For better or worse, there is no bigger name in Japanese role-paying games than Final Fantasy. Originally debuting on the original Nintendo Entertainment System, the Final Fantasy series has jumped from console to console for decades.

Now Final Fantasy III has arrived on the iPad. While Japanese players got the original game in 1990, Final Fantasy III didn’t hit the states until 2006 and is only available on the Nintendo DS, Virtual Console, and iPad. Is the game worth a twenty year wait? Did it survive the jump to the iPad? Let’s find out.


As had been reiterated time and time again, the iPad is not merely for consumption – it’s also powerful tool for creation!

This week I want to know what creative activities are the favourites of AppStorm readers, what do you love to do most on your iPad? Are you a musician who can’t help but throw ideas into Garageband, a writer who simply adores the pure writing environment of minimal writing apps, or an artist adept with your fingers?

Even famous, and gifted, artists such as David Hockney have taken to using the iPad for the creation of art – it won’t be long before the mass of creative work achieved on the iPad allows it a proper place in people’s minds as a creation device.

Feel free to get involved in the comments and elaborate on your answer! I’d love to know, specifically, what apps you use and how the iPad has helped in the creation of art (in the broadest sense).

It feels like an age ago, but back in December we ran an in-depth survey about AppStorm itself – how very meta of us…

As it was impossible for you to see the results as they happened, I thought I’d enlighten you and talk a little about the focus of AppStorm going into the future (it is the New Year after all). Get set for some charts, percentages, and perhaps a little light japery!


My average workday consists of me sitting in front of the computer, hammering away at a keyboard while I try to let some kind of ambient noise filter through the house. Sometimes that’s my iTunes library, but since baseball season ended, I’ve been looking for some kind of video option that would keep me peripherally entertained while I got some work done.

Then I discovered DirecTV App for iPad, an app that with its recent update now has the ability to stream live TV. But is it worth the hype? Let’s figure things out after the break.


So you’re sitting in this airport with your iPad when all of a sudden you get the urge to play around with designing a website. What are you supposed to do? You don’t have your computer on-hand, and surely the iPad couldn’t help you brainstorm, design, and build a website, right?

Wrong. With the proper tools the iPad could easily be a useful crutch in this scenario, allowing you to capitalize on a burst of inspiration or kill time in a productive way. Let’s dig in.


Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Good.iWare! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:


Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

This week we have a simply excellent giveaway, we have 5 promo codes for the robust and ever dependable GoodReader up for grabs!

We reviewed GoodReader for the iPad a long time ago, but the conclusion still stands:

GoodReader should not be missing from your iPad.

GoodReader makes it easy to read and view a wide range of different files on your iPad. You can download them directly from your Mac or PC, or connect to a wide range of different servers and sharing services.

Find out how to enter below…


Last week we ran a poll entitled “What Are You Most Excited About in 2012?” The response was great, but relatively unsurprising. People want to see what the next generation of both the iPad and the iPhone looks like!

There has been a huge amount of speculation surrounding Apple making a new move in the television market, and that showed up in the polls – there was also concrete interest in a potential Apple Television. However, today I want to look at a few of the reasons I’m personally excited about the new iPad…


The Lovely Charts app hit the App Store on the 8th December. It takes a different approach to creating charts on your iPad, based on gestures, and tap and touch, rather than selecting from menus.

It has entered a fierce competition space, with the powerful TouchDraw and OmniGraffle being 2 such competitors. So can Lovely Charts live up to its name? And can it compete with the well established charting apps? Let’s take a look.


Fancy news reader apps are a dime a dozen in the iOS App Store. The level of innovation going into these apps is mind-blowing and most of the expertise goes towards designing the app. A pixel perfect design, combined with some snazzy effects ensure immediate traction and the developers are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the same.

As an information addict, I consider it my duty to download and test every single news reader app. Equally dutifully, I try my best to review them here at iPad.AppStorm as well. I discovered Evri sometime ago and wasn’t until recently I got the time to use it extensively. Curious to know how well the app performs as a news reader taking into account the fierce competition? Do read on.


It’s easy to get lost in the iPad gaming market. More than any other type of app, there are tons and tons of games, and even more of them coming out every day. We all know and have played the usual games that everybody buys: Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and Cut The Rope. But what about the more immersive, time-consuming games? All of the games I mentioned are great, but what about the other great games that are out there?

This roundup is of games that are a little deeper than those – 15 awesome games for your iPad!


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