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Rob Rich

Reviews Editor with the 148Apps Network since April 29, 2011

A guy who likes to play video games, then tell people about them. Also a fan of the indie development scene.

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BroApp is, in essence, an app for terrible boyfriends. Its brogramming allows guys to setup a series of automated text messages to send to their (hopefully soon-to-be ex) girlfriends while they hang out with the bros.

I don’t even bro where to start. Personally I don’t think it’s very broductive for any relationship, and it’s definitely not broactive. But if you’re desperately in need of an automated text app because you’re having trouble following the proper relationship brotocols, you can keep an eye on this site to see when BroApp will be available for iOS.

But do you even bro, Bro?

Pocket Gamer reports that, in a recent video on Bloomberg TV, Tony Hawk has confirmed that another game in the iconic is bound for iOS.

There’s not much else to go on, really. It’s going to involve skateboarding, and Pocket Gamer mentions that the mogul seems pretty “enthusiastic about the project,” but that’s pretty much it. Although it’s a little odd that he thinks there hasn’t been a Tony Hawk game on mobile yet, given that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 has been available since 2010 (and hasn’t been updated in years). Maybe what he really means is that it’ll be the first game in the series that was developed specifically for mobile?

Regardless, a new game is coming and we’ll be keeping an eye out for more details.

Screen shot from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

Screen shot from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

source: Pocket Gamer
Out There Review

Out There Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Out There is quite an interesting interstellar adventure, but the sheer level of randomness might turn off some players.

Read The Full Review »

scroogeAh, the Great App Store Pricing Debate. For years people have been arguing over the cost of mobile games. What constitutes “too much?” Where’s the line when it comes to free-to-play monetization techniques? Should developers have deep discounts and temporary giveaways? Should consumers simply expect everything to go on sale and wait accordingly?

The recent Dungeon Keeper debacle is a good example of this. Gamers and critics alike have railed against it for using various monetization techniques and associating itself with the classic PC strategy series, and many point to it as an unpleasant indication of where the video game industry (especially mobile) is headed. It’s an issue that’s almost as complicated as the initial Freemium vs. Premium debate; so let’s take a closer look at everything and try to make sense of it all.


Continue reading Pricing Games on the App Store – Premium isn’t Dead, Freemium is Here to Stay, and it’s Everybody’s Fault »

148Apps and Android Rundown (both via Steel Media) are holding a 2014 reader survey for the week, and taking a couple of minuted to answer some basic questions will give you a shot at winning an iPad Mini! Just go here and fill out the necessary info.

You can also check out the terms and conditions here if you’re so inclined. If you’re interested in entering I’d suggest hopping to it sooner rather than later as the survey will only be going until March 4, 2014. Telling us we’re awesome isn’t a requirement of course, but we love compliments all the same.

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source: Survey Monkey

Screens VNC – Now With iCloud Keychain Support, a Trackpad Mode, and More

Posted by on February 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Screens VNC‘s latest update has added a few new things amidst the various (and probably expected) improvements. The app now features support for Dvorak keyboards and the iCloud Keychain, the ability to manage Screens Connect records from inside the app, and a trackpad mode for those times when you just don’t feel like using the typical touch-based gestures.

If you’re already using the VNC client, you can go ahead and update it whenever you feel like it. If you don’t use it, you still have the option of downloading it off the App Store for $19.99.

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Sock-It Might Just be the First Ever Hanging-a-Sock-on-the-Doorknob App

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

And the Wow that’s Ridiculous Award for the month of February goes to… Sock-It!

This incredibly bizarre yet oddly clever app hauls the age old tradition of hanging a sock on your doorknob into the 21st century. The gist is that when you need to tell your roommate(s) to spend a little more time outside of the apartment/dorm room, you switch on the app. Once activated it will automatically notify your roomies when they get within a certain range, and let them know it would probably be best (for everyone) if they went and got a cup of coffee or something.

Sock-It is really a real thing, and you can download it now for free.

Table Zombies – Now You Can Eat Dinner Around the Zombie Apocalypse

Posted by on February 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

I’ve killed many a zombie, both in video games and board games, but never in a combination of the two. That’s the sort of vibe I’m getting from Table Zombies, though; it’s like a weird hybrid of video and table top game in the form of augmented reality. What’s currently available is more of a demo level than anything, but there are plans to add even more levels and zombies in the future.

