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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

OmniFocus 2 Now Supports TextExpander

Posted by 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.

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via: Our Review
Kinomatic Review

Kinomatic Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Easy video recording and editing is possible, thanks to Kinomatic.

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Cascade Review

Cascade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cascade is a fairly typical Match-3 game but it offers a minor twist in the form of what gems are at your disposal.

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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.

Fanatic Earth Promises Science Fiction Focused RPGing Galore

Posted by 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!

Track Your Stats For Destiny With Destiny Companion

Posted by 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.

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CalQ Review

CalQ Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Solve simple sums quickly in this fast-paced game of numbers.

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Dead Trigger 2 Now Offers Weekly Tournaments, New Weapons, and Plenty More

Posted by 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.

via: Our Review
Globosome: Path Of The Swarm Review

Globosome: Path Of The Swarm Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Likeable despite some occasionally awkward control options, Globosome: Path of the Swarm is a fun game all about exploration and finding your comrades.

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Audio Chef Co. Review

Audio Chef Co. Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Offering some tasty recipes with instructions that can be both read and listened to, Audio Chef Co. is convenient.

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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.
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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.
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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.

LINE Webtoon Review

LINE Webtoon Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Want free comics to read, even when you haven't got an internet connection? LINE Webtoon is probably what you want to try out.

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FlipIt.im Review

FlipIt.im Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The layout is a bit of a mess but FlipIt.im allows you to create some fun if simple animations.

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Twake Alarm Lets You Take a Selfie The Moment You Wake Up

Posted by 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.

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LookUp Review

LookUp Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It might be cheaper to use a website but LookUp is a stylish and simple way to quickly look up words and their meanings.

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Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love Review

Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Quirky and just a little bit odd, Cube & Star is an interesting exploration of the world and our impact upon it.

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Mighty Adventure Review

Mighty Adventure Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Switch between three characters in this twitchy auto-runner.

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Beyond Gravity Review

Beyond Gravity Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Beyond Gravity is very simple, but it grabs you for a time pretty easily.

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Simian Flu Infects Plague Inc.’s Latest Update

Posted by on July 11th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A new update has just been released for Plague Inc and it ties into forthcoming movie, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

The update adds a special Simian Flu expansion pack for $1.99. Players must control communities of intelligent apes, seeing how the disease evolves to allow ape-to-ape transmission. You must decide when your apes should rally against research labs and work towards making apes the dominant species on the planet. Fun, huh?

Plague Inc. is priced at $0.99, with $1.99 snagging you the Simian Flu expansion pack.

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via: Our Review

Real Racing 3′s Gold Payout Substantially Increased in Latest Update

Posted by on July 11th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A new update has come speeding onto the App Store for everyone’s favorite racer, Real Racing 3.

Gold payout has now been improved drastically with the maximum payout for levelling up now increased to a whopping 100 gold, 20 times more than it was before! Once you hit Driver level 6, you can enjoy such bonuses every time you level up. Check out the video below to learn more about the gold increase.

Besides that, new cars are available including the Ferrari F40 and the Ferrari F50. The inclusion of those cars also mean you can enjoy a Ferrari Showdown Series to see which is the very best vehicle out there.

Real Racing 3 is out now and is free to download from the App Store.

via: Our Review
Alphabeats Review

Alphabeats Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tricky due to an awkward control system, Alphabeats is still an interesting combination of rhythm gaming and word play.

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Transworld Endless Skater Review

Transworld Endless Skater Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A little too tricky at times, Transworld Endless Skater is a more true to skateboarding game than most.

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Pinch Helps Expand Your Social Circle Through Some Neat Matchmaking

Posted by on July 11th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

New to the App Store is Pinch, a dating app that hopes to make finding your perfect match more fun and that bit easier than it was before.

By using your Facebook friends, it enables you to browse friends of your friends before ‘pinching’ them to get in touch, all with the blessing of your mutual friend. The fun part comes from being able to ask a series of ‘and/or’ questions to get the idea of what kind of things that person enjoys most. It’s simple but potentially quite fun.

Pinch is out now on the App Store and it’s a free download.

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Sonic Jump Fever Review

Sonic Jump Fever Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Sonic Jump Fever isn't a bad game, it's just not a particularly interesting take on Doodle Jump style sensibilities.

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Blackwell 3: Convergence Review

Blackwell 3: Convergence Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Not quite as strong as the original installment, Blackwell 3: Convergence is never less than thoroughly likeable and entertaining.

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Game of War – Fire Age has gone from strength to strength since its initial release, so we thought it was about time that we helped newcomers to the game figure out the best strategies to be the very best at it. Or at least, not quite as bad as they could be without any assistance. Take note of these helpful tips and tricks, and enjoy making your way towards world domination.

