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Dead Trigger 2 has been a go-to zombie shooter for many ever since it was released, which means that a lot of people would probably like to know about the special Easter promo Madfinger Games is having right now.

Just start up Dead Trigger 2 (newest version required), log in, go to the Options menu, and tap on “Redeem Voucher.” Then enter the code 2tam-hud9-xvo4 to get your free Easter-kill pack. What’s in the Easter-kill pack? One 24-hour speed booster to make catching (and running from) zombies loads easier, ten grenades, ten painkillers, ten Second Chance revive kits, and ten rocket chickens. Because what says “Easter” better than rocket chickens?

You can download Dead Trigger 2 for free right now, and the Easter-kill pack will be available from now through April 25.

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via: Our Review

Playdek has released quite a few great iOS ports of board and card games over the years, and now most of them are on sale. We’re talking games like farm and family simulator Agricola, fantasy town and quest manager Lords of Waterdeep, and bizarre “King of Maids” competition Tanto Cuore – just to name a few.

You can check out the full list below, and feel free to shop your heart out.

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Fluxx ($0.99)
Lords of Waterdeep ($5.99)
Summoner Wars (Free)
Agricola ($3.99)
Food Fight ($0.99)
Nightfall ($0.99)
Penny Arcade the Game: Gamers vs. Evil ($0.99)
Tanto Cuore ($0.99)

Zynga Launches Brand New Farmville Experience with Farmville 2: Country Escape

Posted by on April 18th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Zynga has launched Farmville 2: Country Escape for iOS devices, and with it, a re-imagined farming/crafting experience for mobile players.

The current app maintains most of the elements that make the game so popular: the ability to craft and manage output. Facebook is not required, and the game is careful to allow players to consume the game in time chunks that work for them. It also has a new social control mode, which allows users to play anonymously or connect on social networks, enjoy connected rewards, and even play in offline mode.

FarmVille pioneered social gaming on the web, and with FarmVille 2: Country Escape we’ve reimagined the franchise as a mobile experience to match how players want to connect with their farm and with their friends,” says Jonathan Knight, vice president of games at Zynga. “The foundation of the mobile game was built on listening to player feedback, so we’ve added features such as giving players the choice to play with friends or on their own, connectivity between the mobile game and FarmVille 2 on Facebook and the ability to play offline. We’ve created an experience where all FarmVille fans will feel right at home. As we focus on growing and sustaining this beloved franchise, we’re proud for FarmVille 2: Country Escape to usher in a new chapter of FarmVille on the go.”

Farmville 2: Country Escape is available for free on the App Store.

Eyefi has announced a new cloud-centric service called the Eyefi Cloud, which allows smartphone users to keep photos and such organized and accessible on smartphones, tablets, PCs, or smart TVs.

The Eyefi Mobi SD card allows for digital camera users to work with the Eyefi Cloud and devices with the Eyefi Mobi app onboard to sync image data.

Eyefi chief Matt DiMaria underscores the functionality of the service. “Photo lovers know that life’s most important moments should be captured using a digital camera but it’s difficult to access those shots until long after the images are taken,” he says. “Eyefi Cloud makes those highest-quality shots available within seconds of them being captured, so photographers can immediately enjoy quality images on the beautiful displays of their smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV.”

Eyefi Mobi is available for free on the App Store.

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source: Eyefi Press Release

Yahoo Updates Flickr App with Advanced Editing Features and More

Posted by on April 18th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Flickr has received a pretty large update for its universal iOS app. Version 3.0 allows for more functionality from within the app and advanced editing. It’s also received a fresh interface design in addition to what’s noted below.

The new and approved Flickr app is available for free on the App Store.

Favorite features:
- Capture everything: Take stunning photos and videos. We make it easy.
- Save it all: All your pictures in one place. Take them everywhere.
- Advanced editing: Gorgeous live filters. Powerful editing tools. All for free.

Helpful Tips:
- Capture the world in all new HD video you can share to Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.
- Explore our editing tools: Levels, Crop, Color Balance, Contrast, Saturation and more.
- Follow friends and the world’s best photographers. Always discover something new.
- Customize your privacy settings so you can make a photo as public or private as you like.
- Take lots of photos! Everyone gets 1,000GB of free storage.

Evernote has announced the availability of its Evernote Business Notebook by Moleskine.

From the Evernote Blog:

Features include: Save and share everything, Reminders, Smart stickers, Evernote Premium (each notebook comes with a code for 3 months of Evernote Premium).

