Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 24th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Square Enix’s Hitman GO has received 8 new levels based on Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.
You be able to sneak around the snow-draped landscape of Varosnij Square while you line up your next kill. Players will be able to unlock the new content by either completing missions or by skipping all that and purchasing everything for $0.99. The update also adds cloud-saving functionality, so you can sync your completed levels between devices.
This update comes alongside a limited-time sale where fans can buy Hitman GO for just $1.99. The price will go back up after a week so if you want to check it out, now is the time.
Rubicon Development, makers of the award winning Great War Games series, has announced a huge sale on 15 of their most popular games that will run until Monday morning at 9:00am. The games that will be included in the sale are:
Developed by Newin Inc, nPlayer may seem like your standard video player – but is aiming to be the best in its field by providing high quality video play performance and support for a huge number of video formats and codecs.
User reviews include quotes such as “I have tested many apps but this one is my only official player for all my iDevice,” “I’ve used a number of video players. This is by far the best,” and “this is by far the best streaming app ever” just demonstrate that it’s well on its way to achieving this aim too.
One way it looks to be the best video player on iOS is the Network Function, which – uniquely for video players for mobile devices – enables stream-play from a range of servers including WebDAV, FTP, SMB, and UPnP/DNLA.
You can also adjust a huge number of options while watching videos – including brightness, audio set-up, subtitles, aspect ratio, and more. Touch screen controls allow you to easily adjust playback, subtitle positions and fonts, and volume and brightness, too. The app makes sure that high resolution videos play fluidly without interruptions.
File management is also simple to grasp, with options to delete, move, rename, and create files – alongside a password lock system to make sure that your videos are kept safe. You can also transfer files without USB cable connection through a wi-fi connection.
As mentioned a range of video formats are supported, including (but not limited to) MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, WMV, ASF, FLV, OGV, RMVB, TP – as well as audio files in MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC, and APE.
For real videophiles the app also allows H.264/MPEG4 hardware acceleration for MKV, AVI, and FLV formats over Local, HTTP, FTP, SFTP and SMB protocols – and even supports the official Dolby audio codec (AC3, E-AC3). The recently released 2.6.4 version of the app added support for Toshiba wireless storage devices too, such as FlashAir, Wireless SSD, and the Wireless Adapter.
So if you want to check out the video player that seems to be making waves you can download the iOS 8 compatible version of nPlayer for iPhone and iPad for $4.99 / £2.99 now [download].
This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.
Would you like to know what we thought of all this puzzling-around the deep recesses of the planet? Check out our Puzzle to the Center of the Earth review!
Puzzle to the Center of the Earth is a surprisingly deep and challenging puzzle platformer. Here are a few tips for players looking to stay alive while down in the depths.
Energy Management is Key
Once you start using formulas, make sure you build combos of blocks toward your character and not away – The catalyst energy that allows for formula usage always drops at the end of a string of six blocks, so if you start linking blocks as far away as possible and move in, they are easier to get (see above). The combo on the left will end up dropping the red catalyst crystal in a hard-to-reach place significantly further down into the cavern whereas the combo on the right, which is the same exact structure, will drop the crystal right at your feet.
Use moves wisely – Players begin every level with 20 energy and it costs 1 energy to interact with any amount of blocks. This means that dropping blocks or linking 4, 5, or 6 blocks all costs 1 energy. Since the ultimate goal is at the bottom of each level, using 1 energy to dig as far down as possible is generally a good strategy – at least in the beginning.
Look for energy blocks – To help recoup energy, there are blocks in the world that have pieces of energy in them. These energy blocks give players 4 energy. Therefore, it’s not necessarily worth going out of the way to mine an energy block if it costs more than 4 energy to get.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 23rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
What does it take to be a great Pokémon trainer? You can find out by going to Camp Pokémon, a lovely little island designed by The Pokemon Company International. The app provides you with six fun activities that, when completed, earn you pins for your pin book and stickers to decorate photos with. You be able to warm up you throwing arm with “Poké Ball Throw” or master your encyclopedic knowledge of Pokémon with “Find the Pokémon”.
