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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.

Hyperlapse

 
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As someone who’s been around for much of the internet’s mainstream rise to success, I’ve got a feeling our attention spans are depreciating quite quickly. Video technology has grown to the extent that YouTube stars are a reality, but there’s a side effect to that. People want things quicker, which is how we’ve ended up with six second vines and Tumblrs full of GIFs because they’re just so much faster than videos. Hyperlapse is the natural step forward from this. It allows you to very quickly make time-lapse videos before uploading them to Facebook or Instagram. It’s pretty great, too. There’s hardly any set up involved here. Hyperlapse knows you want to get on with taking videos and is very simple to use. Simply hit the record button and away you go. Once you’ve finished recording whatever it is, you can then use a slider to adjust how fast you’re taken through each snap. Finished there? Then hit the share button and you’re done. –Jennifer Allen

Bioshock

 
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Only a couple of months after the very first iPhone became available, Bioshock was let loose on an unsuspecting public. Okay, it was probably expected. Alright fine, it had an express ticket on the Hype Train. My point is that when Bioshock first started impressing the heck out of players and critics alike, smartphone tech was still in its infancy. Nobody could have expected that one day, seven years later, we’d be able to explore Andrew Ryan’s failed utopia on our phones. Now that we can, I have to say it’s rather cool. For the most part. –Rob Rich

Madden NFL Mobile

 
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Right in time for next week’s kickoff and following the example of its console brethren, EA Sports is taking another whack at the gridiron on iOS with their newly-released Madden NFL Mobile. Will this offering trump their past attempts at transitioning the pigskin, or will the result be another tragic punting situation? It seems like Madden NFL Mobile is the culmination of several years’ worth of fan feedback and tuning. That doesn’t mean that the freemium shenanigans are gone, but they’re certainly nowhere near as influential as in previous seasons – for example, plays are still locked behind a leveling wall. However, the need to pay in-game currency in order to use locked plays has mercifully been removed. Instead, the initial playbook has been bulked up significantly and the rate at which newer plays are unlocked seems accelerated. –Blake Grundman

Star Wars: Commander

 
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The handy thing about having the Star Wars franchise under your belt is that it’s essentially a free pass. I want to mutter about how Star Wars: Commander is a Clash of Clans clone in many ways because it kind of is. But it also captures the magic of controlling the Empire or Rebel Forces quite well and even throws in a decent narrative, meaning you’ll most likely end up forgiving it. At least, assuming you’re a Star Wars fan. Starting out, you can choose whether to go to the Light or Dark side with that choice affecting what heroes you can use (for a time, at least). It’s a neat move in making you feel like Star Wars: Commander is a different game from Clash of Clans and it does a fine job of using the Force to keep the illusion real. –Jennifer Allen

Pac-Man Friends

 
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Pac-Man Friends by Namco Bandai does more than supply players with Pac-Man themed puzzles: it also serves as a reminder that the Pacster has a large network of family and friends. After all, when destiny calls on him to run through a maze and gobble up ghosts, he usually works alone. Not this time, though. Pac-Man Friends challenges players to solve dozens of mazes, all of which carry an action-based Pac-Man theme. Pac-Man Friends is definitely unique as a consequence, and there’s still enough variety to keep players engaged level after level. Some control issues keep it from the upper pantheon of Pac-Man’s greatest outings, however. –Nadia Oxford

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Star Fleet Deluxe

 
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Star Fleet Deluxe is a tactical game that apes Star Trek more than a little. Taking command of a huge starship, the player stands alone against a huge force of murderous aliens, hell-bent on eradicating any and all humans in the galaxy. Star Fleet Deluxe is a very in-depth, turn based strategy game. The game takes place over a huge area, 81 quadrants of galaxy space to be precise, filled with stars, colonies, planets and starbases. –Allan Curtis

