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Video2Music Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 31st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE PURPOSE
Convert video to audio with the simple to use Video2Music

.Decluster Zero: Bullet Nocturne Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 31st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FRANTICALLY FANTASTIC
.Decluster Zero: Bullet Nocturne is a fantastic bullet hell shooter.


DUDR Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 31st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SHORT TERM ALBUMS
Capture photos for just 24 hours with DUDR

Ski Safari 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: IT’S A SEQUEL
Ski Safari 2 adds some interesting touches to the endless downhill romp, but it isn’t as exciting as the original.


Ember’s Journey Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DIM
Ember’s Journey is a dimly lit puzzle game that's too reliant on trial and error.

Lara Croft GO Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: COMPELLING ADVENTURING
Lara Croft GO embraces what worked so well for Hitman GO and adds everyone's favorite Tomb Raider.


Skydoms Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PLENTIFUL
Skydoms is a formulaic but fun match-3 RPG.

Clicker Heroes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GRIPPING IDLENESS
Clicker Heroes is an idle RPG that will get its claws into you and not let go.


You'll be Able to Make Your Own BADLAND Levels Soon

Posted by Rob Rich on August 26th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GLORIOUSLY SIMPLE :: Read Review »

Have you been playing BADLAND so much that you've run out content? Well that won't be a problem for much longer because Frogmind is giving us a level editor in an upcoming (and free) update.

Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest is a Real Thing Coming Out Later This Year

Posted by Rob Rich on August 26th, 2015

It looks like we can add Magic: The Gatehring to the list of "stuff that has a Puzzle Quest spin-off." D3 Go! and Wizards of the Coast have officially announced that the popular collectible card game will be getting it's own match-3 puzzler later this year.

If Your iPhone 6 Plus is Taking Blurry Photos, Apple Might Fix it for You

Posted by Rob Rich on August 26th, 2015

Do you have an iPhone 6 Plus? Have you had problems with it taking blurry photos? Cult of Mac is reporting that Apple has admitted to a possible issue with internal camera components. That, and they're offering to fix the problem for affected customers.

This Week at 148Apps: August 17-21, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on August 24th, 2015

The Apps of August 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.


Tribe

I’m not going to question why you need to but we’ve all had those moments where we want to share a video in the most private of fashions, right? That sounds a little oxymoronic when you consider the open nature of Instagram and Vine but a solution is in sight. Tribe gives you the means in which to create and share videos, but with only 10 of your phone contacts. It works well, too. No videos are shared on a server and only the creator can choose to save or share them. Videos can only be five seconds long and silent, which may limit what you want to do with them, but it’s a pretty effective system. Your friends can simply tap on a video to let you know they appreciated it, and you can ‘whistle’ at them to request a video back. --Jennifer Allen


BattleLore: Command

The land of Terrinoth is in peril. Can you guide the Daqan forces to victory over the daemons of the Uthuk Y’llan? Fantasy Flight Games' Battlelore Command is based on the popular strategy board game. Here you'll be put in charge of the human forces of the Daqan - complete with calvary, melee, archers, golems, and even a few Roc-riding Ariel units. The game uses a hex grid, random powers, and predetermined sets of moves for you to choose from. The trick is that moves will become unavailable until you refresh them, so choosing your strategy wisely is mega-important. Just a heads-up: you won't win the tutorial level, and this is a omen for things to come. Due to those limitations on movement each turn the first few levels are surprisingly difficult. In order to succeed you have to pay careful attention to what each unit can do and which powers you have available on each turn. --Jessica Fisher


Loot & Legends

Loot & Legends is a free-to-play, turn-based strategy game that tries its darndest to capture the look and feel of playing a tabletop role-playing game like Dungeons & Dragons while simultaneously creating its own, card-based loot system. Although it sounds a bit peculiar, Loot & Legends is largely successful in what it sets out to do, making it a pretty awesome package for strategically-minded, dungeon-crawling enthusiasts.For anyone familiar with age-old fantasy tropes, almost everything in Loot & Legends' structure and lore should be unsurprising. Players make a party consisting of a warrior, priest, and wizard, all of whom go on adventures battling goblins, kobolds, lizardmen, etc both for the greater good of the world and for loot to make them ever stronger against more difficult foes. --Campbell Bird


