iPad Games (and Apps) Catch All

Jeff-66 wrote:

What can you do in GarageBand if you don't play a musical instrument? Are there still other fun things you can do with it?

I have zero musical ability, and I composed a nice little ditty of a song last night. I'm still trying to figure out all the menus, but hooking a guitar up to it is only one part of about 10 (and lots of sub parts) of how you can create music with it.

Thanks Sheared. I just got the ipad from Fedex, and I'm setting it up now. For $5, I'll add Garageband, it sounds fun.

Think I'm going to grab Civ Rev too.

edit: a lot of the feedback comments on itunes say Civ Rev is buggy and crashes a lot. Can anyone confirm or deny? Have updates made it stable?

I know I mentioned it before, but Civ Rev is a must buy. It is easily the most played game on my iPad, and I've never had a crash. I start a game every Sunday, and I've finished by the following Sunday playing in two or three turn bursts every time. It's addicting and fun to no end. It's actually helped me quit smoking because instead of taking a smoke break at work, I take a Civ Rev break. If you like Civ at all, buy it and enjoy. Do remember though, that it is Civ Rev and not nearly as full featured as it's desktop big brother. If you're at all hesitant, don't be afraid to try the lite iPhone version (there is no lite version for iPad). Even with the 2x app scaling it looks good, and the full iPad version is significantly better.

Jeff-66 wrote:

Thanks Sheared. I just got the ipad from Fedex, and I'm setting it up now. For $5, I'll add Garageband, it sounds fun.

Think I'm going to grab Civ Rev too.

edit: a lot of the feedback comments on itunes say Civ Rev is buggy and crashes a lot. Can anyone confirm or deny? Have updates made it stable?

I never had crash problems, but I've seen the same reports. I put an ungodly amount of time into it when I was running iOS 3.x. I can't comment on its 4.x stability.

I just loaded it again to try it out for you, and it starts up and plays fine for me. I'm afraid to play more than a couple turns tho, or I'll never put it down.

I'd say that if you're tempted, buy it. One of the best games I've played on the device, and that's saying a lot considering my app store addiction.

Some fine enabling there. It's purchased and installed.

Civ Rev is incredible, but is it crazy of me to want Civ IV?

Settlers hd is 99 cents. The cheapest that I have seen it.

I am now tagging this thread, for when I inevitably crack and buy one.

I just boght one and have read the last few pages. So much goodness to get through.

I finally messed around with Garage Band last night. Wow, that is one cool app! I am amazed it's only $5.

What are some good sites for finding ipad apps/games on sale? I paid the $12.99 for Civ Rev, and I'm sure it's worth that, but when I told a friend of mine, he says "oh really, I got that for 99 cents on sale one day" ... doh!

Speaking of that, I got Dungeon Hunter 1 and 2, and The Settlers HD all for 99 cents yesterday.

DSGamer wrote:

Civ Rev is incredible, but is it crazy of me to want Civ IV?

Not at all. I was hoping they'd release a version of Civ V with the strategic map view for the iPad. I'd have paid $20 for it.

Jeff-66 wrote:

I finally messed around with Garage Band last night. Wow, that is one cool app! I am amazed it's only $5.

What are some good sites for finding ipad apps/games on sale? I paid the $12.99 for Civ Rev, and I'm sure it's worth that, but when I told a friend of mine, he says "oh really, I got that for 99 cents on sale one day" ... doh!

Speaking of that, I got Dungeon Hunter 1 and 2, and The Settlers HD all for 99 cents yesterday.

I have not seen civ rev for the iPad at $.99. I have only seen the iPhone version go that low. Touch arcade and the app shopper app are good sources for sale info. I check them every few days. App shopper is really nice. My default filter is games and price changes.

Jeff-66 wrote:

I finally messed around with Garage Band last night. Wow, that is one cool app! I am amazed it's only $5.

What are some good sites for finding ipad apps/games on sale? I paid the $12.99 for Civ Rev, and I'm sure it's worth that, but when I told a friend of mine, he says "oh really, I got that for 99 cents on sale one day" ... doh!

Speaking of that, I got Dungeon Hunter 1 and 2, and The Settlers HD all for 99 cents yesterday.

Your friend's confusing the iPad and iPhone versions. Many people have mentioned my favorite site for tracking sales, Appshopper, where you can create a wishlist, get email alerts, and even install their app and get alerts right on your device.

Their sister site, TouchArcade, hosts the defacto forums used by a lot of developers to chat with customers, hand out promo codes, and announce sales. There's a 'sales and price drops' sub-forum you can check out for news. I often read the catch-all threads over there before pulling the trigger on something over my impulse buy level (which these days is $.99). A lot of my own recommendations here are the direct result of catching something on those forums.

A great tip for newcomers is that you can use Appshopper to check out the sale history for something you're thinking about buying. Every app has the entire price change history listed on their page. This is exactly why I never bough Tower Madness HD, which is a great TD game with a history of deep discounts. This week, it was free yet again.

Look at Civ Rev for iPad, which has never had a sale according to the site, which matches my own memory.

On the other hand, Civ Rev on the iPhone has had many sales, including goning all the way to free at one point.

Thanks very much for the links and the info guys. I feel better about Civ Rev now

Going to bookmark Appshopper and TouchArcade.

Jeff-66 wrote:

Thanks very much for the links and the info guys. I feel better about Civ Rev now

Going to bookmark Appshopper and TouchArcade.

Yeah. That game is incredible. I much prefer it to standard Civ personally. It would be cool to play mainline Civ (probably IV) to see where things stood, but for me Civ Rev rebooted things back to where they were in the Civ 1 and Civ 2 days. It's the game I've played most on the iOS outside of Game Dev Story.

