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Editor-in-Chief with the 148Apps Network since April 29, 2011

A resident New Yorker who likes to play video games (and board games these days), then tell people about them. Also a fan of the indie development scene. Owns his own Gravity Gun/Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator.

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World of Tanks Blitz has been a long time coming, but the wait is almost over. At E3 yesterday, Wargaming.net announced the iPad exclusive’s official worldwide release date: June 26.

So in another two weeks, we’ll all be able to blow each other up using a rather sizable collection of slow-moving death machines. No more waiting. And no more being jealous of Denmark!

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via: Hands-On Impressions

Gameloft has just released a new (and final) teaser trailer for Modern Combat 5: Blackout, made special for next week’s E3. It’s not big on exposition but it looks pretty and involves a whole lot of shooting and being shot at. Check it out below, then agonize over having to wait for its release!

The Overkill games have been pretty darn popular, so a third official release (not counting Overkill Mafia because it’s not really a part of the main series) isn’t too much of a shock. What is a bit of a shock is the fact that Craneballs is dropping the first-person perspective in favor of an all-new third-person approach.

A new perspective isn’t the only big change, either. It’s also going to be a cover shooter with interactive cutscenes and “a greater level of variability.” With ten environments, 50+ levels, and all those guns it certainly seems possible.

Overkill 3 will be releasing in the Summer/Fall of this year and will be free-to-play.

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First bits of game info:

* Change to TPS to showcase the character and armor/gun upgrades directly in the game
* Boss battles – against drones, robots & vehicles
* Machine gun nest missions for pure “letting of steam”
* Night missions – they look great thanks to Unity with its lighting possibilites
* Plenty of guns and sophisticated gun upgrading (not entirely unexpected from an Overkill title)

source: Overkill 3 website

Playdead’s LIMBO is Dark, Creepy, and on Sale Now

Posted by on June 6th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The shadowy world of LIMBO is an incredibly dangerous place. Although that doesn’t mean you should avoid a visit, seeing as it’s about as disturbing as it is critically-acclaimed. And it’s currently on sale for $1.99.

If you’ve never helped this featureless young boy brave death traps and giant spiders while in search of his sister – or even if you have but would like to do it on the go – now’s as good a time as any to give it a look. And remember: death is just a setback.

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via: Our Review

The official word has just been given over at Capcom Unity: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is officially coming to the US App store. And it’s coming soon!

Unlike Monster Hunter Dynamic Hunting, Freedom Unite is a fully-fledged adventure. You’ll be tracking and hunting monsters through a variety of environments, gathering materials to create your own items, collecting parts to craft better weapons and armor – everything that made the series a major success overseas is here.

There’s still no word on price, but if the Japanese App Store listing is any indication it seems safe to assume Monster Hunter Freedom Unite will go for around $15.

source: Capcom Unity

Wren V5AP Wireless Speaker Hardware Review

The Wren V5AP wireless speaker can be a little unwieldy, but once it’s properly set up it fills its roll quite well.

Read The Full Review »

During Apple’s WWDC keynote today, it was announced that Touch ID (that fingerprint sensor) will allow for third party developer support. Which basically means that we can expect a lot more apps and maybe even games that make use of the extra sensor.

It’s an interesting prospect when you think about it. If nothing else, those weird fingerprint scanning moments in games might actually scan fingerprints!

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Both Bridge Constructor and Bridge Constructor Medieval are on Sale This Weekend

Posted by on May 30th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

For this weekend only, you can grab both the original Bridge Constructor and the new Bridge Constructor Medieval for a reduced price.

That’s right, for a limited time you can partake in all the bridge building (and inevitable collapsing) fun for just $0.99. $1.98 if you want to get technical about buying both games. Might be worth a look, seeing as both games have been fairly well-received.

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via: Our Review

The rather popular point-and-click adventure game that is Secret Files Tunguska is making its way to iOS, courtesy of FISHLABS and Deel Silver.

The game is loosely based around actual events involving the Tunguska event in 1908. You’ll be in control of Nina, a mechanic searching for her father who quickly gets swept up in all sorts of global conspiracy craziness. It also features some lovely visuals, as well as a supposed 12+ hours of adventuring.

Secret Files Tunguska will be available towards the end of June for $4.99.

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Dragon Quest VIII is Raising the Tension on the US App Store

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

One of the Playstation 2′s biggest Japanese RPGs, Dragon Quest VIII, has just been made available on the US App Store.

Everything from the PS2 version is here, reworked for iOS. So it’s essentially the same game you’ve probably played (or at least heard of) way back when, only it’s all been shrunk down to fit on your iPhone and iPad. And the controls have been reworked for touch screens, naturally.

You can download Dragon Quest VIII right now for $19.99, and the game features absolutely no in-app purchases of any kind – you get the whole thing right from the start.

