Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Now Free, to Add New Iconic Characters and Elements

Posted by on April 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: MORE RINGS, PLEASE :: Read Review »

SEGA’s kart-inspired racing romp Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is now free. Additionally, on April 29, players will be able to enjoy two new members on the character roster: Wreck-It Ralph and Metal Sonic, who are both unlockable.

There are also two new tracks, Galactic Parade and Outrun Bay, and a new Boss Cup Challenge.

From the press release:

Dropping the price to free brings Sonic’s high speed hijinks to a wider audience and expands the multiplayer community. With more iconic characters, more challenging modes, and more twisting tracks, there’s never been a better time to join the race. To thank everyone who helped make the original launch a success, SEGA has gifted players a VIP Pass valued at $4.99 that features four playable characters including the blue blur, Sonic himself. In addition, the game will remain completely ad-free for those who first bought the game.

We recently reviewed the game; Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is available for download on the App Store for free.

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via: Our Review

Injustice: Gods Among Us Updated with New Characters, Leaderboards, Gear, and Online Multiplayer

Posted by on April 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: NOT GODLY, BUT GOOD :: Read Review »

A lot has changed since Injustice: Gods Among Us first released on the App Store. The roster has gotten bigger, lots of little things have been tweaked, and the game has generally been made all the better for it. The new 2.0 update looks like it’s doing all that, and more.

First and foremost is the addition of online multiplayer. That’s right, now you can pit your elite Batman against your friends and mock their pitiful bronze Green Lantern over the internet! That’s not sarcasm, it actually sounds pretty sweet. Then there’s the inclusion of leaderboards, so you can be even more competitive with each other. Match replays will probably help with that, too. A bunch of new characters have been made available as well, including Shazam and Catwoman from Batman Returns. And what better way to break those new characters in then by equipping them with new gear cards that can be attached to characters to boost their stats?

You can download the newest version of Injustice: Gods Among Us right now for free.

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via: Our Review

Productivity App NoteSuite is Having its Biggest Sale Ever, Just for One Week

Posted by on April 24th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Our Rating: ★★★½☆ :: IT HAS PROMISE :: Read Review »

NoteSuite (formerly known as Projectbook) has just gone on sale for the cheapest it’s ever been. We’re talking Super Savings. Mega Savings, even. “So good it’s entirely possible someone has lost their mind” savings. Okay I’m probably exaggerating a little, but it really hasn’t ever been this cheap before.

You can grab the popular iPad to-do/annotation app off the App Store right now for a measly $0.99, down from $4.99.

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via: Our Review

The Sandbox Gets Update, Receives New Campaign and New Elements

Posted by on April 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: CREATE, DESTROY, REPEAT :: Read Review »

The Sandbox, the-true-to-its-name sandbox adventure, has just received a new update. The new update adds in a new Ecology Campaign with 20 new levels, and new disaster elements.

The Sandbox is available for free (with in-app purchases) on the App Store.

What’s New in Update 1.900?

+ Play the brand new Ecology Campaign
Through 20 environmental levels, you’ll have to protect our planet by solving environmental puzzle: Stop the deforestation, find ways to fight the air or water pollution and find sustainable solutions to help the world stay healthy and beautiful. The challenge is real! Have fun while making the difference !

+ Discover 13 new elements that will allow you to deal with environmental issues:
- Unleash the nature’s anger with the 3 natural catastrophe elements: Tornado, Earthquake and Tsunami. They will change the topography of your worlds and destroy everything
- The Eruption will allow you to play with liquids and create volcanoes
- Nature can be rough but mankind is always the most destructive force… The nuclear explosion element reminds this sad truth
- Introducing a new basic element that have many interactions with the existent ones: Salt! Create Sea Water that turns metal to Rust and the Salt Mud to a sterile soil…
- The Blue Whale will swim around and need to go to the surface every minutes to go breathing… If its way is blocked or its environment polluted, this fragile giant will die.
- The Oil Tanker has a hull breach and spill oil around, killing what’s alive.
- Two new trees to plant hope for a brighter future: the Cacao Tree will help the humans to have a better life and the Mangrove Tree will grow in the sweet water spreading his roots in the bottom of the ponds.

Free-To-Play football management title One For Eleven has been released worldwide from publisher Actoz Soft.

