Jordan Mechner, later responsible for the Prince of Persia game franchise, released his first game in 1984 for the Apple II. This game was Karateka. It’s a side-scrolling game featuring industry changing one-on-one combat about a lover trying to save the Princess Mariko from Akuma’s castle fortress. It’s a simple, classic video game story.
Mechner returned to his independent roots earlier this year to remake the game in HD. First appearing on consoles, the remake has an all-star developer team: Screenwriter John August (who is listed as a producer), Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin, and artist Jeff Matsuda were all involved in the production. I never played the original, so I’m walking into this with fresh eyes. And I was not disappointed.
There are two things that I do the most with my iPad. Either I’m reading a comic book or watching a movie. It’s a great way to watch something from my iTunes library without using the resources on my Mac. That, and both activities are great when I travel.
So what about you? Do you ever watch movies or video on your iPad, or is your iPad used for other stuff? Let us know in the poll to the right!
I was testing an app on my iPad mini the other day, and was thinking about the stereo speakers on the bottom of the device. They don’t get super loud (although that’s not really shocking), but it gets the job done for me, typically. As I thought about it more, I wasn’t sure that I had ever used a pair of headphones on the iPad — or any of my iPads, other than once on a flight.
Looking among the rest of my friends and family, I saw that some use docks, some use headphones and sometimes even a Bluetooth speaker. What about you? Do you use headphones or something similar with your iPad? Let us know in the poll to the right!
Every time I look at my car’s dashboard, I am reminded that there’s a metric system and not everyone uses miles to measure the distance between here and the local outlets. For that reason, a unit converter comes in handy. Utilities that tell you how loud things in your car are can also be useful — you don’t want to go deaf. If you find yourself craving an app that can do a good many things in a beautiful way, SkyPaw has just the thing.
From the developer you’ve probably never heard of comes an app unlike any other. Its use of skeumorphism throughout makes it the perfect candidate for unit conversion duties on an iPad, and its extra tools, like a metronome and seismometer, give it an even wider potential market. But like I said before, substance is key, so is design all this app has to offer? (more…)
Although developers continue to stun us with intricately made graphics for their iOS games (and boy, do they look great on the iPad’s Retina Display), it seems as if everyone, both old and young, still have an emotional attachment to ’80s arcadia. Luckily for us, the nostalgic 8-bit art style from this age also translates well to our iPads, and even graces some of our favorite games here at iPad.AppStorm.
In today’s roundup, we’ll be looking at eight different iOS games that bear the beautiful 8-bit graphics we so love, but also provide hours of exciting playtime. Find out which apps made the cut after the break! (more…)
When it comes to the iPad and case usage, my family is divided. My mom is a case person, as is my wife. They’ll by these huge book looking things that distract from the clean lines of the iPad and make it three inches thicker. My dad and I use Smart Covers, mostly because we want to protect the screen but that’s about it. As for my kid, well his iPad 1 is in a Fisher Price case because after we found a dent in the corner of the device that actually bent the glass, we realized we should protect it a bit more.
What about you? Do you use a case or do you like yours naked? Let us know in the poll to the right!
There have been endless posts about iPad accessories like cases or Bluetooth keyboards on all sorts of websites, but most people already have a case or a keyboard. With Christmas just around the corner, finding a unique gift for an iPad owner — or even an interesting new toy for yourself — can often prove more difficult than it should. In an effort to help you find an accessory that fills in a need you didn’t know you had, we’ve decided to compile a roundup of our favourite iPad and iPad mini accessories that go beyond Bluetooth keyboards and Smart Covers. (more…)
Tweetbot may have been the best Twitter client in its day, but new times are ahead. Twitter’s own official app may be more popular than the smaller third-party alternatives, yet developers keep releasing new ones every few months. This time the app is the fifth version of a classic client originally on the Mac called Twitterrific.
In version 5.0, the developer redesigned everything and equipped the app with a completely new set of navigation features. It’s much simpler and more intuitive than before, too. To evaluate its potential as a competitor to the great Tweetbot, I downloaded Twitterrific on its release day and have been using it frequently since. Keep reading for a full look at the app.
In last week’s poll, we asked if you still thought the iPad mini was worth it, and we received an interesting comment from kralnor:
It won’t be until apps start taking full advantage of the processing power available in the full sized iPads that people will start feeling differently I think. But again that will only be power users at that point.
The sticking point for me was “power user,” a term I had never really applied to iPad users before. But it makes sense. They’re the people who use their iPads for everything, from work to hobbies and everything in between.
What about you? Do you consider yourself to be an iPad power user? Let us know in the poll to the right!
You pack them up when going on vacation. Tabasco is one of these. Someone who cleans public places. A dessert like a muffin but has buttercream on top.
The sentences above might seem like nonsense, but it is your job to decipher them in Guess!, one of the newest word games on the iPad. This game truly tests your ability to sort out what’s important from a sea of gibberish. Read more about it after the break. (more…)