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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
Note Review

Note Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Note is a note taking app that's a little too short on features to be worth its asking price.

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Chainsaw Warrior Goes on Sale & There’s a Chance to Win a Copy of the Original Board Game

Posted by on July 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Editor’s Choice winning board game adaptation, Chainsaw Warrior, is currently on sale for a mere $1.99 and it’s for a very good reason.

Players are being given the opportunity to enter a competition to win a rare and original copy of the 1980s board game of the same name, plus the expansion cards from White Dwarf issue 88. It’s quite the special piece of gaming history for fans of the game, both young and old.

All you have to do to win a copy is to record a play session and submit a video link to the developers at gtn@aurochdigital.com, and the best submitted run-through of the game will win the prize. It’s as simple as that! The developers promise that they’ll be marking on score, style, and aggression, and are excited to see how you defeat the Darkness.

Entries need to be submitted by August 17 to be considered, so get cracking.

Do you not have a copy of Chainsaw Warrior? Simply, snag it from the App Store while it’s on sale for $1.99 and enjoy!

via: Our Review

Huge Update Comes To Duet, Adding 48 New Stages

Posted by on July 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

We loved minimalist survival game, Duet, when it was first released last October so we’re pretty sure a forthcoming update for it will make it all the sweeter.

This Thursday you can enjoy the Epilogue Update, which promises to include 48 new epilogue stages, a new storyline, new game features, plus 4 brand new musical remixes.

The original release included 50 stages, so this update very nearly doubles the content already there, and it’s entirely free.

Duet is available now from the App Store priced at $2.99. The update is set to hit the store this Thursday.

Ok, so we’re all about ready to accept that Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is a big deal on the App Store, regardless of your own personal feelings on the matter. However, did you know there are valuable life lessons to learn from it? And I don’t just mean that it’s a friendly reminder that stepping away from your iPhone is a very good idea sometimes, or that perhaps when you find yourself writing about such games for a living that you should consider a career change. No, I mean it teaches you valuable lessons that you can apply to real life scenarios. Honest.

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Look how frowny-faced that guy looks. Isn’t he just so fed up? Some might say it’s thanks to those tight looking braces he’s wearing, obviously cutting into his shoulders a little too much. Fortunately, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood has some wise advice to offer. He needs to be charmed! Yup! Folks, you need to make room in your day to chat to people and remind them just how charming you really are. The more shallow the comment you make to them, the better. No one cares about depth in this world.

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Fortunately, such charm can easily be applied either through some very expensive and hard to gain premium currency, or you can simply mention that you know Kim Kardashian. Because everyone’s impressed by her presence, right? Right? Don’t expect Mr Grumpypants to cheer up any time soon, though.

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Journalists are leeches. WAIT. I don’t mean me, I’m nice! You know the kind I mean. Lon Garrera here demonstrates the problem. If it wasn’t for that media badge, he’d just be a random stalker with a camera, just waiting for a restraining order to strike him down.

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It’s a long, long path to stardom. Just ask any celebrity, assuming they’re willing to speak to someone as lowly as you. While you could probably get cosy with the right celebrities to work your way up through the ranks, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood goes the classier route, expecting you to work your way up to stardom through grit and determination. Oh, and time. Lots and lots of time. And busywork.

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If you try to talk to someone of the opposite sex in public, odds are someone’s going to think you’re an aspiring home wrecker. No, I don’t know why either, but Kim Kardashian: Hollywood seems pretty convinced of this fact. You need to come up with a date or two to seem less threatening. Always, always have a date spare, even if you’re perfectly happy single. The Kim Kardashian life is pretty archaic on that front.

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Talent isn’t everything. Money, clothes, cars, and homes are all that really matters in terms of being successful and famous. Sad but true if this game is anything to go by. Feel free to weep in a corner.

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Also, knowing the right people is everything. Absolutely everything. In real life, Kim Kardashian won’t give you the time of day, but let’s pretend that she would be this keen to help people get along. Otherwise fame is a much, much trickier path.

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Kim Kardashian: Hollywood does offer one sensible piece of advice, though. Interested in someone and they’re interested in you? Go for it, regardless of if they’re the same gender as you, it doesn’t matter. It’s the 21st century, and while our century is increasingly dominated by the importance of materialism and being in the public eye at all times, we have at least made some progress in terms of acceptance.

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is available now on the App Store and it’s a free download. I hear it’s sucking up people’s time. In my case, it’s merely broken my soul a bit.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2014-06-24 :: Category: Games

All Three Anomaly Games are on Sale This Week Only

Posted by on July 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

All three games in the Anomaly tower-defense/offense series are currently on sale at attractively low prices.

