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Animals vs Mutants Review

Animals vs Mutants Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Animals vs Mutants is cute and fun for a time, but strategy enthusiasts won't find it to be a challenging hunt.

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Vyros Review

Vyros Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Vyros' instructions are kind of muddled, but there's a cool puzzle game here that's worth figuring out.

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Hey there, Stickers:
Want to know all about how impressed we were with Radiator Springs? Check out our Cars: Fast as Lightning review!

Cars: Fast as Lightning is a cute and fun app that combines racing and town-building with the charisma and marketability of Disney Pixar’s Cars franchise. It’s a friendly game, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use a few tips to help you make Radiator Springs shine again.


 

Starting Out

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  • Complete quests to earn rewards – Quests queue up on the left side of the screen when you’re not racing. Quests offer rewards like experience and coins, and they’re a good way to get back on track if you’ve been meandering from task to task.
  • Pay attention to the difficulty meter before you race – Each car you engage in a race has a difficulty measuring from one to four. Make sure to race within your rank if you don’t want to waste gas on a loss.
  • Place attractions on the track to earn more experience with races – Don’t neglect putting attractions on race tracks. They earn you a bit of extra experience with every race, plus they make the joint look classy.


Continue reading Cars: Fast as Lightning – Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats For an Easy Ride »

angry birds transformers (1)Angry Birds Transformers recently transformed and rolled out worldwide. This run-and-gun title is a hit with young Transformers fans, but the ample references to classic Transformers fandom has also earned it a place in the hearts of long-time admirers of Optimus Prime. Nick Harper (Game Director for Exient Entertainment) and Mika Rahko (Executive Producer for Rovio) kindly took a few minutes to talk to 148Apps about the problems and inspirations that came to them while cross-breeding birds and robots.



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Crimsonland Review

Crimsonland Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Crimsonland is an intense twin-stick shooter that lets players paint the town red. Literally.

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Cars: Fast as Lightning Review

Cars: Fast as Lightning Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cars: Fast as Lightning is a good city-building/racing game, though it's probably too simplistic for anyone except youngsters.

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Helix Review

Helix Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Helix is a unique action/arcade game that should keep you busy for ages - and then some.

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Best Fiends Review

Best Fiends Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Though light on innovation, Best Fiends is still a slug-squashing good time.

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Air Supply – SOS Review

Air Supply – SOS Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Fluffy, lovable, and deceivingly addictive, Air Supply - SOS offers players a sheep-saving good time.

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I am a brave knight Review

I am a brave knight Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
I am a brave knight tries something a little different, and for that it should be commended, but the finished product is still lacking.

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Skullduggery! Review

Skullduggery! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Though players may find themselves stuck on a frustrating sequence or two, Skullduggery is a unique and charming physics/action game.

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Cosmophony Review

Cosmophony Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
If old-fashioned route memorization is your idea of a challenge, Cosmophony should be a treat.

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iPollute Review

iPollute Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
iPollute is a delightful-looking pollution simulator, though it's a bit light on "game" content.

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The Tunnel – An Endless Fall Review

The Tunnel – An Endless Fall Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Tunnel - An Endless Fall is a bit harder to get the hang of than most "endless running/etc" games, but that doesn't keep it from being hypnotic in its own way.

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But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It’s the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, both of which hit North America on September 19.

As might be expected by this point, the iPhone 6 is an expensive chunk of technology. You need to talk to it softly, pat it gently, and reassure it as necessary. Here are six tips for taking good care of your new friend.

Also included: Blatant suggestions on what not to do with your phone, regardless of whatever that “fwd: fwd: fwd: READ THIS APPLE FANS!!!” email suggests.


 

How to Clean your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

Image Source: LifeProof

Image Source: LifeProof

DO: Use a soft, dry cloth. Like most open-face electronics, the iPhone 6 collects fingerprints as efficiently as a 12-year-old collects Pokemon.

DON’T: Use a scouring pad. Or a rock. Or your cat’s fur. Do not spit on your screen and rub it in your shirt. Do not hand your iPhone to your child, for handing anything to a child is the exact opposite of cleaning it.
 

How to Charge your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

DO: Use the provided Lightning cable. Plug it into a USB port, or use the prong extension to plug it into a wall socket. Proceed to twiddle your thumbs for the next hour or so.

DON’T: Use your microwave. Not unless you want to risk killing yourself in an inexplicable quest to own a stinking, molten chunk of plastic, aluminium, and circuitry. Seriously folks, just because a press release is written in Myriad typeface doesn’t mean you should do what it says.
 

How to carry your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

Image Source: The Mary Sue

Image Source: The Mary Sue

DO: Purchase a protective case for your device; preferably an amusing retro tribute that resembles a Game Boy or an NES control pad. Keep your iPhone in a bag or purse pocket that’s separate from coins, keys, and gremlins.

