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Do you love Sony's Fat Princess, the downloadable title on PlayStation 3? If so, you are not the target of Sony's latest mobile release, Fat Princess: Piece of Cake [Free]. Rather, this game, like many of Sony's mobile efforts thus far, seems to be more of a promotional tool to pull in people unfamiliar with the franchise. Not only does the gameplay have very little in common with the unique gameplay of the main title, but one of the interesting hooks of this app is the ability to win a code for a free copy of the original Fat Princess for PS3. It's sort of fascinating watching Sony figuring out how they want to incorporate mobile into their overall gaming strategy. I can't say it's yielding the fruits some would hope for, but I at least applaud them for giving it a try, and at the very least, you can't say that they aren't paying attention to what sells in the mobile market...

During the Apple keynote yesterday, Tim Cook and friends announced that the new iPads would be available for preorder today. Hardcore folks like myself assumed this meant like most preorders they'd be available at midnight Pacific time. After giving up at around 3:00 AM, it turns out for whatever reason this time around Apple waited until morning to flip the preorder switch...

'Helix' Review - Let it Surround You

868-HACK [$5.99] creator Michael Brough is doing for the arena survival genre with Helix [$2.99] what he did for the roguelike with 868-HACK: take an existing genre and own it with his own style. This is an arcade game that's got great art, great controls, intriguing gameplay, and even a few secrets to try and dig up, that make this worth checking out if you love arcade games...

Why, hello there, totally random IP crossover! In case you weren't aware, this year marks the 30th anniversary of one of my all-time favorite movies, Ghostbusters, and apparently an appropriate way to celebrate that is with… an update to Fruit Ninja [$0.99 / Free]? Yes, it sounds weird, but that's totally the case, and in fact it's a really nice update for fans of both brands...

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we open random doors hoping we aren't scared to death by what we find inside. Each week, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past and poke it with a stick to see what happens. It's a bit of reflection, a bit of revisiting, and perhaps a bit of an excuse to have fun with an old friend. As this week obviously demonstrates, all kinds of RPGs are welcome here, and I'll do my best to make sure we get a good variety chosen from the selection. Once per month, you guys get to choose what I play and write about, which should help that balance stay intact. The next reader's choice is in RPG Reload 013, so get your vote in as soon as possible by leaving a comment below or dropping into the Official RPG Reload Club thread on the forums. You can also feel free to leave your thoughts, comments, and suggestions in either place, since playing games is more fun when you can talk about it with your friends...

NimbleBit's Tiny Tower Vegas [Free] has received its first batch of new content today, and it's celebrating the internet's favorite holiday – Halloween. There's a special Halloween lobby to unlock. Want a giant jack-o-lantern as the roof of your tower? That's available now, too. A new Halloween elevator, with bats, a coffin, and pumpkin on top, is also available. Special Halloween missions and floors are available, and of course, there's BitBook posts that are themed after the spookiest holiday of them all...

Y'all forgot about Gameloft's NOVA series, didn't you? While they were busy making new Modern Combat games, their Halo-inspired FPS series has sat dormant. Well, this isn't anything too new, but it's at least a sign of life: there's a new free version of NOVA 3 [$6.99] now available: the NOVA 3 Freedom Edition [Free]. This isn't necessarily a 'free-to-play' version of NOVA 3 in that it is really just NOVA 3 with ads and its already-existing IAP, with everything still intact including online play, though certainly the game could have been tuned to be more IAP-friendly. Our forums will be sure to point out if it is...

Back in July, Bandai Namco soft-launched their new free to play card battling game called Outcast Odyssey [Free], and as of last night the game is now officially available worldwide. While the card battling genre is quickly getting saturated on the App Store, Outcast Odyssey hopes to stand out from the pack with its emphasis on exploration and almost dungeon crawler-like gameplay. It seems to have worked too, as Outcast Odyssey has performed well in all the countries it was available in during its soft-launch, and it has almost universally positive praise from players in our forums...

