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Kaboom Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on July 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BOOM GOES THE JPEG
Kaboom is an interesting approach to more controlled photo sharing, but it needs work.

NINE Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VISUAL CUES
Organize your life visually with NINE.


Shibuya Grandmaster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SIMPLY DECLUTTERED
This colorful and smooth puzzle game is a reimagined version of a mobile classic.

To-Fu Fury Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TASTY TREAT
To-Fu Fury isn't revolutionary, but it is a satisfying physics puzzle game.


Kingdom Clicker Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 29th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: COMPELLINGLY SIMPLE
Kingdom Clicker is an auto RPG/tapping game that isn't just about one lone adventurer.

FCB Studio Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By 148Apps Staff on July 29th, 2015
Our rating: starblankstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT A GOOOOLLLL!!!
It’s a goal kick that soars 100 ft wide of the net.


Baffles Classic Puzzles Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 29th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TAXINGLY SATISFYING
Baffles Classic Puzzles is a fun and challenging selection of puzzles.

In Churning Seas Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 28th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TUMULTUOUS PUZZLING
This physics-based puzzle game creates a great atmosphere, but leaves some things to be desired.


Yep, it's True - Angry Birds 2 is Officially Out on the App Store

Posted by Rob Rich on July 30th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The not exactly rumors were true and the birds are back. Angry Birds 2 has come to the App Store and the world will... well I suppose it'll still be the same, but now we have more bird-flinging options!

You Could Design Your Own Card for Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night

Posted by Rob Rich on July 30th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: MORE IS BETTER :: Read Review »

If you've ever wanted to create your own item, weapon, trap, or even monster for Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night, this is your chance. Auroch Digital is currently holding a contest so that fans can fight to the death (not really) to see which design will make the cut (no pun intended).

Bitcoin Billionaire is Going Back in Time with a New Update

Posted by Rob Rich on July 30th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you thought you managed to buy everything there is to buy in Bitcoin Billionaire and make all the money, well you though wrong. Those of you who made it far enough might remember investing in time travel - and it looks like that investment is finally going to accomplish something.

This Week at 148Apps: July 20-24, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on July 28th, 2015

July is Heating Up With 148Apps

How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.


Cally's Caves 3

Cally's Caves 3 is a free-to-play platformer inspired by games like Metriod and Castlevaniawhere players take control of Cally as she tries to rescue her parents from the Nefarious Herbert. From a content perspective there's a lot to like about this entry in the Cally's Caves series, even without making any in-app purchases. Although it feels like a bit of a hamstrung version of Castlevania, it's still pretty enjoyable and challenging.Cally's Caves 3 starts with a very straightfoward intro in which Herbert takes Cally's family (again), and from there it's up to players to jump, shoot, and melee their way through stages to get ever closer to rescuing them. Like the previous titles, Cally's Caves 3 is controlled using on-screen buttons that work just fine, though they can occasionally obscure the action or be hard to hit.--Campbell Bird


Dexter: Hidden Darkness

If you’ve played games such as Criminal Case or CSI: Hidden Crimes, you’ve played Dexter: Hidden Darkness. It’s effectively a reskin of these titles. As any Hidden Object gaming enthusiast will be able to tell you though, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.What works so well for these games are their trickle feeding of content. No one really wants to spend hours seeking out objects. These games are made for short sessions and accomplishing something in that brief period of time. Dexter: Hidden Darkness scratches that casual gaming itch as well as the others within the field. --Jennifer Allen


Crayola DJ

Music creation is a lot of fun and an ideal way for your children to express themselves, but all too often it can be a little tricky to do well. Crayola DJ circumvents any such difficulties, being the kind of DJing app that you can learn within a couple of minutes. It’s great fun, too. You’re presented with two turntables and a variety of different options. You can add tracks covering various different genres, such as dance, pop, hip hop, and fusion, before manipulating their tempo and prominence within the track. --Jennifer Allen


