REVIEW: ‘Disney Checkout Challenge’ for iOS

Disney Checkout Challenge for iOSIn the interest of full disclosure, I generally spend far more time playing an app before putting forth a review, but I am making a rare exception for ‘Disney Checkout Challenge‘ for multiple reasons. First of all, there isn’t actually all that much to the gameplay itself, so I feel pretty confident giving it my honest impression. Second, it’s from Disney’s Creature Feep Studio — the folks behind the legendary JellyCar, Where’s My Water? and many other strongly developed mobile games. And lastly, it’s insanely fun and addictive and you need to know about it.

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REVIEW: ‘The 7D Mine Train’ Game for Apple iPhone and iPad

'The 7D Mine Train'On July 7, Disney XD will premiere the newest animated comedy series from Disney Television Animation, ‘The 7D,’ a contemporary take on the lives of the legendary seven dwarfs in the town of Jollywood, who live to serve Queen Delightful while foiling the schemes of Grim and Hildy Gloom.

To celebrate the new series, Disney Digital Books today released ‘The 7D Mine Cart‘ game for Apple iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices. We were invited by Disney to preview the app which gave us some extra time to play with and explore it fully.

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REVIEW: ‘Maleficent Free Fall’ Released for iOS and Android Devices

'Maleficent Free Fall' from Disney InteractiveAs we announced yesterday, Disney Interactive today released ‘Maleficent Free Fall’ for Apple iOS and Android devices (now available through the App Store and Google Play respectively), the follow-up to its highly successful (and addictive) ‘Frozen Free Fall.’ So how does the new game stack up versus its predecessor? After about an hour and several levels of play, here’s my take:

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REVIEW: ‘Star Wars Journeys: Phantom Menace’ App Brings ‘iPod’ Racing to iOS

Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace

Disney Publishing Worldwide today released Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace for most current Apple iOS devices. The first of a series of planned apps, each associated with a difference episode in the Star Wars saga, ‘Phantom Menace’ the all-inclusive app retails for $6.99 on the App Store. Disney Publishing Worldwide was kind enough to share the app with us prior to its release in order to bring you the following unbiased review.

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REVIEW: Disney’s ‘Lost Light’ App for iOS and Android

'Lost Light' from Disney InteractiveIt’s deceptively simple. It’s deceptively hard. And it’s blatantly addictive. It is ‘Lost Light,’ the newest mobile app game from Disney Interactive and Creature Feep, the studio behind ‘Where’s My Water?’ and other original properties for Disney, now available for Apple iOS and Android devices.

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‘WATCH ABC Family’ Platform to Launch Monday, January 6

Dedicated to expanding its network and channel brands and content across multiple platforms and devices, Disney/ABC Television Group announced today that the new WATCH ABC Family authenticated service will launch on Monday, January 6, 2014. Similar to DATG’s WATCH ABC and suite of WATCH DISNEY services, the new WATCH ABC Family offering will allow viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on demand access to such popular series as ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Switched at Birth,’ ‘The Fosters,’ ‘Baby Daddy’ and ‘Melissa & Joey’ at home and on-the-go via a wide array of devices.

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Disney’s ‘Castle of Illusion’ Coming to Apple iPhone and iPad Devices

'Castle of Illusion' for iOSAfter a successful relaunch of the SEGA Disney classic, ‘Castle of Illusion’ (not to mention ‘Power of Illusion’ for Nintendo 3DS, Disney has announced it is releasing a version for Apple iDevices including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch via the launch trailer embedded below. At this time it does not appear that the app is available in the iTunes store, however. UPDATE: Castle of Illusion is now available in the App Store for $9.99.

According to the game description, the iOS port boasts ‘all-new HD graphics and gameplay’ along with the following features:

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HOWTO: Easily Get Apps from Other Countries (e.g. My Muppets Show, Disneyfan Magazine)

Disneyfan magazine on US iPhoneAs they say, the grass is always greener on the other side… of the planet. Most of us have reached some level of angst when it’s come to getting our hands on the latest and greatest game/app for the iPhone and iPad only to learn that it’s not available in your own country (territory). What is a Disney fan to do? The reality is Apple makes it so incredibly simple to bypass this restriction, you just might kick yourself once you discover how it’s done.

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D23 Expo: Hewlett-Packard to Showcase Aurasma Augmented Reality Technology

Aurasma by HPBriefly appearing on the official D23 Expo website prior to its removal, Hewlett-Packard (the expo’s sorcerer sponsor) advertised that it will be bringing its augmented reality experience, Aurasma to the show.

Throughout the show floor, there will be several opportunities to experience the app, indicated by the Aurasma A-shaped icon. By scanning the icon, an ‘aura’ will be revealed through the app. According to the supplied description, ‘auras can be as simple as a video and a link to a web page or as complex as a lifelike 3D animation.’

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‘Toy Story: Story Theater’ Film Festival Contest Offers D23 Expo Vacation Prize

Toy Story: Story TheaterHey Howdy Hey! Disney Education is calling on children (aged 3-12) from the US to come up with their best original story featuring Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the Toy Story pals and produce it with the Toy Story: Story Theater app ($2.99) for the chance to send their family to this year’s Disney D23 Expo, being held right near the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA.

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