Monsters Ate My Metropolis

Monsters Ate My Metropolis is an exceptionally colorful and vibrant card game. Dispensing with too much focus on the cards, you’ll find yourself destroying cities with the help of lumbering kaiju. It’s a great concept for a game but its execution suffers from a few issues right now.Learning the game is fairly easy, although mastering it is another matter. You assemble a deck of cards then are dealt three each turn. You pick out which card to use based on its power and element, before unleashing it against your opponent and hoping for the best. You can boost how things go through completing a brief mini game that tends to involve you either tapping frantically or timing one tap just right. Each attack builds a meter which can eventually lead to you unleashing a mega attack on your enemy’s city.--Jennifer Allen


Age of Defenders

It’s been a while since I last played a tower defense game and Age of Defenders has reminded me of exactly why I enjoy the genre so much. It could do with offering a little more speed to proceedings, but other than that, it’s a solidly dependable release. There’s a story in there, one told through cutscenes and snippets of dialogue, but I’ll admit I didn’t pay huge attention to it, although there are a few moments of light humor to glean from the dialogue. It does provide convenient context for the tutorial though. Age of Defenders is split into two distinct forms of strategy gaming with a defensive side of things and an offensive side. --Jennifer Allen


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Stickman Tennis

Stickmen? Tennis? Nah, I don’t mind giving Stickman Tennis a shot. We are talking about a tennis sim with stickman, right?The gameplay utilizes a tennis court — of course — with a lengthwise view, much like one would watch a real tennis match on TV. The stickman populate the whole thing, from the players to the personnel to the spectators; the graphics are subdued, and the sound feels familiar.The game incorporates a bunch of virtual buttons — three for specific shots: lobs, slices, and strokes with topspin. In the training module, one learns that timing is of essence, and the power of a shot can be affected by how long one “holds” the button down. To the left, there is a directional joystick that the player can use to control the direction of the shot.--Tre Lawrence


Oddwings Escape

Oddwings Escape gives players the opportunity to take on the persona of birds looking to escape from a lab in which evil experiments are being performed upon them.Graphically, the game is a visual feast, with liberal use of colors that –at first — reflect a jungle-ish motif. The game consists of travel ways, and mostly boils down to a timed, rated race that requires the player to get from point A to Point B; there is a distance challenge to start it all up.--Tre Lawrence


Cartel Legend: Crime Overkill

If AL Pacino’s Scarface played a mobile game, he’d probably spend more than just a few minutes with Cartel Legend: Crime Overkill.Some of it might look familiar.The locations are enjoyably stereotypical for the type of game this is, from storied casinos to expansive mansions that would make even Tony Montana do a double take. On their own, the scenes look nice and visual perspective is adhered to fairly well. The player takes on the persona of a deadly assassin, and a major task is to get from the beginning point to an endpoint, designated by a green overlay.--Tre Lawrence

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Going Hands-On With LucasArts-Inspired Adventure, Deponia

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 24th, 2015

Invoking the memories of classic LucasArts and Sierra games, I’ve got a good feeling about the once PC-only adventure game,Deponia. It’s not out until next month so it’s early days in terms of my time with it, but it offers an appealing return to adventures of old; warts and all.

Plunder Pirates has Gotten a Legendary New Update

Posted by Rob Rich on August 20th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: JOLLY ADVENTURING :: Read Review »

A bunch of legendary pirates - bucaneers, corsairs, marauders, swashbucklers, privateers, skallywags, call them what you will - have made their way to Plunder Pirates in a new update. Along with lots of other stuff, of course.

Final Fantasy VII is on the App Store Right Now

Posted by Rob Rich on August 20th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A GLORIOUS MESS :: Read Review »

Chances are you knew it was coming, but just in case you didn't (or just in case you didn't realize the date), Final Fantasy VII is now available on the App Store. Yes, that Final Fantasy VII.

