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with the 148Apps Network since May 31, 2014

Jessica is an excitable role-playing, board, and video game player.

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Checkmark 2.1 Update Released, and it’s on Sale for a Limited Time

Posted by on August 29th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Snowman has just released their 2.1 update for Checkmark 2. The update includes new features such as snoozing, improved recurring reminders, and tappable actions in notes. The recurring reminders now require you check them off so that you never miss them and the tappable actions allow you to add links inside the notes field, such as a phone number, URL, or email address.

Checkmark 2 now also supports a 24-hour clock and has improved their date-specific location-based reminders and “Add from map” zooming. And to celebrate all these new features, Checkmark 2 is 70% off for a limited time.

You can download the latest version of Checkmark 2 today for the temporary price of $2.99.

Terraria Hard Mode Update Brings New Enemies, Items, and More

Posted by on August 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Terraria, the fun mining game from 505 Games, just got more challenging with its new Hard Mode.

505 games is introducing new enemies and bosses, as well as new NPCs and over 100 new items, including the Pwnhammer that can destroy Demon Altars and create new ores. Terraria also gets a new combat targeting system. You can now touch an enemy to target it and it automatically aims for you, which makes using ranged weapons a whole lot easier.

If you love what you see, you can even record and share your gameplay in the Pause menu or watch your friend’s videos in the Videos section under the Main Menu.

You can check out Terraria and all its new features for $4.99.

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via: Our Review

Stupeflix Has Released a Major Update for Replay

Posted by on August 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Replay, by Stupeflix, has received a big update that includes a new look, functionality for iPad, and lots of other new additions.

There are two new video styles: Fold, which lets you create origami out of your videos and Toss, which allows you to throw videos, photos, and words around. Replay also now has Project Grid View to make reordering photos and videos easier.

To smooth out Replay‘s performance, Stupeflix has improved the video creation engine, added new transitions and animated backgrounds, and made a new “Copy Link” sharing option to make it easier to send movies through SMS or email. As a fun last detail, Replay now has emojis! You can add them to all the video styles for an amusing way to express yourself.

You can download Replay for free on the App Store.

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New Cars, New Locations, and a New Season in Asphalt 8: Airborne Update

Posted by on August 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Asphalt 8: Airborne, the racing game by Gameloft, has had a lot more high-flying fun packed into the new update.

Now you can race around the new tracks in Dubai in one of five new cars: including the Mercedes-Benz Biome concept car, the Nissan GT-R NISMO, and more. Gameloft has also added a ninth season with 74 new events to keep you speeding along. Asphalt 8: Airborne now also has Twitch streaming for iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPad (4th generation).

You can pick up Asphalt 8: Airborne for free on the App Store.

via: Our Review

To celebrate the sale of their popular shoot-em-up, Glorkian Warrior, Pixeljam is holding an art contest. For first prize they’ll be giving away one original James Kochalka Glorkian Warrior painting and a copy of the first Glorkian graphic novel: Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza. Two additional winners will receive a copy of the graphic novel.

If you share their contest on on social media with a link to the App Store or to their Facebook contest post, you’ll be entered to win an Octology Key that unlocks other Pixeljam games and music. Each post will net you an additional entry for a chance to win a Key.

You can send your Glorkian Warrior fan art to contest@pixeljam.com or post it on this page by September 4.

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via: Our Review

Be a… Happy Snowman! New Summer Update Available for Frozen Free Fall

Posted by on August 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Disney Games is bringing summer to Frozen Free Fall in their biggest update yet The update includes 30 new levels of sunshine and excitement for players. Play with Olaf as he rushes to gather flowers and unlock rewards like Olaf’s new sneeze power-up.

Need to get some tiles out of his way? Row into the sunset with his boat to clear tiles or spin into whirlpools to move tiles across the board. Its time to match those sparkly gems and enjoy your summer adventure with Olaf.

You can download Frozen Free Fall for free on the App Store.

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Aliens Drive Me Crazy has Received a Huge Content Update

Posted by on August 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Are you ready for more Aliens Drive Me Crazy fun? Rebel Twins has released a new update that gives players access to new weapons like the dual pistols, hyper laser gun, and grenades, as well as a bulletproof vest and a private jet.

