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Apple is evolving its in-store shopping experience with signage and display fixtures that remove ambiguity and encourage increased hands-on interaction with products. New designs that have been spotted in multiple locations reflect the changing requirements of busy stores and appear to address common customer needs.

iPhone display tables in Apple Stores are traditionally arranged with rows of devices grouped by model. Specifications for each device like capacity, color, and upgrade options are presented through a Pricing app on each phone. Now, new signs placed on the face of each table group the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, offering a quick list of specifications and pricing to compare.

Pictured at San Francisco’s Union Square store, these signs keep basic information accessible at all times while trying a device and should reduce the workload of staff fielding questions from customers who are trying to understand the differences between each model. These signs do not appear to have rolled out to all stores at this time and are limited to the iPhone tables at Apple Union Square.

Apple Union Square

New Apple Watch merchandising has also been spotted. Tables have been redesigned to streamline the process of exploring and trying on watch bands. Most Apple Stores currently offer two watch display tables. The first features a sunken display cabinet with LED lighting and rows of watches inaccessible to customers under a glass panel. The second table features leather mats for trying on watch bands, floating inventory of popular or new band styles, and a raised collection stand with various watch models. Last fall, some locations replaced their original plastic displays with smaller wooden stands that also accommodate two trays for watch bands.

Apple Park Visitor Center — photos courtesy of Adam Gambrel

At Apple Park Visitor Center, the glass-topped cabinet has been replaced with two rows of nine Apple Watches on pedestals within reach of customers. Readers report that they were able to freely remove these watches from their stands to try on. Previous displays were glued down and intended for observation only, frustrating customers that frequently tried to remove them.

The collection stand has been replaced with new band trays that also house watch cases separated from their straps. This change removes the friction of swapping bands and should dramatically speed up the try on experience. These designs haven’t rolled out to every store, but have been spotted by customers at Apple Michigan Avenue as well. There’s no indication if all locations will receive the same displays.

Existing Apple Watch display fixtures found in most stores

Finally, new easels popping up at some stores across the U.S. and Canada clearly denote an Express Checkout zone to pay for accessories like iPhone cases, cables, and headphones. The signage provides an anchor for customers who are unsure of where to checkout or not aware of the scan and buy self-checkout feature of the Apple Store app. 

Apple Coquitlam Centre — photo courtesy of Dongjun Zhao

The new retail design language Apple began rolling out in 2023 brought visual simplicity by deemphasizing signage, logos, and extraneous store fixtures. While more aesthetically pleasing, some customers have found contemporary stores challenging to navigate. These new fixtures and signs show that Apple is willing to fine-tune the balance between appearance and function.

If you spot these changes or other new designs are your local store, we’d love to see your photos. Follow 9to5Mac’s retail guide for in-depth coverage of the latest Apple Store news.

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Design Changes And New Features

Our Verdict

With the same Material Design at the heart of Android M, it’s not a big OS update but the tweaks and new features are all welcome. Stay tuned for more on Android M as we approach the full launch.

At Google I/O 2023, the internet giant predictably gave us our first look at the next version of Android, its mobile operating system for smartphones and tablets.  Android 5.0 Lollipop updates are still rolling out but here’s a look at what Android M will bring in terms of new features. Here’s our  Android L vs Android M preview.

Note: Before we launch into the comparison, it’s worth noting that this is the Android M Developer Preview (which we’re runing on the  Nexus 6) so the new operating system is still very much a work in progress and will change by the time it launches properly. Therefore this article is something of a preview and we’ll update it when Android M is fully launched. See also: Android M vs iOS 9 comparison.

Android L vs Android M: Look and feel

We’re not going to go crazy with side-by-side screenshots of Android L and Android M here since Google has pretty much kept things the same. Lollipop was the version with something of an overhaul of the interface and Android M keeps the Material Design.

There are a few tweaks though such as a microphone icon at the bottom-left of the lockscreen instead of the phone (for the dialler) so you can quickly conduct a voice search or command. The app menu (or app draw) now displays vertically (as does the widgets drawer) with apps split into alphabetical groups – you can use the scroll bar at the side to quickly navigate to a particular letter. Plus there’s a new bar at the top which shows your four most recently used apps.

Smaller changes include two fields for memory management so you can see average and maximum amount of RAM an app has used. SD cards can also be formatted to appear as internal storage which will keep things nice and neat.

