Don’t do Drugs, do Sugar! Underworld: Sugar Wars is Out Now

Posted by on October 31st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A-Steroids Studios has created a ‘family-friendly’ game of shifty-eyed sugar dealings with Underworld: Sugar Wars.

In a world where sugar is now illegal, players must trade with “dealers” to negotiate prices and move their cavity inducing product. Underworld: Sugar Wars lets players become a criminal boss in charge of a team of Runners and Bookkeepers. You must create fronts to sell your candy and buy weapons to protect it from your enemies. So maybe it’s not quite so family-friendly. But at least there aren’t any drug in it!

Will you become a ruthless sugar baron or just a two bit candy cartel? Download Underworld: Sugar Wars for free on the App Store to find out.

Hyperbeard Games is releasing a new matching puzzler with a Día de los Muertos theme, called Muertitos.

The game challenges you to think ahead as you match pieces and try to beat each level. The pieces are designed to look like Mexican ‘calaveritas’ (little skulls). If you want to get into the spirit of Halloween, the game offers a second set of pieces with classic monsters on them. The game has 32 different characters, 4 different power-ups, and a highscore leaderboard so you can compete with your friends.

You’ll be able to grab Muertitos off the App Store soon for $0.99.

Card Dungeon, the Semi-Board Game Roguelike, Has Been Renovated

Posted by on October 31st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: DUNGEON OF CARDS :: Read Review »

Card Dungeon, by Playtap Games, has gotten a major overhaul that adds new features and fixes some old bugs.

Playtap has increased the speed of game play by shrinking the max room size and allowing Crusaders to move faster across the map when there are no monsters lurking nearby. Card Dungeon now also saves your game for you after every turn, making it easier to pick up and put down when you need to.

Last but not least, when you beat the boss on each level the dungeon will begin to collapse. You must race to the exit before time runs out.

You can download the newly-updated Card Dungeon for $3.99 on the App Store.

via: Our review
Made by: Logitech
Price: $99.99

Hardware/iOS Integration Rating: ★★★☆☆
Usability Rating: ½☆☆☆☆
Reuse Value Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Build Quality Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Bottom Line: While The Logitech Protection + Power case has a great fit and is easy to get on and off, the battery is borderline non-functional.

This is going to sound funny, but I have clinically diagnosed OCD. One of the weird quirks for me is that I obsess about having several cases or carrying bags for everything. So the idea of a new, very functional case really excites me. When asked about reviewing a case that provides drop protection and an extended battery, I think I replied to the email less than twenty seconds. Sadly, I was told the only colors were black, blue, grey, and white – I was hoping for purple or pink. I really like cases.

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The Protection + Power comes with a charging cable (USB to micro USB) and a headphone extender (the case lengthens the hole to the jack). Attaching it to my phone was really easy – honestly, it’s the easiest of any battery case I’ve owned. You slide the phone onto the lightning connector, which tilts slightly, then gently push the phone back into the case. Once inside, it seems really secure and safe from most gentle drops. Since it was early in the day, I plugged the charging cable into my desktop computer and watched the lights on the back begin to blink. I went through regular use that day, and took the charging cable to bed. When upstairs, I pulled my lightning cable out of the jack in the wall, and put the USB/microUSB cable in its place. I’ve done this with numerous other charging cases in the past with no issue. In the morning, my phone was at 55% power and the case’s battery was dead. It never charged.

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Logitech sent me a replacement case after this and I ran into the same issue. After some troubleshooting with different cords and adapters, I found that it finally charged with my iPad’s wall adapter. This created a new problem: when the phone was in the case and I plugged the case in to charge, the phone would go nuts making the sound it does when plugged in to charge, then not charging, then plugging in again, then not charging – over and over. It did this swap about 25 times before I unplugged it. Finally, I decided to take the phone out of the case and charge both separately that night.

The case is said to come close to doubling the power of the phone. The three times I used it, it kept the phone at 100% for less than two hours, then died. That’s hardly doubling. Another time, I plugged the phone into the case when the phone was at 30% power and the case was fully charged. Without doing anything, the case charged it back to 62% before it died again.

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I hate saying anything negative about something like this, but the Logitech Protection + Power is just too buggy to recommend. It’s a great design, but the battery and charging connections are very questionable. The fact that I ran into these issues with three cases (a second replacement would charge okay but still didn’t last any longer than two hours) really seals the deal on this model for me. I wanted these to be awesome because they fit so nicely and came on and off so easily, making them perfect for an OCD case swapper like me. But no such luck, I’m afraid.

