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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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Email :: jennifer.allen@148apps.com
Tap Army Review

Tap Army Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mindless but fun, Tap Army is a lane-based shooter that should help you relieve some stress.

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Ahoy There, Seadogs:
Interested in knowing our thoughts on all this plundering and pirating? Check out our Plunder Pirates Review!

Have you just downloaded the rather enjoyable pirate-em-up Plunder Pirates and are in need of some assistance? Never fear, for we’re here with a few tips and tricks to make your early days as a bloodthirsty pirate a bit easier!

Starting Out

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  • When you first start, you get the aid of a protective shield for the early moments of your pirating career. Take advantage of it! It won’t be there forever and it’ll cost precious gems to erect a new one. Don’t attack others during this time as your shield will drop.
  • Use that safe time to build up your resources. Grog and gold are everything in this game when it comes to getting anywhere.
  • The game is pretty generous at dishing out gems early on. Use that plentiful supply to hire a second builder to help you build more things at once.
  • Use the remaining gems to start saving towards a third builder. Don’t bother rushing production; it’s just not worth it. Be patient.


Continue reading Plunder Pirates: Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats to be the Greatest Pirate Out There »

SpeedyPups Review

SpeedyPups Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Despite the Sonic the Hegehog undertones, SpeedyPups isn't quite a success. But it does capture a sense of speed well.

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The Impossible Test 3 Review

The Impossible Test 3 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Offering some tough but lateral thinking based puzzles works well for The Impossible Test 3, even if its replayability is limited.

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Down Among the Dead Men Review

Down Among the Dead Men Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Down Among the Dead is a pirate themed gamebook that's quite delightful, if short lived.

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Plunder Pirates Review

Plunder Pirates Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Build a base and explore the high seas in Rovio Stars' Plunder Pirates.

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Scope Review

Scope Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Want to easily find photos from around the world based on their location? Scope is a handy app for that.

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Nippy Cats Review

Nippy Cats Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Keep the catnip away in the shallow but cute Nippy Cats.

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Let it Rainbow Review

Let it Rainbow Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A little too simple for extended sessions, Let It Rainbow is still a cute little runner game, focused on following the colors.

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FOTONICA Review

FOTONICA Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With a style like few other games out there, FOTONICA is a tricky but compelling first person Endless Runner.

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Chopping Block Review

Chopping Block Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Work together with friends to create the perfect recipe tweaks with Chopping Block

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Hyper Trip Review

Hyper Trip Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tough and unforgiving, Hyper Trip is a bit like Snake - if Snake was really harsh.

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Boogey Boy Review

Boogey Boy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It looks delightful but lack of Game Center support and more variety really affects the fun that Boogey Boy offers.

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The Sleeping Prince Review

The Sleeping Prince Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Sleeping Prince looks and feels great to play, but its lack of peril and restrictive energy system infuriates.

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Kings of the Realm Review

Kings of the Realm Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kings of the Realm offers some handy tweaks, but it's still the familiar format of base building and alliance forming.

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Kapsula Review

Kapsula Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With a quirky but unique style, Kapsula is an enjoyable mix of racing and match-3. Yes, really.

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Spider-Man Unlimited Review

Spider-Man Unlimited Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's not perfect, but Spider-Man Unlimited is a pleasantly enjoyable narrative-based auto-runner.

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So, the new iPhones have been announced and we’re all excited, right? Well, maybe not entirely. It’s a funny thing being a self-confessed fan of a company and its products. While I don’t see myself as a blind fan to Apple, over the years I’ve happily owned 2 iPads, 1 MacBook Pro, and 3 iPhones. I’ll no doubt end up with another iPhone at some point soon too, but that hasn’t stopped me from feeling a little disappointed by the news of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

iphone6-02Much of it, I suspect, is down to wanting something life-changing again. The original iPhone, for me at least, was life-changing. Besides eventually leading me to a position where I’m writing this very article, it felt amazing to own one. The sheer potential of what I could do with it was amazing. I think every new iteration, I want that feeling again. Maybe I just expect too much.

As someone who prefers their phones smaller, I’m at a tricky crossroads. The iPhone 5 is big enough that it’s caused a permanent dent in my jeans’ pocket. Its camera is good enough that I’ve taken photos just as the sun is setting and it’s still somehow made it look like much earlier in the day. I do want the speed boost, though. I’m impatient. I like things to react as quickly as possible.

The other features? Not so much.

iphone6-01The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are set to be thinner and offer a better HD display, which is great. It’s not a deal-breaker, though. I’ve got an iPad Mini Retina which covers that, if not quite as well.

