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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

Damn Little Town Now Offers Online Multiplayer

Posted by on July 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Tactical board game Damn Little Town has just been updated to include some very handy new features. The game now offers online multiplayer, along with some limited-edition Meeples to enjoy along the way.

As well as that, the game offers online leaderboards, a new gameplay rule during the Escape Phase (unfinished constructions), and various minor tweaks and bug fixes.

We described the game as being ‘fun’ with ‘good solo and pass-and-play potential’ so the addition of online multiplayer should sweeten things up.

Damn Little Town is out now on the App Store. It’s free to download but $2.99 will buy you the full version.

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via: Our Review
SnapMatch Soccer Review

SnapMatch Soccer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Combining tile matching with soccer playing is a fairly successful combination for this charming if simple game.

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OTTTD’s New Update Brings so Many New Things

Posted by on July 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

There’s a new update out for Tower Defense game, OTTTD, and it’s a big one!

The update adds (time to take a deep breath) – an Endless mode with five Endless missions, 5 new campaign levels, over 20 new enemies, over 30 new pieces of upgradeable armor, a tactical field guide offering an in-depth encyclopedia of everything imaginable within the game, iCloud saving, and plenty more smaller fixes and tweaks. Phew.

While OTTTD doesn’t re-invent the wheel we’ve had a ton of fun with it, so a new update is all the sweeter for this fun Tower Defense game.

OTTTD is out now, priced at $2.99.

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Update includes –

1) Endless Mode. 5 Endless missions to pit your skills against
2) 5 new tough campaign levels
3) Over 20 new enemies added
4) Game Center leaderboards for Endless mode battles
5) NEW Armor, over 30 pieces of upgradeable armor to equip your heroes with
6) The Herocorp Tactical Field guide, an in depth encyclopedia of all monsters, heroes and tower types.
7) Cloud saving and restore. Save your game to the cloud and restore to other devices.
8) Control the level of Gore, from none, to full bloody carnage
9) More hero names to choose from
10) Memory enhancements to make the game play smoother
11) Skill reset. Reset your skill tree to change your heroes strengths and abilities
12) Performance tuning, overall FPS increase
13) Later levels reward you with more loot.

via: Our Review
Fly Review

Fly Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Editing videos is a dream with this fast and convenient video editing app.

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Soccer Knockout Review

Soccer Knockout Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Keep the ball in the air and negotiate a form of obstacle course to score many goals, in this tricky game of Keepie Uppie.

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Munin Review

Munin Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Munin looks pretty and offers some interesting puzzling mechanics, but its unforgiving nature will infuriate soon enough.

Read The Full Review »

Set for release soon comes FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines. The game will have you flying with vehicles inspired by player creations from its Blackberry-based predecessor, FlyCraft.

Looking distinctly wacky in nature, the game is set to infuriate and entertain in equal measure as players use these crafts to negotiate various obstacles across each level. Expect to be challenged if the trailer is anything to go by.

For now we’ll leave you with the teaser trailer, but expect more coverage on FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines once the game has been released.

The Room Two Goes on Sale for $0.99 – Buy it

Posted by on July 8th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Fantastic puzzle game, The Room Two, is currently on sale for $0.99 and, well, I don’t really want to say any more than that. It’s brilliant – what more do you need to know?

Richly deserving of our Editor’s Choice award at the end of 2013, the game has you attempting to unlock multiple boxes in order to piece together the mystery that binds them all together. It’s a deeply atmospheric puzzle game that feels remarkably tactile in nature.

It was a bargain at its regular price and it’s all the sweeter at $0.99. Buy it now before the price goes back up.

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via: Our Review
Haste Review

Haste Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Create as many words as possible within the time limit in this simple yet fast-paced real-time multiplayer game.

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Peiji Review

Peiji Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Want a simple to use note taking app that's more powerful than the built-in tool? Peiji is the ideal app for you.

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mycloudtag Review

mycloudtag Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Need some extensive workout programs and don't want to spend much on it? mycloudtag is an ideal app for you.

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Table Top Racing: Premium Edition Speeds Onto iOS

Posted by on July 7th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It’s all change for popular fast and furious combat racing game, Table Top Racing, with the introduction of a premium edition for those who want to be free of in-game adverts and the need to grind to earn in-game coins.