Unfortunately the Quick Settings can’t be rearranged as standard but there is a new addition in the form of do not disturb (DND). You can edit them with the device in Developer Mode switched on and the SystemUI Tuner also switched on.

Android L vs Android M: Android Pay

To compete with Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, Google has announced Android Pay for Android M. It will let you pay for things (at participating stores) with your phone without needing to open an app. It uses NFC and Google said it will be accepted at over 700,000 stores in the US soon – there’s no word on other markets.

You can choose which card to pay with across multiple devices and your card information won’t even be part of the transaction. Google said: “Instead we’ll use a virtual account number to represent your account information – providing you with an extra layer of security.”

Android L vs Android M: Fingerprint scanners

Fingerprint scanners are already around on various devices but Android M has native fingerprint support which enhances Android Pay by allowing users to confirm a purchase with their fingerprint. Your fingerprint can be also used to unlock devices and make purchases on Google Play.

“With new APIs in M, it’s easy for you to add fingerprint authorization to your app and have it work consistently across a range of devices and sensors,” said Google.

Android L vs Android M: App permissions

The permissions apps require in Android have always been something of a sore point, with many apps asking for way more than necessary and looking on the dodgy side. Well Android M is putting the control into the hands of the user.

Apps will request certain permissions at runtime so you can choose whether to grant it or not but you can also control the individual permissions for each app in the settings.

Android L vs Android M: Battery life

We always want better battery life and short of new battery technology software has a big part to play. In Android M, a feature called Doze will use sensors to detect when a device is not in use and put it into a deep sleep type mode. You’ll still receive important notifications and the like but it has the potential to double battery life which is what Google has seen running Android M on the Nexus 9.

Android L vs Android M: USB Type C

Although battery life should be better, you’ll need to charge your device eventually and Android M supports USB Type C which is reversible so you can’t plug it in the wrong way and could well be on the Nexus 5 2023. Even better is the fact it will charge your device quicker (three to five times) and you can use it to charge other devices if needs be.

Android L vs Android M: Now on tap

Google Now is helpful for all kinds of things within Android but it’s going to get better in Android M. Now on tap means you can press and hold the home button whenever you need help – Google Now will appear without you needing to navigate anywhere and will already know what you’re doing like trying to find the way to a restaurant.

Specs Android M: Specs

Compatible Android smartphones and Android tablets.

Apple Store Unions Could Represent An Opportunity For Apple, Not A Threat

We’ve been seeing growing interest in the formation of Apple Store unions by retail staff, frustrated by stagnant wages at a time of rising inflation, or other working conditions issues.

The prospect of unionization is one which often fills management with fear. This isn’t surprising given the confrontational nature of most management-union relationships. But there is a much more cooperative model out there, and Apple currently has a golden opportunity to adopt it …

The story so far

We first learned of retail staff plans to unionize back in February.

Groups at two stores are reportedly preparing paperwork to file with the National Labor Relations Board, with about six more locations at earlier stages of planning.

The Post says the main source of unrest is due to wages. Apple pays retail employees in the range of $20-$30 per hour, depending on role and seniority. However, the workers say these rates have not kept up with inflation. 

Inspired by recent successful union votes at more than 90 Starbucks stores, the report says that efforts to unionize have recently accelerated.

Things got real last month, with a formal start to the process at Apple’s flagship Grand Central Terminal store in New York, with a number of goals for a better deal for staff.

Along with seeking improved working conditions, more vacation time, and better retirement options, the group is looking to secure a minimum wage of $30/hour.

This was followed by similar moves in Atlanta and Maryland.

Apple’s initial response

Apple’s initial response appears to be a defensive one.

The Verge reports that Apple is working with San Francisco-based Littler Mendelson law firm to de-escalate the union fights. Littler Mendelson is also representing Starbucks in an effort to stop its partners from organizing a union. The firm previously helped McDonald’s in 2014 when workers were calling for $15 an hour wages […]

An anonymous Apple Store employee in New York told The Verge that the company has been spreading anti-union messaging during meetings. “There’s a lot of misinformation that’s been spread trying to scare the masses,” the employee said. “I think they’re panicking.”

