The adorable Moomins have been a part of people’s childhoods from back in 1945, when they were created by Swedish-speaking Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. Since then they have featured in many books, comic strips and, eventually, television shows, films, and even a Moomin World theme park in Finland.
One thing missing from that list has been a Moomins video game, but Pocket Gamer reports that omission is about to be rectified with the release of iOS and Android game Moomin Quest: The Lost Winter from Odd Comet Games, which is due for release sometime between September and October this year.
The free-to-play game features Moomin and his friends, who set out on an adventure to find the Lady of the Cold to discover why winter has disappeared. Not much is known about gameplay as yet, but it seems to involve tapping fast-moving tiles if the trailer is anything to go by! The character art and settings all look lovely, so this should be a real treat for fans of the Moomins.
Source: Moomin Quest: The Lost Winter is coming to iOS and Android sometime in the next few months
Bandai Namco has announced that the first ever mobile game in the Ultimate Ninja Series, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing, will be coming to iOS and other mobile platforms sometime this summer. You can pre-register for the game from today here: 「NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Blazing」 Pre-registration campaign｜BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
As a bonus, if 25,000 users pre-register for the game during the pre-registration period, then all players will receive five Ninja Pearls as a gift when they download the game on its release this summer. Further goals can then be unlocked, with all users having the chance of more bonus gifts once the number of pre-registered users is reached.
The game sees players participating in epic turn-based battles to complete missions, and getting the chance to choose from a huge case of fan-favourite characters from the Naruto universe, each with their own unique attacks and skills.
In the game’s story mode, players can use powerful combos, close-ranged attacks, and amazing feats of Ninjutsu during battle. The story mode is faithful to the original anime series, and can be played in either multiplayer or single-player modes.
A Phantom Castle leaderboard event will take place every month, where skilled ninjas can take on the best players around.
Source: Bandai Namco
Variety reports that fans of the Netflix series Narcos will soon be able to run their own international drug cartel via a mobile game based on the show, which centres around the hunt for Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug kingpin.
The free-to-play game, entitled “Narcos: Cartel Wars,” is currently being developed by the producers of the Netflix show, Gaumont Television, along with game publisher FTX Games, and is due to launch this September.
The timing of the release is specifically to tie in with the September 2 debut of Season 2 of the show on Netflix, which features Brazilian actor Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar.
In Narcos: Cartel Wars, the player takes on the role of a fledgling cartel lieutenant who is guided by the characters from the Netflix show. As you build up your cartel, you must choose between going for raw power, earning respect through loyalty, or a little bit of both. You’ll also have to form alliances with other players in order to create new cartels and wage war to gain more territory, riches, and respect.
Source: ‘Narcos’ Mobile Game Based on Netflix Show Will Let You Run Your Own Drug Cartel (EXCLUSIVE)
Apple’s Q3 figures were better than expected, reports AppleInsider. The company posted $42.4 billion in revenue, and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion.
It was iPhone sales that helped Apple to achieve a higher result than expected, with Apple shipping 40.4 million units in total in the June quarter, which was a better result than the $42.2 billion in revenue and 40 million iPhones sold predicted by Wall Street.
Despite this slight increase, June quarter sales were down from 47.5 million iPhones one year ago, representing a decrease of 15%. Revenue was down from the year ago amount of $49.6 billion.
As far as iPad sales were concerned, the higher average selling price of the iPad Pro meant that Apple still enjoyed a 9% increase in revenue, despite seeing a 7% decrease in total sales, with just under 10 million units sold in Q3.
If you’re looking for a game that’s a little more relaxing and chilled out than Pokémon Go, then Blyss, from developers Dropout Games, could be the very thing you need.
Released tomorrow, Wednesday July 27, Touch Arcade reports that the game is a simpler puzzler with calming music and visuals designed to help you achieve peace of mind.
You play the game by swiping white blocks with dots on them in order to eliminate them and clear the puzzle, all set against a calming backdrop.
Dropout Games promises lots of different game modes, as well as visual themes that come complete with their own soundtrack. It certainly seems as if Blyss hits that sweet spot of a game that is involved enough to keep you guessing, and requires a certain degree of strategic thinking, yet also has a calming vibe that can help you to relax.
Blyss can be downloaded from tomorrow, for $1.99, with no in-app purchases whatsoever.
Source: Beautiful Puzzle Title 'Blyss' Launches on the App Store Tomorrow
The US National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it no longer considers text messages as secure enough when used as part of a two-factor identification method (2FA).
Currently, when you opt to use 2FA on your iPhone or iPad, you can choose to have a code sent to you via SMS. That is set to no longer be the case, however, as NIST is soon to bar its use.
9to5 Mac notes that while NIST’s guidelines are not enforceable by law, most companies do usually choose to obey their rulings, so that could mean that Apple will soon drop SMS authentication from its list of options for 2FA, which currently include a phone call to a trusted number, a code sent by SMS to a trusted number, or a code sent to a trusted device such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Mac.
Source: Apple & others may soon be barred from using SMS for two-factor authentication
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