Set for release on the App Store in September is Beatbuddy, previously a success story for the PC, Mac, and Linux.

Beatbuddy combines puzzle solving, enemy vanquishing, and plenty of exploration. Even better, it offers a fascinating story contributed to by Rhianna Pratchett of Tomb Raider and Mirror’s Edge fame. There’ll be six hand-drawn worlds to explore, each offering their own original soundtrack.

That’s not all, though! Beatbuddy is also set to allow you to buy the game’s tracks from iTunes without leaving the game. A feature that hasn’t been available in a game for iOS before.

Developer, THREAKS, promise that there will be numerous free updates post-launch, ensuring that Beatbuddy sounds pretty cool to us.

Check out the gameplay trailer below for a sneak peek at what to expect, come September.

Another Week of Expert App Reviews

 

At 148Apps, we help you sort through the great ocean of apps to find the ones we think you’ll like and the ones you’ll need. Our top picks become Editor’s Choice, our stamp of approval for apps with that little extra something special. Want to see what we’ve been up to this week? Take a look below for a sampling of our latest reviews. And if you want more, be sure to hit our Reviews Archive.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout

 
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Gameloft is responsible for bringing us some of the most polished and frenetic mobile shooters for the iOS platform in the form of Modern Combat. The latest entry, Modern Combat 5: Blackout, raises the bar even higher, despite still having some of its own setbacks. This fifth entry is certainly an improvement that demonstrates what can be done within the mobile genre. Players take up the role of Caydan Phoenix, an ex-marine who was deployed into Venice to tackle an uprising sweeping the area. After Phoenix is inevitably set up, he finds out that the international security agency who sent him in is up to no good – in fact, it’s acting as a front for an international terror organization. That’s where you come in: righting all these wrongs and clearing his name; with guns. –Brittany Vincent

The Order of Souls

 
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The Order of Souls is a turn-based, free-to-play role playing game set in a fantastical world that melds science fiction and fantasy elements. Throughout the course of the game players can expect a surprising amount of interactive story elements, but most of that requires them to grind through a middling series of combat scenarios that really drag the whole game down. The Order of Souls‘ various elements include head-to-head multiplayer, crafting, singleplayer combat, party management, etc. Most of these systems and mechanics seem familiar to those that have played RPGs before, but the game does very little to do unique things with them. It’s almost like the developers were more concerned with checking features off a list than they were thinking about how they might add a unique dimension or dynamic to the game. This is not to say that it has any seriously flawed mechanics, but they just aren’t as interesting as they could’ve been. –Campbell Bird

Revolution 60

 
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Revolution 60 has a lot of influences. It wants to be a sprawling sci-fi action RPG full of choices like Mass Effect. It spices up its numerous cutscenes with quick time events like Heavy Rain. Parts of its plot recall Metal Gear Solid, and its stylish 60s espionage vibe is probably the closest thing we’ll ever get to another No One Lives Forever. However, instead of being derivative, Revolution 60 emerges as a fantastically fresh original vision and a great debut for developer Giant Spacekat. Starting Revolution 60 feels like stepping into a wholly realized sci-fi world. In fact, the lore can get so dense at times it’s hard to figure out exactly what’s going on, but players will pick up enough. Plus they can purchase a separate guidebook explaining the universe, which fortunately seems interesting enough to warrant such a cost. Besides, the characters are what really matters, and Revolution 60’s cast is definitely worth getting invested in. –Jordan Minor

Secret Files Tunguska

 
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Previously a PC, Wii, and DS release, point-and-click adventure Secret Files Tunguska has made its way to iOS, and it’s quite enjoyable despite its dour tone. Veering away from the casual nature of many other titles in the genre, Secret Files Tunguska sticks to the traditional scenario of plenty of asking questions and combining items to create further useful tools. Set around the Tunguska event, a mysterious large explosion that occurred in 1908, the game delves into conspiracy theories that would make Mulder and Scully proud. You play a woman whose father, a scientist investigating the event, has gone missing, and soon enough various intelligence agencies are out to get you. –Jennifer Allen