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Are you going to be in Los Angeles for E3 on June 10th? Do you have a game you’re working on that you’d like to show off to a bunch of industry professionals in a fun environment? Interested in free food and booze? Then come meet us at The Big Indie Pitch!

On Tuesday, June 10th, from 5pm to 8pm, writerly folks from all over the mobile games industry (Pocket Gamer, 148Apps, Cult of Mac, etc) will be getting together to look at indie games, give feedback on indie games, and dole out some very excellent prizes to a select few indie games. It’s all happening at Bottle Rock in LA and, thanks to our sponsors (ZQGame, GREE, Samsung US), tickets to the Big Indie Pitch are totally free. All you have to do is head over to PocketGamer.biz and register.

Just think about it; all that networking and all those eyes on your game, all for free. But if you want in you’ll need to act fast. Registration for the Big Indie Pitch ends May 30th (tomorrow)!

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source: PocketGamer.biz

Grab Infinity Blade II Now While it’s Free, Just in Case You Still Don’t Own it

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

The second game in the Infinity Blade series is currently free, so if for some odd reason you still don’t own it you’ve pretty much run out of excuses.

Infinity Blade II follows Siris as he attempts to free The Worker of Secrets and, hopefully, save the world. It also introduced players to two new weapon styles (dual wielding and two-handed), ClashMobs, and a more cohesive plot (see previous).

Really there’s no reason not to grab Infinity Blade II now while it’s free. I guess not unless you already own it, anyway.

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via: Our Review

Are you an indie developer going to Pocket Gamer Connects in Helsinki this year on June 16th and 17th? Are you going to be in Helsinki anyway? Well there’s still time for you to apply for the Very Big Indie Pitch. But not much.

You’ve got two days left (through May 30th), so there isn’t much time to dawdle. If you’re interested in pitching your game to a bunch of awesome folks, or maybe just want to win $10,000 worth of promotion on the Steel Media network, then head on over to PocketGamer.biz and register!

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via: Pocket Gamer

Like most gamers, you’ve probably heard about Watch_Dogs coming out yesterday. What you may not have heard about is that the game has received a companion app titled Watch_Dogs Companion: ctOS Mobile, and that it allows iOS users to directly affect console and PC users’ games by taking over control of the police. Personally I think that sounds awesome. James and Peter from AppSpy apparently did, too. At least they thought it was awesome enough to record themselves playing it for your amusement.

You can check out the Watch_Dogs Companion: ctOS Mobile video from AppSpy below, with the app available as a free download.

source: AppSpy

AppAdvice reports that GBA4iOS is back and available to download after being taken down when Nintendo issued a DMCA order a couple of weeks ago.

The short explanation is that Nintendo’s case was mostly built around the emulator linking directly to websites that would allow users to download ROM files, and this latest release circumvents that by linking to Google instead. Tricksy Hobbitses…

And so, GBA4iOS is available once again.

Image Source: geekcasual

via: Image: geekcasual source: AppAdvice

Habbo Brings its Teen Social Networking World to the iPad

Posted by on May 27th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Oh wow, Habbo takes me back. I remember messing around with it back when Runescape was still on my radar. In fact, Habbo (then known as Habbo Hotel) has actually been around longer than Runescape. Yeesh I feel old.

And now it’s available for the iPad.

What is Habbo? It’s essentially a pixelated virtual world/hangout/social network for teenagers. Users can explore various rooms, customize their avatar with lots of accessories and effects, take part in daily events, and more. But don’t worry, parents, it’s also got live moderators who are available 24/7.

You can now download Habbo for your iPad for free.

Seems like we can’t have a holiday without a bunch of iOS games going on sale. Well you might as well take advantage, right?

That’s why you’re currently looking at a list of Memorial Day Weekend sales – most likely looking for that one big game you’ve just been waiting and waiting to see go on sale. So have a look! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find something else to tickle your fancy. And who knows? The list will be getting updated throughout the holiday weekend, so that thing you’re hoping to see just might make an appearance.

Updates:
4/25 – A few more games have joined the list, including an over-caffeinated box and one very lost astronaut. Also Blek!
4/26 – Throw another right games on the pile – including more than a few RPGs from Kemco.

You can find the full list of notable iPad and iPhone games that are on sale after the jump.

Continue reading Another Big List: Several iPad and iPhone Games are on Sale This Memorial Day Weekend, so You’d Better Act Fast! »

This Memorial Day weekend Gameloft is holding a series of special events across three of their games: Asphalt 8: Airborne, Despicable Me: Minion Rush, and World at Arms.

Asphalt 8 is having a 40% off sale on all its U.S. cars in Class D and Class A, along with three special cup races: the Captain’s Cup (win an in-game 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8), the General’s Cup (win 1 million credits), and the Memorial Day Cup (win the car and up to 1 million credits). World at Arms, meanwhile, is offering the chance to win several different holiday-themed items (Lexington Minuteman, Paul Revere Statue, Washington Monument) during Operation Memorial Day. Finally, Despicable Me: Minion Rush‘s Memorial Day event gives players the chance to win a special Fireman costume.

