Heroes of Order & Chaos Add Twitch Integration, New Heroes, and More

Posted by on August 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: OWNING THE ARENA :: Read Review »

An update has arrived for Gameloft‘s mobile MOBA Heroes of Order & Chaos, adding three new heroes, a solo league, and Twitch streaming support.

The three new heroes are: Marithus (Fighter), Donovac (Guardian) and Skale (Support). Meanwhile the addition of the Solo League will allow players to climb up an individual leaderboard and claim the rewards that come with it.

Twitch integration will allow players to stream their battles live, with support for camera, microphone, and chat built in. Also in this update, matchmaking has also been improved, balances to characters have been made, and an option to reconnect to matches has been added.

Heroes of Order & Chaos is available on the App Store now and is free to download.

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via: Our Review

Spotify Connect Turns One, Now Supports New Devices

Posted by on August 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: Spot-on :: Read Review »

This time last year Spotify launched Connect: a feature that allows users to play their music through home speakers. It already works through 80 different speakers and home audio systems, and today it has been announced that more partners and devices are set to be added in the near future.

Bose, Panasonic, and Gramofon have partnered with Spotify for the Connect feature, meaning that some of their devices will soon work with the music service. For the first time a Smart TV will also able to connect with Spotify, with Phillips Smart TVs. Finally, multi-room set-ups are supported as well, meaning multiple users can listen to multiple pieces of music within the same household.

The Spotify app is available for free on the App Store now, although you will need a premium subscription of $9.99 a month in order to use Connect functionality.

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via: Our Review

We all take plenty of photos, right? That’s the joy of having a reasonably powerful camera in your pocket, thanks to your trusty iPhone and a bevy of similarly useful apps. Wouldn’t it be great to make some money out of those snaps? While your selfies might not garner much attention, there’s sure to be some great shots that will appeal to someone keen to purchase the rights. That’s the thinking behind PicsaStock, an app that allows you to sell your photos to professional creatives around the world.

PicsaStock_logo_darkProving to be remarkably simple to do, you can connect your account to the likes of Instagram, 500px, Flickr, and Dropbox, thereby sharing individual photos with the community in the hope of selling them elsewhere. We had a word with head of Mobile Marketing & Press, Lars Poeck, to learn more.

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148Apps: Where did the inspiration for PicsaStock come from?
Lars Poeck (LP): Before PicsaStock.com we founded YourPainting.de. This is a global gift franchising for customized photo paintings. During this process, we realized the complicated licensing process for photography. We also learned about a huge demand for authentic pictures – by agencies, bloggers, websites and even big brands. But these photos are hard to get. This is a strange situation. We all “produce” pictures like this everyday – everywhere. Each smartphone comes a high-tech-camera – right in your pocket. You are able to do even night shots or long exposure pictures with some photo apps.

So we invented PicsaStock.com as a marketplace and community for authentic photography. Sure, we keep an eye on good quality content. But as you [can] see on platforms like VSCO Cam, 500px, Instagram, or Flickr: there are millions of brilliant photographers out there that do even more than selfies or cat pictures. Some don’t have the slightest idea that they can earn money with their photography. We give them 50% of the sale price. So we invite them all to sell their photography. Our app also comes with features like a nice gallery mode [and] a special color search technology, so you can skip through your own gallery and discover brilliant pictures by other photographers with the app.

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148Apps: How many people are currently using the service?
LP: We are a very young company. [Note: The company was founded in February 2013, with the site launching in September 2013 and the iOS app following in February 2014] At the moment we have around 25,000 users and photographers on our platform. Some upload hundreds of pictures, some just want to give it a try and upload a few pictures. But it’s amazing to see this growing every day. In our company, we all have a passion for photography. So every morning when we arrive it’s amazing to skip through the new pictures that people from all over the world uploaded on our server.

148Apps: How many photos have been purchased since the site was launched?
LP: At the moment we don’t release these numbers. But before I started at PicsaStock, I tested the service by myself and sold 10 pictures with the app. At the moment, we have 1 million approved and curated pictures and photos. Every day we get thousands of new ones. Sure, we can’t accept all of the pictures in terms of keeping up the quality standard. But it’s amazing how many people out there really know how to take a good picture – not only with their smartphones. As a tip for new users: The better you tag and name your pictures, the easier it is for others to find them.