MTN

 
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MTN is not a game. It is not highly interactive app. What it is, is a serene part of your day that will bring you a few minutes of amusement. The MTN app, by David O’Reilly, opens by asking you to draw things based on 1-word prompts. According to David O’Reilly, “The drawings influence things like the shape of the mountain, the type of vegetation, the amount of vegetation, the length of your summers, the amount of snow you’re going to get, all sorts of different things.” After the prompts are answered the app generates a small, free-floating mountain in the middle of space. –Jessica Fisher

Bio Inc

 
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Mama, just killed a man. Pinched a vein inside his head. Pressed “OK” and now he’s dead. Bio Inc is a “biomedical simulator” from DryGin studios. While there are dozens of medical/surgical simulators available on PC, mobile platforms, and consoles, Bio Inc is a little different. Other medical-based games ask players to save patients in peril (even if said players may wind up removing the patient’s brain during a routine appendectomy, either accidentally or on purpose). Bio Inc, on the other hand, requires players to drag the Hippocratic Oath behind the hospital and shoot it. –Nadia Oxford

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Ruzzle Adventure

 
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What does a developer do when a game around forming words and multiplayer becomes a succes? It takes out fifty procent of that golden formula and turns it to a list of chores. Ruzzle Adventure is a game where players need to form words on a grid full of letters. In the past, we’ve seen dozens of iterations of this concept in the form of Boggle, Wordfeud or even an earlier published version of Ruzzle. In all those games the goal is the same: make as many words as possible, to get the highest score. By making bigger words and combining tougher letters to make words with, the score multiplier raises and so does one’s score. Remember Scrabble? –Wesley Akkerman

Shurican

 
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Man, developers still make flappy games? I thought that that hype was over, but judging by the game Shurican, there still were some… I don’t know what to call it… Innovations..? …left in the subgenre. Yeah, I was surprised as well. How much can different people do with one mechanic? And especially the flappy mechanic? By looking at the flappy games in Google’s Play Store, not very much. Many of the flappy games are direct and shameless clones of the original and unintended successful original one, but sometimes a good one pops up and offers the same, but somewhat a different challenge. Shurican is one of those game, and not only because the game is played in widescreen mode. –Wesley Akkerman

Super Tank Arena Battles

 
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In Super Tank Arena Battles, we get the to see our favorite weapons (tanks) go head to head in our favorite fight environment (an arena). It just gets even more hyper from there. It’s a simple looking game, but still manages to impress graphically, with the opening menu made up of cheery animations and pastels guiding the text. Here, amongst other options, we are presented with 5 game modes: Survival, Catch The Flag, One On One, Mines Rush and Hardcore Survival.The first is open, while the others need a threshold of some sort needed to unlock successive modes. –Tre Lawrence

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer reviewed Modern Combat 5, created an expert guide for Hearthstone’s Naxxramas DLC, picked some awesome seeds for Minecraft: Pocket Edition, found 5 games like Monument Valley, and asked Double Stallion whether turning Big Action Mega Fight into a paid game was a success or a huge mistake. Read all of this and more, at Pocket Gamer.

Out this Fall is a new kind of card battle game: Outcast Odyssey. From This Means WAR! developer Magic Pixel Games, and Bandai Namco, you’ll be able to explore and discover new worlds, fight various foes, and take on a number of quests.

There’ll be guilds to join too, so you can tag along with friends!

Set to offer hundreds of cards to collect and evolve, Outcast Odyssey is set for release later this year. Check out the teaser trailer to get an idea of what else to expect.

Recently got into Supercell’s other huge hit, Hay Day and could do with some advice on what to do? We’ve got you covered with some helpful trips and tricks to bear in mind!

Ticking Along

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One of the key things to keep in mind while building up that farm is the importance of the different currencies available. Everything to do with Hay Day depends on one of three things – experience, coins, and diamonds.

  • Experience is gained by things such as selling goods and harvesting crops. Following the order board is the fastest way to level up, but it’s not always wise to level too fast (more on that later).
  • Coins are used for purchasing buildings, animals, and items from shops. You can earn coins from completing truck orders, selling stuff, and profiteering from visiting customers.
  • Diamonds are the premium currency here but they can be gained via a few different ways. You earn diamonds every time you level up, if you sync the game with your Facebook account, and also when completing one of the many achievements on offer. As a final tip, look for purple tickets that appear near your newspaper and watch a clip to gain more diamonds. Also, try not to use them too often as you’re better off saving them for more expensive things.

