iOS games http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ios/ios-games/news en-SG Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game http://www.stuff.tv/sg/game-thrones/review-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Telltale Games brings its compelling brand of interactive storytelling to Westeros </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice review" alt="Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/game-of-thrones-telltale-cersei-tyrion.jpg?1418174936" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><em>SPOILER ALERT: If you haven&rsquo;t watched HBO&rsquo;s </em>Game of Thrones<em> TV show or read George R.R. Martin&rsquo;s </em>A Song of Ice and Fire<em> books, we recommend avoiding reading this review &ndash; and you probably shouldn&rsquo;t play the game either. Its events begin at the end of the TV show&rsquo;s third season.</em></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$5.98 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4. Also available on PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Mac, Windows and iOS </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Has the makings of a compelling story </div> <div class="field-item even"> Appearances by actual cast members </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A lot of it feels like scene-setting </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet the Forresters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The game is focussed on House Forrester, a minor noble family of the North and for thousands of years, loyal bannermen to the Starks of Winterfell. The Forresters&rsquo; castle at Ironrath is surrounded by a forest of Ironwood trees: the source of the strongest wood in all of Westeros. The family&rsquo;s attempts to retain control of this forest are integral to the plot of the first instalment.</p> <p>The game kicks off during the events of the infamous Red Wedding, which fans of the books or show will know spells terrible, terrible things for loyal northerners like House Forrester. With the Starks all but destroyed and the North now under the rule of the treacherous and ruthless House Bolton, the Forresters are in a precarious position: do they defy their new liege and face extermination, or bend the knee and become lackeys?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="House Forrester has strong echoes of the show&#039;s House Stark" alt="House Forrester has strong echoes of the show&#039;s House Stark" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-council.jpg?1418174936" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rather than control a single character, &quot;Iron from Ice&quot; puts you in the boots of three members of the Forrester household. There&rsquo;s young Ethan Forrester, thrust into a position for which he is ill-prepared; his eldest sister Mira, a handmaiden in the service of queen-to-be Margaery Tyrell in King&rsquo;s Landing; and lastly Gared Tuttle, son of a pig farmer and squire to Lord Gregor &ldquo;the Good&rdquo; Forrester, head of the house. Telltale says five characters will be controllable in all, so we&rsquo;re expecting other Forresters (and there are a fair few of them) to play a larger part in future instalments.</p> <p>Telltale&rsquo;s decision to focus on a minor house of Westeros (House Forrester is not mentioned in the show, and barely registers in the books) is a clever one: it means the player can live in the Game of Thrones TV show&rsquo;s world without interfering with or derailing the major timeline or affecting &ldquo;canon&rdquo; events.</p> <p>You do, however, interact with familiar characters from the show. In &quot;Iron From Ice&quot; there are appearances by Cersei and Tyrion Lannister, Margaery Tyrell and Ramsay Snow, all voiced by their TV show actors. The &ldquo;next time&rdquo; sequence at the end hints at other show favourites that will appear in the second episode.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones-world-gets-built-minecraft/news">Game of Thrones world gets built in Minecraft</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="The Codex fills you in on character backgrounds" alt="The Codex fills you in on character backgrounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-codex.jpg?1418174936" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You win or you die </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We won&rsquo;t delve into the game&rsquo;s story too much, lest we spoil any of it for you, but so far &ndash; and we reckon the first episode took two to three hours to complete &ndash; it&rsquo;s pretty much up to the standard we&rsquo;ve come to expect from Telltale.</p> <p>As the first episode in a six-episode &ldquo;season&rdquo;, Iron From Ice often has the feel of a prologue. There&rsquo;s a lot of scene-setting that needs to be done, and with three characters&rsquo; stories being told, no character gets as much development as, say, Lee in the first episode of <em>The Walking Dead</em>.</p> <p>That said, there&rsquo;s still a nice pacing to proceedings and room for a number of suitably <em>Game of Thrones</em>-esque shocks. Which, obviously, we can&rsquo;t tell you about. And it&rsquo;s left us eager to play episode two, where we feel the consequences of our actions will begin to make themselves clearer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Oh hello, it&#039;s the lovely Ramsay Snow being a nice guy as usual" alt="Oh hello, it&#039;s the lovely Ramsay Snow being a nice guy as usual" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-ramsay.jpg?1418174936" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But is it a game? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Telltale&rsquo;s games are often the subject of debate over whether or not they are actually games. And it&rsquo;s true that there are few game-y elements here: barring a bit of simple quick time event button pressing to avoid gruesome deaths, your reflexes aren&rsquo;t hugely important. The game is mostly dialogue-based and driven by your decisions &ndash; tough decisions that need to be made quickly and have lasting consequences. How far these consequences reach won&rsquo;t be entirely clear until we&rsquo;ve all got more episodes under our belts, but if <em>Game of Thrones</em> is anything like <em>The Walking Dead </em>in this regard, the destination will be pretty much the same no matter the choices you take: what will be different &ndash; and feel like yours alone &ndash; is the journey you take to get there.</p> <p>In terms of puzzle solving and the like, Iron From Ice feels a little undercooked. We did pick up a few important-looking items here and there &ndash; then ended up never hearing about most of them again. Will they make an appearance in future episodes?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/free-8-bit-game-thrones-videogame-all-kinds-awesome/news">This free 8-bit Game of Thrones videogame is all kinds of awesome</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Action sequences are few and far between" alt="Action sequences are few and far between" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-ironrath.jpg?1418174936" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iron From Ice: Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a sense, it doesn&rsquo;t really matter if it&rsquo;s a game or an interactive story. Whatever box you put it into, the real question is, &ldquo;Is it an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours?&rdquo; And the answer is yes, yes it is &ndash; although there&rsquo;s definitely room for more puzzles in future instalments.</p> <p>As it is, if you&rsquo;re a fan of Telltale&rsquo;s previous games, George R.R. Martin&rsquo;s novels or the HBO show, you&rsquo;re going to enjoy hanging out in this world and experiencing your own story within it. We did, and we&#39;re eager to see where Telltale takes it next.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">The 10 best console games on sale now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="The action mostly takes place in the North, and at King&#039;s Landing" alt="The action mostly takes place in the North, and at King&#039;s Landing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-kings-landing.jpg?1418174936" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Iron From Ice makes a fine appetiser for the series, and we&rsquo;re hungry for more</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/game-thrones/review-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/game-thrones/review-0#comments Console games Gaming iOS games Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:11:21 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455013 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: The Bionic Bra is a real wonder, you can 3D print the new Star Wars lightsaber, and Apple’s top apps and games of 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/fully-charged-bionic-bra-real-wonder-you-can-3d-print-new-star-wars-lightsaber-and-apple-s-top <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has all of the fun and fascinating news you need today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bionic Bra research team" alt="Bionic Bra research team" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bionic-bra.jpg?1418174246" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Researchers unveil Bionic Bra </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now here&rsquo;s a form of wearable tech that at least half the world can potentially agree on. Researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia have developed what they call the Bionic Bra, which uses smart components to react to changes in movement and provide immediate support for wearers.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s been in development for more than 15 years, but recent advancements in fabrication (including the rise of 3D printing) have finally made the Bionic Bra feasible via &ldquo;actuators and sensing technologies,&rdquo; says the university. However, there&rsquo;s still much work to be done before you can pick one of these off the shelf.</p> <p>&ldquo;Results indicate that our technologies can sense breast motion and provide additional breast support,&rdquo; said team member Dr. Sheridan Gho. &ldquo;The challenge now is to integrate these technologies into a functional, comfortable bra.