Playing Table Zombies will require a bit of work – you’ll have to print out the various markers yourself – but once everything is ready you’ll be able to set it up on your dining room table or your desk and start blasting away. Or you could just spin the board around and marvel at the tiny hopeless battle from different angles as it unfolds.

You can download the Table Zombies lite version/demo now, for free.

Meteovista Lets You Set Up Your Own Personal Weather Display on Your iPad

Posted by on February 21st, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

I dunno about you, but sometimes when I go to use a weather app I’ll get annoyed with having to tab through multiple screens in order to find all the information I want (i.e. temperature, forecast in CT for when we visit the folks in a week, will it be raining at a specific time, etc). Meteovista addresses this admittedly specific issue by allowing users to customize their own weather pages. The app is modular, so all you have to do is drag and drop various widgets around to set up your pages. Or reorganize them so that everything is displayed to your liking.

You can download Meteovista on your iPad for free.

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Episode Lets Players Enjoy an Interactive Story, Includes a Writer’s Portal

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

Pocket Gems’ Episode – Choose Your Story is all about interactive tales. You can pick from a number of short adventures and see where your choices lead you in no time at all.

Episode already features plenty of interactive (and animated!) stories, but now users can also create their own animated stories using the in-game writer’s portal. Sounds rather enticing, no? Or yes? The outcome of this paragraph will change based on your choice (not really).

You can download Episode for free.

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Snapshot Dresser-Upper Photofy Goes Universal – Now Includes Stickers, Backgrounds, Free-Form Text, and More

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

Photofy, the little engine of snapshot expression, has recently been updated to include even more bits and pieces to dress up your photos. The new 2.0 update includes lots and lots of stickers (4,000+), free-form text that can be set up using over 90 different fonts, backgrounds in the event that you don’t feel like using one of your own photos, allows you to work in multiple layers (hurray!), and has gone universal so iPad users won’t feel left out.

You can download the new 2.0 version of Photofy right now for free.

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They Don’t Come in Peace – Gangstar Vegas Update Adds Aliens, Costumes, Jetpacks, and More

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

The seedy and entertaining world of Gangstar Vegas has just has another infusion of content. A recent update has added seven new alien invasion themed missions, 9 vehicles, 12 weapons, costumes (helloooooo denim shorts!), and jetpacks. Jetpacks!

The update is available now, and you can check out some of the new stuff in video form below. Gangstar Vegas can be found on the App Store for $2.99.

via: Our Review

SomaSim Games has recently announced 1849; a city management sim set during the California Gold Rush.

You’ll have to make good use of an area’s topography as you attempt to expand several real cities from the time period – or fail miserably, of course. 1849 will feature a total of 20 different scenarios, most likely involving different cities and events, as well as a sandbox mode for those of you who just want to build and rake in the dough.

1849 is due out in May for the iPad.

Bug Heroes 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Bug Heroes 2 doesn’t simply succeed in reaching the rather high bar Foursaken Media has already set for itself; it breezes past it almost effortlessly.

Read The Full Review »

Createrria is an interesting little tool/game creation kit that’s about to get even interesting-er. The upcoming “Eclipse” update will add a new graphical theme, new ‘triggered door’ and ‘moving saw’ items, sky backgrounds, more avatar stuff, performance enhancements, and the ability for users to create their own “flappy” style games.

That’s right, come early March you’ll be able to stop lamenting the untimely loss of Flappy Bird and simply make one for yourself.

via: Our Review

Space diplomacy (not really) MMO Galaxy on Fire – Alliances has just received balancing and performance tweaks, bug fixes, and a bunch of new features in its latest “Space Travelers” update.

You can find the rather large list of improvements and added features below. Some of the most notable changes include new technologies to research, new challenges to complete in order to earn more experience and resources, an increase in the structure level cap from 10 to 20, shorter travel times in your home system, and the ability to see your carriers and their flight paths on the star map.

Galaxy on Fire – Alliances is available on the App Store for free.

