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Card Collecting is Now a Part of Trivia Crack

Posted by Rob Rich on August 17th, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SOCIAL IQ TEST :: Read Review »

If you've been playing Trivia Crack for a while and have been thinking it might be time to put it away, you should probably stop reading this. If not (or if you're okay with having a new reason to obsess over it), then yeah... the game lets you collect cards now.

Zombie Hunter: Apocalypse has shambled onto iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on August 14th, 2015

Genera Games has followed up on the success of Frozen: Freefall and Ramboat with its most action-packed title to date, Zombie Hunter: Apocalypse.

You play as a marine who's taking the fight directly to the undead horde in bloody first person battles with a wide variety of weapons.

Pick shots from a safe distance with the sniper rifle, get up close and personal with the magnum pistol, or go old school with a crossbow. Whatever weapon you choose heads are sure to explode.

And they'll do so in a few different environments ripe for zombie murder, like an arctic wasteland, abandoned theme park, or an entire city.

During your quest to rid Earth of the undead you'll ride helicopters, fire missiles, and blast apart loads of genetically mutated horrors.

You can even create your very own personalised missions and share them with friends in the mission editor. This will stretch replayability by a fair bit.

Each time you return to the game you'll earn a bonus reward. Day five nets you a massive bazooka capable of blasting entire groups of zombies into bits with just one missile.

Head on over to the App Store [download] or Google Play [download] to get Zombie Hunter: Apocalypse right now.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade May Not be a Strategy Game but it Looks Pretty Sweet

Posted by Rob Rich on August 13th, 2015

There's no shortage of Warhammer 40K games on the App Store, but not many of them deviate from the strategy genre. Pixel Toys seems to want to address this with Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade, where you play as an Imperial Knight (i.e. a giant chainsaw-armed mech). Works for me!

So it Looks Like Terraria is on Sale Right Now

Posted by Rob Rich on August 13th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DIGGING FOR MORE :: Read Review »

Are you one of the half-dozen people who don't own Terraria yet? Well you're in luck, because it's currently on sale so you can grab it on the cheap. It won't be any easier (those boses can be a handful), but Terraria for the price of a 2 liter is still tough to pass up.

Oh My - Fit Entertainment is Putting George Takei into their Fitness Apps

Posted by Rob Rich on August 13th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

I imagine everyone knows George Takei from either Star Trek, his infinite puns on social media, or a combination of both. I also imagine his interest in fitness isn't a surprise to some, but it's certainly a bit of a surprise to me - as is the news that Fit Entertainment is planning on putting him in their apps.

Demi Lovato: Path to Fame is Now Available via Episode

Posted by Rob Rich on August 13th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you've ever wanted to become famous with the help of actress/singer/song writer Demi Lovato, (and you have Pocket Gem's Episode intalled) now's your chance. I know it's oddly specific but not all these lead-ins can be winners.

This Week at 148Apps: August 3-7, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on August 12th, 2015

Amped Up for August With 148Apps

How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.


Prune is a beautifully minimal puzzle game in which players prune trees. For those unfamiliar with tree pruning, this mainly just involves players trimming branches off of a tree so that it grows in a very specific way. Despite not being terribly long, Prune's gorgeous look and novel gameplay make it definitely worth checking out. Players encounter the same basic setup for each individual stage across any of Prune's five chapters: they must grow a tree in a certain way in order to get enough flowers to blossom and to move on to the next. This starts off easily enough to introduce the basic mechanics, but soon there will be instances where the constant slashing of branches becomes necessary to avoid obstacles like buzzsaws and more ominous red orbs that work as a sort of poison for trees. --Campbell Bird

Koi - Journey of Purity

My first glimpse of Koi - Journey of Purity came from the trailer, and I immediately picked up a Flower vibe from it. I wasn’t wrong, either.Each level in Koi has you swimming around fairly large, almost maze-like bodies of water while trying to help flowers bloom - and the way you do this is by finding like-colored fish and guiding them to the right buds. Of course things quickly get more complicated when you have to clear paths by playing Simon-like mini-games, or avoid very large and aggressive fish. It’s all very pretty and quite interesting, but it’s not perfect. --Rob Rich