We’ve enjoyed them all over the years with Anomaly: Warzone Earth and Anomaly 2 both garnering 4 stars, while Anomaly Korea achieved a very respectable 4.5 stars. They’re all great examples of how turning the tower defense formula on its head can produce a great series of games.

You can pick up Anomaly Warzone Earth HD and Anomaly 2 for $1.99 each, while Anomaly Korea is a mere $0.99. Under $5 for three great games? Perfect!

The sale is this week only, so get in there fast.

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Puzzix Review

Puzzix Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A little like Tetris, Puzzix is all about piecing together blocks and watching them vanish. It could do with more structure, though.

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Set for release later this summer is Melissa K and the Heart of Gold, a casual adventure game that’s hoping to be a cut above the rest. I was lucky enough to check out a preview build of it to see just what we should expect.

melissa4The team behind Melissa K and the Heart of Gold initially worked on mystery game, LA Noire, being responsible for the real-time animation system within it – and it shows. Melissa K and the Heart of Gold is immediately more attractive than many other adventure games of this type. It’s the little things that shine through, such as how a small twitch of the iPad in any direction causes the game’s screen to move a little, adding a nice sense of fluidity to things.

Such pleasantries continue, ensuring that Melissa K and the Heart of Gold feels a more interactive experience than the usual titles in the genre. Objects can be manipulated by twisting them around, treating them like real 3D objects, and it works well.

melissa7Of course, the real meat for such games comes from its puzzles. Melissa K and the Heart of Gold offers plenty of hidden object scenes, but also a number of puzzles. In my short time with it I wasn’t overly challenged, but I was interested. The puzzles are clearly laid out and interesting enough. They’re reasonably different too, such as one requiring you to move a flower from one side of the screen to the other, without knocking the other items down. Figuring out how to unclasp a gem from a dragon statue was also a highlight, requiring more tactile controls than most.

Melissa K and the Heart of Gold should be out later this summer. It’s shaping up to be something that casual adventure gaming fans like myself should be anticipating. We’ll have more on it when it’s released.


Deadpool Comes to Marvel Puzzle Quest

Posted by on July 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Over the weekend, during the Marvel Games Panel at Comic-Con, plenty has been revealed about the near future for Marvel Puzzle Quest.

The frequently updated Match-3 puzzle game is set to enjoy the delights of Deadpool come August 1, with a new episode titled ‘Deadpool vs. Marvel Puzzle Quest.’ Upon conclusion of the episode, players will be able to add him to their roster.

As well as that, tomorrow (7/29) there’ll be a significant new gameplay feature in the form of Team-Up, allowing you to bring in heroes that aren’t in your roster. It’s hoped that the feature will add more tactical flexibility for players.

Marvel Puzzle Quest is available now from the App Store for free, and it’s excellent fun.

Battle Fleet 2: WW2 in the Pacific Review

Battle Fleet 2: WW2 in the Pacific Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Less complicated than it might seem, Battle Fleet 2: WW2 in the Pacific is a rewarding step up for those interested in strategy gaming.

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Announced over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con was the fairly exciting looking Marvel Contest of Champions.

Set to be released this Fall, the game hopes to be an immersive beat-em-up of sorts, offering players the chance to fight their way through various iconic locations from the Marvel Universe. You’ll be able to collect your favorite heroes and villains such as Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, and Thor.

The title comes from Kabam, best known for titles such as The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth and Fast & Furious 6: The Game, so expect Marvel Contest of Champions to be a free-to-play title when it hits the App Store later this year.

Check out the teaser trailer below.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The pizza power is weak when it comes to this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game.

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Set for release on the App Store in September is Beatbuddy, previously a success story for the PC, Mac, and Linux.

Beatbuddy combines puzzle solving, enemy vanquishing, and plenty of exploration. Even better, it offers a fascinating story contributed to by Rhianna Pratchett of Tomb Raider and Mirror’s Edge fame. There’ll be six hand-drawn worlds to explore, each offering their own original soundtrack.

That’s not all, though! Beatbuddy is also set to allow you to buy the game’s tracks from iTunes without leaving the game. A feature that hasn’t been available in a game for iOS before.

Developer, THREAKS, promise that there will be numerous free updates post-launch, ensuring that Beatbuddy sounds pretty cool to us.

Check out the gameplay trailer below for a sneak peek at what to expect, come September.

Out this Fall is a new kind of card battle game: Outcast Odyssey. From This Means WAR! developer Magic Pixel Games, and Bandai Namco, you’ll be able to explore and discover new worlds, fight various foes, and take on a number of quests.

There’ll be guilds to join too, so you can tag along with friends!