As I say, that’s understandable – but there is a better option. Rather than fight unions, embrace them. This is a model which works extremely well in Germany, workers and management working in a cooperative way toward common goals. It is also found in a range of other countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Spain.

Various names are given to the model, with varying forms of legal recognition, but I’ll use the German model as an example.

The German model

In Germany, workers are free to form or join unions – but they also have the legal right to require their employer to create what’s known as a works council. Workers elect members of a council, who are then appointed members of the board of directors for the company. This generally works at a local level, rather than a corporate one.

The terms of a works council are designed to create a win-win. Councils agree not to call strikes (though unions remain free to do so), and management agrees to consult the council on decisions impacting workers. The two sides then attempt to agree solutions to any problems that arise, in a way that meets the needs of both company and its employees.

The model is a hugely successful one, and there’s no better demonstration of that than during the banking crisis and economic slump that began in 2008. Companies needed to cut costs, and normally this would have been achieved by laying off staff. However, at many large companies, works councils collectively agreed to scale back the hours of each worker – with a government fund making up some of the lost wages – instead of layoffs.

There have been many studies on the effectiveness of works councils, and they consistently show that employees achieve higher pay than through unions, and that companies achieve greater productivity from their workers. The model is a demonstrable a win-win.

Apple has a short window in which to act

So far, just a handful of stores have actively begun the unionization process – but there seems little doubt that this will cascade across the Apple Store network. If Apple leaves things too long, the default management-union model of confrontation and disruption is pretty much guaranteed to apply.

But if Apple acts now, it has a golden opportunity to create instead a cooperative model in which both sides win.

So my proposal for the memo would be along these lines:

I’d like to open by offering my continued thanks for your hard work during difficult times.

I understand that some of you have concerns you would like the company to address, and that you have not felt existing channels of communication have worked for you – or that you have been hesitant to raise issues. I also understand that some of you feel that a union might be a way to have your needs better understood by the company.

Let me make clear that I have no issue with any Apple employee forming or joining a union. Anyone who wishes to take this route is free to do so, without any implications for their future with Apple.

At the same time, I firmly believe that cooperation is always better than confrontation, so would like to propose an alternative. I have today asked Deidre O’Brien, our senior VP for Retail and People, to establish a Team Store initiative. Within each store, a group will be formed comprising the store manager, two other senior store employees, and three members of staff elected by you.

Team Store will be a forum for employees to raise any issues they would like management to address, whether this is something specific to your own store, or to the wider Apple Retail world. Management representatives will be tasked with listening to the issues you raise, and working with your elected representatives (and HR where appropriate) to seek solutions that work for both you and your store.

Deidre will be writing to you shortly with details of how to register your interest in Team Store, and how the election process will work.

9to5Mac’s Take

If Apple does this now, and takes it seriously enough to respond rapidly to staff concerns, I think there’s a real chance that most store staff would opt for this route instead of a union. But even if staff do choose to join a union (and many workers in German belong to both unions and works councils), this approach would ensure that confrontations with unions are minimized.

The result – as demonstrated by the German model – is that everybody wins. Apple gets a happier workforce, which inevitably shows in their interactions with customers. Staff get better working conditions than they would by unionizing.

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Apple Announces Iphone 12 Pro With Premium Design, New Pacific Blue Color, More

After months of rumors, Apple has officially announced the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 Pro measures in at 6.1-inches, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max features a 6.7-inch screen. Read on for everything you need to know.

iPhone 12 Pro details

Apple says the form factors of the larger iPhone 12 Pro devices are “nearly the same” than the smaller iPhone 11 Pro models they replace. The frame of the iPhone 12 Pro is made out of a durable stainless steel material. Four colors pacific blue, graphite, gold, and silver

Ultra wide, Wide, and telephoto lenses on the back. On the iPhone 12 Pro Max, there was even more room for new camera features, Joz says.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max also includes the Ultra Wide and Telephoto cameras for closer shots. Combined, this system offers 5x optical zoom range, Apple says. The Max sensor is 47% larger, 87% improvement for low light photography, new optical image stabilization system.

Apple ProRAW, a new feature for iPhone 12 Pro that provides iPhone computational photography benefits with the benefits of shooting in RAW.

