The Apps That Apple Killed

Gone, and mostly forgotten.

Today is the day that Apple went 64bit only on both iOS and macOS (well, OK – that’s in a few days), meaning all those 32bit only apps that haven’t been updated are dead to you should you decide to upgrade your operating system.

Thankfully, in a way, I won’t be moving to iOS 11 any time soon. Not because of this, but because I have a large number of devices and cables that iOS 10.3.3 have rendered “unsupported” because Apple didn’t licence them or something. I’m not ditching all them, so 10.3.2 is where I’m staying for the foreseeable future. Unless iOS 11 is more accepting? I doubt it.

I was interested, however, to see what apps I have on my phone that would no longer be available to me.

To be honest, very few of these ever get used. Some, such as WiFinder and Distant Suns stopped working properly ages ago anyway so I should probably have deleted them already. Bookworm crashes when I try to load it.

Flight Control and Harbour Master were some of the first games I ever got for my iPhone, way back when I purchased a shiny new 3GS all them years ago, so I’ve some nostalgic attachment to them even if I haven’t played them in almost as many years.

Touch Mouse was useful when I used to connect my laptop to my telly to play PC games, but I do that via Steam Link now. Various media players and connectors are no longer of use to me.

In fact, the only apps there I regularly use are Night Clock, Adobe Ideas (although I forget which of the two with that name is the good one) and Recordium. I can imagine I can easily replace those. Oh, and Peggle Classic (actually, my daughter rather than me), which can’t be replicated.

It’s a shame they’re going, although as I said – it won’t really affect me. Yet at least.

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-09-18

Time to pack the Vita away again.

A two week catchup this time. Partly because I did the first week in the All New ugvm Podcast! Go and listen to that.

Play

Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
I have completed it. Last time, I said I was so close to the end: I wasn’t. Well, I was, but that wasn’t the real actual proper One True Ending. So I had to go back and do that instead. Wow. An excellent game, all 100 hours of it.

Sonic Mania (Switch)
Which I also completed. I’ve completed it six times now: twice with Sonic (but not all the emeralds), and then once with Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, and Sonic and Tails with all the emeralds. I’ve also managed to get gold for all the Blue Spheres levels. Next up – Knuckles & Knuckles mode! Only problem with that is you can’t save.

Hitman (PS4)
Yes, the new one. Well, newest one anyway. It’s brilliant. I’m a terrible assassin, as I keep accidentally killing innocents, or forgetting I’m not supposed to be seen by people, or bodging the kills, but I’m really enjoying it. I’ve “done” the tutorial, Paris and Sapienza, and one of the two targets in Marrakesh.

Lego City Undercover (Switch)
100%! We were stuck on 99.9% for a while, and I was convinced it was a bug, until I realised that flying vehicles aren’t included in the unlocked vehicle counter but are included in the game completion percentage. We’d not bought a helicopter, so there was the missing 0.1%. Phew.

Project Octopath Traveller Demo (Switch)
I love the art style. I’m not far enough in to make comment on the game itself, but the art is lovely. I’ve started the story of the “dancer”, who appears to be more, uh, hands on than a dancer might be, if you catch my drift. It started getting a bit “adult” and my daughter was watching so I thought it best to stop there. I’ll play it more when she’s not about though!

Want

Golf Story (Switch) is out THIS WEEK!
Stardew Valley (Switch) is out either this week or next!
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch) is also out THIS WEEK!

Also Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Warriors, etc. as per usual.

Bin

My Vita, I suppose, since I’ve no use for it now.

Expense

Nothing! Which is just as well because all them Switch games are out this week and next.

 

Look, “deKay’s eShop” is nothing to do with me


Golf Story – Out This Thursday According to deKay’s eShop! from NintendoSwitch

It’s some “inside joke” and nothing “this kid” has the inside scoop on, sorry.

That said, if it isn’t this week it should be next week, right?

I did a podcast

The Voice

Some 15 years or so back, I came up with the stupid idea of creating a PDF magazine about video games. I edited it, and the people from the newsgroup uk.games.video.misc provided content and support. It was pretty novel at the time, and we got quite popular.

However, it took a lot of work and as a result became less and less regular. Eventually, it folded. Which was odd because it was a PDF. That was a terrible joke.

Not so many years ago, three perhaps, I posted a new idea in the newsgroup. What if we did a podcast? People said yes, but then suddenly things happened in my personal life so I shelved it.

Until now.

Or rather, last week. I re-suggested it, people were responsive, and despite being short notice, four of us recorded a pilot episode on Thursday. It has since been edited (a little), uploaded, and despite various issues with length and audio, The ugvm Podcast didn’t turn out too bad. Even though I’m on it! Whodathought.

