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Pokemon TCG

 
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I’ve been playing and enjoying collectable card games for 20 years, now – yeah, I’m old, shut up. While Magic: the Gathering has always been my main game, I’ve tried and enjoyed several others over the years. One of my favorites was always Pokémon, but at my age (I said shut up!) almost none of my peers play. The only way I could enjoy a game was to go to a tournament and play almost entirely against children. Since that’s as awkward as it sounds, I haven’t played in years. Now there’s a solution to that problem. And unlike Magic’s foray into iPad, Pokémon TCG allows a great deal of freedom. –Jade Walker

Diner Dash

 
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Almost a decade after its launch, the classic time management franchise Diner Dash has returned once again to cause stress headaches in a whole new generation of mobile gamers. It’s been about four years since the last entry in the series – Diner Dash 5: BOOM! – and PlayFirst has revamped the venerable workhorse into a mash-up of classic and all-new styles. And, for the first time ever, the series has embraced the free-to-play model. How well do Flo and the crew make the transition to freemium? Well, let’s take a look, shall we? You’d be hard-pressed to find someone these days who isn’t at least passingly familiar with the basic concept of Diner Dash. Players are in charge of Flo, a good-natured (but doubtlessly exhausted) waitress whose job is to seat, serve, and generally keep happy all of the customers of her restaurant – many of whom have specific quirks and needs. Unfortunately, as Flo is only one person with two hands, she can only do so much at a time. This leaves her sprinting about madly to take orders, make coffee, clean up dirty tables, and more, all before customers lose their patience and leave. You really have to wonder why this place doesn’t hire at least a busboy, right? –Rob Thomas

Air Supply-SOS

 
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Sheep aren’t loaded with natural defenses. They’re great at standing around, chewing their cud, and waiting to be sheared. That’s about it. That’s why Air Supply – SOS calls on players to foil the Time Travel Company: a greedy organization that kidnaps sheep, robs their fluffy down, and makes clothing. Though these distressed sheep are quantum sheep, they’re still incapable of defending themselves. Do the right thing. Save Our Sheep (“SOS” – get it?). Air Supply is a shooter inspired by the classic ZX Spectrum game Jetpac. Players endure waves of aliens while catching the quantum sheep that fall from the sky. The sheep need to be returned to the rocket ship waiting at the bottom of the screen. Once the requisite number is loaded, the player gets to progress to the next level (often accompanied by a “sheepy hug” of thanksgiving). –Nadia Oxford

Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary

 
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Like in the original, players control Rockford: a scrappy young spelunker exploring a series of caves. But these aren’t just ordinary caves; they’re full of gems, and to open up the exit Rockford must collect a certain number of gems before time runs off. From that description, one might think that gem-collecting would be, if not a difficult process, then at least one that took some thinking. But in Boulder Dash, most of the initial free levels can be beaten by tracing the most straightforward route through the dirt and collecting the obvious gems in plain sight. Players spend the majority of the game performing this deeply uninteresting act again and again. Sure there are a few enemies, but with Rockford’s ability to move basically anywhere and survive anything short of a falling rock, there’s far too little in the player’s way. It almost makes one wish the controls weren’t as smooth and forgiving as they are. Later worlds do ramp up the challenge, but the dull and lengthy introduction discourages players from grinding and earning the stars necessary to unlock the more interesting content for free. –Jordan Minor

Bug Mazing-Adventures in Learning

 
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Bug Mazing – Adventures in Learning is a new title from Little Bit Studio, the developers known for their series of apps such as Bugs and Buttons, Bugs and Numbers, and a recent favorite, Bug Art. As the name may suggest, Bug Mazing is a maze app with a bug theme that includes activities such as working with numbers, letters, colors and tracing in ways that children will find engaging and adults will appreciate for their educational value. Nature is a big part of these apps and the landscape may either be beautiful and pristine with flowers and insects like bees and ladybugs or include worn details that are possibly less beautiful, but I find these details quite interesting. It also includes a fantasy adventure theme as well as bugs that are styled with different adventure elements, such as Indiana Jones’ hat and other details. A narrator gives encouragement while on each exploration and valuable coins and precious gems are collected as rewards. Each area of this app includes different levels of difficulty and unique bugs select. Do note the selection of languages that is also included within this app – always a nice touch. Multiple children can also keep their own games separate, which is good for at home or the classroom. –Amy Solomon

