iOS and Android can’t lay claim to very many AAA games, but this one definitely qualifies. Horn is from the creator of The Dark Meadow, and it looks spectacular. [Read more…]
What’s your current wallpaper on the computer/laptop? How about your iPad/tablet? Your phone?
No matter what some people might say, being able to change and customize wallpapers is something that adds color to life. Yeah, that might be an exaggeration, but have you tried Windows 7 Starter? I have known people to hate it simply because the wallpaper cannot be changed!
Now what if you could use Instagram photos to make high quality wallpapers for all your devices? Yes, there is a web service for that!
It’s actually something that you might be familiar with already. Some time ago, we featured a web service called InstaCover, which allows you to tap into Instagram to create customized Facebook timeline cover photos.
Insta-WP is basically the same concept, except that the sizes are for wallpapers. Upon visiting the site, you can immediately give it a run without having to register or log in. You will see this panel, which gives you a lot of options regarding the size of the wallpaper you want to create.
Below it, there are even more options. You can choose to use photos only from your Instagram account. Obviously, this requires that you enter your Instagram ID. If you want a more diverse source, though, you do not need to enter your ID.
You can choose photos based on categories or tags. Other parameters include the sizes of the images to be included in the collage and whether you want rounded corners or not.
So I tried creating a wallpaper for my iPad. I guess it is no surprise that I used tags such as “gameofthrones” and “TARDIS”.
For the iPhone, I used “ironman”.
I did not enter my Instagram ID simply because I do not have too many photos in there, and definitely not of Iron Man, the TARDIS, and Game of Thrones. I wish I did, though! (RDJ, where art thou?)
Admittedly, there are some photos in the mix that I would rather not see. The concept is pretty cool, though, and I am sure with a little tweaking and narrowing down, the mix of images would be better. Give it a spin?
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A couple of weeks ago I interviewed Justin Gary of Gary Games — better known as one of the Magic Pro-Tour players who founded the highly addicting deck building game, Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer. In this interview he hinted of an iOS version of the first expansion, Return of the Fallen due soon. And “soon” really meant before the holidays. For USD $2.99 you can upgrade your version of Ascension and buy RotF as an in-app purchase for USD $2.99.
BUY ASCENSION: RETURN OF THE FALLEN (USD $2.99)
Return of the Fallen introduces a new expansion deck which can be incorporated into the main game or played separately, albeit for 2 players only since there are fewer cards in this version. RotF is an exact replica of its deck building equivalent, sans the setup. For those unfamiliar, you can read the core mechanic in our initial preview. The new set adds the “Fate” concept where cards in the center row will behave according to the way the Fate instructions dictate. In this version you also have more abilities to play with, such as Arha Sensei, an Enlightened Hero that allows you to banish starter cards for Mystics of Heavy Infantry directly into your hand.
To buy the expansion all you need to do is upgrade your version of Ascension to its latest version, which adds the in-app purchase option. Apart from the expansion, the latest version adds support for online and offline play record keeping, player profiles (previously was lacking and a definite improvement!) and the ability to play the game using any config of Ascension, as a solo set or with mixed cards.
The new expansion also adds a new soundtrack and effects (some of the Creature kill FX are disturbing!), a new gallery for the expansion set cards, and a brand new refreshing title screen. Ascension has not however, added a third level of difficulty for the AI, something that iOS players will notice as being un-checkable in the options.
Ascension won’t make it to the Top List of iOS apps in the App Store but I well assure you that this game is epic. The additional USD $2.99 you’re going to spend + the initial USD $4.99 for the core set (that’s if you haven’t bought it yet) are so worth your money!
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There’s a new game out for iOS and it’s called Brawl. The game made it to my radar for two reasons — first because it was a free release and secondly, it was a card-based boxing game. I’m a huge fan of deck building games like Ascension, Dominion and 7 Wonders so albeit this one makes use of much simpler rules (yep it’s really simple), I find the genre of fast-paced card action rather interesting.
The game itself isn’t very deep. Two boxers fight their way to victory and punches are thrown through cards. The winner is determined by whoever landed the most punches. A game consists of two player cards (boxers) and each player draws from a shuffled deck of punches and blocks. You can throw punches to the head and torso, represented by locations on the top and bottom part of the player cards. You can stack blows until a player draws and places a block card which means you won’t be able to land any more punches in that area.
Punches and blocks come in different colors. You can only stack punches of the same color and block with the corresponding color of punches.
Depth is achieved when you can add a third stack (red cards) which lets you throw additional punches and blocks. The game ends when you can no longer land any more punches and the total number of points (i.e. punches landed) determine the winner.
Variety takes place with the choice of boxers. There are three boxers initially available with three more unlocked via in-app purchases (surprise!). The boxers are characterized by the number of certain cards in the decks. For instance, Hale comes with more hit cards in all colors but very few blocks. Chris on the other hand comes with a balance of hits and blocks.
The game may take a while to master but after the tutorial and first few play through, a game can last no more than 1 minute. You can challenge the AI or play online.
Brawl is free on iOS and can be downloaded for both the iPad and iPhone. [DOWNLOAD NOW]
Man, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed machine is cranking like crazy. In anticipation of November 15th’s release of Assassin’s Creed Revelations, there is so much tie-in stuff happening, it would constitute an entire article to catalog them all. So hey, why not do just that?