&rdquo; Godspeed, we say.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://media.uow.edu.au/releases/UOW184372.html">University of Wollongong</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/08/bionic-bra/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft-lifts-moods-smart-bra/news">Microsoft lifts moods with smart bra</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3D print the new lightsaber </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/113298946?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Surely we could settle all of the debate over the controversial crossguard lightsaber seen in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">the&nbsp;<em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em>&nbsp;teaser</a>&nbsp;if we only had a physical replica. Oh, right: 3D printing, duh.</p> <p>Within mere days of the teaser&rsquo;s release, the 3D-printable fictional weapon hit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:572485">MakerBot&rsquo;s Thingiverse</a>, letting you download the plans and customize your own version of the new saber. Let&rsquo;s be honest: not even the movie itself (still a year away) will quell the message board battles, but at least you&rsquo;ll have a cool new toy to play around with.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.designboom.com/technology/3d-print-customizable-crossguard-lightsaber-star-wars-12-08-2014/">Designboom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">First Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer goes live</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple picks best iOS apps of 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s always interesting to hear which apps and games Apple thinks are the best on its own platform each year, and for 2014, the top picks are very well deserved. On iPhone, Apple awarded best game honours to amazing puzzler&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/threes!/id779157948?mt=8"><em>Threes</em></a>, with slick platformer&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/leos-fortune/id830544402?mt=8"><em>Leo&rsquo;s Fortune</em></a>&nbsp;taking the runner-up spot. Brain training app&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/elevate-brain-training/id875063456?mt=8">Elevate</a>, meanwhile, took App of the Year on iPhone, while Instagram&rsquo;s own&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/hyperlapse-from-instagram/id740146917?mt=8">Hyperlapse</a>&nbsp;was runner-up.</p> <p>On the tablet side of things, brainy platform-puzzle adventure&nbsp;<em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/monument-valley/id728293409?mt=8">Monument Valley</a></em>&nbsp;won out, with addictive card-battler&nbsp;<em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/hearthstone-heroes-warcraft/id625257520?mt=8">Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft</a></em>&nbsp;in second place. And for iPad apps, robust image editor&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/pixelmator/id924695435?mt=8">Pixelmator</a>&nbsp;was deemed the best of 2014, with visual storytelling app&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/storehouse-visual-storytelling/id791297521?mt=8">Storehouse</a>&nbsp;deemed next-best.</p> <p>Monument Valley was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature">our own pick</a>&nbsp;for the best mobile game of 2014 (as shown), with Threes appearing as a runner-up. Apple also named several runners-up in each category, so be sure to check our their full lists on the App Store, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature">then consult ours</a>. Oh, and load up your iOS devices with amazing recent games and apps, of course.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Monument Valley is the Mobile Game of the Year</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monument Valley" alt="Monument Valley" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monument-valley-stuff-awards.jpg?1418174246" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Legend of Zelda gameplay demo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Wii U is on a bit of an upswing, and games like&nbsp;<em>Mario Kart 8</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Super Smash Bros.</em>&nbsp;have been among the best in their respective series. Luckily, next year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>The Legend of Zelda</em>&nbsp;looks to continue that trend on an even grander scale.</p> <p>With a massive world and less linear gameplay than usual, it looks like the biggest advance since the role-playing favorite entered 3D. Check out the first real gameplay demo from this weekend&rsquo;s The Game Awards, and then be sure to pick your jaw up off the floor when you&rsquo;re done.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SECWlFInyFM">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The 25 most anticipated games of 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SECWlFInyFM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/fully-charged-bionic-bra-real-wonder-you-can-3d-print-new-star-wars-lightsaber-and-apple-s-top#comments 3D Printing Apple Gaming iOS apps iOS games Nintendo Wearable tech Wii U Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:17:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455010 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Monument Valley is the Mobile Game of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Escher-inspired puzzler is the finest phone or tablet-based diversion of the past 12 months </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monument Valley is the best mobile game of the year" alt="Monument Valley is the best mobile game of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-mobile-game-monument-valley_final.jpg?1417581181" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Although we love our console games, you can&rsquo;t take them with you on the bus.</p> <p>So we turn to our smartphone games to keep us company on our commutes, to kill time when we&rsquo;re queuing and to generally block out the cold grey world. And what better way to escape quotidian mundanity than the mind-bending trip into a magical world you undertake in <em>Monument Valley</em>? It&#39;s our favourite mobile game of 2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Monument Valley </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you like aimlessly moving coloured blobs around your screen it&rsquo;s unlikely the brief but brilliant experience of <em>Monument Valley</em> will interest you, but in a world that&rsquo;s normally about little more than tapping players for cash, this Escher-esque puzzler stands out like a perspective-warped thumb. Conquer its optical illusions and guide the princess to the end of each level for one of the most memorable mobile gaming experiences in years. It&rsquo;s not exactly difficult but sometimes it&rsquo;s the journey rather than the destination that makes a trip worthwhile.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-monument-valley/review" target="_blank">Monument Valley review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vUABzeh55hQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: BioShock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Everyone&rsquo;s favourite Libertarian underwater dystopia has been rebuilt for your iPhone this year, bringing gunplay, gorgeously decayed Art Deco settings and philosophical pondering to your commute. Yes, the touchscreen controls take a bit of getting used to (though you can always connect a gamepad), but the fact that they&#39;ve managed to cram a previous-gen console title into your pencil-thin iThing is frankly mind-boggling.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/bioshock-ios/review" target="_blank">Bioshock iOS review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7HAyShZw6mM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: The Nightmare Cooperative </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With flesh-eating giant snails, pools of acid and many more ways to die, <em>The Nightmare Cooperative</em> is a scary place to spend your commute. A sliding puzzler similar to Threes! the aim is to raid dungeons without unlocking too many monsters. The gameplay, although uniquely brilliant, can be rather cruel and may involve sacrificing your teammates &lsquo;for the greater good&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review" target="_blank">The Nightmare Cooperative review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Nv0T3tw-luk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Eliss Infinity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This one&rsquo;s for you, organisational ogres and neat-freaks. <em>Eliss Infinity</em> puts you in charge of a small section of the universe to keep tidy, and then lobs planets, vortexes and space storms at you at an alarming rate. Your success relies on a gold medal-winning performance of finger gymnastics, plus sheer determination to keep going despite the deluge.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review" target="_blank">Eliss Infinity review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VuKGJyJZY7s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Hitman GO </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re after a bloodbath, look elsewhere. But if you&rsquo;re partial to a bit of strategy or Cluedo, this chin-stroking reworking of the <em>Hitman</em> series may be just the thing. To work your crafty way around the board game-like grid, sneak up on the bad guys or distract them by throwing rocks. There are no time limits, so there&rsquo;s no need to get flustered.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-hitman-go/review" target="_blank">Hitman GO review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/l9kJxrLSwHU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Threes! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Stuff team is so addicted to <em>Threes!</em> that it&rsquo;s a wonder we get anything done at all. On the face of it, it&rsquo;s pretty simple: you merge number cards to get as higher total as possible; with new cards added each time you make a move. Add in some cute catchphrases and you&rsquo;ve got yourself a 4am mad swipe-fest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news" target="_blank">Drop everything and try Threes!