Once you’ve earned a few stickers, you can take them to the photobooth where you can add your favorites to photos of you and your friends.
Camp Pokémon is available for free, so pack your tent and watch out for wild Pokémon!
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 23rd, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Wizards of the Coast has announced that this November they’ll be releasing Garruk’s Revenge, a brand new expansion for Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers. The expansion will add four new campaign levels and a Garruk Wildspeaker deck from the Alara block.
Crushing your foes will earn you more cards from the Alara series, and in exciting news all of the original Magic 2015 campaign cards (as well as Hunt Bigger Game and the Expansion cards) will be earnable through gameplay. Also, if you’ve already played the heck out of the game and unlocked the previous five chapters (Innistrad, Theros, Ravnica, Zendikar, and Shandalar), you’ll be able to win Battle Boosters in multiplayer matches.
Garruk’s Revenge for Magic 2015 will be available for $4.99 on the App Store in early November.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 23rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Draft Day is a new fantasy football app from Grant Hancock.
The app lets you build a team and develop your own stadium. Players can then push their players to victory or trade them away. Just be careful to stay within your budget, otherwise your dreams of glory will be shattered.
Cars: Fast as Lightning is a cute and fun app that combines racing and town-building with the charisma and marketability of Disney Pixar’s Cars franchise. It’s a friendly game, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use a few tips to help you make Radiator Springs shine again.
Complete quests to earn rewards – Quests queue up on the left side of the screen when you’re not racing. Quests offer rewards like experience and coins, and they’re a good way to get back on track if you’ve been meandering from task to task.
Pay attention to the difficulty meter before you race – Each car you engage in a race has a difficulty measuring from one to four. Make sure to race within your rank if you don’t want to waste gas on a loss.
Place attractions on the track to earn more experience with races – Don’t neglect putting attractions on race tracks. They earn you a bit of extra experience with every race, plus they make the joint look classy.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 23rd, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
During Walt Disney Company’s Disney Accelerator Program Demo Day, Codarica lauched their new educational app for kids called CodeQuest. The game helps children create their first website while learning basic HTML and CSS.
CodeQuest had ten levels that use mini-games to introduce coding ideas, including over 100 lines of HTML and CSS code. The game also uses the built-in camera to add photos to the site. Once the website is complete, parents can publish their child’s site on Codarica’s secure servers.
CodeQuest is now available for free on the App Store.
Posted by Ellis Spice on October 22nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An update has been brought upon us for EA Mobile‘s CCG-inspired installment in the Dragon Age series, Heroes of Dragon Age. This update brings a new divisional leaderboard system, a newsfeed, and the Nexus: a new area for Player vs Environment (PvE) adventures.
The Nexus provides players with events for multiple difficulty levels. If players manage to progress through Nexus maps, they will find themselves rewarded with gold, gems, and exclusive heroes.
Heroes of Dragon Age is available to download for free from the App Store now.
Posted by Ellis Spice on October 22nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Witchcraft has come to The Sims FreePlay in its newest update, adding Spell Casting and Broomstick hobbies to the free-to-play title.
The Spell Casting Hobby allows players to conjure up collectibles and hatch their own Pet Dragon, whilst the Broomstick Hobby lets players to rocket up into the clouds. Players will also find themselves owners of some free gifts to celebrate this, the spookiest part of the year.
The Sims FreePlay is free to magically appear download from the App Store now.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 22nd, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Do you wish you could choose the ringtone your friends hear when you call? Now you can with Shuv, by Pink Stone. The new technology is called “Ring Forward.” It allows you to call or send a picture to any other Shuv user with your favorite ringtone or even your own personal voice recording.
Shuv is partnering with Sony Music to get you thousands of songs from hundreds of Sony Music artists. The premium music ringtones are part of their upgraded service and access to the Shuv music library will be available for $1.99 per month.
You can pick up Shuv for free on the App Store right now.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 22nd, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Scrapbookers move over, Scrapgaming is the new thing.
