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The exercise of flexing your brain muscles through the art of trivia has always been a concept that many still struggle to entertain themselves with. Even in this day and age some just downright avoid it. One of the biggest factors to why people find trivia so intimidating is the overwhelming pressure it instills in a competitive environment by creating an immediate divide of accessibility between the savvy and the casual, with little compromise considered towards the latter. Trivia Crack strives to tear down that wall by creating an asynchronous multiplayer climate that allows for a slew of social avenues that are seamlessly available to in a manner that’s geared around doing everything it can to acclimate to anyone who plays it, without having to make any sort of intellectual concession as a result. –George Fagundes
Your base of operations in Panem Rising is the underground city of District 13, where the rebels are conspiring to infiltrate and take over the Capitol. But overthrowing an entrenched government is best done in baby-steps, so your early missions mostly involve traveling to different districts and helping its residents against individual acts of the Capitol’s tyranny. Taking down a threat primarily involves tapping the “explore” button over and over in an area, which carries you forward. Each step costs energy (warning: you run out quickly), and yields prizes like coins and fighter cards. Fighter cards are your key to winning battles against the Capitol’s goons. Most of the cards you pick up off the ground are for low-level workers with little battle worth, but you may occasionally find powerful cards based off notable characters. The low-level cards you discover serve as effective feed for your heroes. –Nadia Oxford
Essentially two games in one, Adventure Time Game Wizard is part platformer, part creation tool. The Adventure Mode is where the meat of the game resides, with you leaping from platform to platform and attacking enemies along the way. You switch between the likes of Finn, Jake, Ice King, Flame Princess, and BMO, each offering their own abilities and talents. Original voiceovers, as well as an appearance from ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, is a sweet move to endearing you more to the game. A significant problem arises with the control scheme, though. While your left hand manipulates a sliding pad to move around, your right hand taps buttons to jump or attack. Neither fully works as well as you’d like. It’s too easy for your finger to slip and not tap the button you desire, and sliding just isn’t as effective as using a virtual d-pad or joystick. You’ll often find yourself fighting more with the controls than enjoying the action. That’s a shame as it’s a reasonably enjoyable romp with some nice fan service. –Jennifer Allen
Assuming you have a Gmail account at your disposal, Handle is sure to make your work more organized and your life less stressful. It combines To Do Lists and Calendar functionality alongside email capabilities, ensuring everything is tied up neatly. Somehow it does all that for free, too. Setup is pretty straightforward with a tutorial guiding you through the paces. If you’ve used any organizational tool before, Handle should make perfect sense to you. A swipe to the left or right takes you wherever you need to go, with sections divided according to To Do, Calendar, and Email. Email is fairly typical of any email app but with some subtle additions; namely, you can choose to add an email to your To Do list or add a reminder to your Calendar linked to the message. You’ll find yourself doing this often and saving yourself time while you plan. –Jennifer Allen
It might not be the most inexpensive of budgeting apps, but Saved gets the right balance between offering the features you need without overcomplicating things. It’s certainly a convenient way of helping you keep track of what you’re spending money on. The thinking behind it is that you want to be able to do everything quickly. No one wants to spend time having to enter lots of figures as that’s the kind of thing that puts you off doing so particularly often. Instead, with Saved you can just enter a monthly budget (either differing each month or a set amount all year) and add things as you go along. –Jennifer Allen
Pepi Ride is a new car-driving app that is bright and colorful, allowing children to drive vehicles around different paths. Car-driving apps where children need to navigate a track are becoming commonplace, which I can understand as these apps remain quite popular with my son who holds no grudges and this driving genre is certainly not the most unique idea to hit iTunes. Having said this, Pepi Ride is an app that I appreciate as it has enough content to keep children’s attention for quite some time as well as to help them with their problem-solving skills as they navigate areas that become more and more complex . To start, children will have a chance to choose one of four cars complete with driver – be it a boy or girl, as well as two fantasy animals that are then customized by children – complete with a variety of paint colors to choose from as well as the option to use a spray can, paint brush, or pencil point. There is also wheel selection as well as a chance to add sticker-like details and other ornaments, be it attachable horn choices or the like. I also enjoy how transparent the spray paint effect is, allowing one to layer different colors together for an airbrushed appearance. The selections offered here to personalize one’s car have enough options to make a variety of different looks, yet I appreciate how the effects one can choose for the car are limited in order not to overshadow the driving experience within this application. –Amy Solomon