Age of Empires: Castle Siege

I’ve got a friend who regularly asks me if there are any games quite like the majesty of the Age of Empires series. Every time, I can refer him to something that’s a little like it but not quite up to par. Every time, we both feel a little disappointed, remembering just how wonderful those games were once upon a time. Age of Empires: Castle Siege might have the name and the license, but it’s no replacement for those great titles. Instead, Age of Empires: Castle Siege is a Clash of Clans style take on the popular RTS. Feel free to sigh at any time. It’s not a bad freemium strategy game but it will disappoint those wanting the full Age of Empires experience. --Jennifer Allen


nvNotes

Given its price tag, no one could blame you for expecting nvNotes to be a bit more garish or a bit more ‘in your face’ when it comes to showing off why it’s worth $9.99. In reality though, its strength lay in its understated wonder. It’s a note taking app that offers you exactly what you could want in a clear and concise manner. For those who regularly take notes on their iOS device, it’ll soon be an essential tool.A quick tutorial guides you through the paces, but it’s all pretty intuitive. Hit the pencil icon to create a new note then get typing. You can choose to just type in plain text or you can start applying things such as bold or underline, all through the markdown options available. nvNotes also offers an URL scheme, saving you effort and adding a form of hyperlinking to the mix. It’s not needed for some users, but it’s handy that it’s there.--Jennifer Allen


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Nebulous

So, what is up with Nebulous?It’s all about cell-eating; the player gets to control a circular blob in an amorphous area that has blobs of different sizes that float around. Now it seems each blob, including the player’s, have an insatiable need to consume stuff, in this case smaller blobs. So, using the virtual controller at the bottom right, one can guide one’s blob through the black landscape.As noted, the basic concept is to absorb smaller blobs; this is done by contact. At first, it might take a bit to cotton to the virtual control, because one’s small blob is pretty jumpy, and not so easy to control. In any case, as one picks up smaller organisms, one’s own blob starts to get bigger and bigger, and, for me, easier to move around adeptly.--Tre Lawrence


Mission Impossible RogueNation

Now, now… before you get mad and start ranting at the proliferation of endless sequels to action movies — Terminator, Rocky, Die Hard, and yes, Mission Impossible — remember one thing: in today’s age, we tend to get at least one possibly great byproduct in companion games.They tend to be simple, and may or may not follow the franchise canon very closely. In any case, such games can be fun to get into, even for casual fans of said movies.Hopefully, such is the case with Mission Impossible RogueNation… a Glu joint.--Tre Lawrence


Arkon Universal Tablet Headrest Mount

Summertime is travel time for my family. We love going places, and almost always enjoy ourselves.Still, it’s the going that can be troublesome. Boredom is young person’s kryptonite, and backseat bickering is mine. Thus, for all concerned, having mobile technology is such a blessing, and the Arkon Universal Tablet Headrest Mount helps harness that blessing.The review package arrived in clear cellophane, just as it does in retail form; it contained 6 pieces, and involved a lit bit of onsite prep t get together. I wasn’t a fan of the diagrams, but to be fair, I was able to cobble it together in an intuitive manner. When set to go, it uses the 2-post system available on the headrest of most cars to attach itself, and then physically extends towards the middle, such that the tablet is held in a central position mostly between the two front seats. It works great for two heads, but can be effective with three in our hands-on testing.--Tre Lawrence

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Battle Golf is the Newest Game from the Makers of Wrassling and it's Appropriately Bonkers

Posted by Rob Rich on July 27th, 2015

Wrassling was a pretty weird - and equally great - little wressling game. Now the developers, Folmer Kelly and Colin Lane, have turned their attention to a different sport: golfing. This is gonna be weird.

Qbert Rebooted has the App Store Going "@!#?@!"

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

The weird little orange... whatever... is back, mostly thanks to that movie which shall remain nameless (you know the one). But anyway it's been "rebooted" and now you can play the fancy-lookingQbert Rebooted on iOS devices.

Giant Monsters Run Amok in The Sandbox's New Update

Posted by Rob Rich on July 27th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CREATE :: Read Review »

So The Sandbox has just hit version number1.99987 (seriously), and it's added a lot more stuff. Just like every other update, really.