Aliens Drive Me Crazy has also gotten new enemies, including mega bosses to challenge even the most veteran alien eliminator. Earn new achievements and costumes while trying out your new arsenal.

Check the App Store now for the newest update of Aliens Drive Me Crazy.

via: Our Review

MLB Perfect Inning’s Grand Slam Update Adds Head-2-Hea​d, Trading, and More

Posted by on August 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Gamevil USA has released a new update for MLB Perfect Inning that’s packed with new features. Now you can play against anyone around the world in the head-to-head style gameplay and earn special edition players as rewards.

Want to shake things up for your team? Now you will be able to trade up to 3-5 players at a time on the trading block. Test your manager skills as you accept offers or negotiate for better deals. Will your new team top the leaderboards? With the updated 2014 rosters and stats, and new player models and motion capture, you’ll be able to craft the team of your dreams.

According to the Gamevil site: “To celebrate the update, for 24 hours right between 8/30 18:00 ~ 8/31 18:00 (PDT), all users that log in will receive 1 draft pick that 100% guarantees a SIGNATURE player!”

You can check out MLB Perfect Inning for free on the App Store.

via: Our Review

Indie MOBA ÆRENA’s 2.0 Summer Update Brings New Missions, Skins, and a Champion

Posted by on August 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Cliffhanger Games has released a new update, called HAMMER of INCquisition, for Ærena – Clash of Champions. The update adds a ton of new stuff, including skins for champions and ships. Fans will be excited to hear that they can now equip fun new outfits on their champions that have been created by the Ærena community. The game will also now have daily missions and a slew of new main missions to keep you busy.

Cliffhanger Games also revamped the visuals and UI to give the game a sleek new look, and they’ve changed up the tier system to include subtiers. To top it all off they have introduced Hammer, the Æther-powered combat robot from the INCquisition. To celebrate this massive update,  Cliffhanger has reduced all in-game prices.

You can check out all the new content for Ærena – Clash of Champions for free on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

Star Walk 2 is Like Stargazing with Neil DeGrasse Tyson in Your Pocket

Posted by on August 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Star Walk 2, by Vito Technology, aims to bring constellations to life. Users can point their iOS device at the stars and watch as the app identifies and renders 3d models of the celestial bodies that can be turned and enjoyed from different angles.

Star Walk 2 acts as your guide to the night sky by using your current location to find what stars will be visible. You can also search for specific stars, constellations, or satellites and the app will identify where you have to look to find them. Then there’s the Sky Live window, which can show you all the relevant data for your stargazing adventure including sunrise and sunset times, moon phases, and the rise and set times for 4 main planets: Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter.

Star Walk 2 also includes functions such as coordinates on each image to make locating your favorite constellation easier, a soft red-mode that preserves your night-vision while using the app, and a Time Machine mode that allows users to see stars in their calculated past and future positions.

You can pick up Star Walk 2 for $2.99 on the App Store.

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Watch the World Go By Really Fast with Instagram’s New Hyperlapse

Posted by on August 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Instagram, the internet’s favorite photography app, has just released Hyperlapse, a time-lapse camera for your iOS device.

Hyperlapse shoots footage and auto-stabilizes it so you can take video even while running, jumping, flying, or falling. You can film up to 45 minutes if you have an iPhone 5, and the video can be sped up to 12 times its original speed. Hyperlapse does not require you to sign up or create an account and the app will let you save your videos to your camera roll or share directly with Instagram and Facebook.

You can download Hyperlapse for free on the App Store now.

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2KDenmark has announced that they will be releasing their new Shopping app, Heap, next month on September 1.

Heap is a shopping companion app that allows you to create shopping lists, get suggestions, and reorder items easily. The app uses high quality pictures to make it easy and fun to fill your shopping list, and the app is customizable. You can choose your language, color scheme, and even add your own pictures. Planning a party? You can share your shopping list with friends via SMS, email, and eventually the cloud.

Check out Heap on September 1 for free on the App Store.

