ThinkGeek, the online store that sells “Stuff for Smart Masses”, is currently running their biggest sale of the year with the Mega Deals promo. Over 500 items are on clearance, with prices slashed up to 75% off. The most notable deal is the iCADE Mobile Gaming System for iPhone, a bluetooth gaming controller that supports 100+ iOS apps – now just $16.99 (down from $69.99). If you’re a gizmo addict and want to save a nice chunk on some cool (iDevice) gadgets, head over to the Mega Deals page to start browsing through the catalog. I’ve also included a rounded up of some of the better iPhone related items below.
Leave it to Next Media Animation from Taiwan to spoof the upcoming release of the iPad Mini in yet another outrageous (and amusing) animated video. Steve Jobs, who had been portrayed as Darth Vader previously, returns to fight off Tim Cook in a failed attempt to stop the launch of the smaller iPad (Jobs had publicly dismissed the notion of a 7″ iPad back in 2010). Besides new features like a killer Android app (quite literally an app that’ll obliterate Android users off the face of the earth), NMA sees Apple fans blowing all their money on new iPad Mini accessories like the “iArm”. Check out the 2 minute video after the break.
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Your mission in Saving Private Sheep 2, should you choose to accept it, is to grab your trusty catapult and prevent pesky foxes from running off with your sheep buddies.
This title features no fewer than 66 levels – all of which are filled with obstacles that you have to overcome in order to complete your objective. Furthermore, you can use the in-game editor to create and share your very own stages with other players around the world. Saving Private Sheep 2 is a universal app for all your iDevices and now free on the App Store.
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Using location based reminders on iOS can no doubt be useful, but adding a specific location to the Reminders app can certainly be a drag. For instance, say you want to be reminded of a cheque that needs to be deposited when you drive by your local bank. To do this, you can create said reminder, turn on “Remind Me at a Location” and choose either your current location or enter the actual address. Unless you know your bank’s address, you pretty much don’t have a choice but to open Safari, lookup the info online, and copy & paste it back into the app. Needless to say, this is rather time consuming. Thankfully, there are easier ways to accomplish this, particularly with the help of the recently updated Localscope app for the iPhone.
Blueprint 3D (TMA Review), a highly unique puzzle game for iOS has been updated to 2.0, where players now are able to snap pictures of real life objects and create their very own 3D puzzles. For those not familiar with the game (its rotation-based gameplay is similar to Zen Bound 2), players have to rotate unknown “exploded” objects every which way in an attempt to fully reveal them before time is up.
The MacHeist 4 Bundle is here folks and it’s one of the best I’ve seen in recent memory. For just $29, you’ll get 15 Mac apps, which include Bejeweled 3, Scrivener (a great tool for writers), DiskTools Pro, Jurassic Park and Sam & Max from Telltale Games, and more. The deal even includes a 1 year + 3 months of the Premium upgrade to Evernote, a fantastic note collecting app that I simply can’t go without (I use it to store everything from receipts and memos, to reminders for where I store things and research material I find on the web). Personally, this alone is worth the $29 price tag. The 3 apps that will be unlocked when 25K bundles have been sold are: Firetask, BioShock 2 and Painter Lite. And 25% of the each purchase goes to 1 of 10 charities of your choice.
If you’ve got a Mac, don’t miss out on this awesome bundle. Just don’t procrastinate though; you’ll have 8 more days to score loads of great apps for a fraction of the total cost. Check out the video promo after the break.
The Gamebook Adventures are among some of the more underrated gaming experiences on iOS in my opinion. The choose-your-own adventure style of play, great writing, and Tin Man Games’ excellent gamebook engine have helped make each installment a satisfying one. And the latest entry into Tin Man’s growing catalog is none other than the all new Fighting Fantasy: Blood of the Zombies, written by the legendary Ian Livingstone himself. This comes 30 years after he and Steve Jackson co-authored the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.
“Insane megalomaniac Gingrich Yurr is preparing to unleash an army of monstrous zombies upon the world. He must be stopped and his undead horde defeated. In this life-or-death adventure the decisions YOU make will decide the fate of the world. Can YOU survive or will YOU become a zombie too?”
Splashtop has consistently been one of the most popular remote access and desktop control apps for iOS, and iPhone and iPod Touch users will benefit even more now with the release of Splashtop 2. Version 2.0 was first made available for the iPad ($6.99) several months ago, now with improvements in speed, reliability, security and support for Retina Display hitting the iPhone. So why would you want to use such an app? Well for starters, remote access apps like Splashtop allow you to control your desktop/laptop right from the comforts of your iDevices. So even if you’re away from your computer, you can still work on that Word document, or even watch videos that are located on your hard drive.
Carmageddon, the classic vehicular combat video game that was released in the late 90′s, is now available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Inspired by the cult movie Death Race 2000, Carmageddon pretty much makes all other (action) racers pale in comparison. It was at one point even banned in a number of countries due to its violent nature.
Carmageddon is the original freeform driving sensation, where pedestrians (and cows!) equal points, and your opponents are a bunch of crazies in a twisted mix of automotive killing machines. The game features anarchic drive-wherever-you-like gameplay and over-the-top surreal comedy violence. It’s the racing game where racing is for wimps.
Apple has announced via press invites that a special event will be held on Oct 23rd in San Jose, with the tagline “We’ve got a little more to show you”. The ‘little’ presumably alludes to the long speculated iPad Mini, a more portable iPad that has been rumoured to have a 7.85″ (non-retina) display, a thinner body, a rear facing camera and the new lightning port. With a host of other 7″ tablets flooding the market – most notably the Nexus 7 – it is expected that the iPad Mini’s price point will be an attractive one, possibly in the $249-299 range for a 16GB model. Here are several mockups of what it could look like next to an iPad 2/3.