</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YonTc2jLXEA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: The Room Two </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The most exciting game you&#39;ll ever play that involves opening a box, the much-anticipated sequel to <em>The Room</em> challenges you with more ambitious environments and multi-layered puzzles than its predecessor. Now there are multiple rooms with clues scattered throughout and each chapter is set in a particular location such as a ship or jungle. You can manipulate artefacts using swipes, pinches and double-taps, although it&rsquo;s easy to fumble &ndash; the oppressive atmosphere puts you on edge.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CbGaddIZzVs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: The Walking Dead season 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike most zombie-infested games, in <em>The Walking Dead</em> you&#39;ll have to put down your gun and get out your tissues; things are about to get emotional. A brilliant extension of the <em>Walking Dead</em> universe, this episodic game focuses on the difficult decisions young Clementine has to make in order to find safety and survive, now that she&rsquo;s all alone. Sob. Or not&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-best-gadgets-year/feature">See all the Stuff Gadget Awards 2014 winners</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3RkuY03QCVs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature#comments Android games Apps and Games Gadget Awards 2014 Gaming iOS games Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:09:19 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1454522 at http://www.stuff.tv Saving the game: why iPhones and Android devices must do better http://www.stuff.tv/sg/saving-game-why-iphones-and-android-devices-must-do-better/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In the old days, progress in games vanished when you pulled the plug. Craig Grannell asks why things have barely moved on in mobile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/save-game.jpg?1415432192" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I first started playing games, they were mostly about high scores. </p> <p>Your investment in a title was rewarded in terms of mastery, and being able to lord it over the literally several people you knew who also cared a bit about the same game. If you could cope with <em>Defender</em>&rsquo;s demands for hours, or complete every cave in <em>Boulder Dash</em> without losing a single life, bully for you. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Little computer memories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At some point, though, developers figured out that investment in gaming could be rewarded in other ways, through having you return to build on previous efforts.&nbsp;</p> <p>I first encountered this with a proto-<em>Sims</em> called <em>Little Computer People</em> on the Commodore 64. The game involved a &lsquo;house on a disk&rsquo;. Shortly after loading it, a little bloke would walk around a three-storey building that looked rather more palatial than the one I lived in at the time. He&rsquo;d open all the doors and cupboards, nip off and get his dog, and then rap on the screen and start demanding things.</p> <p>My LCP was a mean poker player and also a lazy sod who&rsquo;d never shut any doors. He loved dancing to rubbish music in his living room, but wasn&rsquo;t terribly keen on having a shower.</p> <p>He also had a memory that persisted between sessions. Starve the little swine and he&rsquo;d ignore you, or write a snarky letter on his typewriter (before going an odd shade of green and ending up consigned to bed). Pat him on the head and send him gifts, and he&rsquo;d be far more obedient than his dog, or, for that matter, your own dog, and become amenable to requests (bar, as already inferred, anything to do with basic hygiene).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="908" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/little-computer-people.jpg?1415432192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It was fascinating to have this kind of ongoing &lsquo;life&rsquo; within a game, rather than everything dying the second you pulled the plug, and as hardware evolved, so too did game saves.</p> <p>Floppy disks gave way to hard disks, with potentially limitless space to store an insane number of Civilization II battles; with consoles, eventually only the most miserly publishers issued games without battery back-up, ensuring that working your way through the ninth hour of a rich, complex RPG wouldn&rsquo;t require you to sit there every time going through the motions for eight-and-a-bit hours first.</p> <p>Today, we live in an era of amazing technology. Mobile devices are as powerful as notebooks from only a half-dozen years ago. Internet connectivity is almost ubiquitous and cloud storage is cheap.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SkTgX1mGmDg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Continuity problems </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yet game saves haven&rsquo;t kept pace in the way I&rsquo;d hoped. If I play a game on my iPhone, it&rsquo;s vanishingly rare that I can launch it on my iPad and continue from where I left off.</p> <p>And when it comes to playing the same game across platforms - switching from iPad to Android smartphone to PC - forget it. At that point, politics comes into play, silos from Apple, Google and others torpedoing any notion of platform-agnostic, readily accessible save-states; only rarely will a publisher invest in integrating a save system and the servers to maintain it.</p> <p>Fortunately, we&rsquo;re not quite back in the days of&nbsp;<em>Defender</em>. Powering down an iPad won&rsquo;t wipe your progress in&nbsp;<em>Year Walk</em>, and rebooting an Android device won&rsquo;t excise any headway you&rsquo;ve made in&nbsp;<em>Sword &amp; Sworcery</em>. But deleting an app is this generation&rsquo;s virtual plug-pull, any data beyond basic high scores disappearing as the icon whirls into the void.</p> <p>In an instant, almost everything you achieved and the means to pick up from where you left off is most likely gone for good, even if you reinstall.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LVz_MhMsAvs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deleting this app will remove it from your life forever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In an age of storage-restricted mobile hardware and rapidly ballooning mobile game file sizes, something has to give. Either you keep the same few games forever, or you just grit your teeth and eradicate them from your life once you think you&rsquo;re done with them. Perhaps there&rsquo;s no longer room for the long-term; maybe games are now destined to become entirely disposable products - played for a while, and then deleted for good.</p> <p>But I hope we&rsquo;re just in a technology blip and someone somewhere is beavering away to bring us something much better, to somehow more easily enable games to live on, across the divides of platforms and multiple installations, via saves easily available from anywhere on any device, at any time; the alternative - never being able to return to virtual worlds you&rsquo;ve invested hours or days in, unless they&rsquo;re first wiped clean - is a horrible prospect, liable to make me greener-in-the-face than even the most poorly LCP.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/pay-music-films-and-games-or-you-ll-be-left-garbage/feature">Opinion - Pay for music, games and films or you&#39;ll be left with garbage</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/saving-game-why-iphones-and-android-devices-must-do-better/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/saving-game-why-iphones-and-android-devices-must-do-better/feature#comments Android games Gaming iOS games Opinion Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:13:02 +0000 Elissa Loi 1452558 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget blown-up iPhone 5 apps - these crackers have all been optimised for your shiny new device... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="680" height="540" title="apps" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/0-apps.jpg?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you&#39;ve had two weeks with your new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and by now you&#39;ll have noticed they have bigger screens. Great! Except that most of the apps you own now scale themselves to the full size of the bigger display, making you feel like a tiny person with a gargantuan iPhone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Transmit iOS (S$12.98) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before now, file management on iOS was a major pain, and overly reliant on Dropbox, given that many apps integrated with it to some extent. With extensible Share sheets on iOS 8, however, the entire OS is opened up like never before.</p> <p>Transmit brings the smarts from Panic&rsquo;s OS X app to the iPhone, merges it with a beautiful and minimal interface, and also makes use of the iPhone 6 Plus in landscape by giving you a dual-pane view.</p> <p>FTP, SFTP WebDAV, and S3 are supported, giving you the ability to use compatible apps to create your own virtual cloud storage in seconds.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/transmit-ios/id917432930?mt=8">Download Transmit iOS</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Transmit" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1-transmit_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Sky Guide (S$2.98) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When it comes to stargazing with an iPhone, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/star-walk-2-guide-to-sky-day/id892279069?mt=8">Star Walk 2</a> is probably the best iOS app, with its augmented reality mode, 3D models and slew of data. But we&rsquo;ve always had a soft-spot for Sky Guide&rsquo;s beauty and elegance, and with this update it&rsquo;s not only included support for Apple&rsquo;s new iPhones but also a handy Today view Notification Center widget with rise/set times for the sun, moon and planets.