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

Posted by on October 29th, 2014
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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
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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
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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

Over Gets an Overhaul With New Editing Options and Lots of Fonts

Posted by on October 29th, 2014
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Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: OPEN CAPTIONED :: Read Review »

Over, the app that lets you put text over your art and photos, has received an update that fixes fixes some bugs and increases resolution for iPhone 5 (and above) and iPad 3 (and above). Over also now has the ability to rotate text, has been localization for Russia, and the font list has greatly expanded.

The new fonts include:

  • Ossature by Romain Bergaentzlé
  • Mandinor by Fontyou (@fontyou) and Julien Priez (@BoogyPaper)
  • Bushcraft One Shadow by Rachid Aitouaissi
  • So Brush by Rachid Aitouaissi
  • Cookies and Cream by Nicky Laatz (@creamcherrypie)
  • Hollywood99 by David Slaager (@davidiscreative)
  • Nina Ketchup by David Slaager (@davidiscreative)
  • Millie Bold by Kyle Benson (@kylewaynebenson)

You can check out all the new stuff in Over for $1.99 on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

Ruzzle Adventure Gets into the Halloween Spirit with a New Update and Lots of Pumpkins

Posted by on October 28th, 2014
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Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: RUH-ROH :: Read Review »

Ruzzle Adventure, the word puzzle game from MAG Interactive, is donning its Halloween costume.

Check out the new update for their Halloween fun. There are 25 new spooky levels that open up at level 2, and at every 5th level you get free coins as a treat. There will be pumpkins everywhere, naturally, and make sure to beat Ztephan the Skeleton king!

The new world is only around until Halloween (Friday, 10/31) so check out Ruzzle Adventure for free on the App Store before it’s too late.

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via: Our Review

It’s time to get excited, mobile card gamers; Playdek has announced its Halloween Sale. Their top three games – Nightfall, Lords of Waterdeep, and Ascension – are all on sale for the rest of the month.

Nightfall is now $0.99 (previously $2.99). Lords of Waterdeep is $3.99 (previously $6.99) and its expansions are $0.99. Finally, Ascension‘s Darkness Unleashed expansion is on sale for $1.99 (previously $2.99) while all other expansions are $0.99.

This Halloween treat is only available through November 1, so pick up these great games on the cheap while you have the chance.

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CastSpellRemember Puzzle Quest? Just about everybody loved Puzzle Quest, and the team behind the match-3 game that made match-3 games interesting again is back with a sort of spiritual successor to their puzzle/RPG hybrid: Gems of War.

Gems of War has a lot in common with Infinite Interactive’s earlier game. You get to match colored runes to activate spells and skills, you can match skulls to damage your enemies, and there’s decidedly some leveling-up going on behind closed doors (note: the doors aren’t closed – they’re actually wide open). However, things have been streamlined a bit as well.

SpellAnimationRegrettably there’s no crafting in Gems of War, but you’ll be able to fight other players in asynchronous battles and can even join a guild with other players. Emphasis has also been placed on your characters this time around, with you being able to create a party using your chosen hero, a weapon, and three other characters to assist you in combat. Different characters (of which there are over 100 planned) require different runes to activate their abilities, and they can be leveled-up using materials taken from selling off the useless ones.

Another nice feature is that both iOS and Android users will be able to play with (or against) each other, and can even access their account across multiple platforms.

Gems of War will be hitting the App Store for free sometime before the holiday season.

A Million Copies of Bio Inc are Being Given Away Right Now

Posted by on October 28th, 2014
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Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: SICKENING - IN A COMPELLING WAY :: Read Review »

Bio Inc. developers DryGin Studios have started a giveaway of one million copies of the disease simulation game, which they hope to achieve in around 48 hours.

Alongside this giveaway, version 1.5 of the game has arrived. Features added in in this new version include Game Center integration, including leaderboards and 30 new achievements to unlock, a ‘Fast Forward’ mode, new sound effects, and an Italian language option.