Priced at $2.99, Table Top Racing: Premium Edition is set to be the most complete version of Table Top Racing yet. It offers seven different gameplay modes including Combat, Pure, Hot-Lap, Time Trial, Pursuit, Elimination, and Drift. Up to 4 players can play locally or via the internet, plus there are 17 upgradeable cars and 8 different tracks to compete on.

Check out the trailer below, as well as full details of what’s offered.

Table Top Racing: Premium Edition is available now from the App Store, priced at $2.99. The freemium version also remains available.

  • Console quality graphics and gameplay

  • 7 Unique Gameplay Modes – Combat, Pure, Hot-Lap, Time Trial, Pursuit, Elimination and Drift mode
  • Up to 4 Player Multi-player local or internet play (iOS only at the moment)
  • 30 Achievements
  • 20 Leaderboards
  • 17 Upgradeable Cars
  • 8 Incredible Race Tracks
  • 4 Fiercely Fought Championships
  • Over 30 Special Events
  • 9 Cunning Power-Ups including ‘Weapon Wheels’
  • Multiple Controller Support (MFi/Moga/HID)
  • Native resolution 3D – not upscaled
  • No Advertising/No Opt-in Videos
  • No Grind! Price reductions up to 50% on Cars, Wheel Weapons, Upgrades and Paint schemes
  • Tweet your victories and show off your new cars

  • via: Our Review
    Hercules: The Official Game Review

    Hercules: The Official Game Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Remaining pretty shallow, Hercules: The Official Game is a hack n slasher lacking some much needed personality.

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    Jump Means You Never Have to Wait For a London Bus Again

    Posted by on July 7th, 2014
    iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

    London based or simply planning on visiting soon? Jump might just be what you’re in need of.

    Newly released to the App Store, the app lets you to track bus progress in real time – allowing you to not only see what bus stops are around you but also giving you the heads up on when you should start heading to the bus stop to catch your ride. In theory, it’ll mean you need never wait around in the rain for your bus again. Because, yes, London can be pretty rainy at times.

    The free version of the app allows you to view what buses are coming up as well as what bus stops are nearby, while for $1.99, you can enjoy push notifications so you know when to get moving.

    Jump is out now on the App Store.

    Pyramid Solitaire Saga Review

    Pyramid Solitaire Saga Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    The popular Facebook card game comes to iOS and it's a fun if restrictive ride.

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    Later this month you’ll be able to enjoy the pleasures of Meerkatz Challenge, a puzzle platformer that seems rather reminiscent of the classic puzzle game, Lemmings.

    Players must help guide a mob of meerkats as they attempt to travel the world in search of peace and tranquility. Digging, jumping, climbing, and many more activities will be involved when it comes to keeping the cute animals safe.

    Set for release July 24, we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop regarding its development.

    In the meantime, check out the cute gameplay trailer below.

    More Multiplayer Goodness Comes to BADLAND as it Goes on Sale

    Posted by on July 3rd, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    There’s yet another update for the keenly supported side-scrolling adventure, BADLAND.

    This latest update, number 18 for those who are counting, expands the game’s co-op multiplayer with 40 new levels – ensuring you can play through the whole story with up to four players, all on the same device. The substantial update also brings with it 120 new missions and 6 new achievements.

    To celebrate such great news, BADLAND is currently 50% off in a summer sale, bringing its price down to $1.99 for a limited time only.

    Grab Editor’s Choice winning BADLAND from the App Store now.

    via: Our Review

    Beamly TV Now Offers Personalized TV guides and More Social Interaction

    Posted by on July 3rd, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    There’s a new update afoot for the TV-focused social networking app, Beamly TV.

    Alongside being able to follow your favorite shows and stars, you can now enjoy a personalized guide to plan your week’s viewing and ensure you don’t miss a thing. As well as that, you can now post to other Beamly TV users’ walls, and take and share animated selfies of your reaction to the latest shows.

    The update is available now from the App Store, and Beamly TV is a free download.

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    Circix Review

    Circix Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    It might not look like much, but there's an enjoyable set of logic-based puzzles within Circix.

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    Both Battle of the Bulge and Drive on Moscow: War in the Snow are on Sale This Weekend

    Posted by on July 3rd, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    To celebrate Independence Day as well as the launch of Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein, Shenandoah Studio‘s Battle of the Bulge and Drive on Moscow: War in the Snow are now on sale for the next week.