SoulCalibur cards fighting their way to Outcast Odyssey – but only for the next few weeks

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 19th, 2015

Popular fighters and weapons from SoulCalibur are coming to the hit Bandai Namco Entertainment Card Battler, Outcast Odyssey.

Players can win the exclusive cards based from the SoulCalibur series, but they'll only be available until the 7th of September.

The newly added SoulCalibur cards include 8 legendary heroes – Ivy, Mitsurugi, Voldo, Maxi, Kilik, Siegfried, Nightmare, and Astaroth – as well as the SoulCalibur and Soul Edge swords.

These extras can be won as part of the weekly event rewards, or simply purchased through the in-game store.

An RPG-Card Battler with rogue-like elements, Outcast Odyssey has you exploring a game world boasting over 40 islands, fighting epic monsters, and collecting treasures – including over 300 cards.

The beasts and enemies found in-game can be vanquished using the various powers from the hundreds of hand-drawn cards you’ve collected.

You can enhance and even evolve your cards as you progress through the game in order to make them more powerful, and there’s a PvP mode that allows you to compete against other players if you grow tired of the single player adventure.

So to have a chance to use these SoulCalibur cards against your enemies download Outcast Odyssey on iOS [download] or Android [download] now.

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

Get in the Halloween Spirit with Robot Monster's The Doom Beneath

Posted by Rob Rich on August 19th, 2015

You may know Robot Monster from their previous interactive story, This is Not a Test. Well they're at it again with their upcoming graphic novel choose-your-own adventure RPG, The Doom Beneath.

Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Being Battle Ready

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 19th, 2015

[Not sure if you want to take on the Orks? Have a look at our Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon review.]

Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon is a super deep strategy game that can be quite a lot to take in. Here's how to make sure you're combat ready when playing.

Ski Safari 2 is Bringing More of Everything to the App Store Later This Month

Posted by Rob Rich on August 18th, 2015

Ski Safari has been quite the entertaining endless runner (skiier?), but now we've got an official sequel to look forward to.

March of Empires - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Become a Great Leader

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 18th, 2015

[Want to know if wrangling all these empires is worth it? Have a look at our March of Empires review.]

So, you’ve just downloaded March of Empires and you’ve got no clue what to do next. Don’t worry, we’re on hand with some useful tips and tricks on how to be the kind of leader that even Genghis Khan would be scared of.

It Looks Like Misfit and Speedo are Working Together Now

Posted by Rob Rich on August 18th, 2015

Today both Misfit and Speedo have announced a partnership that has produced an all new activity tracker: the Speedo Shine. I suppose we all should've seen that name coming.

This Week at 148Apps: August 10-14, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on August 17th, 2015

Amped Up for August 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.


Score! Hero

More like a kind of physics puzzle game than a regular soccer title, Score! Hero feels a little unfair at times with more than a dose of randomness thrown in. Odds are though, you’ll still be giving it a shot every now and then as it’s quite fun.You’re controlling the career of an up and coming soccer play. There are some light management style options with you able to customize your player before choosing teams to play for. Then you get thrown into the action. --Jennifer Allen


Direct Shot

Direct Shot is a simple yet effective app, enabling you to directly save photos and videos to your Dropbox account as you snap them. For those users who are always running out of space on their phone or iPad, it’s a real time saver.Setup is a breeze. You just log in to your Dropbox account, pick a folder to deposit your images, and away you go. you can switch between different folders, which is going to be particularly useful if you like to be organized and have plenty of subjects in mind. --Jennifer Allen


Apocalypse Meow: Save the Last Humans

"Don’t mess with cats" is the moral of Apocalypse Meow: Save the Last Humans - an arcade style shooter with a surprising amount of personality. It’s a more welcoming shooter than most, meaning even casual players can enjoy what’s here, but it’s still pretty taxing.You play your way through various levels, completing numerous missions in a bid to unlock new upgrades for your ship, as well as defeat the evil cats. Action is immensely simple. You use your finger to drag your ship around with firing done automatically. --Jennifer Allen