If you like people saying “erm” a lot, microphones that cut out, hour long shows that somehow are 100 minutes instead, and have a passing interest in video games, then why not have a listen?

You can find the first episode here: http://ugvm.org.uk/podcast/ugvm-podcast-pilot/, and it should also be on iTunes and other podcast directories if you search for “ugvm”. If you want the RSS feed, it’s http://ugvm.org.uk/feed/podcast. Feedback to podcast@ugvm.org.uk and/or @ugvmpodcast appreciated!

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-09-04

You’re such a moronji.

Never before has my Vita been used so much. When is Persona 5 out on the Switch, anyway?

Play

Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
But of course. I’m 94 hours in and so close to the end I can smell it. I’ve beaten the final boss after discovering who the True Bad Guy is, but because I Max S. Linked Marie (not a euphemism) there’s a whole extra bit. The dungeon I’m in at the moment has strange rules, like your SP halving after every fight, and all your items are stripped from you. Worst thing is, I can’t save the game so I’m hoping my Vita’s battery survives. Also in the game, I accidentally became “intimate” with Rise despite the fact I’d already made Chie bae. Bad Things may happen.

Sonic Mania (Switch)
Finished, with all the emeralds, as Knuckles. It’s a shame you don’t get the final boss like you do with Sonic, though. Should I play as that Tails vermin next? Hmm.

Lego City Undercover (Switch)
We’re up to about 96% complete. There are a handful of areas of the map where I’m missing one or two tokens or actions, and one level I’d noticed we’d somehow not got 100% on the studs for some reason.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice (3DS)
Totally forgot I had this. I was away, and had taken my 3DS, so I started it. I’m near what feels like the end of the first court case, and so far – it’s more Phoenix Wright. Which is absolutely fine. Loving the puns. Can’t wait for the stepladder joke.

Data Wing (iOS)
That Matt Lees guy recommended this. I’d normally ignore telephone games, but this one didn’t have any of my usual concerns: the controls work fine on a touch screen, there are no adverts, and there are no IAPs. Not only that, but it’s completely free. Free. How could I not at least try it? So I did. And completed it. And it was great.

Ninjago: The Ride (IRL)
No, this totally counts. At Legoland, they’ve got a new ride. You sit in a carriage which swings around a track, while giant 3D cinema screens play out a shooting gallery style game. You use your actual arms to virtually fling ninja magic at baddies, Kinect-flail style. It’s all Lego Ninjago, and is quite good fun if utterly knackering. And my wife beat me.

Want

Some of these are getting pretty close to release now. Or are already out but I’ve not bought them:

Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Golf Story (Switch)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)
Metroid II: Samus Returns (3DS)
Picontier (Switch)
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch)
Blaster Master Zero (Switch)
Splatoon 2 (Switch)
Stardew Valley (Switch)

Bin

I went on the Switch eShop to buy that Gunvolt Striker re-release double pack only to find it was mispriced at £31.49 instead of £13.49. Only then I found out that it wasn’t mispriced at all – it should be £31.49. For two old 3DS games. Which are cheaper on the 3DS. My eyes rolled like a slot machine.

Expense

Data Wing, wot was free.

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-08-28

Just a brief post, as I’ve been busy.

Play

Sonic Mania (Switch)
This is properly good. I’ve completed it twice (as Sonic with and without the emeralds) and almost a third time as Knuckles. I’ve at least got Silver for all the bonus levels, and I’m having a blast. The Sonic Cycle is dead!

Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
Spoilers, sorry, because anything I say about the game at this point would be. Look away now, or something.

So I’ve rescued Nanako but things got complicated and the suspect didn’t do it and now we know who the real one is (probably) and he’s gone missing. In Social Link news, I’ve maxed out the Nurse, Yosuke, Chie and Yokiko, as well as the Fool one. I’ve ranked up Rise to 7 or 8 in addition to raising a few others.

Final stretch now!

Lego City Undercover (Switch)
Around 88% complete!

Want

The same stuff as before, only not Sonic Mania as I have that already of course.

Bin

Nothing. Well, my hands/skin etc. but no games.

Expense

Sonic Mania was £11.99, but that was all.

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-08-14

Bangarang? Really?

It’s almost Sonic Day!