Bio Inc. is available for free from now until one million people have gotten the game for free.

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via: Our Review

A New Trials Frontier Update Awakens the Pumpkin King

Posted by on October 28th, 2014
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Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: A ROUGH LANDING :: Read Review »

A Halloween-themed update has arrived for RedLynx‘s Trials Frontier, adding new skins and tracks courtesy of the arrival of the Pumpkin King.

The Pumpkin King, as he does, is causing havoc, so it’s up to you to take him and his minions on across the world. The update introduces a 16-part live event, with smashing pumpkins being the name of the game. Players will also be able to unlock nine new bike skins and four tracks as they take on the squash plant royalty.

Trials Frontier is available to download for free from the App Store now.

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via: Our Review

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The App Store can be a daunting place. What to try? What to buy? How do you know? Thank goodness the review team at 148Apps is here to save the day. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you’re looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we’ve been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.

Puzzle to the Center of the Earth

 
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Puzzle to the Center of the Earth is a puzzle platformer in the most literal sense. The game has players manipulating platforms with a match-three mechanic, with the ultimate goal of journeying further down toward the center of the earth. With bright visuals, smart mechanics, and a satisfying brand of puzzle-solving, Puzzle to the Center of the Earth is a very worthwhile download. As a spelunker, players can move about caverns by sliding their fingers across the bottom part of the screen. As they approach sets of colored blocks underground, they can then tap and slide to link blocks of the same color together and break them. Breaking blocks allows players to move deeper down in a level, which contains an exit on the bottom of the screen. –Campbell Bird

The Silent Age Episode 2

 
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You play Joe Average as he leaps back and forth between the 70s and the modern day. As before, this is easily achieved thanks to your trusty time machine. It’s a mechanic that changes up what you see in each room or building, and is the kind of thing that means you can’t help but switch between timelines regularly just to see what’s changed. For the most part, this mechanic is used to get past a closed door or two, which means it’s a little underused in terms of its potential, but it’s relatively easy to forgive The Silent Age Episode 2 for its flaws. –Jennifer Allen

Angry Birds Transformers

 
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Part auto-runner, part side-scrolling shoot-em-up, you control one of many Transformers as they stop the EggBots by taking out their platforms. Instead of flinging birds at your enemies you shoot at them, aiming for weak points in order to vanquish them. It’s simply done, with you tapping to create a reticule. Each level is much the same meaning that Angry Birds Transformers can get a little repetitive, but it’s often fun. At times you can transform in order to duck under obstacles coming your way, which ensures you keep your wits about you. Each level is also pretty brief so it’s an easy game to dip into for a few minutes here or there. –Jennifer Allen

Zero Age

 
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Zero Age‘s visuals and gameplay are both so stunningly well-executed it’s hard to know where to start the praise. Let’s go with the graphics since they’re more immediately striking. The game takes place in a hauntingly atmospheric geometric world filled with vast, cubic vistas. It’s like a minimalist robot city that’s either unfinished or long since abandoned. Guiding the hooded hero through these multi-tiered landscapes while soulful piano music plays would still leave an impression even without the puzzles. Fortunately Zero Age offers some of the most creative and complex 3D puzzles around. Players must get their character to the end of each level. Sometimes that’s as simple as just tapping on the goal, but usually they will have to create a path by manipulating a handful of blocks. Different blocks have markings specifying their rules – some blocks can only move on a horizontal plane, while others are limited to the vertical. However, players can stack cubes on top of each other to move certain blocks in ways they couldn’t before or shield themselves from deadly lasers. Constructing even something as basic as some stairs requires intense levels of spatial thinking. –Jordan Minor

