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Breath of Light Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: AIRY PUZZLES
Breath of Light is a pretty and stylish puzzle game, but one that players have probably seen before.

Escape from the Pyramid Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HIEROGLYPHIC HOPPING
Escape from the Pyramid is a fantastic platformer because of its great sense of style, speed, control, and challenge.


Sharp Minds Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on March 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ADD IT UP
It’s a little slow to start, but Sharp Minds is a pretty satisfying math puzzler.

Under the Sun Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on March 29th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TIME IS PRECIOUS
Under the Sun is a 4D puzzle game in which time is of the essence as players strive to reach the goal in a certain number of steps.


Silly Sausage in Meat Land Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 29th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STRETCH YOUR LUCK
True to its name, Silly Sausage is wonderfully creative, charming, and--of course--silly.

Pierrot Pierrette Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Amy Solomon on March 29th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: POETIC STORY
Pierrot Pierrette is an interesting storybook with a nice sense of style.


Final Fantasy Record Keeper Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on March 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SOME OF THE BRAVEST
It’s not exactly the ultimate all-star gathering we might’ve hoped for, but Final Fantasy Record Keeper is a decent nostalgia trip.

Ticklefluff Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CUTE FLUFF
Ticklefluff is a Bop-It style game with a cute main character.


Monkey Around with Jungle Rumble's Big New Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 30th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RHYTHMIC RTS :: Read Review »

Jungle Rumble, by Disco Pixel, is a brightly colored, jungleriffic rhythm game where you must protect your tribe's most precious treasure: bananas! And the game has gotten even more manic with a fresh new update.

Now you get more levels, new mechanics, and the ability to skip to any previously played level to make your questing for medals easier than before. The graphics have also been revamped for display on the iPhone 6 Plus to the iPad Air 2.

Jungle Rumble is available now for $3.99.

The NomadKey for the Pebble Smartwatch Wants to Put Your Battery Life Worries at Ease

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 30th, 2015

Nomad has released a new key-sized USB charging cable for the Pebble smartwatch called theNomadKey. Its small size and durability are meant to make it easy to bring with you wherever you go. The cable was designed to be able to charge your Pebble from any USB port. It only works with the original pebble, but the company has stated that they will be releasing a future model for the Pebble Time.

You can buy a NomadKey from the Nomad website or Amazon for $19.95.

Fast & Furious: Legacy's Creative Director Opens Up on the New Licensed Racer

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 29th, 2015

The Fast and the Furious is an action film series full of fast cars, hard-ass characters, and illegal shenanigans that first came out in 2001. The upcoming film, Furious 7, continues the storyline of the third film - The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Kabam has done a lot of movie tie-in games like The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth, Marvel Contest of Champions, and even Fast and the Furious 6, so it was no surprise to find out that they've developedFast & Furious: Legacy, which proposes to cover all of the F&F movies so far.

Cuz Parry, Creative Director for Fast & Furious: Legacy,took some time to talk with 148Apps about the upcoming game.

N-Fusion and 505's Ember is Totally Going to be the Next Ultima

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 29th, 2015

Recently, I was invited to check out N-Fusion and 505's upcoming RPG title, Ember. Set in the land of Domus, you'll be embroiled in a rich story with over 70 quests, a ridiculously expansive skill tree, and gorgeous landscapes. You play as aLightbringer who is trying to save the embers - which the world covets to the point of war, of course.Jeff Birns, CEO of N-fusion, walked me though his work and it was obvious that this was truly a labor of love. And he was happy to answer a few questions on his beloved game.

These are All the Apple Watch Apps and Games We've Managed to Dig Up So Far

Posted by Rob Rich on March 28th, 2015

The Apple Watch is less than a month from hitting store shelves, and once you get your hands on it you're probably going to want some apps and games to install. Fear not! We've compiled a list of all the Apple Watch apps and games we've been able to find so far.




Games


Rules!

By TheCodingMonkeys

App Store Description:

RULES! is a cute puzzle game that's challenging, fast-paced and fun.