Play

Lego City Undercover (Switch)
I don’t even know what percentage of the game we’ve done now. 70? 75? Must be something like that, anyway. There’s maybe three red bricks left to get, 74 gold bricks, and a pile of characters and vehicles still spread across the map. At least I’ve 100%ed one area – Apollo Island – so that’s something, right? And guess what? It hasn’t crashed at all in the last 4 or 5 hours of play. I wonder why.

Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
Seventy hours in and I think I’ve reached the climax. The murderer has just kidnapped a certain someone but we know who he is, and I’m about to dive into the TV to rescue them. In the intermission between the last rescue and this, two most disturbing things (that aren’t really spoilers as they’re not part of the main story) happened. Firstly, there was some culture festival thing at the school, and this involved the main male characters being involved in a cross-dressing beauty pageant. All well and good, but the female ones having to then have a swimsuit show? Um. Then there’s a bit where everyone goes to Yukiko’s inn for the night and it all goes a bit Love Hina and somehow Kanji ends up in bed with a teacher. Sort of.

Plantera DX (Switch)
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present Level 266 as evidence.

Guitar Hero Live (PS4)
Oh yeah, I have a PS4. I forgot. This was £15 in Argos in the week, so I bought it. The tracklist is terrible, but thankfully the online playlist thing – which I thought was permanently offline but was actually just down for a couple of days – has a far more impressive selection of tracks. The guitar is OK, but the new button layout took some getting used to!

Want

I should have a plugin that posts these automatically, really.

Sonic Mania (Switch) – TOMORROW!
Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Golf Story (Switch)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)
Metroid II: Samus Returns (3DS)
Picontier (Switch)
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch)
Blaster Master Zero (Switch)
Splatoon 2 (Switch)
Stardew Valley (Switch)

Bin

The Guitar Hero Live tracklist. Most of the songs aren’t even guitar heavy. Some of them don’t even have guitars at all.

Expense

£14.99 for Guitar Hero Live.

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-08-07

We’ll find a pot of gold,
Just sitting where the rainbow’s ending.

Hopefully it won’t take that long.

Play

Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
As expected, the kid who I thought would be next to be thrown into the TV was indeed thrown into the TV. That’s the Laboratory dungeon, in case you’re wondering where I’m at. I’m also pretty sure he is a she, and have been since he first appeared. It would explain a lot. I’m not really explaining this very well because of spoiler potential, but if you’ve played it you’ll know. I have beaten the robot mid-boss, and also returned to The Game to beat the extra shadow boss there. 57-ish hours in.

Lego City Undercover (Switch)
All the mopping. I don’t know how many hours we’ve spent on this now, but it’s more than 35. Something like 62% completed, but I think I may have stumbled across a bug which might prevent 100% – there’s a rooftop in Vice City (you know where I mean) where you’re supposed to eavesdrop on some bad guys. Thing is, the trigger point to do that never appears. Ruh roh.

Mighty Gunvolt Burst (Switch)
Completed, again, this time with Ekoro. She’s the new DLC character I mentioned last time, and is apparently from Gal*Gun.

Plantera DX (Switch)
STOP JUDGING ME. Level 235.

80 Days (Mac)
Sadly, not a game of the 80s cartoon, but a sort of steampunk (OK, *more* steampunk) reimagining of the original book. You, as Fogg’s aide Passepartout, seek out routes around the world, buy and sell objects, and slowly uncover stories of rebellion and political unrest. And airships. All while grooming your master and ensuring he reaches London within 80 days. On my first playthrough I’ve nearly crossed America, with around 20 days left to make it across the Atlantic.

Pokémon Go (iOS)
I’ve said it before, but I think I might be done. This weekend I managed to reach Level 30, which has taken months since Level 29, and there’s the daunting task of gaining half a million more XP to hit 31. And why? There’s no chance of me catching all the pokeymen. There’s no other goal either. So I might just let it fizzle out now. That said, look at Plantera DX. Hmm.

Want

It’s that copied and pasted list again. Some of them are pretty close now – Sonic Mania is next week!

Sonic Mania (Switch)
Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Golf Story (Switch)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)
Metroid II: Samus Returns (3DS)
Picontier (Switch)
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch)
Blaster Master Zero (Switch)
Splatoon 2 (Switch)
Stardew Valley (Switch)

And yes, I know Splatoon 2 has been out for a while now but it’s still too expensive. And the very second I buy Blaster Master Zero I just know it’ll go on sale.

Bin

Punctures. On my bike, I mean. It’s hard enough to get psyched up to go out on the thing without having to deal with getting a puncture miles from anywhere. I think it was a badly moulded innertube that caused it this time, so hopefully more luck here on out.

Expense

80 Days (Mac) for free
Hitman Complete (PS4) for £8.64