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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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So Many Holiday iOS Sales Oh My Goodness!

The holiday season is in full-swing, which means a whole lot of iOS apps and games are going on sale. A bunch already have, in fact. Naturally this means we’re putting together a hand-picked list of the best discounts and sales we can find in order to make your own App Store holiday shopping easier.

Things are already kicking off with an impressive assortment of great titles, and it’s only going to get better as we close in on the New Year. So take a peek at what’s on sale, and treat yourself a little.


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Price was: $2.99
Sale: $1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2014-02-06 :: Category: Games

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Price was: $8.99
Sale: $4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2013-11-14 :: Category: Games

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Price was: $0.99
Sale: FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2013-06-07 :: Category: Games

On Sale Now-
Price was: $6.99
Sale: $3.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2014-07-24 :: Category: Games

On Sale Now-
Price was: $14.99
Sale: $9.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2013-12-25 :: Category: Games

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These days it’s not uncommon for big game releases to be accompanied by their own iOS app – a Companion App if you will. In fact, it seems more uncommon for a AAA game to come out and not have some sort of iOS presence.

And goodness do they ever have an iOS presence. It’s the very reason AppSpy has taken the time to put together a list of many of the AAA companion apps you’ll find on the App Store. Grand Theft Auto V, Shadow of Mordor, Elite: Dangerous, Far Cry 4, and Dragon Age: Inquisition are only a few examples of what they’ve covered.

You can find the complete list right here.

source: AppSpy

The end of 2014 is almost here, which can only mean one thing.

Okay it can mean a lot of things, but in this specific context it means Game of the Year lists!

Which is why the 148Apps staff have all picked their favorites from the past year. And why we’ve put them all into one handy list for you all to enjoy. It’s a nice list, too. Lots of variety and even a few free downloads that are worth checking out. So give it a look, and if you agree (or even if you disagree) please chime in below!


Puzzle to the Center of the Earth


Puzzle to the Center of the Earth feels like a breath of fresh air compared to most everything else I played this year. It’s a fair free-to-play puzzle game that encourages and rewards patience in all of the best ways and none of the bad. It’s also a platformer that requires forethought and strategy rather than reflexes.

Unlike other mobile games like it, Puzzle to the Center of the Earth is not pushing players to make huge combos or speed-run through levels. Instead they can take their time planning out the best courses through a cave, much like an actual spelunker might (albeit with the power to carve out paths by magically matching blocks). It’s a super well made game that isn’t scared to have players get lost in its levels for a good while, which makes it unique as a puzzle game. For a mobile title, it strikes a fantastic balance of being engrossing, replayable, rewarding, and light enough for playing on the go, all of which lend to it being my favorite mobile game of 2014. – [Campbell Bird]
 

Hitman GO

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When I heard that an original Hitman game would be coming to iOS, like plenty of other people I couldn’t wait to cheese wire a guy to death while disguised as a security guard before popping another target in the face with my silenced pistol, all while waiting for a bus. When Hitman GO was released, many were initially disappointed to find that wasn’t the case. However, after playing what is a deceptively simple and infectious game of strategy for a short time, many (including myself) were hooked.

Hitman GO looks like the board game you wish your family would play at Christmas (put away the Cluedo box, grandma) with its sheen and minimalistic graphics that just ooze class akin to the suit Agent 47 is known for. Combine that with accessible gameplay that calls for multiple play-throughs thanks to the variety of challenges available, forcing players to tackle levels in different ways, and you have a winner in Hitman GO. It’s a game that should be on everyone’s hit list – [Lee Hamelet]
Continue reading Game of the Year 2014 – 148Apps Staff Picks »

Eh… What’s up, doc? Wanna talk about Looney Tunes Dash!, do ya?

Sorry. As a long-time Looney Tunes fan I couldn’t resist. But Looney Tunes Dash! is a real game – a lane-based runner from Zynga – and it’s really out now. We were able to watch an extended gameplay demo, courtesy of John vanSuchtelen (General Manager) and Michael Waite (Creative Director), so here’s what you can expect.