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/sky-guide-view-stars-night/id576588894?mt=8">Download Sky Guide</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Sky Guide" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-sky-guide_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Twitterrific 5 (S$free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Elegance is also the watchword of Twitterrific 5. While Tweetbot is awesomely powerful, Twitterrific has an unparalleled sense of design, with beautiful themes, typography and a lightness of touch that works perfectly with Apple&rsquo;s larger iPhones. That&rsquo;s not to say it&rsquo;s lacking in features, though: Twitterrific has live streaming, list management, gestural controls, filtering and muting, timeline sync, and more. It&rsquo;s also a free download, with some affordable IAP available to those who want push notifications and no adverts.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/twitterrific-5-for-twitter/id580311103?mt=8">Download Twitterrific 5</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-8/review">Apple iOS 8 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1501" height="1334" title="Twitterrific" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3-twitterrific.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Mr. Crab </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If we&rsquo;re honest, we never thought we&rsquo;d be singing the praises of <em>Mr. Crab</em> as a must-have game for the iPhone 6, but here we are. This one-thumb platform game utilises Metal in iOS 8, making for a beautiful visual experience, and is also one of the very few games to properly reformat itself for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It helps that it plays well, too, your leaping auto-running crab finding his way through increasingly complex and dizzying levels that are wrapped around gigantic poles.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/mr.-crab/id599515468?mt=8">Download Mr. Crab</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Mr. Crab" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-mr-crab_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Day One (S$5.98) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Journalling app Day One&rsquo;s had a bunch of rewards thrown in its general direction by Apple, and that comes as no surprise when you start using it. This is a sleek, beautifully designed app that&rsquo;s very usable and ensures your content shines through. For the new iPhones, you get a properly optimised interface that simply shows more stuff; and for iOS 8, there&rsquo;s integration with Touch ID, Share sheets and a Today view widget in Notification Center.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/day-one-journal-notes-diary/id421706526?mt=8">Download Day One</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Day One" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-day-one_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. GoodReader (S$3.98) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/app-makers-iphone-6-ios-8-and-apple-watch/feature">When we recently spoke to app devs</a> about their hopes for the iPhone 6 Plus and iOS 8, the CEO of GoodReader developer Good.iWare remarked that bigger screens are better for reading and annotating. It should therefore come as no surprise to see GoodReader quickly updated to support the new iPhone screen sizes. There&rsquo;s also support for Handoff (for sending what you&rsquo;re reading between devices), and the means to import from and export to iCloud Drive.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/goodreader/id777310222?mt=8">Download GoodReader</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="GoodReader" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6-goodreader_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. iMovie (S$free with new device) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Naturally, Apple updated the bulk of its apps to make full use of the new iPhone displays, and iMovie is perhaps the most interesting. More space on the screen means more space for editing and previewing your content. But also the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better video cameras than ever. This combination of hardware and software results in a tiny pocket video recorder/edit suite you can use to shoot, edit and share full movies - and now all without squinting at edit points! (Note that if you&rsquo;ve bought a 64 GB or 128 GB iPhone 6/6 Plus, iMovie will be preinstalled.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/imovie/id377298193?mt=8">Download iMovie</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-iphone-6/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for iPhone 6</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="639" title="iMovie" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7-imovie_0.jpg?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. PCalc (S$12.98) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First and foremost, PCalc is a great calculator with a very long heritage - the original Mac version appeared way back in 1992. On the iPhone, it&rsquo;s the platform&rsquo;s best traditional calculator by far, and this latest update is fully optimised for Apple&rsquo;s new displays. It also rolls in a handy Notification Center widget and editing for your button layout, including the means to create dedicated buttons for performing conversions or running functions.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/pcalc-the-best-calculator/id284666222?mt=8">Download PCalc</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1334" height="750" title="PCalc" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/8-pcalc.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. Asphalt 8: Airborne (S$free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s more than a whiff of freemium grind about <em>Asphalt 8</em>, but that doesn&rsquo;t stop it from being one of the best arcade racers on the platform. It&rsquo;s fast, furious and a little bit bonkers, with you zooming through surreal takes on real-world cities. With iOS 8&rsquo;s Metal, you get suitably over-the-top visual effects - Flames! Air-drag! - but iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners also enjoy an exclusive season that pits you against three times as many opposing cars. (iPhone 5s and iPad Air owners are also grudgingly invited to this party.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/asphalt-8-airborne/id610391947?mt=8">Download Asphalt 8</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2209" height="1242" title="Asphalt" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9-asphalt.jpg?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Fantastical 2 (S$5.98) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t matter how big Apple makes your iPhone, the Calendar and Reminders apps are still going to be rubbish. You&rsquo;re better off replacing them with the far superior Fantastical 2, which has a straightforward list view for appointments (that you can see more of on larger devices), excellent natural-language input for events, and the kind of usable week view you just want to tape to Jony Ive&rsquo;s forehead, to show him how it should have been done in-house.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/fantastical-2-for-iphone-calendar/id718043190?mt=8">Download Fantastical 2</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/15-totally-amazing-one-thumb-games-play-your-iphone-6/feature">15 totally amazing one-thumb games you can play on your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1501" height="1334" title="Fantastical" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10-fantastical.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> App-ssential for your new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Got a new iPhone? Get these apps right now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/0-apps.jpg?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0#comments Apple iOS 8 iOS apps iOS games iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:10:48 +0000 Elissa Loi 1449207 at http://www.stuff.tv See Apple’s game-advancing Metal tech shine in these 6 iOS games http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ios-8/see-apple-s-game-advancing-metal-tech-shine-these-6-ios-games/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Like in smartphone design, the addition of Metal is a big game-changer in visual appeal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="See Apple’s game-advancing Metal tech shine in these 6 iOS games" alt="See Apple’s game-advancing Metal tech shine in these 6 iOS games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/metal%20games.png?1413191672" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When iOS 8 landed, it packed massive gamepowder in the form of Metal for even more satisfying gameplay on your iThing.</p> <p class="p1">What exactly is Metal, you ask? We could bore you with the technical details. What you need to know is that Metal-enabled games perform better in terms of speed and graphics.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plunder Pirates (S$free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Developed by the same people behind Angry Birds, this loony looty game encourages you to build your own pirate paradise, train your own motley crew of seafarers, and go forth and raise mutinies across uncharted waters. Plunder other pirate lands and expand your own empire while you&rsquo;re at it.</p> <p class="p3"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/plunder-pirates/id845129661?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Plunder Pirates here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rEO9lLHTH4Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Epic Zen Garden (S$free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Less of a game and more of a zen-out experience, Epic Zen Garden pushes the graphic capabilities of the A8 processor to its limits. Interact with this realistic zen garden (and watch the cherry blossoms swirl hypnotically about and clouds of butterflies take to the air) in between intense work meetings to bring your blood pressure down to normal.