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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
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

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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Garmin Launches viago, a Low-Priced, Feature-Packed Navigation App

Posted by on June 17th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

There’s a new navigation app on the market, and its name is Garmin viago.

Offering advanced navigation features at an impressively low $0.99 (rising to $1.99 from July 13), Garmin viago comes with off-board maps for many regions around the world – with turn-by-turn navigation, current speed, and speed limit details, as well as lane assist features.

Through optional in-app purchases it’s possible to buy downloadable maps, real-time traffic information, mobile speed camera alerts, directions with spoken street names, as well as many more features. The key feature here is that it’s possible to buy exactly what you want and nothing more.

Garmin viago is available now, priced at $0.99.

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New Farmer’s Campaign Comes to The Sandbox

Posted by on June 17th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

There’s a bumper new update for sandbox adventure, The Sandbox, with the new Farmer’s Campaign offering 15 additional levels.

The update includes six new elements such as the Tractor to help farmers harvest quicker and the Chicken that can be raised and converted to food, or hunted by the new Fox element. New blueprints are also available, including the Bullseye for aspiring archers and the Chicken Pen, because all chickens need somewhere to live!

The Sandbox is free and available now on the App Store.

Update includes:
+ New campaign (15 levels): the Country Life Campaign

+ Improvements on the Humans:
- The Hunter will be able to shoot animals and place Traps!
- The Farmer will raise chickens and convert them to food
- After collecting a certain amount of specific resources (food, aluminite, etc), you can create special buildings with which your humans will interact with emoticons (with a brand new UI)

+ 6 New elements:
- The Tractor to help the farmer to harvest quicker
- The Chicken, the Chicks and the Egg will be raised and converted to food or hunted by the fox
- The Fox the worst enemy of the chickens!
- The Crow will fly around and eat the crops
- The Scarecrow will drive away the crows
- The E-drain to build advanced irrigation system drove by electricity

+ 2 New blueprints
- Bullseye for all the wannabe archer
- The Chicken Pen to raise your future meat

via: Our Review
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There’s a chunky new update for everyone’s favorite Twitter client app, Tweetbot 3. The app now offers support for viewing and posting multiple images, as well as a shiny new play icon for Instagram videos.

Along the way, Tapbots has also ironed out a number of niggling bugs as well as included Spanish localization for those who prefer who prefer their exciting tweets to have an element of ‘Ole!’ to them.

Tweetbot 3 is available on the App Store for $4.99.

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via: Our Review
GameLoop Review

GameLoop Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Consolidating various gaming networks is a nice idea from GameLoop, but it doesn't quite work. At least not yet.

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(R)evolve Review

(R)evolve Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's not revolutionary (hohoho), but (R)evolve is a fun game for twitchy players.

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VVVVVV Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Previously a gem on the PC, VVVVV is just as great on iOS, proving to be captivating and frustrating in equal measures.

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Angry Birds Epic Review

Angry Birds Epic Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Providing a basic introduction to the humble RPG, Angry Birds Epic is sometimes fun but often a little too keen for your money.

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Pigs Can’t Fly Review

Pigs Can’t Fly Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Help a pig escape Hell by encouraging him to fly in the right direction. It's fun, honest.

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Once Upon A Time: Man Review

Once Upon A Time: Man Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Historical trivia can be fun thanks to this simple yet fun board game.

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Order Up!! Fast Food Review

Order Up!! Fast Food Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Matching colored food might be very familiar, but Order Up!! Fast Food is a quite fun example of the genre.

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Spendbook Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
No one enjoys tracking their finances but if you've got to do it, Spendbook is a great way of doing it.

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LEX Review

LEX Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Create words from letter tiles in this mostly derivative yet reasonable word game.

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Blood & Laurels Review

Blood & Laurels Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Corruption, sex, and scandal, all in Ancient Rome, through the medium of this interesting piece of interactive fiction.

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Edge of Tomorrow: Live. Die. Repeat Review

Edge of Tomorrow: Live. Die. Repeat Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Repetition might work for the movie, but it's not a hit when it comes to the game.

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Marco Polo Review

Marco Polo Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Shout at your phone and it'll shout back, making it easy to track down.

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RadResume Review

RadResume Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Want to create a resume or cover letter fast? RadResume is just what you need.

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Soccer Kings: World Edition Review

Soccer Kings: World Edition Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Score goals by answering trivia questions correctly in this soccer-themed title.

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Linkin Park Recharge – Wastelands Review

Linkin Park Recharge – Wastelands Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Combine one popular rock band with a Diablo-style shooter, and what do you get? Well, this.

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