It’s not an endless runner, though. Instead, you’ll be progressing through several levels with a definitive beginning and end. These levels are grouped together into ‘episodes’ that all involve specific themes, locales, and characters. For example, you can play as Bugs Bunny as he tries to outrun Elmer Fudd in an obvious homage to the classic “Wabbit Season/Duck Season” cartoon.

There’s a lot of character variety, including favorites like Bugs, Daffy, Tweetie, and the Road Runner, with even more planned for future updates. And of course, in addition to the effects of all the different power-ups like coin magnets and the like, each character has their own unique abilities to make use of. My personal favorite from what I’ve seen has got to be Daffy donning his Duck Dodgers outfit and blasting obstacles in his path.

ltdash1ltdash2Recreating the Looney Tunes feel was one of the biggest goals with Looney Tunes Dash!, and I have to say that there definitely seems to have been a lot of TLC poured into Bugs & Co. The animations are fairly reminiscent of the classic show, many of the individual personalities of the characters come through in their behaviors, and many of the voices are supplied by Jeff Bergman himself.

The levels themselves also displayed a fair bit of variety. There are branching paths in each, and some of them offer far greater rewards but also increase the risk. So not only will you have to keep an eye on the path ahead, but at times you’ll need to decide how you want to progress as you try to complete a level or maximize your score. And you’ll probably want to maximize your score when you can as you’ll be competing with your Game Center friends’ scores on each stage.

Looney Tunes Dash! is available now as a free download. And a big thank you to John vanSuchtelen and Michael Waite for letting us take a look at their game!

appleholidayWelcome, one and all, to another 148Apps holiday shopping guide! Are you having trouble figuring out what to get for a distant relative, new neighbor, or estranged second cousin? Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for [Health Nuts] [Socializers] [Creative Types] [Gamers]

Today’s guide is for the intense “power users” you may know. Business folks, diehard Apple fans – anyone who tends to push their device’s battery to the limits every day, mostly. If you’re looking for something to make their trips easier, help out at the office, or even just keep their iPad running for a few more hours, check out our list below for some ideas.
Continue reading 148Apps 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide for Power Users »

Angry Birds is Officially Five Years Old Today, and Gets a New User-Created Episode to Celebrate

Posted by on December 11th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Angry Birds, the unassuming (at the time) little physics game that later went on to become an empire, has turned five today. And after five years of a somewhat obscene amount of spin-offs and merchandising, and a reported 600+ billion birds being tossed at rickety structures, Rovio is celebrating with a new episode, titled Play the Next Level.

What makes Play the Next Level special is that each of the levels has been created by series fans. Rovio pulled the best of the best from the thousands of entries to give us all 30 all-new stages to enjoy.

They’re also celebrating in the real world by hosting a party for a couple thousand local children, and will be giving all babies born in Finland on 12/11 a special edition baby Flock outfit. Because, you know, why not?

If you don’t live in Finland you’re out of luck with regards to the party and special edition jammies, but you can check out the new Play the Next Level “BirdDay” (ugh) episode right now.

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via: Our Review

appleholidayWelcome, one and all, to another 148Apps holiday shopping guide! Are you having trouble figuring out what to get for a distant relative, new neighbor, or estranged second cousin? Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for [Health Nuts] [Socializers] [Creative Types] [Power Users]

Today’s guide centers around iOS gamers. These are the folks who love their portable games and spend most of their morning commute matching pieces of candy or fighting immortal titans. If you’d like to make the gamer(s) in your life have an overall more pleasant and convenient gaming experience, or simply get them some really cool stuff to play, check out our list below for some ideas.
Continue reading 148Apps 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide for Gamers »

SimplePlanes, from the Makers of SimpleRockets, is Now Available on the App Store

Posted by on December 11th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Do you have fond memories of playing SimpleRockets? Well, maybe “fond” is the wrong word. I mean those things are awfully prone to blowing up. But anyway, if you have a special place in your heart set aside for the madcap rocket-building sim, you should probably make room for the follow-up that just released on the App Store: SimplePlanes.

Much like SimpleRockets, SimplePlanes tasks you with engineering a very complex piece of machinery, then trying to keep it in one piece. This time you’ll be snapping various parts together to make all sorts of aircraft – even some with VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) abilities. Where it gets ridiculous (in a good way) is in how pieces of your craft can break off as you crash into things or get shot at, which can have a pretty big impact on performance.

