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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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Twitter: @jenjeahaly
Email :: jennifer.allen@148apps.com
Hey there, virtual animal lovers:
Want to know what we liked about this virtual pet sim, and maybe a little of what we didn’t like so much? Check out our Hatchi 2 review!

So, you’ve downloaded Hatchi 2 and you feel in need of some guidance when it comes to what to do next? Don’t worry! We’re here to help with some general tips and tricks on how best to care for your delightful little pet.
 

Basic Maintenance

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The key is to make sure you keep your pet (or pets) happy and alive. Fortunately, it’s not too hard to do. Four things keep them happy enough.

  • Cleanliness – Keep your pet clean whenever their hygiene bar drops. This is just a matter of tapping the shower button then ‘scrubbing’ the pet with one finger. It’ll take a few seconds and your pet will be much happier afterwards. This is particularly worth doing after they’ve had a bathroom break.
  • Hunger – Feeding your pet is easy. Pick a type of food and drag it in front of their mouth. The pet will happily munch away at it and be all the cheerier for it. Most food is the same, but experimenting will feel more personal.
  • Energy Levels – Like all of us, your pet needs sleep and plenty of it. Make sure you send them to sleep sometimes. There’s a useful tip here for multiple pets, too. Whichever pet you leave active is your dominant pet, meaning the others can be left alone without their bars decreasing. It’s worth remembering so you don’t have to juggle quite so many needs at once.
  • Happiness – Happiness is boosted by playing games. We’ll go more into depth with that later, but remember that it doesn’t take long to play a quick game of something and it makes all the difference to your pet’s happiness levels.


Continue reading Hatchi 2: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies on Keeping Your Virtual Offspring Happy »

Hatchi 2 Review

Hatchi 2 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Want to care for a virtual pet and play some simple games to keep it happy? Hatchi 2 lets you do just that.

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Space Forest Dilemma Review

Space Forest Dilemma Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It might look rough, but Space Forest Dilemma is a satisfyingly tricky logic puzzle game.

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Flatiron Review

Flatiron Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Flatiron has a charm to it, but it's an all too simple shoot-em-up for extended sessions.

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AffordIt Review

AffordIt Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
AffordIt is a sometimes too simple budget tracker that's handy if you have one budget in mind.

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Click Cam Review

Click Cam Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Snap a photo, share it anonymously, receive one back. Click Cam has a clear aim but it's too simply done.

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Papa’s Pizzeria To Go! Review

Papa’s Pizzeria To Go! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Pizza making is fast-paced but enjoyable in Papa's Pizzeria To Go!, a fun time management game.

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Annoying Cab Review

Annoying Cab Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Learn to type faster by keeping a cab driver happy in Annoying Cab.

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Rooster Teeth vs. Zombiens Review

Rooster Teeth vs. Zombiens Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Survive waves of zombies with the Rooster Teeth team, in this fun action game.

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Indie games development can be tough, especially when you’ve got a good idea for something but you’re not quite sure what way to take it. Having heard about Booya Squad, a Wisconsin-based team keen to turn their childhood comics into a mobile card battler, we wanted to learn more about their journey.

logoBooya Squad is a joint effort between Mike Bloom and his brother-in-law, John. They’re currently working on a social card game called Mario Italiano Four Families, but the story starts much earlier than that. Based on a comic book world they created over ten years ago, it’s been a long time coming. In that time, they’ve had to juggle big moves across country, raising a family, job changes, health issues, and many more challenges. The team’s blog explains the full story, such as how Mike skipped on a regular sleep pattern in order to get work done, but we also had a chat with him to learn the pertinent details behind everything.

148Apps: How much have various free internet resources helped you in your quest to go into game development? What would you recommend to other aspiring developers?
Mike Bloom (MB): We used the internet to learn how to do everything we needed to know. When we started, we were very naïve to the amount of knowledge and skills we would need to complete the game. So as we progressed through the project we often came upon an obstacle where we needed to learn or come up with something. So we would Google it or search for it on YouTube. We were constantly amazed that if we dug deep enough into these sources, we would always find exactly what we needed. The trick is to use different search phrases. We did this for everything from balancing stats, building a clean UI, all the way to marketing methods.

The idea here is to not be scared to start down the development path because you don’t know how to do everything you will need to do, or better yet you don’t even know what is all needed. Since we went in half blind, we just found the answers when we needed them, and that was actually fun. It was like, oh we have to do that? Well, I’ll do that one, learn the skill and put it to use right away.

Continue reading Booya Squad and the Long But Satisfying Path of Indie Development »

Necklace of Skulls Review

Necklace of Skulls Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Delve into a world of Mayan intrigue with this interesting adventure gamebook adaptation.

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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 »

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