Papercade, by Hololabs Studio, gives you a way to create games using your own photographs. Players can easily snap a photo, select the parts of the image they want to use, and then create simple games and interactive stories with Papercade‘s tools. Once their game is done, game crafters can easily share their work with friends and family.
“We were inspired by the miniature worlds and dioramas that we built inside shoe boxes when we were kids,” said Hololabs Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Paul Warne. “Papercade brings back this simple joy of crafting and sharing stories from things we make ourselves.”
Papercade is available for free on the App Store now.
The studio has also released the official soundtrack on bandcamp, so you can tease yourself as you wait. Soon you’ll be able to conquer the three challenging gauntlets to finally face off with the Dot King himself.
So check out Tilt to Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge for $2.99 when it releases this Thursday, 10/23.
Sago Mini Monsters, by Sago Sago, is a fun monster creation game for kids. And they’re gearing up for a fun Halloween. Now players can add fun costumes to their mini-monsters such as a witches’ hat, ghost, or creepy-crawly spider. Once the monster is bedecked in its ghoulish get-up, your kids can feed it holiday treats like candy corn, lollipops, jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin pie, rockets, and hard candy.
The update is only available until Halloween, but you can preserve your monster’s look by saving a picture of it in Sago Mini Monsters.
Check out the only slightly spooky update for Sago Mini Monsters for free on the App Store.
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Curious to know what we though about all this robot-on-robot carnage? Then check out our Bot Squad review!
The Bot Squad: Puzzle Battles offers nearly 200 stages based on its varied approach to tower defense. That’s pretty great, but it also means there are lots of strategies to master and the amount of options can be a little daunting. Here are some tips on how to save Dynamo City.
The Best Defense
The Bot Squad is separated into Defensive stages and Offensive stages. Defensive stages play more like typical tower defense games, and many of the same strategies apply, but they still have their own quirks.
To start, use standard Smacker and Blaster tower bots to weaken enemies that cross your paths. Always pay attention to the range of your units and try to cover as much ground as possible.
Sometimes it’s good to be redundant and have multiple towers clustered in the same area to kill enemies faster. It depends on the stakes.
Stop enemies in their tracks with Stoppabots like Blockers and Grabbers. Unlike towers though, these obstacles can be destroyed. They can also only be placed on certain terrain so be smart with them.
Certain levels provide a limited number of towers to take down a limited number of enemies. However, other stages have an unlimited supply of towers that spawn at set intervals. Enemies come fast and furious in these levels though, usually in big groups, so quickly put your extra power to use.
If a level already has a few towers, pick them up and rearrange them to forge a better defense.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 21st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
If you thirst for PVP action in Galaxy on Fire – Alliances, FISHLABS has you covered. They’ve introduced their newest game mode: Enter the Warzone. Now alliances can fight for dominance over an entire server. The new warzone servers have smaller maps with altered travel times, doubled XP for battles, and pre-colonized planets to fight over.
The game has also been updated to include Thai and Turkish, making it available in a total of 14 different languages.
You can check out all the new Warzone action in Galaxy on Fire – Alliances for free right now.
Pocket Gamer has noticed that, hidden within OS X Yosemite, the latest update to the Mac operating system that arrived last week, is the ability to capture footage straight from a Lightning cable connected iOS device.
Intended for developers but freely available to all, footage captured this way comes in the full Retina resolution of the device, with no jag or frame rate drops even on bigger 3D games. Whilst it might not give users the editing or streaming options they might be able to get from other software and hardware, it does at least makes the process for getting footage for Let’s Plays and the like more open and a heck of a lot easier.
Do you like Warhammer? Are you looking forward to, or even just curious about, the upcoming Space Wolf mobile game from Herocraft? Then you should head on over to AppSpy because they’re going to be giving away codes for both the game itself and free booster packs as they stream everything on Twitch in a couple of hours. Or, you know, you could hang out here and watch the stream down below. That works, too.
The fun will start at 9am PDT, 12pm EST, 5pm BST. Watch, have fun, maybe get a free prerelease game out of it. What’s not to like?
