Wizard Ops Tactics takes the asynchronous multiplayer model established by games like Hero Academy and expands it. It features customizable teams of wizards that battle in eerie magical arenas. Like a game of chess, there are more options here can you would initially think. For some, this game might be the perfect challenge. For others, it might require too much of a time investment.
When the game begins, you are given the chance to go through the game’s tutorial. It’s heavily advised that you do so. While some tutorials are a quick few screens that explain the basics and leave the rest up to you, Wizard Ops Tactics walks you through the game step by step. As you complete the tutorial, you soon see why. Tactics isn’t like the other games out there.
First, wizards are categorized into elemental type, and each type has multiple abilities and attacks. Some wizards will fare better in certain situations than others. Second, each arena has unique environmental effects which could critically affect your game.
If you’re a parent or a teacher looking for a unique learning opportunity for young children, then look no further than Tiny Tap. Tiny Tap has a two-fold ability, but its primary function is to allow users to take photos and turn them into games. With the ability to use photos saved to the camera roll or to pull images directly from the web, Tiny Tap has virtually no limitations in terms of sparking kids’ visual interest. Users can create custom themed books with pages of pictures, record questions for each page and set static boundaries onscreen to serve as the correct answer “area.”
Tiny Tap takes some experimenting to get acquainted with its abilities and functions, but it’s worth the effort. There are two “sample” books to get you started and spark ideas. Essentially, if you can envision multi-sensory games with simple questions that have single answers, you can create a custom Tiny Tap book. Examples of themes that can be created are body parts, shape identification, starting letter sounds, color identification and so on. The best part is you can use photos of familiar people or objects.
Pictorious is a photo sharing startup that is faced with the unenviable task of crawling its way out of Instagram’s gigantic shadow. Today they’re releasing a bevy of updates to their iOS app, which will hopefully help it mount a better challenge against the photo sharing juggernaut.
Pictorious distinguishes itself as more than just an ill-advised Instagram clone with their photo challenges feature. Users can invite their friends to photo challenges on any given topic and earn points and rewards as they upvote or downvote pictures.
Today their update adds branded challenges to the mix, which can be used by companies to create photo challenges for their advertising campaigns. Pictorious has partnered with Popchips for the first of these branded ad campaigns, which challenges their users to build “artwork” with Popchips.
Cut the Rope is one of the most-downloaded apps on the App Store, and its developers, ZeptoLab, have made quite a character out of its lead, Om Nom. The series’ latest incarnation is called Cut The Rope: Time Travel, and it’s available on the App Store (in both iPhone and HD versions) right now.
As you can tell by the title, Time Travel sends Om Nom through a crazy creation off into various time periods, and the biggest innovation in this game is instead of just feeding one candy to one creature, you have two pieces of candy to safeguard through the game’s physics-based puzzles. Om Nom is joined by a period-specific friend in every level, and that friend also has some candy to eat. Additionally, every time period also offers new tools to play with, like chains that need to be cut a specific way, or a time-freezing tool you can use.
Apple took time to update investors on the status of its ecosystem on today’s call, revealing that it has crossed the 45 billion total app download mark, just over four months after it crossed the 40 billion download mark back in January. Apps are being downloaded at a rate of 800 per second, from a total pool of 850,000 iOS apps in total, with 350,000 apps designed for iPad alone.
That 350,000 is the same as the number of total iOS apps reported by Apple as of January 2011, just a year after the launch of the iPad. At the time, Apple had only 60,000 iPad apps, which means iPad-specific titles have seen a 483 percent increase in the intervening years.
Apple also revealed that it has App Stores in 155 countries, covering 90 percent of the total iOS user population, and that it has so far paid out more than $9 billion to developers. That’s a $1 billion increase from the total it reported it had paid out to developers as of mid-February.
Apple now pays out $1 billion per quarter to devs, Oppenheimer said at the close of the call, and $4.5 billion or half of the grand total has been paid out during the past four quarters alone.
Skype for iOS has been updated to version 4.6, with improvements to the experience of making and receiving Skype calls as well as numerous bug fixes.
There’s been a complete overhaul to the UI when making and receiving calls. On first impressions, I wouldn’t say it’s any easier to use than the previous version, but it’s a cleaner look that has an air of freshness to it!
According to Skype’s blog, other major improvements include one-to-one chats appearing in the correct order and the ability to select messages as read in a few taps. Additionally, there have been bug fixes to Voice Over, conversations, file-transfer and account editing.
The update arrived yesterday. If you haven’t already done so, Skype recommends all users update as soon as possible. It’ll be waiting for you in the Updates section of the iOS App Store.
Skype is a free app that lets you make and receive voice and video calls over the internet.
Major Magnet is not the most observant of superheroes. In a humorously animated intro sequence, he’s so happy just flying around the city, that he doesn’t notice the dastardly Colonel Lastin pulling up alongside him to steal his cape, which sends the Major plummeting to the depths below. Luckily another specialty of our intrepid hero is the power of magnetism (in the literal sense, not the charismatic one). What follows is a series of small levels in which you use Major’s magnet to fly around nodes, collecting gems, and trying to reach the black hole that symbolizes travel to the next stage.
Sky Climb is a game by PICxPIC in which you will be playing the part of a character who is running up a tree climb to sky. You’ll have a couple of locales to keep things interesting in this game such as falling rocks.
Graphically this game looks sharp. The levels are going to be simple, but the art is well done, and the different enemies that you interact with animate smoothly in the levels.
The free Koozoo app is based on an intriguing idea. It lets you shoot video with your iPhone and share it live with other users. You could conceivably use it to monitor the view of a city, check the line at a favorite restaurant and so on. The catch is that only San Francisco, Calif., and Austin, Texas are supported so far.
Once you’ve created a free account, you’re ready to browse the online streams. You can look for active cameras or just watch snippets that have been uploaded. You’ll find categories for traffic, parking, food, neighborhoods, etc.
The developers suggest you use your iPhone to grab some quick shots when you can, or place an old iPhone on a WiFi network in a window for use as a live webcam.
Tinyview, a startup that wants to be the “mobile browser” for product search and shopping, is expanding its functionality. Today the company has updated its iPhone app and adding a web presence for users.
Tinyview is the brainchild of Raj Lalwani, who earlier this year sold his startup birthday and holiday reminders Facebook app, Social Calendar, to Walmart. The iOS app aims to solve the pain point of mobile purchasing via search.
The startup, which originally launched last August, allows you to pre-load all of your checkout information, including addresses, email, payments and more. Within the app, you can search for a product or item, and Tinyview will show results from retailers like Amazon, Nordstrom, Zappos, Fandango and others. If you find an item you’d like to purchase on Nordstrom, the app can automatically auto-fill all the information into the checkout process.
Users can now create lists of products they want, and friends can comment, like products or suggest new products. You can also share lists on Facebook, email, etc. And TinyView now shows products that are trending and being saved to lists by others. There’s also a built-in barcode scanner and QR code reader to find products in stores in the app.
Lalwani adds that the startup will add game mechanics to the app, allowing users to earn points for certain user actions. He explains that he wants to do for e-commerce what Shopkick is doing for brick-and-mortar stores when it comes to discovery and viral sharing.