Set to offer hundreds of cards to collect and evolve, Outcast Odyssey is set for release later this year. Check out the teaser trailer to get an idea of what else to expect.

Recently got into Supercell’s other huge hit, Hay Day and could do with some advice on what to do? We’ve got you covered with some helpful trips and tricks to bear in mind!

Ticking Along

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One of the key things to keep in mind while building up that farm is the importance of the different currencies available. Everything to do with Hay Day depends on one of three things – experience, coins, and diamonds.

  • Experience is gained by things such as selling goods and harvesting crops. Following the order board is the fastest way to level up, but it’s not always wise to level too fast (more on that later).
  • Coins are used for purchasing buildings, animals, and items from shops. You can earn coins from completing truck orders, selling stuff, and profiteering from visiting customers.
  • Diamonds are the premium currency here but they can be gained via a few different ways. You earn diamonds every time you level up, if you sync the game with your Facebook account, and also when completing one of the many achievements on offer. As a final tip, look for purple tickets that appear near your newspaper and watch a clip to gain more diamonds. Also, try not to use them too often as you’re better off saving them for more expensive things.

The Importance of Crops

  • Every crop you plant will double its yield upon harvest. That’s an important fact to remember. Don’t use up all the seeds in your silo, no matter how tempting it might be, in order to complete an objective. Instead, plant those seeds but make sure there’s enough spare for later on. Otherwise you’ll have to use diamonds to buy more, which is such a waste.
  • Always have a good, steady supply of the basics such as wheat, corn, soybeans, and other simple feed for your animals. It’ll keep your livestock happy and keep the symmetry of the Hay Day life stable.
  • It’s an important lesson that we all need to remember with these kind of games – TIME WHAT YOU PLANT. Yes, it’s that important that it needed capital letters. Plant slow growing stuff overnight or when you’re away from the game for a while. It’ll keep you sane while still feeling like you’re progressing without wasting those all-important diamonds.
  • Remember: wheat, corn, and carrots take mere minutes to grow, while pumpkins and indigo can take hours. Plan accordingly.

Progressing

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  • Use the roadside stand to sell spare goods. It’s a quick way to make a few bucks. Check the newspaper to see what your friends are selling at the moment and work around that.
  • Remember that most crafted goods will sell relatively quickly because other players want them to fill their orders. Go for the maximum price then pull it back by about 10% so that you sell quickly but for a good price.
  • The board fills up with order requests but don’t be afraid to skip some. It’ll take a few minutes for a new order to show up, but it’s worth it. Some orders pay a pittance or simply take too long to complete. Focus on what’s easiest to achieve for maximum profit.

Money, Money, Money

  • There’s a pretty easy but dull way to make money fast: plant wheat everywhere. If you constantly harvest and sell off the surplus, you’ll gain some valuable rare items along the way. It’s dull though, so only do it if you’re exceptionally determined.
  • With that money, you can buy building materials that can then be used to upgrade your various storage places, as well as buy new land plots. It’ll be worth it in the long run.
  • Find those materials through newspaper ads but remember to decide quickly as things change fast. Don’t like the ads? Quit the game completely (right down to double tapping the home screen and swiping up on the game to clear Hay Day from running in the background) and go back in. The ads will all be new!

Most importantly of all, balance your aims to make money alongside gaining experience. It’ll ensure you don’t end up too unbalanced but it’s also a heck of a lot more fun that way! After all, developing that farm is a marathon, not a sprint.

Who loves lasagna? Me. Also everyone’s favorite grumpy fat cat, Garfield. Coming to the App Store this Fall will be Garfield: Survival of the Fattest, an original game from Pixowl, the folks behind The Sandbox.

Garfield: Survival of the Fattest will feature an original storyline centered around Garfield’s passion for food, plus there’ll be plenty of room for other characters from the Garfield Universe.

Check out the teaser trailer below. We’ll keep you in the loop when it comes to the game’s progress.

Poptile Review

Poptile Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple yet a little bit glorious, Poptile is a satisfying entertaining puzzle game with oodles of the 'one more go' factor.

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Watch and Share Mobile Gameplay Videos With Kamcord

Posted by on July 25th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Are you one of those people who likes to watch LetsPlay videos and check out new games that way? Then Kamcord might be just for you.

Newly updated to version 2.0, the app is a social network for gamers, allowing you to check out millions of LetsPlay videos from some of your favorite mobile games. Quick and easy to use, you can now watch videos of the likes of The Sandbox, Stickman Soccer 2014, and even children’s favorite, My Talking Tom.

The Kamcord update means there are now full social features such as the ability to comment, follow, and like videos, so it should be quite the delight for sociable mobile gamers.

