Category Archives: App Store

Free ‘App of the Week’: Deemo

Rayark Inc’s Deemo is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 5.1 or later.

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Rayark brings you Deemo, a hybrid of music rhythm game and the story of urban fantasy, with hand-drawn art, story-telling gallery and real instrumental feedback of piano key sound.

Deemo is a mystic character lives in solitude, a castle, all by itself. A little girl falls from the sky, not knowing who she is, where she comes from. To help the little girl back to her world, Deemo comes to realize a tree keeps growing tall on top of the piano whenever it plays. What would Deemo do when it gets comfortable with the companionship it never had before? What if the little girl couldn’t deal with the truth when her seemingly lost memories regained?!

Download it for free here.

Free ‘App of the Week’: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Rooftop Run

Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 4.3 or later.

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#1 App in 80 countries! You can play as Leo, Donnie, Raph, Mikey, or unlockable characters April and Casey Jones in this action packed combat runner with vehicle mode! Run, jump, fight and drive through New York’s endless cityscape as you rid it from the Foot Clan, Kraang, Dimension X and Baxter Stockman.

Collect energy orbs to unlock exclusive weapons, gear, and boosts that will keep you one step ahead of the Kraang ship. One-touch controls combine with ninja moves and shell shocking battles for an epic gaming experience. BOOYAKASHA!

Download it for free here.

Free ‘App of the Week’: Cinamatic

Hipstamatic’s Cinamatic is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7.1 or later.

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Cinamatic is the best way to create beautiful short films. Record multiple short clips that transform into amazing short motion pictures. Your Cinamatic videos can be shared straight to Instagram, Vine, or Facebook.

• Shoot 3 to 15 second films
• Choose from an amazing set of video filters
• Instantly post videos to Instagram, Vine, or Facebook
• Get even more filters from the shop

Download it for free here.

Free ‘App of the Week’: Assassin’s Creed Pirates

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Pirates is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7.0 or later.

Become one of the most feared pirates of the Caribbean in this exclusive Assassin’s Creed adventure on smartphones and tablets!

Play as Alonzo Batilla, a young and ambitious captain, a pirate eager to take on the fiercest of enemies…

Break all the rules, challenge empires and make your own fortune!

Download it for free here.

Free ‘App of the Week’: Day One

Bloom Built’s Day One is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7 or later.

Record life as you live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments, Day One’s elegant interface makes journaling your life a simple pleasure.

Capture all your favorite memories and photos with Day One.

Download it for free here.

Apple Rolls Out “Best New Updates” Section in App Store to Improve Discoverability

In a bid to improve discoverability on the App Store, Apple has rolled out a “Best New Updates” section showcasing apps that have been recently updated.

appstoreThere are slight differences between the naming of the section in the United States and Singapore stores though. In the U.S., the section is labelled “Best New Updates” whereas in Singapore, it is given a more specific title – “Best New Game Updates”.

However, as of now, there are no notable differences between the apps showcased as both appear to focus on games. Currently, featured games include Plants vs. Zombies 2, Farmville 2: Country Escape and Dungeon Hunter 4, all of which were updated in the past week.

Prior to the change, Apple had grouped new apps and app updates together in a “Best New Games” section, making it somewhat cumbersome for users to sift through the list and identify which apps were legitimately new.

The change follows the addition of a monthly “Best Of” section back in April, which allows users to view some of the best games and apps for the month, curated and handpicked by the App Store editorial team.

Free ‘App of the Week’: Captain America – The Winter Soldier

Gameloft’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7 or later.

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Play as Captain America and lead your S.H.I.E.L.D. Strike Team as they struggle to contain a massive global attack by several nefarious criminal organizations. Stop the attacks and then take the battle to your enemies.

Captain America must use all his tactical skill as he commands his Strike Team to combat threats on every front. Grow your agents into a potent fighting force, and when the odds are against you, call in Black Widow and Falcon to help turn the tide.

Expose the villains behind these brazen attacks, unravel their plans and discover how the Winter Soldier fits into their scheme.

Download it for free here.

Apple Reportedly Rolling Back Policy On Incentivised Sharing In Apps

Shortly after reports emerged that it had begun rejecting apps that incentivise ad viewing and social sharing, Apple has reportedly reversed course on its decision, with some of these initial rejections being declined, according to a new report from TechCrunch.

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Sources in the video ad industry have reported that app rejections related to this matter have now declined, indicating the policy is being rolled back. We’re also hearing that some of the initial, and more worrisome, rejections are being undone – that is, the apps are being allowed back in the App Store.

Initial reports had claimed that Apple was rejecting apps based on specific sections in its App Store Review Guidelines that prohibit “manipulation” or “cheating” of user reviews or chart ranking with paid or fake reviews. Another issue of contention was incentivised sharing in apps, in which developers offer rewards to users for sharing to social media sites such as Facebook.

According to TechCrunch, Apple has begun rolling back its policy, with its App Store team reportedly being told to give apps that encourage users to watch video ads or post to social media sites to earn incentives a pass.

However, the site noted that apps which “offer incentives designed to get users to review their app, rate their app, or download other apps” will still be disallowed, as these activities can “influence an app’s position on the App Store’s Top Charts”.

Apple is also allowing developers to show video ads that highlight their own apps or those belonging to others, but prohibits incentivised downloading of apps through such promotions.

Free ‘App of the Week’: Fish Out Of Water!

Halfbrick Studios’ Fish Out Of Water! is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 5.0 or later.

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Launch a daredevil group of fishy friends to the sky in Fish Out Of Water, an adventure across the sun, sand and surf!

This is a brand new mobile masterpiece from Halfbrick, creators of Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride!

Fish Out Of Water is the story of six feisty fish longing to soar above the ocean. To help them get airborne, players simply throw their fish of choice right out of the water and watch as it flies through the clouds and skips merrily along the waves!

Battle the elements and choose your throw wisely as the weather changes every few minutes. Expect the unexpected with crazy tsunamis, icebergs and even an immense jellyfish swarm!

The Crab Crew will score your overall performance, and that’s where the action really heats up. Compete in daily competitions with friends or a huge variety of individual challenges. As objectives are completed, players level up and unlock crystals that can be crafted to unleash awesome bonus powers!

Download it for free here.

Rovio Announces Tie-Up with Hasbro for Angry Birds Transformers Mash-Up Game

Finnish game developer Rovio has just announced a tie-up with Hasbro Inc. to develop the next iteration of its popular Angry Birds app, titled Angry Birds Transformers, bringing together two of the most popular entertainment brands in the world.

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“Angry Birds Transformers provides fans worldwide with a fun, new story and characters, and innovative ways, like our TELEPODS platform, for consumers to engage with the brand” said John Frascotti, Chief Marketing Officer at Hasbro. “We collaborated with Rovio to create opportunities for kids and families to experience Autobirds and Deceptihogs across multiple formats and entertainment platforms, for a completely immersive branded experience.”

As noted by Forbes, Angry Birds Transformers will likely be an extension of Angry Birds Go!, the popular kart-racing game in the franchise co-developed by Rovio and Exient Entertainment. The game will apparently feature new characters based on the Transformers series, along with a set of race courses themed after the popular action cartoon.

The Angry Birds Transformers franchise follows successful collaborations between Hasbro and Rovio including the Angry Birds Star Wars and Angry Birds Go! product lines, as well as the upcoming Angry Birds Stella TELEPODS line which will be available September 2014.

Rovio did not state a release date for Angry Birds Transformers, but interested users can follow the title’s official website for updates.