Welcome to iFanzine’s new Weekly News Roundup, where we take a quick look at the most interesting Apple and iOS gaming-related stories of the week. Today’s installment includes: allegations that Disney is spying on kids through its apps, the results of a study on how watching Game of Thrones affects people’s heart rates, a release date for one of the year’s most anticipated games, and more!
Simogo Are Ready for the ‘App-ocalypse’
Disney Allegedly Spying on Children Through Apps
Disney landed in legal hot water this week over allegations that the company might be violating privacy protection laws by collecting children’s personal information from its apps and sharing the data with advertisers without parental consent. Disney Crossy Road, Ducktales Remastered and Temple Run: Oz are among the 42 apps named in the law suit. You can see the full list at the link below.
‘Into the Dead 2’ Shuffles Onto the Australian App Store
💀 How far will you go? Find out: https://t.co/BRU5bJBume 💀 (Hint: make sure you have sound on! 🔊) pic.twitter.com/DK0x0D5F5y
— PikPok (@PikPokGames) July 26, 2017
Remember the mysterious upcoming game that PikPok began cryptically teasing a couple of weeks back? You know, the one everyone suspected might be a sequel to Into the Dead? Well, pat yourself on the back if that was your guess, because Into the Dead 2 just soft-launched on the Australian App Store. No word yet on when it’ll be available worldwide, but we’ll keep you posted.
‘Unlonely’ Is Officially Coming Soon!!!
Coming soon. #gamedev #lowpoly #indiegame #unlonely #comingsoon #iosgame pic.twitter.com/wuzELmpdYv
— Nik Mihaylov (@rinikulous) August 13, 2017
Unlonely finally has a release date! According to a new poster revealed by Rinikulous Games’ Nik Mihaylov on Twitter, the game will hit the App Store on or around September 20th. And if the poster’s tagline — “You will fail. A lot.” — is any indication, Unlonely’s going to be just as brilliantly and brutally challenging as its predecessor, Lonely Sun.
‘Game of Thrones’ Gets Viewer’s Hearts Racing
For the past few weeks, the makers of Apple Watch heart monitoring app Cardiogram have been analyzing and studying the effects that watching Game of Thrones has on their users. Interestingly, the study’s findings indicate that dramatic dialogue-driven scenes are much more likely to cause a spike in viewer’s heart rates than violence or action-heavy scenes.