Camera wise, things are looking better. At least when it comes to the iPhone 6 Plus’ optical image stabilization, which looks fantastic. The iPhone 6’s improvements, however, are good but not awe inspiring. I want something I can show off to others and they can immediately see the difference and think ‘wow, I want one of those’. It looks like I’ll have to go for a bigger phone in the form of the 6 Plus if I want that.

Touch ID and fingerprint technology is great, but much like the contactless payments via Apple Pay, it’s not something I can see myself using every day. It’s just a nice quirk. A little bit like Passbook.

The biggest delight to come from this for me is the battery life. My iPhone 5 needs charging every night now and was never great two years ago. It’ll be good to not be so reliant upon my charger again. Still though, where’s the wireless charging? Now that’d feel futuristic and it’d be so practical, too.

iphone6-09It’s a tough one to call. Besides better battery life and multi-user support (seriously, where is that? I want to be able to switch to a guest account, hand my phone to my young cousin, and not be worried that they’ll dig around in the wrong places), I’ll admit I can’t list a plethora of things I want to see in my phone – but then I never can. That’s why I don’t work in research and development. Those exciting changes are what I’ve enjoyed about new iPhones. Being told a new idea that’s made me think “I never thought of that. Awesome, I can’t wait.”

I’ll eagerly buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus at some point in the future because I want the speed boost, but I’ll be honest: what I really want is something that I can point out to folks and yell “See? See how awesome that is!” and I don’t feel like I’ve got that this time around. Instead, I’ve got steady but a little bit safe. Is it a matter of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” Maybe, but I’ve still got that itch for revolution rather than evolution.

All-Star Basketball Review

All-Star Basketball Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Keeping it simple and pure, All-Star Basketball is a fun game for those who just want to score rather than run or defend.

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Gummy Drop! Review

Gummy Drop! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gummy Drop! is a pleasant if not as special Match-3 game as it would like to be.

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Robot Dance Party Review

Robot Dance Party Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Bust some moves in this easy to learn but tricky to master dance game.

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Etherlords Review

Etherlords Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It could do with a better tutorial, but Etherlords is an appealing mash-up of card battling and world building. It looks great, too.

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Calling All Etherlords:
Want to know what we think of all this monster-mashing and world building? Check out our Etherlords review!

Etherlords is quite an enjoyable mixture of card collecting, battling, and world building, but it doesn’t do a great job of teaching you everything you need to know. That’s where we come into it, offering you some handy tips and tricks to ensure that you’ve got a great head start on being successful.

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Fighting It Out

  • Combat is reasonably straightforward, being mostly automated. You can leave the game to complete the basic moves, but it’s down to you to pick out special attacks every 10 seconds or so.
  • Always pick the special move that does the most damage. Whether that happens to be to an individual or to a group.
  • If you’re up against a strong threesome, use area attacks like Earthquake to weaken them all.
  • When duking it out with a boss though, you might be better off using a more powerful singular attack.
  • Don’t forget to heal and buff up, too. You can’t inflict more damage if you’ve already been knocked out because you forgot to heal up!
  • For that reason, keep a healer in your team whenever possible.
  • About half way through Chapter 3, you learn the ability to switch where fighters are during a battle. Use this to your advantage in order to target specific enemies, such as a boss. It’s a handy way to still have some control over a fairly hands-off situation.
  • Glyphs will occasionally appear and you can match these to your creature’s race in order to inflict more damage. This can work the other way too, so keep an eye out for an enemy gearing up to unleash a massive amount of damage.


Continue reading Etherlords: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Gaining the Best Team Out There »

LEGO Star Wars The New Yoda Chronicles Review

LEGO Star Wars The New Yoda Chronicles Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's inoffensive enough, but that's the problem for LEGO Star Wars The New Yoda Chronicles. It's actually quite a dull variety of inoffensive.

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Mikey Boots Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mikey Boots is a fine third instalment in the excellent Mikey series of platformers.

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Face Invaders Review

Face Invaders Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple to learn and play, Face Invaders is still a quite charming shooter, even if it lacks great depth.

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Star Walk Kids Review

Star Walk Kids Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Star Walk Kids is a fun introduction to the solar system, but many kids will be more satisfied by the full, adult version.

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Angry Birds Stella Review

Angry Birds Stella Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A few tweaks to the familiar format, Angry Birds Stella will appeal to fans, but will also infuriate at times.

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Super Monkey Ball Bounce Review

Super Monkey Ball Bounce Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Super Monkey Ball Bounce is a lot like Peggle, but not quite as good, plus it's littered with freemium based irritants.

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Iconic Review

Iconic Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Figure out the famous name from the icon-based clues in Iconic, a fun and simple game.

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