So GW shocked me yesterday. They've actually released a slew of iPad Apps, including a fully updated Codex: Space Marines. Unfortunately... well they still don't 'get' digital.
- It's an updated Codex for the Ultramarines, with the new flyers included. Cool.
- It's digital, so that's fewer books to carry around.
- You can rotate some of the models around in pseudo-3D (just pics, not real 3D graphics).
- It has pictures of EVERY SINGLE Stormtalon variant! (Yeah, I know.)
- Extra Fluff
- Detailed Painting Guides For Every Chapter
- Tap on a weapon to get it's stats. (meh...)
- You can annotate things (I guess to mark up house rules and FAQ rulings or something.)
- It's a huge 311 megabyte app! That's amongst the largest apps out there. None of the non-game apps on my iPad, apart from Apple's bloated 'Numbers' spreadsheet app, even come close to that. If every codex were released this way, that would be some 6.1 gigabytes. Meaning, half the available storage space on a basic 16GB iPad would have to be given over to just the GW codex apps. Throw in a BRB app, and it'll be 7GB easily. I have a whole folder full of (much more useful) Battlefront PDFs that isn't even 1/20th of that size. Most of that space, I'm sure, is used for all of the fancy catalog pictures of pretty models. Sigh...
- The Price. The paper codex is (right now) $33.00. This codex app is a whopping $41.99. Hello? Isn't digital distribution supposed to be cheaper? Oh yeah, I guess Apple takes 1/3 of their revenues for using the Apple Bookstore. So the price is 'really' only $27.72. See? We're getting a cut in price folks!
Kidding aside, the price should be between $10-15. That's what I feel it's worth. Fortunately they do have a free demo of the first chapter so that you don't have to pay to view the awesome spinning Stormtalon.
- The navigation isn't the worst I've seen, but it's not great either.