• Choose your preferred type of game: Beginner, Expert or Timeless •

Follow RULES! into a hundred level-deep maze of cuteness and order:

• Multi-touch interface at its finest
• Color perception assistance mode
• Whales, Unicorns, Robots and Squirrels!
• A plethora of surprising new game mechanics

• Includes a daily brain workout mini-game for Apple Watch •


Zombies, Run!

By Six to Start

App Store Description:

You tie your shoes, put on your headphones, take your first steps outside. You’ve barely covered 100 yards when you hear them. They must be close. You can hear every guttural breath, every rattling groan - they’re everywhere. Zombies. There’s only one thing you can do: Run!

Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game and audio adventure, co-created with award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman. We deliver the story straight to your headphones through orders and voice recordings - and when you get back home, you use the supplies you’ve collected while running to build and grow your base.


Trivia Crack

By Etermax

App Store Description:

Trivia Crack is the international smash hit game that pits friend against friend in different categories to determine who has the most trivia knowledge. And it’s FREE! Each of the six categories (Science, Entertainment, Art, Geography, Sports and History) has a corresponding character, and the game is won by being the first to obtain all six. Give Willy the Wheel a spin and let chance decide which category you get!


Ingress

By Niantic Labs

App Store Description:

Ingress transforms the real world into the landscape for a global game of mystery, intrigue, and competition.

Our future is at stake. You must choose a side.

A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us.

“The Enlightened” seek to embrace the power that this energy may bestow upon us. “The Resistance” struggle to defend, and protect what’s left of our humanity.

Install Ingress and transform your world.


Hatchi

By Portable Pixels

App Store Description:

Hatchi is a retro-looking iPhone app sure to get the nostalgia burning for all those who cared for a virtual pet back in the 1990s when they were at the height of their popularity. Just as with the keychain-sized pets of the 90s, iPhone, iPod and iPad users now will feed, clean, play with and generally look after their pets to ensure they grow up to be healthy, happy little Hatchis. He needs YOU!


BlastBall Duo

By Monkube

App Store Description for BlastBall Max:
(note that BlastBall Duo is being made specifically for the Apple Watch and is not available at this time)

BlastBall MAX is the ultimate challenge for puzzle fans, bringing you an ALL NEW puzzle mechanic. BlastBall's basic goal is making 5-in-a-row, but master the moving board and two specials abilities a blasted row spawns, and you'll uncover a puzzle game with gameplay depth unlike you've played before.

BlastBall does not feature timer based gameplay, constant random factors, Pay to Win features or tacked-on gameplay mechanics. Our game focusses on one thing: delivering pure puzzle gameplay.


Letterpad

By Nimblebit

No App Store is currently available, but Letterpad is looking a little like Boggleonly you have to make words that match a specific theme from the grid of nine letters that's provided.


Elementary Minute

By Klemens Strasser

App Store Description:

Elementary Minute is a simple and fast-paced quiz game.

You will be confronted with different statements regarding topics like mathematics, famous people or geography. It is up to you to distinguish whether the statements are right or wrong by swiping up or down. There are two available game modes, the Classic mode, where you have one minute to get as many answers right as possible, and the Rush mode, where you have four lives and lose one each time you are to slow or get an answer wrong.


iArm Wrestle Champs!

By Flying Tiger Entertainment, Inc.

App Store Description:

Can you handle the power?!

The best downloadable, portable, live action game on the planet! Challenge your friends at school, parties, and family gatherings to showcase the ultimate arm wrestling champion! Let your phone be the judge!


PlayKids

By Movile Internet Movel S.A.

App Store Description:

With PlayKids, your child will be able to watch their favorite programs in a safe and educational environment. PlayKids offers more than 200 videos, including episodes from Caillou, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Sid the Science Kid, Pajanimals, Bo on the Go, Dinosaur Train, Olive the Ostrich, Peg + Cat, Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom, The Hive, Rob the Robot, Nursery Rhymes and more. A PlayKids subscription also gives you access to all our content, which includes games and books. Subscribe now to have a lot of fun with Lupi!


BoxPop

By FreshPlanet, Inc.

App Store Description:

Pop boxes and conquer grids in this brand new, addictive, free, puzzle game, from the makers of SongPop.