Animation Desk Cloud

Have you ever wanted to create cool animations but had no idea where to start? Animation Desk Cloud is a fairly good starting place, although do expect to have to practice to truly get the most from it. Requiring a quick sign up process to get the most from it, the app throws a text based overlay at you to explain what button performs what task. In reality, experimentation is the best way to understand things. Animation Desk Cloud is a little unwieldy at first, meaning poking around at what can be accomplished makes way more sense. Much like other art based apps, some of your success is going to be down to your ability to draw well. You can use various different brushes to create shapes and images, with your ability level and imagination the only real restriction. Coloring is easily changed around too. --Jennifer Allen


Zoombinis

It looks like a fairly cute puzzle game but Zoombinis is much more than that, actually offering up a series of logical and mathematical puzzles to tax your gray matter. It’s a remake of a 1990s puzzle game, Logical Journey of the Zoombinis, but old and new players should quite appreciate it - even if it does look a little old fashioned. You’re helping a series of small blue creatures as they attempt to reach the safety of Zoombiniville. This involves completing 12 tricky puzzles. The unique twist to Zoombinis is that you choose how your creatures look and what accessories they possess, and that actually affects what unfolds. --Jennifer Allen


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Samsung S Action Bluetooth Mouse

I have a confession. I actually like using the iPad Mini.Oops.My second generation was originally procured for work, and it became an ever huger part of my process due to (then) superior WordPress app on iOS. Paired with a great keyboard combo, and one gets an effective makeshift netbook.One shortcoming, for my needs, is the inability to use a bluetooth mouse. When it’s all said and done, I like using bigger tablets like an aforementioned notebook — or more like a full-fledged computer — when the occasion calls for it, and reaching to touch the screen for navigation irks me more than I’d like to admit.--Tre Lawrence


Army Helicopter - Relief Cargo

Army Helicopter – Relief Cargo is a game that makes heroes out of players.It’s a simple game, really, so the lack of any pointers probably shouldn’t hurt it in the eyes of prospective players too much. The first scene runs right into it; one uses a truck to load a heavy duty chopper with gear, and there is a bit of skill required to direct the truck in there, what with virtual steering wheel, brakes, gas and gearbox. In addition, one has a time limit to contend with, so errors can be costly.The end game, at first, is to get the trucks in position. As this is the first level, it is easy enough. Next, one gets a bank of controls and a new task: get the helicopter from the home pad to a way point some distance away. This part is trickier, and the lack of instructions does jar a teeny bit, especially as this portion is timed as well, but it isn’t too hard to feel one’s way through it. If one makes it through in time, the next level is opened up, which is to offload the chopper. Quickly.--Tre Lawrence


Angry Birds 2

Angry Birds dropped on the mobile gaming scene and all but created a new genre of game. An entire generation of folks got lost in the infinite charm of bringing avian justice to wayward pigs.What followed the original is an entire stable of spin-offs and branded versions: Star Wars, Rio, Go! and more.Now, we get a “true” sequel to original blockbuster in Angry Birds 2. The pigs are just as insolent, the birds as, uh, angry and the game begs to be played.--Tre Lawrence

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Celebrate Cooking Fever's first year on the apps world with a corn dog

Posted by Simon Reed on August 17th, 2015

Nordcurrent's food-em-up Cooking Fever is celebrating it's one year anniversary on the App Store this week, with a new location - Corn Dog Van - being added to the game to celebrate.

Originally released on August 19 last year, the game is a time management sim which asks you to cook a variety of delicious and exotic dishes from around the world - starting with fast food but them moving onto pizza, baked goods, and even sushi.

Corn Dog Van is the third summer location to be added to the Cooking's Fever’s tropical island, which previously boasted just ice cream and juice restaurants. At the van you can serve the corn dogs with a variety of condiments and a range of flavoured donuts.

The eleventh location to be added in the game's suite of restaurants, these don't just offer different cuisines - but also help to mix up the gameplay.

There’s another holiday-style restaurant to open at Cooking Fever’s Paradise Island soon too - we'll be sure to keep to keep you posted!

Boasting 50 million users, the game has also reached first place in the top Grossing Top 50 Charts in the US - so to see what all the fuss about for yourself is head on over to the App Store [download] or Google Play [download] now.

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