</p> <p class="p3"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/epic-zen-garden/id915975445?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Epic Zen Garden here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Jxp7pHwSKlU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beach Buggy Racing (S$free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Off-road in this crazy cartoon world of wacky rival drivers, cool buggies, and monster trucks, and 12 different cinematic race tracks to make it first to the finish line. Of course it&rsquo;s not just about speed, you get to build up an arsenal of wild powerups like Fireball and Oil Slick to leave your competition behind.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/beach-buggy-racing/id882119723?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Beach Buggy Racing here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pkxE_3WqUR8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Modern Combat 5: Blackout (S$8.98) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Considered by many to be one of the best FPS games on iOS, Modern Combat 5 puts you back into your combat boots. Whether you&rsquo;re a team player or more of a solo G.I. Joe, epic console-worthy battles await you. Find the game a little pricey? You can also purchase it as a bundle along with MC3 and MC4 for S$12.98.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/modern-combat-5-blackout/id656176278?mt=8">Download Modern Combat 5: Blackout here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/st7eMfykiVE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asphalt 8: Airborne (S$free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Put the pedal to the Metal and live out your automotive dreams in this realistic racing game. Whether it&rsquo;s a Bugatti Veyron or a Pagani Zonda R (just a couple out of the 56 available) you&rsquo;ve been waiting to speed down the highway in, you&rsquo;ll get to break speed limits without breaking your wallet in nine different scenic locations.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/asphalt-8-airborne/id610391947?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Asphalt 8: Airborne here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jpSGZsgga_I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mr Crab (S$free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In what seems to be a game based on the cruel reality of life, you play a crab who has to reach the top of endlessly spinning towers. But to distract you from the fact that it&rsquo;s actually about the futility of life, baby crabs that you have to rescue and evil bosses that you have to defeat are thrown into the mix. 27 levels and different enemies along the way keep things fresh, or so you are led to believe&hellip;</p> <p class="p3"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/mr.-crab/id599515468?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Mr Crab here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/O20JxnPzztw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Metal Gear games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/metal%20games.png?1413191672" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ios-8/see-apple-s-game-advancing-metal-tech-shine-these-6-ios-games/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ios-8/see-apple-s-game-advancing-metal-tech-shine-these-6-ios-games/feature#comments iOS 8 iOS games Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:42:36 +0000 Elissa Loi 1448989 at http://www.stuff.tv It's Pokémon! On the iPad! Wait, what do you mean it's a trading card game? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ipad/its-pokemon-ipad-only-tcg/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You can&#039;t catch &#039;em all on your iPad, but it&#039;s probably the next best thing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="It&#039;s Pokémon on the iPad but only the TCG" alt="It&#039;s Pokémon on the iPad but only the TCG" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pokemon_tcg.jpg?1412210231" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s the one game that would be guaranteed to keep gamers hooked on their iPhones and iPads - Pokémon. Nintendo unfortunately, perhaps to keep people buying its devices, is unwilling to let go of what happens to be one of the most enduring game franchises of all time.</p> <p>There&#39;s some hope yet now that the official Pokémon TCG online is now availble on iOS. Sure, it&#39;s not quite the same as actually being able to do real Pokémon battles and amassing your horde of murderous but cute monsters but we&#39;ll take it for now.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Selling cards </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Few games are as cash cows as much as TCGs are. Blizzard currently has a huge success on its hands with the Hearthstone online card game, with characters taken from another popular gaming franchise: Warcraft.</p> <p>What is appealing about online card games is that you can easily create decks and amass cards without needing to clear space on your shelves. It&#39;s also easier to battle with people online rather than having to go to the nearest gameshop to find likeminded gaming opponents.</p> <p>Not that the Pokémon TCG franchise wants you to stop buying real cards. No, they encourage you to do so and buying booster packs will give you codes to get digital cards or unlock promos. If you&#39;ve played the card game in real-life, the mechanics are pretty much the same -you procure a starter deck, build it up with boosters and then challenge other players to duels.</p> <p>Reduce the opponent&#39;s Pokémon hit points and you win the game! Of course it&#39;s not half as fun as the real thing (though why gamers love the notion of carrying around pocket zoos will forever be a mystery), but if you want your Pokémon and don&#39;t want a Nintendo DS, then this is the next best thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ipad" target="_blank">If you want to know what else you can do with your iPad</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.geek.com/games/pokemon-finally-comes-to-ipad-with-the-pokemon-tcg-1605705/" target="_blank">Geek.com</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9pIZkVjakcQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ipad/its-pokemon-ipad-only-tcg/news#comments Apps and Games iOS iOS games iPad Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:27:52 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1449004 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: CounterSpy http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-counterspy/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s a sneaky side-scrolling spy ‘em up with a snazzy art style and randomly generated levels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the Week: CounterSpy" alt="App of the Week: CounterSpy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/counterspy-main.jpg?1411265617" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s fairly rare that an action-oriented game gets Stuff&rsquo;s App of the Week thumbs up, but this side-scroller from Sony&rsquo;s PlayStation Mobile division has wormed it way firmly into our affections.</p> <p>Set at the height of the Cold War, it casts you as a new recruit for C.O.U.N.T.E.R., an espionage agency allied neither with the Soviets nor the West. Your task? To sneak into enemy facilities and pilfer launch codes, all the while avoiding or eliminating guards and other security measures.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$5.98 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS, S$6.27 for Android </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You may proceed... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Each level consists of a number of rooms, and each of these is procedurally generated, ensuring you&rsquo;ll experience a different array of guards, cameras, loot caches and secret passages every time you replay. As you progress through the game, your pickups unlock new weapons and capabilities which can then be purchased using money (in-game money, not actual real-life money &ndash; CounterSpy is a premium game and happily shies away from an in-app purchase model), thus improving your chances of beating the next level.</p> <p>The gameplay is a potent mix of stealth and action. Some screens are light on guards and can be passed without the need to pull out your gun, while others become a full-on leadfest as you attempt to mow down several enemies while avoiding their bullets, grenades and rockets. The occasional handily-placed explosive canister helps clear dug-in soldiers quickly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="690" title="Levels are different every time you play them" alt="Levels are different every time you play them" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-level.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fresh to Defcon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Get spotted by cameras, leave alerted guards alive or allow them to radio for help and the Defcon level rises. If it hits Defcon 1, you&rsquo;ll only have one minute to finish the level before it&rsquo;s game over and time to try again. Another way to fail? Get shot to death or blown up, natch.</p> <p>Feverish action games rarely fare well on mobile, where a touchscreen&rsquo;s lack of twitchy accuracy can be a real cause for frustration, but thankfully CounterSpy&rsquo;s pace falls on the right side of sedate &ndash; just.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1104" title="About to do some shooting" alt="About to do some shooting" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-shoot.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spy hard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Swipes and double-taps form the bulk of the controls, and the only sections where you might find the touchscreen&rsquo;s lack of precision a burden are the sections where your spy dips into cover and then pops out to shoot enemies. Here, the perspective shifts slightly, and you hold one finger to drag your aim around and tap another anywhere on screen to fire. At times, your finger gets to the edge of the screen before you&rsquo;ve pulled your weapon&rsquo;s laser sight to where you need it to be. A tad irritating, but not a deal-breaker, and we reckon the game&#39;s trickiness is well balanced &ndash; each level presents a significant challenge, but you&#39;ll usually be blaming yourself for failure, rather than the control setup.