Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 20th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Kingdom Rush: Origins is a prequel to the popular Kingdom Rush by Ironhide Game Studio. The game adds new towers, heroes, levels, and enemies to the world, as well as over 70 unique achievements and three difficulty modes.
You get to control one of nine unique heroes including Prince Denas the Knight, Arivan the Battlemage, or the wizard Vez’nan before he decided to join the forces of evil. The game pits you against the Dark Elf Army, which has over 30 new enemy types including gnoll, baldersnatch, evil spider, and dark elf warrior. You’ll be able to defend against them with the eight new towers that are available.
The is a ton of new stuff to try out, so download Kingdom Rush: Origins for the iPhone for $2.99 and for the iPad HD for $4.99 from the App Store today.
With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 out this weekend, Who Wore it Best? pits two Hunger Games tie-ins, Girl on Fire and Panem Run, against each other in a brutal and pointless fight to the death. I wonder where we got that idea from?
TOAST has announced that their real-time action-RPG match-3 game Crusaders Quest will release on iOS on December 4. The 8-bit stylized title features elements from the action, RPG, and matching genres, with players able to select from six classes and recruit from a pool of over 200 unique heroes.
If players so wish, they can also pre-register for the game. Players who do so will get special characters, items, and in-game currency upon launch, with more prizes being given out depending on the number of people who pre-register.
Crusaders Quest is set to match march its way into the App Store on December 4.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
MediaFire is a fast and easy way to backup all of your media. It’s also been recently updated to include the new “Power Upload” feature – now you can upload all your photos and videos even faster than before. You can toggle the Power Upload feature on or off at you leisure.
This update also optimizes MediaFire for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and includes various bug fixes.
You can download MediaFire for free on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is a blisteringly hard nope-fest that will have you stocking extra underwear as you play. The game is a sequel to the popular Five Nights at Freddy’s, and once again you have accepted a meager wage for a terrifying job: night guard at a children’s character restaurant.
The old night guard has since moved to the day shift after some strong words with his manager about the characters trying to get into the office to do… things. But hey, the characters have all been upgraded with the latest facial recognition technology, tied into local criminal databases. So what are you complaining about? It’s not like they’re going to try to dismember you, right? Just stick your Freddy Mask over your face, wave your flash light around, and pray they go away.
You can download Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 for $2.99 on the App Store, and you can huddle in a corner instead of sleeping ever again for free.
Start your engines:
Would you like to know what we thought of all this drifting and rough racing? Check out our Reckless Racing 3 review!
Reckless Racing 3 is down and dirty racing that prides itself on crazy drifts, breakneck straights, and fantastic in-game physics. Here are few tips to help you to take those corners like a pro.
Start Your Engines
Use the straight sections to steal a glance at the mini map towards the top of the screen and check for any fast-approaching sharp turns.
It’s only on those severe turns that braking becomes necessary. Usually releasing the acceleration while turning into the bend, then hitting the gas and turning out of it will suffice. When using the default button layout, tapping to turn out of a drift is a much better technique than holding down on the directional arrow, ensuring maximum control rather than veering into another drift accidentally. Just be aware that terrain can sometimes dictate otherwise.
While the green guideline might be a great tool for rough navigation, deviating slightly wide and then taking corners as close as possible without crashing is a surefire way to overtake and undercut other racers.
The reset button isn’t as damning as you’d think. In fact, in any situation that requires a reversal maneuver the reset button is actually preferential as it only incurs a minimal time penalty, can serve as an obstruction to opponents, and sometimes players won’t even lose their position.
Larger, heavier vehicles can use their weight to their advantage by smashing other cars off-course. This is best achieved by hitting the back of an opponent’s car during a turn, forcing them into a tailspin. Be sure to judge how this will effect the speed and trajectory of your own car, though.
In the settings menu, turn on the Chase Camera to have a clearer view of the road ahead, putting you behind your racer rather than at a fixed bird’s eye view. While this new angle may bring on a bit of motion sickness for the weak-stomached (if you had a problem with iOS’ home screen animations then you might want to play Zen Garden instead) it grants a better perspective for upcoming turns. For Gymkhana Mode however, the sheer amount of donuts and spins makes the Chase Camera a dizzying nightmare, so it’s better to have it saved for Races and Drift events.
Posted by Ellis Spice on November 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
D3 has revealed that the Guardians of the Galaxy are set to arrive in the next Marvel Puzzle Quest episode, titled “Meet Rocket & Groot.” In addition to this, both Rocket and Groot will appear in their own Versus Tournament starting on November 28, two days after the new episode arrives.