Notepad Reminder

 
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Smartphones are predicated on convenience. The best apps are simple to use and make people’s lives easier. But for some reason, app developers have not harnessed the convenient potential of widgets. At least, that is the concept behind Notepad Reminder, a note-taking widget that is easy to use and easier to access. Rather than digging through menus and taking time to open an app, widgets offer a way to interact with an app right on an Android device’s home screen. This feature is typically used to relay emails or check sports scores at a moment’s notice, but Notepad Reminder takes it to another level, adding usability and productivity right to the home screen. –Ryan Bloom

Wipeout

 
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Years ago, I was flipping through the TV, and stumbled across a show that forever changed my TV watching habits: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge (MXC). The show itself was a irreverent Americanized version of the Japanese obstacle course show Takeshi’s Castle. The original show was a funny in and of itself, kind of like American Ninja Warrior on funny steroids; the added layer of deliciously re-edited and re-dubbed footage from the original took the show to hysterical heights. A “true” American-centric version of the show popped up on the scene a few years ago called Wipeout. It is very similar to the original Japanese shows, down to the pain inducing obstacles and the zany commentary by the hosts. It was only a matter of time for the game to hit consoles, and it has since come to Android. –Tre Lawrence

Finally, this week Pocket Gamer gave a Gold Award to three games: ALONE, The Nightmare Cooperative, and Appointment with F.E.A.R. Plus, get the lowdown on 2K’s Bioshock port, some Motorsport Manager tips, and 10 upcoming iOS games for September. Check it out right here.

Qube Kingdom is a tower defense game from DeNA. You rally your troops – magicians, archers, knights, barbarians, and others – and fight against an evil menace looking to dominate your kingdom of tiny squares.

Planning a war isn’t easy, so here are a few tips to help you take apart your enemies.

Attention All Cube Warriors:
Want to know what we thought of all this qube carnage? Take a look at our Qube Kingdom review!

Starting Out

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  • Remember: some fighters have elemental affinities. Certain classes of Questors have an elemental type, which is indicated by a symbol on their profile. There are three affinities: Magic, Metal, and Nature. Magic bests Metal, Metal bests Nature, and Nature bests Magic. Enemies likewise take and deal more damage according to their affinities; if a particular enemy has an affinity, you’ll see a small icon pop-up beside them as they take damage. Remember, neutral Questors like knights and archers can’t deal element-based damage – but neither are they penalized by elemental attacks.
  • Make friends and accept friend requests for powerful allies. The “qlubhouse” (the blue-and-white tent beside your “barraqs”) is where you can recruit allies, including Facebook friends that are already playing the game. Allies can be a valuable way to get automatic access to powerful Questors, and they’re also the best way to get social qubes. Social qubes can be used to recruit new Questors, and you get a few every time you complete a battle with the aid of another player’s Questor. If you register a Questor as a friend, you get more social qubes every time they help out.

To Arms!

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  • Take advantage of each battle’s slow start to learn the lay of the land. Enemy waves intensify the longer a battle goes on. Take advantage of slow early waves by getting a feel for the layout. Where are your Questors most effective? What kind of enemies are being thrown at you? Are there any quobelisk traps you can trigger to your advantage?
  • Place long-range attackers first. Long-range attackers are out of harm’s way – at least until other archers and/or magic users come onto the field. Enemy waves usually start with melee attackers, so soften things up a bit by putting long-range attackers onto the battlefield.
  • Don’t activate red quobelisks! Quobelisks – block-shaped switches on the battlefield – are triggered when a certain number of enemies are killed nearby. Red quobelisks will damage your party members if they’re activated, so keep your Questors as far from them as possible.
  • Do take advantage of other quobelisks, however. Don’t steer away from quobelisks of other colors, though; they’re very beneficial. For instance, blue quobelisks activate roadblocks that re-route your enemies or block their path. Yellow quobelisks activate a fire trap that can clear a crowd of enemies in a second.
  • Upgrade your Questors during battle, but don’t go crazy too early. You can spend cubes to upgrade your Questors during a fight. However, during the early stages of a battle you should spend your resources on covering the field with Questors. Once everyone is placed you can focus on upgrades to your fighters’ hit points and attack strength.

