials Fusion and Trials Frontier. The latter of which is coming to mobile exclusively, Ubisoft revealed at its briefing this afternoon at E3...

The Crew is a slick-looking open-world racing game that's set to hit Xbox One and PS4 in early 2014. Publisher Ubisoft just finished demoing it for the first time at its E3 2013 press briefing, focusing on its cooperative features that allow players to band together and take down opposing cars. As we've been slowly coming to expect from any game reveal at E3 this year, The Crew will incorporate a "second screen experience" that lets users customize their cars with a mobile device before they take them out on the track in the game proper. ..

EA introduced Battlefield 4's 64-man multiplayer component earlier today at its E3 2013 press conference and touched on its "connected experience" features, which lean on smart devices to give players more information and power in battle...

'Karateka Classic' Brings the 1984 Apple II Original to iOS

Last year, Jordan Mechner teamed up with Liquid Entertainment to create a modern remake of his 1984 beat 'em up classic, Karateka. The modern, 3D recreation of Karateka [$1.99] (which we reviewed in December) does an excellent job of conveying the tragic tale of the poor, imprisoned princess Mariko and the bold quest to rescue her to today's gamers using modern visuals, an original score, and unique, new fight mechanics. Another thing it does is give old school gamers a real itch to go back and play through the 8-bit original. Happily, as of tonight, that itch is easily scratched...

It seems like the longer you play Magic: The Gathering, the more massive your collection of cards inevitably grows, and the greater the urge is to somehow digitize it all becomes. Whether it's because you've got tens of thousands of dollars of cards you want record of for insurance purposes, a neurotic need to catalog everything, or maybe just to quickly view your mana curve in a deck, that itch is definitely there. The problem is, every other app I've tried that serves this purpose has involved loads of typing. It's just the nature of any data collection app, as the first step of analyzing any data is actual often irritating data entry...

Introducing 'AppShopper Social' a Brand New AppShopper App With a Fresh Social Spin

Late last year the original AppShopper app was removed from the App Store due to some conflicts with Apple's ever-evolving app approval guidelines, but the companion app for our sister site is now back and better than ever. It's called AppShopper Social [Free], and it leverages the power of AppShopper.com with a friends list system so you can constantly stay up to date with what friends of yours are downloading, and things they want to download. Keep in mind, this is a totally different app, so if you've still got the O.G. AppShopper app on your phone, this new app won't conflict with that at all. The new version retains all the core wish list functionality, while adding loads of discovery potential for new and cool things and there's even in-line reviews from various app/game review sites. ..

With PAX East going on this weekend and GDC 2013 kicking off next week, there's going to be a ton of upcoming game news blasting through the TouchArcade space. It can be overwhelming, both for us covering it but also for you guys following along at home, since stories can sometimes move at a much faster clip than our normal posting cycle...

Game Boy Advance Emulator Sneaks on to the App Store via 'Awesome Baby Names' Update: REMOVED!

It certainly isn't the first time someone has snuck on to the App Store, and I can almost promise it won't be the last, but if you're big into grabbing things you "shouldn't" have (per Apple's approval process) then Awesome Baby Names [$1.99] is something you need to snag immediately. What initially appears to be a very simple and silly baby naming app is actually a fairly full-featured Gameboy Advance emulator...

So, hey, Sony announced the PlayStation 4 this afternoon and, as was rumored, it'll have some neat mobile and tablet functionality. Via "applications" on your phone or a tablet, you'll be able to browse players' videos, converse with them, and also challenge them to a match. The presenter at tonight's event added that we'll be to "keep in touch with the revolving world of game," too, whatever that means...

So, if you're not in the loop, get this: today, in New York, Sony is widely rumored to be announcing its next-generation console. We probably won't see the console or hear a price or even a firm release date. If we had to guess, we'd say that most of the event will revolve around sizzle reels and a whole bunch of talk about digital downloads and the "cloud" and the social functionality of the console. Who knows, though? Maybe Sony will unveil a new take on its PlayStation Plus service. Maybe it'll show off a bigger, more touch-friendly controller. Or maybe, just maybe, we'll hear about some new cross-compatibility features -- features that might let you use an iPhone or an iPad with the console. That's neat, right?..

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