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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
Robot Dance Party Review

Robot Dance Party Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Bust some moves in this easy to learn but tricky to master dance game.

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Etherlords Review

Etherlords Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It could do with a better tutorial, but Etherlords is an appealing mash-up of card battling and world building. It looks great, too.

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Calling All Etherlords:
Want to know what we think of all this monster-mashing and world building? Check out our Etherlords review!

Etherlords is quite an enjoyable mixture of card collecting, battling, and world building, but it doesn’t do a great job of teaching you everything you need to know. That’s where we come into it, offering you some handy tips and tricks to ensure that you’ve got a great head start on being successful.

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Fighting It Out

  • Combat is reasonably straightforward, being mostly automated. You can leave the game to complete the basic moves, but it’s down to you to pick out special attacks every 10 seconds or so.
  • Always pick the special move that does the most damage. Whether that happens to be to an individual or to a group.
  • If you’re up against a strong threesome, use area attacks like Earthquake to weaken them all.
  • When duking it out with a boss though, you might be better off using a more powerful singular attack.
  • Don’t forget to heal and buff up, too. You can’t inflict more damage if you’ve already been knocked out because you forgot to heal up!
  • For that reason, keep a healer in your team whenever possible.
  • About half way through Chapter 3, you learn the ability to switch where fighters are during a battle. Use this to your advantage in order to target specific enemies, such as a boss. It’s a handy way to still have some control over a fairly hands-off situation.
  • Glyphs will occasionally appear and you can match these to your creature’s race in order to inflict more damage. This can work the other way too, so keep an eye out for an enemy gearing up to unleash a massive amount of damage.


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LEGO Star Wars The New Yoda Chronicles Review

LEGO Star Wars The New Yoda Chronicles Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's inoffensive enough, but that's the problem for LEGO Star Wars The New Yoda Chronicles. It's actually quite a dull variety of inoffensive.

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Mikey Boots Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mikey Boots is a fine third instalment in the excellent Mikey series of platformers.

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Face Invaders Review

Face Invaders Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple to learn and play, Face Invaders is still a quite charming shooter, even if it lacks great depth.

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Star Walk Kids Review

Star Walk Kids Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Star Walk Kids is a fun introduction to the solar system, but many kids will be more satisfied by the full, adult version.

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Angry Birds Stella Review

Angry Birds Stella Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A few tweaks to the familiar format, Angry Birds Stella will appeal to fans, but will also infuriate at times.

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Super Monkey Ball Bounce Review

Super Monkey Ball Bounce Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Super Monkey Ball Bounce is a lot like Peggle, but not quite as good, plus it's littered with freemium based irritants.

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Iconic Review

Iconic Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Figure out the famous name from the icon-based clues in Iconic, a fun and simple game.

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Gemini Strike Review

Gemini Strike Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Shoot everything and loot everything in this entertaining vertical shoot em up.

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Duke Dashington Review

Duke Dashington Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple to learn, tricky to succeed at, Duke Dashington is a fun platformer in 10 second bursts.

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Tap To Play Review

Tap To Play Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Want to play short mini-games with friends while on the go? Tap To Play offers this, but it's a pretty shallow affair.

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Heavy Metal Thunder Review

Heavy Metal Thunder Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It'll tax you given its difficulty level, but Heavy Metal Thunder is an intriguing adventure gamebook.

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Spring Review

Spring Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Want to enjoy a stylish shopping experience while you spend too much money on fashion items? Spring is what you want.

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Diamond Digger Saga Review

Diamond Digger Saga Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
King's latest is a bit simpler than the usual crowd, but Diamond Digger Saga will still draw some in despite their better judgment.

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Contact Center Review

Contact Center Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Want a simpler, more effective way of juggling how you contact people? Contact Center is that solution.

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Alien Creeps TD Review

Alien Creeps TD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Alien Creeps TD would be a fun if unremarkable Tower Defense game, but its heavy focus on in-app purchases and balancing issues might put you off.

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The Journey Down: Chapter Two Review

The Journey Down: Chapter Two Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's a little dark, in every sense of the word, but The Journey Down: Chapter Two is a solidly entertaining adventure game.

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How do you make an Endless Running game more than just another Endless Running game? By adding real life prizes to it, of course! That’s the thinking behind StupidFast: a game designed for football enthusiasts, and the brainchild of former college football star and current NFL free agent, Taylor Martinez. It all came about due to his career path changing quite drastically and suddenly.

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“This past season was my senior season. I tore a ligament in my foot and separated my shoulder – both in the first game. I ended up not finishing the season as Quarterback. After the season, I entered into the NFL draft. I did my pro day at Nebraska and waited for draft day,” explained Martinez, “I ended up going to the Philadelphia Eagles. I went down there and they took a MRI and X-Ray on both [injuries]. They said that they weren’t going to take me any more. My dream was crushed and I didn’t know what to do. I decided to make a football app, and this is what I came up with.“

“I [have] been building apps for four years now,” he elaborated, “I love doing it and have a lot of passion doing it… Stupidfast is different than any other app because it allows users to earn rewards and prizes. This concept is the first of its kind and would allow users to compete and earn rewards.”

Taylor’s lined up some fairly big companies too, with the likes of Sol Republic, HobbyTown, Cutter Gloves, Shock Doctor Mouth Piece, and Black Fly sunglasses all currently on board. Martinez also explained how there will be different console games you can win along with other prizes, including a “GoPro Raffle for every time you share a Kamcord.”

stupidfast2Kamcord support should prove quite a hit with StupidFast too, given its fast-paced nature. Players tap as fast as they can to try to run away from the safety, as well as jump over pillars. A stiff arm can also be employed to break the pillars, ensuring there’s plenty to do.