Surviving the Onslaught

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  • Upgrade your Questors as soon as you have the resources to do so. The blue qubes you earn after successful battles lets you permanently make your Questors stronger. Access their profiles while they’re camping, and select “upgrade.”
  • Check the award boards for valuable rewards. Woo hoo! Free stuff! Earning achievements unlocks rare qubes and other rewards.  Make sure to visit the bulletin board from time to time. They’re just south of your barraqs. Unclaimed rewards vanish after a few days, so don’t forget about them.
  • Stuck? Do some level grinding. Even if you lack elite qubes to summon rarer, more powerful Questors, your common Questors can still be made more powerful by upgrading them. Doing so requires blue qubes, which can be won in battle. If you’re having trouble with a level, re-visit old levels and grind for blue qubes.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2014-08-14 :: Category: Games

Alien Creeps TD is Now Available Worldwide

Posted by on August 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Announced back in July, Outplay Entertainment‘s tower defense title, Alien Creeps TD, has made its way onto the App Store. Featuring over 50 different towers and three different game modes to partake in, players will need to deploy their towers and troops properly in order to save the Earth from the hostile alien hordes.

Alien Creeps TD is available on the App Store now and is free to download.

The world of Motorsport management can be an unforgiving and merciless one, so to help with some of the stress that comes with running a successful race team, here are a few hints and tips to leave your opponents in the dust.

Attention New Managers:
Want to know what we thought of all this behind-the-scenes racing stuff? Then check out our Motorsport Manager review!

Hit the track

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The track is where all of the action happens, so getting the best out of the drivers and their cars in the ever-changing conditions is a must.

  • Use the qualifying rounds as a way of testing out the best approach for the track ahead. Sending out a driver for a couple of laps at a time can really give you a sense of what strategy works best, which will be evident by the lap times presented in the strategy screen afterwards. During the qualifiers you can cancel a lap if a setup clearly isn’t working out in order to make the best use of the limited number of laps available. Therefore, it’s best to play the qualifiers in normal or slightly heightened playback speed. Fast-forward will just lessen the chance that you’ll catch a driver before he zooms past on another doomed lap.
  • Pay attention to the tactical suggestion and track layout before each qualifier. You’ll only see this once. If the course has long straight sections, prioritize top speed, straights, and soft tires for pure speed and an advantage in overtaking. If it’s heavy on corners, prioritize cornering and acceleration to be quick off of sharp bend, with hard tires to bear the burden of excessive use of the brakes. If it’s a mix of both try a neutral approach, with wet tires for wet conditions.
  • Soft tires are great for speed, but keep an eye on the tire meter. Especially if you prefer to watch the race at an accelerated speed. A dilemma might not always be there to alert you of the need for a pit stop, but quickly dropping 5 positions might!
  • If your drivers are doing well, enter the strategy menu to ‘conserve ‘ their resources and take the strain off of their equipment. Likewise – particularly when using soft tires – enter the pit stop for the final time when entering the final 1/3 of the race. You don’t want to be making a pit stop or face an in-game dilemma on the penultimate lap.

Let’s talk business 

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Only half the game actually takes place on the track. The other half is equally, if not more important – and that is what goes on behind the scenes, in preparation for the big race.

  • When you take a look at the car performance breakdown screen, you’ll see where best to invest money in your team. While Aerodynamics is important for a nimble and lightweight car, the Design and Manufacturing divisions play a greater role in overall racing performance, so put money into their headquarters and staff first.
  • Keep an eye out for hints on the in-game social media. If fans and critics don’t rate a driver, maybe it’s time to release him (or perhaps wait it out if there is only a few months on his contract) and look for some new talent? The Young Drivers program – once unlocked – yields low cost but talented individuals that can breathe some life into your team.

Ultimately, Motorsport Manager rewards dedication and perseverance. Players should shrug off the occasional nightmare run (in which their car basically falls to pieces out of nowhere), dig their heels in, and strap-in for the long haul. If they, do they’ll see satisfying results and a team worth their weight in gold (or just loads of imaginary money, really).

