At an event today in Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, with the company calling the devices “the biggest advancements in iPhone history.” The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, respectively, and feature advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, the Apple-designed A8 chip, improved wireless technologies, increased battery life, and Apple Pay, a new way to use one’s phone for making payments in-stores and online.
Rovio has today launched the latest installment in its massively popular Angry Birds franchise: Angry Birds Stella. The game is centered around a cute pink bird named Stella, who must protect her home from the evil “Bad Princess.” The Princess is using pigs as her minions, so players will need to fling Stella and her friends at new pig-filled strongholds to earn stars on each of the game’s 120+ levels.
Social and mobile game company King has announced the launch of Diamond Digger Saga on mobile devices. The match-three game was originally released on Facebook earlier this year, and challenges players to dig their way into the ground, spreading water through their created tunnels to complete quests. The game offers cross-platform support, allowing existing Facebook players to connect to their accounts and begin playing where they left off.
Oculus VR and Samsung have today announced the development of the Samsung Gear VR, a mobile virtual reality headset, powered by Oculus, for the equally new Galaxy Note 4. The headset offers a wireless experience, as users will connect the Note 4 to the headset, with the Note 4 acting as the screen, and can instantly dive into a variety of titles, including games and Oculus-built apps.
Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm have today announced the launch of Star Wars: Commander on iOS devices. The base-building combat game sees players traveling to Tatooine, where they’ll create a base and join either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire. The choice impacts the characters and military units players will have access to, as well as the game’s storyline and overall goal.
EA Mobile has announced its newest content update in The Simpsons: Tapped Out on mobile. This game-changing update takes a stab at the many base-building combat games on mobile devices, and sees players building up their own troops before sending them into battle against their neighbors.
After a successful launch on iOS devices earlier this year, Nutrisystem has released its NuMi weight loss app on Android devices. The app provides one-on-one support for dieters looking to both slim down or just maintain their healthy weight once they’ve reached their goal. This is accomplished via thousands of recommendations for healthy eating while at home, activity suggestions based on a user’s free time and more.
Tablet games and apps competition The Tabby Awards has unveiled its list of winners for 2014, which includes a list of users’ choice selections. The 30 winners were selected last Spring by an international panel of independent judges, while the users’ choice winners were decided by app users in June and July on the Tabby Awards website. Almost 100,000 votes were cast in this first public poll.
Back in March, SEGA Networks announced the development of Crazy Taxi: City Rush for iOS. Now, the big release day has arrived and players can jump behind the wheel of their very own taxi, speeding through city streets causing mayhem, all in the name of dropping off patrons as fast as possible.
Crazy Taxi: City Rush comes from SEGA’s Hardlight Studios, alongside Kenji Kanno, the creator of the original Crazy Taxi arcade game. While the control scheme has been streamlined for mobile devices, the game also retains the chaos of the original experience. Players complete missions by picking up patrons and dropping them off across town before time runs out, but completing those tasks will test players’ reflexes along the way.
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