This Is Not a Test Goes Free, Permanently

Posted by on October 31st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: COMIC BOOK DECISIONS :: Read Review »

This Is Not a Test, the survival RPG comic by Jon Richardson, recently went free. Players can now experience the comic though the addition of banner ads and limited lives that regenerate slowly.

If you want to remove the ads and recover your lives faster you can upgrade to the pro version for $2.99. The pro version also adds optional color background art, so if you’ve already purchased the previous color upgrade you automatically get pro.

You can check out This Is Not a Test for free on the App Store.

via: Our Review

Dead Trigger 2 Turns One, Celebrates with a Halloween Birthday Party Update

Posted by on October 30th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: GOOD GETS BETTER :: Read Review »

It is the first anniversary of Dead Trigger 2 and Madfinger Games is celebrating with a Halloween/Birthday party update. The update includes tons of birthday gifts to find, a new storyline, and arena tournaments with real prizes. In addition, hideouts will be getting their own decorations like a zombie basketball hoop, carpet, sofa, pool table, a bathtub with the classic rubber duckie, mounted zombie head trophies, and more.

Dead Trigger fans will also be excited to hear that Madfinger has brought back the Slot Machine. Also, players will be able to pick up the exclusive Wild West package with classic fire arms such as the Coach Shotgun, Dual Peacemaker, and Winchester 94.

The Dead Trigger 2 Halloween Birthday Update is filled with tricks and treats and is available for free on the App Store.

via: Our Review

It’s All Hallows’ Eve once again. And what better way to enjoy the holiday spirit(s) than to have a good scare – or ten?

Since nobody at 148Apps could come up with an answer to that question we’ve created a list of our top picks for spooky, creepy, scary, and unsettling iOS titles in honor of the ghoulish festival. Hopefully these games won’t be too much for you to handle…


The Walking Dead – Season 1

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The Walking Dead isn’t conventionally scary in the “Aargh! What the heck just jumped out at me??” kind of way, but it’s distinctly unnerving. It taps into that instinct to protect those we care about then shows us just how easily the life we once knew can be taken away forever. Forcing you to make tough decisions that are a matter of life and death mean you never get a chance to calm down or relax. Instead, you’re constantly on edge in a world that makes no sense any more. If that’s not deeply scary, I don’t know what is. – Jennifer Allen
 

Ellie – Help me out… please

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Ellie – Help me out… please is a short, but creepy puzzle game that revolves around the player’s interactions with a kidnapped girl through a security camera feed. It definitely has some Saw vibes thanks to its puzzle room nature and voyeuristic perspective.

Although the puzzles are a little opaque, immersion in the very tiny game world is precisely what makes it kind of creepy. Not necessarily creepy in the “spooky” sense, but in the sense that players start questioning the game’s bizarre setup. Who is the player character? Why is this girl in this room? What does it all mean? – Campbell Bird

Continue reading 148Apps’ Top Picks for the Scariest, Spookiest, Creepyiest, and Halloweeniest iOS Games »

Glu has announced that next week they will be releasing Contract Killer: Sniper, the newest game in the Contract Killer series.

The game is a first person shooter with a huge single-player campaign and PvP to school your friends in. It will also have over 250 missions across more than 25 locations.

Check out the trailer for Contract Killer: Sniper below.

Stormtroopers Grab Your Blaster Rifles – Star Wars: Galactic Defense Has Been Unleashed!

Posted by on October 30th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

DeNA, Lucasfilm, and The Walt Disney Company have released Star Wars: Galactic Defense.

Choose to join the light of the dark side in this tower defense game. Players can battle at iconic Star Wars locales and find classic characters as they strive to tip the balance in their side’s favor. You can choose to play though the campaign or to connect with your friends online to compete for the top spot on the leader boards.

Star Wars: Galactic Defense adds its own flare to the traditional tower defense genre and brings the excitement that was once limited to a galaxy far, far away, right to your fingertips,“ said Barry Dorf, vice president of partnerships and alliances at DeNA. “The game packs beloved characters, iconic locations, tactical gameplay, and heart-pounding battles into one exciting mobile experience”

You can download Star Wars: Galactic Defense for free from the App Store now.

French Developer Pated Unveils Seashine

Posted by on October 30th, 2014

French one-man studio Pated has unveiled Seashine, “a poetic journey into the abyss.” Players take on the role of a jellyfish struggling to survive in the harsh deep ocean caves, with the game set to be an experience built around exploration, reflection, and survival.

