Jurassic Park is a pretty iconic book and movie franchise as well as a box office success. The story goes that a billionaire creates the story’s namesake, a theme park full of dinosaurs, from DNA extracted from a fossilised insect found in prehistoric amber.
Jurassic Park Builder brings that storyline into the modern day as a game that allows players to build their own theme park, turning extracted DNA into eggs, nurturing them to life and making sure to preserve their continuing life to offer a constant attraction to visitors. Think Zoo Tycoon with a prehistoric feel.
It’s 2013 and, if tradition reveals itself for another year, we can expect to hear some details of iOS 7 over the next few months. There’s a bunch of new stuff we’d love to see in the next generation of iOS alongside a number of improvements to what there already is.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at few of the areas we’d like Apple to take a look at with iOS 7, both to improve the current experience and better compete with the ever-growing rival options from Microsoft, Google and others. (more…)
Harry Potter is an incredibly successful media franchise and much like similarly-successful series like Batman and Indiana Jones, it’s been mixed with LEGO. LEGO Harry Potter brings the storyline of the books and movies to a video game setting that’s interspersed with the charm and style of the long popular construction toy.
LEGO is quite notable for it’s line of tie-in video games, even ones that sit alongside more traditional remakes of popular media. In recent years, these games have made their way into the mobile word, including Harry Potter. Today, we’ll take a look at the LEGO Harry Potter games available for your iPad. (more…)
EA’s annually-refreshed series of FIFA games are an impressive achievement for the developer. Next to Call of Duty, the year’s FIFA game is one of few products to regularly receive overnight queues and widespread sell outs, at least in the UK. And the success of the series is far from unjust with even the most minimal fans of the sport being able to have a great time in the competitive setting.
Sport games aren’t new for iOS but, to be honest, they aren’t something I’ve opted for in the past. However, when FIFA 13 happened to be a launch-optimised universal title for the iPhone 5, I decided to give it a go with some impressive results. Let’s take a look! (more…)
The New York Times was one of the earliest iPad adopters. So early in fact, that they were able to show off their app alongside the device itself at it’s January 2010 introduction. Since then, the New York Times has continued to be an excellent example of print media adopting new and emerging digital platforms.
However, in early October, the New York Times did something a little different. They launched an “experimental” HTML5 web app for select subscribers that could very well replace the native offering in the App Store. Let’s take a look at the New York Times’ release and what it means for web apps as a platform. (more…)
Back in December of last year, Microsoft surprisingly released My Xbox LIVE, a companion app to its own Xbox 360 gaming console. The device mainly supported the console’s subscription service, Xbox LIVE, allowing you to view and manage things like your avatar and friends list.
In a recent update, the app received some pretty significant updates, introducing features to allow an Xbox to connect to an instance of My Xbox LIVE running on your iPad and consequently be able to control it. In this review, we’ll take a look at the app once more, especially the latest, console-controlling update. (more…)
Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers out there and probably the app of choice for quite a few of our readers. It came as somewhat of a surprise when Chrome for iOS was announced on day two of Google I/O, in between demonstrations of extreme sports.
Taking on Safari in it’s own territory is a bold move from Google, although it signifies the company’s commitment to other platforms than it’s own and will likely put a smile on some die-hard Chrome users’ faces. In this review, we’re going to take Chrome for iPad out for a spin and provide some thoughts on how it stacks up to the native Safari. (more…)
Flying can be a stressful experience, with the potential for disrupted travel due to delays and/or cancellations and incredibly busy airports don’t help to ease the experience. Fortunately, if you’re travelling with an iPad in tow, you can utilise it with the fantastic app we’re going to cover today.
Flight+ is a beautiful flight tracking application that puts a whole world (quite literally) of airline and airport information into your hands, tracking flights in real time and offering up information on both airlines and airports. You can even utilise iCloud to automatically synchronise flight information between multiple devices, so you’re always up-to-date on whatever device you’re using.
Recently, I’ve been spending quite some time with my iPad in a web design context for a few articles over at Tuts+, and had the chance to use some fantastic iPad apps that are disrupting one of the core stereotypes of the iPad, its uselessness for content creation. I’ve came to the conclusion that the iPad is the perfect device for planning projects like web design, acting as a great canvas for producing and sharing plans, prototypes and ideas.
Adobe Proto is an app that’s leading the way to disrupting this meme of a tablet not being fit for productivity. The app is all about planning and prototyping ideas in wireframes consisting of a number of stock elements and even adhering to popular CSS grid systems.
If you’re a Mac OS X user and involved in the web design/development scene, you’ve probably heard of the indie developers Panic and, more specifically, their product Coda. Coda is an all-in-one web development enviroment that pulls together multiple tools such as visual CSS generation, file transfer and reference together with a text editor supporting a range of languages. Last month, Panic released Coda 2, a signifcantly updated version of the software.
Alongside the release of Coda 2, Panic also released Diet Coda, an accompanying $19.99 app for iPad that’s already disrupting the long-term stereotype of an iPad being useless for productivity. Diet Coda combines a text editor with a powerful FTP-based file manager making editing your files stored online a pleasant and productive experience. Let’s take a look…