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• Star map: Trace the positions and travel routes of your carriers directly on the star map
• Achievements: Take on various new challenges and collect additional XP
• Techs: Research new technologies to gain powerful advantages (Ground battle, Bomb defense and Ship production)
• Ground battles: Leverage one of the new techs to gain an additional ground battle bonus. In exchange, the planetary defense will no longer support you ground troops anymore but only boost your ships
• Structure levels: Upgrade your buildings to level 20 (incl. adjusted costs, resource capacities, requirements and effect parameters for structures, techs and units)
• Alliance administration: Find available alliances more easily (at the beginning of the game) an join them without the hurdle of a double confirmation
• Travel Times: Make use of the adjusted travel times in your home system to reach your “inner” planets much faster than before
• Tutorial: Learn the game’s basics quicker by means of an improved tutorial
• Intro: Check out the intro sequence with German subtitles
• Planet icon: Tap the planet icon to be directed to the planet action menu and the arrow on the right to get straight to the planet view screen
• Options: Switch the game options back to default whenever you’re in need of a reset
• Performance: Enjoy the game with improved server stability and better overall performance

IQTELL Updated With Cross-Platform Functionality, Email, an Offline Mode, and More

Posted by on February 19th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

IQTELL was a pretty hefty little to-do app before, and now it’s gotten even more intense. This latest update adds a whole bunch of new features, most of which pertain to email. We’re talking full email functionality (read, compose, etc), push notifications, and the ability to sign in to and use multiple email accounts across many different service providers.

But it’s not all about email. Macro and Functional Bars have been added and give you more swipe interface options (i.e. create, update, archive, delete, move, etc), a new offline mode will let you work without an internet connection and automatically sync once one is reestablished, and cross-platform functionality will allow you to use IQTELL services and receive reminders across several different devices.

You can download IQTELL now for free.

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via: Our Review

Daniel Kaplan, Business Developer for Mojang, announced some pretty big news for Minecraft – Pocket Edition yesterday. The Pocket Edition team has begun to rework the game’s code in order to allow for the generation of worlds that are much larger than those that are currently (and kind of disappointingly) available.

More stuff is planned to roll out along with it of course, including updated inventory and AI systems, and it looks like wolves maybe? There’s no real indication of just how much bigger these new worlds will actually be, however it’s definitely promising news. As of now there’s no specific release date in sight, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye out for.

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source: Mojang

Pocket Gamer reports that Zen Studios (a.k.a the pinball people) will be bringing the mash-up of defense and physics hurling known as CastleStorm to iOS.

CastleStorm will be released as a free-to-play title later this year, but will still feature four campaigns/playable nations, around 150 levels, and a level editor.


Note: Trailer is not for the iOS build.

source: Pocket Gamer

Nocanwin – responsible for Cubed Rally Racer, Zombie Volcano, and more – has announced Cubed Snowboarding. It has more in common with the racing game, of course.

Gameplay mostly involves switching lanes to avoid crashing into obstacles, plus you can flip to your heart’s content whenever you end up catching some air. Of course if you land the wrong way you’ll still crash. You’ll get ten randomly generated runs down a mountain, with your score being derived from your totals. Of course you’ll earn fewer points if you crash, but you can earn more by doing tricks and grinding along rails so it’s a toss-up.

Cubed Snowboarding will be releasing “soon” for $0.99 and will be universal.

Crescent Moon Games has recently announced that it’s been working with Galoobeth Games for the past year or so on a new Aralon title. Specifically Aralon: Forge and Flame.

The new game is set 100 years after the first Aralon, and centers around the discovery of an entirely new continent. As well as the expected amount of danger and intrigue, of course. Players will be able to explore three totally separate continents this time around, and will be able to enjoy some pretty major visual improvements – especially the lighting.

There’s no concrete release date for Aralon: Forge and Flame just yet, but it’s expected to release sometime later this year.

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It’s been a bit of a long and bumpy road for Realmac Software after they released Clear+ on the App Store last year. First there was the issue with removing the original version to make way for the universal build, then there was confusion when they put the original back up and users weren’t sure which version they needed. However a plan is in motion to straighten all of this out once and for all.