The episode will be run twice, with Thor: Goddess of Thunder available to win in the first run and Gamora in the second run, which will start on December 1.
Marvel Puzzle Quest is available to download for free now, with the episode bringing Rocket and Groot set to arrive on November 26.
Mojang has updated Minecraft – Pocket Edition with so many new things. After exterminating a whole lotta bugs, they’ve improved the graphics and increased performance.
Animal lovers, rejoice! The baby animals have been given swimming lessons and now will no longer sink to the bottom of the ocean when wandering around. While we are on the subject of oceans, the water graphics are now extra watery-looking and fog has been made to look even foggier. The lighting has also improved, with tinted lighting on terrain and mobs.
For the miners, Mojang has added gold mines to the Mesa biomes. Grab one of the newly added fences and stake your claim.
For people who just enjoy making stuff, the creative mode now has night and day effects. You can enjoy making awesome lighting displays and spectacular dynamite shows to be enjoyed in the dark.
There is a ton of new content to check out so grab a copy of Minecraft – Pocket Edition for $6.99 on the App Store – if you haven’t already.
It’s easy to want to write off Blades of Brim as a gimmick. You could look at its swordplay as a cheap attempt to distinguish itself from every other endless runner out there. But the combat actually is an integral part of the game, giving it a distinct identity. Is that enough to overcome endless runner fatigue? Decide for yourself in this edition of It Came From Canada!
Blades of Brim uses the typical endless structure. Players try to dash as far as they can while dodging and defeating obstacles and enemies. There aren’t distinct environments per se, but as players level up they’ll unlock new parts of the map, granting them access to new areas during each trip. The worlds are diverse and the transitions between them are fairly seamless. The coolest touches are the little challenge rooms that give players some task to complete on a stretch of road seemingly existing in a pocket dimension. Meanwhile, the cartoon fantasy visuals have tons of colorful energy and, more importantly, run super smoothly.
But obviously Blades of Brim‘s big hook is its prominent combat system. By swiping the screen, players will slash their sword. Fortunately, it’s a lot more robust than just a single, glorified defensive option. Players can use slashes to stylishly hop between lanes and fling themselves skyward, all while taking down enemies in their path. They can also take advantage of the branching level design for moves like wall runs and flying ground pounds. Successfully and fluidly chaining attacks together, while constantly propelling forward, makes players feel like a force of nature. And the game’s forgiving health system, allowing players to take one hit and recharge health from there, prevents needlessly frustrating roadblocks. Rounding out the system are unlockable weapons like axes with different stats, along with new characters. And if players are really in a pinch, they can sacrifice some magic to summon a double-jumping dog to ride, complete with a handy projectile attack.
Blades of Brim looks like it could carve out a nice little niche for itself in the expansive endless runner landscape. Players can see if that niche is right for them when the game launches globally, soon.
Etermax has optimized its multiplayer trivia game, Trivia Crack, today for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8, with a new version featuring much improved graphics and animation.
Trivia Crack is a free trivia game for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Amazon Kindle, in which you and a friend go head-to-head in each of the six categories of Science, Entertainment, Art, Geography, Sports, and History, in a battle of wits to determine who has the ultimate trivia knowledge. Each of the categories has a corresponding character to unlock – be the first to unlock all of these and you’re crowned the winner.
Power-ups can be purchased with coins earned while playing the game, and grant you an advantage over your opponent via extra spins or the possibility of a face-off to nab one of their collected characters.
Know any useless trivia that isn’t yet featured in Trivia Crack? Well, not to worry, as the option to upload user-created questions is there, and you can even translate and rate questions uploaded by other members of the community.
Since its release, Trivia Crack has gone from strength-to-strength, currently sitting at ninth and third place in the US and Canada App Stores respectively. For a general idea of how respectable this achievement is, that means 50,000 new users flocked to the game per day in the US alone, with a whopping one download every second.
Trivia Crack has attracted 65 million users to date, and has been described as having “the most accurate name for an app ever,” by droidviews. You can’t argue with the facts, and the facts are that the world loves Trivia Crack, and the world is recommending Trivia Crack to it’s friends.
If you haven’t yet tried out this latest phenomenon, head on over to the App Store, [download], Google Play [download], Windows Phone Store [download] or Amazon Appstore [download], because your friends definitely have.
