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Lucy Ingram

with the 148Apps Network since August 16, 2013

I'm a freelancer writer from the South of England. I write a lot of words relating to video games, mobile apps and technology (the finer things in life). I own far too many consoles and gadgets, and when I'm not spending time gaming, or messing around with technology in general, I can be found reading, taking photographs, or watching really long television series.

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INOQONI Review

INOQONI Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mirror Mirror on the wall… A beautiful puzzle platformer, INOQONI is a magical game that is breathtakingly captivating and highly challenging in every way.

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Walking with Dinosaurs: Dino Run! Review

Walking with Dinosaurs: Dino Run! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Looking for something casual and fun this season? Walking with Dinosaurs: Dino Run! Is where it's at, with enjoyable fast-paced dinosaur chasing action.

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MovieCat 2 – The Movie Trivia Game Sequel! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Enjoy movies? Love a bit of trivia? Can't resist anything involving cats? MovieCat 2 is largely entertaining, amusing, and hours of endless fun!

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Abducted Review

Abducted Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Episode one in a colossal science fiction adventure, Abduction packs in survival horror and RPG-lite elements to build upon a highly immersive storyline.

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Kaizin Rumble Review

Kaizin Rumble Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
In-depth story-driven card-collecting game Kaizin Rumble is a fantastic example of what happens when a game plays its cards right.

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Oasis: Path to Redemption Review

Oasis: Path to Redemption Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Oasis: Path to Redemption is an incredibly beautiful game with a stellar concept, but the current issues tied in with this version render it incredibly difficult to enjoy.

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Gregg Review

Gregg Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Puzzle lovers will enjoy Gregg, a physics puzzler game where timing and precision is everything.

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Circus Life Review

Circus Life Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Light-hearted and intriguing, Circus Life has a ton of promise but is plagued with repetitive gameplay and freemium frustrations.

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The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths Review

The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tedious level designs and time-consuming game mechanics frustratingly tarnish this timeless classic.

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Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Review

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Remade for iOS devices in stunning 3D visuals, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years falls short of expectation.

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Pretentious Game Review

Pretentious Game Review

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Concealing a deeper meaning, Pretentious Game is an enjoyable platformer with a touching message.

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Sword & Magic HD Review

Sword & Magic HD Review

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A Collectible Card Game with RPG elements, Sword & Magic HD is plagued with flaws that hold it back from its true potential.

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Tweetly Review

Tweetly Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Tweetly is smart, sleek, and intuitive, only let down by the smallest of setbacks.

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Dokuro Review

Dokuro Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The perfect port from the PS Vita, Dokuro is captivating and unique, and provides countless hours of fun.

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Noi Story Review

Noi Story Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Repetitive gameplay and a strong reliance on in-app purchases are just two of Noi Story’s most apparent flaws.

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The Rivers of Alice Review

The Rivers of Alice Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Alluring and mesmerizing, The Rivers of Alice is the perfect game for adventure gamers.

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Team Monster Review

Team Monster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Team Monster has a promising premise and is visually remarkable but is let down by repetitive and predictable gameplay mechanics.

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Legend of Equip Pants Review

Legend of Equip Pants Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ludicrously bizarre, yet just too good to pass up, Legend of Equip Pants sends players on the most challenging adventure yet: to find some underwear.

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The Inner World Review

The Inner World Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A charming adventure set in an enchanting world, The Inner World is a treat for fans of classic adventure games.

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Hangman 2020 Review

Hangman 2020 Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Hangman 2020 is an enjoyable take on the popular Hangman game, packed with entertaining animations and an extensive library of words.

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Johnny and the Doomsday Machine Review

Johnny and the Doomsday Machine Review

Screenwriter David Titcher and Writeur Films release the first interactive story for iBooks - an enjoyable fictional adventure aimed at children of all ages.

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Tiger & Chicken Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
From the first episode Tiger & Chicken is a remarkable, extremely solid adventure that deserves to be played and recognized for the masterpiece that it is.

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Darklings Review

Darklings Review

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MildMania's Darklings is a wonderfully unique and magical game that relies heavily on gesture-based touch controls.

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Crowman & Wolfboy Review

Crowman & Wolfboy Review

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Flee the planet of shadows and the life-devouring Darkness as Crowman and Wolfboy in this visually stunning platform runner.

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nicky-press-shot-colour-2 Papa Sangre II is different from other horror games. Recently released for the iPhone, it makes use of gyro and binaural technology in order to create the most atmospheric and chilling experience possible. Featuring the voice of Sean Bean, it’s being talked about as being one of the most remarkable works of art produced for iOS. I caught up with Nicky Birch, Head of Products at Somethin’ Else and executive producer of Papa Sangre II, to discuss their new game.

