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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.

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Twitter: @jenjeahaly
Email :: jennifer.allen@148apps.com
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, Sacred Grove HD Review

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, Sacred Grove HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
A decent new installment for the popular Mystery Case Files series.

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Proun+ Review

Proun+ Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Twitchy racing aplenty in Proun+, an enjoyably tricky title.

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Darkness Reborn Review

Darkness Reborn Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's a little mindless but Darkness Reborn is mostly just good fun.

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Tripnary Review

Tripnary Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Want to create a travel bucket list? Tripnary is a fun way to do exactly that.

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Rescue Quest Review

Rescue Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Guide a wizard to safety by matching gems. Rescue Quest might not be an entirely original match-3 game, but it is quite fun.

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Loose Leaf Review

Loose Leaf Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Sketch out ideas with simple drawing tools, courtesy of Loose Leaf.

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Weather Or Not Review

Weather Or Not Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Check the weather quickly and conveniently with Weather or Not.

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Hello Heroes:
What’d we think of Call of Duty‘s take on Clash of Clans? Check out our Call of Duty: Heroes review to find out!

Just downloaded Call of Duty: Heroes and need some handy tips and tricks on how to get ahead of the rest? As we often do, we’re here to help you out with getting started.


 

The Basics

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  • Straight away, Oil should be your focus as it all goes towards building new structures.
  • Build mines and oil pumps as much as you’re allowed to, but don’t forget you can gain such resources by taking out enemies.
  • You’re given a protective shield at first, so use that safe time to upgrade and build turrets so you can withstand invasions later on.
  • Buy a second builder as soon as possible so that you can construct two things at once. A third would be handy but will take some focused mission-chasing to achieve for free.
  • Join an alliance as soon as possible. Safety in numbers works here and it’s good to have backup and assistance.
  • Upgrading your Command Center is a wise move. It’ll unlock new structures and units, as well as boost your resource limits.
  • You also unlock new heroes as you increase the Command Center’s level, and they’re the only troops you can directly control.


Continue reading Call of Duty: Heroes: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to be the Finest Hero »

Call of Duty: Heroes Review

Call of Duty: Heroes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mix Clash of Clans with Call of Duty, and this is what you get.

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NinJump Dash Review

NinJump Dash Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Race your friends in this real-time multiplayer game that's entertaining if simple.

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Thanksgiving is nearly upon us! You know what that means? Eating too much turkey, watching the Big Game, and spending time with family (whether you like it or not). Oh, and that scary Black Friday thing, but we won’t talk about that here. For those of you in need of some inspiration for what to cook and how to make the traditional dinner extra special, we’ve taken a look at some of the best Thanksgiving themed cookery and grocery shopping apps out there. They’re sure to make things a bit more exciting than usual!


 

Butterball Cookbook Plus

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No Thanksgiving is right without the almighty presence of Butterball. The latest app benefits from being free while also offering plenty of useful Thanksgiving recipes. While there’s obviously quite a bias towards turkey-based products, there’s still space for salad and dessert recipes, as well as how to use up leftover turkey in the most delightful of ways.

Besides the many recipes there are also conversion charts, substitution lists, a cooking calculator to tell you how long defrosting and cooking will take, plus plenty of organizational features. Not bad at all for the grand price of nothing!

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-10-19 :: Category:

 

Thanksgiving Menu Maker

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Scheduling and timing is often the tricky part of any major family meal. Thanksgiving Menu Maker solves that problem. Besides offering over 75 different recipe ideas, it’ll allow you to tick off what you want to cook, then creates a shopping list for all those items before organizing exactly what you need to do at which time of day, so you don’t have to stress about figuring out all the timings. It’s practically foolproof in its implementation, taking out one of the most stressful parts of a big family dinner.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-10-27 :: Category:

 

Paprika Recipe Manager

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Paprika Recipe Manager is a useful app, regardless of the season. It makes it simple for you to download recipes from hundreds of different websites, thereby storing them safely within your app with everything there for viewing. You can use it to easily cross off ingredients, start multiple timers, pin important recipes, scale serving sizes, and easily co-ordinate a grocery list. It’s powerful stuff, ensuring that all your favorite websites have their own recipe app in many ways. You can even create menu plans with it, proving ideal when juggling Thanksgiving ideas.

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$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-17 :: Category:

 

Thanksgiving: A Bon Appetit Manual

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A rather classy app, Thanksgiving: A Bon Appetit Manual is ideal for those after similarly classy turkey-based recipes. It offers 101 recipes in all, divided between traditional and modern interpretations. Plus, there are various tips, how-to guides, and videos on getting things just right. The tips are particularly handy when dealing with more complicated procedures, with videos easily guiding you every step of the way. There’s a scheduling feature for added convenience too, as well as options for saving recipes for considering later on.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2013-10-12 :: Category:

 

Grocery iQ

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Organizing the grocery shopping list is much simpler when you use an app. While Grocery iQ isn’t perfect, it is very useful. You can create a list from an extensive product database using text, a barcode, or even a voice search. It’s then easy to share with other devices, being particularly ideal when splitting the shopping with other members of the family. It goes one step further by allowing you to find related coupons, saving you money in the process. You can add your loyalty card too. Shopping during the holiday season might be stressful but this app should make it a bit smoother.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2008-09-12 :: Category: Lifestyle

Kingdom Rush Origins HD Review

Kingdom Rush Origins HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
It's more of the same again, but that's really no bad thing at all.