The Evernote Business Notebook is available in the Evernote Market for $32.95. The Document Camera with Evernote Business Notebook support is available in Evernote for iPhone and iPad.

source: Evernote announcement

Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulus Receives its First Update – Gets New Brimstone Pinball DLC

Posted by on April 18th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulus has received its very first content update!

The tilt-happy arcade survival game from One Man Left Studios is now offering Brimstone Pinball DLC. You’ll have to use finesse if you’re going to survive inside this pinball machine of horrors. This new mode adds more types of enemies, more achievements, and new leaderboards.

You can grab Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulus off the App Store for $2.99, and the Brimstone Pinball DLC is available for $0.99.

via: Our Review

Monster High Ghouls and Jewels is a Freaky Fashion-Forward Match-3 Puzzler

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

Oh Monster High. You and your absolutely awful horror-themed puns. It’s enough to make the Crypt Keeper roll what’s left of his eyes. Still, it’s a popular enough series (even with the terrible puns) for Mattel and BluBox Games to have released Monster High Ghouls and Jewels: a match-3 puzzle game.

Ghouls and Jewels tosses you into the creepy high school as its newest student. You’ll have to enlist the help of series favorites like Draculaura and Frankie as you take on the game’s 100+ puzzles. You’ll also be able to customize the look of your own Ghoul by unlocking and purchasing new outfits along the way.

Monster High Ghouls and Jewels is available now for free.

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Easter Comes to Junk Jack X – Bringing New Crafts, Chemistry, and More

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

Junk Jack X has just been updated in time for Easter, but it’s not just pastel colors and bunny ears. The list of additions is actually rather obscene, but you can check it out below if you’re really interested in reading all of that.

The bigger changes include a chemistry lab for creating potions with almost 100 different effects, tamable dogs/cats/birds/rabbits, new mobs like deer and ducks, new trees, new flowers, and a craftable beer mug. Cheers!

You can grab Junk Jack X off the App Store now for $4.99.

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- New craftable Chemistry Lab block
- You can now create potions by mixing reagents with the Chemistry Lab
- Roughly 100 different potion effects (with a supported maximum of 1024 effect for the future)
- Almost all potion effects can have different duration and effect strength for a total amount of ~6000 potions
- Potions combinations will be discovered and saved in your craftbook
- New craftable Cottage Bricks and the relative half block and sloped blocks
-Added a life leech effect (base 0.0) which heals the player when delivering damage to a mob
- Added both melee and ranged critical chance to player attacks (with a base of 5% chance)
- Added an option (enabled by default) which skips saving world when battery is <= 1% to avoid potential data corruption
- Added an option which enables an extended player stats panel that shows more information
- 4 new iaps
- 5 new tamable dog breeds
- 5 new tamable cat breeds
- 5 new tamable bird breeds
- 3 new tamable rabbit breeds
- All new pet breeds are spreaded around the planets, collect and breed them
- You can now summon a pocket animal by placing its item in the trinket slot: it will follow you around!
- 16 new rare pocket companions that will follow you in your adventure if put in the trinket slot
- New cat house block
- New kennel block
- New bird perch block
- New rabbit hutch block
- New terra mobs including: deer, ground hog, duck.
- New cork oak tree which grows acorns
- New white wood type and crafts, make new cool creations with it!
- Cork oak drops bark material
- New craftable cork chunk block
- Terra is now spring and Easter themed
- New apricot spring tree with its relative fruit
- New plum tree with its relative fruit
- New vimini basket that drops Easter goodies
- Easter block ribbons, place it on blocks
- New recraftable beehives can now be found in spring biomes, craft honey recipes with them
- New replantable tulip and daisy flower
- New craftable beer mug
- 20 new fresh cooking crafts
- 12 new rare paintings have been added
- Added a rare toy as a tribute to Flappy Bird

Corel Launches Video Editing App Pinnacle Studio for iPhone, Updates iPad Version for iOS 7

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

Corel Inc. has launched its premium video editing app, Pinnacle Studio for iPhone.

The app allows one to access all the media on one’s iPhone, and to start creative projects. Also, more media can be captured via the app itself, and projects can be transferred between the iPhone and the iPad via AirDrop. Storyboarding has also been made easy and seamless.

Pinnacle product development chief Michel Yavercovski promises users won’t have to settle for pared-down functionality on mobile devices. “Pinnacle Studio is the ideal app for anyone looking for true video editing power on their iPhone,” he says. “Unlike other mobile video editing apps, Pinnacle Studio doesn’t make you sacrifice features and control just because you’re editing on your iPhone. For the first time, you can enjoy sophisticated anywhere, anytime movie-making capabilities, right in your pocket.”

