Weekly App Store Roundup: February 15th



Real Racing 3 finally released, but earlier than expected

Firemonkey’s highly anticipated title Real Racing 3 has been released, despite its planned release date of February 28. While it is great that we can now get our hands on it, there is one other big piece of news even more significant than yesterday’s unexpected release. Real Racing 3 is free. To download the game, there is no involved price, paying for items comes via in-app purchases, something EA, owners of Firemonkeys, have put emphasis on in the recent past. This has caused a large amount of anger within the gaming community, with many worried that constant in-app purchases will hinder the overall experience.

The past two Real Racing titles have retailed for approximately $10, and are subject to reductions months after release. Firemonkeys have assured players that Real Racing 3 will be a game to behold, with 46 licensed vehicles and over 900 events.

Epic Games puts Infinity Blade Dungeons on hold.

dungeonsInfinity Blade Dungeons, the prequel to the hugely popular two game series, was announced in March last year, demoed on a third-gen iPad. The title was being worked on by Impossible Studios. However, the game has been put on hold, as Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney announced this afternoon that the studio will be closing.

We’re closing Impossible Studios.

When former members of Big Huge Games approached Epic last year, we saw the opportunity to help a great group of people while putting them to work on a project that needed a team. It was a bold initiative and the Impossible folks made a gallant effort, but ultimately it wasn’t working out for Epic.

This means that Infinity Blade: Dungeons is now on hold as we figure out the future of the project.

It is unclear as to what will happen to Infinity Blade Dungeons at this point, as Epic Games sorts out the closure of Impossible Studios.

Infinity Blade named this week’s editor’s choice, now free to download for the week

The original Infinity Blade has had its fair share of discounts over the past few years that it has been on the App Store, but this week, thanks to the App Store’s App of the Week, it is now completely free to download. If you have been resilient enough to not buy one of iOS’ best titles, now is the best time to finally find out what you’ve been missing out on.

Nathan’s Pick:

Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 5.29.29 PMMy pick for this week is Radium 3, a new radio application for Cat Pig Studios. The two previous versions of Radium for Mac have been extremely well made, and this trend continues in Radium 3. The application sits in the menu bar, and streams over 6,000 stations, both local and international. The interface allows for easy access to favourite stations, and the app is also AirPlay enabled, making streaming radio throughout the house extremely easy. Radium is currently half price on the Mac App Store, at $9.99.

Frank’s Pick:

It’s hard to think of any other app that came out this week that is better than Real Racing 3. Being the massive car fan that I am, Real Racing 3 is just about the best racing game on iOS for its realism, attention to detail and the fact that you can drive on real tracks wherever and whenever you have time to spare. The Melbourne street circuit that Firemonkeys designed themselves is great, mainly because I actually live in Melbourne and can easily recognise all the landmarks. On the downside, the new business model of making the game free and then offering in-app purchases does detract a little from the gaming experience, but in hindsight it actually does make the game live up to the name “Real Racing”, especially because you have to drive extra carefully to avoid having to pay for repairs.


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