The Importance of Crops

  • Every crop you plant will double its yield upon harvest. That’s an important fact to remember. Don’t use up all the seeds in your silo, no matter how tempting it might be, in order to complete an objective. Instead, plant those seeds but make sure there’s enough spare for later on. Otherwise you’ll have to use diamonds to buy more, which is such a waste.
  • Always have a good, steady supply of the basics such as wheat, corn, soybeans, and other simple feed for your animals. It’ll keep your livestock happy and keep the symmetry of the Hay Day life stable.
  • It’s an important lesson that we all need to remember with these kind of games – TIME WHAT YOU PLANT. Yes, it’s that important that it needed capital letters. Plant slow growing stuff overnight or when you’re away from the game for a while. It’ll keep you sane while still feeling like you’re progressing without wasting those all-important diamonds.
  • Remember: wheat, corn, and carrots take mere minutes to grow, while pumpkins and indigo can take hours. Plan accordingly.

Progressing

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  • Use the roadside stand to sell spare goods. It’s a quick way to make a few bucks. Check the newspaper to see what your friends are selling at the moment and work around that.
  • Remember that most crafted goods will sell relatively quickly because other players want them to fill their orders. Go for the maximum price then pull it back by about 10% so that you sell quickly but for a good price.
  • The board fills up with order requests but don’t be afraid to skip some. It’ll take a few minutes for a new order to show up, but it’s worth it. Some orders pay a pittance or simply take too long to complete. Focus on what’s easiest to achieve for maximum profit.

Money, Money, Money

  • There’s a pretty easy but dull way to make money fast: plant wheat everywhere. If you constantly harvest and sell off the surplus, you’ll gain some valuable rare items along the way. It’s dull though, so only do it if you’re exceptionally determined.
  • With that money, you can buy building materials that can then be used to upgrade your various storage places, as well as buy new land plots. It’ll be worth it in the long run.
  • Find those materials through newspaper ads but remember to decide quickly as things change fast. Don’t like the ads? Quit the game completely (right down to double tapping the home screen and swiping up on the game to clear Hay Day from running in the background) and go back in. The ads will all be new!

Most importantly of all, balance your aims to make money alongside gaining experience. It’ll ensure you don’t end up too unbalanced but it’s also a heck of a lot more fun that way! After all, developing that farm is a marathon, not a sprint.

Who loves lasagna? Me. Also everyone’s favorite grumpy fat cat, Garfield. Coming to the App Store this Fall will be Garfield: Survival of the Fattest, an original game from Pixowl, the folks behind The Sandbox.

Garfield: Survival of the Fattest will feature an original storyline centered around Garfield’s passion for food, plus there’ll be plenty of room for other characters from the Garfield Universe.

Check out the teaser trailer below. We’ll keep you in the loop when it comes to the game’s progress.

Square Register Updates Adds Offline Payments

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

Square Inc has updated their Square Register app, adding in the ability for users to take swiped card payments whilst offline. Once a user opts into offline mode, payments taken offline can be queued up by the app and be processed when connection to the Internet is re-established, allowing businesses to continue operating even when signal has been lost.

Square Register is available to download for free.

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For the first time since its release (which has thankfully been a much shorter window for iPad players than their PC counterparts), Blizzard’s wildly successful Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft CCG is sporting some brand new content: the single player “adventure” mode, Curse of Naxxramas. Based on the World of Warcraft raid dungeon of the same name, Naxxramas is divided up into various themed quarters: the Arachnid, Plague, Military, and Construct Quarters, and ending with the Frostwyrm Lair. Naxxramas’ Arachnid Quarter opened up this week and I brushed back the cobwebs to peek inside.

