Death Squared [$ 6.99] is a perfect example of how I believe the Switch/Mobile dichotomy can positively affect the App Store. While at its heart a relatively straightforward puzzle caper, Death Squaredexuded charm in every detail, and conjured up an impressive Portal-esque feel with its presentation and polish. However, while the game achieved significant success on the Switch, its premium mobile release has proven to be slightly less profitable. Even though its $ 6.99 price point was still a substantial saving on its console brother, Death Squared failed to make a splash when it launched on the App Store in February. In an attempt to reach an even greater audience with their latest creation, developer SMG Studios has announced that an Android version of Death Squared will launch this weekend, which will coincide with a $ 3.99 sale for the title across its mobile platforms.
I’m a huge fan of SMG’s content across all platforms, with the likes of Thumb Drift [Free] and One More Bounce [Free] nailing the compromise between a successful free-to-play monetisation with enticing and substantial gameplay. Death Squared really felt like a huge step up for the studio, and so seeing it not perform as well as the developers may have hoped is disappointing, if somewhat predictable. I really hope that SMG manage to keep up their impressive run of essential App Store titles in the future, even if they take a guise similar to their slightly older releases. The co-op puzzle action of Death Squared is a lot of fun, whether on iPhone, Switch or soon to be Android, and at a $ 3.99 price point I can definitely recommend giving the game a look, especially for anyone lamenting the steady demise of free-to-play mobile games. Check out Death Squared on Android later this week, and let us know your impressions of any version of the title on our forum thread.
If there’s one certainty in life, it’s that movie tickets will keep getting more expensive. If you’re willing to adjust your habits slightly, MoviePass can save you some cash. This app-based cinema subscription service usually costs about $ 10 per month for up to one movie every day, but for a limited time, you can get it for just $ 6.95 per month. There are some caveats, but that’s a good deal.
MoviePass works in 91% of US theaters, so you should be able to find one nearby.
Tesla may be having trouble meeting production goals for its hot-ticket electric vehicles (EVs) like the Model 3 — but that didn’t stop the company from pushing a software-level update this week which allows Model 3 owners to utilize a range of Siri-based voice commands to control certain aspects of their vehicle. According to Engadget, […] Read More… iDrop News
Fortnite is the number one app on the App Store in 13 countries, including the United States. While this is not a surprise considering the popularity of the game, it is surprising because not everyone can play the game, as only a certain number of people got the invites, but anyone can download the app. While the grossing charts still exist but are not accessible to consumers, the mobile version might actually reveal just how well Fortnite actually monetizes, if only to a small degree. See, the game is free-to-play, but everything players can buy is cosmetic, such as direct purchase of skins for characters and items, emotes, or dance moves. Also, there is a Battle Pass for approximately $ 10 in V-Bucks that grants rewards over the course of the season for players, with a season running about three months. There are no “pay-to-win” elements.
Other platforms don’t have publicly-listed grossing ranks the way that Apple and Google do, so what if Fortnite enables purchases and yet does nothing on the grossing charts? That might put Fortnite‘s actual success into question, because at least PUBG on Xbox and PC actually sells $ 30 copies of the game, to go along with the skin system that has hooks into the Steam Marketplace on PC. Of course, this will be incomplete data, and given just the sheer number of players, it’s hard to see Epic going broke over Fortnite, especially with the reasonably-priced Battle Pass granting rewards.
Regardless, Fortnite on mobile is bound to be one of the most interesting releases of 2018, particularly with the battle royale genre seeing such intense competition, and the worldwide launch of PUBG on mobile seemingly imminent with its Canadian soft launch on Android. If you still haven’t signed up for the Fortnite Invite Event, you can do so here.
Accessory maker Anker has released the first 7.5W Qi-compatible wireless fast charging pad and stand for the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and 8 Plus. You can get the pair together for 20% off the total price for a limited time. Here are the details.
The loss of Stephen Hawking stings. But if there’s a silver lining it’s that his life was rich and purposeful, the proof of which still remains in his work, and the projects he took part in. As Hawking said, “I’ve been lucky. I’ve lived an extraordinary life, exploring the Universe and attending the odd party or two.” One of these works is no available for free, online at Curiosity Stream. Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places is a three part documentary series exploring both both theoretical and practical science. The series follows Hawking as he races through the cosmos on his space ship,…
We’ve been hearing about Google Assistant’s routines for months now. Cody first discovered them in a Google app teardown last September, then they were officially announced in October, but Google was mum about them until last month when it said routines will launch “in the coming weeks in the US.” A few weeks have passed since then, so it’s about time we start seeing these routines for real. We haven’t spotted them on our phones just yet, but their support page just went live and now we know almost everything there is about them
There will be 6 routines to start: Good Morning, Bedtime, Leaving home, I’m home, Commuting to work, and Commuting home.