Martinez explained that, “prizes will be won based on your daily high score, best high score, the achievements [via] Game Center, and playing the football game. Inside the game, if you land on a certain number, you will win that prize.”

Achievements are varied, with awards for getting tackled by the safety and knocking your helmet off, falling on your butt when you hit a pylon, falling on your face hitting a pylon, collecting stiff arms, and passing 50 and 150 points in game.

stupidfast3“Every time you break your daily high score you will have a chance to enter into a raffle,” Martinez went on to explain, “Inside the main menu you can click Earn Rewards, and see what prizes you can win that day and what raffles you can enter into.”

Thanks to Taylor Martinez for taking the time to answer our questions. StupidFast is set to be a freemium game with in-app purchases available for more stiff arms, lives, and ad-removal. It’s set for release September 7. We’ll be sure to let you know when it’s out.

Little Raiders: Robin’s Revenge Review

Little Raiders: Robin’s Revenge Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Combining simple combat with village building is a potent combination for this charming tale.

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Tiny Tower Vegas Review

Tiny Tower Vegas Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Build a huge tower again but Vegas-style in Tiny Tower Vegas.

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Baseball Battle Review

Baseball Battle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple and cute, Baseball Battle is a fairly fun baseball game for those looking for something light.

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ALONE… Review

ALONE… Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tough yet satisfying, ALONE... is a challenging endless flyer with some suitably sensitive controls.

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Hyperlapse Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Want to make a great time-lapse video quickly? Hyperlapse is perfect for that.

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Back To Bed Review

Back To Bed Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It looks gorgeous, but Back to Bed is actually a fairly simple and uneventful puzzle game.

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Letter Pix Review

Letter Pix Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Create words to clear the board and guess a photo underlay correctly in this fun but flawed word game.

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Spooklands Review

Spooklands Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
One-touch simultaneously controls your direction and your weapon in this unique arena shooter.

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Foodie Yama Review

Foodie Yama Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Foodie Yama will draw you in for a brief while, and you'll never be entirely sure why.

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We all take plenty of photos, right? That’s the joy of having a reasonably powerful camera in your pocket, thanks to your trusty iPhone and a bevy of similarly useful apps. Wouldn’t it be great to make some money out of those snaps? While your selfies might not garner much attention, there’s sure to be some great shots that will appeal to someone keen to purchase the rights. That’s the thinking behind PicsaStock, an app that allows you to sell your photos to professional creatives around the world.

PicsaStock_logo_darkProving to be remarkably simple to do, you can connect your account to the likes of Instagram, 500px, Flickr, and Dropbox, thereby sharing individual photos with the community in the hope of selling them elsewhere. We had a word with head of Mobile Marketing & Press, Lars Poeck, to learn more.

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148Apps: Where did the inspiration for PicsaStock come from?
Lars Poeck (LP): Before PicsaStock.com we founded YourPainting.de. This is a global gift franchising for customized photo paintings. During this process, we realized the complicated licensing process for photography. We also learned about a huge demand for authentic pictures – by agencies, bloggers, websites and even big brands. But these photos are hard to get. This is a strange situation. We all “produce” pictures like this everyday – everywhere. Each smartphone comes a high-tech-camera – right in your pocket. You are able to do even night shots or long exposure pictures with some photo apps.

So we invented PicsaStock.com as a marketplace and community for authentic photography. Sure, we keep an eye on good quality content. But as you [can] see on platforms like VSCO Cam, 500px, Instagram, or Flickr: there are millions of brilliant photographers out there that do even more than selfies or cat pictures. Some don’t have the slightest idea that they can earn money with their photography. We give them 50% of the sale price. So we invite them all to sell their photography. Our app also comes with features like a nice gallery mode [and] a special color search technology, so you can skip through your own gallery and discover brilliant pictures by other photographers with the app.

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148Apps: How many people are currently using the service?
LP: We are a very young company. [Note: The company was founded in February 2013, with the site launching in September 2013 and the iOS app following in February 2014] At the moment we have around 25,000 users and photographers on our platform. Some upload hundreds of pictures, some just want to give it a try and upload a few pictures. But it’s amazing to see this growing every day. In our company, we all have a passion for photography. So every morning when we arrive it’s amazing to skip through the new pictures that people from all over the world uploaded on our server.

148Apps: How many photos have been purchased since the site was launched?
LP: At the moment we don’t release these numbers. But before I started at PicsaStock, I tested the service by myself and sold 10 pictures with the app. At the moment, we have 1 million approved and curated pictures and photos. Every day we get thousands of new ones. Sure, we can’t accept all of the pictures in terms of keeping up the quality standard. But it’s amazing how many people out there really know how to take a good picture – not only with their smartphones. As a tip for new users: The better you tag and name your pictures, the easier it is for others to find them.

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148Apps: How is the service currently funded?
LP: As we launched in September 2013, we were supported by an investment from Slamdunk Capital and other early stage angel investors. Now we [have] some more business angels on board.

148apps: Are there any plans for an iPad app for the service?
LP: I love the iPad and the tablet size for displaying photography. You can use our app on iPad but it’s not optimized yet for the tablet. We’ve just launched our Android app and plan some feature updates for the current iPhone app. But sure, tablet apps are something we are discussing more and more often.


Thanks to Lars for taking the time to answer our questions. The PicsaStock app is available now from the App Store.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2014-02-11 :: Category: Photography

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