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2014-08-21 :: Category: Games

CalPal Update Brings the App to 2.0, Adds Lots of New Stuff

Posted by on August 29th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

An update has arrived for Or Be Square’s CalPal calendar app, adding a variety of new features.

The app now includes a month view and a ‘Back to Today’ button to make scrolling to past and future events easier. Links, telephone numbers, and addresses can now also be clicked on from within the app, with new rows within the calendar also now showing people who have been invited to the event and their attendance status. Alongside this, performance has also been improved, with the preferences page simplified and the UI tweaked as well.

CalPal can be downloaded from the App Store now for free.

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Checkmark 2.1 Update Released, and it’s on Sale for a Limited Time

Posted by on August 29th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Snowman has just released their 2.1 update for Checkmark 2. The update includes new features such as snoozing, improved recurring reminders, and tappable actions in notes. The recurring reminders now require you check them off so that you never miss them and the tappable actions allow you to add links inside the notes field, such as a phone number, URL, or email address.

Checkmark 2 now also supports a 24-hour clock and has improved their date-specific location-based reminders and “Add from map” zooming. And to celebrate all these new features, Checkmark 2 is 70% off for a limited time.

You can download the latest version of Checkmark 2 today for the temporary price of $2.99.

Terraria Hard Mode Update Brings New Enemies, Items, and More

Posted by on August 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★½☆ :: DIGGING FOR MORE :: Read Review »

Terraria, the fun mining game from 505 Games, just got more challenging with its new Hard Mode.

505 games is introducing new enemies and bosses, as well as new NPCs and over 100 new items, including the Pwnhammer that can destroy Demon Altars and create new ores. Terraria also gets a new combat targeting system. You can now touch an enemy to target it and it automatically aims for you, which makes using ranged weapons a whole lot easier.

If you love what you see, you can even record and share your gameplay in the Pause menu or watch your friend’s videos in the Videos section under the Main Menu.

You can check out Terraria and all its new features for $4.99.

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via: Our Review

Stupeflix Has Released a Major Update for Replay

Posted by on August 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Replay, by Stupeflix, has received a big update that includes a new look, functionality for iPad, and lots of other new additions.

There are two new video styles: Fold, which lets you create origami out of your videos and Toss, which allows you to throw videos, photos, and words around. Replay also now has Project Grid View to make reordering photos and videos easier.

To smooth out Replay‘s performance, Stupeflix has improved the video creation engine, added new transitions and animated backgrounds, and made a new “Copy Link” sharing option to make it easier to send movies through SMS or email. As a fun last detail, Replay now has emojis! You can add them to all the video styles for an amusing way to express yourself.

You can download Replay for free on the App Store.

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New Cars, New Locations, and a New Season in Asphalt 8: Airborne Update

Posted by on August 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: HIGH FLYING ENTERTAINMENT :: Read Review »

Asphalt 8: Airborne, the racing game by Gameloft, has had a lot more high-flying fun packed into the new update.

Now you can race around the new tracks in Dubai in one of five new cars: including the Mercedes-Benz Biome concept car, the Nissan GT-R NISMO, and more. Gameloft has also added a ninth season with 74 new events to keep you speeding along. Asphalt 8: Airborne now also has Twitch streaming for iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPad (4th generation).

You can pick up Asphalt 8: Airborne for free on the App Store.

via: Our Review

Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan is a children’s storybook that emphasizes the importance of going to bed, dreams, and those magical moments right before being tucked in.

Now Kelly Paniagua, author of the award-winning children’s book, is planning to bring an interactive story app based on the very same bedtime story to the App Store. Very soon, in fact. Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan marks the first in a planned series of ten, and the intention is to release an app shortly after each title goes to print.

bedtime05bedtime01The Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan app includes pretty much everything parents would want in an interactive bedtime story: narration, highlighted text to aid with reading along, character voices (supplied by Paniagua’s own daughter as well as her husband, Julian McMahon), animations, and of course some interactive bits. A couple of mini-games have also been included. One involves flying through space collecting ingredients for baking cookies (finishing the game also reveals a recipe for “Galaxy Cookies”), while the other is about finding hidden animals and learning about nocturnal versus diurnal behavior.

