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Lifetile Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 6th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PRACTICAL SHARING
Lifetile is an easy to use digital photo album creation and sharing tool.

Grim Fandango Remastered Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 6th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TOTALLY WORTH IT
The remastered adventure classic makes an unexpected appearance on iOS, and of course it’s great.


BrightNest Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 6th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: USEFUL ADVICE
BrightNest offers plenty of great advice on how to keep your home clean and tidy.

Skatelander Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 6th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DEPENDABLE
Skatelander is a simple endless runner but it scratches that 'one more go' itch for a little while.


A Noble Circle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 5th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ODDLY INTERESTING
A Noble Circle is an intriguing if weird rudimentary 2d platformer, with an urge to be considered as art.

Halo: Spartan Strike Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 5th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A BETTER SEQUEL
Spartan Strike does a great job of building on the foundation of Spartan Assault.


Halo: Spartan Assault Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 5th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TWIN-STICK HALO
Spartan Assault is a good (not great) twin-stick shooter.

Caves n' Chasms Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 5th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ROUGH MINING
This spelunking game is is hard to dig deep into because of its many rough spots.


PDF Expert 5 Joins the Tools for Teachers Sale

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 6th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NEW AND IMPROVED :: Read Review »

PDF Expert 5, byReaddle, is celebrating teachers with a 50% off sale as part of theApp Store's Tools for Teachers promotion.

How Could Hockey Get Cuter? With the Bunnies of Bob and Bobek: Ice Hockey

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 6th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Join popular Czech cartoon characters Bob and Bobek on the ice in the Hockey World Championship of 2015.

This Week at 148Apps: April 27-May 1, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on May 5th, 2015

May Merriment 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.


Spy_Watch

Don’t you hate it when you’re off doing your own thing, minding your own business, then you get a message out of the blue from someone claiming to have known your father and that he used to run a spy agency? And don’t you hate it when you suddenly have to take over this randomly inherited spy agency? Stupid random obligations.That’s the general idea behind Spy_Watch. An agency your father used to run has been torn apart from the inside, and the only person left is a lone analyst with aspirations of becoming a field agent. You’ll have to train them in the arts of stealth, combat, and charm, while also sending them on missions to earn more money for more training. All in the name of completing missions that help you figure out who destroyed the agency and why.--Rob Rich


Disconnect

Have you ever wondered how much information is transmitted when you go to a new website? Wanted to know exactly what’s being tracked and where the unsecured connections are? If you can answer yes to any of that, then Disconnect might just be your kind of thing. It goes even further if you’re willing to pay a subscription fee, too. The free version of Disconnect offers you a way in which to search for various things or go on specific websites, without being tracked. Starting out, you can simply type in a search and find a website that way, or you can opt to go directly to the site. In both cases, everything is done anonymously with your searches hidden away. Once you go onto a site, you can tap on a seeing eye icon and more details are offered. --Jennifer Allen


My Little Pony-Cutie Mark Chronicles

Young children are fairly certain to enjoy the colorful and vibrant nature of My Little Pony - Cutie Mark Chronicles. A mixture of storytelling and simple mini-games, the latter might prove to be slightly tricky in places, but it’s all fairly heartwarming stuff.It tells the story of how six ponies, including Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Applejack, came to discover their own unique talents and benefited from a Cutie Mark highlighting what they can do. To you and me, that’s a cute icon on their back such as apples or balloons. Each tale is fairly good at dispensing morals while also reminding kids that everyone has their own talent somewhere. You listen and read through the words with a quick drag taking you to the next page.--Jennifer Allen


Jurassic World: The Game

You’d be forgiven for mistaking Jurassic World: The Game for Jurassic Park Builder at first glance. Both games involve building or re-building a dinosaur theme park, and both are laden with extinct animals. Aside from general similarities though, this isn’t just a re-skinning meant to capitalize on an upcoming film release. I mean of course it’s supposed to capitalize on the film, but… I’ll just stop myself here. Much has been streamlined this time around. You still have to hatch dinosaurs and clear away the overgrown portions of Isla Nublar, but you won’t also have to spend time and resources removing rocks and other debris after you’ve already cleared an area. You also don’t have to worry about juggling two separate types of food for your critters - this time there’s just one food source that covers both herbivores and carnivores (this is a lot more awesome than it sounds). --Rob Rich


Forgotten Memories

Forgotten Memories is a good survival horror game on the wrong format. It’s creepier and more atmospheric than Lost Within, as well as a lot tougher, but it suffers due to its uncomfortable combat and an old-fashioned save system that struggles on mobile. There’s the almost formulaic setting of a woman waking up in a strange place and attempting to piece together what’s going on. While it could feel cliched, you’re too busy being unnerved by mannequins and encountering strange people to think too much about it. Often, Forgotten Memories feels more like an adventure game than regular survival horror, with plenty of exploration and doors to unlock. There are puzzles too, keeping you involved in all its goings on. Lighting is frequently restricted with a flashlight/torch that offers limited battery life and requires you to wait to recharge at certain points. It adds to the atmosphere well, proving quite unsettling at times. In particular, who wants to sneak around amongst a bunch of mannequins? You’ll be consistently nervous and rightly so. --Jennifer Allen