Additionally, Corel has updated the iPad version of the app, rebuilding it for iOS 7 and offering a redesigned UI and 64-bit power processing.

The new Pinnacle Studio for iPhone app is available on the App Store for $9.99.

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The Shadow Sun gets a New Update, Goes on Sale for the First Time Since its Release

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

The Shadow Sun, an RPG action game from Ossian Studios that we had an opportunity to review late last year, has just received an update. The new build brings in a pet dog companion, improved camera system, a new icon, and some bug fixes.

As an added bonus, The Shadow Sun is currently on sale (for the first time since release) for $4.99 on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

Real Racing 3 gets a New Update that Adds in Open Wheel Racing Experience and More

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

Ultra-popular racing game Real Racing 3 (from mobile stalwart Electronic Arts) has just received a pretty hefty update that adds in a whole new experience.

Now the game has open wheel vehicles in its arsenal – cars such as the Caterham Seven 620R, KTM X-Bow R, Ariel Atom 3.5, and Ariel Atom V8. Additionally, the roster has expanded, adding in the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Porsche 911 RSR. Drivers are invited to get ready for the renown endurance race with The Road to Le Mans live event.

The update also expands the customization and photo mode, and opens up the option of visiting the collections of others.

We had an opportunity to review Real Racing 3 a year ago; it is available for free on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

The Seventh Sign: Hodappy Bird Released on the App Store

Posted by on April 16th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

While simultaneously mocking and yet contributing to the App Store clone madness around Flappy Bird, Hodappy Bird has been released by Madgarden. And the whole Flappy Bird thing implodes upon itself. As Ryan Evans described it, it’s “the Citizen Kane of Flappy Bird clones.”

It’s the ultimate move of App Store ridicule, mocking them from within, Eli Hodapp of Touch Arcade fame now has his own themed version of Flappy Bird, and well, it’s a thing I guess.

With tongue firmly planted in cheek, this clone of a clone is meant to both capitalize on the Flappy Bird craze and also to poke fun at it. It’s basically Flappy Bird with all of the quaintness replaced by annoying free to play tactics. Methods like offering a continue for three coins – which can be gathered rarely by playing or watching video ads for other apps you probably don’t want to play. Nice touch putting the watch video ad button right where continue button should be. Skewering free to play and the clone madness in one game.

It’s all in fun and it is funny, sure. Is it a sad statement about the App Store? It’s that too. Is it worth your time, eh. Perhaps it’s a bit too much of an inside joke for most. Did you notice that Hearthstone is out?

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is Available on the U.S. App Store Right Now – Gogogogo!

Posted by on April 16th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

For a while we just had to sit back while PC gamers got to enjoy it. Then they teased us with a soft launch. Now the wait is finally over – Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is available on the US App Store!

This is normally where I’d speak a bit about how neat it looks and how popular it is, but it’s freaking Hearthstone. You deserve a medal for sticking around this long rather than going straight to the App Store to download it. But don’t worry, I won’t keep you.

You can grab Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for the iPad now, for free.

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Season 3 of Zombies, Run! Starts Right Now – Includes Over 60 New Weekly Missions and More

Posted by on April 16th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Zombies, Run! has been giving iOS users a reason to keep running (i.e. zombies) for a while now. So long, in fact, that the app has just begun its third season of content.

The new 3.0 update includes over 60 new missions that will be doled out weekly, a new Statistics view that makes it a snap to see all that delicious running data, a Codex to chronicle your collection, interval training, and an all-new look.

“It’s been wonderful to go back to Abel Township for the creation of this new season of the game,” said Naomi Alderman (co-creator and lead writer) in a press release, “We’ve got plot twists galore ahead, as Runner Five has to deal with bigger enemies, more dastardly plots, and of course the constant presence of slavering zombies eager to chomp down on human flesh.”

You can grab the updated Zombies, Run! off the App Store right now. Please note that if you’ve already purchased the Race Missions packs or Season 2, you should tap “Restore Purchases” from within the app.

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via: Our Review

Toad Rider Goes Free for a Limited Time, Starting This Week

Posted by on April 16th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Toad Rider, the fun universal endless runner inspired by the classic Battletoads game, is going to be offered for free by its developer for a limited time.

We had an opportunity to take a formal look at the game earlier this year.