148 Apps: You’re obviously a company who work with a great variety of media. Was there anything you learned from the development of the original Papa Sangre that you took on board in order to create the greatest user experience possible for Papa Sangre II
Nicky Birch (NB): The two Papa Sangre games are similar but also hugely different. The first was a piece of magic; we wanted a 3D sound game and realized there was no technology to help us, so we had to build it. It was beautiful and a real technical ground breaker. For the sequel we wanted to use more sounds and add to the dramatic narrative feel of the game. We began to think about how we can make a game with more advanced gameplay, have a returning game (achievements) and crucially use the gyro controls system for much more immersive play.

148 Apps: What does the term ‘truly innovative’ mean to you as a developer? Do you feel that Papa Sangre II has paved the way for other developers to really branch out and try new things?
NB: Fundamentally it means being bold and investing in R&D. Merging creative game designers with adept technologists. Pushing the devices to the limits of what they can do. We have had to reinvent  a bunch of game known design archetypes – what is a puzzler without graphics? Or a first person shooter without defined visual clues?  It doesn’t come without challenges; our developers and producers are under pressure to deliver and learn at the same time, which is hard but ultimately rewarding work to do.

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Producer Tom Green after playing too much Papa Sangre II.
148 Apps: The Papa Engine is a most impressive piece of audio technology. How did the idea come about and how long does it take to put together such an ambitious project as Papa Sangre II? How difficult a process was it to combine the technology of the Papa Engine and the Gyro technology of the iPhone?
NB: Papa Sangre II was a huge project which took close to two years to make. The game itself took about a year from early conception to delivery and it was a labour of love for the team of writers, producers, sound designers, developers, and illustrators involved. The other substantial piece of work was the entire overhaul of the 3D engine (Papa Engine) that powers the game. This is what allows you to hear sounds 360 degrees around your head – sounds which can move towards or away from you as designated by the game’s producer.

The Papa Engine is a powerful spatial audio engine that uses sophisticated HRTF processing to produce a binaural audio-scape in your headphones. HRTF processing has been around for years, but doing this on a mobile platform is a new innovation. I am proud to say our audio engineers are true geniuses who have now wrapped this engine up into a reusable API for other devs to use on their games. With regards to the gyro, right at the start of the game design process after Papa 1, it was always our intention for our next game to connect more to the environment the player was in. So the gyro tool was the obvious first addition to add in. Allowing us to augment reality in a clever and possibly more authentic way than games that use cameras and visuals because it lets your mind fill in the blanks. That’s why we always say your mind has the best graphics.

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Benedict Cumberbatch did the voice-work for Somethin’ Else’s second game The Nightjar.
148 Apps: Papa Sangre is obviously a game that must be experienced to be understood. Considering how newfangled and unique of an idea it is, was it originally tough to get others on board?
NB: We were lucky because of the success of Papa Sangre and our follow up game The Nightjar with Benedict Cumberbatch. We had won some awards and had an audience of players who followed our games as well as lots of support from within the blind gaming community. So we didn’t have to explain the idea to many people; they trusted us to deliver.

148 Apps: What feedback have you received for Papa Sangre II? Do you feel the involvement of Sean Bean as narrator has made a huge difference to the success of the game?
NB: We have been overwhelmed with the response for Papa Sangre II – both in blog reviews and also player reviews. At the time of this interview, Papa Sangre II is the highest rated British iOS game of all time (and also the highest rated across the world this year). So that is a real honor and a fantastic response to our team’s passion and commitment to pushing creative and technical boundaries. Having Sean on board has helped that to an extent as he has fans across the world who know him from his movie work and Game of Thrones. Also when you play the game you can hear how great Sean plays his role and his first class performance adds a real edge to the drama.

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Sean Bean is the narrator and guide for recent release Papa Sangre II.
148 Apps: What’s the next step for Somethin’ Else? Will the Papa formula be extended for use in any of your other upcoming ideas and can we expect more from Papa Sangre in the future?
NB: Having built and refined the Papa Engine that powers Papa Sangre II, we want to experiment with more audio games and see where we can push the technology. Only we hope it won’t take 2 years for the next one – so expect more 3D audio games to come early next year. Wearing our client hat we also make games for brands and broadcasters…but to find out which games are ours may take a spot of detective work.

Many thanks to Nicky Birch for the interview. We can’t wait to see just what Somethin’ Else has in store for the future.

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Released: 2013-10-24 :: Category: Games

TIME Planner Review

TIME Planner Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The TIME Planner App is a beautifully presented productivity app that allows for great flexibility around event and task planning.

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The Shivah: Kosher Edition Review

The Shivah: Kosher Edition Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The remastered version of The Shivah: Kosher Edition for iOS is the perfect bite-sized adventure that'll whet one's curiosity for many answers to life, death, choices, and mystery.

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Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf Review

Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Joe Dever's Lone Wolf is a beautiful gamebook experience, but is let down by repetitive combat and a spiritless story.

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Monsters Rising Review

Monsters Rising Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Monsters Rising looks like a fun-filled, action-packed adventure, but is hindered by troublesome setbacks.

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Hunter Island Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hunter Island is obviously influenced by Pokemon, but still manages to truly shine in its own unique way.

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