Cube Koala

Cube Koala is one of those puzzle games that's almost too easy to understand, but somehow takes its simple concepts and creates nightmarishly difficult levels around them. Games that have similar design philosophies include Super Meat Boyand Escape from the Pyramid. Make no mistake though,Cube Koalais not just an also-ran in this category of super-difficult games. It's remarkable because of how pure and intense its brand of difficulty and level design is.So, how simple is it to play Cube Koala? Players control the cube-shaped Koala through the use of only two buttons. One of these buttons rotates the game environment 45 degrees clockwise, while the other button does the reverse. As a koala trapped in a tesseract full of traps that include spikes, fireballs, and other deadly traps, players must use the force of gravity to flip the koala and reach the exit door. --Campbell Bird


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Kingston USB 3.0 High-Speed Media Reader

It’s a tough life. I’ve whined about the first world problem of having to keep up with too many devices. Review units, old retro devices, rooting toys… they add up. When it comes to review units, I’m loathe to use my personal cloud networks with them, so I tend to do data transfer locally via flash storage. It’s easy to, say, take a picture via an SD card and move the SD card to a new device. Yes, there are more efficient ways to do this, but stubborn people think differently.--Tre Lawrence


Newer Technology Power2U AC 20A Outlet

I have a problem.Come to my house, and you can see the manifestation. It isn’t always my fault. Blame the device makers for sending devices to review. Or my need to tinker with retro devices (trying to get my T5 to tether to an M8 is a worthy endeavor); Probably has at least a little bit to do with the fact that full-powered devices give me a high. In any case, when it’s all said and done, one issue inevitably arises.So many devices, so little time. --Tre Lawrence


Crayola Trace & Draw

In a world gone electronically amok, it is refreshing to see accessories aimed at kids… the type of gear that harnesses the power of mobile electronics in relatively atypical ways. Back in the day, we could have jamborees with some charcoal and paper.It feels like the Crayola Trace & Draw is a system that hearkens back to those days, while being firmly planted in the present.--Tre Lawrence

All this, plus our hands-on experience with The Knights of Pen & Paper 2nd Edition.

The Ensign, Prequel to A Dark Room, is Currently Free for a Limited Time

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 5th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SURVIVE THE UNSURVIVABLE :: Read Review »

Amirali Rajan'sThe Ensign is the prequel to the text-based adventure A Dark Room, and it's gone free for a couple of days.

Plants vs. Zombies Celebrates its Sixth Birthday with a New Feature, Gems, and World Keys

Posted by Rob Rich on May 5th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FANTASTIC FREEMIUM FUN :: Read Review »

It's pretty wild to think that the Plants vs. Zombies series has been around for six years already. To celebrate this mildly unconventional milestone, Popcap is giving players some free stuff in Plants vs. Zombies 2. Because they got the whole "birthday gifts" thing backwards. I blame the zombies.

Dropbox Adds MS Office Documents and More in a New Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 5th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PRODUCTIVITY TO THE MAX :: Read Review »

Dropbox, the popular file storage solution, has announced an update that adds three new features for you to enjoy.

Let Your Apple Watch Be Your Translator with Heart to Heart

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 5th, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Heart to Heart, by nomtasticapps,is a new Apple watch app that translates your speech to others using abluetooth connection. It's like having a babelfish strapped to your wrist.

The All-Consuming Snake is Back and Hungrier Than Ever in Snake Rewind

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 5th, 2015

Taneli Armanto, the designer of Nokia 6110 Snake, is back to work. Together with Rumilus Design, he's working on a new Snake game titledSnake Rewind.

Send Your friends on a Treasure Hunt with Shotnote

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 5th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

There's a new way to leave notes for your friends and loved ones called Shotnote. You can use it to take aphoto or video and tag it to a specific location.

WAVE Personal Calendar Now Connects You With Real Personal Assistants

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 4th, 2015
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad

WAVE Calendar, by e-sites, has added an interesting new feature:real life personal assistants. The e-sites webpage has been redesigned so personal assistants can apply to work directly with WAVE.

Find Your Vacation Home With Dwellable

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 4th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Dwellable is a new travel app that helps you to find rental homes for your vacation, allowing you to swipe your way through listings from over 15,000 destinations worldwide.

This is the Galaga : TEKKEN Team Up You Never Knew You Needed

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 4th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment has released Galaga : TEKKEN 20th Anniversary Edition, a Galaga and TEKKEN crossover, to celebrateTEKKEN's 20th anniversary. Really.

Play Endless Golf in Flick Golf Free's ‘Eliminator’ Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 3rd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Full Fat has released a new update for Flick Golf! Free. The‘Eliminator’ update brings a whole new way to play with its endless round.

Crystal Siege is on Sale With a New Universal Update

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

Crystal Siege, FDG Entertainment's RPG Tower Defense game, has gone universal in its latest update.

Platforming Action RPG Swordigo is Currently Free for a Limited Time

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 1st, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GO SWORDIGO GO :: Read Review »

Touch Foo's 2D action-platformer, Swordigo, is free for a limited time on the App Store. Now you can run, jump, and slash your way through adventure for absolutely nothing.