Giving you the chance to manage some of the world’s biggest football stars, the publisher claims it is “unrivaled in its strategic and tactical capabilities, and brings football management simulations to a new level.”

Some of the game’s key features include:

  • Ability to sign real players across 25 positions, 30 different abilities, and 50 unique skills
  • Two ways to watch matches – Live Broadcast mode, allowing you to get a top-down view of the field and all the players on it, and Text Broadcast mode, which gives you text updates on how a match is progressing
  • Recruit new players through tryouts; trade players with friends, and discover hidden talent with the player scouting system
  • Advanced AI programming allows for real time online top-view casting
  • Customize your own unique player and guide them through their career from Rising Star to Star Player using One For Eleven’s position based training system

You can get One For Eleven from the App Store [download] now for free. You can also visit the One For Eleven website or the game’s Facebook page for more details.

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

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Soccer Rally 2 from IceFlame Games officially releases on Thursday, bringing perhaps the most realistic car soccer action to the App Store since the original released. David Deacon of IceFlame Games will join us on our Twitch channel to talk about the game, how they tried to improve it over the original, and perhaps playing their game in real life with actual cars and giant soccer balls.

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Join us at 4:15 PM EDT (3:15 PM CDT, 1:15 PM PDT, 9:15 PM BST) for the live stream. Feel free to watch the embedded live viewer below, or watch on our Twitch page to chat with us and the developers. Be sure to hit that follow button to know when we go live, and to also gain our undying affection.

Missed the live broadcast? Catch the recap with highlights after the show right here.

Plague Inc. has Mutated Yet Again – We’re All Doomed Even More than Usual

Posted by on April 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: DON'T FIGHT IT :: Read Review »

Plague Inc. has mutated for a whopping eighth time, bringing all sorts of new horribleness to the popular plague simulator.

The “Mega” mutation features an all new “Mega-Brutal” difficulty setting for those who might think that regular old Brutal is too easy, three new cheats, and four new scenarios. I’m particularly curious about the one involving trying to destroy the world with a 30,000 year old virus.

You can grab Plague Inc. off the App Store for $0.99, and

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1. “Mega-Brutal” difficulty – for players who thought Brutal was Casual!
- Experience Plague Inc.’s toughest challenge yet and try to infect a world with random medical checks, genetic drift and research tech improvements. Adapt or die…
2. Mega new Cheat Modes – 3 new cheat modes are added which will all give you very different Plague Inc. experiences.
- Shuffle Strain: All evolutions are mixed up
- Turbo Strain: Starting country is 100% infected
- Lucky Dip Strain: Start with 5 random evolutions
3. Use cheats on any plague type (and even combine different cheat modes!)
4. New Scenarios – 4 new scenarios give players brand new challenges from infecting the world with a 30,000 year old virus through to surviving in a world with artificial organs
5. New events and achievements
6. Performance improvements for all devices
7. Minor game balance / AI improvements / bug fix

via: Our Review

Cipher Prime’s Inake is coming to iPad on May 1, as exclusively revealed yesterday on our Twitch channel.

IntakeForiPadThis dubstep-fueled action-puzzle game is, according to William Stallwood of Cipher Prime, who joined up for the stream, pretty much a straight-up port of the PC version – in a sense. Some tweaks have been made to the game that will come to the PC version on May 1 as well, but ultimately it’s the same game with the same content. The difference is in the way it’s played: the game supports full multitouch controls on the iPad, so it’s a new approach to a familiar game.

Check out the video below of me going through the first 25 levels, which took some practice to get that far:

Watch some of the special levels, available in Challenge Modes:

Watch the whole broadcast here:

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New Update Adds Two More Cars to Fishlabs’ Sports Car Challenge 2

Posted by on April 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Get ready to race! I mean some more. Because, you know, you’ve probably been racing a lot on your iPhone already. But now you can do so in Sports Car Challenge 2 with two new cars: the Volkswagen Scirocco R and the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4. Fishlabs recently updated the racer with the pair in conjunction with their public unveiling at the 13th International Automobile Exhibition.

Want to check them out? Well you can download Sports Car Challenge 2 off the App Store for free right now. Or just update it if the game is already installed, of course.