New video features on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max:

10-bit HDR video recording

Record in Dolby Vision HDR

4K at 60 fps

iPhone 12 Pro also features a LiDAR Scanner on the back. Enables object and room scanning, AR features, and more. The LiDAR Scanner also contributes to low-light auto focus and improving capture time.

iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max for $1099. 128GB starting capacity.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders begin October 16th with availability on October 23rd. iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini pre-orders on November 6th with availability on November 13th.

Apple announced the iPhone 12 Pro alongside other new iPhone 12 models during its “Hi, Speed” event from Apple Park.

Follow along in our Apple Event News Hub for all of the latest news today, including iPhone 12 details and more.

Apple introduces iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max with 5G

iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available in four stainless steel finishes, including graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue. Pre-orders for iPhone 12 Pro begin Friday, October 16, with availability beginning Friday, October 23. iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available for pre-order Friday, November 6, and in stores beginning Friday, November 13.

A Superior 5G Experience

Featuring the most 5G bands on any smartphone, iPhone 12 Pro models offer the broadest 5G coverage worldwide.1 Models in the US support millimeter wave, the higher frequency version of 5G, allowing iPhone 12 Pro models to reach speeds up to 4Gbps, even in densely populated areas. iPhone 12 Pro models also feature Smart Data mode, which extends battery life by intelligently assessing 5G needs and balancing data usage, speed, and power in real time.

A14 Bionic: Powerful and Efficient

Generations ahead of the competition, A14 Bionic is the first chip in the smartphone industry built on 5-nanometer process. Faster and more efficient than ever, A14 Bionic has the fastest CPU and GPU by up to 50 percent compared to the fastest competing smartphone chips, enabling console-quality gaming experiences, powerful computational photography, and more, while delivering great battery life. Pushing the limits of machine learning (ML), A14 Bionic features a 16-core Neural Engine — for an 80 percent increase in performance — that is capable of completing 11 trillion operations per second, enabling improved performance on even the most intense ML models.

New Design and Innovative Display Technologies

Designed with premium materials, iPhone 12 Pro models boast a new, sophisticated flat-edge design that features a gorgeous surgical-grade stainless steel band paired with a precision-milled matte glass back, and introduces the incredibly durable Ceramic Shield. The Ceramic Shield front cover, tougher than any smartphone glass, goes beyond glass and is infused with nano-ceramic crystals to dramatically improve toughness and increase drop performance by 4x.2

With impressively larger, edge-to-edge displays with reduced borders in familiar sizes, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max3feature a Super Retina XDR display with systemwide color management for industry-leading color accuracy. And iPhone 12 Pro Max offers the largest display ever on an iPhone and the highest resolution featuring nearly 3.5 million pixels for a remarkable, true-to-life viewing experience. These OLED displays bring HDR video content to life, reaching 1200 nits peak brightness.

iPhone 12 Pro models come with an industry-leading IP68 rating to withstand water submersion up to 6 meters for up to 30 minutes, and are protected against everyday spills, including coffee and soda.4

Versatile Pro Camera System

The world’s best pro camera is an even more versatile tool for all levels of photo and video enthusiasts with state-of-the-art camera hardware powered by A14 Bionic. Together with the new image signal processor (ISP), A14 Bionic drives increased image quality and enables powerful computational photography capabilities not possible with traditional cameras. iPhone 12 Pro models also feature the new Apple ProRAW, coming later this year,5 which combines Apple’s multiframe image processing and computational photography with the versatility of a RAW format. Users can experience full creative control over color, detail, and dynamic range natively on iPhone or with other professional photo editing apps.

iPhone 12 Pro features the new seven-element lens Wide camera with an ƒ/1.6 aperture, the fastest ever on an iPhone, for 27 percent improved low-light performance in photo and video; the Ultra Wide camera with a 120-degree field of view, perfect for capturing more scene in tight spots or epic landscapes; and a 52 mm focal length Telephoto camera, great for framing portraits, bringing the optical zoom range to 4x.

iPhone 12 Pro Max takes the pro camera experience even further. The new ƒ/1.6 aperture Wide camera boasts a 47 percent larger sensor with 1.7μm pixels for a massive 87 percent improvement in low-light conditions. It also includes the expansive Ultra Wide camera and a 65 mm focal length Telephoto camera for increased flexibility with closer shots and tighter crops. Combined, this system offers 5x optical zoom range.