This week, Trivia Crack is offering it’s Facebook and Twitter fans a chance to win the PRO, Ad-Free version of the game. Simply click the link below to learn how to take part!
Ten One Design has redesigned their new touch screen stylus, Pogo Connect 2. The stylus will be compatible with all iPads and uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology, making for a really long battery life.
The connection time for the stylus has been shortened to make it more responsive and lend a more realistic feel to painting. Ten One Design has also improved the palm rejection for iOS 8.
The Pogo Connect 2 uses the new B3 tip, which has five interchangeable magnetic tips to let you choose what kind of brush strokes you prefer to use. You can try your hand at painting with the stylus using a variety of apps like Procreate, Paper by FiftyThree, Noteshelf, and Air Stylus.
If you misplace your Pogo Connect 2 don’t fret. The stylus transmits a signal to the free Pogo Connect app to help you track it down, and once you do locate it the stylus has a smart clip to attach it to your iPad’s cover.
The Pogo Connect 2 will be available for pre-order for $79.95 on Nov. 25 and starts shipping in the beginning of December.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 19th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Today Todoist, the popular To Do list app by Doist, has updated to version 9.5, which will give you a new UI with adaptive layouts to support iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
The update also adds support for Safari Action Extension and Interactive Push Notifications. You’ll be able to add text and images directly from your Safari app to Todoist tasks and task notes. Once your task is done you can use the “complete” action, or if you’re not quite ready to finish, hit the “Snooze” action.
To celebrate the update, Doist is giving away a brand new iPhone 6. To enter go to their blog and use their contest widget. The contest will last until November 26 at 9:00PM ET. The winner will be randomly drawn from all proper entries and will be announced in this post on November 27. You must currently be a Todoist user to be eligible to win.
You can download Todoist for free on the App Store.
Hey there, virtual animal lovers:
Want to know what we liked about this virtual pet sim, and maybe a little of what we didn’t like so much? Check out our Hatchi 2 review!
So, you’ve downloaded Hatchi 2 and you feel in need of some guidance when it comes to what to do next? Don’t worry! We’re here to help with some general tips and tricks on how best to care for your delightful little pet.
The key is to make sure you keep your pet (or pets) happy and alive. Fortunately, it’s not too hard to do. Four things keep them happy enough.
Cleanliness – Keep your pet clean whenever their hygiene bar drops. This is just a matter of tapping the shower button then ‘scrubbing’ the pet with one finger. It’ll take a few seconds and your pet will be much happier afterwards. This is particularly worth doing after they’ve had a bathroom break.
Hunger – Feeding your pet is easy. Pick a type of food and drag it in front of their mouth. The pet will happily munch away at it and be all the cheerier for it. Most food is the same, but experimenting will feel more personal.
Energy Levels – Like all of us, your pet needs sleep and plenty of it. Make sure you send them to sleep sometimes. There’s a useful tip here for multiple pets, too. Whichever pet you leave active is your dominant pet, meaning the others can be left alone without their bars decreasing. It’s worth remembering so you don’t have to juggle quite so many needs at once.
Happiness – Happiness is boosted by playing games. We’ll go more into depth with that later, but remember that it doesn’t take long to play a quick game of something and it makes all the difference to your pet’s happiness levels.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 19th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Petcube, the pet camera that you control with your mobile device, has been successfully backed on Kickstarter and has started shipping.
Petcube, Inc was able to raise $250k to produce their Petcube Camera, which allows you keep your pet company even when you’re not at home by talking and playing with them using a built-in laser pointer. While you drive your cat or dog crazy chasing that tiny red dot, you can record it to share with your friends or family online.
You can buy a Petcube Camera for $199 on Petcube.com, Amazon, and Fab.com, and download the app for free on the App Store.
Call of Duty makes a lot of money, and Clash of Clans makes a lot of money. So, logically, Activision thinks they can make a lot of money by putting those two things together. With Call of Duty: Heroes, that’s exactly what they’ve done. But will fans of bombastic shooters enjoy a tiny freemium tactics game and vice-versa? We go Oscar Mike to find out in this New Zealand edition of It Came From Canada!
While Call of Duty has gone everywhere from World War II to Vietnam to the near future, Call of Duty: Heroes takes place during the popular “Modern Warfare” era of the series. As the leader of a military base, players fortify their surroundings using the latest and greatest army toys. Bunkers, turrets, and thick walls defend HQ from roaming insurgents as well as other players in online battles. But as you’d expect from a game like this, there’s also a substantial offensive campaign as players engage in real-time strategy missions all over the globe. Successful assaults typically boil down to effective unit composition. Normal soldiers are cheap and easy to mass produce, but only armored soldiers can withstand heavy fire long enough to actually accomplish anything.