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It seems like Readdle is all over the App Store these days. Calendars, Scanner Pro, and even the now-defunct ReaddleDocs have received plenty of praise (and downloads) over the years – all good indications of a developer that knows what they’re doing. The Verge recently went to visit the folks at Readdle, based out of Odessa in the Ukraine, to learn a little more about how they’ve managed to get to where they are today. And also how they’ve managed to do it without setting up shop in Silicon Valley.

You should definitely check it out, it’s a fascinating read.

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Image Credit: The Verge
Photographer: Alex de Mora

source: The Verge

usb_typewriter_ipadLooks like it’s that time again. We’ve finished draining the nutritious goo from our victi-I mean we’re looking for more writers!

So if you love you some iPods, iPads, and iPhones, and have access to up-to-date iOS hardware (and have a knack for this whole “writing” thing), give us a shout. We’re currently looking for reviewers and news writers to bring aboard.

Potential reviewers should be able to cut a swath through apps and games (that’s right, apps and games; you have to be up for both) without breaking a sweat, be able to critically analyze their subjects, and express themselves well and with authority. They should also be willing and able to edit their own posts and upload their own screen shots so that their work is ready for publishing as soon as they hand it in. But most of all we’re looking for someone who can manage to pull all of that off and keep things fun and interesting.

Potential newsies need to be able to turn out articles quickly and with regularity. They should have a knack for spotting the important bits in each story, getting the information out accurately, linking to sources, and be able to do it all without reading like an official press release. News writer hopefuls should also note that this position requires adherence to a set schedule, and during this time they’ll be collaborating with us directly on coverage of the day’s events. Otherwise how could we stay on top of everything?

If you think you’ve got what it takes for either of these positions, here’s our list of Musts:

- have an iPhone 5, iPad (2, mini, or later) or iPod touch (5th gen or later) and think it’s the best thing since sliced bread
- have a general knowledge of and interest in the iOS community
- can write at a higher than average level, like what you might see in a magazine or newspaper
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What do you get? Writing for 148Apps gets you exposure. With millions of eyes reading your posts, that’s a lot of exposure to be had. You also get some money, per post, at a competitive rate. That’s not bad, right? We do ask that you only apply if you can keep up a regular posting frequency. While this isn’t a full time job, it’s not a once-in-a-while hobby, either. Our best writers are the ones that can keep the same quality output coming week after week.

If you think this is something you might be interested it, take a quick read of our review style and send us three of your best clips. These are the best portfolio works of review writing you’ve done. The closer to an app review your clips are, the better chance we’ll have of understanding your style. Don’t have any written samples? Write one up! Pick your favorite app or two and write up a 300 – 500 word review, with proper spelling and grammar, and email it to helpwanted {at} 148apps {dot} com. We look forward to hearing from you, and we’ll get back to you soon.

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Zeebox is Now Beamly TV – Still Offers the Same Social Networking TV Fun, Plus a New Look

Posted by on April 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Zeebox used to be an app about following your favorite TV shows and stars, chatting with like-minded fans, and enjoying the benefits of having a personalized guide to help you discover new shows. Now, well, it’s still all of that. It’s just that now we’re calling it Beamly TV.

Beamly TV is the new name and look for the older app. 24/7 updates for TV shows and actors, chatrooms you can visit to gush about your favorites (and sometimes even chat with the celebrities themselves), and so on.

You can download Beamly TV off the App Store for free.

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At their recent Global Gamers’ Day event, Bandai Namco was largely focused on their console and PC offerings for the upcoming year. However mobile still had a small presence, with some upcoming titles revealed by the company – though few were in a playable state at this time.

Windows screenshot, may not be representative of iOS gameplay

Windows screenshot, may not be representative of iOS gameplay

The biggest announcement might just be Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ coming to mobile later this year. The follow-up to the popular take on Pac-Man, which features dynamic levels that change every time a fruit is collected, will feature new game modes, characters, and level designs to try and survive. But it’s still an eat or get eaten world. Expect this one this fall, though it was not playable at the event. Still, the game’s set up for touch controls already on Windows, so it should be a similar experience.

Outcast Odyssey is another upcoming game, though shown only in trailer form. This one resembles Evilibrium‘s tile-uncovering gameplay, and dungeon-crawling is promised, but few details are known beyond that.

Project Unstoppable (working title) is another game that Namco announced with few details available. Check out the teaser trailer below.