If you’re in the mood to fly seemingly impossible aircraft that you’ve cobbled together yourself, you can grab SimplePlanes off the App Store now for $1.99.

Good news, comrades! Word has been getting around that the dystopian paper-shuffling simulator Papers, Please is bound for iPad. Actually this news has been circulating for what feels like forever. But the wait is finally over. It’s been announced that Lucas Pope’s game about the mundane activity of checking paperwork at a border checkpoint (which is anything but mundane, really) is officially coming to iPad. Tomorrow.

If you haven’t played Papers, Please for yourself yet, you’ll have the opportunity in only a few hours. In the meantime, know that it’s a surprisingly dark and somewhat disturbing story about an oppressive government, dangerous extremists, a rebellion, and a hapless paper pusher who gets caught in the middle. That, and lots and lots of cross-checking passports.

Papers, Please will be $5.99 once it releases tomorrow (12/12), and will go up to $7.99 after the weekend.

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source: Lucas Pope via Twitter

Today DeNA and Hasbro have announced a new, upcoming Transformers title, Transformers: Battle Tactics.

Okay, but what is Battle Tactics?

Well, according to the announcement info it’s going to be a turn-based tactical game with a single-player campaign as well as player-versus-player combat. A whole lot of series favorites will be available to add to your team, from obvious choices like Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Bumblebee, to characters who haven’t been featured in Michael Bay movies, like Wheeljack, Thundercracker, and Arcee. Each bot has their own strengths and abilities, and these can change depending on whether they’re in robot or vehicle mode.

Transformers: Battle Tactics will be released sometime next year as a free download, but if you want to tease yourself a bit you can register on the official website to earn some extra goodies like wallpapers and Recruit Tokens (which I assume have some sort of in-game value).

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source: Transformers: Battle Tactics

appleholidayWelcome, one and all, to another 148Apps holiday shopping guide! Are you having trouble figuring out what to get for a distant relative, new neighbor, or estranged second cousin? Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for [Health Nuts] [Socializers] [Gamers] [Power Users]

Today’s guide is for those creative types in your life. These are the people who like to draw, compose music, sculpt, or otherwise make things with their iOS devices. So long as they enjoy creating, and you’re in need of some gift ideas, you should check out our list below.
Continue reading 148Apps 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide for Creative Types »

Hoplite, the Mythical Spartan Roguelike, is Free for Today Only and You Should Get it

Posted by on December 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Hoplite is one of those games that’s as easy to understand as it is to enjoy. It’s also one of those games that’s about as easy to play well as it is to eat your bodyweight in marbles. But that’s why we enjoyed it so much in the first place.

Well, for an extremely limited time – today only, in fact – you can get your hands on this hexagonal roguelike for absolutely free. There’s absolutely no reason for you not to do so, seeing as the game is both excellent and doesn’t really take up a lot of storage space. Plus there’s the whole ‘being excellent’ thing. I’ve already covered that, right?

So get your posterior onto the App Store and download Hoplite now, while it’s still free.

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via: Our Review

appleholidayWelcome, one and all, to another 148Apps holiday shopping guide! Are you having trouble figuring out what to get for a distant relative, new neighbor, or estranged second cousin? Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for [Health Nuts] [Creative Types] [Gamers] [Power Users]

Today’s guide centers around highly social iOS users. I’m talking about the people who practically live on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and all that. It can be tough to come up with something for such diehard (virtual) social butterflies, and even more tricky to surprise them, but we’re certainly going to give it a shot! Check out our list below for some hopefully useful ideas.
Continue reading 148Apps 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide for Socializers »

Kurt Sutter, executive producer of Sons of Anarchy, teased fans earlier this year about a video game about the show that was in development. While details are still scarce, the game’s existence has definitely been confirmed.

Orpheus Interactive and Silverback Games have teamed-up to create Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect. The only specifics given so far are that the game will cover a “previously unknown chapter” of the gang, and that it tells an original story. It’s also going to be episodic, which makes me think there’s a good chance it could be something in a similar vein to Telltale’s critically-acclaimed adventures. Heck, if I let my imagination run wild I could even hope for a spiritual successor to Full Throttle (emphasis on wild imagination and loads of hope).

Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect will be available for phones and tablets in early 2015.

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You Can Grab Hearthstone’s First Expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes, Right Now

Posted by on December 9th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Hearthstone is, well, kind of popular. So it’s a bit of a surprise that it took as long as it did for the first expansion to roll out. Still, Goblins vs Gnomes is a welcome sight all the same.

The expansion centers around the titular groups of diminutive tinkerers, and it adds (what else?) a fair number of new cards – including the brand new “Mech” minion type, which can apparently be quite powerful when you use several of them together. These new cards are available to draft in the Arena, or you can buy them in packs from the shop. A new appropriately-themed board is also available, and Spectator Mode is finally up and running for those times when you’d rather study other players’ techniques instead of watching your Murlocks get squashed (for a change).

The Goblins vs Gnomes expansion is live now, and you can download Hearthstone for free whenever you feel like checking it out. And we both know you feel like checking it out.

via: Our Review

appleholidayWelcome, one and all, to another 148Apps holiday shopping guide! Today marks the first of five guides for iOS-related holiday gifts we’ll be sharing with you all every day, over the course of the week. Are you having trouble figuring out what to get for a distant relative, new neighbor, or estranged second cousin? Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for [Socializers] [Creative Types] [Gamers] [Power Users]

Today’s guide is for the health nuts. Those people who get up inhumanly early to exercise, bike and/or jog with regularity, or otherwise make athletic activities a significant part of their day. If you’d like to help the health-conscious iOS users in your life with some handy gizmos, or maybe nab a useful app or two they may not have heard of, check out our list below for some ideas.
Continue reading 148Apps 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide for Health Nuts »

Nothing says “Holiday Season” like an Advent Calendar, right? Well the folks at Pocket Gamer, in collaboration with a lot of very generous and generally awesome developers, have set up a special one just for you, the iOS gaming enthusiast.

Starting next Monday, 12/8, they’ll be giving away one top-rated premium game for $0, for 24 hours. After that a new game will go free for anther 24 hours, and so on. And it will continue right up through 12/19. That’s ten days of freebies!

All you have to do is check this list each day between 12-8 and 12-19 to get those free games. Simple, right?

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source: Pocket Gamer

Clockwork Adventure Game Syberia is Now Available in One Complete Package

Posted by on December 5th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Fans of Kate Walker, clockwork automatons, or adventure games in general take note: Syberia is now available on the App Store – in full.

The game follows Kate Walker, a lawyer from New York, who must travel to across Europe in search of an inventor named Hans. Of course, what was supposed to be a simple matter of getting a few signatures and overseeing the sale of an old factory will turn out to be far more complicated (and interesting) than that.

Whereas before you could only download the game in separate parts, now you can get your hands on this classic in a single app. So all that surreal, almost Myst-like adventure is yours for the taking. And you can finally keep it all in once place.

This new, full version of Syberia is available now as a universal download for $6.99.

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The weather outside is turning frightful, and it’s not faring much better in whatever land Carcassonne is set in. But the indigenous meeples’ loss is our gain as TheCodingMonkeys plan to release Carcassonne Winter Edition this month.

The expansion includes a secretive new character (maybe a yeti? I’ll go with yeti. I know the image file is called “gingerbreadman.” I’m still calling it a yeti), new cards, a “new gameplay mechanic” (most likely tied in with what I’ll continue to assume is a yeti), and tons of snow. Seriously, there’s snow everywhere in the Winter Edition. Even on the buttons and menus.

We don’t know how much the Winter Edition expansion will cost, but if previous expansions are any indication it’s probably going to be between $0.99 and $2.99. Carcassonne Winter Edition will be available as an in-app purchase on December 17.

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Square Enix Has Just Released Tomb Raider II on an Unsuspecting App Store

Posted by on December 3rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Pretty much out of nowhere, Square Enix has just sort of gone and dropped Tomb Raider II onto the App Store.

The (debatably) superior sequel wowed plenty of gamers when it first came out by adding more of just about everything. Plus it’s got that training course at Lara’s mansion with the old butler who passes gas like clockwork – I’m not kidding, he totally does. Well, I think it’s a perk, anyway.