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a well-presented game, too. The cartoonish art style owes a lot to Valve&rsquo;s Team Fortress 2, but works well in the context, and it&rsquo;s backed up by evocative jazz music and loading screens bearing interesting nuggets of Cold War trivia.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="690" title="Once in cover, you can pop out briefly to fire off a few rounds" alt="Once in cover, you can pop out briefly to fire off a few rounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-in-cover.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spy hard-ware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve been playing CounterSpy on a Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet and have found both devices, while not what you&rsquo;d call cutting edge in terms of power, handled the 3D graphics more than adequately &ndash; there&rsquo;s nary a stutter in the animation or scrolling. We suspect, however, that older devices might struggle to render the scenes without protest.</p> <p>While many people refuse to pay for mobile games these days, CounterSpy represents excellent value for money: for less than the price of a pint of beer, you&#39;ve got a stylish, enjoyable mix of action and sneaking that changes every time you play. Go get it.</p> <p>You can download CounterSpy for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/counterspy/id912920630?mt=8" target="_blank">iPhone and iPad here</a>, and for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playstation.counterspy" target="_blank">Android devices here</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week" target="_blank">See all our Apps of the Week</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="688" title="Stealthily snapping guards&#039; necks gets you bonus points" alt="Stealthily snapping guards&#039; necks gets you bonus points" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-neck-snap.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stylish, slick and full of variety, it&rsquo;s one of the best mobile action games we&rsquo;ve played in weeks</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-counterspy/review#comments Android games App of the Week iOS games Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:13:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1448170 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rogue + Threes! + whimsy = addiction + fun + a surprising amount of death by giant snail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_6079.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Collaboration and a unified front are all very well, but there&#39;s a point when these things can go a teensy bit too far.</p> <p>That point is probably when you&#39;re part of a cooperative tasked with raiding dungeons full of things very much out to kill you, yet still feel compelled to act as one, no matter the consequences. This includes when said consequences involve stumbling into a pool of acid, just because your cohort fancied grabbing a nearby piece of bling.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$4.98 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPhone/iPad </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Navigating snails and Sir Swapsalot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You begin in a catacomb, two semi-randomly chosen fantasy characters (barbarian, mage, and so on) dumped among walls, golden chests, and odd-looking shells. Swipe and your pair of heroes/kleptomaniacs move as one, and the shells materialise into roaming monsters. Open a chest or make too many moves and more foes or hazards materialise, potentially blocking your path to the exit and getting all fighty if you venture too near.</p> <p>Turn-based titles, and especially roguelikes like the brilliant 868-HACK, often force a steely kind of concentration, and a chess-like approach to fighting your way onwards.</p> <p>This is immediately evident with The Nightmare Cooperative, which further ramps up the complexity through the manner in which your party moves. Getting a pair through the initial catacombs is fairly simple, but since you can pick up more team-mates along the way, the variables multiply, not least when the monsters become brighter and weirder.</p> <p>The motley crew includes giant homing snails that leave an ice-slick behind them, and Sir Swapsalot a character that switches place with any adventurer that stumbles into his line of vision. You therefore repeatedly find yourself in situations where a single swipe could simultaneously result in battles with monsters, gold collection and death.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news">Threes! The maddeningly addictive puzzle game&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6077.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6082.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heavy on the nightmare </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Initially, then, despite some tranquil sound design and sharp, modern graphics, The Nightmare Cooperative is heavy on the nightmare bit, feeling like a savage and frequently unjust ordeal.</p> <p>Often, the game becomes about cutting your losses, sacrificing one of the team so that the others may survive. But it nonetheless grabs hold, and you&#39;ll want to beat it rather than feel beaten.</p> <p>Once you master the game&#39;s intricacies, how some enemies can be manipulated and used to your advantage; the way in which careful use of collectable potions can get you through otherwise seemingly deadly situations, you&#39;ll find your way to new sets of dungeons and, with some good fortune, the end of the quest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/app-week-they-need-be-fed-3/review">They Need To Be Fed 3 for iOS/Android review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6083.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That the game even has an end is surprisingly rare on a modern mobile puzzler, and The Nightmare Cooperative&#39;s strictly defined nature changes the way you approach subsequent quests.</p> <p>It&#39;s not simply about seeing how long you can stay alive, but also how smart you can be within given time constraints.</p> <p>The fixed boundaries might not make for the most open game nor the most expansive, but The Nightmare Cooperative is frequently thrilling and punishing in equal measure. A focussed, novel and polished mobile title that rewards those determined enough to stick with it.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/the-nightmare-cooperative/id905878967?mt=8">Download The Nightmare Cooperative for iPhone/iPa</a>d</strong></p> <p>Coming later this year for Android&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week">More App of the Weeks for iPhone, iPad and Android&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6078.PNG?1410482230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review#comments App of the Week Apps and Games iOS games iPhone & iPad Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:17 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1447364 at http://www.stuff.tv Bioshock, one of the finest FPS games of all time, arrives on iPhone and iPad http://www.stuff.tv/sg/bioshock-arrives-iphone-and-ipad/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now you can blast your way around Rapture on your iOS device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bioshock arrives on iPhone and iPad" alt="Bioshock arrives on iPhone and iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bioshock-ios.jpg?1409562243" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bioshock is without doubt one of the best-loved first-person shooters of all time, and now it&rsquo;s available to play on your iOS device.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s right: 2K Games has managed to squeeze the entire underwater city of Rapture and all its demented denizens into a mobile game that, graphically, looks not too far off the 2007 Xbox 360 and PC original.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The game, which blends horror with philosophical musings on Objectivism and the very act of playing videogames, sees you exploring Rapture, a once-Utopian city that has since fallen to anarchy and terror. During your adventure you&rsquo;ll biologically modify your body using plasmids, giving you special powers, and have the opportunity to either save or exploit the innocent Little Sisters.</p> <p>You can buy Bioshock for S$18.98 right now at the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/bioshock/id871629757?mt=8" target="_blank">App Store</a>. It&rsquo;ll take up 1.65GB of space, and is compatible with iPhone models above the 4S, the fouth-generation iPad and above and the second-generation iPad Mini. It will not run on the iPod Touch.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-3/bioshock-infinite/review">Bioshock Infinite review</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7HAyShZw6mM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Welcome to Rapture: Bioshock hits iOS </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/bioshock-arrives-iphone-and-ipad/news#comments Apps and Games iOS games iPhone & iPad Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:10:27 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446118 at http://www.stuff.tv OPINION: Why I don’t want to see an Apple games console http://www.stuff.tv/sg/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Innovation within a medium doesn’t come from a return to the status quo, argues Craig Grannell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple gaming is already a big deal commercially" alt="Why I don’t want to see an Apple games console" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-games-controller-moga-1.jpg?1408844851" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Three Apple products routinely fail to appear during the company&rsquo;s live events: a smartwatch, a television, and a games console.