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Latest iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad App Reviews:

Simple Machines Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 1st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LAID BACK EDUCATING
Simple Machines is a fun journey for your kids while they learn the importance of physics.

Ice Age Avalanche Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 1st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BEEN THERE
Ice Age Avalanche is a typical match-3 game. That can be good or bad, depending on your perspective.


Fotograf Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 1st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PRICEY OFFERING
Fotograf is a fairly typical photography app with a killer feature: the ability to make your own filters. For a price.

Kung Fury: The Game Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 1st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: INSERT COIN
Kung Fury: The Game is a fun, if mindless, one-button beat-em-up.


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.


This Week at 148Apps: May 25-29,2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on June 1st, 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.


Cartoon Survivor

An auto-runner about a dodo bird getting tossed into a reality TV show where it has to run a gauntlet of cavemen, dinosaurs, angry Mayans, lava, and more - all with a stick of dynamite strapped to its back? Sure, Cartoon Survivor, I’ll bite. Aside from being the kind of reality show that nobody would willingly sign up for, Cartoon Survivor is a pretty solid auto-runner. Tilting the device will move the dodo back-and-forth along the “road,” while tapping the screen jumps and tapping and holding will glide. You can also tap the Boost icon for a temporary speed increase but let’s not get too carried away. --Rob Rich


Cooking Mama Let's Cook!

Mama is back, again, with Papa in tow. This time she’s got a new free-to-play game that’s… well it exists.Cooking Mama Let’s Cook! is classic Mama for the most part. You get to select from a small assortment of dishes, and perform all sorts of gesture-based actions on the touch screen to try and complete various steps of each recipe. If you fail to pull a single step off perfectly it’s going to torpedo your chances at a three-star rating, but you can always start fro scratch. Or spend a precious continue token (I don’t know what their actual name is) to try a failed task again.--Rob Rich


Kapu Fishing

It turns out that foxes love to jump in boats, sail off, and go fishing. At least that’s what Kapu Fishing tells us, and it proves to be an adorable and simple game that should captivate your little ones for a while. With controls that are ideally suited for toddlers, it won’t take long for them to figure things out and have fun. As the app explains through some simple gestures, casting a line is a simple matter of dragging your finger across the screen. How far the line goes depends on how far you drag your finger. It’s the kind of intuitive thinking that’ll be ideal for educating your kids through. Once the lure hits the water, gentle taps cause it to come nearer to you. --Jennifer Allen


Brickies

Brick-busting Arkanoid style games are nothing new, yet Brickies feels more fresh than most. Offering a few new tricks up its sleeve goes a long way to enticing you into carrying on playing.The key change to Brickies is how missing a shot doesn’t mean game over. Instead, it deactivates the ball, leaving it useless until you bounce it back again with one of your paddles. You have two paddles - one on either side of the screen - which respond in the same manner throughout. The focus is less on keeping your ball in play, and more on getting things done quickly, with each level offering a fairly tight time limit on things.--Jennifer Allen


Sword of Xolan

I often look forward to seeing larger games released for iOS, both because I wish more people would take the platform seriously (as they should) and because being able to play something like Knights of the Old Republic on my phone is just really, really cool. But that doesn’t mean that shorter, more bite-sized games can’t also shine. And Sword of Xolan is definitely a tiny shiner. That sounded a lot better in my head. Sword of Xolan follows a similar structure to other mobile platformers from developers like Ravenous Games. It’s broken up into two different modes - Adventure and Challenge - with the former itself being broken up into three acts. And each act is made up of several platforming levels and a final boss fight. You can simply blitz through everything in a rush to the end, but stages are really meant to be replayed. --Rob Rich


Mr. Muscle

Don’t let the impressive beach body or the far more impressive mustache fool you; Mr. Muscle is actually a featherweight. As a game, I mean. There’s nothing particularly feathery about the buff fellow holding goodness nows how many pounds of metal above his head.Seriously though, I have to give credit to Flow Studio for Mr. Muscle’s presentation. If nothing else, it sports a very enjoyable and clean-looking art style. It’s also complimented by a simple but pleasant music loop that sound almost vaudevillian in nature. Fitting given the striped swimming trunks and massive handlebar mustache, I think. --Rob Rich


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Sunburn!