Flatulence aside, the second game takes Lara to all sorts of new locations like Tibet and Italy. More locations also means more types of enemies (yetis and tigers and… wait, yetis??), as well as some new weapons to dispatch them with. Oh, and vehicles. That was sort of a big deal at the time. But perhaps the addition that will interest you most is the new list of achievements.

You can download Tomb Raider II off the App Store now for $1.99.

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[Editor’s Note: We’ve just learned that the all-inclusive and free updated version Sleeping Prince won’t be releasing until late this evening/early tomorrow. So it’s not available just yet, but will be soon. Terribly sorry if we’ve caused any confusion. – Rob]

Signal Mobile’s goofy sleepwalking simulator (note: not really a simulator), The Sleeping Price, has had a significant price drop. Now you can download the game for free. For a while.

The sale will be going on through the month of December, and will jump back up to a premium price in January. This is definitely a sale, though. It’s not a “lite” version or anything of the sort. There’s unlimited magic, no in-app purchases, and no ads. It’s just free. For, like, a month.

It’s not a permanent price drop though, so if you want to grab The Sleeping Prince before you’ll have to pay for it you should probably act now. Lest you forget and end up kicking yourself once the calendar ticks over to 2015.

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via: Our Review

‘Tis the season for sales and price drops, and Castaway Paradise has apparently caught the bug as well. Seeing as it’s free to download, the upfront cost hasn’t changed. However, for a very limited time you can purchase a 12 month VIP subscription for $5 off the regular $29.99 price.

A holiday-themed update is also on its way, which will bring a big new Christmas event (and various goodies, naturally) to the island. The update will also add group chat to the game, but that’s not particularly Christmas-y.

You can download Castaway Paradise form the App Store for free, and take advantage of the VIP subscription sale right now. The holiday update will being “in December.”

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via: Our Review

It’s almost turkey time! Which means lots and lots of food but also lots and lots of sales. Some sales have even started a few days early, which is why we’ve put together a list of iOS games that are currently discounted (sometimes by a lot).

Chances are this list is only going to get bigger as we approach the weekend, so check back in with us from time to time to see what else you can nab for a reduced price.

[Updated 11/26]: Even more games have been discounted and it’s still not even Thursday yet! A lot of fairly well known titles have joined the list this time, including games like Surgeon Simulator, Republique, and Thomas Was Alone.

[Updated 11/27]: Goodness but there are a lot more sales happening right now! Just under 40 games have been added to the list this time, with big names like Banner Saga, Table Tennis Touch, King Oddball, a whole bunch of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, and a whole lot more.

[Updated 11/28]: If you thought all the sales were done, you were mistaken. Even more price drops have gone into effect since yesterday, for big titles like Joe Denver’s Lone Wolf, Knightmare Tower, Talisman, and Kingdom Rush. But that’s not all. We’ve also updated the list to include apps! You can click the link below to jump to the Apps page.

[Updated 11/30]: Yep, we’re still going. The list is still growing, and will most likely continue through Monday. Currently we’re looking at a number of board game additions like Eclipse and Kahuna, as well as plenty of non-board games like Warhammer Quest and The Firm.

[Updated 12/1]: Happy Cyber Monday! A few titles have returned to regular price over the weekend, but several are still discounted and we’ve got plenty more to add to the list. And Little Inferno and Infinity Blade II are just the beginning.
 

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Little Inferno - price returned to $2.99, was on sale for $0.99

Little Inferno HD - price returned to $4.99, was on sale for $2.99

Infinity Blade II - price returned to $6.99, was on sale for $0.99

Pocket Land - price returned to $0.99, was on sale for FREE!

Dr. Seuss Camera - Who Me? - price returned to $1.99, was on sale for $0.99


Continue reading Cyber Monday on the App Store – Plenty More iOS Games (and Apps) are on Sale »

Image Source: Friends Wiki

Image Source: Friends Wiki

At this point in the month, you or at least a few people you know are probably getting ready to scramble around (or are already scrambling around) for Thanksgiving Dinner. It’s a hectic day of precise oven utilization, but there’s also the whole family and camaraderie thing.

