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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
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!

FREE!
+ 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

Damn Little Town Now Offers Online Multiplayer

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

Tactical board game Damn Little Town has just been updated to include some very handy new features. The game now offers online multiplayer, along with some limited-edition Meeples to enjoy along the way.

As well as that, the game offers online leaderboards, a new gameplay rule during the Escape Phase (unfinished constructions), and various minor tweaks and bug fixes.

We described the game as being ‘fun’ with ‘good solo and pass-and-play potential’ so the addition of online multiplayer should sweeten things up.

Damn Little Town is out now on the App Store. It’s free to download but $2.99 will buy you the full version.

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via: Our Review
SnapMatch Soccer Review

SnapMatch Soccer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Combining tile matching with soccer playing is a fairly successful combination for this charming if simple game.

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OTTTD’s New Update Brings so Many New Things

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

There’s a new update out for Tower Defense game, OTTTD, and it’s a big one!

The update adds (time to take a deep breath) – an Endless mode with five Endless missions, 5 new campaign levels, over 20 new enemies, over 30 new pieces of upgradeable armor, a tactical field guide offering an in-depth encyclopedia of everything imaginable within the game, iCloud saving, and plenty more smaller fixes and tweaks. Phew.

While OTTTD doesn’t re-invent the wheel we’ve had a ton of fun with it, so a new update is all the sweeter for this fun Tower Defense game.

OTTTD is out now, priced at $2.99.

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Update includes –

1) Endless Mode. 5 Endless missions to pit your skills against
2) 5 new tough campaign levels
3) Over 20 new enemies added
4) Game Center leaderboards for Endless mode battles
5) NEW Armor, over 30 pieces of upgradeable armor to equip your heroes with
6) The Herocorp Tactical Field guide, an in depth encyclopedia of all monsters, heroes and tower types.
7) Cloud saving and restore. Save your game to the cloud and restore to other devices.
8) Control the level of Gore, from none, to full bloody carnage
9) More hero names to choose from
10) Memory enhancements to make the game play smoother
11) Skill reset. Reset your skill tree to change your heroes strengths and abilities
12) Performance tuning, overall FPS increase
13) Later levels reward you with more loot.

via: Our Review
Fly Review

Fly Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Editing videos is a dream with this fast and convenient video editing app.

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Soccer Knockout Review

Soccer Knockout Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Keep the ball in the air and negotiate a form of obstacle course to score many goals, in this tricky game of Keepie Uppie.

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Munin Review

Munin Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Munin looks pretty and offers some interesting puzzling mechanics, but its unforgiving nature will infuriate soon enough.

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Set for release soon comes FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines. The game will have you flying with vehicles inspired by player creations from its Blackberry-based predecessor, FlyCraft.

Looking distinctly wacky in nature, the game is set to infuriate and entertain in equal measure as players use these crafts to negotiate various obstacles across each level. Expect to be challenged if the trailer is anything to go by.

For now we’ll leave you with the teaser trailer, but expect more coverage on FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines once the game has been released.

The Room Two Goes on Sale for $0.99 – Buy it

Posted by on July 8th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Fantastic puzzle game, The Room Two, is currently on sale for $0.99 and, well, I don’t really want to say any more than that. It’s brilliant – what more do you need to know?

Richly deserving of our Editor’s Choice award at the end of 2013, the game has you attempting to unlock multiple boxes in order to piece together the mystery that binds them all together. It’s a deeply atmospheric puzzle game that feels remarkably tactile in nature.

It was a bargain at its regular price and it’s all the sweeter at $0.99. Buy it now before the price goes back up.

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via: Our Review
Haste Review

Haste Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Create as many words as possible within the time limit in this simple yet fast-paced real-time multiplayer game.

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Peiji Review

Peiji Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Want a simple to use note taking app that's more powerful than the built-in tool? Peiji is the ideal app for you.

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mycloudtag Review

mycloudtag Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Need some extensive workout programs and don't want to spend much on it? mycloudtag is an ideal app for you.

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Table Top Racing: Premium Edition Speeds Onto iOS

Posted by on July 7th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It’s all change for popular fast and furious combat racing game, Table Top Racing, with the introduction of a premium edition for those who want to be free of in-game adverts and the need to grind to earn in-game coins.

Priced at $2.99, Table Top Racing: Premium Edition is set to be the most complete version of Table Top Racing yet. It offers seven different gameplay modes including Combat, Pure, Hot-Lap, Time Trial, Pursuit, Elimination, and Drift. Up to 4 players can play locally or via the internet, plus there are 17 upgradeable cars and 8 different tracks to compete on.

Check out the trailer below, as well as full details of what’s offered.

Table Top Racing: Premium Edition is available now from the App Store, priced at $2.99. The freemium version also remains available.

  • Console quality graphics and gameplay

  • 7 Unique Gameplay Modes – Combat, Pure, Hot-Lap, Time Trial, Pursuit, Elimination and Drift mode
  • Up to 4 Player Multi-player local or internet play (iOS only at the moment)
  • 30 Achievements
  • 20 Leaderboards
  • 17 Upgradeable Cars
  • 8 Incredible Race Tracks
  • 4 Fiercely Fought Championships
  • Over 30 Special Events
  • 9 Cunning Power-Ups including ‘Weapon Wheels’
  • Multiple Controller Support (MFi/Moga/HID)
  • Native resolution 3D – not upscaled
  • No Advertising/No Opt-in Videos
  • No Grind! Price reductions up to 50% on Cars, Wheel Weapons, Upgrades and Paint schemes
  • Tweet your victories and show off your new cars

  • via: Our Review
    Hercules: The Official Game Review

    Hercules: The Official Game Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Remaining pretty shallow, Hercules: The Official Game is a hack n slasher lacking some much needed personality.

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    Jump Means You Never Have to Wait For a London Bus Again

    Posted by on July 7th, 2014
    iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

    London based or simply planning on visiting soon? Jump might just be what you’re in need of.

    Newly released to the App Store, the app lets you to track bus progress in real time – allowing you to not only see what bus stops are around you but also giving you the heads up on when you should start heading to the bus stop to catch your ride. In theory, it’ll mean you need never wait around in the rain for your bus again. Because, yes, London can be pretty rainy at times.

    The free version of the app allows you to view what buses are coming up as well as what bus stops are nearby, while for $1.99, you can enjoy push notifications so you know when to get moving.

    Jump is out now on the App Store.

    Pyramid Solitaire Saga Review

    Pyramid Solitaire Saga Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    The popular Facebook card game comes to iOS and it's a fun if restrictive ride.

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