All of these events are live now, and are only available for the next three days. Better act fast!

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Castle Doombad is Only $0.99 for a Limited Time

Posted by on May 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Playing the badguy can be pretty fun, as we’ve mentioned when we reviewed Castle Doombad earlier this year. But playing the badguy for super-cheap is downright awesome.

For a limited time you can jump into the shoes (scrubs?) of the infamous Dr. Lord Evilstein as he captures princesses and fends off do-gooding heroes. You’ll get to set up traps, summon minions, collect screams, and slaughter goodguys by the dozens – all for a buck. That’s a reasonable price to pay for eventual world domination, right?

Whether or not your intentions are good or ill, you can download Castle Doombad right now for $0.99.

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via: Our Review

Sketch-Your-Own-Adventure Game Drawn to Life has Popped-Up on the App Store

Posted by on May 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Lately it seems like at least once per week some fairly big name games just sort of spring up on the App Store overnight. Although I suppose this week it was actually two. Looks like we can add 505 Games’ doodle adventure Drawn to Life to that list now.

Back when it was first released for the DS the game attracted a lot of attention due to the way it allowed players to draw their own content. Characters, weapons, vehicles, etc – a significant number of objects could be edited or created entirely from scratch. And now you can do it all on your iPhone or iPad. I shudder to think of some of the screen shots people will inevitably end up sharing…

Anyhow, you can grab Drawn to Life off the App Store right now for $4.99. Keep it PG.

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Alone in the Dark Review

Alone in the Dark Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Not even the deeply ingrained nostalgia over one of the world’s earliest “Survival Horror” games is enough to make this port worthwhile.

Read The Full Review »

Blade Masters Stalk the Halls in this New Infinity Blade III Update, and Cut up the Price

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

Infinity Blade III has received still one more massive content update (they’re up to what, like 3 now?). This one is called “Blade Masters” and features – you guessed it – a couple of nasty new Deathless to deal with.

The Collector is a connoisseur of weapons who travels the world in search of the best. If you can defeat him you’ll earn a rare weapon, but fail and he’ll take yours from you! Ryth (from the second game) also makes a return and has something of an axe to grind. No pun intended.

In addition to the new baddies, Solar Trans weapons (kind of like lightsabers that are powerd by the sun) are also making a comeback, and now you can explore an entirely new path through the stronghold at Larioth using Isa. Of course there are even more goodies in this update, but I don’t want to spoil everything, do I? On top of all that, they’ve also reduced the price for a limited time.

You can download Infinity Blade III now for $2.99, with the Blade Masters update available for free to those who already own the game.

via: Our Review

Yesterday we mentioned that Space Hulk had received an update that added a new cross-platform co-op mode. Well we’ve also just figured out (thanks to the questions posed by 148Apps commenter Delnit) that it also supports cross-platform game saves. This means that you can carry over your campaign and multiplayer progress from your Mac/PC to your iPad and vice-versa, ensuring that you’ll always be ready to sacrifice a squad of genetically engineered supersoldiers in the name of The Emperor.

Here’s how you do it:

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via: Our Review

New FIFA 14 Update Adds FIFA World Cup Brazil to the Pitch

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

I suppose it makes sense that FIFA 14 should get an update, what with the impending World Cup and all.

Yes, the popular iOS football (sometimes we Americans can get it right) game has just been updated to include the World Cup Brazil national teams, new Matches of the Week to compete in, and even the Adidas Brazuca ball. I’m not much of a sports fan so I have no idea why a ball is that important, but it’s obviously something of a big deal so who am I to judge?

You can download the newly updated FIFA 14 right now for free.

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via: Our Review

Lots of LEGO Games are on Sale for $0.99 Right Now

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

LEGO games are quite popular, generally quite good, and certainly here to stay. And several of them are currently on sale for $0.99 on the App Store.

At the moment the titles affected by this seemingly random price drop are LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, LEGO Batman: DC Superheroes, and LEGO The Lord of the Rings. So if you’re in the mood for some wizard schooling, villain chasing, or cursed ring destroying you’re in luck!

You can nab each of the four games mentioned right now for $0.99 apiece.

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via: http://www.148apps.com/reviews/lego-lord-rings-review/

Calendars 5 is on Sale for 50% off for a Limited Time

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

Calendars 5 is a pretty popular calendar app from Readdle that was recently updated with some input tweaks and a spiffy new icon. Perhaps more importantly – at least at the moment – it’s also on sale for 50% off.

You can grab Calendars 5 off the App Store for $2.99 for a limited time.

