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Gamebook Adventures 10: Lords of Nurroth Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 28th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STILL GOOD
Lords of Nurroth is a quality gamebook adventure, but it won’t win over any doubters.

Yellow Pages Apple Watch Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Rob Rich on May 28th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: A BIT INACCURATE
The Yellow Pages app is a convenient way to look up directions from your wrist. Except when it isn’t.


Wear Reader Apple Watch Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on May 28th, 2015
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: MAYBE NEXT TIME
Wear Reader is a nice idea that's hampered by its interface.

Cartoon Survivor Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 28th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DEAD AS A…
Cartoon Survivor is one goofy, pretty-looking, and tough auto-runner.


Moovit Apple Watch Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on May 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ALMOST, NOT QUITE
Moovit is a relatively handy way to keep track of local mass transit schedules.

Cooking Mama Let’s Cook! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: MAMA WILL FIX IT
Cooking Mama is back, but she’s not better than ever.


TripAdvisor Apple Watch Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Jennifer Allen on May 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HELPFUL
TripAdvisor is another handy tool for discovering new places.

Kapu Fishing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CUTE FISHING
Kapu Fishing is a cute game of fishing, for your toddlers to enjoy.


It's Lights Out in the Upcoming Platformer, Ember's Journey

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 29th, 2015

Ember’s Journey is a stark puzzle platformer with a twist: the entire game is played in darkness. The only light you can see by is the oneemanating from your own character.

The Popular Insight Series of Travel Guides has a New Phrasebook on the App Store

Posted by Rob Rich on May 28th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Getting around in a country when you can't understand the primary language can be tough. Fortunately there are several options available to help wold travellers with the important stuff like giving directions to a cab driver or asking where the restroom is. Now we can add the Insight Guides Phrasebook app to that list.

Desktop Dungeons is Now on the iPad Despite a Total Lack of Desktops

Posted by Rob Rich on May 28th, 2015
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Desktop Dungeons has been a well-loved roguelike on PC for quite some time, and now it's finally available for the iPad! Just the iPad, though. Sorry iPhone users.

QuizUp Gets Social in its New Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 28th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PLENTIFUL TRIVIA :: Read Review »

Plain Vanilla Corp has released a new and improved version oftheir popular trivia game, QuizUp. The app now emphasizes social play so you can challenge friends from all over the world.

Shadowmatic's Latest Update Adds a Brand New Game Mode

Posted by Rob Rich on May 27th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SILHOUETTE MAGIC :: Read Review »

Shadowmatic's shadowy shadow-ness is getting a little shadowy-er thanks to a recent update that adds an Arcade Mode.

Sunrise Calendar and Slack Have Assimilated Wunderlist

Posted by Rob Rich on May 27th, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BEAUTIFUL :: Read Review »

Wunderlist is perhaps one of the most populat and beloved productivity apps on the App Store - and now it's gone and incorporated itself into other useful services like Sunrise Calendar and Slack.

Crossy Road Devs Hipster Whale are Bringing PAC-MAN 256 to iOS Later This Year

Posted by Rob Rich on May 27th, 2015

Hipster Whale, the minds behind the rather popular (and rather great) Crossy Road, have teamed-up with Bandai Namco to create PAC-MAN 256: an absolutely bonkers looking maze runner chaser thing.

The new game turns a bug from the original PAC-MAN (and other early games in the franchise) into a feature by having players make a mad dash through an endless maze - with the infamous glitch in hot pursuit. Along with Inky, Pinky, Blinky, and Clyde of course. Coins and power-ups will also be available to help even the playing field a tiny bit (but not too much).

PAC-MAN 256 will be available on the App Store later this summer as a free download.

Meet the New Spotify Music

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 27th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Spotify Music has a lot going on. They're introducing 3 new modes to serve all your musical needs, with the "Now" start page gives you curated playlists based on your particular tastes. As you listen the app will learn more about your tastes and adapt to choose better music for you.

What the Apple Watch Gets Right, and What it Gets Wrong - Revisited

Posted by Rob Rich on May 26th, 2015

A couple of months ago I ruminated on what the Apple Watch could and couldn’t do (as indicated by Apple’s own descriptions, since the watch itself wasn’t out yet). I also ruminated on what it seemed to be doing right and what it was doing wrong. Now that I’ve actually had one for a bit and have been using it daily, some of my thoughts have changed. Some for the better, and some for the worse.

So it’s time to take a look back at what I got right (ha-ha!) and what I got wrong (boo!).

Celebrate PAC-MAN's 35th Birthday With Updates and Sales

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 26th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Strike Wing Episode 2 has Landed on the App Store

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 26th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Strike Wing: Raptor Rising is an exciting space combat simulator byCrescent Moon Games, which was recently updated to continue the story with Episode 2.

Kiqplan Expands its Interactive Coaching Kingdom

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 26th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

The makers of Fitbug have been hard at work on their Kiqplan lineup, and have added four new summer themed plans to help you get the most out of your workout.

Make a Photobook in Minutes with Pictyear

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 26th, 2015
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad

What happens when you can't stop taking photos and have an urge to create a photobook? Pictyear saves the day.

This Week at 148Apps: May 18-22, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on May 24th, 2015

May Days at 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.


