Senior Writer with the 148Apps Network since September 7, 2010
Jen lives in not so sunny Wales in the UK. A keen games player for the past 25 years, she cites Final Fantasy VII and Goldeneye as 'life-changing', but is just as comfortable delving into the varied world of apps too. As a freelance writer, Jen has found that sleep is an unnecessary complication in life, and isn't entirely sure what she'd do without her trusty iPhone and iPad.
Set for release later this summer is Melissa K and the Heart of Gold, a casual adventure game that’s hoping to be a cut above the rest. I was lucky enough to check out a preview build of it to see just what we should expect.
The team behind Melissa K and the Heart of Gold initially worked on mystery game, LA Noire, being responsible for the real-time animation system within it – and it shows. Melissa K and the Heart of Gold is immediately more attractive than many other adventure games of this type. It’s the little things that shine through, such as how a small twitch of the iPad in any direction causes the game’s screen to move a little, adding a nice sense of fluidity to things.
Such pleasantries continue, ensuring that Melissa K and the Heart of Gold feels a more interactive experience than the usual titles in the genre. Objects can be manipulated by twisting them around, treating them like real 3D objects, and it works well.
Of course, the real meat for such games comes from its puzzles. Melissa K and the Heart of Gold offers plenty of hidden object scenes, but also a number of puzzles. In my short time with it I wasn’t overly challenged, but I was interested. The puzzles are clearly laid out and interesting enough. They’re reasonably different too, such as one requiring you to move a flower from one side of the screen to the other, without knocking the other items down. Figuring out how to unclasp a gem from a dragon statue was also a highlight, requiring more tactile controls than most.
Melissa K and the Heart of Gold should be out later this summer. It’s shaping up to be something that casual adventure gaming fans like myself should be anticipating. We’ll have more on it when it’s released.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 28th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Over the weekend, during the Marvel Games Panel at Comic-Con, plenty has been revealed about the near future for Marvel Puzzle Quest.
The frequently updated Match-3 puzzle game is set to enjoy the delights of Deadpool come August 1, with a new episode titled ‘Deadpool vs. Marvel Puzzle Quest.’ Upon conclusion of the episode, players will be able to add him to their roster.
As well as that, tomorrow (7/29) there’ll be a significant new gameplay feature in the form of Team-Up, allowing you to bring in heroes that aren’t in your roster. It’s hoped that the feature will add more tactical flexibility for players.
Marvel Puzzle Quest is available now from the App Store for free, and it’s excellent fun.
Announced over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con was the fairly exciting looking Marvel Contest of Champions.
Set to be released this Fall, the game hopes to be an immersive beat-em-up of sorts, offering players the chance to fight their way through various iconic locations from the Marvel Universe. You’ll be able to collect your favorite heroes and villains such as Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, and Thor.
Set for release on the App Store in September is Beatbuddy, previously a success story for the PC, Mac, and Linux.
Beatbuddy combines puzzle solving, enemy vanquishing, and plenty of exploration. Even better, it offers a fascinating story contributed to by Rhianna Pratchett of Tomb Raider and Mirror’s Edge fame. There’ll be six hand-drawn worlds to explore, each offering their own original soundtrack.
That’s not all, though! Beatbuddy is also set to allow you to buy the game’s tracks from iTunes without leaving the game. A feature that hasn’t been available in a game for iOS before.
Developer, THREAKS, promise that there will be numerous free updates post-launch, ensuring that Beatbuddy sounds pretty cool to us.
Check out the gameplay trailer below for a sneak peek at what to expect, come September.
Out this Fall is a new kind of card battle game: Outcast Odyssey. From This Means WAR! developer Magic Pixel Games, and Bandai Namco, you’ll be able to explore and discover new worlds, fight various foes, and take on a number of quests.
There’ll be guilds to join too, so you can tag along with friends!
Set to offer hundreds of cards to collect and evolve, Outcast Odyssey is set for release later this year. Check out the teaser trailer to get an idea of what else to expect.
Recently got into Supercell’s other huge hit, Hay Day and could do with some advice on what to do? We’ve got you covered with some helpful trips and tricks to bear in mind!
One of the key things to keep in mind while building up that farm is the importance of the different currencies available. Everything to do with Hay Day depends on one of three things – experience, coins, and diamonds.
Experience is gained by things such as selling goods and harvesting crops. Following the order board is the fastest way to level up, but it’s not always wise to level too fast (more on that later).
Coins are used for purchasing buildings, animals, and items from shops. You can earn coins from completing truck orders, selling stuff, and profiteering from visiting customers.
Diamonds are the premium currency here but they can be gained via a few different ways. You earn diamonds every time you level up, if you sync the game with your Facebook account, and also when completing one of the many achievements on offer. As a final tip, look for purple tickets that appear near your newspaper and watch a clip to gain more diamonds. Also, try not to use them too often as you’re better off saving them for more expensive things.
The Importance of Crops
Every crop you plant will double its yield upon harvest. That’s an important fact to remember. Don’t use up all the seeds in your silo, no matter how tempting it might be, in order to complete an objective. Instead, plant those seeds but make sure there’s enough spare for later on. Otherwise you’ll have to use diamonds to buy more, which is such a waste.
Always have a good, steady supply of the basics such as wheat, corn, soybeans, and other simple feed for your animals. It’ll keep your livestock happy and keep the symmetry of the Hay Day life stable.
It’s an important lesson that we all need to remember with these kind of games – TIME WHAT YOU PLANT. Yes, it’s that important that it needed capital letters. Plant slow growing stuff overnight or when you’re away from the game for a while. It’ll keep you sane while still feeling like you’re progressing without wasting those all-important diamonds.