Farming Simulator 2016

It wasn’t until recently that I managed to dip a toe into the Farming Simulator waters - the Playstation 4 version of Farming Simulator 2015, specifically - but pretty much as soon as I did I could tell why it was such a beloved (and obviously niche) series. The bug bit me pretty hard, to the point where I was pretty excited to check out Farming Simulator 2016 for iOS. You begin the game with a couple of fields (one ready to harvest and another ready to sow), a harvester, a tractor, a few important tools to attach to that tractor, and a little bit of money. It’s up to you to turn all of that into a sprawling farm with over a dozen fields, multiple vehicles, and a somewhat ridiculous profit margin. It basically boils down to collecting crops, planting new crops, and selling crops to buy better stuff. --Rob Rich

Five Nights at Freddy's 4

Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 is an incredibly creepy, atmospheric, and downright terrifying game. Virtually every moment spent trying to survive each of its five nights (give or take a couple extras) is incredibly tense as you play cat-and-mouse with nightmarish renditions of the original cast - Bonnie, Chica, Foxy, and Freddy (plus one or two surprise guests). Problem is I’m actually talking about the PC version. The core of Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 is still the same on iOS. You’re still running back and forth between two bedroom doors, a closet, and a bed while trying to use your flashlight to drive away the horrific monsters that are stalking you. And you’ll still get grabbed if you don’t flashlight enough (or if you flashlight too soon). What’s disappointing is that the animations have been stripped down so much it’s practically like watching a slideshow. This doesn’t spoil the tension, but it does lessen it a fair bit. --Rob Rich

Angry Birds 2

It was inevitable that we’d see a true sequel to Angry Birds one day and, really, who could complain? There’s a reason why people love the franchise - it’s annoyingly compelling. There’s a lot of pressure on Angry Birds 2 to be just as great as the first time then and, well, it doesn’t quite do it. It’s still pretty great but some monetization decisions mean that you’re going to be quite frustrated at times. The key theme of Angry Birds 2 remains the same. You’re still flinging birds at structures containing pigs. I’ve forgotten by this point why the two sides hate each other so much but who really cares? This time round, each level is made up of multiple sections and structures, meaning it’s a meatier affair, as well as looks positively gorgeous. Also, you won’t be able to look up guides to figure things out, as each time you hit ‘retry’, the layout changes around. --Jennifer Allen

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K300 Premium 4K 3-Port HDMI Switch

Yep, it’s a wireless world.Nothing really beats the convenience of hooking up a mobile source to a bigger target and being able to stream and consume content. It’s just awesome.
I’m old school though, in that I still appreciate the fidelity of wired connections. No muss, no fuss. No need for wi-fi (as is necessary in some wireless connectivity set-ups). HDMI connections are especially noted; these are universal standards, and have the ability to provide input options for a veritable host of peripherals, from smartdevices to whole computers and everything in-between. And, if truth be told (and being the gadget collecting generation that we are), TV manufacturers, for instance, may need to start allocating most of the back panel space to more and more — and more — HDMI input space.--Tre Lawrence

Deadlock: Online

Folks play mobile games for a variety of reasons.Hang time with the friends. Bragging rights with family. Down time at school. Reviewing apps for a living (hello!).One thing is for sure, we all come upon those days when taking on a game like Deadlock: Online is needed by of stress relief, and maybe even profound enjoyment beyond that.It opens up easily enough, and feels like virtual battle of attrition; the player mans a combatant in an urban landscape, and the basic premise is to knock out your enemies and stay alive. To achieve this feel, the developer uses a top-down perspective. The control system is dual in nature, and, as noted, involved moving around and shooting enemy fighters.--Tre Lawrence

Bracketron Mi-T Grip Smartphone Mount

When it comes to mobile accessories, few names resonate like Bracketron; its Mi-T Grip Smartphone Mount is just the type of tool one would love to add to one’s accessory arsenal.The review unit that Bracketron sent highlights the product in retail form; getting it out of the packet unveils the two pieces that make up the mount: a ball joint fused with suction-sticky attachment surface, and then an adjustable clip that fits intuitively onto the ball joint with the help of a tightening screw. When the latter is snapped onto the former, one gets a homogeneous solution, made of hard plastic and coming in all black. It is almost diminutive and feels solidly built.--Tre Lawrence

All this, plus news, game guides and even more reviews than we can share here!