Gameplay is simple: pop boxes in L-shaped paths, like the knight in chess, and see if you can pop all the boxes in each grid without getting stuck!

Appy to Have Known You - Lee Hamlet Looks Back on 2 Years at 148Apps

Posted by Lee Hamlet on March 27th, 2015

Being at 148Apps these past 2 years has been an awesome experience that has taught me a great deal, and working with such a great team has been a privilege. Thank you to Rob Rich, and to both Rob LeFebvre and Jeff Scott before him, for helping me to grow as a writer and for giving me the opportunity to write about what I love: playing innovative mobile games and utilising the most revolutionary apps on the most quickly evolving gaming platform that is iOS.

Yes, there are a sea of copycats and awful Tap Tap clones that no one should ever bother with, but every so often iOS games and apps do the unbelievable - and that's what keeps me wading through that sea in search of a genuine pearl. Since it’s so often the independent developers that establish themselves as the David against the free-to-play Goliaths of the world, I'm proud to have worked for a site that puts indie games right up there with the big releases.

I'll be working over at App Trigger from this point on, so feel free to stop by anytime or follow me on Twitter (@El_Hamlet_). Whether you do either of those things or neither, it's been my pleasure to write stuff down for you to read with your eyes and for your brain to compute very soon after. I hope you stick with 148Apps until iPhones cease to exist and we have SIM cards in our heads and every game is Augmented Reality-based. Although, I hope that doesn’t happen for a while yet.

Oh, and I admit I might have been wrong about A Dark Room. I hold my hands up there. My bad.

Hugs and kisses,

Lee


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Hands-On With Allstar Heroes - A Promising Casual RPG

Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 27th, 2015

Let’s get this out of the way quickly. Allstar Heroes looks a lot like a certain other recent action RPG release, but it turns out that while it’s not yet available here, Allstar Heroes has been around for much longer than that other title. Now that copyright row is out of the way, I can say that Allstar Heroes seems pretty fun.

It’s not out here yet, with a release date being vaguely hinted at sometime next month, but it’s shaping up to be a fairly solid release.

You gather a team of fighters, then go from stage to stage taking out the enemies in your wake. It’s a simple take on an RPG really, as it can be fairly hands-off if you want. Combat is conducted automatically with you able to cast special attacks as and when the power bar builds up. There’s a campaign mode as well as PvP options, giving you plenty to do.

The fun, as always with these kind of games, stems from developing your team. You can do a lot in terms of helping your team level-up, with equipment playing a valuable role in helping your party out. Fill all the equipment slots on one character and these can be combined to make the character more powerful, starting back at the beginning equipment wise but with a considerable stats boost.

And that’s where Allstar Heroes should keep you interested. Evolving your characters and watching as they steadily develop is always a satisfying thing to see. While it would have been good to be able to manipulate the characters more in battle, it’s the kind of lightweight RPG experience that lends itself well to mobile gaming. You can get a lot done in the space of a few minutes, with the only restriction being having an internet connection available to you.

Given its lengthy release in China (it was released there in February, 2014), Allstar Heroes'US release can't be far off. I’ve got a good feeling that it’s going to be a pretty fun timesink when it does come out. We’ll be sure to keep you in the know.

Macho Man and Steve Austin Join the Ranks of the WWE Immortals

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 27th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BOOM! :: Read Review »

WWE Immortals, by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WWE, has gotten a superstar update. You'll now have access to Macho Man Randy Savage and Steve Austin. Both characters have two different versions: Macho Man Randy Savage Renegade or Macho King, and Stone Cold Steve Austin Icebound Watcher or Texas Rattlesnake.

The update also adds a new events system that will start with a series of WrestleMania 31 in-game events. You'll be able to battle for the top slot on the leaderboard from from now until April 2 and possibly win exclusive WrestleMania 31 Four-Star Gear, or exclusive WrestleMania 31 Two-Star "Ticket" Gear.

You can download WWE Immortals for free on the App Store now.