Livescribe has announced a partnership with Moleskine, and unveiled a series of notebooks that work with the smartpens. As you write the pen captures your notes and transcribes them to digital format that can be used on your computer or mobile device. The Livescribe 3 smartpen connects to iOS devices via Bluetooth and users can access their drawings and notes through Livescribe+, which is already available on the App Store.

The Livescribe notebooks have an expandable inner pocket containing two bookmarks printed with smartpen buttons and controls, and all of the traditional Moleskine bonuses like great paper, rounded corners, a ribbon bookmark.

“There’s something magical about writing on paper with a pen, it opens up your imagination and allows you to expand your thinking beyond the constraints of a keyboard,” said Gilles Bouchard, CEO of Livescribe. “With these new Moleskine notebooks and a Livescribe smartpen, you can tap into that inspiration, and store everything on your digital devices, too.”

The Livescribe Notebooks are available on Livescribe.com and Moleskine.com/livescribe for $29.95

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via: Our Livescribe Review

Find Handmade Goods From Around the World with GlobeIn

Posted by on August 26th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

GlobeIn, the site that brings handmade crafts from over 38 countries to your doorstep, now has an app – appropriately named GlobeIn.

The app allows you to buy directly from artists all over the world and read about the stories behind each product. The service offers things such as jewelry, clothing, home goods, and more. GlobeIn also offers the “Subscription Box,” which sends you 3 unique products every month.

You can pick up GlobeIn for free on the App Store.

New Afterlight Update Lets You Create Your Own Photo Filters

Posted by on August 25th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Afterlight, the photo editing app, has been updated to version 2.5.

The update adds an interesting new feature that lets you create your own filters under the Fusion section. Using adjustment tools, filters, and textures you can mix and match settings to create a custom filter. The created filters can be as simple as a color change or as complicated as a 20+ step fusion. You can name your it, and go back to edit it as you like. Afterlight has also squashed some bugs and made a few improvements.

You can check out  Afterlight for $0.99 on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

Story Sharing App Steller has Received a Big Update

Posted by on August 25th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Steller, by Mombo Labs, is a story sharing app that turns your photos into a cohesive tale of your life and adventures – and the app has recently received a big update.

Now users can search for stories using keywords and hashtags, as well as make comments and @mention their friends. The interface has been updated to allow you to Pinch and zoom, and now includes a new Explore section and Most Viewed stories category. For extra privacy, you can also block users from viewing your profile and stories.

You can download Steller for free on the App Store.

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Fans of the Legend of Grimrock series will be happy to hear that Almost Human Games is working on an iOS version.

According to the website, “The game isn’t just a direct port from the PC version of Legend of Grimrock. We have always felt that the game wouldn’t work on touch screens straight out of the box but needed a few custom mechanics to get the benefits of the touch interface.”

There is no set release date as of yet, but at least we know it is in the works.

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source: Almost Human

Beam Me an Update Scotty – Star Trek Trexels Receives its Biggest Update Yet

Posted by on August 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Star Trek Trexels, by YesGnome, is hitting warp drive with this new update. Now players can play with the officers, missions, guest stars, and the ship hull from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

YesGnome has also redesigned some of their combat scenarios and now the Holodeck allows you to replay them in all their glory. Star Trek Trexels also now has social functions that let you invite your friends to join your crew and a gallery, which allows players to share images and unlock collectible scenes. Along with some bug fixes and doors that now go “Swoosh!,” it looks like YesGnome has been working hard to give fans more of what they want.

You can pick up Star Trek Trexels for free on the App Store.

via: Our Review

HeroCraft is developing a new chain popper game called Marble Duel, where you play as a sorceress names Evy who uses her magics to battle an evil witch and her minions.

In each level Evy must burst colored spheres to gain protections and boosts or damage enemies. Each level will become more and more challenging as Evy grows in power, naturally.

Marble Duel has no specific release date as of yet, but HeroCraft says it is “coming soon.”

source: HeroCraft Website

Based in the Witcher universe, CD PROJEKT RED‘s The Witcher Battle Arena is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). In an effort to keep things fair and balanced, the developer has said that the game will have no pay to win elements.

