Keep Track of Your Hectic Work Schedule With Shifts

Posted by on January 27th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Shifts, by Snowman, is a calendar that helps you organize your work schedule. If you are not one of those lucky people that work traditional 9-5 Monday to Friday hours, you probably have to deal with opening and closing shifts on changing days. This calendar allows you to create shifts with a tap of your finger and assign them colorful icons and custom notes to make it easier to figure out when you are going to be dog tired.

You can also add your hourly rate and get an estimate of your monthly earnings. The app lets you add up to 2 shifts per day. You can even set up a shift rotation quickly and easily. If you are trying to make plans, you can share your work schedule with others regardless of whether or not they have the Shifts app.

To celebrate the launch of Shifts, Snowman is offering it for 60% off for a limited time.

Right now you can pick up a copy of Shifts for $1.99 on the App Store.

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Sentinel 4: Dark Star Adds New Campaign and More

Posted by on January 27th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★½☆ :: STURDY TOWER DEFENSE :: Read Review »

Sentinel 4: Dark Star developer Origin8 has rung in the new year by giving the tower defense title a big update, adding in new weapons, a new commander and a new campaign.

The new second campaign for the game features five new levels also playable in Endless Mode, while the new weapons are the ‘Orion’ tower, which slows and electrocutes enemies, ‘Plasma Wisps’, which are energetic sentinel missiles, and the ‘Lava Pods’, which can be deployed on paths to damage foes over time. The new ‘Juggernaut’ Commander meanwhile is focused around ranged damage and is a $0.99 in-app Purchase.

Sentinel 4: Dark Star is available to download now from the App Store for $2.99.

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via: Our Review

Join the NAVY in a Big New Update for WW2: Sandbox. Strategy & Tactics

Posted by on January 27th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

HeroCraft Ltd. has released an update for WW2: Sandbox. Strategy & Tactics that’s a force to be reckoned with. A naval force that is.

You now have access to the NAVY in WW2: Sandbox. Strategy & Tactics. Your fleet will be comprise of 4 types of ships including the cruiser, submarine, destroyer, and gigantic battleship. The addition of water-based units will change the nature of the warscape. Now you’ll be able to take control of naval routes and landing operations, bombard coastlines, and hunt down enemy ships. They’ve also tweaked the Air Force balance so now your air raids will be even more powerful.

You can sail your very own copy of WW2: Sandbox. Strategy & Tactics for $9.99 on the App Store.

Graphic Novel App netwars – The Butterfly Attack has Received Some New Episodes

Posted by on January 27th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: INTERESTING STORYTELLING :: Read Review »

The Butterfly Attack, by Bastei Entertainment, has received a major update. You can now complete the interactive graphic novel about a cyber war using pan-European terrorist attacks, with three new episodes.

The Butterfly Attack is part of a larger story called the Netwars Project, which includes a collection of e-books and webisodes.

Episode one of The Butterfly Attack is available for free on the iTunes App Store and episodes two and three are available as in-app purchases for $1.99 each.

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Ever been watching a movie and just wished that you could reach out and interact with it? Maybe change the devastating plot twists or beat the bad guy yourself? Well, the Korean content creation company SYOBE Creative has listened to those desires and created the very first mobile game/movie, Cinema Game: RAGE.

Several huge names in the Korean entertainment industry have already attached themselves to the project. Fans may recognize popular and famous actors such as Jeong Eun-Chae, Lee Ju-Seung, and Lee Ki-Young, as well as K-POP stars Seo Kang-Joon and Gong Myung of 5urprise fame, and Nara of the group HelloVenus.

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The movie itself has been really well-shot but the best part about it is that you can physically interact with it at key moments, such as swiping or tapping to ensure the on-screen character avoids obstacles or choosing which direction a motorbike will turn during a driving section. One section that looked particularly fun was a Dance Dance Revolution-style rhythm action sequence during which you press left-right button at the right time to win a game.

Cinema Game: RAGE is essentially a collection of mini-games and quick-time events played in real-time as you watch a movie. The plot also sounds intriguing, taking the form of a mystery thriller. Gio is a university student who lives with his miserable older brother, a blogger who sees the future in his dreams. When his brother disappears, it’s up to Gio to discover exactly what has happened.

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Interactive books and comics have been successfully adapted to video game devices before, so why not movies? You could argue that Telltales’ efforts are the closest thing but we’ve never seen a fully-shot interactive movie game before. SYOBE Creative developed its own technologies in order to achieve this, successfully integrating full motion video and action streaming video technologies. They applied patent for their very own pattern processing technology which was used during the development of the game’s user interface and streaming videos.

Cinema Game RAGE is available now on Google Play [download] and the App Store [download].

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

What happens when you cross a shoot-em-up with a rhythm game? You get Beat the Beat by Nekki, creators of Shadow Fight 2 and Vector.

You’ll be dodging alien gunfire while being bombarded with dub-step beats. The game lets you upgrade your ships to get the firepower you need to defeat the giant bosses. The action in the preview video looks rather frantic and exciting.

Beat the Beat is bringing the beatdown to iOS this summer.

Warm Your Winter With New Apps!

 

How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. 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.

Trivia Crack

 
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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

The Hunger Games: Panem Rising

 
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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

Adventure Time Game Wizard

 
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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

Handle

 
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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

Saved

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

9 Elements: Action Fight Ball

 
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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

WWE Immortals

 
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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

Cloudy Or Dry – Funny Or Die Release a Weather App

Posted by 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.

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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.

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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 Celebrates a Major Milestone with a Co-op Mode and New Characters Designed by Famed Artist Yoshitaka Amano

Posted by on January 26th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: TERRA-IFFIC :: Read Review »

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.

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via: Our Review

Angry Birds Friends NHL All-Star Tournament Welcomes NHL HockeyBird

Posted by on January 26th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★½☆ :: PASSING ACQUAINTANCE :: Read Review »

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.

via: Our Review

Choice Provisions – home stable to Woah Dave! and the BIT.TRIP series – is bringing their new game, dubbed Destructamundo, to iOS device users.

Check out these BULLET POINTS:

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.

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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 »

The New Disney Inquizitive App Offers a Place for Fans to Take Disney Quizzes

Posted by 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.

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