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Entwined Challenge

 
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Twitch games are an addiction of mine now, so checking out Entwined Challenge was destined to be. The visuals rely on simulated distance perspective; to start, the two flying beings are colored red and blue. In the distance is a circle with colored segments; the colors of the segments are generally red, blue and green. the flying beings can be controlled by thumb gestures on either side to move along the axis of the circle, so that each flying being is guided through a matching color segment. As progress is made, the game adjusts too; for example, where the color segments were stationary, they begin to move, forcing the player to make adjustments and quicker decisions on the fly. While the concept remains simple, the developer does a good job of delicately layering levels of difficulty upon the easy-to-understand premise, and it flows well, with no major deviations to distract from the chase of excellence. –Tre Lawrence

Antec LifeBar 10 Portable Charger

 
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Yes, batteries in mobile devices have gotten better, but in the spirit of being prepared, it just makes sense to have a backup plan. Way back when, getting a couple extra OEM batteries was sufficient. Now, sealed batteries are more commonplace, and having multiple devices at any given time is not unheard of; in any case, all those extra batteries start to add up. Nah, it makes sense to have a portable battery, and when it comes to mobile power solutions, few are as capable of Antec; hence, checking out the new LifeBar 10 Portable Charger is far from a chore. –Tre Lawrence

Withings Smart Body Analyzer

 
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Health tools with a mobile component are especially compelling, and as such, we jumped at an opportunity to check out the Withings Smart Body Connected Scale. The black (white is an option) review unit Withings sent us is pretty much ready to go. At first glance, the first thing that comes to mind is that somehow, the product pictures do not do it justice. It looks like a chiseled dark colored slab. frankly, it look dashing, managing to be modern without being Jetson-silly. The full dark look is accented, and the silver center piece highlights the whole package. The expected display is digital in nature, and still manages to effect art. The battery compartment is at the bottom of the unit, and there is a tab preventing the batteries from cycling; beneath that are two buttons for syncing and selecting units. It looks like a “traditional” scale, but clearly wants people to know it has an extra trick or two up its sleeve. Officially, it comes in at 12.8 x 12.8 x 0.90 inches and 4.62 lbs. –Tre Lawrence

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer covered Apple and Google’s big announcements, wrote a massive guide for The Silent Age: Episode Two, tackled GamerGate, and picked 11 iOS games that you may never get to play. All that and loads more, right here.

Mark of the Dragon, by GAMEVIL, puts you in the saddle of your very own army of dragons. Build your kingdom as you organize your army and eventually lead the charge against your enemies lands. You can control your troops or go first-person as you storm the castle on the back of your dragon.

Mark of the Dragon has over 130 dragons with different characteristics and players can level-up their favorites with specific classes. Mix and match in breeding to create the very best dragons to ride to battle.

Mark of the Dragon will be available worldwide on the App Store this November.

source: GAMEVIL

angry birds transformers (1)Angry Birds Transformers recently transformed and rolled out worldwide. This run-and-gun title is a hit with young Transformers fans, but the ample references to classic Transformers fandom has also earned it a place in the hearts of long-time admirers of Optimus Prime. Nick Harper (Game Director for Exient Entertainment) and Mika Rahko (Executive Producer for Rovio) kindly took a few minutes to talk to 148Apps about the problems and inspirations that came to them while cross-breeding birds and robots.



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Find Free Food on Campus with Ypay

Posted by on October 20th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Ypay, by By Arctur Apps, helps college students find free food at events on campus. Students can search a map of their area and see all of the events that offer free snacks.

They can also pin unlisted events they see so that their friends can find them and add add photos, links, and even special invites. The service even helps organizers advertise their events by listing them with Ypay, while feeding those hungry co-eds.

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

Auro, by Dinofarm Games, is coming soon to iOS. The game lets players try out Bumping Tactics, where they push a monster back one tile, and stun them for one turn.

You play as Prince Auro as he explores procedurally generated dungeons and fights a variety of monsters by shoving them into the water or each other. The Prince is equipped with nine spells to help him battle his way through the forces of evil and you can choose either Story Mode where you play through his first quest or Play Mode to explore at your leisure.

There is no set release date, but Dinofarm Games assures us that Auro is coming soon.

The Sandbox Says “Hello” to New Levels and a New Playable Character in its Latest Update

Posted by on October 20th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: CREATE, DESTROY, REPEAT :: Read Review »

Version 1.9980 of Pixowl‘s The Sandbox has arrived on the App Store, adding a third volume and some optimizations to the game.

