CHILLINGO CELEBRATES iPAD EUROPEAN LAUNCH
WITH NEW GAME AND UPDATES TO ITS POPULAR TITLES
Dominion HD App Debuts While Puzzler World XL and Ice Age Deluxe: Dawn of the Dinosaurs’ Apps Unveil New Game Features
San Francisco, CA and London, UK – May 28, 2010 – Leading downloadable game publisher, Chillingo, announced that in celebration of the iPad release in Europe, the company launched Dominion HD App, a tactical, risk-taking, world domination game. The company also revealed exciting new updates to its popular Puzzler World XL and Ice Age Deluxe: Dawn of Dinosaurs titles.
“We’re proud to have a total of 15 stellar titles and counting for the iPad,” said Johnny Coghlan, Chillingo’s Head of Publishing. “The international availability of the iPad enables us to introduce our games to an even wider audience who demand innovative, high-quality apps. We are confident that they will find exactly that throughout our new and existing game line-up.”
The following apps are available today and maximize the astonishing features of the iPad:
Dominion HD (Dot Matrix Interactive Design) – Conquer your enemies in this intense turn-based strategy game with one main goal: World Domination! Players will be familiar with its classic gameplay but thrilled to find modern twists. Local and online multiplayer options include rankings, asynchronous turns against competitors and the ability to have multiple games active at one time. $4.99
Ice Age Deluxe: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (20th Century Fox) – The Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs update is here! Experience the ingenious new world, Dinosaur Dusk, with 6 original levels comprised of new challenging puzzles! If you think you’re an expert, challenge yourself with these exciting new levels. $2.99
Puzzler World XL (Team 3 Games) – Delivering more than 1,000 premium, classic games for the iPad ranging from Hangman and Fitword to Link-A-Pix and Sudoku. The updated title brings brand new puzzles and a special UK version that features British-style crosswords and words from the British/English dictionary. $4.99
All of these apps are available from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore. Additional information and game trailers can be found at www.chillingo.com. Get up to date news from Chillingo by following twitter.com/Chillingo
Crystal is Chillingo’s premium social networking platform, offering complete customization, easy integration, Unity support, Facebook and Twitter integration, and a variety of game community features such as leaderboards, challenges and achievements. For more information about Crystal, please visit CrystalSDK.com.
Chillingo publishes innovative games and software for various platforms. Other hit iPhone and iPod touch titles include Angry Birds, Ravensword: The Fallen King, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Minigore, iDracula, Guerrilla Bob and Cash Cow. For more information about Chillingo please visit chillingo.com.
It’s April 30th, the day in which iPad 3G pre-orders start landing (and have been landing) on door steps all over the country and in Apple stores. It’s kinda like April 3rd all over again, there’s unboxing posts and videos that look an awful lot like the ones we saw earlier in the month. In fact, it’s really just another iPad landing day, err – wait… that’s exactly what it is.
The iPad 3G is essentially the same killer device that landed on the 3rd but with a couple of significant changes: the addition of 3G (a la AT&T) and an aGPS receiver for true GPS location services. Apple states that the 3G radio us unlocked to use with any 3G service, however the frequencies will only work with AT&T in the USA (sorry T-Mobile lovers – err, ATT haters).
The beauty of the 3G iPad is it’s ability to sign up for 3G data services right from the device. You can also cancel anytime, so there’s no locked-in, long contract to worry about. Don’t need 3G? no worries, cancel it. Going on a trip to Florida? Ok, just add the service back via the settings apps.
AT&T released some further details on how the 3G data plan works on the iPad. In essence, you’re in control (and that’s a good thing). There are two plans available, 250MB for $14.95 per month or Unlimited for $29.95 per month. On the lower plan (250MB), if you hit the limit before the month is over then you have the option of going without (until the 30 days is up) or you can either buy another 250MB block for $14.95 or convert to unlimited.
With both 3G plans you have access to AT&T’s 20,000+ WiFi hot spots at no additional cost.
Both plans will auto-renew at the end of the 30 day term, so if you don’t want it for next month then don’t forget to cancel before the anniversary date. However, here again lies the beauty of 3G on the iPad, you can cancel anytime, right from your device. No calls to AT&T, no long waits, no hassles.
Apple launched the iPad section of the App Store a while back and developers the world over have been submitting their iPad apps for weeks now. Nearly all iPhone apps will run on the iPad but with the higher resolution of the iPad’s screen the apps are either small res centered in the middle of the screen or are displayed ‘double-pixel’ which is also not ideal. So, developers have been adapting their apps to take advantage of the larger screen real estate and the new interface controls made available for iPad apps by Apple’s SDK. With these SDK improvements, apps and games are improving and getting better as developers make these necessary adjustments. So, while the iPad capable apps are growing every day there is one key difference between iPad apps and their iPhone counterparts that is becoming more and more apparent – iPad apps are setting a new price precedent.
