‘If Found...’ Game Arrives in the App Store for $5

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The newest game from Annapurna Interactive is called If Found…, and the teaser trailer can be seen here. It tells the story of a trans woman’s exploration of family, friendship, isolation, and connection. “Players read through and erase the diary of Kasio, a young woman returning to her family home on Achill Island in the West of Ireland. Players will relive her experiences and see the moments both happy and painful that make up the month of December 1993. Everything leads to the night of December 31st when a black hole will destroy the entire world. Where did it come from? Is there any way to stop it? The answers are here, waiting to be discovered.”

App Store Link: US$4.99

Steam Link: US$12.99

‘If Found…’ Game Arrives in the App Store for $5

Ubisoft Sues Apple Over ‘Rainbow Six: Siege’ Copyright

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Ubisoft is suing Apple and Google over a Chinese game it calls “a near carbon copy” of its game Rainbow Six: Siege.’

It says it has raised the issue with both Apple and Google, which both take a cut of sales on their respective app stores.

“But rather than take any measures to stop or curtail the infringement… Google and Apple instead decided that it would be more profitable to collect their revenue share from AF2 and continue their unlawful distribution,” Ubisoft says in its court filing.

Do they expect the App Store review team to be able to spot copyright  infringement related to a company that is definitely not their own company, Apple?

Crusader Kings III Release Date on Macs Set for September 1

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Paradox Development Studio announced the Crusader Kings III release date today. It comes to Mac, Linux, and Windows on September 1.

The new title focuses more on your ruling family’s personality, complete with character lifestyles and traits (acting against them can lead to stress or even breakdowns), earning Renown to boost your reputation and inducing Dread to keep people in line. Dynasties can split into individual houses, blackmail is an option, skilled fighters can become knights, and you can set Tenets and Doctrines for religions that deviate from the original.

This Coral Game Helps You Train NASA Supercomputer ‘Pleiades’

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NASA recently launched a game for iOS called NeMO-NET. In the game, players set forth with their ship Nautilus to scan the ocean floor. You identify and classify different types of corals, earn badges for completing missions, and watch educational videos about sea life. The data from the game is used to train NASA’s supercomputer called Pleiades, located at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. The goal is for Pleiades to recognize corals from various scientific instruments so that the agency can map corals across the world. App Store: Free

This Coral Game Helps You Train NASA Supercomputer ‘Pleiades’

App Sale: Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey Both Free

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The developer behind two games, Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey, has made them both free.

Alto’s AdventureJoin Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins.

Alto’s OdysseyJoin Alto and his friends and set off on an endless sandboarding journey to discover its secrets. Soar above windswept dunes, traverse thrilling canyons, and explore long-hidden temples in a fantastical place far from home.

App Sale: Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey Both Free

5 Games to Play When You’re Stuck at Home

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Whether you’re sheltering-in-place or just want to find a new game to play, we’ve rounded up five games to consider as your next purchase.

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection Arrives June 5

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Electronic Arts is releasing a Command & Conquer remastered collection on June 5. It features Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert along with their three expansion packs: Covert Ops, Counterstrike, and The Aftermath. They provide a reveal trailer on YouTube. The graphics are in a higher resolution to match modern device screens, up to 4K resolution. Some aspect of gameplay has been changed, but it’s otherwise faithful to the original games. I remember playing Red Alert and liked it, so I look forward to the remastered version It will be available for PC via Steam and Origin.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that it would be released for PC and Mac. It will be available only for Windows.

Atari’s Missile Command Heads to iOS This Spring

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2020 is the 40th anniversary of Missile Command and Atari is bringing it to iOS sometime this spring.

Missile Command: Recharged maintains the same perspective of the original game, in which missile silos battle incoming rockets to protect civilian structures. Recharged uses a neon-colored visual design, a la classic arcade game re-imaginings like Pac Man Championship Edition and Space Invaders Extreme. Gameplay has been remixed, with power-ups, an upgrade system, and an augmented reality mode that projects gameplay onto a “virtual arcade cabinet.”

Stardew Valley 1.4 Update Finally Available for iOS

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Long awaited by mobile gamers, the huge Stardew Valley 1.4 update is finally available for iOS and iPadOS. There are new 14 heart events for every spouse, a new late-game building upgrade in town, Fish Ponds for farming, over 60 new items, 24 hairstyles, 181 shirts, and other new clothing items, or create your own clothes with the Tailoring skill, sheds can be upgraded, 14 new music tracks, transfer save files on PC to mobile, and various Quality of Life improvements.

Stardew Valley 1.4 Update Finally Available for iOS

iOS Game Florence Coming to Other Platforms February 13

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

iOS game Florence by Annapurna Interactive is coming to other platforms on February 13. Nintendo Switch, PC and Mac via Steam and GOG, and the Mac App Store are the platforms to be included. The game will be US$5.99. Florence was awarded for an Apple Design Award and a BAFTA for Best Mobile Game. The game tells the story of a young woman’s journey through both the spectacular and bleak moments of her very first love. You can watch the trailer below and check out the game on the App Store for US$2.99.

New Apple Arcade Ad ‘A New World to Play In’

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Apple uploaded a new video ad for Apple Arcade on YouTube. Set to “Welcome to My World” by Dean Martin, it’s a fun video that highlights the universal nature of the gaming service: Play on any (Apple) device, at any time, in any place, and at your own pace. Here are the games shown in the video:

[0:05] Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, by Cornfox and Bros. [0:13] Skate City, by Snowman [0:20] Little Orpheus, by Sumo Digital [0:29] WHAT THE GOLF, by Fun Plus | Triband [0:35] LEGO Brawls, by LEGO | Red Games Co. [0:45] Shinsekai: Into the Depths, by Capcom [0:50] Ultimate Rivals™: The Rink, by Bit Fry Game Studios, Inc.

Apple Arcade: Outlanders is a Fun Survival Game

· Andrew Orr · Quick Look Review

Andrew decided to re-subscribe to Apple Arcade and found a survival game called Outlanders, with different levels and missions.

Command the ‘Undead Horde’ as a Necromancer

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In most games and other depictions, necromancers are usually the bad guys. But in Undead Horde you get to play as one. Come to think of it, that could still make it the bad guy. Your enemy is the paladin Benevictor, who defeated you and imprisoned you in a cage. But thanks to an unlikely hero you have escaped. Slay the living, then reanimate them as your own soldiers. Upgrade your character with an endless number of weapons, armor, and magical items, and sell and trade your loot for more gear. And the best part about Undead Horde is that it’s one of those “old-fashioned” games without in-app microtransactions. No coins, gold, gems, etc. Just one purchase and you get to play. App Store: US$5.99

Command the ‘Undead Horde’ as a Necromancer

5 of My Favorite Apps and Games of 2019

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Andrew compiled a list of his favorite apps and games he used in 2019: Stardew Valley, Chronicle, Paprika 3, Jumbo, and Lockdown.