Sleep Attack TD

 
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Each level offers up a series of paths for the waves of enemies to follow. The trick here is that these paths can be rotated around, thereby enabling you to redirect where the foes go. This means that you can send the waves down areas that you’ve fortified particularly well, giving you the edge. The catch is that you have to be constantly aware of what’s going on around you. Unlike other Tower Defense games, where you can usually set up a strong layout then watch it unfold, things change fast and you’re never entirely comfortable about your chances of success. This keeps Sleep Attack TD consistently interesting. It’d be business as usual otherwise, with a typical plethora of enemies to withstand and a bevy of towers that are useful in different scenarios. The rotation mechanic really makes a difference though, and ensures that Sleep Attack TD is more appealing. It looks pretty charming too, with a more fluid style than the usual lane defense mechanics we’re used to within the genre. –Jennifer Allen

Montessori Math City

 
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As readers who follow my posts may know, my son’s favorite subject is math, and he is eager to practice these skills whenever he has a chance. One of his favorite ways is making a bee-line for any app that includes “math” in the title. A new favorite of his is Montessori Math City, which has strengthened his ability not only to count to one thousand, but to be able to build different sums with the use of smaller numbers in a way that is actually quite open-ended. There is also a city area he can build within, providing motivation to continue working with this app. I must admit that when I sat down to review it I was intimidated, because without a Montessori background I felt at a loss to explain the goings-on within this app in the technical terms that one may expect. Although I don’t find the gathering of correct words intuitive to properly explain what this app has to offer, I must remember that my son does find this app utterly intuitive to use. –Amy Solomon

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Republique

 
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We’ve been wanting this one for a while. And now that Republique is on Android, we can breathe a sigh of relief. We can stop giving Camouflaj and Darkwind Media the side eye. And we can taste of the goodness that this title unabashedly brings. The gameplay comes in two modes: Story, which allows players to experience the story and explore environments, and Normal, which is the standard experience. Going the normal route allows one to pick an episode, and we’re off. –Tre Lawrence

Dementia: The Book of the Dead

 
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At the first sight, this game looks like another simple survival horror, which are quite popular on the mobiles. Surprisingly, Dementia: The Book of the Dead is neither simple, nor a survival horror, in a true sense. It has great and scary atmosphere, but once you understand that the unholy abomination before you can be dealt with by the means of stuffing it with holy bullets, or smashing its abominable face with not-quite-holy lantern, the atmosphere dwindles somewhat. Not to say that it’s in any way a bad game, but the main character’s death is more likely to summon a groan instead of shivers. It’s still a horror, so the enemies always overpower the main character and running away is often a better decision than fighting. In other words, great fun. –Tony Kuzmin

Five Nights at Freddy’s

 
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It is nice to see that some pc games are being ported to Android and that the idea behind the game stays intact. Same goes for Five Nights at Freddy’s. If you have played Five Nights at Freddy’s on pc, than you know what you are up for in this Android version of the game. It is a port of the pc version and one that is very well made. Everything from the first version is the same, only now you use the touch screen as an input source, instead of the mouse. Input methods aside, these game is freaky. Very freaky. The first few times it gave me the creeps and my first reaction was to close the game. When that happens, I say: the objective of the developers must’ve been a success by then. –Wesley Akkerman

And finally, this week, Pocket Gamer went hands-on with the latest Pokemon game, found out how to record iOS games with just a lightning cable and a Mac, picked the best gamebooks, and tried the latest SimCity game for mobile. And it’s all right here for your perusal.

Woah Dave!, by Choice Provisions, is a retro-style arcade platformer. This is the first game they are releasing since changing their name from Gaijin Games (perhaps best known for the BIT.TRIP series). Players fight aliens as Dave, a strange little fellow in teal pants. You can reach the top of the leader boards by pocketing the spare change that aliens drop when you kill them.

If you can’t wait and need your Woah Dave! fix immediately, the soundtrack is available on iTunes and CD Baby.

You’ll be able to pick up Woah Dave! this Thursday, October 30, for $1.99.