Unbroken, by John Araujo, promises a hack and slash style game of adventure across the world of Midrune with you taking on the role of the “Unbroken”: a hero with the mysterious power to move between timelines.
The game uses 2 tap controls (jump and attack) instead of gestures or joysticks and pits you against a variety of dark enemies. It’s beautiful retro-style graphics with a limited palate give it a creepy haunted feel.
Araujo has not stated a release date for Unbroken yet, but for now you can check out a few visuals on the new site.
So little time and so very many apps. What’s a poor iPhone/iPad lover to do? Fortunately, 148Apps is here to give you the rundown on the latest and greatest releases. And we even have a tremendous back catalog of reviews; just check out the Reviews Archive for every single review we’ve ever written.
I’ve been playing and enjoying collectable card games for 20 years, now – yeah, I’m old, shut up. While Magic: the Gathering has always been my main game, I’ve tried and enjoyed several others over the years. One of my favorites was always Pokémon, but at my age (I said shut up!) almost none of my peers play. The only way I could enjoy a game was to go to a tournament and play almost entirely against children. Since that’s as awkward as it sounds, I haven’t played in years. Now there’s a solution to that problem. And unlike Magic’s foray into iPad, Pokémon TCG allows a great deal of freedom. –Jade Walker
Almost a decade after its launch, the classic time management franchise Diner Dash has returned once again to cause stress headaches in a whole new generation of mobile gamers. It’s been about four years since the last entry in the series – Diner Dash 5: BOOM! – and PlayFirst has revamped the venerable workhorse into a mash-up of classic and all-new styles. And, for the first time ever, the series has embraced the free-to-play model. How well do Flo and the crew make the transition to freemium? Well, let’s take a look, shall we? You’d be hard-pressed to find someone these days who isn’t at least passingly familiar with the basic concept of Diner Dash. Players are in charge of Flo, a good-natured (but doubtlessly exhausted) waitress whose job is to seat, serve, and generally keep happy all of the customers of her restaurant – many of whom have specific quirks and needs. Unfortunately, as Flo is only one person with two hands, she can only do so much at a time. This leaves her sprinting about madly to take orders, make coffee, clean up dirty tables, and more, all before customers lose their patience and leave. You really have to wonder why this place doesn’t hire at least a busboy, right? –Rob Thomas
Sheep aren’t loaded with natural defenses. They’re great at standing around, chewing their cud, and waiting to be sheared. That’s about it. That’s why Air Supply – SOS calls on players to foil the Time Travel Company: a greedy organization that kidnaps sheep, robs their fluffy down, and makes clothing. Though these distressed sheep are quantum sheep, they’re still incapable of defending themselves. Do the right thing. Save Our Sheep (“SOS” – get it?). Air Supply is a shooter inspired by the classic ZX Spectrum game Jetpac. Players endure waves of aliens while catching the quantum sheep that fall from the sky. The sheep need to be returned to the rocket ship waiting at the bottom of the screen. Once the requisite number is loaded, the player gets to progress to the next level (often accompanied by a “sheepy hug” of thanksgiving). –Nadia Oxford
Like in the original, players control Rockford: a scrappy young spelunker exploring a series of caves. But these aren’t just ordinary caves; they’re full of gems, and to open up the exit Rockford must collect a certain number of gems before time runs off. From that description, one might think that gem-collecting would be, if not a difficult process, then at least one that took some thinking. But in Boulder Dash, most of the initial free levels can be beaten by tracing the most straightforward route through the dirt and collecting the obvious gems in plain sight. Players spend the majority of the game performing this deeply uninteresting act again and again. Sure there are a few enemies, but with Rockford’s ability to move basically anywhere and survive anything short of a falling rock, there’s far too little in the player’s way. It almost makes one wish the controls weren’t as smooth and forgiving as they are. Later worlds do ramp up the challenge, but the dull and lengthy introduction discourages players from grinding and earning the stars necessary to unlock the more interesting content for free. –Jordan Minor