The details can be found on Realmac’s website, but the gist of it is that they’re going to cut it back to one single universal app – making the original Clear iPad compatible. Current users won’t need to do anything as this will just roll out as a regular update. For users looking to switch over without having to pay for the change, Realmac will be dropping the app’s price to free for a couple of days over the coming weeks. If you’d like to be notified of when you can jump in and grab your free “upgrade” (of a sort), you can sign up to receive an email notification at the bottom of this page.

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via: Our Review

Powerball Endorsed App LotteryHUB Lets You Scan and Save Your Tickets, and Notifies You if You Win

Posted by on February 17th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

With yet another massive Powerball drawing coming up ($400 million!), it’s easy to imagine why people would want to keep track of their tickets. LotteryHUB has been providing such a service for a couple of years now; giving users the chance to check drawing results, watch drawings live, save numbers for future use, scan/save tickets, and receive instant notification if their numbers match.

All things considered it seems like a pretty slick way to keep track of your Lotto numbers.

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flappy1Gamespot reports that Apple has started to put the kibosh on new app/game submissions that use the word “flappy.” It seems as though a number of developers have been weighing in, saying that their various entries containing the word have been barred because they’re using it to “leverage a popular app.”

Yikes.

You can check out the full story over at Gamespot. But really, can you blame Apple? This sort of thing (trying to cash-in on another game’s popularity by using specific words) happens all too regularly on the App Store, and I think it’s about time they made more of an attempt to stop it.

source: Gamespot

Ironcode Gaming has recently announced that they’re bringing the previously Windows-only adventure/puzzle game Pahelika: Secret Legends to the App Store. You’ll be guiding Sudesh, the game’s protagonist, as he attempts to solve a series of ancient puzzles, mazes, and the like. Judging by the trailer (below) it’s got kind of a Myst-type vide to it.

Pahelika: Secret Legends will be releasing on the App Store on March 6 as a universal app.

Seems like ten is the magic number this year. The International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) has announced the nominees for their 10th annual awards, and have spread them out across ten different categories. Some nominees and categories include Type:Rider for Best Serious Game, Year Walk and LIMBO for Excellence in Art Design, Papa Sangre II for Excellence in Sound Design, Republique for Excellence in Storytelling, and a whole lot more.

You can find the full list of categories and nominees on the official IMGA website, and the winners will be announced on March 20, 2014.

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Image Source: IMGA

source: IMGA

Zorbie Goes Free, Adds New Power-Ups, New Weapons, Super Zorbie, and More

Posted by on February 17th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The weird and wild axe-flinging whatsit known as Zorbie has recently been updated with a bunch of extra stuff and a new asking price.

Zorbie now features nine new power-ups, a “Super Zorbie” mode, a new enemy, a new friend, three new weapons, difficulty tweaks, and the entire game has switched over to a free model. You can play the game for free, and only worry about paying if you want to use all of the power-ups. Not a bad way of doing it, huh?

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Fingertip Maestro Has Gone Universal – Now You’ve Got the Touch and the Power on Your iPhone

Posted by on February 14th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Get those fingertips ready, would-be musicians, Fingertip Maestro has gone from iPad-only to universal. Now you can create a bunch of colorful melodies with a few taps, or just mess around on both your iPad and your iPhone.

Fingertip Maestro is available for free, with various in-app purchases for additional sound packs.

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via: Our Review

After a bit of a hiatus, it looks like Couch Music Player has made its way back onto the App Store. There have apparently been some tweaks made along the way as well. The dynamic playlist app has been made iOS 7 compatible. It’s also received a fair number of tabs to help with organization that include Playlist, Genre, Composer, Podcasts, and so on.

You can grab the new and improved Couch Music Player now for the updated price of free.

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Love is in the Air – Rakoo’s Adventure Goes Free, Adds a New Valentine’s Day Themed World

Posted by on February 14th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It looks like the lovelorn Rakoo is finally going to catch a break. Rakoo’s Adventure has just been updated with a whole new Valentine’s Day world, and chances are good the poor little guy is finally going to catch up with Rakoonette.

The update also includes an enhanced pet system, new achievements, more hats, brings the total level count up to 64, and has gone free. Yup, you can now download Rakoo’s Adventures for free. Get to it, lovebirds!

via: Our Review
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