An anticipated sequel, Epoch 2 ($3) from Uppercut Games offers more Terminator apocalypse-inspired robot battles. The third-person shooter will likely appeal mostly to fans of the first Epoch, but it may not expand the audience much more than that. New weapons and features have been added, most notably including moving backgrounds and varied types of simultaneous attackers to fight against, all within an Unreal Engine 3-generated environment. But the gameplay remains relatively shallow and repetitive.
Apple has finally updated its free Find My Friends app for iOS 7 with version 3.0. The new design is more iOS 7-esque, of course, losing the skeuomorphic leather stitching, and switching to a lighter, orange-accented design. Friends are now seen on the map in tiny picture circles, as opposed to just dots, and the prior version’s font excesses are gone.
Gameloft has released GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience (free), another markedly improved sequel to a prior game. A freemium racing game, GT Racing 2 features 67 licensed cars from more than 30 manufacturers. It’s very impressive graphically, and despite being a freemium game, we haven’t been forced to shell out any cash thus far to keep playing through the tracks. That said, if you want to access most of the cars, you’ll either have to pay up or play a lot. Those interested in simulation racing games in the Gran Turismo-style should give it a try.
Southwest Airlines (free) has updated its app to version 2.0.0. The app is completely redesigned for quicker navigation. Airport information content pages are now available, users who aren’t logged in can view reservations, and Rapid Rewards customers can see the points they’ve earned while purchasing. But perhaps the most interesting aspect of the new app is the rollout of the mobile boarding pass feature — however the only city available to use the pass in the near future is Austin, TX. Southwest claims other cities will be added throughout 2014.
WordGirl Superhero Training ($2) from PBS Kids lets kids train to be WordGirl’s sidekick by way of various vocabulary games. Four mini games feature 30 levels each, starting out simply but ascending in difficulty across activities testing memory, word recognition, logic, and more, each very appropriate for kids 5 and up. Children should also enjoy the superhero avatar creator, which offers 48 pieces of gear to customize characters, and a superhero name generator that’s pretty fun to play with.