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We can all thank Pocket Gamer for the heads-up alert that Fishlabs' ace space shooter Galaxy On Fire 3D is free to download today from the App Store, for one day only, courtesy of FreeAppADay.com and in celebration and anticipation of the upcoming Galaxy on Fire 2, due for release in October. Fishlabs made a name for themselves all around the world with the mobile version of the multi-award winning Sci-Fi action-adventure, and that was before they even launched the iPhone version last year.
In the game, players take on the role of a mercenary with the Terran Armed Forces in the fight against the aggressive alien Vossk, which takes place in a huge galaxy of hundreds of planets and space stations. After first demonstrating their skills doing some donkey work, players are quickly lured to escort and combat missions. Captured goods can be used in the trading system to equip the player's spaceships with dozens of different weapons, shields, and drives. During the course of the story, which is propelled by numerous animated 3D cutscenes, players will encounter many shady characters who will offer them various missions, some of which are dubious, and some of which are very lucrative. Overall, the game should run to more than 20 hours of gameplay, which makes it quite the bargain. You can get Galaxy On Fire 3D here for free, and immediately start enjoying all that space-battle goodness, but don't forget, it's only free for today.
Source: Pocket Gamer, Fishlabs
Its no big news knowing that Apple will be releasing the iPad 2(or whatever it's called) early next year. Apple seems to have a time of the year for each one of the iDevices as you may know. Starting with iPads in the spring, iPhones in the summer, and iPods in the winter, Apple has kept this up for the past few years and we have yet to see a break in the chain.
The iPad 2 might come out at the beginning of the year, but it will also be the last iOS Device to be updated in that generation wave. Right after the new iPad comes out, the new iPhone comes out with, most likely, better hardware, etc. At least we know that once we see the iPad 2, we will get a better hint of what the 5th Generation iPhone has in store for us.
Namco Networks has today launched a free trial of its hugely popular Knightfall Flash game, Knightfall: Death and Taxes, for the iPhone. If the idea of a Match 3 (or 4, 5, 6 etc) game with RPG elements appeals to you, then this game will give you a lot of enjoyment, and it certainly gives the familiar Match 3 format a bit of a twist. I know that a lot of people are addicted to the Flash game, and will want the opportunity to play it "on-the-go" on their iPhone. Five game modes are available to choose from in the full game, including Story, Endless, Endless 2-player, Pet Protector and Boss Rush Mode. Through over 100 stages in Story Mode, you get to move the characters around the board by rotating the entire field of play and drilling away groups of blocks just by tapping on them. Note that the free demo version only includes a cut down version of Story Mode, and you'll have to buy all the other modes in-app.
By beating foes and bosses players can earn gold with which to buy character upgrades and useful items in the village shops. And for the first time ever in a Knightfall game, players will get the chance to choose either to play as Princess, Knight's wife, or Knight himself. This keeps the gameplay varied as the two have vastly different abilities and attacking styles. Here's Carlson Choi, vice president of marketing at Namco, talking about the game:
Well, this may be what a lot of people have been waiting for. Now, in the recent years, the touch screen has become very popular, but we are all missing that good old feeling of bumpy keys somewhere in our hearts. Well, in November, Think Geek rolls out the TK-421 iPhone Keyboard Case. This cane includes a physical, flip-out, keyboard, similar to the Sidekick method. The keyboard uses Bluetooth the connect so it won't work on the 3G and the 2G. This case looks really cool and among the coolest I've ever seen. I know I'll be picking mine up in November for $49.99.
ThinkGeek :: TK-421 iPhone Case with Flip-Out Keyboard
I remember I used to think how perfect an episode of South Park would be if it were about the iPad, iPhone, etc. I feel like Futurama did its thing, and South Park is overdue on a hit towards Apple. An episode where they could make fun of apps, features, etc. I just think Matt Stone and Trey Parker(creators) could do a great job.
The above commercial mimics the style of the commercial used for the iPad. It shows old clips of the show and a few words with a white background... but this is not a South Park blog. =] Hopefully we will see some more Apple parodies in the upcoming years of our favorite shows.
Now this is a video you must stay tuned and watch. While not iOS news, this video does offer a cool concept made by Billy May, which shows a futuristic "Firefox phone". When you think this thing is out of features, it just comes at you with more. The video above is just amazing and also come in 3D if you have a pair of 3D glasses laying around.
One of the things that I really enjoyed in this demo was the Bluetooth headset that was used as a mouse clicker, that was just crazy. We also get to see projection of a keyboard and a projected desktop. Now if someone were to release something like this into the world, I don't think we would need actual, non-mobile, computers anymore. This whole concept would be really cool to see in a few years.
Either way, it's a great video to watch, it will amaze you, even if its not real.
Apple filed a new patent recently for a multitouch casing on their devices. This rumor has been around for a while starting with the multitouch bezel rumor.
These patents keep reappearing in different ways, maybe we'll be able to see something of it soon. I'm guessing, iPad 2?
A charming little piece of nostalgia has hit the App Store today, with the release of Capcom's Mr. Bill. Some of you might remember that Mr. Bill was an iconic character who appeared on Saturday Night Live in the late '70s, early '80s. In the sketches, Mr. Bill would always come to a sticky end, either dismembered or crushed, as he screamed "ooooooooh nooooooooo" in his high-pitched voice! The same sort of humour is very much apparent in the game, as players attempt to guide the accident-prone clay character through a series of disaster-filled jobs run by his nemesis from Saturday Night Live, Sluggo. In his main job of human cannonball in Sluggo Big-Time Circus, players get to control Bill as he's shot from a cannon and sent soaring through the air. Tap the screen to make him flap his arms and stay airborne. Along the way he'll get to bounce of trampolines, dangle from balloons and get shot into the air by trained seals. All in a day's work at the Sluggo Employment Agency!
Mr. Bill features 28 missions spread across two different worlds, as well as two endless high-score challenge levels. Additional levels are also planned for future free updates, starting with Mr. Bill vs. Zombies, due out in time for Halloween.
Mr. Bill is available to download from the App Store for a reduced price of $0.99 for a limited time.
Capcom is holding another sale this weekend, for no real reason as far as I can see, other than that it's the weekend, yay! Eight games going cheap at just $0.99/£0.59 each. Probably the best of the lot, if you don't already have it, is Resident Evil 4, which takes a big price drop from its usual $4.99, so definitely a bargain. Classic action-platformer Mega Man II is another bargain, dropping to $0.99 from $2.99, while there are also a couple of other ''gather the family around the iPhone" quizztastic treats on offer in the shape of Are You Smarter Than A 5TH Grader? 2010, and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire 2010. Here's the list in full, courtesy of the official Capcom blog, complete with direct links to each game:
LSRotator is a useful tweak to those who find it useful, by that I mean it is not for everyone. If you enjoy having your device one step closer to a fully landscape iDevice, you can snatch this tweak in Cydia for $.99. If not, wait until Apple or someone on Cydia releases a full, landscape orientation, tweak for the iDevice.
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