Hearthstone: Curse of NaxxramasThe three challenges of the Arachnid Quarter come in the forms of the Spider Lord Anub’Rekhan, Grand Widow Faerlina, and the giant spider Maexxna – sure to give anyone with arachnophobia a severe case of the creepy-crawlies. Each boss has their own special 2 mana “class” power, from summoning minions (Anub’Rekhan), to sending random minions back to a player’s hand (Maexxna), to firing randomly assigned magic damage based on how many cards the player is holding (Faerlina). There are also Heroic versions of the same fights, where the dungeon bosses start off with a massive 45 life to the player’s paltry 30 – while also sporting enhanced versions of their powers. Summoning a 4/4 minion for 2 mana? Yeah, that seems incredibly well-balanced. Good luck!

There are also two Class Challenges, where players are pitted against Naxxramas’ bosses with pre-built class-specific decks. Rogue and Druid are the two classes on offer this time, with the Rogue facing Faerlina while the Druid takes on Maexxna. Other Class Challenges will unlock as the weeks roll on, of course. It would be nice to see these with their own Heroic variants too, but in some cases that could get dangerously close to overkill.

Hearthstone: Curse of NaxxramasAll of the battles in this wing of Naxxramas feel fresh and interesting. The new graphics for the playing area feature fun little interactive elements and there’s a ton of new voiceover work, including new lines for plenty of existing Hearthstone cards. In particular, the running commentary between matches from Naxxramas’ resident Lich Lord, Kel’Thuzad, is funny – almost at odds with the presumed tone of the new area. Then again, Hearthstone has never been afraid to be light and goofy. A lot of the new cards on display bank heavily on Battlecry and Deathrattle effects (SO many Deathrattles!). Also, with a number of new Beast subtype cards, Beast-themed Hunter decks have just received a huge boost.

The other wings of Curse of Naxxramas begin opening, one by one, starting next week with the Plague Quarter. Each wing costs $6.99 (with bundles available at a discounted price) or 700 in-game gold – but, sadly, no bundles), so you’d better start farming those daily Quests for gold now. However, keep in mind Quests only advance via Play or Arena mode – time spent in the depths of Naxxramas doesn’t count toward their completion. So what are you waiting for, adventurer? Get back out there and sling some cards!


Watch and Share Mobile Gameplay Videos With Kamcord

Posted by on July 25th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Are you one of those people who likes to watch LetsPlay videos and check out new games that way? Then Kamcord might be just for you.

Newly updated to version 2.0, the app is a social network for gamers, allowing you to check out millions of LetsPlay videos from some of your favorite mobile games. Quick and easy to use, you can now watch videos of the likes of The Sandbox, Stickman Soccer 2014, and even children’s favorite, My Talking Tom.

The Kamcord update means there are now full social features such as the ability to comment, follow, and like videos, so it should be quite the delight for sociable mobile gamers.

Kamcord is out now from the App Store and is a free download.

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LEX Goes Free For One Day In Honor of New Update

Posted by on July 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★½☆ :: SIMPLE YET LEXICAL :: Read Review »

It’s a big day for Simple Machine’s word game, LEX. For one thing, it’s just been updated so that it now throws double letters into the mix, plus there are some handy bug fixes going on.

To celebrate that update, LEX is entirely free to download for today only!

Plus, for the coding buffs out there, LEX has also been made open-source for the public, meaning that coders can manipulate the code as they please if they wish. Simple Machine has explained that they believe “ownership is becoming obsolete,” which is why they want to inspire young and old through this venture. A video below explains more on the matter.

For those yet to try LEX, I’d suggest diving in now before the price goes back up.

via: Our Review

Thomas Was Alone Goes Universal, Slashes Price to $3.99

Posted by on July 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: THOMAS WAS EXCELLENT :: Read Review »

Previously, Bossa Studios’ and Mike Bithell’s Thomas Was Alone was itself alone on iOS, being only available to iPad owners. That’s changes today, as the adventures of Thomas and his quadrilateral buddies is now available for iPhones (minimum 4, with 4S upwards recommended) and 5th generation iPod Touches due to the game becoming an universal app. To celebrate this, the game is also on sale, knocking 33% off the usual price for this weekend.

