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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
Fat Chicken Review

Fat Chicken Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Fat Chicken offers a cool if gruesome idea for a reverse Tower Defense game, but it's actually quite formulaic.

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angrybirdsAngry Birds has been around for 5 years this month. The original game has spawned many successful spin-offs – not only via mobile gaming but also on games consoles and PCs. It’s been a phenomenal success story; the kind that few could have accurately predicted. It’s spawned more than just games, though. It’s also given us so many different pieces of merchandise. You could probably fill a house with the stuff. There’s stationery, quilt covers, cuddly toys, and so many other Angry Birds related bits and pieces, both official and unofficial. We take a look at some of the more unusual things you can buy to satisfy your Angry Birds loving needs.
Continue reading The Weird and Wacky World of Angry Birds Merchandise »

Peggle Blast Review

Peggle Blast Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's everyone's favorite, Peggle, but with a few too many freemium elements for comfort.

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Letters of Boom Review

Letters of Boom Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A fairly straightforward word game, Letters of Boom lacks that 'wow' factor.

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Offroad Legends 2 Review

Offroad Legends 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kind of Trials like but with trucks and buses, Offroad Legends 2 is a fairly respectable physics based racing game.

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Day 148:
How did we feel about all this zombie road rage? Check out our Earn to Die 2 review to find out!

Just bought Earn to Die 2 and could do with some advice on what to focus on and just what to do? Never fear for we’ve got you covered! While Earn to Die 2 doesn’t require a conventional walkthrough, there are plenty of tips and tricks that can make your path to salvation a bit simpler.


 

General Tips

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Earn to Die 2 offers quite a few buttons, but you don’t actually have to manipulate your vehicle as much as you’d expect.

  • Little taps of the left or right rotation button on the side of the screen will help the most here.
  • Don’t overdo it as you’ll just flip your vehicle and potentially damage it.
  • Do, however, keep your finger on the acceleration button. If you slow to a stop, it’s game over, whether you’ve got fuel left or not.
  • Use the boost button sparingly as you’ve only got a limited supply. An ideal moment to activate it is when you’re just about to go up a ramp. You can go flying up it, giving you some much needed air and covering plenty of distance.
    Continue reading Earn to Die 2: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Outracing Those Zombies »
Earn to Die 2 Review

Earn to Die 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It starts so well, but Earn to Die 2 fails to have the traction or originality in the end.

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Calling All Kingdoms:
Want to know why we’re calling it “one of the better tower defense games in recent times?” Check out our Kingdom Rush Origins review.

Easily one of the better tower defense games in recent times, Kingdom Rush Origins HD is a very enjoyable experience. While you might feel like an old hand at it, this might also be your first foray into the series. Either way, we’ve got some helpful tips and tricks to hopefully ensure that your success.


 

Duking it Out

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A lot of the strategy behind winning at Kingdom Rush Origins HD is knowing how to use choke points.

  • Every level has one or more choke point – an area where the enemy is funneled through and is more open to attack, usually because of the environment around them. Figure each of them out and focus on using it to your advantage.
  • One good way of using a choke point to your advantage is to create a blockade of an archer tower along with a melee tower.
  • Archers are good at dishing out the damage but they’re too easy to get away from on their own. Combine them with a melee tower, however, and the ground troops slow the enemy down, enabling your archers to pick them off.


Continue reading Kingdom Rush Origins HD: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies For Being a Successful Leader »

Dubify Review

Dubify Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Add dub step and techno music to your video clips with this easy to use app.

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Ultramask Review

Ultramask Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Use geometrical shapes to frame your photography with Ultramask.

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Dwelp Review

Dwelp Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dwelp is a simple puzzle game but its simple exterior belies a challenging experience.

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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.

$0.99
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.

$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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