‘Tilt to Live 2′ now available on the App Store

One of my personal favorite iPhone games now has a sequel: developers OneManLeft Studios have released Tilt to Live 2.

The game includes universal support, as well as enhanced weapons and better graphics for newer devices. It retains the two best game modes, Classic and Code Red, that the original made so popular. The team has also promised updates with newer game modes.

I’ve been playing the game for a few days now, and one word comes to mind: fun. Tilt to Live 2 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it brings about a fantastic update for my most-played iOS game. This game has my seal of approval, and it’s likely to be the best $2.99 I’ve spent in the games section of the App Store this year.

Also: no annoying in-app purchases. Go crazy!

[App Store]

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Clumsy Ninja is finally out – but only in Singapore

clumsy ninjaRemember Clumsy Ninja? After the introduction of the 5th generation iPod touch last fall, NaturalMotion CEO Torsten Reil took the stage to demo what then seemed to be a game full of new groundbreaking artificial intelligence goodness. At the time, the game was slated for release in the “upcoming holiday season,” but that never came to fruition.

In May of this year, iFans probed many NaturalMotion employees on Twitter looking for potential insight as to what actually happened. Luckily, NaturalMotion talent manager Emma McGonigle did in fact break silence, telling us that “its coming” (sic).

A few days ago, iFans forum member An Outright Nihilist stumbled across the game on the Singaporean App Store, meaning that, finally, NaturalMotion has stayed true to their word and released the game to the public. Sadly, however, it appears that this is only a test region-specific release. A few days after the game appeared in Singapore, Clumsy Ninja is still nowhere to be seen stateside.

It could very well be too little, too late for Clumsy Ninja. Any and all hype that may have come from NaturalMotion’s spot at last year’s event is long gone, and the technology that seemed groundbreaking at the time is now a year old. That said, the game is supposedly still fun to play and, conveniently, completely free. At least for now. We’ll keep you updated as to if and when it ever hits any other of the world’s App Stores.

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Asphalt 8: Airborne is Free This Weekend

Asphalt 8: Airborne is Free This Weekend

Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 4.23.15 PMThe best iOS arcade racing game series reaches a new turning point! Perform dynamic, high-speed aerial stunts in an intense driving experience powered by a brand-new physics engine!

Asphalt is one of the best racing game series for iOS devices. Grab your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and take advantage of this deal while it lasts. Have fun.

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‘Call of Duty: Strike Team’ Lands on iPhone and iPad

‘Call of Duty: Strike Team’ Lands on iPhone and iPad

Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 2.06.37 PMFully customize your squad’s loadouts and abilities before leading them into combat in diverse gameplay environments. Call of Duty: Strike Team features the revolutionary ability to dynamically switch from run-and-gun first-person view to reconnaissance and coordinated squad attacks in third-person view.

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Do you play ‘Candy Crush Saga’?

Do You Play ‘Candy Crush Saga’?

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A recent study conducted by Onavo shows that puzzle game Candy Crush Saga was played by more than 20-percent of American iPhone users in July. That’s almost on par with engagement levels that social apps like Twitter (27%) and Snapchat (20%) received in the same month, which is quite phenomenal for a game that is essentially a glorified version of Bejeweled. Are you a Candy Crush Saga player?

[BGR]

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Nintendo on Why Its Games Won’t Be Coming to Your Smartphone

Nintendo on Why Its Games Won’t Be Coming to Your Smartphone

“What I believe is that Nintendo is a very unique company, because it does its business by designing and introducing people to hardware and software – by integrating them, we can be unique. And because we have hardware and software developers in the same building, they stimulate each other.”

Apple isn’t one to give in, and neither is Nintendo. Both are strong companies.

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$3,000 Mistake: The In-App Purchase Mishaps Continue

$3,000 Mistake: The In-App Purchase Mishaps Continue

2013-07-23 14_15_25-In-app purchasing and $3,000 iTunes bill stun mom - Nfld. & Labrador - CBC News

“To make a long story short, it was not fraudulent activity or criminal activity that I thought was happening from the U.K.; it was actually my seven-year-old sons who were playing a game while I was gone calledClash of Clans,” Marner said.

Clash of Clans is one of the top-grossing iTunes apps of all time.

Will the reoccurring upset of moms across the world at the hands of mischievous developers ruin the in-app purchase model for those actually wanting to make a legitimate dollar?

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PixiTracker is the Fun 16-Bit Music Making App You’ve Been Waiting For

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Have you ever wanted to create some gnarly 16-bit beats on your iPad? If so, you’ve been missing out if you haven’t yet tried Alexander Zolotov’s PixiTracker. This app requires literally no musical knowledge, but brings extremely easy-to-use robust functionality that will let you create any beat imaginable – all in retro 16-bit fashion. (more…)

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Deus Ex: We Are Sorry But You Can’t Fire on Jailbroken Devices

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iFans forum member nekomichi writes:

If [Deus Ex] detects that the device is jailbroken, the trigger function is disabled throughout the entire game, making gameplay almost impossible. Although this was done in an attempt to discourage software piracy, the trigger-lock is actually applied to all jailbroken devices, even if the user has legitimately paid and purchased the game from the App Store.

This is a highly controversial move by Deus Ex developer Square Enix, as there are many users that have purchased this app and also choose to legally jailbreak their iOS devices. Fortunately, users can install the jailbreak tweak xCon from the ModMyi repository on Cydia to bypass the jailbreak detection. Do you think game publishers have a right to set restrictions like this?

[Forum Thread]

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