Today, the top 20 apps for the iPhone average $2.54 while the top 20 apps for iPad average $7.14. In part, this average difference is due to the many higher featured iPad apps that are in the top 5, such as Pages, Numbers and Keynote (all $9.99 each) which are well worth their higher price tag. However, many apps that were very cheap on the iPhone have new, higher pricing on the iPad. While some of these apps have been improved with new features and functions and added value, hence making their higher price worth it, some of these iPad or “HD” apps are nothing but clones of their iPhone counterparts with little or few changes and adjusted only for the higher resolution screen. For example, Angry Birds, a 99 cent iPhone game is $4.99 for the iPad version. When we read the reviews on Angry Birds we see a lot of comments similar to this one: “This is the same app as the iPhone version, offering only native resolution at 5X the price.” by NSApplicationMain, and this comment: “Looked like a new version, just the same. Loved the original. Don’t buy if you own the original. Not Happy.” by Attyjones. Clear indications that some developers are taking advantage of the new gold rush that is now the iPad App Store.
However, not all apps are the same as their iPhone counterparts. For example, the very popular Plants vs. Zombies is $9.99 on the iPad which is more that 3X the iPhone version, but the game has a few more features and resolution making the game better all around. Some reviewers have stated: “This game is amazing, if you have an iPad you owe it to yourself to get this game…” by BigMandrew47, and: “The wonderful game for the iPhone is available for the iPad and works wonderfully. I love the addition of new features and the graphics are beautiful on the iPad screen…” by belmontatl. Yet, while PvZ is getting great reviews for their iPad version, there are some that are still not happy with the 3X price tag over the iPhone version: “I’m also not happy they felt the need to charge 3 times the price of the iPhone version and you don’t even get everything from the desktop version like zen garden etc…” wrote bugger2.
It’s not just these few games above but nearly all iPad specific games and apps are more expensive than their iPhone counterparts, regardless of added features or not. A few more examples: Minigore, a popular iPhone game which sells for 5 times the iPhone version price at $4.99 for the iPad version. Flight Control, another $0.99 app for iPhone is also $4.99 for iPad. Real Racing, probably the most popular iPhone racing game is $4.99 while the iPad version is $9.99. Lastly, Fieldrunners for iPhone is currently $2.99 while the iPad version is $7.99.
If you’re an avid iPhone app consumer (as we are here on AppChatter.com), one thing you may have noticed is the drive for app prices towards the $0.99 price point (or something close to it). Since the iPad App Store is new, and so is the device, it’s actually no wonder that there is a huge gold rush occurring for iPad apps. However, over time I’d expect iPad apps to drop in price as the novelty wears off and as more iPad apps hit the app store. As for now, if you’re the owner of a shiny new iPad, then you’re only options are to pay the higher app prices or wait for them to come down.
AC #6: iPad First Look
The iPad is here! Erik and Lou take a look at first impressions around the Net, as well as many of the apps available for its release. But iPhone users aren’t left in the dust—many of these apps are for the iPhone too!
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Since Steve Jobs introduced the iPad two months ago it has been the hot topic of bloggers and Apple addicts the world over. Nearly every tech blog or news agency has been writing about it, and writing about it, and… you get the picture. However, all of this news on a device that until today, has only been seen by a select few – namely those that attended the initial announcement and those close enough to Apple to have the privilege. However, today all across America, people have been getting their hands on their pre-ordered iPads or waiting in lines to buy one from their local Apple store or Best Buy. So, the following are a collection of iPad unboxing videos and photos that we put together.
iPad Unboxing Videos:
PCMag’s unboxing video and review:
CNet’s unboxing video and initial walkthrough with first impressions:
Another iPad unboxing video, from Thursday no less! (he got one early):
Jason O’Grady over and ZDNet has a nice collection of unboxing pics.
Engadget has a good post dedicated to unboxing and frenzy pics.
If you notice that AppChatter.com does not have an official unboxing video or post up. We’re making up for it by posting all of these videos from others however we don’t have one since our own Erik Blythe (AppChatter Podcast host) is holding out for the 3G model. The 3G model lands in consumers’ hands in about three more weeks.
If you received an iPad today and happened to create a video or picture series then post your links in the comments (only one link per comment accepted before it’s snagged by anti-spam).