Kamcord is out now from the App Store and is a free download.

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LEX Goes Free For One Day In Honor of New Update

Posted by on July 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It’s a big day for Simple Machine’s word game, LEX. For one thing, it’s just been updated so that it now throws double letters into the mix, plus there are some handy bug fixes going on.

To celebrate that update, LEX is entirely free to download for today only!

Plus, for the coding buffs out there, LEX has also been made open-source for the public, meaning that coders can manipulate the code as they please if they wish. Simple Machine has explained that they believe “ownership is becoming obsolete,” which is why they want to inspire young and old through this venture. A video below explains more on the matter.

For those yet to try LEX, I’d suggest diving in now before the price goes back up.

via: Our Review
Meerkatz Challenge Review

Meerkatz Challenge Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cute and challenging, Meerkatz Challenge is a fun puzzle game, particularly for fans of Lemmings.

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Cultures Review

Cultures Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Cute it might seem, but Cultures is a bit too slow paced when it comes to those pesky timers to truly endear itself.

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Finnish developer Boomlagoon has released a teaser trailer of their forthcoming side-scrolling action platformer, Monsu.

Looking like a pretty cute auto-runner, Monsu has another trick up its sleeve, courtesy of the many cards that you can collect as you play.

Coming from some of the minds behind Angry Birds, there will be dozens of customizable characters to get to know, with the hope that Monsu is more character-driven than most running platformers.

A series of online tournaments besides the rich single-player world should ensure there’s plenty of fun to be had when Monsu arrives on the App Store later this summer.

Check out the trailer below to see just what to expect very soon!

Cowabunga! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run Is Currently Free

Posted by on July 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Presumably due to the forthcoming movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is free on the App Store at the moment.

The game allows you to control your favorite turtle as he runs, jumps, fights, and drives his way through New York’s endless landscape.

We weren’t too keen on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run when it first came out, mostly because there was a ton of grinding to it. However, as it’s gone free for a limited time this might be just the right time for you to see if you agree with us.

We’re not sure how long it’s on sale for, so we’d suggest grabbing it as soon as possible.

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Lots of New Modes Have Been Added to Canabalt

Posted by on July 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A mere month after Canabalt was updated for the first time in over two years, it’s been updated again! That’s speedy!

The update brings with it eight new game modes, new leaderboards for each of those, two-player modes, plus 16 additional achievements.

The new modes change up the tried and tested formula with challenges such as alien ships coming at you, invisible buildings, and the rather risky Defenestration requiring you to throw yourself through windows. For the more cautious gamer, there’s also the addition of the Purity mode in which there aren’t any obstacles at all.

Don’t forget the fun of two player local multiplayer too!

The update for Canabalt is out now and the game is priced at $2.99.

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Stronghold 3: The Campaigns Review

Stronghold 3: The Campaigns Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
A cumbersome strategy game, Stronghold 3: The Campaigns has a few too many issues to recommend it.

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Secret Files Tunguska Review

Secret Files Tunguska Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Offering traditional adventuring with no fear of in-app purchases, Secret Files Tunguska is sure to entertain fans of the genre.

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MyTaskList Review

MyTaskList Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's not the most stylish of task management apps, but MyTaskList has all the features you could wish of such a tool.

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Coming soon to the App Store is Light in the Dark, a physics and color-blending puzzle game that boasts a cool gaming pedigree. The resumes of team behind it cite such great series as X-Com, BioShock, and Fallout – meaning that hopefully Light in the Dark will be something rather special.

The game will have you leading a cartoon species called totems on a rescue mission to find their babies who have become lost in a maze of old tombs. Mummies and other creatures will get in your way as well as some good old-fashioned puzzles.

Set for release in September, Light in the Dark will be priced at $1.99. Check out the trailer in the meantime for a taster of what to expect.

FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines Review

FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A tough game of careful thrusting and navigation, FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines isn't for everyone, but it's well made.

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KEMCO’s RPG Band of Monsters Goes Free for a Limited Time

Posted by on July 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

To celebrate RPG Machine Knight hitting over 1,000,000 downloads on Google Play, KEMCO has made RPG Band of Monsters free on the App Store for a limited time only. Not bad, eh?

The game is all about a young monster tamer called Zara who meets a mysterious girl named Fene, before getting caught up in a battle against evil and forbidden powers.

Instead of its usual price of $7.99, it’ll cost you absolutely nothing, so it’s the ideal time to check it out.

Take a look at the trailer below for more of an idea of what RPG Band of Monsters is like.

Walkr Review

Walkr Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Walking is a bit more exciting thanks to this planet building/discovering sim reliant upon your every step.

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