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Alone in the Dark Creeps onto the App Store – for Real this Time

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

Remember last week when we mentioned that Alone in the Dark was coming to the App Store? And remember how it didn’t? Well it turns out all it needed was a little time.

The classic Survival Horror game that predates the term “Survival Horror” (seriously, it’s over 20 years old) is now available on the App Store, for real this time. No, really, it’s totally up there. This isn’t some bizarre demonic trick or anything, honest.

You can download this little piece of gaming history right now for $0.99.

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Looks Like Record of Agarest War Snuck its Way onto the App Store While Nobody was Looking

Posted by on May 15th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Popular tactical RPG Record of Agarest War started out on consoles, and was brought to Android, but now it’s finally on iOS.

In a somewhat surprising move, the game was released to the App Store with very little fanfare. Still, it’s here now so why not check it out? All the hours upon hours of gameplay, massive combos, monster capturing, giving birth to the next generation’s hero (for up to 5 generations), and more are present and accounted for – it’s just been shrunk down. Pretty cool, right? It’s a wonder nobody’s been talking about it.

You can grab Record of Agarest War off the App Store now for $14.99. Additional dungeon DLC and in-app purchases are available.

* Over 100 hours of gameplay
* 59 outstanding soundtracks
* Full 720p HD graphic assets
* 40 cut scene videos
* Fully voice acted with 16,000 character voices
* Over 400 different Magic spells and Battle skills
* Over 400 Enemies and Characters
* Capture monsters to join your army
* Story stretching 5 Generations of heroes
* Enhanced battle system including combo system, break and overkill
* Support for full touch interface, virtual on screen controller and iCade support
* Automatic save backup to iCloud.
* Support for Leaderboards and Achievements through Game Center.
* Language: English text with Japanese voices.
* Airplay support
* universal application

I’ll confess that I’d heard of Anki Drive before, but it was really only in passing. So when I was given the opportunity to check everything out first-hand, I was definitely curious. There were some surprises and a few disappointments, but after some time spent tearing around the track I couldn’t help but be impressed. Is this the next step in remote control racing? That’s not for me to say, but it’s definitely in interesting experiment.

Imagine a semi-futuristic racing game in which you can compete with your friends or AI opponents on various tracks in an attempt to upgrade existing cars and possibly gain access to new ones. Picture all of the vehicles in each race have weapons and shields. Now imagine that the cars are actually physical electronic toys you can carry around with you. Now you’ve got a good idea of what Anki Drive is.

ankistarterEach starter set comes with two cars and the necessary cables, as well as a track printed on something akin to vellum. You’ll also need to download the free Anki Drive app to control everything, of course. Once you do, simply turn on your cars, place them on the track, then use the app to find them and add them to your “garage” where you can spend points won through races to upgrade their stats. When you’re ready to start, you just set up a race and select your vehicle. If you want to invite a friend they can simply select the other car, or you can scan it in yourself and race against the AI. Yes, the physical car is controlled by AI. In fact, one of the newest additions to the lineup, Corax (pictured below), can only be used as a player vehicle if it’s beaten in an AI race first.

Weapons are also important, and will allow you to incapacitate your opponents temporarily during a heated race. Or you can simply battle each other to see who scores the most hits. The interesting thing is, again, that this is all happening with real remote controlled cars via your iPhone. When a car takes too much damage or runs out of juice, it will actually grind to a halt for a few moments while it recharges itself. Heck, these things can even recognize when they’re driving the wrong way and turn themselves around automatically.

corax_carousel_3-4_1280x500The thing is, I’m not entirely sure who the target audience is. The cars seem fairly durable and were able to shrug off the occasional collision easily, but at almost $70 apiece they’re a bit outside the realm of a children’s toy. $199.99 for the starter kit is nothing to sneeze at, either. And yet, the underlying tech is pretty darn cool. I guess you could say your mileage may vary.

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Perhaps the biggest problem with social media is that it requires the internet – and the internet can be a rather unfriendly place. At least, some of the people in it can be mighty unfriendly. With this in mind, Twitter is rolling out a new mute feature for its apps and web service.

Twitter‘s mute function does exactly that: it hides all of a particular user’s activity from your personal feed, whether it’s responses, favorites, retweets, or anything else. Users who have been muted will still be seen by other users and may still interact normally, it’s just that you won’t see any of that. This also applies to push and SMS notifications.

Instructions on how to make use of this new feature for iOS can be found below.

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To mute a Twitter user on iOS:
Muting from a Tweet:
Tap a Tweet from the user you’d like to mute.
Tap the “•••” icon.
Tap “Mute” and “Yes, I’m sure” to confirm.

Muting from a profile:
Visit the profile page of the user you wish to mute.
Tap the gear icon.
Tap “Mute” and “Yes, I’m sure” to confirm.

via: Image Credit: Todaymade source: blog.twitter
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