June 2015

HomeHero Locks Down $23M For Its Home Care Marketplace

HomeHero, a Santa Monica-based startup that works to connect home care workers with the families that need them, announced today that it has raised $23 million. The sum includes a $20 million Series A round of capital, in addition to a previously undisclosed $3 million capital event. The funding was led by Graham Holdings. Read More …read more

ScoreBeyond, A Standardized Test Prep App, Raises $2.8M

ScoreBeyond, a service that helps students prepare for standardized tests like the SAT, said it has raised $2.8 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures. The ScoreBeyond app gives students a daily progress report of their skills as they prepare for the test, as well as daily exercises to improve their skills in certain subjects. Dogan has a background in product management for… Read More …read more

‘Fallout Shelter’ Gets New Special Dweller from ‘Fallout 4’, Android Version in Development

Yesterday, Bethesda mentioned that new content would be coming to Fallout Shelter [Free], their smash-hit game about building your own vault deep in the earth. They weren’t kidding, as today sees the first new content added to the game: you can unlock Preston Garvey of the Commonwealth Minutemen from lunchboxes with premium characters. Preston Garvey is a character from Fallout 4, and both he and his laser musket can be used in Fallout Shelter now. The words “the first Fallout 4 character available in Fallout Shelter” seemingly indicate that we can expect more Fallout 4 characters to come to the game at some point…

Plus, we’ve got word that an Android version is indeed in the works. A bunch of Android users were upset that the game didn’t launch on their platform, and they hopefully won’t have long to wait to play this for themselves. And it looks like they do have a team working on the game to bring more content to it in the future:

@hodapp they are working on it as we speak. Android version plus fixes and content. Stay tuned.

— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) June 30, 2015

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The Tasos Principle: Storytelling in Superhero Games and Comic Books

The superhero side of popular culture has expanded immensely in recent years, with video games increasingly becoming mainstream entertainment and superhero movies breaking box office records with each foray. Unsurprisingly, the different forms of superhero entertainment, be that comics, movies, or video games, increasingly become intertwined as Marvel and DC have realized that fusing their products to create a web of entertainment options helps increase their cultural reach. Marvel’s recent decision to create a new comic book based on the iOS and Android smash hit, Marvel Contest of Champions [Free], marks the first time in Marvel’s history that a story originating in a video game becomes the seed for a comic book. Marvel’s decision provides interesting insights on the way the different storytelling techniques of the two mediums might co-exist and how they might interact with each other, all to the benefit of readers and gamers.

If you haven’t had a chance to play the game, Marvel Contest of Champions is a simplified take on the fighting genre developed primarily to compete with DC’s Injustice: God Among Us [Free]. The game stars the Collector, the hoarder of the Marvel Universe who also appeared in Guardian’s of the Galaxy, …read more

Rami Ismail of Vlambeer on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Let’s kick off today’s TouchArcade Patreon update with some awesome news: We’re above 400 individual patrons supporting the site, and we’re just a few bucks shy of $6,000- Over half way to our goal in less than two weeks. You guys are amazing, and this level of grassroots support from our community is only motivating us to kick even more proverbial ass in the world of iOS gaming.

Yesterday we heard from Noah Bordner of Mika Mobile, who expanded on how our forum’s interest in Zombieville USA [$0.99] kicked off the rest of Mika Mobile’s titles. This post also had the side effect of mentioning Battleheart Legacy [$4.99], which reminded me I still have the game on my iPad …which I spent a silly amount of time playing last night.

Today, we’re hearing from Rami Ismail of Vlambeer. If you follow him on Twitter, you’ll see the insane amounts he travels to speak about video games at conferences which hilariously enough necessitates the web site http://IsRamiInTheNetherlands.com. He’s the developer and business guy behind Super Crate Box [$1.99], Ridiculous Fishing [$2.99] and more.

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Why You Can’t Play as a Woman in Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

In an interview with IGN, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Director Hiromasa Shikata said the story for the upcoming co-op 3DS game is the reason players cannot play as a female avatar.

Zelda: Tri Force Heroes tasks up-to-three players to work together fight monsters, solve puzzles, and gather materials to make outfits. The co-op concept bears some similarities to Monster Hunter, and to some degree MMOs, but Shikata explained outfits would have an additional benefit: They give you new abilities or enhance items and weapons.

“Goron garb allows you to go through lava, the Kokiri suit will allow you to shoot three arrows, “ he said. The different costumes can change the way players approach each stage and, according to Shikata, the element of matching your outfit to the stage you’re about to enter is a really unique feature of this game.

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