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148Apps: How is the service currently funded?
LP: As we launched in September 2013, we were supported by an investment from Slamdunk Capital and other early stage angel investors. Now we [have] some more business angels on board.

148apps: Are there any plans for an iPad app for the service?
LP: I love the iPad and the tablet size for displaying photography. You can use our app on iPad but it’s not optimized yet for the tablet. We’ve just launched our Android app and plan some feature updates for the current iPhone app. But sure, tablet apps are something we are discussing more and more often.


Thanks to Lars for taking the time to answer our questions. The PicsaStock app is available now from the App Store.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2014-02-10 :: Category: Photography

Indie MOBA ÆRENA’s 2.0 Summer Update Brings New Missions, Skins, and a Champion

Posted by on August 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: STEAMPUNK STRATEGY :: Read Review »

Cliffhanger Games has released a new update, called HAMMER of INCquisition, for Ærena – Clash of Champions. The update adds a ton of new stuff, including skins for champions and ships. Fans will be excited to hear that they can now equip fun new outfits on their champions that have been created by the Ærena community. The game will also now have daily missions and a slew of new main missions to keep you busy.

Cliffhanger Games also revamped the visuals and UI to give the game a sleek new look, and they’ve changed up the tier system to include subtiers. To top it all off they have introduced Hammer, the Æther-powered combat robot from the INCquisition. To celebrate this massive update,  Cliffhanger has reduced all in-game prices.

You can check out all the new content for Ærena – Clash of Champions for free on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

Star Walk 2 is Like Stargazing with Neil DeGrasse Tyson in Your Pocket

Posted by on August 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Star Walk 2, by Vito Technology, aims to bring constellations to life. Users can point their iOS device at the stars and watch as the app identifies and renders 3d models of the celestial bodies that can be turned and enjoyed from different angles.

Star Walk 2 acts as your guide to the night sky by using your current location to find what stars will be visible. You can also search for specific stars, constellations, or satellites and the app will identify where you have to look to find them. Then there’s the Sky Live window, which can show you all the relevant data for your stargazing adventure including sunrise and sunset times, moon phases, and the rise and set times for 4 main planets: Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter.

Star Walk 2 also includes functions such as coordinates on each image to make locating your favorite constellation easier, a soft red-mode that preserves your night-vision while using the app, and a Time Machine mode that allows users to see stars in their calculated past and future positions.

You can pick up Star Walk 2 for $2.99 on the App Store.

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Watch the World Go By Really Fast with Instagram’s New Hyperlapse

Posted by on August 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Instagram, the internet’s favorite photography app, has just released Hyperlapse, a time-lapse camera for your iOS device.

Hyperlapse shoots footage and auto-stabilizes it so you can take video even while running, jumping, flying, or falling. You can film up to 45 minutes if you have an iPhone 5, and the video can be sped up to 12 times its original speed. Hyperlapse does not require you to sign up or create an account and the app will let you save your videos to your camera roll or share directly with Instagram and Facebook.

You can download Hyperlapse for free on the App Store now.

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Ridge Racer Slipstream Update Adds New Cars, Challenges, and Tracks

Posted by on August 26th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: DRIFTING THRILLS :: Read Review »

A new update is arriving for Bandai Namco‘s free-to-play racer Ridge Racer Slipstream, bringing new challenges, courses and cards into the mix.

Players will be able to race around two new courses - the Seacrest District and Surfside Resort – and get behind the wheel of four new Class 1 cars - the Kamata Synci, RC410, Lucky Wild Evolver, and Soldat Rauna. Players will also have the chance to unlock some new achievements and compete in new races, battles, and Masters’ Class 1 career mode challenges.

Ridge Racer Slipstream is available to download from the App Store now for free.

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via: Our Review

Infinity Blade III: Kingdom Come, the Final Update, Set to Arrive September

Posted by on August 26th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★½☆ :: NEVERENDING STORY? :: Read Review »

ChAIR has unveiled Infinity Blade III: Kingdom Come, the final update for Infinity Blade III. The update will provide a new environment, new enemies (including a new dragon to face off against), and dozens of new items to collect.

Alongside this announcement of the final update, ChAIR has also released a trailer to celebrate four years of Infinity Blade being shown off on the Apple stage, with footage from the update sprinkled throughout.