This new volume contains ten levels with a mixture of elements including Brainiac, Contraptions, Controllable Elements, Pixel Art, and Music. The pack also introduces Arnold: a new controllable character who can jump, shoot, and launch grenades.

Optimizations have also been brought in, meaning that the game is now optimized to work with the latest version of iOS 8, whilst at the same time still working on devices running up to iOS 5.

The Sandbox is available to craft download for free from the App Store now.

via: Our Review

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File sharing services like Dropbox have security issues. Email attachments can be problematic when it comes to sharing large files. USB dongles don’t fit into your phone.

Send Anywhere, a peer-to-peer file transferring application, solves all of the problems listed above by enabling you to send and receive all types of files of any size.

Send-Anywhere-4Send-Anywhere-3Send Anywhere works perfectly across different platforms and devices. This means you can now send a video file from your iPad to a Samsung Galaxy S without any problem. You can also send files from your PC or laptop to your mobile devices.

You don’t even have to provide any personal information to use this service. To transfer a file, all you need is a one-time 6-digit key that will be used to identify the transfer between you and the receiver.

Furthermore, thanks to its signature R-P2P (Relay Peer-to-Peer) technology, Send Anywhere doesn’t leave your data in the cloud, which means your files are free from cracking.

To celebrate breaking one million downloads, the Send Anywhere Team is running a huge Facebook giveaway event and offering up iPhone 6s and Amazon Gift Cards to lucky winners.

Send-Anywhere-2Send-Anywhere-1Since it’s not a lottery, your odds of winning an item are actually pretty high. All you need to do is check out the event page (link below) on Facebook, give it a ‘Like’, and follow the instructions.

What’s up for the grabs? Let’s find out!

The giveaway will run from 10/17 (11:59PM PST) to 10/31 (11:59PM PST). Get involved.

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

The First Major Update for Godus Adds New Lands, Mini-Games, and More

Posted by on October 20th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★☆☆ :: FLAWED CIVILIZATION BUILDING :: Read Review »

The first major update for 22 CansGodus has arrived, bringing new lands, tweaks for Halloween, and more.

The big new feature for this update is the new lands to explore. Players can now construct an Ark and stock it with supplies, bringing their followers into the new, more advanced Frontier Age, which contains new cards to collect.

Meanwhile, in order to get into the spirit of the season, the landscape has been given a ‘scary’ change as well as followers dressing up for the holidays. Players can also win items from the new ‘Voyage’ challenge mode to decorate the world with .

Godus is available to lord over download from the App Store now for free.

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via: Our Review

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With the Apple Watch’s generic release date of, “early 2015” hovering on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time before gamers begin to ask “What’s in it for us?” The obvious choice would be to place entire games directly on the face of the watch, but its limited form factor could prove to be a problem – to say the least. We’ve thought long and hard about the impending reality of wearable entertainment and decided to think outside of the box a bit. Here are just a few of the ideas of what developers might have waiting for us very soon.

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Republique Episode 3: Ones & Zeroes is Available Now

Posted by on October 17th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★☆☆ :: SLOW START :: Read Review »

It’s finally happened. Today, Republique has passed the halfway point. Episode 3: Ones & Zeroes is now available.

This latest (and longest) episode has Hope attempting to bring down her captors by exposing the truth, with a little help from the local newspaper’s editor-in-chief. The propagandized government (if you could call it that) controlled newspaper. Seems like a bit of a conundrum.

You can get your hands on Republique for $4.99, and you can download the latest episode for $2.99. You could also spend $11.99 for the season pass for episodes 3-5 if you already have episode 2, or $14.99 for the whole season pass (episodes 2-5).

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There’s Something Strange in Fruit Ninja’s Neighborhood

Posted by on October 17th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Things are getting weird in Fruit Ninja, and it don’t look good. You ya gonna call?

That’s right, with Halloween even more around the corner than the last time I mentioned it was around the corner, Halfbrick has gone and put Ghostbusters in your Fruit Ninja. Ghostbusters gear for all the characters, special Ghostbusters fruit, a Ghostbusters dojo – they went all-out for the film’s 30th anniversary.

You can grab the Ghostbusters update now for free, and you can download Fruit Ninja for $0.99 (assuming you haven’t already).

Next week, Puzzle & Dragons is getting a little angry. Because, you know, Angry Birds. It’s a… a pun. I thought… never mind.

