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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.


Brickies Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FRESH TAKE
Brickies offers some fresh twists on a potentially tired formula.

Sword of Xolan Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SMALL AND SHARP
Sword of Xolan is a wonderful bite-sized platforming adventure.


Mr. Muscle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FULL TILT
Mr. Muscle might be a simple distraction, but it’s a pretty well-made one.

Skiing Yeti Mountain Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLIPPERY SLALOM
Skiing Yeti Mountain isn’t endless, but it is enjoyable.


Twitterrific for Apple Watch Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Jennifer Allen on May 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SO MANY NOTIFICATIONS
Twitterrific is the best Apple Watch Twitter client yet.

Vima Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HELPFUL TRACKING
Vima is a simple yet concise GPS running tracker, that works well on both iPhone and Apple Watch.


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.

Blades of Brim is a New Endless Runner from the Team Behind Subway Surfers

Posted by Rob Rich on May 22nd, 2015

SYBO Games, the minds behind the ever-popular Subway Surfers, have announced their latest project: Blades of Brim.

The 7th Annual Best App Ever Awards are Now Open for Voting

Posted by Rob Rich on May 22nd, 2015

It's time once again to figure out which mobile apps reign supreme with the 7th Annual Best App Ever Awards.

This year's nominees have been hand-picked from, well, everything. All the apps. And now that the hard part is over with, all you have to do is head on over to the official site to cast your vote by July 3. That's a bit over a month away, so you've got plenty of time to vote in all the categories.

The winners will be announced during Pocket Gamer Connects in San Francisco, which takes place on July 7 and 8.

Still Playing Blood Brothers 2? Good, Because Now it has Guilds and Special Events

Posted by Rob Rich on May 22nd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: AN AGGRAVATING RELATIVE :: Read Review »

Blood Brothers 2is DeNA's follow-up to their popular strategy RPG of the same name (minus the "2"), and it's just been updated with a bunch of new stuff. New stuff like player guilds and special daily events.

Guilds let players team-up for all sorts of benefits. Along with in-game chat to help members communicate, mastery levels can be pooled and shared with all guildies, any in-app purchases made by a guild member will bestow gifts to every other guild member, and newcomers can begin to enjoy the shared upgrades as soon as they join.

The new special events, on the other hand, include things like daily bonus stages that give players the chance to earn rare items, specially-themed daily packs for everyone to purchse, and treasure boxes containing random rewards will drop whenever players complete a stage.

All of these features are live right now, and you can grab Blood Brothers 2 off the App Store for free to check them out.

Rejoice - Twitch Finally gets Videos on Demand

Posted by Rob Rich on May 22nd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It's been a long time coming, and apparently something users have been asking for (for an equally long time) - now you can finally access Twitch VODs (videos on demand) on your iOS device.

The Apple Watch isn't Great as a Fitness Tracker, but it has Potential

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 21st, 2015

As someone keen on wearable technology encouraging me to get fit, it felt a little too easy to be cynical about the Apple Watch before getting my hands on one. The battery life sounded poor, it looked kind of bulky, and the lack of built-in GPS made me wonder why I’d want one to go alongside my iPhone. Those issues aren’t miraculously solved, but it turns out the Apple Watch has grown on me a lot already in my short time with it. There are a few good reasons for that, partly due to stock apps and partly due to some of my old favorites.

Show the World What You See With Stre.am, the Live Broadcasting App

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 21st, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Live broadcasting is getting popular on mobile devices, which is why you can now get Stre.am, by Infinite Takes.