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Hungry Hal is a reversal of the typical zombie runner. Rather than fleeing in terror from the undead menace, Hungry Hal casts the player as that undead menace. Taking control of Hal, the player must hurtle down a course, avoiding obstacles and snacking on brains to reach his final destiny, whatever that may be. Hungry Hal plays like a typical runner. There are multiple lanes on the screen and swiping up or down moves Hal upwards or downwards. However these controls are rather poor. There is a second of delay before Hal moves, often enough to plow into an obstacle or miss a human. It can just be impossible to move Hal quickly enough, especially if the humans are two lanes away. –Allan Curtis
While it looks like a generic anime-styled garbage fills Google Play all the time, 9 Elements: Action Fight Ball is very distinct and fun. It combines two very different genres with a surprising simplicity, although I wouldn’t mind if it was a little more complex. 9 Elements: Action Fight Ball is an sports action game of sorts. A bunch of colorful characters play a very violent variation of volleyball, using magic and weapons to confuse and knock out the opponents. Each round, the player needs to score more points than the opponent while the timer counts to zero. If he wins, he gets some magic rocks that he can use to upgrade his character, or purchase a new one. The characters differ by their stats, as well as by the style of their attacks and super attacks, although the basic tricks remain the same for all of them. –Tony Kuzmin
The fans of WWE can rejoice: they got a cool new fighting game, titled WWE Immortals. It gives all of the famous WWE characters even more crazy and unrealistic abilities and pits them against each other in teams by three. If this isn’t enough for you, then mind that they also get really violent finisher moves and exciting battlegrounds to fight in. If this also isn’t enough, then I know about WWE even less then I thought, sorry. In all seriousness though, WWE Immortals is a surprisingly good game – at least when compared to the previous WWE titles that I got to play before. It looks and sounds great, almost comparable to the fighting games on the consoles. There’s also a ton of different characters to chose from – even though they’re not as different as they seem. More surprisingly, it does require some skill to win. –Tony Kuzmin
Posted by Ellis Spice on January 26th, 2015 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Funny Or Die has released a weather app for those out there who want some humor to go with their weather reports. Funny Or Die Weather is powered by Weather Underground and features five day forecasts, humidity and UV index information, tide times and more for locations around the world alongside regular doses of weather-based jokes.
Funny Or Die Weather is available to download now for free.
Hipster CEO 2 hasn’t launched yet, but the good people at Getchoo Creations have sent us a couple of teaser screens to give you an idea what you’re in for. It looks like the teenage crowd is going to net Jen a small profit but hey, at least they’re easy to market to.
In the meantime, we’ll wait with twirly mustaches and bowties in anticipation for Hipster CEO 2.
Mediocre, makers of Smash Hit, have released a teaser video of their newest project: a currently unnamed title that promises to be a strategic driving game.
Mediocre says it is set to release in spring 2015. Aside from the driving seen in the trailer there’s not much else to go on at the moment, but supposedly “you are your own worst enemy.” So that should be interesting. The video certainly makes it look pretty, though.
Terra Battle, by Mistwalker Corporation, has surpassed 1.5 million downloads worldwide. To celebrate, they’ve announced that Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy) is designing some new characters for the game. They’re also adding a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy XII and Vagrant Story), and a Terra Battle figure.
As if that wasn’t cool enough, they’re also adding a co-op mode. You’ll be able to team up with friends to complete stages, story mode dungeons, and co-op specific dungeons. When you clear a co-op dungeons you’ll also have a chance to get a summons, which let you summon monsters to help you fight. There will also be some new characters from Terra Battle illustrator Kimihiko Fujisaka.
You can download your own copy of Terra Battle for free on the App Store. The co-op update will be available sometime in the future. Hopefully soon-ish.
With the NHL All-Star Game finishing up this weekend, Rovio has added two week-long hockey-themed tournaments to Angry Birds Friends. What makes these tournaments unique from the norm, however, is that they also feature a new playable character. The NHL HockeyBird – a white bird sporting a cap and hockey stick.
Angry Birds Friends is available to slap-shot onto your iOS device now and is free to download.
Easy single-tap gameplay for short bursts or long sessions of stellar extermination! Play for a few seconds on the toilet, or play for hours on the couch!
Awesome power-ups that make your quest for universal destruction all the more satisfying!
Original dialog between each level!
72 levels set across three different parsecs!
Rad space-related terminology like “parsecs”!
Destructamundo is slated to arrive on the App Store on January 28, and will cost $1.99.
Ahead of the release of ZeptoLab’s King of Thieves, we were able to ask ZeptoLab’s co-founder, Semyon Voinov, a few questions about the inspiration behind the game and what that means for the Cut the Rope franchise.
148Apps: What was the inspiration behind combining so many familiar genres into one package? Semyon Voinov (SV): The initial idea was brought up by one of our team members. We created a quick prototype, and suddenly many people around the office were eagerly competing with each other, building their defenses and breaking into the opponent’s dungeons. There was plenty of laughter and cursing in the process – and we immediately realized that the game had the most important component for success: it drives emotion!
