Category Archives: Applications

Yup, The Pokemon Company has released an official Pokedex app across iPhone and iPad on the Japanese App Store. It's not a "new" app, mind; people are saying that this is a port Pokedex 3D Pro, which landed on Nintendo 3DS this July in the Japan. The iOS version is a paid app with in-game purchases...

The Call of Duty Elite app [Free] has been updated with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 support. Now, you can track your career stats, recent matches, customize your classes, and follow your challenge progression from the app, provided you link either your XBL or PSN profiles to the service. Steam integration, unfortunately, is still not a thing for whatever reason...




We are living in a time when mobile games have the power to infiltrate pop-culture on such a massive scale that they inevitably bleed over into other areas. Just go to basically any kind of retail store and try to spot the Angry Birds merchandise - it shouldn't be too difficult to find. Fruit Ninja, Pocket God, Doodle Jump and Temple Run have all seen similar kinds of success, though not quite to the scale of Angry Birds, but they've still found ways to leap off of the touchscreen and into the mainstream...

In December of last year, Microsoft released the official My Xbox Live app which allowed Xbox Live members to use their iOS device to do things like view friends lists and achievements, send messages to friends, or mess with your avatar. It was pretty cool, though kind of limited, but for a free download it was worth having for Xbox Live enthusiasts...

Out of the box, Gearbox Software's Borderlands 2 has robust mapping functionality that clearly displays the layouts of a given area. Also, like most modern games, Borderlands 2 isn't afraid to make it rain waypoints to quest objectives, big or small. But what it doesn't do is show you where collectibles and chests can be found, which is part of the reason why we want to, at least, name-drop the Official Borderlands 2 Map App [$2.99]...

It hasn't been hard to get into the Steam Mobile beta, but if you couldn't for some reason here's some good news: Steam Mobile [Free] is now accessible to anyone with an actual Steam account...

Getting lost to Arkane Studios' Dishonored is a problem. For example, instead of writing up this post immediately, we've been playing Dishonored. But getting lost in the game will never be a problem; Its official map app, which displays just about anything you could want, has us covered pretty well...

Sure, the iPhone 5 is blowing up today but there's also some crazy news in Diablo land. If you haven't played Diablo 3 yet, it's a action RPG that involves lots of mouse clicking and lots of looting. In fact, I'd argue looting is the entire point of Diablo 3. The problem with that is when you're out and about you really can't show off the sick oranges you've farmed up, along with the various other statistics of your dude right on your phone...

Director of 'Vectrex Regeneration' Shares a Behind-the-Scenes

Last week we shared news of the coming Vectrex Regeneration, a universal iOS app that emulates the beloved Vectrex game console of the early '80s, with its entire original game library bundled in. It's news that got this retro gamer extremely excited and, judging from reader comments on the post, I'm not alone in this...

My Xbox Live [Free] on iPad just got a lot more useful overnight...

An In-Depth Video Preview of the iOS OnLive App, Moments Before my Build Expires

First announced at GDC in 2009, few people actually believed that OnLive could exist. Back then, the idea of realtime cloud-based gaming was closer to science fiction than anything that most felt could actually be reality. We got a first look at the iPad client at E3 2010, and while you could only view people playing games, it totally worked. In 2011, we visited the OnLive guys again at E3, only this time they had a totally working iPad client with a Bluetooth controller that allowed you to play real console-like games on the iPad with a controller...

Better late than never: the official companion app for Red Storm's Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Ghost Recon Network [Free], is now out and available on the App Store. With it, you can modify your weapon loadouts, check online stats, and even fiddle with your Squad stuff without having to touch the proper game. In a later update, you'll be able to do even more, including check friends' stats and access Challenges. Sweet, right?..

It seems like the thing to do nowadays is release a mobile companion app for your big time AAA console release. Whether it’s the Call of Duty Elite app [Free], the Mass Effect 3 Datapad [Free], or the Dragon Shout app for Skyrim [Free], each offer a way to assist or otherwise immerse yourself further into a console or PC game using the second screen of your mobile device. It’s like the digital revolution of the strategy guide...

Back when Supermono released EpicWin [$2.99], its to-do list RPG, we spent some time contemplating whether adding game mechanics to productivity apps would really help people be more productive. That's the question that rests at the heart of all discussions about "gamification"—do carefully tuned game mechanics drive us to perform tasks we might otherwise ignore? Has Farmville claimed so many man-hours because it's fun, or because it's designed to feed on impulses that could be better used for good?..

The very first post on TouchArcade was over four years ago now, which, for those of you playing along at home, was before the iOS App Store even launched. (Heck, back then it wasn't even iOS yet, and wouldn't even be iOS for another two years.) We've been hard at work on our own app with the help of Flexibits and Bartelme Design for what seems like forever, and with it being unleashed to the world next week, I figured now was a great time to lay out the features and functionality of the app...

If you follow me on Twitter, which you totally should, you'll know that I've been having what amounts to a full-blown love affair with a 2011 Prius for the past six months or so. The car is great, gets fabulous milage, is chock full of gadgetry, and really, is only lacking in one department. See, the Prius is a really quiet car. So quiet, that it's even been the center of jokes on The Office. And, sometimes, you really just want to hear the throaty growl of a V8 engine...

I'm sure many of you out there have spent the past week burning through your allotment of sick days at your job so you could spend all day with the shades drawn hunkered down on your couch in front of Mass Effect 3. If this describes you and you have an iOS device to boot, then you're probably going to want to grab the free Mass Effect 3 Datapad [Free] which has now gone live in the App Store...

One of Apple's more "magical" features in the past year is AirPlay, which allows you to stream the screen from  your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 wirelessly to an Apple TV and right onto your HDTV. Soon, the new OS X Mountain Lion will allow you to do the same thing with your Mac, beaming whatever is on its screen to your TV wirelessly. In terms of gaming, AirPlay offers an additional avenue for playing iOS games – wirelessly on the living room TV – and some titles like Real Racing 2 HD have taken it a step further and offer a custom interface or additional features for playing the game that way...

There are a ton of Magic: The Gathering utilities on the App Store to assist in playing the card game. I've always been partial to using a combination of TCG Buddy [$4.99] for game tracking and Orcish Librarian [Free] for checking card values. If the thought of dabbling in the third party Magic app market never appealed to you, you're in luck, as Wizards of the Coast just launched Magic: The Gathering Toolbox [Free]...

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