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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
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.

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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.

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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.

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Pixel Cup Soccer Review

Pixel Cup Soccer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cute but ultimately a little too simple, Pixel Cup Soccer might entertain for a brief time but it's a little too shallow for anything weightier than that.

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In some cases, Angry Birds Epic is going to be many players’ first encounter with a turn-based RPG. While it might not be the deepest of experiences to old-hands at the genre, we felt it was the perfect time to provide you with some helpful hints to start you off, as you work towards wiping out the evil pigs yet again.


Basic Battle Strategies

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Regular RPG players will tell you that there are a few core principles that apply no matter what game you’re playing. Angry Birds Epic is no different in that respect.

  • Knowing your enemy is always key in these kind of instances. Angry Birds Epic makes it simple with holding a finger to each pig – enabling you to see what abilities they possess, so you know exactly what to expect.
  • There’s no penalty for exiting to the map at this point so you can easily do that to change birds or hats (special abilities), so that you’re at your strongest for each fight. Remember: different classes work better in different situations!
  • Generally, you should always focus on healer pigs or ones that can resurrect other downed pigs. There’s no point inflicting plenty of damage on other enemies if the healer can undo your good work with one spell!
  • Some pigs are immune to certain statuses, so consider that before you make your move. A pig that can resist poison? Well, don’t bother trying to poison it then! It’s a simple idea, but one that can easily be forgotten about in the heat of battle.
  • There’s nothing to be gained from weakening multiple pigs at once, so always focus on one pig at a time. Ideally, and assuming there aren’t healing pigs to pick on, you should go for the weaker and smaller prey first before taking out the big brutes.

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  • After you’ve built up a sufficient number of attacks, you can use a rage chilli to perform a special attack that relates to that character’s abilities. Use it up whenever possible. They don’t carry over between battles so there’s no point letting it go to waste! The only exception here is when dealing with wave battles as it’s better to save the chilli for the start of a new wave. They replenish frequently so you can often use a couple during a series of battles.
  • Unlike in other RPGs, using a health potion doesn’t take up a turn. It’s a small yet significant thing to consider, given it can make all the difference in battle.
  • Struggling to defeat a particularly tricky foe? Watch the videos that Rovio keep offering. These give you a 20% increase in health and attack power. They’re limited in number so try to save them for a special occasion. They can really make all the difference.
  • Always have a healer in your party. Attacking like crazy is all well and good, but it’s pointless if you get wiped out too soon. Healing helps. A lot.


    General tips

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  • Equipment is key throughout Angry Birds Epic. It’s simple enough to craft from pieces gained during battle, but there are some useful ways to make it all the better.
  • Replay missions often for more items and loot that can then be used elsewhere. Plus, aim for those magical three-star victories. These are based upon how much health you have at the end of a battle so heal up just before the end for the maximum chance of three stars.
  • Check the scavenge points every day for new loot to be acquired. It can be pretty profitable.
  • Similarly, daily dungeons unlock after a certain point and these are invaluable.
  • Get friends involved as they can enable you to re-roll when crafting equipment. Re-rolling dictates whether you get the fabled 3 star piece of equipment or a weaker 2 star one.
  • Save up for a Golden Anvil. It’s not cheap, needing Lucky Coins to buy one, but keep leveling up and play naturally for a week or two and this should be possible. A Golden Anvil means better gear, which makes all the difference in battle.

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    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2014-06-12 :: Category: Games

  • Set for release next month is MMO Steel Avengers, a build-and-conquer strategy game.

    A natural disaster has befallen a not too distant future Earth, which means anarchy has broken out. With a battle for survival afoot, it’s down to individuals to attempt to create a new world, which is exactly where the game is focused. Players will be able to build powerful armies, establish a base, research new things, as well as gather resources. After all, resource gathering leads to all the good stuff!

    The game also promises an extensive PvP side of things, with alliances also possible for the more peaceful of gamers.

    Steel Avengers features 11 different buildings, 29 different technologies, and a fully fledged PvE story comprising of 11 chapters and 176 combat zones.

    It’s due out in mid-July, a mere month away, assuming a natural disaster doesn’t actually befall us before that time!

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    The makers of Pixel People, LambdaMu Games, are keen to not rest on their laurels having just announced a new game coming later this summer.

    Dice Soccer League is that game and it’s a reboot of their 2011 title, Dice Soccer. The card-collecting, dice-rolling side of things is still there but it’s set to be improved in a number of different ways.

    Players can build their dream team of soccer players and roll dice to use their special soccer skills on the pitch. Four different modes are promised, with a meaty 75 match campaign backed-up by weekly tournaments, arena battles, and a casual mode.

    Dice Soccer League will be free to play when it arrives on the App Store later this summer.

    Sparks Review

    Sparks Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Add inspirational or funny messages to GIFs in this fun and easy to use app.

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