You can find plenty of games in the App Store with the strategic “attack and defend” gameplay (including the famous Clash of Clans), but our game is vastly different because of the arcade skills-based experience at its core. It’s something we haven’t seen in any other games and while building King of Thieves, we discovered why: it’s a very challenging type of game to build. It took two years of time, dedication, and extensive testing to create a balanced and highly enjoyable game. Continue reading King of Thieves – An Interview With ZeptoLab’s Co-Founder Semyon Voinov »
Posted by Tre Lawrence on January 23rd, 2015 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Disney Interactive has launched their latest app, Disney Inquizitive, which provides fans with a centralized destination to take Disney quizzes.
The app features categories such as Fantasy & Villains, House of Mouse, Action & Adventure, Style, Love & Friendship, and Throwback. More than 60 quizzes are already live, including:
Who is Your Lion King Spirit Animal?
Which Disney Princess Should Be Your BFF?
Which Golden Girl Are You?
Who Should Be You Star Wars Sidekick?
Which Pretty Little Liar is Your Style Twin?
Which Disneyland Ride Are You?
Disney Inquizitive is available for free on the App Store now.
Marking quite a departure from ZeptoLab’s past successes, namely the Cut The Rope series, King of Thieves is shaping up to be quite promising. Due for release in February, we were lucky enough to have some time with a preview build to see exactly what it’s all about.
Focused on multiplayer, King of Thieves is best described as part tower defense, part platformer. Your mission is to break into dungeons and steal the opposition’s treasure chest. This requires a certain amount of finesse when it comes to your platforming skills. Controls are fairly simple here, with a series of taps and double-taps being pivotal. You automatically run, with a change of direction only possible when you bounce away from a wall. At first it seems a little awkward, but it turns out to be reasonably effective.
As you’d expect, levels steadily get trickier the further you progress, with up to three stars for the taking depending on how well you perform. There’s a PvP side to things too, with you able to tackle other players’ dungeons as well as needing to protect your own. The latter is where things turn more tower defense-like, with it being possible to place turrets and spikes around your dungeon in order to ward off attack. To save your creation, you have to be able to complete it twice to prove it’s possible. Something that may end up testing your own skills as well as other players’ abilities.
So far, King of Thieves is shaping up to be an interesting mixture of puzzle style elements and platforming that’s sure to test your reflexes. My only concern is whether or not it will be able to keep everyone hooked for an extended period of time. There’s the race to be top of the leaderboard and to have the most intricate dungeon, but it’s hard to say just yet whether or not that will keep people hooked for a long time to come.
We’ll be able to see how things unfold once the game goes live worldwide. For now, it’s certainly an interesting combination of genres.
King of Thieves is set for release in February. Of course, we’ll let you know when.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 23rd, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Have you missed the strategic battles of DeNA’s dark RPG Blood Brothers? Fret no longer as you make your triumphant return to the world of Arnashia in Blood Brothers 2.
The game is set one century after the events in the original, and once again the world is threatened – and once again you must build an army to save it. You’ll be able to train your soldiers, customize their gear, and learn new skills as you proceed through the campaigns or fight against your friends in PvP.
You can download Blood Brothers 2 for free on the App Store now. If you download the game during its launch week, you will also receive a unique in-game character and other special rewards.
The hidden object game sets players in a supernatural adventure in the 1960s as Agent Alice. She will have to visit exotic locations and discover hidden clues in order to thwart Oberon’s plans for our world. The game will be released in episodes, with free weekly content after launch.
Keep an eye out for Agent Alice when it launches on February 26.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 23rd, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pedius is a an app that aids the deaf and hard of hearing in having real-time conversations with friends and family using their iPhone.
The app uses voice recognition software to translate spoken words to text. The user can either type or speak to start a conversation, and the recipient will get a transcript of the conversation to reply to. Pedius makes it easy to have conversations with anyone.
You can download Pedius for free on the App Store.
Posted by Ellis Spice on January 23rd, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Warner Bros and TT Games have announced the launch of The LEGO Movie Video Game on iOS. Starring LEGO every-man Emmet on an epic quest after being mistakenly identified as the key to saving the world, The LEGO Movie Video Game features over 90 characters from the film to play as, including Batman, Superman, and Gandalf, as well as 45 levels to build and smash your way through. This mobile version also includes controller support and two touch screen control schemes to choose from: ‘Classic’ and ‘Touch Screen’.
The LEGO Movie Video Game is available to download from the App Store now for 499 Gold studs $4.99.
Right Pedal Studios has released a huge update for Tail Drift, changing the 360 degree flying racer to a free-to-play model.
The update also includes support for 12 languages including French, German, Japanese, and more as well as a new UI. Now the game will have fewer pop-up dialogs, and it will be easier to see upgrades available to add to your plane. Right Pedal has also balanced out some of the harder races and straitened out the paths to make it more fun to play.
You can check out the newly “freed” Tail Drift on the App Store now.