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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
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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    Fancy Units Review

    Fancy Units Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    With plenty of options, Fancy Units is a useful way to convert units or many different currencies, all through one simple to use app.

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    Moshling Rescue! Review

    Moshling Rescue! Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Moshling Rescue! offers a few twists to the Match-3 format, but it's still fairly familiar yet fun stuff.

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    Talisman Goes 50% Off for a Limited Time

    Posted by on June 23rd, 2014
    iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

    Classic fantasy adventure board game Talisman is currently on sale on the App Store, priced at only $3.99. It’s all in aid of the imminent release of The Frostmarch.

    The board game app is the officially licensed version of the Games Workshop game of the same name, in which players embark on a quest for the Crown of Command. Offering both local and real-time online multiplayer, it’s a relative bargain given the pricey physical alternative.

    Talisman is on offer for a very limited time only, so swoop in and grab it for $3.99 now, if it appeals to your tabletop gaming sensibilities.

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    via: Our Review
    DarkLight Review

    DarkLight Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    A few minor issues aside, DarkLight is a very useful image editing app that's both quick and effective.

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    Huge Wayward Souls Update Hits the App Store

    Posted by on June 23rd, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Exceptional roguelike-inspired action-RPG Wayward Souls has been significantly updated.

    The game now offers a new dungeon in the form of The Labyrinth, offering 20 floors of pain, the conclusion of the stories of the current six characters, plus a new boss. There are a bunch of new hats, a new Super Secret Area, some tweaks to the general game, and all-around fixes to anything else that needed correcting.

    As is the way with Rocketcat Games’s promised pricing structure, Wayward Souls has gone up in price by $1, increasing to $5.99. There’ll be another price increase to $6.99 when the next update is released soon. Given, there’s already some information about the next update, including MFI controller support and at least two new dungeon modes, it’s the ideal time to dive into it and snap up Wayward Souls, before it rises in price once again.

    Wayward Souls is available now on the App Store, priced at $5.99.

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    Update includes:

    - Fixes for the zoom-in bug for iPad 1 and iOS 5.1.1.
    - Control tweaks for iPad devices, you can set movement and swipe sensitivy separately.
    - Health potions are no longer awful.
    - Automatic screen flipping.
    - Map now also shows your floor number.
    - Try to charge up a power attack when low on energy will no longer prevent you from moving.
    - You no longer get an energy regeneration bonus for charging up a power attack.
    - Hats stay on your head instead of unequipping.
    - Match Hat Color moved to the hatbox menu instead of options.
    - A bunch of new hats.
    - REPEAT STORY: ON/OFF toggle in options menu.
    - Gauranteed rare chest after each boss.
    - Chests can now be destroyed after being opened, to prevent weird situations where you could get stuck.
    - Some fixes to level generation in the first three dungeons.
    - Increased gold drop rate in the third and fourth dungeons.
    - Rare chests now drop normal hats if you run out of rare hats to find.
    - Guard Captains should no longer attack you immediately when they take damage.
    - Flame traps should be a bit more forgiving now.
    - Tapping during the retry/victory epitaphs now skips the text much faster.
    - Reflection damage buffed to triple of what it was.
    - Super Secret Area, will YOU survive its enigmatic horrors?
    - Various other minor tweaks and fixes.
    - Lots of character balance changes, with more coming in Update 2. For more details, check out this address:

    http://www.rocketcatgames.com/wayward/WSupdate1.txt

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    Second update plans:

    - MFI Controller support
    - Further character tweaks, especially to Rogue
    - New Cheevos (achievements for the layman)
    - At least two new dungeon modes, including Endless
    - Saint Statue revamp, including a bugfix to make them actually appear on random floors.
    - Boss healthbars
    - Looking into some sort of save syncing, not necessarily iCloud
    - Other stuff we didn’t get to do in the first update

    via: Our Review

    New Update Puts the Talk into Talkboard

    Posted by on June 23rd, 2014
    iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

    Fun yet useful whiteboard iPad app Talkboard has just been updated with some pretty handy new features.

    The app will now let you talk to your friends or colleagues while you sketch images and ideas, all in real time. It’s also possible to now import images from photo galleries, as well as easily post boards to social sites, or import them into other apps for viewing purposes.

    Plus, for those whose first language isn’t English, the app has been localized for the sake of its Chinese, Japanese, French, German, and Spanish speaking users. Italian and Portuguese is set to follow in the coming weeks.

    Talkboard is free to download from the App Store.

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    Canabalt has Finally Been Updated

    Posted by on June 23rd, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Good things come to those who wait. Finally, Canabalt has been updated for the first time in over two years!

    The update brings with it widescreen support for iPhone 5 owners, the inclusion of Game Center and Twitter integration, a new music track, 4 different runners, and a plethora of bug fixes.

    For those who haven’t yet experienced the delights of Canabalt, the game is available now on the App Store, priced at $2.99.

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    via: Our Review

    Arriving next Thursday, June 26, will be Murder Files: The Enigma Express: a Hidden Object mystery game from the makers of the Editor’s Choice winning, Murder Files (formerly known as Blue Toad Murder Files).

    The game has players seeking out stolen items from a secret vault belonging to imprisoned criminal mastermind Five Fingers and promises plenty of humor, much like in Murder Files. For fans of the earlier game, there will be plenty of appearances from the original cast, too!

    With story and dialogue from International Emmy Award winning writer, Felicity Carpenter, we have high hopes for this one.

    Murder Files: The Enigma Express is out June 26.