Fearless Fantasy is Fantastic for the iFone (it was worth a shot)

Posted by Rob Rich on March 27th, 2015

I actually had my first look at Fearless Fantasy last year at E3, but it was on a PC so there wasn't much for me to talk about. But now that I've been able to play with a pre-release version of the iOS build, there's quite a bit for me to talk about.

The story so far has been every bit as weird and it seems on the surface, thanks almost entirely to the oddball characters. What's impressive is that it all works. It's not just silly for the sake of silliness. Okay, well, it might be but it's actually pretty funny, and not in a "so awful it's good" sort of way, either.

The incredibly weird visuals struck me as a little off-putting at first, but once I got to see everything in motion it became very endearing. A lot of these enemies behave in extremely strage ways that you might not expect, and many of the combat animations are a combination of cool and surreal.

Combat mechanics and overall sructure are what really make Fearless Fantasy stand out on iOS, though. The story is broken up into several individuals levels, which are themselves made up of a set number of encounters. These encounters can be played (and replayed) on one of three different difficulties, and as you'd expect the rewards go up as the challenge increases. It's not just that enemies absorb and deal more damage, though - as you move from Casual through Normal and eventually on to Veteran the combat itself will get harder, with more complicated inputs required for both attacking and defending.

But oh, the combat. It's easily my favorite part of Fearless Fantasy so far and almost as easily my favorite approach to combat out of any iOS RPG I've played. When an enemy attacks, you'll have to perform a sort of mini-game where you'll be tapping on circles as the rings surrounding them close in or swiping through arrows in a specific pattern. The thing is, the harder the difficulty the more mobile these symbols are - to the point where you'll need to start familirizing yourself with the types of attacks most enemies like to use if you want to avoid failing to block.

Attacking works much the same way as defending, only if you mess up you deal less (or no) damage. What's great is that as each of the three characters gains more powerful abilities, they'll be able to string together longer chains of attacks for even greater potential damage. It also means that the mini-games get more complex, creating a cool synergy between a character's actions on-screen and your actions... on-screen. Whatever, it works really well and it's cool.

Fearless Fantasy hasn't graced the App Store with its presence yet, but you can be certain we'll let you know when it does. This is definitely a mobile RPG to keep an eye on.

WWE WrestleMania Tags into the App Store

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

Are You ready to rumble? The official WWE WrestleMania app, by World Wrestling Entertainment, is now available. Now you can get all your WrestleMania info in one place before anyone else. The app offers details on superstar signings, interactive venue maps,event schedules, WrestleMania Superstore hours, stadium information, and more. You can also watch the latest video highlights from WrestleMania.

You can download WWE WrestleMania for free on the App Store.

Bio Inc's New Expansion is Infecting the App Store

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

Bio Inc., by DryGin Studios, is the real time strategy game where you infect a human body with the worst virus your evil brain can design. Recently, the game was updated to add a whole lot of new features. Now you can play the new “Lethal” difficulty, which chakllenges even hardcore players. If you aren't quite there yet you can still enjoy the “Specialized M.D” section with its 6 new stages.

DryGin has also added 25 new boosters such as Economics, Diseases, Risk Factors, Recovery, and Environmental. You'll be able to buy these boosters with Bio Coins that you earn by playing the game. And if you manage to beat all the levels you'll be in for a benevolant treat - you can change your dark hearted ways and try to save John Smith on the last stage. This time an AI is infecting the poor sod and it is your job to try to stop it. Can you heal him in time?

Bio Inc. has a bunch of other features added in this new expansion. You can download it now for free to experience them all.

The Monocular Minion is Here! Despicable Me: Minion Rush Gets the Carl Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 26th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: MOVIE MAGIC :: Read Review »

Despicable Me: Minion Rush, by Gameloft, is introducing a new runner to the mix in their latest update. Now you can play as Carl, the prankster minion. Carl has a few new abilities to play with, includingrunning at a higher speed from the start. Gameloft has also added Eduardo's House as a new area. You'll be able to race through the infamousEl Macho's home and find secret areas.

Carl is also all ready for April Fool's Day. You'll need to collect Chili Peppers, Piñatas, and Fireworks to play pranks on the Minions, get awards, unlock funny gags, and progress the story!