    On sale initially at $2.99, in an interesting twist, the price will steadily increase as the week goes by. An extra $1 will be added to the price each day from July 5 – meaning you should get in quick for the maximum discount of 70% off, only for today and tomorrow.

    We really enjoyed both historical strategy games, so you know what to do. The games are on sale until July 10 but I’d suggest deciding quickly for maximum benefit.

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    via: Our Battle of the Bulge Review
    X BEATS Review

    X BEATS Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    More an educational tool than exciting game, X BEATS is still going to be useful for those learning music theory.

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    New to Boom Beach and in need of a helping hand? We’ve got you covered. While a lot of the fun of such games is figuring out your own strategies for success, it’s also useful to have someone give you a few helpful tips and tricks to get you started. We offer up a few pieces of advice for those just starting out and confused as to where to go or what to do next.

    The Importance of Being Resourceful

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  • As with most freemium-based city or base building games, the resources you gather are vital to getting anywhere in Boom Beach. Early on, you’ll mainly be dealing with wood and gold. Wood is used for building new things as well as upgrading existing structures. Gold is primarily used to recruit new units and reveal more of the map, thereby opening up more opportunities to progress.
  • As well as that is the premium currency: diamonds. These can be used to fill up the gaps left behind by lack of wood or gold, but they’re much more efficiently used to speed up timers on things that have long waiting times. Early on, few things take long to build so save any diamonds acquired (when possible) for later on in the game when things can take days to finish. Completing achievement objectives unlocks more diamonds, so focus on these where possible.
  • Later on in the game stone and iron will play valuable roles in upgrading buildings, but by then you should have a handle on what’s going on.
  • Unusually, in the early levels gold is quite plentiful while wood is much harder to come by. A useful tip is to remove as many trees as possible. It’ll cost 600 gold a turn but you’ll gain 300 wood in exchange, thereby making it much simpler to afford those all-important building upgrades.

    Continue reading Boom Beach – Tips, Tricks, Cheats, and Strategies on How to be the Biggest and Baddest »
  • Polymo Review

    Polymo Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Organize your photos with easy tagging and more with this convenient to use photography app.

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    JELLIES! Review

    JELLIES! Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Simple yet surprisingly entertaining in short bursts, this is a Match-3 game worth looking at.

    Read The Full Review »
    120 Sports Review

    120 Sports Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Want to keep up-to-date with the latest sports news and enjoy some videos, too? This will be ideal.

    Read The Full Review »

    An International Cup Themed Update for Flick Kick Football Legends is Available Now

    Posted by on July 1st, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    The World Cup is still in full swing so it’s an ideal time for soccer games to be updated, which will explain why that’s happened with Flick Kick Football Legends.

    The game now offers cut scenes for the International Cup, a new skill change in the form of Stare Down, an increased stamina bottle (up to 16 slots), and the option to play the International Cup in a suitably-themed stadium. Clearer explanations for the country link skill have also been included.

    Flick Kick Football Legends is free to download from the App Store, so of course that means the update is free, too!

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    via: Our Review
    Anchor Pointer Review

    Anchor Pointer Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Want to locate friends or past places easily? Anchor Pointer is a handy way of doing exactly that.

    Read The Full Review »

    Puzzle/platformer Sky Tourist will soon be joined by a sequel, aptly named Sky Tourist Blitz Trip.

    Set for release on July 10, the new excursion for Petey Pendant has him flying around the east side of Plumia, across 60 new levels that aim to be even better the first game’s.

    Each level has been designed with a mobile format in mind so they will be smaller and thus more ideally suited for shorter sessions. Never fear though, there’s sure to be some tricky physics and time-based puzzles to challenge you.

    Sky Tourist: Blitz Trip is set for release July 10. We’ll keep you in the loop about that. In the meantime, enjoy the teaser screenshot below.

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    Go Go Ghost Review

    Go Go Ghost Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    An auto-runner with charm, Go Go Ghost is forgettable but entertaining.

    Read The Full Review »
    Shutter Review

    Shutter Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Store your images and videos on a private Cloud in this handy camera/storage app.

    Read The Full Review »
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