In a search for light in the deep dark waters, players will have to hunt for rare light sources to last a little longer, avoiding the many natural and supernatural obstacles in their path. Using one-finger tilt-and-touch controls, players will be able to challenge their logic in levels, or their survival and exploration skills in an endless survival mode.

Seashine will swim into the light App Store sometime either later this year or early next year, and will be free to download.

Calling all agents:
Would you like to see what we thought of this rather pretty base builder? Check out our Agents of Storm review!

Have you downloaded Agents of Storm, been bowled over by the graphics, and aren’t quite sure what to do next? Never fear, for we’re here with some handy tips and tricks to help any beginner get started!
 

Diamonds Are Your Best Friend

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  • Diamonds don’t come easily in this game, which is a shame because they’re very useful. For that reason, don’t use them early on. Encouraging you to do exactly that is a common thing with games like this, but resist. There’s just no point using them up to save you a minute of time, when later on they’ll be far more useful.
  • To boost your diamond supply, work towards the achievements that Agents of Storm likes you to complete. You’ll earn a few diamonds here and there for completing some fairly straightforward tasks.
  • You can watch videos for free diamonds, too. It’s a bit tedious, but it’s handy when trying to earn more. You could always leave the video playing while doing something else away from your phone for those few seconds!

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  • Put those diamonds towards the many enhancements in the shop. These can make all the difference. The Build Module reduces the cool down time between buildings, while Pagoda gives you experience just for being there. Waterfall gives you more gold from every attack you complete.
  • Focus on upgrading your resource gathering buildings for that very reason. Gold is particularly useful as it’s needed for attacking islands. As island attacks are your main source of progressing anywhere in the game, you want to focus on this.


Continue reading Agents of Storm: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to be the Strongest Out There »

Any.DO 2.0 Hopes to Help Manage Productivity

Posted by on October 30th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

An update has arrived for Any.DO‘s productivity app, bringing it to version 2.0. The key element of this update is the optimization for users to manage their collective ‘lives’, allowing them to plan out a productive day for both home life and work life.

Users can send messages to others, be it sending out the latest grocery list to the rest of the family or the latest to-do project to the rest of the team at work. Files can also be shared via Dropbox, with premium users able to upload an unlimited amount to Any.DO. Meanwhile, the app also allows premium users to set up regular reminders and set their own custom background colors.

Any.DO is available to download for free now, with the ‘Premium’ service discounted to $3 a month/$27 a year for the next two weeks.

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Indie Classic King of Dragon Pass Goes on Sale to Celebrate its 15th Anniversary

Posted by on October 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: DON'T PASS IT UP :: Read Review »

King of Dragon Pass, by A Sharp, was first released 15 years ago in 1999 for Windows and Mac. In March of 2000 the game won the “Best Visual Art” at the second Independent Games Festival, and in 2012 it was released for iOS.

In celebration of an amazing 15 years of gaming, A Sharp is putting all versions of the game on sale for 50% off for 5 days, beginning today.

The A Sharp team also reports that they are working on a spiritual successor to King of Dragon Pass, set in the same world. It won’t be released for at least another year, but it already has a working title: Six Ages.

While you wait for Six Ages, you can check out King of Dragon Pass while it’s still on sale.

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via: Our Review

Kim Kardashian​: Hollywood Has Gotten a Halloween Makeover

Posted by on October 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★☆☆ :: SHALLOW ROLEPLAY :: Read Review »

Kardashian fans, grab your Prada candy buckets and don a Versace costume because Kim Kardashian​: Hollywood is getting into the Halloween spirit. Glu Games has updated their popular celebrity app with Halloweeney goodness.

Now you can collect candy and do projects to earn costumes to wear to Kim’s Halloween party on October 31. You can also now visit Dubai in the game, where there will be new quests and places to explore. Climb your way to the tippy-top, up all the way to level 27.

The Halloween theme is only available until October 31, so download Kim Kardashian​: Hollywood  for free on the App Store now to start trick-or-treating.

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via: Our Review

Fantastical 2 for iPad Has Been Updated and is on Sale.

Posted by on October 29th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Fantastical 2 for iPad, by Flexibits Inc, is a great calendar app for iOS. Recently it was updated include widgets and app extensions to make it easier to use.

Now, using the Today widget, you can view your calendar and event list in Notification Center. The app also allows you to create events or reminders from selected text in extension-enabled apps, making it faster and simpler to add things to your calendar. Flexibits has also fixed some bugs and added interactive notifications.

Fantastical 2 is currently 20% off for a limited time, on sale for $7.99.

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via: Our Review


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