Toad Rider is free right now.

via: Our Review

Knights of Pen & Paper is Free for a Limited Time – Don’t Wait for a Natural 20, Get it Now!

Posted by on April 16th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Knights of Pen & Paper is a weird and wonderful “make your own” sort of RPG adventure that’s as fun as it is funny. And right now it’s free!

For a limited time – specifically from today through 11:59pm PDT next Monday – you can grab Behold Studios’ fan letter to table top RPGs for nothing. Seeing as it’s a pretty great game, I’d suggest doing just that.

via: Our Review

Noodlecake Studios Places Mikey Hooks on Sale, Releases Sneak Peek Trailer for Upcoming Sequel Mikey Boots

Posted by on April 16th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Noodlecake Studios (and BeaverTap Games) is in a giving mood, and is putting sequenced platformer Mikey Hooks on sale for $0.99 for a limited time.

Additionally, Noodlecake is offering fans a sneak peek of yet another sequel in the Mikey series: Mikey Shorts.

We had an opportunity to review Mikey Hooks last year and COMPLETELY adored it; as noted, it is currently available on sale for $0.99.

via: Our Review

ClutchPlay Games is using Tax Day as an opportunity to release the trailer for its upcoming game Skullduggery!, which is due out in the Fall.

The game is a physics puzzler. According to the release, Skullduggery! combines the physics flinging of Angry Birds with the action coin-collection of Jetpack Joyride and the puzzle-platforming of, well, a puzzle-platformer.

“You can’t take it with you” they said. Well, they were wrong! “Deadbeats” have been taking their riches with them to the afterlife for centuries and it’s the job of the InFERnal Revenue Service — and its army of semi-organic autonomous skulls — to collect!

Using the elasticity of your own brain, flick yourself around the fortresses of the afterlife’s biggest deadbeats. Slow time to avoid deadly obstacles and pull off awesome trick shots to collect riches. Discover hidden caches, slip past surly guards, and much more.

source: ClutchPlay website

Strike Wing: Raptor Rising to Get a Huge Update That Adds New Mode, Improved Graphics and More.

Posted by on April 16th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Strike Wing: Raptor Rising, the space combat game from Dream Builder Studios and Crescent Moon Games, will soon be getting its biggest update yet.

Version 1.3 adds in a host of improvements, including a completely rewritten graphics engine, a new Story Mode, redone ship models, tweaked controls, improved enemy AI, and more.

Strike Wing: Raptor Rising is available for $0.99 on the App Store. The new update will be available later this week.

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Don’t be a Pygon, Download Horn Right Now While it’s Still Free

Posted by on April 16th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Phosphor Games’ Horn is a pretty great adventure that most iOS gamers would do well to experience, and it’s currently free.

If for some odd reason you haven’t helped the young apprentice save his village (and the rest of the world, really), well there’s no time like the present is there? And if that’s not enough, there’s also the challenge modes that will keep you busy well after the main story has concluded.

For the time being, you can grab Horn off the App Store for free. I’d suggest you avoid dawdling.

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via: Our Review

On our latest Twitch stream, we’ll be playing a pair of minimalist arcade games, one that just got a big content update in Pivvot, and another that was inspired by it in 15 Coins. Whitaker Trebella, creator of Pivvot, will discuss the new modes added to the game and the challenges of designing them. As well, Engaging Games’ Blake Johnson will discuss his studio’s own 15 Coins, and how games like Pivvot helped inspire it.

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Watch the embedded stream below when it goes live at 7:15 PM CDT or click here to watch on Twitch and chat with the developers. Highlights will be available after the show.

Shenandoah Studio has become one of the go-to developers for war games on iOS, with Battle of the Bulge and Drive on Moscow both being extremely well received so far. And now we’ve got Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein to look forward to.

Desert Fox takes the fight to the (mostly) desserts of North Africa, with players needing to guide their troops through fields of wire and mines while also deciding whether to go on the offensive or hang back and refit. Go offensive and you might get the drop on the opposing side, but a refit could allow you to bolster your numbers and take advantage of faction-specific perks.

Shenandoah’s Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein will be arriving on the App Store this Spring.

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I think it’s fair to say that Dungeon of the Endless has been getting a bit of attention as of late. I mean it’s a great-looking game, and from what I played over the weekend it’s quite fun and challenging as well. Too bad it’s only going to be released for home computers… or is it?