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    Dream Catchers: The Beginning HD Review

    Dream Catchers: The Beginning HD Review

    iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
    Some insensitive controls aside, and Dream Catchers: The Beginning is a fun enough Hidden Object games for fans of the genre.

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    MagiCam Review

    MagiCam Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Fast snapping is a breeze with this app, although a few extra features wouldn't have gone amiss.

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    New Cars Come to Asphalt 8: Airborne

    Posted by on June 19th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    There’s a shiny new update for Editor’s Choice winning Asphalt 8: Airborne. It adds a host of new cars, new car packs, and sees the removal of rental fees for events. Time-Limited Events can now be enjoyed using an energy-based system centered around the use of in-game Fuel.

    The new cars included are:

    Chrysler ME 412
    Ferrari FF
    Ford 2006 GT
    Hennessey Venom GT
    Mercedes Benz CLK GTR AMG
    Mercedes SLS AMG
    2015 Ford Mustang

    So, there’s something for everyone’s tastes!

    Asphalt 8: Airbone is available now from the App Store and is a free download.

    via: Our Review
    Are You A Dodo? Review

    Are You A Dodo? Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    React fast and instinctively in these simple yet challenging cerebral tests, all to see if you are smarter than a Dodo.

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    Mucho Party Review

    Mucho Party Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Compete against friends or AI in this varied selection of mini-games, each proving quite fun.

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    Send Your Hatch Pet to Pocket God: Ooga Jump, Courtesy of a New Update

    Posted by on June 19th, 2014
    iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

    A rather impressive new update for pet care sim, Hatch, has just been released. In conjunction with the folks behind Pocket God: Ooga Jump, players can now take their pet from Hatch and use it to bounce around in Pocket God: Ooga Jump. I can’t recall any other game being able to do such a thing, so that’s pretty cool for fans of both.

    As well as that, Hatch now has new blankets, two new decor themes, and a whole bunch of bug fixes. Oh, plus it’s on sale for the first time ever, priced at $0.99. What are you waiting for?

    Hatch is available now on the App Store, currently priced at $0.99.


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    Hop Adds Convenient and Collaborative Group Emailing to its Resume

    Posted by on June 19th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Hop, the email app that turns your messages into a natural chat conversation, has further added to its arsenal with the addition of Hop Groups. Users can now chat with any circle of friends, with a continuous, searchable timeline and no need to sort through the mess of a long email thread. Gone are the days where messages are easily missed, thanks to the chaos of so many replies.

    It’s easy to set up group emailing with the option of including text, pictures, links, documents, drawings, and even video and audio, to the conversation. The latest update also includes some other improvements upon the pre-existing service.

    Hop is available now on the App Store for free.

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    MatchCut Review

    MatchCut Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Sharing videos is quick and easy with MatchCut, but its community is distinctly limited.

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    Magneto Calendar Comes to iPad

    Posted by on June 19th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Magneto Calendar, a powerful and convenient calendar app, is now available for the iPad, in addition to the iPhone.

    Taking advantage of the extra screen space of the iPad, Magneto Calendar offers a 5-day view with to-dos clearly displayed and draggable, as well as various other optimized views including for your daily map and alerts.

    Available for both iPhone and iPad, Magneto Calendar now also includes public transit travel times, easily finding you the best route to get to your meeting before it starts.

    Magneto Calendar is available on the App Store now and is a free and universal download.

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    Update includes:
    Now on iPad! Magneto Calendar for iPad includes all the great features of the iPhone app plus:
    * 7-day view
    * 5-day calendar view + to-dos
    * Choose which day is first in your week view (Sat, Sun, Mon or Today)

    NEW on both iPhone and iPad:
    * Public Transit travel times! In addition to Drive, Walk, and Bike travel times.
    * Automatic mileage reporting! Turn your work travel times into a mileage report in just a click.
    * Supports 24-hour or military time formats (based on your device settings).
    * Various bug fixes and usability improvements.

    BP Camera Review

    BP Camera Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Battle it out with friends through this simple but curious photo-snapping game.

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    DUNGEONy Review

    DUNGEONy Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    A simple if tricky rogue-like, DUNGEONy is entertaining if a tad shallow.

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    Organizational App Boximize Goes Free For a Limited Time Only

    Posted by on June 18th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    One of the better note taking/organizational apps out there, Boximize has gone free for a limited period of time. Currently saving users $1.99, as well as plenty of time when it comes to organizing one’s life in a multitude of different ways, Boximize is the ideal tool for those trying to get their life into order.

    It’s as comfortable dealing with your movie collection as it is your diet log or expenses account.

    Be quick though, Boximize is on sale for a very limited time, courtesy of Apps Gone Free.

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    via: Our Review
    Gun Truck Review

    Gun Truck Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Shoot everything that moves while spinning around on the planet that you need to protect, in this frantic yet simple shoot em up.

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    Sequence Review

    Sequence Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Always wanted to create some music but don't know where to start? Sequence has it covered.

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    Last week, Lucid Games announced that episode 2 of charming puzzle adventure game, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery, is set for release this July. While scant details have yet to be revealed about the latest installment, a teaser trailer has been released.

    For those who have yet to try out the delightful adventure game, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Prologue is now available for free, allowing players the opportunity to experience the complete first day of Jacob Jones’s stay at Camp Eagle Feather.

    Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Prologue is available now on the App Store for free. We’ll let you know when Episode 2 is released.

    via: Our Jacob Jones - Prologue Review
    Soccer Stars Review

    Soccer Stars Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    More like Pool or Billiards, Soccer Stars is a simple, sometimes shallow, but easy to pick up multiplayer focused soccer game.

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