Couple of questions:

1. DSGamer, do you think Game Dev Story would look & play ok on an ipad, since it's natively for iphone?

2. What's the difference between Angry Birds HD, and Angry Birds HD Free? Is it just the ads? or does the paid version add levels, functionality, etc?

Jeff-66 wrote:

Couple of questions:

1. DSGamer, do you think Game Dev Story would look & play ok on an ipad, since it's natively for iphone?

2. What's the difference between Angry Birds HD, and Angry Birds HD Free? Is it just the ads? or does the paid version add levels, functionality, etc?

1. I played Game Dev Story exclusively on my iPad. It scales so well at 2x that I completely forgot about it being native to the iPhone. I was surprised it wasn't universal when I reinstalled it last week.

2. The free version of Angry Birds HD has less content than the paid version, but it's also different content entirely. They made new levels for it when it was released. I know a few people who have installed the free version even though they have the paid version just to go through the levels.

Thanks for the info, Mateo. I'm loading up my new ipad with all kinds of goodies

My iPad 2 shipped today, and I should have it Thursday, which is awesome. Of course, now I don't want to start playing any games, because I won't be able to sync my saves.

I did one of my Game Dev Story playthroughs on the iPad as well and I really appreciated the increased font sizes.

DSGamer wrote:

I did one of my Game Dev Story playthroughs on the iPad as well and I really appreciated the increased font sizes.

Yep, I tried it last night, and was pleasantly surprised once I hit the '2x' button. It scales beautifully to ipad size.

I found several more gems last night that I just love. My non-game must-haves so far include:

* Inspire Pro - Paint, Draw, Sketch: an incredibly cool painting/drawing app.
* Penultimate - handwriting/note-taking
* Garage Band (!)
* AppAdvice
* AppShopper
* Dropbox
* Comic Zeal (if you're into comics)
* GoodReader
* Google Earth
* IMDB
* Flixster/RottenTomatoes
* Pandora
* Netflix
* imo instant messaging
* Wikipanion

This is my first ipad, and man, so much awesome packed into this thing.

So, if I'm using ComiXology apps, is there a reason to have Comic Zeal as well?

Eight bucks seems like a lot.

TheCounselor wrote:

So, if I'm using ComiXology apps, is there a reason to have Comic Zeal as well?

Eight bucks seems like a lot.

I don't know if ComiXology does this or not but ComicZeal allows you to import and read any of your own comics you already have in a .cbr, .cbz, .pdf format.

So yeah it depends on your moral standing on copyright infringement although there are legal means to obtain some as well. I've been reading comics for the last 3.5 years and probably own oh I'd say I'm closing in on 4,000 if you include the single issues that make up trades so using other means to go back and read comics from 15 years ago while I know isn't right I've been able to live with myself for doing so. I also "backup" a digital copy of all my actual issues and trades and hardcovers.

Say what you will about it but I started by downloading some comics back in 2007 and now have dropped thousands and thousands of dollars on the real things. I'm sure the industry has lost far more money from scans than it has gained from people like me but there you have it and that's pretty much what comiczeal is for.

NauticaLNaughT wrote:
TheCounselor wrote:

So, if I'm using ComiXology apps, is there a reason to have Comic Zeal as well?

Eight bucks seems like a lot.

I don't know if ComiXology does this or not but ComicZeal allows you to import and read any of your own comics you already have in a .cbr, .cbz, .pdf format.

CloudReader does this as well and it's free. A bit stripped down, but I prefer it that way.

I greatly prefer Comiczeal. I operate the same way as NauticaLNaughT, and only get scans of stuff that I have bought. I love reading comics on the iPad.

Can anyone recommend a poker game with good AI? I'm not interested in playing against people I can't see, or for real money.

Ahhh....OK. Seeing as how I don't have any digital comics, other than those I bought on the iPad, I guess ComicZeal isn't for me.

Thanks, guys.

Supremacy Wars HD is free right now. It's a stylish Galcon clone you might have some fun with.

mateofalcone wrote:

Supremacy Wars HD is free right now. It's a stylish Galcon clone you might have some fun with.

It's definitely fun. The mana pool and spellcasting make it even more interesting.

Another I highly recommend is Cleopatra's Pyramid HD, a really fun solitaire card game, also currently free.

Popcap Games On Sale This Weekend to Benefit Japan Relief Efforts

I'm going to cross-post this between here and the Ipad thread:

from VideoGameWriters.com:

PopCap Games, the well-known casual developer behind such mega-hits as Plants vs. Zombies and Peggle, are hosting a sale this weekend on the iTunes App store, discounting their entire collection of games for both the iPhone and iPad, and donating all proceeds to Japan Earthquake Relief.

The 48 hour sale includes (but isn’t limited to) Bejeweled, Bookworm, Chuzzle, Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies. Each iPhone version will be reduced to $.99cents and iPad versions reduced to $1.99. The event begins Saturday, March 19 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and concludes Sunday, March 20 at midnight PDT.

PopCap actually opened an office in Tokyo recently, and while their employees are safe, obviously the devastation has affected countless others in the area. PopCap will be working with the Red Cross to ensure that all proceeds are funneled quickly and carefully to providing food, shelter and medical attention to victims of the crisis.

CNN is reporting that the total donation amount is lagging far behind in comparison to recent disaster relief efforts like Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake. We’d like to urge our readers to to pick up a PopCap game or two for their iDevice during the sale, or gift one to a friend.

I don't know what Chuzzle is, but I think I'm going to buy it. (I have all the others.)