We’ve already put together a handy list of useful apps that should make your Thanksgiving a breeze, but what if you want to unwind while staying in the holiday spirit or practice for the insanity that is to come? Well you’re in luck, because now we’ve got a list of a half-dozen iOS games that evoke all sorts of Thanksgiving feelings – both heartwarming and… well, not so heartwarming.

Continue reading Six iOS Games to Get You Ready for Thanksgiving »

SteelSeries Stratus XL Hardware Review

The Stratus XL is definitely a quality controller, but it’s not the best fit for smaller devices.

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MOGA Rebel Hardware Review

The MOGA Rebel isn’t very portable, and the digital pad doesn’t feel super sturdy, but it shines rather brightly once you’re actually using it.

Read The Full Review »

XCOM: Enemy Within Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The definitive XCOM experience (not counting a certain PC mod) has officially made the trip to mobile - and it’s still exceedingly fantastic.

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It’s All Hallows’ Eve once again. And what better way to enjoy the holiday spirit(s) than to have a good scare – or ten?

Since nobody at 148Apps could come up with an answer to that question we’ve created a list of our top picks for spooky, creepy, scary, and unsettling iOS titles in honor of the ghoulish festival. Hopefully these games won’t be too much for you to handle…


The Walking Dead – Season 1

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The Walking Dead isn’t conventionally scary in the “Aargh! What the heck just jumped out at me??” kind of way, but it’s distinctly unnerving. It taps into that instinct to protect those we care about then shows us just how easily the life we once knew can be taken away forever. Forcing you to make tough decisions that are a matter of life and death mean you never get a chance to calm down or relax. Instead, you’re constantly on edge in a world that makes no sense any more. If that’s not deeply scary, I don’t know what is. – Jennifer Allen
 

Ellie – Help me out… please

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Ellie – Help me out… please is a short, but creepy puzzle game that revolves around the player’s interactions with a kidnapped girl through a security camera feed. It definitely has some Saw vibes thanks to its puzzle room nature and voyeuristic perspective.

Although the puzzles are a little opaque, immersion in the very tiny game world is precisely what makes it kind of creepy. Not necessarily creepy in the “spooky” sense, but in the sense that players start questioning the game’s bizarre setup. Who is the player character? Why is this girl in this room? What does it all mean? – Campbell Bird

Continue reading 148Apps’ Top Picks for the Scariest, Spookiest, Creepyiest, and Halloweeniest iOS Games »

CastSpellRemember Puzzle Quest? Just about everybody loved Puzzle Quest, and the team behind the match-3 game that made match-3 games interesting again is back with a sort of spiritual successor to their puzzle/RPG hybrid: Gems of War.

Gems of War has a lot in common with Infinite Interactive’s earlier game. You get to match colored runes to activate spells and skills, you can match skulls to damage your enemies, and there’s decidedly some leveling-up going on behind closed doors (note: the doors aren’t closed – they’re actually wide open). However, things have been streamlined a bit as well.

SpellAnimationRegrettably there’s no crafting in Gems of War, but you’ll be able to fight other players in asynchronous battles and can even join a guild with other players. Emphasis has also been placed on your characters this time around, with you being able to create a party using your chosen hero, a weapon, and three other characters to assist you in combat. Different characters (of which there are over 100 planned) require different runes to activate their abilities, and they can be leveled-up using materials taken from selling off the useless ones.

Another nice feature is that both iOS and Android users will be able to play with (or against) each other, and can even access their account across multiple platforms.

Gems of War will be hitting the App Store for free sometime before the holiday season.

Oh no, it’s not that kind of ‘skin.’ I’m talking about the kind of skins you can put on electronic devices to dress them up a bit.

These oversized stickers come with a backing that makes removing air bubbles easier, are custom cut to fit whatever device you order them for, and are available in all sorts of styles. I mean a lot. It’s Redbubble. The site is full of all sorts of interesting artwork, and if you don’t like what you see you can always make your own like I did.

These new skins should be rolling out later this week and will be available for a number of different devices, including the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5s, and 5C as well as the iPad Air, Mini, and Gen 2/3/4.

Image Source: Upoyk - Redbubble

Image Source: Upoyk (Redbubble)

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Best App Ever - Yearly Mobile App Achievement Awards.
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