The ‘Kingdom Come’ update for Infinity Blade III is set to arrive on September 4, with the game available on the App Store now for $6.99.

via: Our Review

2KDenmark has announced that they will be releasing their new Shopping app, Heap, next month on September 1.

Heap is a shopping companion app that allows you to create shopping lists, get suggestions, and reorder items easily. The app uses high quality pictures to make it easy and fun to fill your shopping list, and the app is customizable. You can choose your language, color scheme, and even add your own pictures. Planning a party? You can share your shopping list with friends via SMS, email, and eventually the cloud.

Check out Heap on September 1 for free on the App Store.

Livescribe has announced a partnership with Moleskine, and unveiled a series of notebooks that work with the smartpens. As you write the pen captures your notes and transcribes them to digital format that can be used on your computer or mobile device. The Livescribe 3 smartpen connects to iOS devices via Bluetooth and users can access their drawings and notes through Livescribe+, which is already available on the App Store.

The Livescribe notebooks have an expandable inner pocket containing two bookmarks printed with smartpen buttons and controls, and all of the traditional Moleskine bonuses like great paper, rounded corners, a ribbon bookmark.

“There’s something magical about writing on paper with a pen, it opens up your imagination and allows you to expand your thinking beyond the constraints of a keyboard,” said Gilles Bouchard, CEO of Livescribe. “With these new Moleskine notebooks and a Livescribe smartpen, you can tap into that inspiration, and store everything on your digital devices, too.”

The Livescribe Notebooks are available on Livescribe.com and Moleskine.com/livescribe for $29.95

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via: Our Livescribe Review

Find Handmade Goods From Around the World with GlobeIn

Posted by on August 26th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

GlobeIn, the site that brings handmade crafts from over 38 countries to your doorstep, now has an app – appropriately named GlobeIn.

The app allows you to buy directly from artists all over the world and read about the stories behind each product. The service offers things such as jewelry, clothing, home goods, and more. GlobeIn also offers the “Subscription Box,” which sends you 3 unique products every month.

You can pick up GlobeIn for free on the App Store.

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Doctor Who: Legacy

 
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Take the perennially popular Match-3 genre, combine it with a well-loved TV show, and what do you get? Doctor Who: Legacy. That’s all you need to know about it, really. If you enjoy Match-3 games and Doctor Who, you’ll enjoy this. Don’t expect much innovation, though. This is a puzzle game we’ve all played before. Divided up into seasons, you’re able to take The Doctor and his relevant trusty companion on an adventure through time and space by, well, matching gems to defeat Daleks and Cybermen. Yes, it’s a curious use of the license but it kind of works. Deviating from the typical Match-3 path you can move gems anywhere on screen, thereby setting up some great combos. Doctor Who: Legacy keeps it fairly light and easy, but it’s still quite satisfying to take out an enemy in one move. Also, there are special attacks to inflict on your foe that are very loosely Doctor Who-esque. It’s all very typical of the genre but less so of the show. –Jennifer Allen

Hanx Writer

 
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Oscar winning actor, all-around Hollywood nice guy, and now app creator? Is there anything that Tom Hanks can’t do? It appears not. Hanx Writer taps into the actor’s love of old-fashioned typewriters and attempts to bring the nostalgia to your humble iPad. It’s a pretty cool typing app too, even if it’s not going to replace more modern fare. Replicating the typewriting experience, you’re given a form of typewriter for free with more available via in-app purchases. It brings with it the right noises for when you’re typing, as well as the choice to remove the delete key for the true authentic experience. After so many years of not hearing the ‘proper’ noise of keys being hit on a keyboard, it’s kind of cool to hear Hanx Writer replicate those noises from years gone by. –Jennifer Allen

Star Realms

 
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The Blob have arrived, and all who stand against them will be reduced to ash. Their fleets – massive, terrifyingly organic ships – arrive with the catastrophic finality of a lightning strike, decimating anything in their path. The civilized races of the galaxy respond the only way they know how: they form and break alliances, taking the disastrous arrival of the Blob to grab for power. And so the fleets arise, intent on nothing less than total victory. Star Realms started as a deck-building card game of titanic popularity, and this digital adaptation attempts to successfully capture the fast-paced, simple-yet-engaging gameplay of the physical version. For the most part, it succeeds overwhelmingly. Players take turns drawing cards from their ever-increasing decks in order to gain Trade, Authority, and Combat. Trade is spent on new ships, authority acts as the game’s hit points, and combat is used to destroy your opponent’s outpost and damage their Authority. –Andrew Fisher