Bug Mazing – Adventures in Learning‘ is a new title from Little Bit Studio, the developers known for their series of apps such as Bugs and Buttons, Bugs and Numbers, and a recent favorite, Bug Art. As the name may suggest, Bug Mazing is a maze app with a bug theme that includes activities such as working with numbers, letters, colors and tracing in ways that children will find engaging and adults will appreciate for their educational value. Nature is a big part of these apps and the landscape may either be beautiful and pristine with flowers and insects like bees and ladybugs or include worn details that are possibly less beautiful, but I find these details quite interesting. It also includes a fantasy adventure theme as well as bugs that are styled with different adventure elements, such as Indiana Jones’ hat and other details. A narrator gives encouragement while on each exploration and valuable coins and precious gems are collected as rewards. Each area of this app includes different levels of difficulty and unique bugs select. Do note the selection of languages that is also included within this app – always a nice touch. Multiple children can also keep their own games separate, which is good for at home or the classroom. –Amy Solomon
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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:
Twitch games are an addiction of mine now, so checking out Entwined Challenge was destined to be. The visuals rely on simulated distance perspective; to start, the two flying beings are colored red and blue. In the distance is a circle with colored segments; the colors of the segments are generally red, blue and green. the flying beings can be controlled by thumb gestures on either side to move along the axis of the circle, so that each flying being is guided through a matching color segment. As progress is made, the game adjusts too; for example, where the color segments were stationary, they begin to move, forcing the player to make adjustments and quicker decisions on the fly. While the concept remains simple, the developer does a good job of delicately layering levels of difficulty upon the easy-to-understand premise, and it flows well, with no major deviations to distract from the chase of excellence. –Tre Lawrence
Yes, batteries in mobile devices have gotten better, but in the spirit of being prepared, it just makes sense to have a backup plan. Way back when, getting a couple extra OEM batteries was sufficient. Now, sealed batteries are more commonplace, and having multiple devices at any given time is not unheard of; in any case, all those extra batteries start to add up. Nah, it makes sense to have a portable battery, and when it comes to mobile power solutions, few are as capable of Antec; hence, checking out the new LifeBar 10 Portable Charger is far from a chore. –Tre Lawrence
Health tools with a mobile component are especially compelling, and as such, we jumped at an opportunity to check out the Withings Smart Body Connected Scale. The black (white is an option) review unit Withings sent us is pretty much ready to go. At first glance, the first thing that comes to mind is that somehow, the product pictures do not do it justice. It looks like a chiseled dark colored slab. frankly, it look dashing, managing to be modern without being Jetson-silly. The full dark look is accented, and the silver center piece highlights the whole package. The expected display is digital in nature, and still manages to effect art. The battery compartment is at the bottom of the unit, and there is a tab preventing the batteries from cycling; beneath that are two buttons for syncing and selecting units. It looks like a “traditional” scale, but clearly wants people to know it has an extra trick or two up its sleeve. Officially, it comes in at 12.8 x 12.8 x 0.90 inches and 4.62 lbs. –Tre Lawrence
And finally, this week Pocket Gamer covered Apple and Google’s big announcements, wrote a massive guide for The Silent Age: Episode Two, tackled GamerGate, and picked 11 iOS games that you may never get to play. All that and loads more, right here.
Mark of the Dragon, by GAMEVIL, puts you in the saddle of your very own army of dragons. Build your kingdom as you organize your army and eventually lead the charge against your enemies lands. You can control your troops or go first-person as you storm the castle on the back of your dragon.
Mark of the Dragon has over 130 dragons with different characteristics and players can level-up their favorites with specific classes. Mix and match in breeding to create the very best dragons to ride to battle.
Mark of the Dragon will be available worldwide on the App Store this November.