Remember: wheat, corn, and carrots take mere minutes to grow, while pumpkins and indigo can take hours. Plan accordingly.
Use the roadside stand to sell spare goods. It’s a quick way to make a few bucks. Check the newspaper to see what your friends are selling at the moment and work around that.
Remember that most crafted goods will sell relatively quickly because other players want them to fill their orders. Go for the maximum price then pull it back by about 10% so that you sell quickly but for a good price.
The board fills up with order requests but don’t be afraid to skip some. It’ll take a few minutes for a new order to show up, but it’s worth it. Some orders pay a pittance or simply take too long to complete. Focus on what’s easiest to achieve for maximum profit.
Money, Money, Money
There’s a pretty easy but dull way to make money fast: plant wheat everywhere. If you constantly harvest and sell off the surplus, you’ll gain some valuable rare items along the way. It’s dull though, so only do it if you’re exceptionally determined.
With that money, you can buy building materials that can then be used to upgrade your various storage places, as well as buy new land plots. It’ll be worth it in the long run.
Find those materials through newspaper ads but remember to decide quickly as things change fast. Don’t like the ads? Quit the game completely (right down to double tapping the home screen and swiping up on the game to clear Hay Day from running in the background) and go back in. The ads will all be new!
Most importantly of all, balance your aims to make money alongside gaining experience. It’ll ensure you don’t end up too unbalanced but it’s also a heck of a lot more fun that way! After all, developing that farm is a marathon, not a sprint.
Who loves lasagna? Me. Also everyone’s favorite grumpy fat cat, Garfield. Coming to the App Store this Fall will be Garfield: Survival of the Fattest, an original game from Pixowl, the folks behind The Sandbox.
Garfield: Survival of the Fattest will feature an original storyline centered around Garfield’s passion for food, plus there’ll be plenty of room for other characters from the Garfield Universe.
Check out the teaser trailer below. We’ll keep you in the loop when it comes to the game’s progress.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 25th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Are you one of those people who likes to watch LetsPlay videos and check out new games that way? Then Kamcord might be just for you.
Newly updated to version 2.0, the app is a social network for gamers, allowing you to check out millions of LetsPlay videos from some of your favorite mobile games. Quick and easy to use, you can now watch videos of the likes of The Sandbox, Stickman Soccer 2014, and even children’s favorite, My Talking Tom.
The Kamcord update means there are now full social features such as the ability to comment, follow, and like videos, so it should be quite the delight for sociable mobile gamers.
Kamcord is out now from the App Store and is a free download.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 24th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It’s a big day for Simple Machine’s word game, LEX. For one thing, it’s just been updated so that it now throws double letters into the mix, plus there are some handy bug fixes going on.
To celebrate that update, LEX is entirely free to download for today only!
Plus, for the coding buffs out there, LEX has also been made open-source for the public, meaning that coders can manipulate the code as they please if they wish. Simple Machine has explained that they believe “ownership is becoming obsolete,” which is why they want to inspire young and old through this venture. A video below explains more on the matter.
For those yet to try LEX, I’d suggest diving in now before the price goes back up.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 23rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Presumably due to the forthcoming movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is free on the App Store at the moment.
The game allows you to control your favorite turtle as he runs, jumps, fights, and drives his way through New York’s endless landscape.
We weren’t too keen on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run when it first came out, mostly because there was a ton of grinding to it. However, as it’s gone free for a limited time this might be just the right time for you to see if you agree with us.
We’re not sure how long it’s on sale for, so we’d suggest grabbing it as soon as possible.
The update brings with it eight new game modes, new leaderboards for each of those, two-player modes, plus 16 additional achievements.
The new modes change up the tried and tested formula with challenges such as alien ships coming at you, invisible buildings, and the rather risky Defenestration requiring you to throw yourself through windows. For the more cautious gamer, there’s also the addition of the Purity mode in which there aren’t any obstacles at all.
Don’t forget the fun of two player local multiplayer too!
The update for Canabalt is out now and the game is priced at $2.99.
Coming soon to the App Store is Light in the Dark, a physics and color-blending puzzle game that boasts a cool gaming pedigree. The resumes of team behind it cite such great series as X-Com, BioShock, and Fallout – meaning that hopefully Light in the Dark will be something rather special.
The game will have you leading a cartoon species called totems on a rescue mission to find their babies who have become lost in a maze of old tombs. Mummies and other creatures will get in your way as well as some good old-fashioned puzzles.
Set for release in September, Light in the Dark will be priced at $1.99. Check out the trailer in the meantime for a taster of what to expect.
Coming soon to iOS will be an all-new Warhammer 40,000 tactical strategy game by the name of The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault.
The first ever game to be set in the Horus Heresy, The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault will be a fast-paced strategy game in which players choose to be either a Traitor or Loyalist as they challenge their rivals around the world. The game promises there will be plenty of base building, which probably means it will be a Clash of Clans kind of game.
While a release date hasn’t been announced yet, we do have a teaser trailer to suitably, well, tease you about it. As soon as we know more about The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault, we’ll let you know.
Assassin’s Creed Memories has just been announced, promising to combine card battling, RPG, and strategy elements. A free-to-play game, it comes from a joint effort by GREE, Ubisoft, and PlayNext.
The game will allow you to traverse history in order to build a powerful guild, recruit famous allies, and defeat rival players from around the world. There’ll be a deep and extensive single player experience as well as multiplayer combat involving up to 20 versus 20 players.
Set for release later this summer, Assassin’s Creed Memories will hopefully be one to watch out for.