However, all of that is just the Clash of Clans formula that has now proven its success countless times. What does the Call of Duty license bring to the table? Well first off it actually creates this weird incongruous feeling. The detached, rational perspective of an omniscient commander in the sky doesn’t quite gel with the fast, visceral, and up-close cinematic action the series banks on with its tagline, “There’s a soldier in all of us.” Beyond that though, there are times when the game is more than just Call of Duty in name only. The leveling system works as a fine Prestige Mode substitute. The top-notch production values, with detailed visuals and an excellent frame rate, match the franchise’s high standards. Killstreaks and air strikes put players behind a turret and have them mow down targets from a familiar first-person perspective, and players can even enlist heroes from past games like John Price and his famous mustache.
Even if we have reached peak Call of Duty, the franchise still carries plenty of cache. We’ll see if that carries over to this new mobile spinoff when Call of Duty: Heroes launches everywhere soon.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 18th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It’s time to use your dancing skills for a good cause. The Special Olympics has announced that they are holding their first annual Just Dance Challenge to raise awareness and funds. Some of your favorite Youtube celebrities and musicians are lending a hand to the cause, while Republic Records is also offering incentives and giveaways.
The campaign will run from now until January 31, 2015. To participate, you can register at esports.specialolympics.org and play the Just Dance game with your family and friends.
“I’m thrilled that my music can be part of the Just Dance Challenge for Special Olympics,” said international singer and personality Nicole Scherzinger. “As a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics, I’ve seen first-hand, around the world, the transformative power of Special Olympics, and I’m thrilled that millions of people will have the opportunity to help them in their wonderful work – and to do it by dancing!”
You can download Just Dance Now off the App Store for free. For more information about the Just Dance Challenge, visit esports.specialolympics.org.
The Chainsaw wielding card game, Chainsaw Warrior by GameTheNews.net, is coming back in Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night. The new game will have an upgraded combat system, new weapons, upgrades, powers, equipment, zones, and unique mini bosses.
Steve Martin, the game’s designer at Auroch Digital says: “Chainsaw Warrior will always be, at its heart, a board game. It’s important to us that people who played the original can jump right in and feel at home, but at the same time we want to use this opportunity to build on the challenge and add in some tricks that the digital format opens up for us.”
To celebrate the upcoming release of this new installment, the original Chainsaw Warrior, which was based on the 1987 classic from Games Workshop, is going on sale for 50% off today.
You can download Chainsaw Warrior for $1.99 on the App Store and Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night will be out later this winter.
Become the warrior cursed by an evil dragon in this action adventure game and fight against the forces of chaos and evil. You can even join together with your friends to explore dungeons or defeat other players in live 3 v 3 combat and raid the World Boss in parties of up to 6. Darkness Reborn has a ton of items and achievements to collect as well.
You can download Darkness Reborn for free on the App Store.
Posted by Ellis Spice on November 18th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An update has arrived for Dropbox‘s iOS app, with accessibility improvements being the main focus of this new version.
The update brings a new welcome tutorial, with clearer identification of its contents and VoiceOver support added. Photo titles are now properly announced, with thumbnails that are also more descriptive. Passcode lock can be enabled and disabled more easily, with the passcode field and digits now easier to select. Finally, a new button to close out the ‘More Actions’ menu has been added for VoiceOver, making it easier to get back to other areas of the app. Dropbox claims that this is just the beginning for accessibility improvements, with more set to arrive via more updates in the future.
Dropbox is available to download from the App Store now for free.
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.