Improvements to Night mode, now expanded to the TrueDepth and Ultra Wide cameras, allow for an even brighter picture. And Night mode Time-Lapse delivers longer exposure times for sharper videos, better light trails, and smoother exposure in low-light scenarios when used with a tripod. Deep Fusion, now better and faster, comes to all cameras, and with the new Smart HDR 3, users can expect more true-to-life images, even in complex scenes.

Realistic AR and Innovative Camera Experiences Innovative New Accessories with MagSafe

MagSafe improves wireless charging for a better, more efficient experience and introduces an ecosystem of easy-to-attach accessories that beautifully complement iPhone 12 Pro models.7 MagSafe delivers a unique experience to iPhone, featuring an array of magnets around the wireless charging coil, optimized for alignment and efficiency, that perfectly connects to iPhone every time. MagSafe chargers efficiently provide up to 15W of power while still accommodating existing Qi-enabled devices. Charging solutions include the MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Duo Charger for use with iPhone and Apple Watch, as well as new silicone, leather, and clear cases that easily snap onto the back of iPhone, and a leather wallet. Customers can also expect innovative MagSafe accessories from third-party manufacturers.

Featuring iOS 14

iOS 14 delivers a reimagined iPhone experience with new ways to customize the Home Screen. Beautifully redesigned widgets present timely information at a glance and can be pinned in different sizes on any Home Screen page. The App Library is a new space that automatically organizes all of a user’s apps into one simple, easy-to-navigate view. iOS 14 also brings new ways to discover and use apps with App Clips, powerful updates for staying connected in Messages, greener ways to explore cities with Maps, and enhanced privacy features for even more transparency and control.8

Committed to the Environment

Today, Apple is carbon neutral for global corporate operations and, by 2030, plans to have net zero climate impact across the entire business, which includes manufacturing supply chains and all product life cycles. This means that every Apple device sold, from material collection, component manufacturing, assembly, transport, customer use, charging, all the way through recycling and material recovery, will be 100 percent carbon neutral. iPhone 12 Pro models were designed with the environment in mind. For the first time, iPhone 12 Pro models will utilize 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in all magnets, including the new camera, Taptic Engine, and MagSafe, as well as Apple’s MagSafe accessories. Apple is also removing the power adapter and EarPods from iPhone packaging, further reducing carbon emissions and avoiding the mining and use of precious materials, which enables smaller and lighter packaging, and allows for 70 percent more boxes to be shipped on a pallet. Taken altogether, these changes will cut over 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually, equivalent to removing nearly 450,000 cars from the road per year.

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Apple Announces New ‘Global Flagship’ Retail Store Coming To Federation Square In Australia

Apple is continuing its quick retail expansion around the globe, this time with a new store in Melbourne, Australia. Australia’s minister for tourism and major events made the announcement today, saying the store will be a “global flagship” for Apple…

This store will be located in Federation Square and comes as part of Australia’s efforts to “breathe new life into one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks.”

The store is predicted to bring in an additional 2 million visitors per year to Federation Square and will create 250 temporary construction jobs and 200 ongoing jobs following completion. Construction will commence in 2023, with the store officially opening its doors in 2023.

Securing Apple is part of a broader strategy to reinvigorate Federation Square, following the recent announcement of new LED screens to create one of the world’s first outdoor digital art galleries.

Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts says the company is thrilled to move forward with plans for a new flagship in Australia, noting of the surrounding museums and historical landmarks that Apple will get to call its neighbors:

“We’re thrilled to move forward in the planning process for our new home in Melbourne’s Federation Square and will be honoured to call the world-class galleries and museums of Melbourne our neighbours.”

Apple has 22 retail locations in Australia and just opened its first redesigned store in the country last month. The new Federation Square location will be a “global flagship” for the company, similar to its location at Union Square in San Francisco and the upcoming store at the Carnegie Library in Washington D.C.

The full press release for Apple’s new Federation Square retail store in Australia can be found below.

Apple Global Flagship Store Coming To Federation Square

Australia’s first ever Apple Global Flagship Store will open at Federation Square, delivering more public space, visitors and events to Victoria, and creating hundreds of local jobs.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren said the new flagship store would be a major drawcard for visitors and locals, breathing new life into one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks.

The store will create nearly 500 square metres of new public space within Federation Square and make it easier for people to move between the Yarra River and Birrarung Marr.