DON’T: Stick your iPhone 6 in your back pocket, as aluminum and bum-heat don’t mix favorably (the validity of this rumor has yet to be debunked or verified by Snopes, but when is it ever a good idea to keep electronics in your back pocket, anyway? Hint: Never).
 

How to share your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

DO: Be generous about letting your friends examine your iPhone 6. Understand their need to do so; touching an object is the most primal way of memorizing its texture, shape, and curves. You should probably stop any attempts to sniff or taste the iPhone, however.

DON’T: Hiss and rear back when your friends reach for your iPhone. Or, if you must do so, at least try and prevent your eyes from flashing yellow and constricting into cat-like slits.

ALSO DON’T: Hand your iPhone 6 to your child. We’ve already discussed why.
 

How to eat with your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

Image Source: MacSkins

Image Source: MacSkins

DO: Sit your iPhone up at the table, put a bib on it, and offer it a scone.

DON’T: Smear peanut butter between two phones and take a bite.
 

How to properly show off your iPhone or 6 Plus

DO: Lift up your phone slowly and carefully while humming the “Sunrise” theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Before presentation, review your position with the Earth’s sun so that its rays may catch and glint off the sexy aluminum backing.

DON’T: Drop the bloody thing.

Leaf on the Wind Review

Leaf on the Wind Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Like an autumn wind, Leaf on the Wind feels pleasant enough most of the time - though some gusts are certain to frustrate you to no end.

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Hey There, Kittens:
How did we rank on Kitty Powers’ scale of success? Check out our Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker review to find out!

Finding your own true love is never easy, let alone finding it for other people. Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker makes matchmaking fun, though. You get to send couples out on dates, coach them through small talk, and mark them with Cupid’s arrow – sometimes literally. If everything goes well, you’ll get a wedding invite. If things go badly – well, there are other fishies in the sea, right?

Here are a few tips that will help you help others get lucky in love.


Starting Out

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  • When you unlock the salon, tap on the question mark to get Kitty’s opinion on outfits, etc – Once you learn a bit about the art of matchmaking, you unlock the salon. Here you can change your clients’ clothes, hairstyle, and other features to make them more desirable. Tap the question mark block to get Kitty to tell you what personality types are attracted to a particular set of clothing or a certain hairstyle.
  • Use profile tabs to shuffle between general info, likes, and personality – When a lovelorn client shows up on your doorstep, make sure to read their profile thoroughly. That means combing through all the tabs on file: their general information, what they like, and their personality traits.
  • As you level-up, you learn more about clients’ personalities – Occasionally, leveling-up rewards you with the ability to perceive clients’ personality traits. In other words, the more you play, the easier it becomes to match up lovebirds.


Continue reading Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker – Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for the Lonely Heart »

Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Though a bit repetitive at times, Kitty Powers' Matchmaker has enough depth and charm to carry it through its grey spots.

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Light in the Dark Review

Light in the Dark Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Light in the Dark is an interesting and challenging puzzle game with some amusing bits of background humor thrown in to boot.

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Phantom Rift Review

Phantom Rift Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Despite a snag here and there, Phantom Rift is a well-crafted and imaginative adventure RPG.

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Hello, Wanderers:
Want to see what we thought about exploring the dimension between life and death? Check out our Phantom Rift review!

Phantom Rift from Foursaken Media is a deep adventure/role-playing game that centers around intense battles with enemy monsters. It plays a good deal like Capcom’s Mega Man Battle Network, which thrived on the Game Boy Advance, and veterans of that series should be able to sink right into Foursaken’s title.

But that doesn’t mean surviving the Rift is easy. Here are some tips that will help keep you alive in this strange, dark world.

Starting Out

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  • The questions at the beginning of the game seem to influence the magic spells you receive – When you begin playing Phantom Rift, you’re asked a brief series of questions about who you are. Do you like fighting with friends, or alone? Do you prefer fighting close-up, or from afar? The way in which you answer these questions seems to impact which spells you start the game with. For instance, if you say you prefer fighting up close, you should start off with an assortment of sword spells.
  • Stuck? Talk to Wispin – Wispin is your guide in the Rift. If you’re unsure of what to do next, tap on him to chat. He can help light the way. [Editor's Note: *rimshot*]
  • Use energy sparingly – Early in Phantom Rift, you receive a ring that restores health at the cost of 30 energy. This is a valuable tool, and can mean the difference between life and death. That said, energy is very valuable as it’s also used to buy spells, weapons, and armor. Instead of healing yourself with energy-consuming items, try restoring your health in-battle using spells.


