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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
Mighty Smighties Review

Mighty Smighties Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple card gaming ensures that Mighty Smighties is a good introduction to a popular concept.

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Mineshaft: Dynamite Blast Review

Mineshaft: Dynamite Blast Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Puns aside, Mineshaft: Dynamite Blast could probably do with some more depth.

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Agent, Run! Review

Agent, Run! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Agent, Run! is a fun runner with a twist that's entertaining rather than gimmicky.

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Mr. Particle-Man Review

Mr. Particle-Man Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Exceptionally tough at times, Mr. Particle-Man is also very satisfying to play.

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Candy Crush Soda Saga Review

Candy Crush Soda Saga Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Candy Crush Soda Saga is the latest of King's match-3 games, and it's just as fun as the rest.

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World of Warriors Review

World of Warriors Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
World of Warriors looks gorgeous and has a 'gotta catch em all' vibe to it, but its in-app purchases feel restrictive.

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Day of the Viking Review

Day of the Viking Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's a bit repetitive after a time, but Day of the Viking is fun in short doses.

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Car Breakers Review

Car Breakers Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Flinging a crash test dummy is kind of fun, as Car Breakers demonstrates.

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Seasonality Go Review

Seasonality Go Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Get detailed weather reporting quickly via Seasonality Go.

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.NOON Review

.NOON Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tapping on a clock at just the right moment can be surprisingly fun, if basic, when it comes to .NOON.

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Overview Calendar Review

Overview Calendar Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Organize your life in a more stylish way than usual, thanks to Overview Calendar.

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Lumo Deliveries Review

Lumo Deliveries Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It shouldn't draw you in but Lumo Deliveries will do just that, despite your better judgment.

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One of the more exciting gaming developments that has come about thanks to the rise of tablets and the iPad in particular is the resurgence of the adventure game. Touchscreen gaming lends itself perfectly to this kind of experience, and various indie developers are embracing its potential.

One such development studio is that of Belfast-based Billy Goat Entertainment. The studio is currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming title, Her Majesty’s Spiffing, which is a quirky space-based adventure. While the campaign is focused on rewarding PC owning pledgers, there are plans for an iOS release. We took the time to learn more from founder, William Barr.


148Apps: How did Billy Goat Entertainment come about? And why the quirky name?
William Barr (WB): The company came about out of necessity seeing as I carelessly decided to leave a job I wasn’t fond of (despite the meagre yet reliable monthly paychecks) and no one else would hire me! As for the name, I’m very much a child of the 90s, a time when every company needed to have some form of anthropomorphic cartoon animal mascot. I’m also incredibly conceited – Billy is of course a common abbreviation of William. These two factors contributed to the choice of name and the fact that we have a Cashmere Goat as our mascot!

Continue reading The Challenges of Kickstarting a Project and why Her Majesty’s Spiffing should be Hilarious »

The Sailor’s Dream Review

The Sailor’s Dream Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
More an experience than a conventional game, The Sailor's Dream is sometimes intriguing, sometimes vague.

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Monzo Review

Monzo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Monzo is a neat idea for those who want to build model kits without the mess, but it turns very expensive.

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The Counting Kingdom Review

The Counting Kingdom Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Learning IS fun when it comes to mathematical based Tower Defense game, The Counting Kingdom.

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[Update: Rather than a random draw, you’ll simply receive the USB stick with both games just for filling out the form.]

Live in the US? Like free games and USB gadgets? Well, you’re in luck!

Our friends at Chukong Technologies are giving 148Apps readers the opportunity to grab two fine games loaded onto a neat little 16GB micro USB drive that’s so tiny you won’t even notice it poking out of your computer or smartphone.

The two games in question are bold, beautiful brawler Chaos Fighters and space puzzler extraordinaire Cosmic Crash.

To get yours, you must have a US mailing address and be at least 18 years old.

Does that sound like you? Great! Now just answer this quick and easy survey, and you’ll find quite a treat in your mailbox well before the holiday season.

Competition rules
• This giveaway is only open for a limited number of entries – if the form isn’t loading we are already at full capacity.
• Drives will be mailed out within 1-2 weeks of their respective form submission.
• The offer is only open to people with US mailing addresses.
• 148Apps parent company Steel Media’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding those who don’t receive a USB stick.
• By entering, you agree to the official rules and Steel Media’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

SAS: Zombie Assault 4 Review

SAS: Zombie Assault 4 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Shoot everything that moves in this fun, if flawed, twin-stick shooter.

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Calling all agents:
Would you like to see what we thought of this rather pretty base builder? Check out our Agents of Storm review!

Have you downloaded Agents of Storm, been bowled over by the graphics, and aren’t quite sure what to do next? Never fear, for we’re here with some handy tips and tricks to help any beginner get started!
 

Diamonds Are Your Best Friend

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  • Diamonds don’t come easily in this game, which is a shame because they’re very useful. For that reason, don’t use them early on. Encouraging you to do exactly that is a common thing with games like this, but resist. There’s just no point using them up to save you a minute of time, when later on they’ll be far more useful.
  • To boost your diamond supply, work towards the achievements that Agents of Storm likes you to complete. You’ll earn a few diamonds here and there for completing some fairly straightforward tasks.
  • You can watch videos for free diamonds, too. It’s a bit tedious, but it’s handy when trying to earn more. You could always leave the video playing while doing something else away from your phone for those few seconds!

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  • Put those diamonds towards the many enhancements in the shop. These can make all the difference. The Build Module reduces the cool down time between buildings, while Pagoda gives you experience just for being there. Waterfall gives you more gold from every attack you complete.
  • Focus on upgrading your resource gathering buildings for that very reason. Gold is particularly useful as it’s needed for attacking islands. As island attacks are your main source of progressing anywhere in the game, you want to focus on this.


Continue reading Agents of Storm: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to be the Strongest Out There »

Agents of Storm Review

Agents of Storm Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Agents of Storm might look pretty, but it's a game you've played before. A lot.

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Base Busters Review

Base Busters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mixing up two forms of tower defense gaming and collectible cards, Base Busters is a fun mix that's restricted by freemium elements.

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Mmm Fingers Review

Mmm Fingers Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Chasing high scores with just one finger works well for Mmm Fingers.

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Go To Bed: Survive The Night Review

Go To Bed: Survive The Night Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Go To Bed: Survive The Night looks and sounds great, but it's actually quite basic in its execution.

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Tilt To Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge Review

Tilt To Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Frustrating at times, Tilt To Live: Gauntlet's Revenge is sure to hook masochists in.

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PhotoMath Review

PhotoMath Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Solve any printed mathematical equation easily and quickly, thanks to PhotoMath.

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Republique: Episode 3 Review

Republique: Episode 3 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Providing more storyline and more intrigue, Republique: Episode 3 is a fun journey if a little repetitive in places.

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Thieves’ Gambit: Curse of the Black Cat Review

Thieves’ Gambit: Curse of the Black Cat Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Thieves’ Gambit: Curse of the Black Cat offers some intriguing storytelling, even if it does lack the finer features we expect from an iOS adventure.

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TinType Review

TinType Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
TinType offers some very limited photo filtering effects that, while attractive, are all too restrictive.

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Pixelmator Review

Pixelmator Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Pixelmator is a great way to edit and repair photos on your iPad.

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Rival Stars Basketball Review

Rival Stars Basketball Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rival Stars Basketball is a fun mixture of basketball and card collecting but its energy system will annoy.

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