We’ve waited for a while for Sunburn!, and with good reason; early clips of the gameplay hearkened to something fun and engaging. Now that it’s out, we have the perfect occasion to check it out.Graphically, it’s a fun, retro-feeling trip, with old-school characterizations and purposely stilted animations. It incorporates the use of color effectively, as in the visual representation of the target sun. The backdrop is dark, and the sound effectively carries along the gameplay.--Tre Lawrence


Plancon: Space Conflict

If you’re a fan of Serenity, those lyrics will make sense almost immediately. The criminally short-lived series would probably find a kindred spirit in HeroCraft’s new caper Plancon: Space Conflict. In this one, space exploration is the name of the game, ut with an added twist: invading aliens.The action starts with an in-game tutorial; it is a bit of a slow going, almost ploddingly so, but, as gameplay further on underscored, it is important to understand the basics. The player takes on the persona of an adventurer in a future world where extended space travel is possible and commonplace. The game leads one through the basics of interplanetary travel, which is effected by tapping and double-tapping. There is also the collection of valuable materials, and simple combat. One is also introduced to the commerce system, which is probably the most intricate aspect of the game.--Tre Lawrence

All this, plus Apple Watch reviews of Yellow Pages, Wear Reader, and TripAdvisor.

Up Periscope - Our First Thoughts on Twitter's New Video App

Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 1st, 2015

When I first heard about Periscope, I was curious. What would it be like? What sort of broadcasts would come out of it? What new innovative ways would people find for it? The truth is I've found it addictive. I downloaded and sent out my very first broadcast on May 13. The short video was of my balcony and all my plants just as a trial to check out the features. No one watched, but it didn't really matter at the time.

Move the Walls, from the Mikey Shorts Folks, is Out This Week

Posted by Rob Rich on June 1st, 2015

BeaverTap, the minds behind Mikey Shorts, are all set to release their next big thing on the App Store later this week. That "next big thing" being Move the Walls.

Don't Eat your Vegetables - Match Them in FarmVille: Harvest Swap

Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 1st, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

What do you get when you cross a super-popular farming app with a match-3 game? Zynga’s FarmVille: Harvest Swap.

The iPhone Has Its' Day as Pixelmator Goes Universal

Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 1st, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: POWERFUL IMAGE EDITING :: Read Review »

Pixelmator has gotten a big update recently that, along with a few other things, has made the app universal. Now iPhone users can enjoy editing their images with Pixelmator for the first time.

Block Fortress has a Big New Update for All of Us to Enjoy

Posted by Rob Rich on May 29th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Block Fortress is a survival-style game that's as fun as it is blocky. It's also just gotten a rather sizeable update that adds a lot more cool stuff.

Simple and Surreal Star Base Sim rymdkapsel is Getting Two Brand New Game Modes

Posted by Rob Rich on May 29th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BETTER LIVING THROUGH GEOMETRY :: Read Review »

I really like rymdkapsel. Not just because I'm a sucker for games that are cleverly simple or highly stylisitc, but because it's fun and challenging. Actually it's extremely challenging, which is why I was excited to learn that it's getting a couple of new gameplay modes in the near future.

Check out the anticipated Angel Stone in all its hack and slash glory in the first official gameplay trailer

Posted by Simon Reed on May 29th, 2015

Fincon has finally revealed Angel Stone in action in the first ever official gameplay trailer for the anticipated hack and slasher.

Angel Stone is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which humanity is in danger of being wiped out by the demonic Legion.

You'll select a class from berserker, gunslinger, and shadow mage and join forces with humanity's last line of defence against these frightening foes, the Resistance.

Angel Stones are talismans of fallen angels that you'll collect as you play. These unlock new abilities for your character.

There's a single player story to work your way through in mission mode, a co-operative boss raid, and real-time PVP depending on your preference.

To get a chance to play the game before its due out, head on over to angelstonegame.com to pre-register for the early access beta.

Angel Stone will land on iOS and Android this summer 2015.

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

Moleskine Timepage is an All-New Calendar App for the Apple Watch and iPhone

Posted by Rob Rich on May 29th, 2015
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad

Moleskine Timepage is a bit of a departure for the notebook manufacturer (since it has little to do with notebooks), but it certainly carries their simple and elegant style quite well.

Jog on Over and Check Out the New Runtastic Leg Trainer

Posted by Rob Rich on May 29th, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Runtastic has put out a fair number of apps to help you sleep, track excercise, and train various parts of your body. Now it's time for your legs to have their own time in the spotlight with Runtastic Leg Trainer.

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.