First things, first

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Most games like these are good at teaching you the basics and Game of War – Fire Age is no different.

  • Follow the quest lines it offers up at first. They’ll run you through the basics better than any explanation could offer, plus they get the foundations settled ready for your steady path towards being the best.
  • Be aware of one particular quest, though. It asks you to scout another player, which is potentially a recipe for disaster if you annoy the wrong person.
  • Pick out a player with a random name full of letters and numbers. That tends to mean they haven’t fully thrown themselves into the game because they haven’t renamed themselves, so they’re probably quite weak. Even better, they might have abandoned the game at some earlier point.
  • Also, keep an eye on what alliance the player being scouted is part of. Safety in numbers is key here and you don’t want to annoy someone that’s part of a big alliance.

Stick Together

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Join an alliance as soon as possible. Game of War – Fire Age isn’t like other games where being anti-social is fine. Much of your success is going to be down to being part of an alliance.

  • For one thing, an alliance means you can ask others to help speed up your timers when building or researching things. Plus, in return you can do the same for other players.
  • Build a name and reputation for yourself. People are more likely to help you if they know who you are, rather than being an anonymous number.
  • Remember to follow orders. Alliances are serious business and while they can protect you from attack, you need to be a team player, too. It might sound occasionally tedious but it’ll pay off in the long run.
  • Having said that, don’t mouth off in general chat. While you want to build a name for yourself within the alliance, you don’t want to draw undue attention from others who might be keen to bring you down a peg or two.

Resources are Everything

Keep your resources ticking along wherever possible. Game of War – Fire Age is pretty tactical here as you have limited space to allocate to your resources.

  • Those wanting to amass a huge army might want to focus on farm building for the sake of food production, but a more balanced approach is better.
  • Build around 10 farms with the rest of the spaces divided up between the other resources and watch as you’re rarely short of anything for particularly long.

Build, Build, Build

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  • As soon as you’ve joined an alliance, you can use a free teleport to move your city to a location near your allies. Do it. It’ll help. A lot.
  • Once that’s done, focus on upgrading your stronghold. Don’t do it in a different order as once your stronghold reaches level 6, you lose that free teleport.
  • Build plenty of villas to gain silver, which is vital for research. As well as that, try to keep everything reasonably balanced.
  • Hospitals are useful because they help get your troops back up to scratch after a rough battle, but you also need plenty of barracks to train those troops up.
  • Level up that academy as soon as possible for even better units to throw your enemy’s way.
  • Try to keep your storehouse in line with your other resource levels, so nothing goes to waste.
  • Finally, don’t forget the Gymnos. It ensures that if you get killed, a certain percentage of your hero’s experience points transfer to the new hero, meaning you don’t miss out as much as you could. Each Gymnos upgrade adds to the percentage gain.

Keeping Busy

  • Take on alliance quests and daily quests every time you play. Free rewards are handy, plus it’ll make the game more interesting than simple busywork.
  • Scout for abandoned places to attack. Some players will have given up a while back but still have left plenty of resources for you to gain for easy profit. After all, there’s no fear of retaliation!

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2013-07-25 :: Category: Games

Blackwell 2: Unbound Review

Blackwell 2: Unbound Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Not quite as great as its predecessor, Blackwell 2: Unbound is still a likeable part of the mystery series.

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Birdseye Mail Adds Extra Account Support Plus Better Attachments Support

Posted by on July 10th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

There’s a new update out for Birdseye Mail and it’s a pretty significant one.

The update adds support for iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, and FastMail accounts alongside the Gmail support that’s already there. You can also toggle notifications for different accounts now.

Most important of all though is Birdseye Mail‘s new way of dealing with attaching files to your emails. It’s now much faster to add attachments, plus there’s the added benefit of being able to rename files before you send them.

Birdseye Mail is available now for the iPad, and it’s free to download.

via: Our Review
Blackwell 1: Legacy Review

Blackwell 1: Legacy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Seeming like a blast from the past but actually much more contemporary than that, Blackwell 1: Legacy is a fine start to a promising series of adventure games.

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Test Your Fortune With the New Royal Revolt 2 Update

Posted by on July 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

New features have come to freemium-based reverse Tower Defense game Royal Revolt 2, and they’re sure to prove enticing for fans.

The game now offers the Chamber of Fortune, giving players the chance to earn additional rewards. You can now share your fearsome King with your Facebook friends, plus there’s a new and distinctly spooky Graveyard environment for those keen to mix things up.

New achievements and quests, as well as many bug fixes, round off the package.

Royal Revolt 2 is out now and free to download from the App Store.

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via: Our Review
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