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Jennifer Allen

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.

Connect with Jennifer via:
Twitter: @jenjeahaly
Email :: jennifer.allen@148apps.com
Eggmaster Review

Eggmaster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tap like crazy to gain eggs, so that you can buy upgrades to gain more eggs, and so on. It shouldn't be so briefly addictive, but Eggmaster is.

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Dragon Quest V Review

Dragon Quest V Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dragon Quest V is arguably one of the finest installments in the series so, yes, you should get it.

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Ahead of the release of ZeptoLab’s King of Thieves, we were able to ask ZeptoLab’s co-founder, Semyon Voinov, a few questions about the inspiration behind the game and what that means for the Cut the Rope franchise.

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148Apps: What was the inspiration behind combining so many familiar genres into one package?
Semyon Voinov (SV): The initial idea was brought up by one of our team members. We created a quick prototype, and suddenly many people around the office were eagerly competing with each other, building their defenses and breaking into the opponent’s dungeons. There was plenty of laughter and cursing in the process – and we immediately realized that the game had the most important component for success: it drives emotion!

You can find plenty of games in the App Store with the strategic “attack and defend” gameplay (including the famous Clash of Clans), but our game is vastly different because of the arcade skills-based experience at its core. It’s something we haven’t seen in any other games and while building King of Thieves, we discovered why: it’s a very challenging type of game to build. It took two years of time, dedication, and extensive testing to create a balanced and highly enjoyable game.
Continue reading King of Thieves – An Interview With ZeptoLab’s Co-Founder Semyon Voinov »

Handle Review

Handle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Handle is a very convenient way of juggling your emails, To Do list, and Calendar all through one app.

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Marking quite a departure from ZeptoLab’s past successes, namely the Cut The Rope series, King of Thieves is shaping up to be quite promising. Due for release in February, we were lucky enough to have some time with a preview build to see exactly what it’s all about.

Focused on multiplayer, King of Thieves is best described as part tower defense, part platformer. Your mission is to break into dungeons and steal the opposition’s treasure chest. This requires a certain amount of finesse when it comes to your platforming skills. Controls are fairly simple here, with a series of taps and double-taps being pivotal. You automatically run, with a change of direction only possible when you bounce away from a wall. At first it seems a little awkward, but it turns out to be reasonably effective.

As you’d expect, levels steadily get trickier the further you progress, with up to three stars for the taking depending on how well you perform. There’s a PvP side to things too, with you able to tackle other players’ dungeons as well as needing to protect your own. The latter is where things turn more tower defense-like, with it being possible to place turrets and spikes around your dungeon in order to ward off attack. To save your creation, you have to be able to complete it twice to prove it’s possible. Something that may end up testing your own skills as well as other players’ abilities.

So far, King of Thieves is shaping up to be an interesting mixture of puzzle style elements and platforming that’s sure to test your reflexes. My only concern is whether or not it will be able to keep everyone hooked for an extended period of time. There’s the race to be top of the leaderboard and to have the most intricate dungeon, but it’s hard to say just yet whether or not that will keep people hooked for a long time to come.

We’ll be able to see how things unfold once the game goes live worldwide. For now, it’s certainly an interesting combination of genres.

King of Thieves is set for release in February. Of course, we’ll let you know when.

Fast Fishing Review

Fast Fishing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Fishing is far from relaxing in Fast Fishing, but it is fun.

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Saved Review

Saved Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Saved is a convenient and speedy way of adding expenses and keeping track of your monthly budget.

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Satellina Review

Satellina Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Satellina requires quick thinking and twitchy fingers, and it's pretty fun.

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Logic Dots Review

Logic Dots Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A mixture of Sudoku and Picrosse is a successful combination for Logic Dots.

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ANNO: Build An Empire Review

ANNO: Build An Empire Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A shadow of the franchise it's based upon, ANNO: Build an Empire isn't a very good freemium city builder.

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Football Owner Review

Football Owner Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It lacks the soul and heart of other soccer management games, but Football Owner does benefit from being speedy.

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Travel Money Tracker Review

Travel Money Tracker Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Need to keep track of your finances while travelling? Don't fully understand the local currency? Travel Money Tracker solves all that.

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Hammy Go Round Review

Hammy Go Round Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cute but basic is the premise behind endless runner/roller Hammy Go Round.

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Unpixelate Review

Unpixelate Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Roll a ball from platform to platform in Unpixelate, a challenging but cumbersomely designed puzzler.

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Bust-A-Move Islands Review

Bust-A-Move Islands Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's Bust-A-Move all over again, but with a few tricks up its sleeve.

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Bryq Review

Bryq Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Want to send messages that contain things between the lines? Bryq is the app for you.

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Adventure Time Game Wizard Review

Adventure Time Game Wizard Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The control issues are annoying but Adventure Time Game Wizard offers plenty of charm, along with a way to make your own levels.

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Gunslugs 2 Review

Gunslugs 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gunslugs 2 is a chaotic run and gun shooter with all the subtlety of a brick coming through a window.

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ASAP Shapes Review

ASAP Shapes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It won't keep you hooked for a long time, but there's a nice idea behind the quick-thinking ASAP Shapes.

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dooDlefense Review

dooDlefense Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
More hands-on than most Tower Defense games, dooDlefense doesn't entirely succeed but it's a neat idea.

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Socioball Review

Socioball Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Socioball is a tricky but well made collection of puzzles relating to getting a ball to the finish line.

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KingsRoad Review

KingsRoad Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
It's simple and far from innovative, but KingsRoad is a fun way to spend some time, hacking n slashing.

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Raids of Glory Review

Raids of Glory Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Raids of Glory is a familiar base building game, but it's a well made one.

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Ahoy there, matey:
Want to know if this particular brand of swashbuckling is for you? Check out our Raids of Glory review!

So you’ve just downloaded Raids of Glory and are in need of some assistance as to what to do first? We’ve got you covered with some handy beginners’ tips and tricks to help ease you into the process.
 

The currencies

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As anyone used to Clash of Clans style games knows, understanding the currencies involved is important to success. Raids of Glory offers a few different types.

  • Gold – Gold buys stuff, predictably. All new buildings are dependent upon it rather than any need for special resources. The prices steadily rise though, so expect to always be short on gold.
  • Rum – Rum buys you the love of a pirate. OK, not the love, but the loyalty. Those pirates can then be sent out to attack enemy outposts, so you want to have enough rum to hire more at any time.
  • Skulls – Skulls are the premium currency and are primarily used to speed things along. Try to resist using them for the little things and plan accordingly. Fortunately, more skulls aren’t too hard to come by.
  • In the case of gold and rum, you can hold your finger down to their respective bars and you’ll be told what your hourly output is. It’s a handy guide to seeing how well you’re progressing.


Continue reading Raids of Glory: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for the Newbie Pirate »

Flockers Review

Flockers Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Think Lemmings and you're not far off when it comes to Flockers.

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Fighting Fantasy: Bloodbones Review

Fighting Fantasy: Bloodbones Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Its story isn't quite as gripping as others, but Fighting Fantasy: Bloodbones has some great tricks up its sleeves.

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Glass Planner Review

Glass Planner Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Glass Planner makes it even easier to arrange your life and tasks, all in one place.

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Evernote Scannable Review

Evernote Scannable Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Scan mostly any document you could need with Evernote Scannable.

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P.A.C.O. Review

P.A.C.O. Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Timing is everything in P.A.C.O. but its steep difficulty level doesn't reward you with enough to keep you playing.

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Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Rush Review

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Rush Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Rush is a cute if simple Endless Runner, with baking skills that will make you hungry.

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