Earthcore: Shattered Elements

Presentation is often a very important element for a video game, even if it’s a game based around cards like Earthcore: Shattered Elements is. The problem is that there’s also such a thing as too much presentation - and this is a fairly prevalent issue in Earthcore’s early moments.Push through it and you’ll find an enjoyable and accessible card battler.--Rob Rich


Horizon 3

Need to organize your life? I know the feeling. Fortunately, Horizon 3 is a stylish way to do precisely that. It’s not perfect as it has a few bugs, but it’s still a pretty convenient way of organizing your calendar.Immediately offering up a page full of your week’s events, Horizon 3 is quick to get going. At a glance, you can easily see what’s ahead of you. Besides offering timings on that screen, you can also see location details and even what weather you should expect during that time. Simply tap on an item and you can quickly edit its details, with a swipe to the left enabling you to add a new appointment. --Jennifer Allen


KANO

I’m not sure why anyone would willingly start bouncing around on top of an active volcano, but that’s exactly what’s happening in KANO. Despite the obvious safety concerns, however, it’s actually a very entertaining (and quite good-looking) little time waster. You control a rotatable platform made up of four differently colored zones (Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow), and all you have to do is keep the multicolored tiki-looking heads in the air for as long as possible. The rub is that with each bounce, the head’s color will change - so you then need to spin the platform with a swipe in order to line up the corresponding color. --Rob Rich


Tofu Hunter

Tofu Hunter is a fun time waster of a game. A parody of all those hunting games that are already out there, your sole purpose here is to shoot tofu. Because tofu is alive and dangerous, right?You do this by partaking in various missions and gradually unlocking new weapons and upgrades. It’s all very typical of the genre, but with soy-based creatures. You use one finger to move around the screen, while in the bottom right hand corner you can hit the shoot button. You can zoom in to, for those shots that need some extra accuracy behind them.--Jennifer Allen


Languinis: Match and Spell

Combining match-3 with word creation is a smart move for Languinis. It means it’s an entertainingly different casual puzzle game that’s likely to hold your attention.Divided up into various levels as is the way with such games, you’re given multiple objectives each time. These often relate to both sides of the game. While you’re matching colored gems, you also have to create words from the letter tiles that appear afterwards. The key is to keep on top of both. You can’t succeed by solely focusing on one side of things.--Jennifer Allen


Knights of Pen & Paper 2

While the comedic moments are still a little hit and miss, Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is easily a refined and superior version compared to its predecessor. In many ways, it’s the perfect mobile game, easily allowing you to achieve something in a short space of time, without being impeded by your location or your free time.As before, it’s an RPG akin to Dungeons & Dragons with you listening to the games master and taking decisions from a variety of choices. You start out with two characters, picking out a race and class for them, before pursuing the adventurer’s life. With enough gold, you can unlock more characters to fight by your side.-Jennifer Allen


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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:


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Neposmart Camera

The confluence of mobility and connected devices is alive and well, and home security is a big portion of this. Another minor problem are all those spare smartphones.Neposmart a looks to zap these concerns with one solution: a connected camera that can be controlled and monitored from a smartphone.The review package we received was a bit fuller than expected: the camera, ethernet cable, power adapter, mounting materials, documentation, bell wire and magnetic switch (the last two for intelligent garage setup).--Tre Lawrence


Logitech Keys-To-Go Bluetooth Keyboard

I feel pretty proficient on virtual keyboards, but every now and then, one needs a good portable keyboard to do the heavy lifting.
Enter Logitech. Enter Keys-To-Go Ultra-Portable Bluetooth Keyboard.The review package Logitech sent us, which reflects the retail presentation, contains the keyboard, a hard grey plastic device stand, USB charging cable and documentation. The unit is light, almost shockingly so; the advertised size and weight definitely come across as a benefit when the keyboard is handled. The review unit came in bright blue, with whitish keys lettering and a tight, rubberized FabricSkin finish. The micro-USB charging port and a discrete power toggle are nestled on the side, and altogether, the piece feels quite durable. Officially, it comes in at 9.5 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches and 6.4 ounces.--Tre Lawrence


WorldPenScan X

WorldPenScan X is an interesting Kickstarted gadget that brings document scanning/OCR functionality and translation to folks on the go.In hand, it’s not nearly as thin as (or much longer than) a regular ballpoint pen at 4.52 x 1.29 x 0.88 inches and under 2 ounces; it looks more like a mid-sized temporal thermometer. It’s mostly white, with a hard plastic finishing. The business end (which is initially hidden by a greyish cap) has the image capture hardware assembly, and tapers a bit.--Tre Lawrence

All this, plus Apple Watch reviews of CityMapper, Yelp, and Evernote.

Auroch Digital is Bringing Back Games Workshop's Highway Warrior Board Game, Dark Future

Posted by Rob Rich on May 22nd, 2015

If the name "Auroch Digital" sounds familiar, that's probably because you've been enjoying Chainsaw Warrior. And if you haven't been, that means you're not playing it. You should play it (or its sequel). Anyway, the dev team has recently announced that they're teaming up with Games Workshop yet again in order to revitalize another one of their cult-status board games of old: Dark Future.