Anywhosits, starting next week on 10/20 and running through 11/2, Puzzle & Dragons will feature a brand new dungeon inspired by Angry Birds Epic. You’ll be able to recruit the help of familiar Epic characters, as well as some classic birds for those who might have missed the last crossover event, and you’ll of course be fighting some mean old piggies along the way.

You can download Puzzle & Dragons – and even Angry Birds Epic for that matter – off the App Store now for free.

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har.mo.ny 2’s New Update Will Put You to Sleep – on Purpose

Posted by on October 17th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: IN PERFECT HARMONY :: Read Review »

har.mo.ny 2, the mellow puzzler, has just gotten even more mellow.

The game’s latest update introduces Sleep Mode: a new game mode that’s purposely designed to put you to sleep. How? By using colors and music together to help you relax. As you play a sleep timer will count down, and as the timer counts down the music will get softer and the screen will dim almost imperceptibly, with the idea that you’ll be out for the count before the timer hits 0. And once it does hit 0 it will shut itself off.

If you’re already enjoying har.mo.ny 2 you can download the new update now. If you haven’t tried it, and the idea of a game that also functions as a sleep aid sounds appealing, you can download it off the App Store for $1.99.

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via: Our Review

Today’s Apple event talked about a lot of stuff we already knew and showcased their desperate need to hire some comedy writers, but eventually they got around to talking about the new iPads and their software (once they were done faffing about with Stephen Colbert, that is).

Two pieces of software singled out for the spotlight: a new iOS version of the OS X photo editor Pixelmator, and updates to the Replay Video Editor app.

Image taken from the Mac version of Pixelmator

Image taken from the Mac version of Pixelmator


Pixelmator (otherwise known as ‘Photoshop For Broke Folks’) was shown off with a live demo where the team crafted a logo screen in real-time. A herd of oryx were erased from a sea of rippling sand dunes quickly and with relative ease, leaving the shape and texture of the desert behind them intact. Showing off the muscle of the iPad Air 2’s beefy new A8 processor, everything went quickly and smoothly as they repositioned image elements and blended the text logo with the background using Pixelmator’s suite of tools.

Next up was Replay from Stupeflix. Replay, which is already available, allows for the creation of movies from video clips and photos on your device, but the developers showed off just how well it and its new updates will run on Apple’s upcoming hardware. Movies rendered with seemingly no lag time at all – supposedly 4 times faster on the A8 chip versus the old A7. And thanks to Metal, the whole affair runs 20 times faster versus relying on the CPU alone. Some neat volumetric lighting work was shown, where lighting interacted with the text titles, including real-time color changing on the fly.

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Pixelmator is making its App Store debut later this month. Replay is already available for free, but
the new updates they showcased will be coming by the end of October as well.

Photo Oct 16, 1 44 23 PMIn a move that surprised nobody, mostly because we all saw it coming, Apple has unveiled their latest iPad: the iPad Air 2. It’s the new thing you need to buy, naturally.

The iPad Air 2 is, of course, even thinner than the original Air – 6.1mm, to be exact. It also uses a special anti-reflective coating to reduce reflections, which Apple claims has never been done in a tablet before. Touch ID will also be available on the new iPad, and it’ll ship with iOS 8.1, but you’re probably more interested in performance and such.

Photo Oct 16, 1 44 33 PMThe tablet will use an all-new A8X processor, which (at the moment) will only be available in the iPad Air 2. The result is 40% faster CPU performance, and apps that can run over twice as fast – up to 180X faster than the original iPad. It’s also got a 10-hour battery life, which is decent I suppose.

The iSight Camera has been updated as well, with 8 MP, 1080p HD video, and the ability to take all sort of fancy shots – slow-mo videos, 43 MP panoramas, burst photos, timelapse, and dual microphones. There’s also an improved Facetime camera for the front that allows for improved facial detection and burst selfies (hurray?).

Photo Oct 16, 1 49 00 PMThe online features have been improved as well, with faster wifi (up to 866MBps) and faster LTE (20 LTE bands).

The iPad Air 2 starts at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 64GB, and $699 for 128GB for the wifi models. There’s also going to be a new iPad Mini 3, with a 7.9″ Retina display, a 5MP iSight camera, 1080p HD video recording, the improved FaceTime camera, Touch ID, and the improved wifi (802.11n with MIMO). Both new iPads will be available for preorder starting tomorrow and they’ll ship by the end of next week.

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