This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: CastleStorm – Free to Siege

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Once a genre starts to get a little worn out, the best way to rejuvenate things is to mash it up. That is, why not mix a bit of rhythm tapping with a platformer? Or, how about throwing some battle card action into a fighting game? The world is all wonky with all these mixed up, mashed up game genres. Isn’t it delightful? Read More »

PadGadget’s iPad Tips: Best Practices for Battery Life Conservation

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My mom called me one day, frantically asking for help with her iPad, which had just up and died on her. She couldn’t get it to turn on. It was working fine when she left the house to spend the day at the lake, but when she tried to turn it on at the end of the day, nothing happened. “Did you take it with you to the lake?” I asked. “Yes, but I left it in the car, so it didn’t get wet or anything,” she responded. My mom lives in Arizona where a cool day is about 95 degrees. That meant her car was probably well over 100 degrees, which is the perfect condition to drain a battery to its last spark of energy.

My mom protested. She had just charged her iPad before leaving the house, so the battery was full. I encouraged her to plug it in to charge it and leave it alone for about 10 minutes. Of course, the next phone call was to thank me for “fixing” her iPad. I love my mom.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 9 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 9 iPad Apps on Sale

For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 9 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 4 productivity / entertainment apps and 5 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 86% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

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The Walking Dead: Season Two’s Third Episode ‘In Harm’s Way’ Coming Next Week

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The popular hit The Walking Dead: The Game from Telltale Games has been on track, providing new episodes in the second season on a regular basis. The first episode, “All That Remains,” launched in mid December of last year. Episode two, “A House Divided,” made it to iOS in early March. Now, only two months later and we are about to find out what happens to little Clementine in the next installment of the zombie apocalypse series. Telltale Games has just announced that episode three, titled “In Harm’s Way,” will be available for download on iOS this Thursday, May 15.

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NamcoBandai Launches Battle Card Version of SoulCalibur Franchise

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At the turn of the century, Namco launched a combat game that rocked the console gaming world. SoulCalibur brought the eight-way run to the fight. The game was a huge hit and has been ported numerous times to multiple platforms, including iOS. This week, NamcoBandai launched a new and completely different version of the game that will upset fans of the original, but might bring new gamers into the fold.

My emotions are split on the card battle game Soulcalibur Unbreakable Soul. On the one hand, this is not even remotely close to fitting in with the man-to-man fighting franchise that has existed for nearly 15 years. On the other hand, I love card battle games, so of course I’m drawn to the mechanics.

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Flurry Publishes Tablet Report Four Years in the Making

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Flurry Analytics began studying the iPad right out of the gate. The company quickly began analyzing activities performed by tablet users and by the end of the first year had determined that they would become a powerhouse of media consumption. Four years later, tablets have also turned the PC world upside-down and even begun leaking into the living room with replacement streaming, or at least second-screen companion apps.

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PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Brogue

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Roguelike games are hitting big in the App Store right now, and more the better in my opinion. I love hacking my way through dungeon after dungeon, picking up loot and searching for hidden passageways. That moment when you are just about to die and loose all of your stuff, but manage to kill the monster and swill a healing potion just in the nick of time is the most exciting moment in a game.

Brogue is a roguelike game that really takes things back to yesteryear. It was developed using ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange), which basically means the characters, monsters, and rooms are represented by letters and symbols. While the rest of the game-making world has moved onto the most advanced graphics possible, this little ditty takes its cues directly from the original game that spawned the genre, “Rogue.”

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Apple Reportedly in Talks to Buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 Billion – Buy Why?

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I have been struggling with the rumors that Apple is going to buy Beats Electronics. I have never bought a set of Beats headphones because they represent everything I hate about companies that rely on a brand so they can grossly overcharge for a mediocre product. The truth is, however, that I recently used a pair of their headphones and they are actually pretty good and Beats Electronics has also proven that they can play the streaming game with their recently released music service. Maybe this rumored deal makes more sense than I originally thought.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 10 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 10 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 10 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 4 productivity / entertainment apps and 6 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 90% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Check out all the sale apps after the break »

SEGA Brings Popular Coin-Dozer ‘Game Dragon’ Coins to iPad and iPhone

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When I was a kid, I loved playing those quarter pushing games in arcades. There would sit, this huge pile of quarters with at least 40 of them resting precariously on the edge of the platform. I just knew I could get all of them to fall if my quarter would land just right before being pushed toward the pile, which it never did. The fun of coin dozer games can be relived in digital form with SEGA’s hit game Coin Dragon. For the first time ever, the game is now available on the iPad and iPhone.

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