Chopper 2 for Mac App Store Preview

David Frampton of Majic Jungle provided us a copy of his upcoming Chopper 2 for Mac and we’re here to preview it for you. At first glance: wow. The game is spectacular and is a huge step from Chopper 1 for Mac. The graphics in Chopper 2 for Mac are phenomenal and are 3D (you’ll see what I mean in the video above). The controls are simple to use and the game is easy for anyone to pick up on. In fact, if you’ve played Chopper 2 for iOS the game play will be very familiar.

If you’re new to the Chopper game series the concept is very simple. You are flying a helicopter through the skies, going through several obstacles in order to pick up people on the ground. Some of these obstacles include birds, buildings, and of course mercenaries, rockets, and planes shooting at you. The game is particularly fun and with multiple levels you should never get bored. Chopper 2 includes three skill levels (normal, hard, and harder) and within those are several individual lands and maps. Each level has three lands and within those lands are three different maps, and within those maps are tons of levels to play through…

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Coleco makes a comeback on iOS

Photo of the ColecoVision video game console.
That’s right, Coleco the gaming powerhouse of my youth is back, (mostly in name) with a game for kids called 3 little pigs Pop-up adventure ($4.99, screenshots below).  My kid is testing it as soon as he wakes up tomorrow morning

In this initial book, we’ve created a new 3D engine/platform that we believe raises the bar for children’s interactivity when it comes to story books on this platform.

But can we get back to the old Coleco part of it?

Mitch Schussler, CIO of Coleco Entertainment Corporation wrote in to tell us about how they were getting the band back together and…

we’re getting close to releasing some of the classic remakes as well as a full product line to be introduced in the second quarter of next year.

I can’t even wait.  Mitch, you know where to send the redeem codes. Read more

Huffington Post gets an all new iPad app

The Huffington Post has had an iPad app for sometime and tonight they have released a new version, re-designed from the ground up. The new version is quite slick with access to all of the Huffington Post’s sections and a new “glide” feature. This feature lets you slide through the different posts and it sort of feels like the Twitter for iPad interface. The update is free and you can get it here on the App Store. More screenshots after the break.

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Tap Tap Revenge 4 is already #1 on the App Store with 25,000 downloads an hour

Last night we reported that Tapulous had launched Tap Tap Revenge 4 with several new features like a new design, 100 free tracks, and an arcade mode. Now, less than 24 hours since its launch, Tap Tap Revenge 4 is the number one free application on the iTunes App Store. Tapulous CEO Bart Decrem told TechCrunch that Tap Tap Revenge 4 is already seeing around 25,000 downloads an hour. If you still haven’t gotten your hands on Tap Tap Revenge 4 you can download it for free here.

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AirFlick lets you AirPlay anything compatible on the Internet (update: AVIs too)

Erica Sadun has put together a new Mac application called AirFlick . To put it simply, AirFlick lets you watch any video stored on your Mac or any video from the internet that is compatible with the AppleTV/iTunes ecosystem (.mov, mp4, etc.). Simply launch the application (screenshot after the break) drag a file path from your Mac or an internet video URL. As soon as you hit the play button the video will start playing on your TV via the Apple TV.

The first time we tried it we got an error message but then we left the error window and tried again and it worked. AirFlick is a bombshell piece of software for your Mac and if you’re like me you will find it extremely useful. AirFlick sort of turns your Apple TV into a video web browser as you are no longer limited to the built in YouTube or Netflix player. You get way more now.

Sadun notes that AirFlick is “quite alpha” with 0.01 as its version number. AirFlick has worked as it should so far for us, and you can give it a try here too. A third party developer has proved that the Apple TV can act as a “data server” and as an internet browser to a point. So why is it taking Apple so long?

Update: Erica Sadun figured out how to get AVIs streaming too. Video after the break.

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Namco joins the Xmas iApp price war

Electronic Arts set off an iApp price war last week when it discounted many of its games to just $0.99, sparking the release of Tap Tap Revenge 4 for free and a big games sale from other iOS heavyweight, Namco.

All the app makers are engaged in a stiff fight to populate the iTunes App Store top ten lists in time for Christmas — after all, Apple’s lists won’t be updated from December 23, so grabbing a good slot on those lists now is likely to translate into great sales opportunities as all those new iPads hit the store. Read more

Tap Tap Revenge 4 hits the App Store: 100 free songs, new look, free!

The 4th generation of arguably the most popular iPhone music game has just hit the App Store: Tap Tap Revenge 4. For those not familiar, Tap Tap Revenge was around long before the App Store. It was the premier iPhone game on the jailbroken app market. Since then it brought in Tapulous over a million dollars a month and now Tapulous is owned by Disney. Going back to Tap Tap Revenge 4 the new, free app brings loads of improvements and new features.

First, the new version brings over 100 free tracks to the table. These include songs from popular artists/bands like Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, and My Chemical Romance. (List of several more popular artists in TTR4 is after the break.) TTR4 introduces a “like” button which when pushed displays an avatar showing who else likes the respective track. Tapulous has also done some iOS 4 housekeeping by adding both Game Center and Retina Display support.

Some new social features are now present such as the ability to share scores via Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail. Perhaps the most impressive feature in the new game is the “Arcade Mode.” This new mode presents new tapping obstacles which makes the game even more challenging and when coupled with the new up-to-the-minute global leader boards, the game should be all the more fun. Let us know how you like it all in the comments. Tap Tap Revenge 4 is now free on the iTunes App Store and you can check out some screenshots after the break.

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Facebook app updated, still no iPad

Facebook, who count 55,060,129 monthly active iOS app users, today updated their iPhone/iPod touch app with a few new features but mostly bug fixes, listed below:

– Improved reliability in chat and messages
– Improved notifications UI
– Fixed memory usage
– Fixed some crashes
– Walls you cannot post on no longer show the text field at the top
– Restore ability to post as a page that you admin
– Fixed group photos
– Various Places improvements

Is it silly to expect a iPad app at this point?

All 55 million of you, hit the App Store updates or head over here.

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EA delivers great big great App games sale

There’s never been a better time to stock up on the greatest iPhone games from Electronic Arts, where you’ll find a huge range of hot titles on sale now for just 99-cents a pop (59-p in the UK).

“Giving an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as a Christmas present?,” reads the official launch statement.”Now is the time to load it up with the best games for less cash than ever before.”

“Already own an iPod touch, iPad or iPhone? Then bring some fun to holiday travel or gather the family for game time around the iPad while warming up by the fire.” Read more

Component shortages say no AMOLED for iPad 2.0

In case you’ve any doubt left, you can forget the notion of AMOLED screens in the next-generation iPad, there simply aren’t enough components to go round — indeed, Apple competitors who made the leap to the tech are already facing steep component shortages.

There’s an inevitability about all this. Even as Apple competitors attempt to leapfrog iOS devices by fielding more advanced technologies in their gadgets, they forget the need to serve mass market products up in reliable quantity. Read more