</p> <p>The much-rumoured <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iwatch/review">iWatch</a> has stolen everything else&rsquo;s thunder of late, but the idea of an Apple games console continues to bubble away under the surface, like grim, stinky water threatening to explode from a drain.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A chequered history </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s unlikely today&rsquo;s Apple would churn out something as grotesquely awful as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/bad-apples-%E2%80%93%C2%A0six-apples-greatest-blunders/news">Pippin</a>, but the only official authorised gaming hardware for iOS devices hardly smacks of a company brimming with confidence and interest in the games industry.</p> <p>Third-party iOS games controllers based around official Apple specifications and - according to underground murmurings - manufacturing limitations and demands, remain badly supported and overpriced; with the odd exception, they&rsquo;re also not terribly well made - a far cry from the devices they&rsquo;re designed to be used with.</p> <p>On the App Store, Apple has recently made some smart decisions regarding the curation of its gargantuan games selection, to help people avoid countless dreadful titles that lurk, ready to make you wish you&rsquo;d instead hurled your 69p at a squirrel.</p> <p>Quality collections pepper App Store pages and there&rsquo;s a regular indie game showcase to surface little-known gems. However, pride of place is still often taken by grindfests designed to suck coins from your bank account, like a demented, malevolent vacuum cleaner with a cash addiction.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple seemingly recognises the value of games as part of a greater ecosystem, but not always the value of quality titles in and off themselves; or alternatively, it doesn&rsquo;t care and is simply happy making money by foisting freemium garbage on to as many people as possible.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The app store has had a revamp recently" alt="Why I don’t want to see an Apple games console" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-games-app-store-1.jpg?1408844851" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A DIFFERENT KIND OF GAMING </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Perhaps most importantly, the cream of iOS has always been heavy on innovation, in part due to the lack of traditional controls on touchscreen devices. And the more games I play on the iPhone or iPad, the less I clamour for traditional gaming experiences.&nbsp;</p> <p>Perhaps it&rsquo;s a question of age - wanting something new after the countless games I&rsquo;ve played since first gawping in wide-eyed wonder at a <em>Space Invaders</em> cabinet as a kid. Or maybe I know I can grab my Vita if I want something with a D-pad and buttons. But I&rsquo;d sooner immerse myself in intuitive multitouch titles such as <em>Year Walk</em> and <em>Eliss Infinity</em>, and encourage more such innovation, than hope Apple desperately tries to shoehorn iOS gaming into an Xbox- or PlayStation-shaped mould, on a relatively distant TV screen, with all the associated baggage and expectations.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even if the company instead went with an overhauled, powered-up Apple TV that took gaming more seriously - something I&rsquo;ve previously&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/opinion-amazon-s-fire-tv-shows-it-s-time-apple-tv-embrace-gaming/feature">argued Apple should consider&nbsp;</a>- there&rsquo;s a risk of fragmentation and further c<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/will-objectivity-be-thrown-under-bus-google-and-apple-trade-video-game-exclusivity-promotion/feature">lamouring for exclusives</a>, along with additional demands on developers already struggling to cope with increasingly diverse iOS hardware.</p> <p>With traditional consoles firmly entrenched in a hardcore gaming mindset, but mobile&rsquo;s tendrils snugly enveloping the mainstream consumer, it&rsquo;s hard to see how Apple would benefit in squaring up to Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Perhaps there&rsquo;s something obvious no-one&rsquo;s really considered - that &lsquo;Aha!&rsquo; moment in gaming Apple could crack and everyone else would then clamour to copy. But maybe that&rsquo;s already occurred, and no-one really noticed.</p> <p>It could be we don&rsquo;t need an Apple games console, because the second screen has for many already become the first; even if Apple unveiled a console tomorrow, those wedded to an Xbox or PlayStation wouldn&rsquo;t budge, and those already gaming on their iPhones and iPads don&rsquo;t want or need another piece of hardware anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature">The 25 best games right now for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VuKGJyJZY7s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature#comments Apple Apps and Games Games consoles Gaming iOS games Opinion Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:46:51 +0000 Elissa Loi 1445732 at http://www.stuff.tv Flappy Bird creator follows up with annoyingly addictive second effort Swing Copters http://www.stuff.tv/sg/flappy-bird-creator-follows-annoyingly-addictive-second-effort-swing-copters/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Warning: downloading this game might result in you dealing damage to your phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Flappy Bird creator follows up with equally annoyingly difficult second effort Swing Copters" alt="Flappy Bird creator follows up with equally annoyingly difficult second effort S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/swing%20copters.png?1409533220" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thought the killing of Flappy Bird was the most irritating thing the creator could do? You&rsquo;re wrong. Meet Swing Copters, Dong Nguyen&rsquo;s latest effort at pissing you off.</p> <p class="p2">The background is similarly pixellated and your character, a propeller hat-wearing bird of some sort (do not ask us why a wing-equipped bird needs a propeller hat to fly) that looks vaguely familiar. Except this time, the game moves vertically instead of horizontally.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sucker for punishment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apparently, more characters can be unlocked once you get medals. Unfortunately, we aren&rsquo;t in the position to fill you in as the farthest we&rsquo;ve gone is past the first level of hammer swinging, and that was by a stroke of luck accompanied by tons of cussing.</p> <p class="p1">Once the bird-brain takes off, it will naturally gravitate towards doom, so get ready for some frantic tapping and restraint when you eventually get mashed into pulp by a wild hammer. Remember not to hurl your phone at the wall. But as much as you hate it, you will want to play it. Over and over again till your fingers turn blue.</p> <p class="p1">Swing Copters is free to download for both <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/swing-copters/id905639750?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotgears.swing" target="_blank">Android</a>&nbsp;with&nbsp;an option to remove banner ads for S$1.28. Download it quick before the man changes his mind and pulls it from the store.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/08/20/new-game-from-flappy-bird-developer-swing-copters-goes-live/">WSJ</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Flappy Bird creator follows up with annoyingly addictive second effort Swing Copters" alt="Flappy Bird creator follows up with annoyingly addictive second effort Swing Cop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game%20over.png?1409533220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flappy Bird creator is back, meet Swing Copters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/swing%20copters.png?1409533214" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/flappy-bird-creator-follows-annoyingly-addictive-second-effort-swing-copters/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/flappy-bird-creator-follows-annoyingly-addictive-second-effort-swing-copters/news#comments Android games Apps and Games iOS games Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:29:17 +0000 Elissa Loi 1445490 at http://www.stuff.tv A Blind Legend takes the video out of videogames http://www.stuff.tv/sg/blind-legend-takes-video-out-videogames/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s audio-focused entertainment for the blind </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Blind Legend takes the video out of videogames" alt="Blind Legend takes the video out of videogames" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blind_legend.jpg?1408436067" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the count of diversity and inclusivity, the video game industry is hardly ahead. Of course, while sight seems so intrinsic to the experience of watching something on a screen for stimuli, a new mobile game is part of an emerging genre catering to the visually challenged.</p> <p>&ldquo;Blind Legend&rdquo; is told from the point of view of a blind protagonist and also presents players with one of the big intricacies of being blind &ndash; relying almost completely on sound to navigate the world.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Imagination is the best worldbuilder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-82d9b5eb-ed29-32f3-f304-eaa931a226ac">To create the game, Dowino studios of France uses a technique called binaural recording which uses a dummy fitted with tiny condenser microphones that mimic the way humans naturally hear sound. Every scene in the game is recorded binaurally for an accurate and purportedly immersive aural experience &ndash; hugely important when audio is supposed to be the main sense used.</p> <p dir="ltr">The game follows a knight who has lost his eyesight and must venture into the forest to rescue his wife from violent kidnappers. Along the way, he is guided by his daughter. But the point of view is maintained throughout &ndash; the screen is completely dark during the entire game while you use finger swipes to swing a sword or move your feet.