Breakneck Looks a Bit Like Race the Sun, and it's Out on August 27

Posted by Rob Rich on August 12th, 2015

Breakneck has just been announced, and it looks like a pretty neat (if a tad familiar) endless racer. Also, bless my stars and garters is that Mila Kunis?

The Walking Dead: No Man's Land Looks Kind of Decent

Posted by Rob Rich on August 12th, 2015

Next Games (the folks behind Compass Point: West) has announced their next upcoming game - The Walking Dead: No Man's Land. That's right, the people who made a Western town builder are working on a Walking Dead game.

Mighty Swiping Shiba Force has Super Sentai Dogs in it and That's Enough for Me

Posted by Rob Rich on August 11th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Mighty Swiping Shiba Force is a fairly straightforward-looking action game where you have to fend off waves of enemies and fight the occasional boss, quick-fire arcade style. That's all well and good, but I'm still kinda stuck on the Super Sentai dogs thing.

It Turns Out that Upcoming JRPG, Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey, will be a Premium Release

Posted by Rob Rich on August 11th, 2015

Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey is a promising-looking JRPG that's headed to the App Store thanks to kobojo - and if the involvement of Final Fantasy VII writerKazushige Nojima and Final Fantasy Tactics composerHitoshi Sakimoto weren't enough to get you interested, how does a shift from free-to-play to a premium release sound?

Pop jellies to give clovers a colourful makeover in Jelly Blast's latest update

Posted by Rob Rich on August 10th, 2015

The jelly-popping match three puzzler, Jelly Blast, has received an update that adds a new weekly competition, new modes, and sweets to the mix.

In Jelly Blast, you help Alicia try and prevent an evil witch from destroying the kingdom by popping jellies to scare her away.

You do this over the course of 400 increasingly challenging levels in 20 different game modes, side quests, dungeons, and weekly competitions. There's lots to see and do ehre

And now there's more, as update 1.9.0 has added new game modes into the mix like Bubble Gum, which tasks you with matching identical jellies together to create bubbles. You'll then use the new bubble gum sweets to pop them.

Jam Mode has you spreading jam about the level by popping jellies that it's touching. The level is over once it's covered in jam.

Jelly Gorgers sees you make peace with the hungry monsters, who will help you defeat the evil witch once collected while Pale Clover has you collecting dyed clovers.

Jelly Blast and the new update are available from the App Store [download] or Google Play [download] right now for free.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Paradise Bay - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Get You Started

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 10th, 2015

[Still on the fence about downloading Paradise Bay? Have a look at our review.]

So you've just downloaded Paradise Bay and you're trying to figure out where to start? If you’re used to King’s usual output, you might be surprised at what’s here. Don’t worry, because we have a selection of tips and tricks to help get you started!

600 Years Later, Gameloft Announces Order & Chaos 2: Redemption

Posted by Rob Rich on August 7th, 2015

Things didn't go so well in the world of Order & Chaos. Apparently the heroes in the first MMO were duped into destroying the world (you know who you are), but now they - well, technically their ancestors - have a chance to set things right in Order & Chaos 2: Redemption.

vCarrot Wants to Help Your Kids With Their Summer Reading

Posted by Rob Rich on August 6th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

vCarrot is an interesting looking app that's meant to incentivize kids with their reading. And seeing as school is going to start back up soon and there's a good chance they've been putting it off, now is probably a good time for it to exist.