Look after Baby Buddy on your Apple Watch in the new premium version of Parigami

Posted by Simon Reed on July 24th, 2015

Parigami Gold is the new premium version of the match three puzzler that includes Apple Watch support and all new content.

You won't simply be sliding tiles around on your wrist, the Apple Watch companion app is an all new mini-game in itself. You'll have to take care of Baby Buddy, your cute little pet bird that needs feeding and playing with to unlock exclusive content in Parigami.

Parigami itself has recently been expanded with 10 new levels and if you pay for Parigami Gold you'll get 125 gold bars right away.

If you haven't played it, Parigami is a papercraft match three puzzler featuring a colorful cast of African animals.

Each animal has its very own mini-game which mixes up the gameplay nicely and lets you do some fun things like feed a hippo's babies or scare off Fang, the lion antagonist.

This isn't your ordinary tile slider though, here you move the entire rows and columns themselves in your efforts to match up three animal heads.

It's played on a fully interactive map set out over five zones and you can see your friend's progress if you connect your Facebook account.

Head on over to the App Store to purchase Parigami Gold [download] or get the original Parigami for free [download].

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

Swallow all of your opponents as the biggest ball in Battle of Balls out now on iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on July 24th, 2015

Eat all of the opposition and become the largest ball in Battle of Balls now available in the App Store and Google Play.

Battle of Balls pits you against other opponents in real time and challenges you to eat more balls and grow larger than all of your opponents.

Bigger balls can eat smaller balls so if you eat more than the opposition you can swallow them and take them out of the game. Bear in mind that they can do the same to you though!

You use a single finger to control the ball, sliding around the screen to direct it.

Should you fall behind, there are a few different strategies you can use to regain the upper hand. You can hide in bushes, split your ball into multiple smaller balls, or hide behind a larger ball to avoid getting eaten.

You could also seek out the hidden weapons dotted around that can give you a massive advantage - even over a larger opponent.

Your ball is customizable so you can change its color, face, and name.

Battle of Balls is available worldwide so your opponents could be from anywhere. You can follow them, become a fan, spectate on their games, or invite them into your game room and eat them.

Battle of Balls is available now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

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

Crossy Road has its Own Merch Store Now. For Serious.

Posted by Rob Rich on July 23rd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ADDICTIVELY FROGGER LIKE :: Read Review »

Do you like Crossy Road? I mean do you really like Crossy Road? Well then you're in luck! Hipster Whale has opened up a Crossy Road store, so you can show off your fandom via official T-shirts.

The Grand Tournament is Hearthstone's Next Big Expansion and it's Coming in August

Posted by Rob Rich on July 23rd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PERFECTLY (WAR)CRAFTED :: Read Review »

You all still play Hearthstone, right? Of course you do. We all do. And Blizzard has been updating it with more and more content so it's why wouldn't we? They're certainly not helping things by releasing yet another expansion, either.

Cloud Support Has Come to Business Card Reader Pro

Posted by Rob Rich on July 23rd, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BEST IN CLASS :: Read Review »

It looks like Business Card Reader Pro has gotten cloud support in its latest update - along with additional languages, which brings the total number of supported languages to more than 20.

Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer Just Got the Dawn of Champions Expansion

Posted by Rob Rich on July 22nd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: COLLECT THIS :: Read Review »

Yet another expansion has been added to Ascension: Chornicle of the Godslayer's arsenal. This time it's Dawn of Champions, which is the most recent expansion for the physical game as well (it came out back in April).

One man Left Studios is Bringing Space Food Truck to iOS

Posted by Rob Rich on July 22nd, 2015

In case you were unaware, One Man Left Studios (Tilt to Live, Outwitters, etc) recently announced their new cooperative digital board game, Space Food Truck, via Kickstarter. We didn't mention this earlier because it was originally said to be for Mac and PC. But now they've officially stated that the game is coming to iOS, so yay!

And the Winner of the 7th Annual Best App Ever Awards is...

Posted by Rob Rich on July 21st, 2015

After much nominating and deliberating, the votes for the 7th Annual Best App Ever Awards have been tallied and the results are in. Congratulations to ustwo and Monument Valley for being selected at this year's Best App Ever!