</p> <p dir="ltr">And as expected, the superb audio is your main source of information regarding your surroundings. Nordine Ghachi, one of the men behind the game, says &ldquo;You should definitely wear headphones to get the full benefits. You can hear what&#39;s happening all around you. The noises of the forest, the birds flying above and the river flowing. You hear these sounds, and that information helps the gamer locate themselves in that environment.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Dowino Studios used a crowdfunding campaign to raise over 40,000 euros to launch production of the game, which is currently being beta tested. The game should be available via the App Store sometime next year.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature">The 25 best iPhone and iPad games you can play right now</a></p> <p dir="ltr">[Source: <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28757186" target="_blank">BBC</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios/ios-games">]</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Tk2z7WwjZeM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/blind-legend-takes-video-out-videogames/news#comments Apps and Games iOS games Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:32:27 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1445271 at http://www.stuff.tv New Skylanders starter pack injects tablets with console gaming powers http://www.stuff.tv/sg/skylanders-trap-team-tablet-starter-pack-injects-tablets-console-gaming-powers/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Distracting the kids on long journeys just got a hell of a lot easier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We were born too late" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/STT_Tablet_and_Portal_FINAL_HiRes_1407773098.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tired of your kids dominating the family games console? Then you&#39;re going to love the&nbsp;<em>Skylanders Trap Team</em> Tablet Starter pack.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As players build up the whole set, each character is transported into the <em>Skylanders</em> world the minute the figurine is placed on the portal.</p> <p>Once summoned, gamers have the option to either use on-screen controls, or they can dock their tablets into the side of the portal stand and use a physical Bluetooth controller - with thumbsticks and rear triggers - to progress through the game.</p> <p>Both the controller and portal will work across iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices, so there shouldn&#39;t be any compatibility issues when Android children cross over to Apple territory on a play date.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A Skylander with two Trap pieces" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SST_SnapShot_KShot_FINAL_HiRes_1407773120.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The whole setup" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/STT_Tablet_Lifestyle-Photo-2_1407773108.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Having seen the game running on an iPad Mini with Retina Display in the flesh here at Gamescom 2014, we can vouch for Activision&#39;s claim that the tablet version is graphically just as impressive as its Xbox One and PS4 counterparts.</p> <p>You can even hook up your tablet of choice to a TV, essentially turning the whole package into a very portable, hassle-free games console.</p> <p>The starter pack will be available to snap up from 10 October for &pound;65 (S$137), while individual Trap Master toys can be picked up for &pound;15 (S$32). Core Skylander toys will have a &pound;10 (S$21) price tag, while Trap toys will be &pound;6 (S$13).&nbsp;</p> <p>A free trial of the tablet version will also be available&nbsp;to download from the 10th October, so that&nbsp;young gamers can test it before buying. It&#39;ll come with a few in-built characters, but Activision is obviously hoping that once hooked, your kids will demand the full experience, figurines and all.&nbsp; <p>In the meantime, we&#39;re going to have a nice long grumble about how all we had to play with in our day were sticks, rocks, and bees.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare preview with multiplayer-hands-on</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="On iPad" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Skylanders-Trap-Team_Tablet_Snap-Shot_1407773227.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supported tablets at launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple iPad 3rd gen onwards (including iPad Mini Retina)<br />Apple iPad Air<br />Kindle Fire HDX (7in and 8.9in)<br />Google Nexus 7<br />Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro (8.4in, 10.1in, 12.2in)<br />Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4in, 10.5in)<br />Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1<br />Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/skylanders-trap-team-tablet-starter-pack-injects-tablets-console-gaming-powers/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/skylanders-trap-team-tablet-starter-pack-injects-tablets-console-gaming-powers/news#comments Android games Apps and Games Gamescom 2014 Gaming iOS games Tablets Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1444700 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Pentax Q-S1 launching with 40 colour pairings, BioShock coming to iOS, and the white Xbox One will finally reach consumers http://www.stuff.tv/sg/pentax/fully-charged-pentax-q-s1-launching-40-colour-pairings-bioshock-coming-ios-and-white-xbox-one <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the morning’s most notable news blips in our latest roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pentax Q-S1" alt="Pentax Q-S1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pentax-q-s1.png?1407295735" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pentax’s Q-S1 out next month </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pentax/icon-–-pentax-q/news">Pentax Q line</a> impresses with its rather small stature for a digital camera with interchangeable lenses, and overnight the company announced a new entry: the Q-S1, which will debut in early September with a whopping total of 40 different colour pairings.</p> <p>The handy little shooter has a 1/1.7in back-illuminated CMOS sensor with high-sensitivity shooting up to ISO 12800, along with a shake-reduction system and a 3.0in LCD monitor on the back - and you can shoot full HD videos, even at the higher ISO settings. It&rsquo;s also compatible with Eye-Fi wireless SD cards.</p> <p>You can choose from five body and eight grip colours, creating the 40 total combinations; so if you want a Champagne Gold body and a Canary Yellow grip, have at it. The Q-S1 body sells for &pound;299.99 (S$632) solo; toss in a 5-15mm lens and it bumps up to &pound;379.99 (S$800). Add yet another lens, a 15-45mm option, and the grand total comes to &pound;549.99 (S$1159) for the lot.</p> <p>Also due early next month is the Pentax-DA645 28-45mm F4.5ED AW SR, an ultra wide-angle zoom lens that the company hails as the first &ldquo;designed specifically for digital imaging.&rdquo; It has built-in shake reduction, a bokeh-friendly rounded diaphragm, and 17-element optics for increased clarity and brightness. It&rsquo;s meant for the new 645Z camera, as well as Pentax&rsquo;s medium-format DSLRs, and it&rsquo;ll set you back a staggering &pound;3,399.99 (S$7162).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/pentax/pentax-k-3/review">Pentax K-3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Original BioShock coming to iOS this summer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>2K Games recently teased some sort of action in the BioShock franchise - and surprisingly, it&rsquo;s a port of the lauded 2007 original first-person shooter to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Unlike most games on the platform, it will very thankfully be a premium release seemingly without free-to-play meddling.</p> <p>Players will be able to explore the stunning underwater city of Rapture using either touch controls or a Made for iPhone (MFi) physical controller, and the port is coming from the same 2K China team that handled the excellent iOS version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Expect BioShock to appear on the App Store before Q3 rolls around.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/red-dead-redemption-2-and-more-bioshock-games-way-says-take-two-boss/news">Red Dead Redemption 2 and more BioShock games on the way, says Take-Two boss</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BioShock for iOS" alt="BioShock for iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bioshock-ios.png?1407295735" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> White Xbox One out with Sunset Overdrive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft produced a rather slick-looking white variant of the Xbox One last year for the launch - but it was only designated for company employees (as evidenced by the &ldquo;I made this&rdquo; tag on the front). However, the company has had a change of heart, and a version without the proclamation will follow this autumn as part of a bundle.</p> <p>According to Polygon, the white console will ship with Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac Games&rsquo; frantic open-world action game. No release details are available yet, but the game itself launches at the end of October, so expect it around then in the States. American gamers seeking something a bit sooner can also grab a black Xbox One console with Madden NFL 25 on 26 August for US$399 (S$498).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/8/4/5966887/xbox-one-bundle-madden-nfl-15-sunset-overdrive">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="624" title="Xbox One" alt="Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xboxone-white.jpg?1407295735" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/pentax/fully-charged-pentax-q-s1-launching-40-colour-pairings-bioshock-coming-ios-and-white-xbox-one#comments Cameras Gaming iOS games Pentax Xbox One Tue, 05 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1444150 at http://www.stuff.tv