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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

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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    The First Calendar Review

    The First Calendar Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Keep track of your daily appointments and call reminders with this handy iPhone-only app.

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    Major Magnet: Arcade Review

    Major Magnet: Arcade Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Fling the Major from magnet to magnet in this fast-paced if in-app purchase filled arcade style game.

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    Kim Kardashian: Hollywood Review

    Kim Kardashian: Hollywood Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Work your way up in terms of stardom with the help of Kim Kardashian and a series of energy bars.

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    Conference Calling Just Got Even Easier with Citrix Convoi’s Latest Update

    Posted by on June 30th, 2014
    iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

    There’s a new update out for conference calling app, Citrix Convoi, and it’s a big one!

    The update means that your call participants can join in without any need for the app. You can immediately dial-out to people on your contact list or distribute the conference call number to folks so they can simply dial in. There’s not even any need for pin numbers to be entered beforehand! As well as that, group texts are also possible, allowing you to send and receive SMS text messages between calls.

    Simple and effective, Citrix Convoi is out now and free to download. Heads up though, it’s currently only available in the USA and Canada.

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    New details have been revealed about Modern Combat 5: Blackout‘s graphical prowess.

    The game is set to use a feature rarely seen on mobile titles. It’s called Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (or SSAO for short) and is a rendering technique that results in more realistic shadows. What that means for us is that the game looks better and particularly impressive for an iOS title!

    Check out the GIF below that highlights just what to expect.

    The game is also set to include many other graphical enhancements such as:

    • Eye adaptation & Bloom – exposure adjusts in a more realistic manner when moving between light and dark areas
    • Soft particles – improved interactions of particles with surrounding geometry
    • Underwater distort and caustics – reproduces realistic water effects
    • Real-time character shadows – characters cast shadows on geometry in real time
    • Heat-haze – air distortion due to muzzle heating after shooting
    • Depth of Field – cinematic effect that makes the background appear out of focus so that certain characters or objects in the foreground step more into focus

    Modern Combat 5: Blackout is set for release later this Summer.

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    A New Update Brings Achievements and More to Eliss Infinity

    Posted by on June 30th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    A massive update for innovative puzzle game, Eliss Infinity, has just been released.

    The game now offers Game Center achievements, an in-game counterpart to such achievements called Gems, immediate visual feedback to demonstrate when planets should be bigger or smaller, as well as visualization of recent supernovas.

    Elsewhere, the difficulty curve has been smoothed out meaning things should start out a little easier for Eliss Infinity novices, plus the tutorial has been touched up and improved upon so things make more sense.

    Already garnering 4.5 stars from us, Eliss Infinity just got even better. It’s out now and it’s priced at $2.99.

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    via: Our Review

    Dungeon Hunter 4′s Latest Update Adds Guilds

    Posted by on June 30th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    There’s a new and chunky update for Editor’s Choice winning Dungeon Hunter 4. It brings with it a much-requested Guilds features, enabling players to band together, chat amongst their guild members, and compete for special items in guild challenges. These items are exclusive to guilds, including new weapons and armor that’s sure to be of great help.

    Fun and profit is also available through the Wheel of Fate, allowing players to win new rings that will give them new and useful bonuses throughout the game.

    Dungeon Hunter 4 is out now and available free from the App Store.

    via: Our Review

    Button Based Controls Come to Dark Land

    Posted by on June 26th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    There’s a small but fairly significant update out now for Bulkypix’s dark Endless Runner, Dark Lands.

    Besides a number of bug fixes and some performance improvements for all devices (especially the iPhone 4, yay), the game now offers a button based control system for those who just couldn’t get on with the swipes that were previously required.

    Dark Lands is available now from the App Store and it’s a free download.

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    via: Our Review
    Enigma Express Review

    Enigma Express Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Hidden Object fans will enjoy what's here, but they won't enjoy the restrictive energy bar.

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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The Official Game Goes Free

    Posted by on June 26th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Impressively titled, Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The Official Game, is currently on sale and will cost you a grand total of absolutely nothing.

    We weren’t entirely impressed by it upon first release in April, mostly because it’s a little repetitive. Having said that, for free, what have you got to lose? If you’re like me and a sucker for blockbuster movie tie-ins, you’ll probably find something to enjoy here.

    We’re not entirely sure why it’s on sale or for how long, so grab it quickly while you’re thinking about it!

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The Official Game is available from the App Store now.

    via: Our Review
    Digits Review

    Digits Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Clear the numbered tiles in an orderly fashion in this sometimes tricky but always satisfying puzzle game.

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    Farting Felix Review

    Farting Felix Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    With plenty to do here, Farting Felix is a rather enjoyable experience.

    Read The Full Review »
    Supernauts Review

    Supernauts Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Craft a world and save some innocent people in this varied and highly enjoyable freemium world building game.

    Read The Full Review »

    Duke it Out in Turn-Based Fighter, AERENA: Clash of Champions

    Posted by on June 25th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Turn-based strategy game, AERENA: Clash of Champions, is now available on the App Store.

    Players can wage war in 10 minute bursts in this tile-based single and multiplayer game. Over 20 different Champions can be used as players fight it out on deadly flying arenas. It should be ideal for gaming while on the move.

    AERENA: Clash of Champions promises deep tactical gameplay with live multiplayer complementing single player challenges. Future updates are set to include daily quests and cross-platform play.

    AERENA: Clash of Champions is out now and is free from the App Store.

    Budget King Review

    Budget King Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Plan your finances and track them each step of the way with this useful finance app.

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    OOMF! Review

    OOMF! Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Adding some 'oomf' to the genre, OOMF! is an Endless Runner from a first person perspective. It kind of works.

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    Dropbox Adds Some Time-Saving New Features

    Posted by on June 25th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    There’s a new update out for everyone’s favorite cloud storage app, Dropbox, and it’s a useful one.

    The app now allows you to reorder your Favorites list with a simple touch and hold motion. It’s a small but significant step in making things that bit quicker for you. As well as that, you can now set up Dropbox with your camera, simplifying the set up process when linking a computer to the service. Plus, Dropbox now remembers your recent locations when importing files, which is bound to save some time!

    Dropbox is available now on the App Store and it’s a free download.

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    source: Dropbox
    Nun Attack Origins: Yuki’s Silent Quest Review

    Nun Attack Origins: Yuki’s Silent Quest Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Nuns are tougher than you think, as we learn in this action puzzle game that's quite fun.

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    FastFeed for 500px Review

    FastFeed for 500px Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Fast in more than just name, FastFeed for 500px is a great way to browse the 500px community.

    Read The Full Review »
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