Thomas Was Alone is available now for $3.99, and will be until July 28, at which point the price will rise back up to $5.99.

via: Our Review

Tin Man Games has announced that they will soon be releasing Steve Jackson’s Appointment with F.E.A.R. as an interactive digital comic book.

Players will be able to design their own superhero with their choice of superpower, gender, appearance, and costume design. The comic allows players to collect clues, pit themselves against super villains using narrative-based combat, and discover the location of the insidious F.E.A.R. meeting. The app also includes a trading card system. Players decisions may lead them to discover rare cards that they can trade with their friends via Facebook.

Appointment with F.E.A.R. will be released at the end of August on the App Store.

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It Came From Canada: Epic Skater

For all the hate that it gets for being a pastime for slackers, skateboarding really does require a lot of skill. All those flips and spins take real athleticism, and there’s all the jargon to memorize. Fortunately for us less extreme individuals, Epic Skater makes things a lot simpler by handling all that pesky “moving” business. We check out this upcoming endless runner – or skater, rather – in this edition of It Came From Canada!

Epic Skater always starts with its kid hero bursting out of a dusty old classroom to go skate in the big city. But from there, the game randomly strings together its environments to create a slightly different experience each time. Certain sections will become familiar, but changing the order keeps players on their toes, and their toes on the board. The different backdrops are also lovingly detailed, whether it’s the giant “Epicwood” sign or the various restaurants players skate by after emerging from the sewers. And it’s all brought to life in a colorful, fast-paced, 3D cartoon world.

epic skater 1As an endless runner, the only goal is to make it as far as possible without stumbling over an obstacle. But what’s the fun in that? The real goal is to get as high a score as possible using the game’s fairly robust, Tony Hawk-style trick system. Swiping or holding down on the screen in various ways will trigger all kinds of unique flips, spins, and jumps. Players can chain moves together through manuals, or if their timing is really precise, hop right onto a grind rail in the background. The game gets quicker the longer it goes on, and soon players will be leaping over massive gaps at breakneck speeds. They might even start to worry for the kid – especially after watching some of the gnarly failure animations.

epic skater 2Between runs players can use the coins they’ve gathered to upgrade their board, or buy boosters at the start of each round. With real money they can also buy energy drinks to continue a failed run without losing any points. But as far as freemium elements go, that’s pretty inoffensive. Plus, by paying attention to the achievement system players can earn most of the experience they need to take their skater to the next level without crutches.

Currently, Epic Skater is only available in countries like New Zealand as part of its soft launch phase. But expect it to shred its way onto App Stores everywhere soon.

More Paintings Have Been Added to Paint it Back!

Posted by on July 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: PUZZLED PAINTER :: Read Review »

Casual Labs is pleased to announce that they have released a new, free update for Paint it Back. Their unique logic puzzler has received 12 all-new paintings and a new achievement.

You can pick up Paint it Back now on the app store for $2.99.

via: Our Review

Shuffle as Fast As You Can for The Walking Dead: Season Two – Chapter 4: Amid the Ruins

Posted by on July 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The wildly popular The Walking Dead: Season Two‘s new chapter, Amid the Ruins, sees a return to Clementine’s story about a young girl orphaned in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Who will she save? How will she evolve as a character? It is all up to you as every choice you make changes Clementine’s fate.

This is the fourth chapter that Telltale Games has released for Season 2. Users will be able to buy the chapter alone as an in-app purchase, or Save 25% by purchasing the Multi-Pack [Episodes 2-5 bundle] via in-app in the ‘Episodes’ menu.

An update has arrived for Flexibits‘ calendar app, Fantastical 2 for iPad and for iPhone, bringing new features and bug fixes to the apps. Coinciding with the update, both apps are currently also 33% and 50% off, respectively – knocking the price down to $9.99 for the iPad and $4.99 for the iPhone.

Thanks to the latest update, events and reminders within the app now have snooze options, with contacts and locations now possible to search for and add when creating a new event. The app will also notify users on upcoming birthdays and features new event invitation notifications as well.

Fantastical 2 is available now for $9.99 for the iPad, down from its usual price of $14.99, and available for $4.99 for the iPhone, down from $9.99.

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via: Our Review


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