Continue reading Phantom Rift – Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats for Traveling Through the Rift »

Nerf Hoops Review

Nerf Hoops Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Nerf Hoops is essentially Paper Toss with commercial branding. It's not bad, but it's not remarkable either.

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Rope’n’Fly 4 Review

Rope’n’Fly 4 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rope'n'Fly 4 is high-flying fun. Just don't get intimate with the concrete.

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Fire Words Review

Fire Words Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Fire Words is a solid word-building game that offers a compelling hint of urgency. It's ... hot.

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Valiant Hearts Review

Valiant Hearts Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Valiant Hearts is a beautiful (and educational!) puzzle adventure title, though players will find themselves pulled away from its realism from time to time.

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Pirate Bash Review

Pirate Bash Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pirate Bash's turn-based battles add an intriguing twist to a typical physics game.

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Qube Kingdom is a tower defense game from DeNA. You rally your troops – magicians, archers, knights, barbarians, and others – and fight against an evil menace looking to dominate your kingdom of tiny squares.

Planning a war isn’t easy, so here are a few tips to help you take apart your enemies.

Attention All Cube Warriors:
Want to know what we thought of all this qube carnage? Take a look at our Qube Kingdom review!

Starting Out

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  • Remember: some fighters have elemental affinities. Certain classes of Questors have an elemental type, which is indicated by a symbol on their profile. There are three affinities: Magic, Metal, and Nature. Magic bests Metal, Metal bests Nature, and Nature bests Magic. Enemies likewise take and deal more damage according to their affinities; if a particular enemy has an affinity, you’ll see a small icon pop-up beside them as they take damage. Remember, neutral Questors like knights and archers can’t deal element-based damage – but neither are they penalized by elemental attacks.
  • Make friends and accept friend requests for powerful allies. The “qlubhouse” (the blue-and-white tent beside your “barraqs”) is where you can recruit allies, including Facebook friends that are already playing the game. Allies can be a valuable way to get automatic access to powerful Questors, and they’re also the best way to get social qubes. Social qubes can be used to recruit new Questors, and you get a few every time you complete a battle with the aid of another player’s Questor. If you register a Questor as a friend, you get more social qubes every time they help out.

To Arms!

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  • Take advantage of each battle’s slow start to learn the lay of the land. Enemy waves intensify the longer a battle goes on. Take advantage of slow early waves by getting a feel for the layout. Where are your Questors most effective? What kind of enemies are being thrown at you? Are there any quobelisk traps you can trigger to your advantage?
  • Place long-range attackers first. Long-range attackers are out of harm’s way – at least until other archers and/or magic users come onto the field. Enemy waves usually start with melee attackers, so soften things up a bit by putting long-range attackers onto the battlefield.
  • Don’t activate red quobelisks! Quobelisks – block-shaped switches on the battlefield – are triggered when a certain number of enemies are killed nearby. Red quobelisks will damage your party members if they’re activated, so keep your Questors as far from them as possible.
  • Do take advantage of other quobelisks, however. Don’t steer away from quobelisks of other colors, though; they’re very beneficial. For instance, blue quobelisks activate roadblocks that re-route your enemies or block their path. Yellow quobelisks activate a fire trap that can clear a crowd of enemies in a second.
  • Upgrade your Questors during battle, but don’t go crazy too early. You can spend cubes to upgrade your Questors during a fight. However, during the early stages of a battle you should spend your resources on covering the field with Questors. Once everyone is placed you can focus on upgrades to your fighters’ hit points and attack strength.

Surviving the Onslaught

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  • Upgrade your Questors as soon as you have the resources to do so. The blue qubes you earn after successful battles lets you permanently make your Questors stronger. Access their profiles while they’re camping, and select “upgrade.”
  • Check the award boards for valuable rewards. Woo hoo! Free stuff! Earning achievements unlocks rare qubes and other rewards.  Make sure to visit the bulletin board from time to time. They’re just south of your barraqs. Unclaimed rewards vanish after a few days, so don’t forget about them.
  • Stuck? Do some level grinding. Even if you lack elite qubes to summon rarer, more powerful Questors, your common Questors can still be made more powerful by upgrading them. Doing so requires blue qubes, which can be won in battle. If you’re having trouble with a level, re-visit old levels and grind for blue qubes.

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Released: 2014-08-14 :: Category: Games

Qube Kingdom Review

Qube Kingdom Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Qube Kingdom has cute visuals, but it's a pretty basic tower defense game at heart.

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Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace Review

Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace combines space combat and weird humor into a fun game that shouldn't be missed.

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Pentumble Review

Pentumble Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Even when it's brutally challenging, Pentumble manages to bring the fun.

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