Also on tap for the future from Namco include a game called Soul Calibur: Unbreakable Soul, though no details are available for it at all beyond the name. TNA 2, a head-to-head wrestling game based on the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling organization, is expected later this year.

Additionally, Namco is working with Invictus to bring some casual games to mobile under Namco’s label. Froggy Jump 2, already released, is part of this. Froggy Splash 2, a game similar to Burrito Bison and Jumping Finn Turbo is also in the works. A puzzle-RPG called Jewel Fight is also being created by Invictus for publication by Namco, though this one won’t involve cute frogs but rather warriors battling it out by matching gems by twisting around blocks of four gems, similar to Bejeweled Twist.

While details and playable gameplay were sparse at the event, Namco does appear to have a variety of titles planned, and this may not be all – these titles are under the wing of Namco’s American mobile studios, and other international branches may have their own worldwide releases down the road as well.

Learning is so much more rewarding when it’s also fun. That’s part of the reason why recent educational app, Grammar Pop HD, garnered such a positive review from us last week. The brainchild of Mignon Fogarty, otherwise known as Grammar Girl, we were lucky enough to have a chat with her to find out more on how the game, as well as the persona, came to be.

mignonfogarty148Apps: What’s the story behind Grammar Girl? What made you decide to embrace that title?
Mignon Fogarty (MF): When I was a science editor, I saw my clients making the same mistakes over and over again – little things, such as using “a” when they should use “an” or misusing commas. Podcasting was new at the time, and I decided to also do a quick, simpler writing show because I saw that there were so many people who needed writing help.

Much to my surprise, the Grammar Girl podcast took off right away and essentially took over my life. I worked like crazy for about six months trying to do both Grammar Girl and the science writing and editing, since that work paid my bills, and when I finally got my book deal with Macmillan and we formed the partnership to grow the Quick and Dirty Tips network, I was able to switch to Grammar Girl full time.

The name Grammar Girl just popped into my head and I knew it was perfect right away. I believe it works because of the alliteration and because “girl” is a nonthreatening word. People have a lot of anxiety about their writing, and a lot of the grammar advice out there is delivered in a high-brow or condescending way. Being Grammar Girl sends the message that I’m friendly and approachable.

148Apps: How did Grammar Pop come about? What was the inspiration for creating a game like this?
MF: After finishing my last book, I wanted to do something different. People were playing games on their tablets and phones – I was playing games on my tablet and phone – and it seemed obvious to me that there should be a game in which you match words with their parts of speech. In fact, I was incredulous when I looked for such a game and found that it didn’t exist.

So on a plane on my way to Macmillan for a different meeting, I sketched out the initial idea for how I thought the game might work. They wanted to do it, so we went about investigating ways to make it work. I ended up coding it myself with a tool called Game Salad and working with Margo Goody, an artist at Macmillan.

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148Apps: How important do you think it is to make learning fun?
MF: Grammar Girl is all about making learning fun!

148Apps: What has the feedback from players been like?
MF: I get great feedback from parents and teachers who use Grammar Pop and say it has really helped their kids learn parts of speech. It’s not a chore to get their kids to play it; the kids love it and learn parts of speech without even realizing they’re learning.

148Apps: What’s next for the Grammar Pop series of games? Are there any plans for new installments or updates?
MF: We came out with a special Winterfest edition for the holidays, and we’re getting bids right now to expand the game with more levels.


Thanks to Mignon Fogarty for taking the time to answer our questions. To find out more about Grammar Girl, check out the Quick and Dirty Tips website.

Grammar Pop is available now for iPhone and iPad.

(Image of Mignon Fogarty courtesy of Quick and Dirty Tips.com)

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2013-10-10 :: Category: Education

$1.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2013-08-22 :: Category: Education

Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon players are getting a little help from an unexpected source this week. Wil Wheaton (a.k.a Advisor Wheaton) is taking part in a special scavenger hunt style promotion for the whole week.

According to the details on Kabam’s forum, current players just have to add “_AW” (the initials for Advisor Wheaton) at the end of their city name to enter. Merely changing your city name earns you a special “Advisor Wheaton Prize Chest” full of in-game goodies. The Advisor will be doling out clues as to the whereabouts of various artifacts via Twitter and the official Dragons of Atlantis YouTube page all week through Monday, 4/28.

You can grab Dragons of Atlantis off the App Store for free.

via: Our Review


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