Now before getting too excited, you need to know that nothing is set in stone yet. However, I was informed that the team at Amplitude Studios has actually been looking in to bringing their game to tablets. I mean it would make sense, really. The interface seems like it would be a perfect fit for the iPad. Of course a lot can happen in the course of trying to release a game on a new platform.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated if/when Dungeon of the Endless for the iPad is officially confirmed/shot down.

via: Amplitude Studios

Yeti. Sasquatch. Wendigo. The Abominable Snowman. Bigfoot. Call them whatever you want, but they’re awfully elusive creatures. At least they were. Soon you’ll be able to track these misunderstood beasts down on your own personal photo safari thanks to Bigfoot Hunter.

Bigfoot and all his fuzzy friends are all out there in the world somewhere, going about their woodsy business and being all camera shy. It’s up to you to track them down and take their picture with your iOS device. Of course it’s not quite as simple as spinning around with your iPhone and clicking the shutter at the right time. Each stage will give you three shots to snap a worthwhile photo of your target, but it has to be in a specific pose for the images to be worth anything. Bonus points are also available if you can keep things in focus and framed well (which is a lot tougher than it sounds). A swipe is included as well, for those moments where you just don’t have the room to whip the top half of your body around all the time.

Bigfoot Hunter will be declaring open season (for snapshots) soon.

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Today Tempo AI, makers of Tempo Smart Calendar, and Speek, the team behind the conference call app Speek have announced a partnership.

The two developers are combining their talents to bring Speek functionality to Tempo, thus giving users the ability to create conference call events and even dial into them directly from within the calendar app.

Speek lets users avoid the hassle of entering a phone number and fumbling around to find their PIN, by providing a web-based conference call line that is always open. Meanwhile, Tempo AI’s technology uses machine learning to understand thousands of different conference call formats, and dial users into conference calls in one tap.

You can check out the new Tempo Smart Calendar app with Speek functionality right now on the App Store.

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Wizards of the Coast’s latest (and by association, also the greatest) digital CCG, Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers is just around the corner. Singleplayer is back in this latest edition, as well as full multiplayer support across all versions (iPad, PC, etc). So no more staring longingly at PC features! There’s also an improved tutorial that should make it a bit easier for new players to figure out what they’re doing.

However the biggest change, and perhaps the one that will please and excite fans the most, is the new and vastly-improved deck manager. Now players will be able to build, customize, and otherwise manage a total of up to 30 different decks. The management itself has also been heavily tweaked, with a heck of a lot more sorting options, automatic suggestions based on your current deck’s strengths, and the ability to customize your land cards if you so desire. It even analyzes and displays your deck’s “stats,” so new players can get a better idea of its overall power, speed, and so on.

Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers will be releasing on iOS soon for free.

Temple Run 2 Updated with Clouds, Wheels, and Easter Eggs

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

Looks like Temple Run 2 has just been updated for Easter, which means you can expect lots of brightly-colored eggs in your future.

No really, there are special Easter artifacts in the game now that turn gems into eggs, as well as some goofy bunny-themed gear to purchase for your characters. But it’s not all about eggs and chocolate – the new update also adds a prize wheel that will pop-up whenever you use a Save Me, and you can now earn a free Save Me by watching a video at the end of your run. Also there was mention about iCloud support.

You can grab the updated version of Temple Run 2 off the App Store right now for free.

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via: Our Review

Godfire: Rise of Prometheus is one gorgeous-looking action/adventure game that’s just about ready to storm the App Store.

You’ll be guiding Prometheus through seven different acts and three possible difficulties, hacking up bad guys the whole way. He’ll also be collecting lots of gear, which is all upgradable and usually includes some sort of special ability such as causing poison damage. It’s not exactly a new idea, but I did think it as pretty cool how the armor sets will actually start to look different as you upgrade them.

I’m also curious to see how players take to the leaderboards. Normally I’m not much of a high score buff, but the leaderboards for Godfire are actually split across all versions of the game. So it’ll be interesting to see how the competition pans out – and will no doubt spark more physical vs. virtual control debates. To which I say “Bring it on!”

Godfire: Rise of Prometheus should be releasing on the App Store in the second Quarter of this year, and it’ll be a premium title.

Flirting and Dating App Twine Updated, Receives iOS7 Optimization and More

Posted by on April 15th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Twine, the “first Intellectual Flirting and Dating App” has received an update. The new build is specially optimized for iOS7, refreshes the UI with a brand new design, chat improvements, and bug improvements.

Twine is a social interaction app that looks to encourage safe dating by allowing users to remain anonymous until they choose to reveal themselves.

Twine is available for free on the App Store.

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