Whoops! I went and spaced the round up this week, I was a little too social on the weekend and completely forgot about it. This one will just be a bit longer than normal and the next will definitely be shorter, awesome! This week we reviewed an awesome new third party iOS keyboard that could take the record for worlds fasted touchscreen keyboard, we also talked about the SteelSeries Stratus XL controller coming to Apple Retail stores near you and a bunch more awesome game news and updates that happened this week.
Monday, December 8th
One keyboard to rule them all, One keyboard to find them, One keyboard to bring them all and in the darkness bind them… Nintype is an incredibly revolutionary new keyboard from long time iOS developer Jormy that helps you speed through texts at over 100 words per minute! It was just released a few days ago on the App Store for $4.99 and it is most definitely worth the price. Don’t let the overwhelming amount of customization or crazy awesome animations deter you, it can be dumbed down to look almost exactly like the iOS keyboard but with all the amazing features still there hidden beneath the surface. As someone who has never been able to fully grasp the use case of swipe keyboards mainly because of a few jailbreak tweaks like SwipeSelection and SwipeExpander, I have fallen in love with Nintype.
Wednesday, December 10th
In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Ubisoft has recently announced their latest upcoming game Heroes of Might & Magic III – HD Edition, a return to the most popular turn-based strategy game of the franchise. Developed by DotEmu, the HD update brings the players’ experience to a new level. Heroes of Might & Magic III – HD Edition will be available on PC as well as (iOS and Androi for the first time on January 29th, 2015.
Fans of the series will get to relive an enhanced Heroes III adventure thanks to the authentic upgrades made on graphics which can now be appreciated on wide screens. This new HD edition still remains loyal to the roots of the original game by offering seven campaign scenarios, 48 skirmish maps, a local multiplayer mode and a map editor that’s only available on the PC version. Also, a new online multiplayer Steam lobby will also be added for players to share their comments and experiences with the rest of the Heroes III community.
SteelSeries, a leader in gaming peripherals, have announced that their full-sized console-style gaming controller designed iOS devices, the Stratus XL, is now available in Apple Retail Stores. Thanks to the Stratus and Stratus XL gamers can have a console-style gaming experience on iOS devices.
Released earlier this year, the SteelSeries Stratus was one of the first wireless controllers to come to market for gaming on iOS devices. With the introduction of the Stratus XL, gamers have the option to play games with a wireless controller that is small and portable or one that is full-sized. The Stratus XL mimics the familiar layout of console controllers and features a pressure-sensitive directional pad (D-pad), four pressure-sensitive action buttons and a total of four shoulder buttons, including two pressure-sensitive top shoulder buttons and two analog bottom trigger buttons. In addition to dual analog sticks, the Stratus XL includes a dedicated pairing button to connect to iOS devices via Bluetooth.
Thursday, December 11th
DeNA and Hasbro, who we’ve written about numerous time in the past, have recently announced their latest upcoming title, Transformers: Battle Tactics, a new turn-based tactical combat game which is in development for iOS. In Transformers: Battle Tactics, players can collect iconic Transformers characters and assemble teams of Autobots and Decepticons. For gamers that would potentially be interested, you can register now at the official website to receive special content once the game lands on the App Store.
From what we were told, the game will be available to download for free and will feature more than 75 classic Transformers characters including Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, as well as Bumblebee. Battles are swift and require strategic decision-making to guarantee a win. Each Transformers character has unique stats and abilities, which shift as players convert them from robot to their alternate mode. The unique graphic style is inspired by the Transformers Generations Combiner Wars characters and comic book series. Transformers: Battle Tactics also features a single-player campaign, story-driven in-game events and real-time player-vs-player (PvP) matches for players to fight it our and rise to the top of the leaderboards.
Sunday, December 14th
Coming to iOS before Christmas, TinyMob Games has released a trailer for an upcoming update for their hit iOS title Tiny Realms. Right now there isn’t too much information available on the update, however, judging solely based off the trailer it looks pretty good. The update is said to be available before Christmas, so it’ll be here in the next week or so that we should see it land on the App Store. Until then, we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more information heads our way.
Trials Frontier, the free-to-play mobile game from RedLynx Studio and Ubisoft, has recently been updated to allow players to directly compete against each other in a brand new PvP mode. In this update, the mysterious character Zudina has appeared in town from her underground bunker. From there, she organizes players to compete in showdowns over month long seasons to reach the highest rank. Players can face-off against each other on three tracks in all-or-nothing matches. At the end of every match, players are given prizes including PvP Chips that can be traded in at the Chip Store to unlock tracks, exclusive outfits and other special items. For those who have already downloaded the game, you can get the update right now and enjoy all the new content and features.
Thats it for the round up this week folks! Sorry for it being a bit late I will do better next time!