You can download Despicable Me: Minion Rush for free on the App Store.

Compass Point: West - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Staking a Claim on the Frontier

Posted by Rob Rich on March 26th, 2015

[Wondering if it's worth dramatically pushing the swinging doors open on this saloon? Check out our review]

You’ve got a lot of work ahead of you if you want to turn your little patch of dirt into a bonafide frontier town, and Orville Driller and his cronies aren’t exactly rolling out the welcome mat. But don’t worry, even the toughest hombres need help every now and then (okay I’m done with the old west jokes, I swear).




Getting Started

  • Be mindful of Gold and Goods limits - Starting out, you’ll only be able to hold a maximum of 2,000 of either resource. It sounds like a lot, but it’ll fill up quickly. Try not to let your earnings go to waste.
  • If you’re about to exceed the limit, spend it - Successful attacks on Orville’s occupied territories will always yield Gold and Goods, so if you’re really close to the maximum you should try to spend some of either (or both) before continuing on. Build or upgrade stuff if you can, but if that’s not an option you can also clear out trees and rocks.
  • Watch videos when able - There’s a covered wagon with a film strip icon over it that sometimes appears on the road. Tap it and you’ll be prompted to watch a video. You definitely want to watch, as once you’re finished you’ll be able to pick a random card from a group of four. These can include diamonds (used to speed things up), sidekicks, workers, or even piles of resources.
  • Use Jakob Ammann to keep things moving - The basic version of his card will take up to 15 minutes off of one upgrade, which is great for when you’re starting out and things don’t take hours to finish.
  • Use William Wealth when you need a cash boost - The basic form of William nets you 500 Gold, so use it if you’re a little short. Make sure you remember that resource limit, though!

The seriously addictive Trivia Crack is headed to Apple Watch

Posted by Simon Reed on March 26th, 2015

Etermax has announced that Trivia Crack will be playable from your wrist just as soon as the Apple Watch launches.

In fact, Apple itself requested that Etermax bring its popular quiz app to the Apple Watch after being impressed by its performance in the App Store charts.

Trivia Crack is minimalist by design, which makes it a perfect fit for the App Store’s cozy screen size.

You’ll still be competing with a friend or stranger in one of the six categories of science, entertainment, art, geography, sports and history, to see who has the most trivia knowledge stored inside their head.

A question will pop up on your watch along with a series of answers. It’s up to you to select the right one, then it’s your opponent's turn.

This back and forth continues until the round ends and the player with the most correct answers wins, adding the character associated with that category to their collection.

Yes, Trivia Crack will be fully playable from your Apple Watch so from now on you can leave your iPhone in your pocket where it belongs.

Over 140 million players have downloaded Trivia Crack since launch, and the app currently holds the top spot in the App Store charts in 25 different countries, including Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands.

You can play right now for free by heading on over to the App Store [download], Google Play [download], Windows Phone Store [download], and the Amazon App Store [download].

Snail Games has officially launched Taichi Panda on iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on March 26th, 2015

Taichi Panda has officially launched on iOS and Android today with an expansion, the Teumessian Update.

Featured in the update is Taichi Panda’s first magic class, Teumessa, the fox mage, who will appeal to those who like fighting from a distance.

The new location, the city of Atlantis, offers higher levelled players the chance to continue the story with three new chapters. The level cap has also been raised so you can continue your progression.

An outfit system has been implemented that allows you to equip new costumes on your characters, changing their visual appearance and increasing their stats.

PvP battlers can now participate in three new modes - Seabed Scramble, a 3v3 domination-style battlefield, Decathlon, an increasingly challenging ten round face-off against opposing challengers for prizes, and Guild Wars, a guild versus guild mode.

The Teumessian update also features a ton of new pets, gear, and systems.

Best described as a dungeon crawling action RPG, Taichi Panda features fast-paced combat, four upgradeable characters, different co-op and PvP modes, and a 12 chapters of single player story.

Taichi Panda has been in soft launch since January but has finally been released in most regions today, along with the Teumessian Update.

It is available now from the App Store [download] and Google Play [download] for free.

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