Benjamin Lee, Producer for Mobile Games, CD PROJEKT RED sounds very excited about the project: “We are extremely passionate about games, whether they be for PC, console or mobile devices. The Witcher Battle Arena is our take on the MOBA genre and we are really excited at the prospect of sharing it with the gaming community! We highly value fans of The Witcher, and their opinions have always been paramount in helping us develop a great gaming experience–The Witcher Battle Arena is no exception!”

The Witcher Battle Arena is pretty exciting news for fans of the series, but if you have never played a Witcher game, this app still looks like it will be a quality MOBA. Check out the new trailer below.

Diamond Digger Saga, by King Digital Entertainment, promises to be another addictive, adorable game in the “Saga” line.

Players will get to control Diggy, a cute little guy with a glowing deedlybop on his head. Diggy mines the lands of Diamond Dale, Turquoise Meringue, and others in search of hidden treasures with help from his friends Moustache Pistache, Orange Owl, Jolly Joyphant, and Jiggly Jiraffe. Players will need to match gems and clear paths to advance through the game.

“Having already launched Diamond Digger Saga on Facebook, we’re so excited to be bringing this charming, yet challenging digger adventure to mobile devices,” says Tommy Palm, Games Guru at King, “We think players will love all aspects of this game, from the fun gameplay modes to the delightful characters, to the bright and colorful graphics. We can’t wait for fans of our games to start their mobile digging!”

Diamond Digger Saga will be available soon for free download on the App Store.

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Track Your Pregnancy with Glow Nurture

Posted by on August 21st, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Glow Nurture is a pregnancy tracking app that keeps your unique pregnancy in mind. The app uses data you provide such as due date, your exercise levels, and symptoms to tailor alerts and insights about your pregnancy. The app also works with Jawbone and MyFitnessPal to make managing your food and activities easier. The app was also recently featured on The Today Show.

Glow Nurture has a lot of different functions: Daily tasks and updates, fetal development images, a countdown to your delivery, photo sharing, Checklists for your hospital bag and baby registry, an appointment calendar, and more. It seeks to take the worry out of your pregnancy and let you take control.

You can download Glow Nurture for free on the App Store.

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Geolocation War Game QONQR Receives a New Update

Posted by on August 21st, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

QONQR is a Geolocation MMO where players join one of two forces (the Legion or the Swarm) in a fight for control of the world. They’ll create bases that are assigned to a zone within their city, and then must launch drones to destroy enemy bases and ultimately capture them.

In the latest version 1.11.1, QONOR now has more profile screen updates and offers 2 new screens: the Tactical screen for zone data and the Atlantis Screen for info on the battle foe Atlantis. The developers have also fixed a bunch of bugs to make for a smoother experience.

You can pick up QONOR for free on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

Zivix has announced that their guitar-in-your-pocket, jamstik, is now available at select Apple retail stores and Apple’s Online Store. 

jamstik is a portable digital instrument you can use to learn, play, and create music on the go. It serves as a MIDI-enabled controller for multiple apps like jamTutor, jamMix, and Garage Band, and jamstik uses real strings and frets to give musicians a realistic experience while playing. The controller connects to your Apple devices wirelessly, making it an ideal instrument to carry around with you.

You can buy jamstik for $299.99 on the Zivix site now.

Echo Prime is Now on Sale for $0.99

Posted by on August 20th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Echo Prime, the sci-fi dungeon crawler by Robot Entertainment, is on sale now for only $0.99.

The game pits players against alien creatures, space pirates, and mercenaries, and allows them to befriend the mysterious “Echoes” to gain their abilities. With over 100 pieces of gear, random campaign generation, and a variety of enemies, it’s has received a lot of great reviews.

You can try out Echo Prime for $0.99 on the app Store.

via: Our Review

This. Is. SPRINGFIELD! War comes to The Simpsons Tapped Out with the Clash of Clones Update

Posted by on August 20th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

After Homer accidentally caused a meltdown that wiped out Springfield, it was up to you to rebuild it.

Now The Simpsons Tapped Out, by EA Games, asks us to prepare for battle with their new Clash of Clones update. You can raise up your army of nerds led by a barbaric Homer to raid your neighbors’ castles. Just make sure you don’t neglect your own defenses.