Assault Vector

 
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Despite marketing positioning it as a turn-based strategy game, Assault Vector feels more like a re-skinned version of some sort of hyper-future checkers where all the other pieces are out to murder you. Players move their ship around a hex-based “sector” of space, trying to either destroy all of the opposing spacecraft or make their way to the green exit gate. Destroying the enemy ships nets you the opportunity to upgrade your own, while making it to the exit space just guarantees safe passage to the next board – without any benefits beyond surviving another day. The player and the enemy fleet alternate turns, moving one hex at a time. Each enemy ship has a firing arc, which can be viewed in red by tapping that specific ship. Most of these are along straight or diagonal lines, but the occasional ship has a circular danger zone surrounding it on all sides. Enemy ships are destroyed by moving into one of their bordering safe hexes, allowing the player’s ship to get the first shot off. Jumping into a hex that’s on the firing line, on the other hand, gets the player’s ship blasted instead, shaving off a point of health. But the player has a couple of other tools on hand to assist, each one usable once per sector. The Hyper Jump allows for one single move of a greater distance than the usual one hex. Similarly, the Neutron Cannon allows one enemy ship to be attacked from a far away, rather than the usual point-blank range. –Rob Thomas

Space Colors

 
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In space, no one can see a ship explode into hundreds of really cool colors. Wait – colors still show up in a vacuum, right? It’s not like sound, or – eh, never mind. What’s really important is that Space Colors by Team Chaos is a fun, fast-paced shooting game that looks great right here on good ol’ Terra. Space Colors is primarily a shooter, but it contains some mild roguelike elements, too. Players travel from planet to planet, each with a randomly-generated mission. There may be asteroids to dispose of, or crates to collect, or enemy forces to trade gunfire with. When players emerge victorious, they’re allowed to move on to the next planet in the system. –Nadia Oxford

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Freaking Math

 
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Simple games often thrive on phones. The format just suits simple games that can be played for minutes or even seconds when there’s a quiet moment or passing a phone between friends, trying to beat each other’s record. Freaking Math takes simplicity and files it down into something even more simple that simple. The result is a pretty damn simple game that looks like it took a few minutes to make, but is addictive, tough and a bit of fun. Freaking Math is aptly described by its title. It makes you say freaking a lot and it is math. A series of sums appear on a colored screen that may be correct or incorrect. They are always very simple, elementary math level problems, such as 1+1=2 or 2+3=4. There is a tick and a cross button and the object is to tap the button to say whenever the sum is correct or not before time runs out, much like the little known 1977 Atari 2600 game Basic Math. Easy right? The catch is the time limit is literally one second. Taking more than one second to answer the sum or answering it wrong ends the game and displays the high score. The game is hard so games rarely last more than a minute and the game has a distinctly Flappy Bird-ish vibe to it, what with its super simple presentation and short game length. –Allan Curtis

Unpossible

 
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I’m an emotional mess, and it’s all because of Unpossible. On paper, it’s a racing game, but it goes a bit beyond the basic paradigm. It starts from the intro screen, with the dazzling blue interspersed with dark undertones. The background cityscape is bathed in moonlight, and the electric feel is almost tangible in the way it invokes the night. The raceway is a blue-lined dark, tubular affair that extends in seemingly unending fashion over barren land. –Tre Lawrence

Brave Tribe

 
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Brave Tribe is another freemuiem citybuilder, but this one tells the story of a small Celtic village completely surrounded by Romans who like their food and a good fight. If this sounds familiar it sure is. The opening cutscene has a lot of homages to a certain heroic little Gaul and there is even a Monty Python reference squeezed in there. All this personality pretty much disappears when the game begins though. Taking control of a nearly featureless village, the player must build it up into a stronghold capable of supporting stronger warriors and defeating the encroaching Romans. Fighting off the Romans is as simple as tapping on them a few times though at least after the player has waited an hour or two to produce swords. A few basic quests provide direction and additional things to tap on. –Allan Curtis

And finally, this week the guys on Pocket Gamer subjected Peter Molyneux to a grilling, celebrated the return of Flappy Bird‘s creator Dong Nguyen with a harsh review, experienced disappointment at Clash of Clans clone Star Wars: Commander, and told everybody about Humble’s latest charity mobile bundle. Read all of this, and more, right here.