Apple will bolster our creative offerings and events in Federation Square alongside the likes of the Koorie Heritage Trust, ACMI and the National Gallery of Victoria.

The store will replace the existing Yarra Building, creating extra open space in front of the big screen to watch the biggest and best events.

The Koorie Heritage Trust will relocate within the Alfred Deakin building at the Square, providing a larger central area and better public access.

Securing Apple is part of a broader strategy to reinvigorate Federation Square, following the recent announcement of new LED screens to create one of the world’s first outdoor digital art galleries.

Federation Square is expected to attract an extra two million people every year once the Global Flagship store opens its doors, having already welcomed more than 100 million visitors since opening in 2002.

The redevelopment will create more than 250 construction jobs and support more than 200 new ongoing jobs across the precinct once complete. Construction is set to begin early 2023 and the store will open in 2023.

Apple’s investment at Federation Square will be its first Global Flagship store in the southern hemisphere, the second outside the United States, and the fifth worldwide.

Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren

“This will be the only new generation Apple store in Australia – bringing millions more visitors to Victoria and breathing new life into Federation Square.”  

Quote attributable to Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis

“Apple’s new Australian flagship reinforces Melbourne’s reputation as the undisputed tech capital of Australia and creates hundreds of ongoing jobs in the process.”  

Quote attributable to Apple Retail Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts

“We’re thrilled to move forward in the planning process for our new home in Melbourne’s Federation Square and will be honoured to call the world-class galleries and museums of Melbourne our neighbours.” 

Quote attributable to original Federation Square Architect Professor Donald Bates      

“Apple Federation Square respects and expands on the original vision for the site, with more public space, extensive landscaping and better access to the river allowing more people to enjoy this renowned civic, cultural and commercial hub.” 

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Lone Wolf Review: A New Gamebook Experience For Ios


When you are faced with a decision, a small icon will appear on the page. Tap it to be transported to the action. If you decide to climb a cliff, you will switch to a section where you must tap the screen at very specific intervals in order to pass your climb check. If you make it, the story continues.

In addition to simple skill checks, players will be faced with action combat against non-player characters. Instead of being based solely on stats and the randomness of rolling dice, players must use a series of taps and swipes in order to defeat their foes.

If, for some reason, you die during the game (which I did plenty of times during battle), you have multiple choices to continue the game. You can either start from the most recent checkpoint, go back to the main menu and play from the last place the game saved, restart the current battle, or replay the battle with a lower level of difficulty and less reward.

As the game progresses, players will be able to choose which direction they will go along the path through town. Depending on which way you go, you will be faced with a different storyline.

Players are also faced with mini games where they must use their skills at lock picking. To open a lock, you must find the exact right position. Rotate the pick by dragging you finger to the left or right on the screen. Then, try to force the lock with your knife to pry it open. When forced, the lock will move until it unlocks. If you do it wrong, you will eventually break your pick and have to start over.

App Use

You will also be faced with the dreaded Giaks. These little monstrosities are practically around every corner and they are not particularly easy to kill. You have to have quick reflexes and, at least some understanding of strength, endurance, and power (Kai power in this story). If you use too much endurance on an attack, you will leave yourself vulnerable and easier to beat. You’ll need to use your shield and defense abilities alongside your attacks or you will not make it through a three or four-Giak attack.

When you go into a battle, you will see what your options are. Each weapon will have a glowing circle around it. Choose which weapon you wish to attack with, sword, axe, or throwing knives (each character has different weapons, depending on what they chose for their characters at the beginning).

Your attacks and defensive moves are based on Quick Time Events (QTE). When you choose one attack, you must perform one or more series of taps and swipes in order to successfully complete the move. There are different types of QTEs depending on what you want to do.

The Good

This is definitely one of the better gamebook stories out there. It is similar to Sorcery! in that it adds different elements to a traditional genre that make it different than anything you’ve played before. There are plenty of fun choices that involve extra action to give you more to do than just read.

The Bad

Value Conclusion

Just like the Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! series of books, this is definitely one to add to your collection if you are a fan of gamebook games. Especially because there are so few of them in the App Store at all, and this one stands out for the interesting action-based battles that take place throughout the story. Download it in the App Store today.

Related Apps

Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! 2 just came out recently. The Gamebook Adventure books are fun for horror fans.

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