You can download The Simpsons Tapped Out for free on the App Store.

via: Our Review

Goodbye Paywall – Table Tennis Touch Eliminates In-App Purchases

Posted by on August 20th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

In an interesting move, Yakuto has updated their fun ping-pong game, Table Tennis Touch, by eliminating their previous in-app purchases. If you have already purchased an arcade key they will still work, but now all of the boosts are free. You can earn boosts in career mode, and in the quick game mode boosts are now infinite.

According to James Gratton, programmer for Yakuto, “Table Tennis Touch is a challenging game. If you can’t beat an opponent you could say you need more practice, or you could blame the game for being too difficult. But if the idiot developers allow you to buy an elixir that suddenly enables you to vanquish your foe, you cry paywall! And that’s a reasonable conclusion… This is a big, bold step for us. We really hope it’s received in the way it’s intended: to remedy our past mistake and to make Table Tennis Touch an unarguably premium product with zero paywalls, be they real or perceived.”

Table Tennis Touch now also includes 10 new achievements, improved messages and visuals, and a few bug fixes.

You can pick up Table Tennis Touch for $3.99 on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

cropped-smallerheaderTouchfight Games is an exciting new indie studio that was co-formed between game journalist and author Nathan Meunier, artist Leonard Kenyon, and programmer Jon Kenyon. Their debut game Go To Bed will be released this fall, and with all the excitement we wanted to get to know Touchfight Games a little better. Nathan, Leonard, and Jon were kind enough to speak to us about their work.

Left to right: Leonard Kenyon, Jon Kenyon, Nathan Meunier

Left to right: Leonard Kenyon, Jon Kenyon, Nathan Meunier


148Apps: What inspired you decide to go from writing about games to creating games?
Nathan: I’ve always been a huge fan of indie games in particular. Covering indies was one of my passions early-on in my career, and it’s been a beat that I’ve really enjoyed focusing on throughout the past 8-9 years I’ve spent writing in the games industry. There’s something about the fierce DIY spirit and inherent creativity in independent games made by small studios that’s always resonated with me.

Prior to kicking off a journalism career over a decade ago, I actually dabbled with creating small games using a much earlier version of Game Maker. Back then, the indie scene as we know it today didn’t exist. It was a different world, and I wasn’t equipped to do much of anything with the rough game ideas I was putting together. Given that journalism was my chosen career path, I got a gig working at a newspaper and eventually transitioned into covering the games industry full-time as a freelancer.

It’s been a great run in the games press, and I don’t plan to give up freelancing altogether, but shifting gears to explore developing games has given me an a much-needed creative boost that’s rekindled my passion for games. Also, I live out in the middle of nowhere and am used to working alone, so having an opportunity to collaborate on projects with two other local kindred spirits and my co-conspirators, Jon Kenyon and Leonard Kenyon, has been a blast, too. It’s something that was missing from my freelance routine.

Continue reading Go to Bed – An Interview With Touchfight Co-founders on Their Nightmarish “Bedroom Defense” Game »

Tom Hanks’ Hanx Writer has Taken the App Store by Storm

Posted by on August 19th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Tom Hanks, the critically acclaimed actor, in partnership with Hitcents, has released his first app: Hanx Writer.

Hanx Writer is a document creator that simulates the feel of a typewriter. Like a real typewriter it makes all the fun clicking sounds of keys hitting paper, but it also offers you the convenience of being able to email, print, or share your documents. The app has 3 different models available. The basic one is free, and if you want more variety the other models are only $2.99 to unlock. 

Try out Hanx Writer today for free on the App Store.

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source: The Guardian

Game Insight has released the official X-Mercs: Invasion website. The site will be releasing information about the upcoming game as it becomes available, and gives you a chance to learn about the storyline, units, and tactics.

A well informed Merc will have a leg up on the competition. X-Mercs: Invasion will be a turn-based strategy game that puts you at the head of your own military corporation fighting an invading alien force – much like XCOM.

X-Mercs: Invasion will be available for iPad and iPhone devices later this year.

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