Angry Birds Transformers recently transformed and rolled out worldwide. This run-and-gun title is a hit with young Transformers fans, but the ample references to classic Transformers fandom has also earned it a place in the hearts of long-time admirers of Optimus Prime. Nick Harper (Game Director for Exient Entertainment) and Mika Rahko (Executive Producer for Rovio) kindly took a few minutes to talk to 148Apps about the problems and inspirations that came to them while cross-breeding birds and robots.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 20th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Ypay, by By Arctur Apps, helps college students find free food at events on campus. Students can search a map of their area and see all of the events that offer free snacks.
They can also pin unlisted events they see so that their friends can find them and add add photos, links, and even special invites. The service even helps organizers advertise their events by listing them with Ypay, while feeding those hungry co-eds.
You can download Ypay for free on the App Store now.
Auro, by Dinofarm Games, is coming soon to iOS. The game lets players try out Bumping Tactics, where they push a monster back one tile, and stun them for one turn.
You play as Prince Auro as he explores procedurally generated dungeons and fights a variety of monsters by shoving them into the water or each other. The Prince is equipped with nine spells to help him battle his way through the forces of evil and you can choose either Story Mode where you play through his first quest or Play Mode to explore at your leisure.
There is no set release date, but Dinofarm Games assures us that Auro is coming soon.
Posted by Ellis Spice on October 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Version 1.9980 of Pixowl‘s The Sandbox has arrived on the App Store, adding a third volume and some optimizations to the game.
This new volume contains ten levels with a mixture of elements including Brainiac, Contraptions, Controllable Elements, Pixel Art, and Music. The pack also introduces Arnold: a new controllable character who can jump, shoot, and launch grenades.
Optimizations have also been brought in, meaning that the game is now optimized to work with the latest version of iOS 8, whilst at the same time still working on devices running up to iOS 5.
The Sandbox is available to craft download for free from the App Store now.
File sharing services like Dropbox have security issues. Email attachments can be problematic when it comes to sharing large files. USB dongles don’t fit into your phone.
Send Anywhere, a peer-to-peer file transferring application, solves all of the problems listed above by enabling you to send and receive all types of files of any size.
Send Anywhere works perfectly across different platforms and devices. This means you can now send a video file from your iPad to a Samsung Galaxy S without any problem. You can also send files from your PC or laptop to your mobile devices.
You don’t even have to provide any personal information to use this service. To transfer a file, all you need is a one-time 6-digit key that will be used to identify the transfer between you and the receiver.
Furthermore, thanks to its signature R-P2P (Relay Peer-to-Peer) technology, Send Anywhere doesn’t leave your data in the cloud, which means your files are free from cracking.
To celebrate breaking one million downloads, the Send Anywhere Team is running a huge Facebook giveaway event and offering up iPhone 6s and Amazon Gift Cards to lucky winners.
Since it’s not a lottery, your odds of winning an item are actually pretty high. All you need to do is check out the event page (link below) on Facebook, give it a ‘Like’, and follow the instructions.
The first major update for 22 Cans‘ Godus has arrived, bringing new lands, tweaks for Halloween, and more.
The big new feature for this update is the new lands to explore. Players can now construct an Ark and stock it with supplies, bringing their followers into the new, more advanced Frontier Age, which contains new cards to collect.
Meanwhile, in order to get into the spirit of the season, the landscape has been given a ‘scary’ change as well as followers dressing up for the holidays. Players can also win items from the new ‘Voyage’ challenge mode to decorate the world with .
Godus is available to lord over download from the App Store now for free.
With the Apple Watch’s generic release date of, “early 2015” hovering on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time before gamers begin to ask “What’s in it for us?” The obvious choice would be to place entire games directly on the face of the watch, but its limited form factor could prove to be a problem – to say the least. We’ve thought long and hard about the impending reality of wearable entertainment and decided to think outside of the box a bit. Here are just a few of the ideas of what developers might have waiting for us very soon. Continue reading Here’s How the Apple Watch Could Transform iOS Gaming »
Square Enix’s Hitman GO has received 8 new levels based on Hitman 2: Silent Assassin. You be able to sneak around the snow-draped landscape of Varosnij Square while you line up your next kill. Players will be able to unlock the new content by either completing missions or by skipping all that and purchasing everything for […]