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.
Posted by Jennifer Allen 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.
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.
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.
Coming soon to iOS will be an all-new Warhammer 40,000 tactical strategy game by the name of The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault.
The first ever game to be set in the Horus Heresy, The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault will be a fast-paced strategy game in which players choose to be either a Traitor or Loyalist as they challenge their rivals around the world. The game promises there will be plenty of base building, which probably means it will be a Clash of Clans kind of game.
While a release date hasn’t been announced yet, we do have a teaser trailer to suitably, well, tease you about it. As soon as we know more about The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault, we’ll let you know.
Assassin’s Creed Memories has just been announced, promising to combine card battling, RPG, and strategy elements. A free-to-play game, it comes from a joint effort by GREE, Ubisoft, and PlayNext.
The game will allow you to traverse history in order to build a powerful guild, recruit famous allies, and defeat rival players from around the world. There’ll be a deep and extensive single player experience as well as multiplayer combat involving up to 20 versus 20 players.
Set for release later this summer, Assassin’s Creed Memories will hopefully be one to watch out for.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 17th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
A new update for task management app, OmniFocus 2, has just been released, adding TextEpander support to the tool.
That means you can now enjoy being even more productive, thanks to being able to rely upon using various text based shortcuts. No longer do you have to worry about retyping the same snippets of text all the time when adding new tasks!
As well as that, the app has had a few bug fixes, reducing its chances of crashing or suffering from a glitch or two.
OmniFocus 2 is available from the App Store, priced at $19.99.
Us iOS enthusiasts have been able to enjoy the delights of the Best App Ever Awards for the past six years. Android owners haven’t been so lucky though. That is, until now, where we’re a mere 24 hours away from announcing the results of the very first Best App Ever Awards for Android.
The nomination phase lasted over two months with over 1,500 apps nominated in over 30 categories.
Here’s a heads up of what categories will be announced tomorrow:
Most Innovative App
Best Visual Design
Best Location-Based App
Most Useful App
Best Books & Reference App
Best Business App
Best Comics App
Best Communication App
Best Education App
Best Entertainment App
Best Finance App
Best Health and Fitness App
Best Lifestyle App
Best Live Wallpaper
Best Media and Video App
Best Medical App
Best Music and Audio App
Best News and Magazine App
Best Personalization App
Best Photography App
Best Productivity App
Best Shopping App
Best Social App
Best Sports App
Best Tool App
Best Transportation App
Best Travel & Local App
Best Weather App
Best Widget App
Most Innovative Game
Best Arcade and Action Game
Best Brain and Puzzle Game
Best Cards and Casino Game
Best Casual Game
Best Racing Game
Best Sports Game
And of course, the Best App Ever, covering all the different categories possible!
While we know you’re all iOS loving folk, we thought you’d like to see how things work out for Android owners.
Check back here tomorrow and over on the official Best App Ever site at 8am PDT, to find out what’s been crowned winner!
Sponsored by iDreamSky, the largest mobile game publishing platform in China by active users.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 16th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Recently released onto the App Store is KEMCO’s latest RPG, Fanatic Earth.
The game focuses on a world in which an alien bacteria known as Achratoth has nearly wiped out mankind and, of course, it’s down to you to try to make the world a better place. You join forces with a local detective, an android, and a young girl with a mysterious past.
With a form of combo or chain based system for combat, it’s sure to entice those who love science fiction based RPGs.
Even better, to celebrate its release, it’s currently on sale for $3.99. Grab it now while it’s still on offer!
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 16th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Just in time for the launch of the Destiny public beta test comes Destiny Companion, the ideal app for tracking how you fare at the console game.
For those not in the know, Destiny is the latest title from Halo developer, Bungie, and is set to be a huge hit for online FPS players when it’s released on September 9. In the meantime, players can enjoy a brief dose of what to expect with the Public beta starting July 17 and running until July 27.
Destiny Companion enables you to analyze your player stats, see how your friends are performing, as well as manage your inventory, all from your iOS device.
It’s available now from the App Store and is a free download.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 16th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There’s a huge new update for popular zombie shooter, Dead Trigger 2, and it’s bound to excite fans.
It brings with it substantial content additions including tournaments, a continuation to the story based campaign, new weapons, and new environments to explore.
The tournaments side of things allows you to participate in a different challenge each week to show just who the best fighter out there is. Starting with the Purgatory Arena, you can expect new environments as well as new traps such as the Impaling Spikes and Gallows Ropes.
With a plethora of new regions, environments, and weapons to check out, it’s the ideal time to try Dead Trigger 2.
The game is free to download from the App Store now.
Gamers from the 1990s should fondly remember Lemmings. Adorable yet dimwitted, they were a little too keen to jump off cliffs meaning it was down to you to figure out how to stop them doing exactly that. It was a fun puzzle game full of different tools to persuade the lemmings not to jump.
Kind of like that but with Meerkats, comes Meerkatz Challenge – a game set for release in a little over a week’s time. The game will be immediately familiar to fans of Lemmings and in a very positive kind of way.
This time round, it’s the meerkats that have a death wish and there’s a different bevy of tools to keep them safe. There’s the typical blocker tool but there’s also the ability to use a mushroom as a giant trampoline, propelling the other meerkats skyward. A trainer meerkat encourages the others to run at speed, making it possible to get across huge gaps when combined with a mushroom spring. A blower type will keep meerkats in the air, safe from danger.
We got the chance to briefly check out Meerkatz Challenge and it’s looking pretty entertaining. It offers the same vibe as Lemmings but with its own bunch of tools to keep things original. Controls are tight and effective with the option to speed things along as and when needed. Simple taps cause you to choose which tool to use and it takes seconds to master. Even in the early stages though, some careful thinking is required to get past the stage. Up to three stars can be gained depending on how successfully you completed the stage and how many meerkats you managed to save in the process.
Graphically, Meerkatz Challenge isn’t going to wow audiences but it certainly offers a pleasant charm, ensuring you’ll be attached to these cuddly critters.
With 4 different areas to explore and plenty of levels to negotiate, Meerkatz Challenge is shaping up to be pretty interesting.
We’ll talk more about it next week, when it’s released on July 24.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 15th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Have trouble waking up or simply want to take a selfie of yourself the moment you hit the alarm button? If it’s the latter, I think you’re mad but clearly there are others like you. That’s why apps such as Twake Alarm exist.
Twake Alarm is an alarm app that allows typical features like setting a sound from your iTunes library and setting up multiple alerts. What makes it special, however, is that it’ll snap a photo of you as soon as you wake up, just ready for you to share with others if you’re so inclined.
As well as that, a simple numbers game is required to switch your alarm off, meaning by the time you’ve finished, not only will you have a photo of yourself, but you should be pretty awake.
If that sounds like your kind of thing, you can download Twake Alarm from the App Store for free.