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Marvel and Kabam have joined forces to create Contest of Champions: a fighting game based on the Marvel Universe that sets players against the Collector, who has trapped heroes in crystals. And so, players must beat the Collector’s team to gather crystals and unlock heroes to form their own super-powered team.

During New York Comic-Con I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cuz Parry (the game’s Creative Director) and Writer Sam Humphries to discuss their new creation.


148Apps: Contest of Champions looks like a fantastic fighting game. Could you give us an overview of the story?
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Sam Humphries

Sam Humphries (SH): The comics and the cartoon are very good angles on the Collector. He’s a little badass, very mighty, and inscrutable. His motivations are not always understandable. That’s been a lot of fun to play with because since day one Kabam has been very adamant in keeping the priority on the story and not just make a game to button mash and curse. They wanted to entice players with a really strong story with escalating stakes, reveals, mysteries, twists and turns, cliff hangers, and all that kinda stuff. So having someone like the Collector, we asked “What are his motivations?” “Why is he doing this?” That’s an important mystery that we build over time, and as we pull all the layers back what we’ve come up with is something that, story-wise, stands up against a Marvel Comic, Marvel Movie, and Marvel TV show.

Cuz Parry (CP): In the Marvel Gaming universe there’s this substance called Iso-8. That’s the resource that basically everybody uses in all the marvel games, such as in Ultimate Spiderman you use it to level-up your characters. We’re telling the story where there is this big, powerful weapon: the Iso-Sphere. We go to the source of the Iso-8 and the mystery behind it.

SH: What we find out about the Iso-Sphere and Iso-8 is that they are directly tied to the battle realm where you play the game, and to what the Collector’s doing and why he’s doing it. Also, maybe there’s someone behind the the Collector pulling his strings and making this happen.

Continue reading Sam Humphries and Cuz Parry Talk About Their Upcoming Marvel Fighting Game, Contest of Champions »

Star Wars: Commander Adds “Death Troopers” to a New Limited-Time Campaign

Posted by on October 27th, 2014
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Our Rating: ★★★½☆ :: CLASH OF THE FORCE :: Read Review »

The scientists of a secret Imperial research facility on Dandoran have reported an “oopsie” – there’s outbreak of zombie Death Troopers!

Star Wars: Commander, by Disney, is getting “The Sickness” Campaign for Halloween. Undead Stormtroopers, infected by an Imperial bioweapons project, are terrorizing the Empire and the Rebellion alike.

The update includes 3 new enemies: Death Troopers, Scout Death Troopers, and Heavy Death Troopers. Both sides are also getting new ships. The Rebel Starship Strike – HWK–290 is a freighter outfitted with incendiary bombs to crush infantry units while the Empire Starship Strike – VT–49 Decimator uses firebombs to wash an area with flame.

You can pick up Star Wars: Commander for free on the App Store, and The Sickness will start spreading this Thursday (10/30).

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via: Our Review

Oh no, it’s not that kind of ‘skin.’ I’m talking about the kind of skins you can put on electronic devices to dress them up a bit.

These oversized stickers come with a backing that makes removing air bubbles easier, are custom cut to fit whatever device you order them for, and are available in all sorts of styles. I mean a lot. It’s Redbubble. The site is full of all sorts of interesting artwork, and if you don’t like what you see you can always make your own like I did.

These new skins should be rolling out later this week and will be available for a number of different devices, including the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5s, and 5C as well as the iPad Air, Mini, and Gen 2/3/4.

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Welcome one and all to the season of spirits, ghouls, and discounts. Yes, discounts. Didn’t anyone ever tell you that October is the ideal time for some sales?

Someone clearly passed on the memo to Double Fine, as they recently tweeted that its seasonal adventure title Costume Quest and Kickstarted point-and-click game Broken Age will both be on sale on iOS until the end of October.

Broken Age is available to download now for $4.99, whilst Costume Quest can be gotten for $2.99 and its DLC ‘Grubbins On Ice’ for $0.99.

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via: Our Costume Quest Revew


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