Today I got an email from an EA Mobile representative collecting data from respondents on the current perception of EA Mobile in the industry. Thinking about it, it's actually really rare for anyone from the giant gaming outfits to take time to ask what we think. Communication is typically pretty one-sided, with information controlled behind sanitized press releases and embargoes. When people ask me what I think, I'm often brutally honest, so earlier this morning I drafted a response. After sharing it with the rest of my crew before sending, it was suggested that I just turn this into an open letter, with hopes that it'll actually amount to something beyond just a "Thanks for your feedback."..

As expected, Apple has announced new iPads at their keynote event today. If you follow the Apple rumor mill then there aren't really any surprises here: Apple themselves accidentally leaked the new devices through their own iPad manual in the iBooks app earlier this week. Just because it isn't a surprise though, doesn't mean these new iPads aren't damn exciting. Prior to the unveiling of these new iPad devices, CEO Tim Cook went on to tout the success of the iPad in its lifetime, selling more than 225 million of the various iPads since the first one launched in spring of 2010. The iPad also ranks number one in customer satisfaction. Ok, on to the new devices...

Apple's keynote is going strong right now, and before really dishing on the big announcements like new iPads and whatever else, CEO Tim Cook took the beginning minutes to tout how strong the launch of the new iPhone 6 models has been. He also briefly talked about the Apple Watch, and even more briefly announced a new SDK for the Apple Watch which is called WatchKit...

The Apple Event Live Stream is Now Live

The Apple Event Live Stream is Now Live

October 16th, 2014 1:06 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

Get your browser over to Apple.com or load up the event on your Apple TV if you're interested in following along with today's keynote. If you're stuck at work, or somewhere else that you can't watch live, you can follow along with the MacRumors live blog. Alternatively, if you need something a bit more discreet, @MacRumorsLive on Twitter might be the key...

'Crimsonland HD' Review - Can't Beat The Real Thing

It's fun to think back to the launch of the Xbox 360 in 2005, when out of all the possible choices for a breakout early hit, the one that most gamers flocked to was the humble Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved. Starting as an in-house test demo, it's still amazing to me that this little game not only carried a console through the dry launch period all hardware suffers from, but also dragged a sub-genre back into viability, where it still sits to this day. Suddenly, twin-stick shooters were popular and prolific in a way they perhaps never were before. Mobiles have particularly enjoyed the fruits of that success, with a load of great twin-stick shooters already and more releasing all the time. But although the genre was fairly quiet in the years prior to Geometry Wars, like any dormant genre, it wasn't completely dead. One particular standout was 2003's Crimsonland [Free], an early effort from a name many iOS gamers know quite well, 10tons Entertainment...

Zen Studios recently announced that South Park tables were on their way to Zen Pinball [Free], the multiplatform pinball game, with a release expected this week. And today the new South Park tables can now be downloaded from the Zen Pinball app or a standalone South Park Pinball [$3.99] app. Two tables are available: Super Sweet Pinball and Butters' Very Own Pinball Game. Super Sweet Pinball is based on the show itself, boasting a number of references to the show, including a Sarcastaball section, 9 different table modes, which can be stacked, and 3 different multiball modes. Meanwhile, Butters' Very Own Pinball Game has 4 multiball modes, and a "Coon and Friends" miniplayfield. Of course, each table features a number of South Park characters and animation and sound sourced straight from the show...

Today's Apple Event is Only a Few Hours Away

Today's Apple Event is Only a Few Hours Away

October 16th, 2014 10:02 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

If you're the kind of person who gets super excited for new iPads, today is your personal Christmas. Or, maybe, when new iPads get released instead of just announced, that might be your personal Christmas. Splitting hairs either way, I suppose. Anyway, in just a few hours, today's Apple event will begin which is expected to include the new iPads which hilariously enough, Apple leaked themselves in support documents:..

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