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Made by: Phonejoy
Price: $69.90, $79.90, $89.90 – depending on the bundle

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Bottom Line: The Phonejoy bluetooth game controller is a slick little attachment that accommodates all sorts of devices and orientations.

It’s important to note before I get too deep into this thing that the Phonejoy is currently not available as an MFi controller. It does work with iOS games that still support the iCade, however, and there’s the added benefit of being able to use it with Android devices as well. But if you’re on the fence, it’s something to keep in mind. At least until an MFi model might become available.

The Phonejoy uses a similar button layout to most console controllers, with four primary face buttons, four shoulder buttons, two analog sticks (left and right), a start and back button, and a digital pad. It’s also very well put-together. The plastic doesn’t look or feel cheap like with some mobile controllers, the buttons are solid, and the sliding mechanism on the inside uses what looks and feels to be some pretty nice springs and metal plates. The surfaces on the analog sticks are a teensy bit slippery, but they don’t move very far so you thumbs aren’t really likely to slide off.

phonejoy5An official Phonejoy app is available that lists compatible games and tells you how to properly connect everything. I’m not entirely sure why the directions on pairing the Phonejoy – hold B and the Back button until the light turns red – couldn’t be included in the written instructions, other than to drive downloads of the app I suppose, but having the list is handy. Unfortunately some of the games don’t seem to work quite right anymore (Terra Noctis was something of a distaster, truth be told), but there are still several that I’ve tested that play incredibly well with the physical controls. Stealth Inc., Metal Slug 3, pretty much anything by Orange Pixel, and a whole lot more all work perfectly.

There’s no hardware connection required to use the Phonejoy (it uses bluetooth), so all you have to do to set it up is set your device in the middle and turn it on. The controls will connect wirelessly, and the force of the springs will keep a firm grip to make sure nothing slides out of place – both in a vertical and horizontal orientation. As an added bonus, since you never have to physically hook anything up you can just use the Phonejoy like a regular wireless controller if you prefer.

phonejoy2Adapters may also be connected to your device that will allow you to use headphones or charge it while you use the Phonejoy. Both came packed in with the Pro Gamer set I received ($89.90), along with a portable tablet stand and travel case for the Phonejoy itself, but you can also purchase them separately if needed. The only problem is that the power adapter is micro USB only, so no charging while playing for iOS users. The headphone extension will works just fine, though.

If it weren’t for the lack of MFi options, the Phonejoy would be an easy recommendation. Although even without them it’s a solid controller that works very, very well with the games it is compatible with – and that list is still pretty long.

Doggins is Set to Arrive for the iPhone This Thursday

Posted by on August 25th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Our Rating: ★★★½☆ :: BRIEF DELIGHT :: Read Review »

Doggins, the adventure game from husband and wife team Brain&Brain that stars a terrier and a villainous monocled squirrel, was previously only available for iPad users.

That’ll change this Thursday however, with the app set to let iPhone users play when it becomes Universal. Alongside letting those with smaller devices play, the app will also get some minor fixes, a new icon, and a slightly refined final puzzle.

Doggins will become universal this Thursday, but is already available on the App Store for the iPad for $3.99.

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via: Our Review

The Journey Down: Chapter Two is Out Now, and Chapter One is Currently Free

Posted by on August 25th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The second chapter of SkyGoblin‘s The Journey Down series has today arrived on the App Store. The Journey Down: Chapter Two continues the story of Bwana and co in St. Armando as they continue to look for his lost father. Along the way, whilst running from pirates and the law in the Underland, they’ll discover a dark conspiracy which shrouds the fate of Bwana’s father.

To celebrate the release of Chapter Two, The Journey Down: Chapter One is also available this week for the grand price of nothing, giving players a chance to play the first chapter before they play the second installment in the story.

The Journey Down: Chapter Two is available on the App Store now for $4.99, whilst Chapter One is currently free and will be for the rest of this week.

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via: Our Review of Chapter One


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