Sorry, iOS gaming enthusiasts – I’ve crossed over to join the villainous Carter Dotson on the dark side. After having an iPhone for literally my entire smartphone-owning life, I’ve decided to take the plunge into the unknown and treat myself to a Pixel 2. All things considered, I’m loving it, despite one major flaw: the games. Many high-profile titles are missing from the Google Play store, and while I still have my beloved iPad to make sure I don’t miss out on anything, I find myself wishing I could jump into the likes of Alto’s Odyssey [$ 4.99] on the go. However, today one major Android absence can be crossed off the list. The Room: Old Sins [$ 4.99] was Fireproof Games’ excellent 2018 take on their beloved puzzle series, which we adored in our glowing five star review on its release, and on April 19th Android gamers can finally try out the title too.
The Room [$ 0.99 (HD)] series has been consistently brilliant since its debut on mobile all the way back in 2012, and Old Sins was very much a return to the intimate puzzle-solving of the first two games that made it such a hit with fans. Exploring every nook and cranny of the various dioramas within the game is absolutely fascinating, and the way Fireproof create so much backstory and conjure up an ethereal atmosphere through saying so little is really mobile gaming at its peak. The Room: Old Sins may be the fourth game in the franchise, but it’s an excellent starting point for anyone interested in the concept – even though I’d recommend anyone to go through the previous titles, if just for the fact they’re great too. This Android release has been highly anticipated for months, and it’s good to have April 19th in the diary as a solid release date. Fireproof promise more details on pre-registration and an open beta soon, but until then, head to our forum thread for more discussion on The Room: Old Sins.
The long wait for Dragon Quest XI is almost over: today, Square Enix announced that the role-playing game will be available in North America and Europe on September 4th. The game originally debuted in Japan last July, but previously, the developer had been quiet on a Western release.
Unfortunately, not all versions of Dragon Quest XI will be launching outside of Japan. The September 4th release date is for the PS4 and Steam versions, while Square Enix tells IGN that the Nintendo Switch version of the game won’t be available this year, but instead will launch “much later.” The 3DS version of DQXI, meanwhile, isn’t being localized at all.
In addition to the new language options, Square Enix says that the Western version of DQXI will also…
Though the focus at its press event was on a new budget iPad and education-oriented software updates, Apple on Tuesday also teased two new Logitech iPad accessories, meant for schools only: the "Crayon" stylus, and the Rugged Combo 2 case and keyboard. [Updated with more details, pricing, and launch info] AppleInsider – Frontpage News
Developer Rebel Twins releases all kinds of awesome, highly-polished games, and in the spring of 2015 they released yet another one in Dragon Hills. It mashed up several types of gameplay mechanics into one cohesive experience, with a dash of Tiny Wings here and a dose of Death Worm there, and we enjoyed it a lot in our review. Last fall Rebel Twins released a sequel that amped up an already great game in pretty much every way. We loved Dragon Hills 2 [$ 2.99] in our review, and after about 6 months of being on the market a significant update is heading to the game on April 5th. Check out the new trailer showcasing what’s in the update.
As you can see, this update will include a new Ancient Egypt environment to ride your dragon in, as well as two shiny new dragons to ride. There will also be new enemy types to contend with, and six new ultra-challenging Mega Bosses to battle. Basically, more of all the good stuff in Dragon Hills 2. If you have yet to check this one out, I’d highly suggest dropping the three bucks to give it a shot, especially since this is a fully premium, no IAP game. Things only stand to get even better when the big Dragon Hills 2 Ancient Egypt update arrives on April 5th.
Apple’s continued push to make Mac and iPad central to education has been detailed at its ‘Field Trip’ event, with the Classroom app making the jump from iOS to Mac later this year, as well as a cloud-based Schoolwork app for teachers to provide assignments and handouts to students. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
Meet the Huawei P20. It’s a pretty nice phone. I played around with it, and I can confirm that it is, indeed, a solid flagship with some suitably over-the-top features — what’s that you say? Three rear-facing cameras?! But all of this is kind of a moot point if you live here in the States.
Sure, Huawei’s been having a lot of issues trying to sell its phones in America. In fact, just as I was playing around with the P20, news was breaking that Best Buy was planning to stop selling the company’s phones — it was a bit like finding out your starting pitcher needs Tommy John surgery before opening day. Only with, you know, lots more international espionage and such.
Rather than deal with the rigmarole of getting shot down by carriers and retailers this time out, the company is simply making it clear right off the bat that the new flagship just won’t be available here — not through any sort of official channels. And honestly, it’s probably best for Huawei to just focus on those countries that have long stocked its phones — from the look of the FCC reports earlier this week, this situation is going to get worse long before it gets any better.
For the rest of the world, there’s plenty to like here. The P20 looks like a cross between the iPhone X and HTC’s latest shiny metal phones. It’s got a 5.8-inch display (6.1 on the P20 Pro) and some crazy camera specs, including three rear lenses, including an eight-megapixel telephoto and 40-megapixel (!) RGP, coupled with a built-in color temperature sensor. There’s still a front-mounted fingerprint sensor and some strange choices, like a 2D face unlock function that makes do with the lack of depth sensing.
No pricing or availability at press time, except here in the States, where the latter is just a picture of a big red circle with a line through it.
Earlier today, Huawei took the wraps off the P20 and P20 Pro, its latest flagship duo. Neither of those devices will be officially sold by the company in the US, though. This is anything but surprising, given Huawei’s much publicized issues with offering the Mate 10 Pro through carriers in the country. In the end that didn’t happen, because of pressure from US lawmakers (allegedly). You can still buy the Mate 10 Pro unlocked in the States, but that won’t be the case for the P20 family. While Huawei has made even the Mate 9 available in the US in unlocked form, it’s never gone the same…
Apple today introduced an updated iPad, and it’s coming to T-Mobile. The updated iPad features a 9.7-inch 2048×1536 display and an A10 Fusion processor which offers improved CPU and graphics performance compared to last year’s iPad. Another notable upgrade of this iPad is support for the Apple Pencil, which previously only worked with iPad Pro models. Apple’s new iPad also includes an 8-megapixel rear camera, FaceTime HD front camera, and a Touch ID fingerprint reader. Apple … [read full article]