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Crossy Road Review

Crossy Road Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Frogger-like in nature, Crossy Road is an easy to recommend endless runner of sorts.

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Pair Solitaire Review

Pair Solitaire Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Welcome to your new 'five more minutes, oh no, why is it dark outside' addiction.

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Tapventures Review

Tapventures Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tapventures is an increasingly hands-off one-tap RPG, but expect it to hook you despite your better judgement.

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Ironkill Review

Ironkill Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ironkill is a freemium focused fighting game that doesn't offer particularly thrilling fights.

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Checkpoint Champion Review

Checkpoint Champion Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Checkpoint Champion is a drift-focused racing game that's ideal for short but fun gaming sessions.

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Fantasy Solitaire Review

Fantasy Solitaire Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Fantasy Solitaire doesn't deviate from the standard Klondike Solitaire path, but it looks darn stylish.

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iM Detective Review

iM Detective Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Figure out whodunnit in this mystery board game that's been heavily influenced by Clue.

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Hey there, virtual animal lovers:
Want to know what we liked about this virtual pet sim, and maybe a little of what we didn’t like so much? Check out our Hatchi 2 review!

So, you’ve downloaded Hatchi 2 and you feel in need of some guidance when it comes to what to do next? Don’t worry! We’re here to help with some general tips and tricks on how best to care for your delightful little pet.
 

Basic Maintenance

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The key is to make sure you keep your pet (or pets) happy and alive. Fortunately, it’s not too hard to do. Four things keep them happy enough.

  • Cleanliness – Keep your pet clean whenever their hygiene bar drops. This is just a matter of tapping the shower button then ‘scrubbing’ the pet with one finger. It’ll take a few seconds and your pet will be much happier afterwards. This is particularly worth doing after they’ve had a bathroom break.
  • Hunger – Feeding your pet is easy. Pick a type of food and drag it in front of their mouth. The pet will happily munch away at it and be all the cheerier for it. Most food is the same, but experimenting will feel more personal.
  • Energy Levels – Like all of us, your pet needs sleep and plenty of it. Make sure you send them to sleep sometimes. There’s a useful tip here for multiple pets, too. Whichever pet you leave active is your dominant pet, meaning the others can be left alone without their bars decreasing. It’s worth remembering so you don’t have to juggle quite so many needs at once.
  • Happiness – Happiness is boosted by playing games. We’ll go more into depth with that later, but remember that it doesn’t take long to play a quick game of something and it makes all the difference to your pet’s happiness levels.


Continue reading Hatchi 2: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies on Keeping Your Virtual Offspring Happy »

Hatchi 2 Review

Hatchi 2 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Want to care for a virtual pet and play some simple games to keep it happy? Hatchi 2 lets you do just that.

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Space Forest Dilemma Review

Space Forest Dilemma Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It might look rough, but Space Forest Dilemma is a satisfyingly tricky logic puzzle game.

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Flatiron Review

Flatiron Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Flatiron has a charm to it, but it's an all too simple shoot-em-up for extended sessions.

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AffordIt Review

AffordIt Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
AffordIt is a sometimes too simple budget tracker that's handy if you have one budget in mind.

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Click Cam Review

Click Cam Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Snap a photo, share it anonymously, receive one back. Click Cam has a clear aim but it's too simply done.

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Papa’s Pizzeria To Go! Review

Papa’s Pizzeria To Go! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Pizza making is fast-paced but enjoyable in Papa's Pizzeria To Go!, a fun time management game.

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Annoying Cab Review

Annoying Cab Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Learn to type faster by keeping a cab driver happy in Annoying Cab.

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Rooster Teeth vs. Zombiens Review

Rooster Teeth vs. Zombiens Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Survive waves of zombies with the Rooster Teeth team, in this fun action game.

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Indie games development can be tough, especially when you’ve got a good idea for something but you’re not quite sure what way to take it. Having heard about Booya Squad, a Wisconsin-based team keen to turn their childhood comics into a mobile card battler, we wanted to learn more about their journey.

logoBooya Squad is a joint effort between Mike Bloom and his brother-in-law, John. They’re currently working on a social card game called Mario Italiano Four Families, but the story starts much earlier than that. Based on a comic book world they created over ten years ago, it’s been a long time coming. In that time, they’ve had to juggle big moves across country, raising a family, job changes, health issues, and many more challenges. The team’s blog explains the full story, such as how Mike skipped on a regular sleep pattern in order to get work done, but we also had a chat with him to learn the pertinent details behind everything.

148Apps: How much have various free internet resources helped you in your quest to go into game development? What would you recommend to other aspiring developers?
Mike Bloom (MB): We used the internet to learn how to do everything we needed to know. When we started, we were very naïve to the amount of knowledge and skills we would need to complete the game. So as we progressed through the project we often came upon an obstacle where we needed to learn or come up with something. So we would Google it or search for it on YouTube. We were constantly amazed that if we dug deep enough into these sources, we would always find exactly what we needed. The trick is to use different search phrases. We did this for everything from balancing stats, building a clean UI, all the way to marketing methods.

The idea here is to not be scared to start down the development path because you don’t know how to do everything you will need to do, or better yet you don’t even know what is all needed. Since we went in half blind, we just found the answers when we needed them, and that was actually fun. It was like, oh we have to do that? Well, I’ll do that one, learn the skill and put it to use right away.

Continue reading Booya Squad and the Long But Satisfying Path of Indie Development »

Necklace of Skulls Review

Necklace of Skulls Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Delve into a world of Mayan intrigue with this interesting adventure gamebook adaptation.

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