What’s most intriguing about Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan is the special Coloring Activity. It’s actually based on Dr. Wayne Dyer’s theory about how what we see, do, and think about right before bed (about 30 minutes or so) can affect both our dreams and our mood when we wake up. Paniagua wanted to know, “What if you implemented this at a developmental age?”

bedtime06The idea is for children to use their imagination and draw up something right before bed, and an “Idea Generator” is also available if they have trouble thinking of something. What they draw and/or the mood it puts them in (preferably happy) should, in theory, have an impact on their dreams. Drawings can be saved from within the app to your device’s camera roll for easy sharing, too.

Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan is available on the App Store right now for $2.99 (no in-app purchases). If you’re interested in the physical book as well, you can pick it up in stores now for $13.95.

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8bit Doves, the New Game from Icebreaker Developers Nitrome, is Now Available – and in Four Colours

Posted by on August 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Nitrome, the developers behind Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage has released 8bit Doves: a two-button, Game Boy-styled flying platformer.

Trapped in dream in a four-color world, you’ll need to fly the doves out of the mazes of your imagination while avoiding walls and a variety of traps. As the trailer below likely proves however, that’s unlikely to be very easy throughout the three level packs within.

8bit Doves is available on the App Store now for $2.99.

To celebrate the sale of their popular shoot-em-up, Glorkian Warrior, Pixeljam is holding an art contest. For first prize they’ll be giving away one original James Kochalka Glorkian Warrior painting and a copy of the first Glorkian graphic novel: Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza. Two additional winners will receive a copy of the graphic novel.

If you share their contest on on social media with a link to the App Store or to their Facebook contest post, you’ll be entered to win an Octology Key that unlocks other Pixeljam games and music. Each post will net you an additional entry for a chance to win a Key.

You can send your Glorkian Warrior fan art to contest@pixeljam.com or post it on this page by September 4.

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via: Our Review

Labor Day is fast approaching, and so are the sales. Lots of sales, by the look of it.

This list is already pretty sizable, and we haven’t even made it to the weekend yet. Naturally that means you can expect there to be plenty more price drops and freebies on the way. We’re talking big games, too. VVVVVV, Rayman Fiesta Run, LEGO Lord of the Rings, and a whole lot more. So why not check back with us from time to time as we update the list throughout the weekend? Worst case scenario: you end up saving money.

Updated 8/29: Several new titles added, including Phantom PI and 100 Rogues.

Updated 8/31: Now with more Bio Inc. and 868-HACK!

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Be a… Happy Snowman! New Summer Update Available for Frozen Free Fall

Posted by on August 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Disney Games is bringing summer to Frozen Free Fall in their biggest update yet The update includes 30 new levels of sunshine and excitement for players. Play with Olaf as he rushes to gather flowers and unlock rewards like Olaf’s new sneeze power-up.

Need to get some tiles out of his way? Row into the sunset with his boat to clear tiles or spin into whirlpools to move tiles across the board. Its time to match those sparkly gems and enjoy your summer adventure with Olaf.

You can download Frozen Free Fall for free on the App Store.

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Aliens Drive Me Crazy has Received a Huge Content Update

Posted by on August 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: OUTLANDISHLY PLAYFUL :: Read Review »

Are you ready for more Aliens Drive Me Crazy fun? Rebel Twins has released a new update that gives players access to new weapons like the dual pistols, hyper laser gun, and grenades, as well as a bulletproof vest and a private jet.

Aliens Drive Me Crazy has also gotten new enemies, including mega bosses to challenge even the most veteran alien eliminator. Earn new achievements and costumes while trying out your new arsenal.

Check the App Store now for the newest update of Aliens Drive Me Crazy.

via: Our Review


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