GoatPunks is kind of a hard game to wrap your mind around, but let’s try anyway. Players control a goat (naturally) competing for domination on a mountain full of other player-controlled goats. They can earn a few points by knocking opponents off of their perch or collecting rabbits that pop up and grant various abilities. But the real jackpot comes from making it to the top and staying there until the end. However, heavy are the horns that wear the crown, and although top players can try to defend their position by raining thunder and fire on their foes below, get usurped and they’ll tumble all the way back to the bottom where they started. With all of that nonsense, GoatPunks has the potential to be a silly fun multiplayer party game, but the execution is lacking – or maybe it’s just on the wrong platform. The game encourages the quick tactical thinking and local good-natured trash talk of something like Super Smash Bros. but dragging around the goat from block to block feels sluggish and indirect, while silent online matches against strangers are alien and lifeless since it’s hard to tell if anyone even knows what’s going on. Reaching the top of the mountain only to get bumped off at the last minute should be this huge, dramatic reversal, but instead it just becomes an endless series of anticlimaxes set to music that sounds suspiciously “borrowed.” –Jordan Minor
Enemy Unknown was (and still is) a fantastic reimagining of one of the greatest PC strategy games of all time. But Enemy Within is better. This new iteration isn’t a sequel, but rather a kind of rerelease with extra content. However, it’s not simply a few new maps and some new hair styles. Enemy Within boasts a lot more additions than just maps – although it does have those, too. There’s a new human faction to fight against that goes by the name of Exalt, and they exist purely to muck-up your operation. In order to deal with them, you’ll need to send one of your agents to infiltrate several of their numerous cells – then send an extraction squad in after them to collect vital information. Once you’ve completed enough of these missions, you should be able to narrow down the location of the radical faction’s HQ and can shut them down for good. But be warned: Exalt has access to many the same goodies that your own soldiers do, which means you’ll need to change up your tactics. –Rob Rich
Had your fix of Candy Crush Saga and you’re still desperate for more? Well, Candy Crush Soda Saga will be perfect for you then, as it’s a lot like the previous game. It offers up a few new game modes to try out, but ultimately it’s more match-3 gaming done well – albeit with plenty of opportunities for monetization. As before, you’ll be matching candies to gain points and work towards the next stage. There are bottles of fizzy drinks, too. Hence the name, and the new mode: Soda. Soda involves matching up bottles with candies in order to release purple soda up the screen, eventually freeing some candy bears. The same method of playing might apply, but the fact you have a slightly different aim does make a difference. –Jennifer Allen
Super Secret Service makes a great candidate. From its first speech to election night it says and does all the right things. But like most politicians, it can’t keep every fantastic promise it makes, and by the time the next voting day comes around it probably won’t deserve a second term. If all of those metaphors didn’t make it obvious enough, Super Secret Service is rather political. Specifically, the game is about protecting the President of the United States using an endless supply of expendable secret service agents, each with their own names and birthdays. Reactionary radicals and hoodlums in hockey masks are trying to throw things at the POTUS and ruin his big speech, so by tapping the screen, agents will leap in to take the bullet. –Jordan Minor
This is My Car – Mechanics for Kids allows children a chance to peak under the hood of a car as they scroll their vehicle through different stations, allowing them to peel back the exterior and interior layers of their car that include technical information delivered in a well thought-out manner that they will appreciate. As my son – now six years old – becomes older, his questions about the way things work such as the engine of a car or its brakes become more and more complex. Although my husband and I feel capable of explaining such concepts, I appreciate being able to use this app as a tool to explain in detail the inner workings of vehicles – now with visuals that my son can easily follow. –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:
If you’re in to old school RPGs and you haven’t played the first Dragon Quest, then you’re in for a treat. Ah, the first Dragon Quest. Although I did not play it when I was young, I did manage to pick the game up later on. And as a RPG lover (especially turn-based ones), I loved what I saw and played. Now I that game is out on Android (for a very cheap price, I might add), I is time for everyone to relieve one of the classic and leading RPGs of all time. Well, if you’ve got the time, that is. –Wesley Akkerman
I really, really wanna get down to the nitty-gritty with this one: what’s up with the Jabra Stealth Bluetooth Earpiece? Yes… it’s sleek, as the retail unit Jabra sent us shows: different shades of grey with orange accents, gently-sized at 2.57 x 0.61 x 0.95 inches and 0.28 ounces. Coverable micro-USB port, bluetooth 4.0, NFC and A2DP support, plus retail packaging that also contains micro-USB, earhooks and eargels. There is a dedicated button for Google Now, as well as an answer/redial button incorporated towards the rear and LED. Pairing it with a device is easy and intuitive after the requisite pre-charge. –Tre Lawrence
If you still can’t get enough of Flappy Bird clones, then here’s another one for ya. When it comes to games that look and feel like Flappy Bird… Well, you got a lot of choice. When you look back at the game, it is actually quite unbelievable what that game did. It did not only make one guy very rich (by mistake?), but it also gave life to a new genre, we’ve called the ‘one button gameplay’ here on Android Rundown. If you can’t can enough of those games, here is another one. –Wesley Akkerman
This week was all about the guides, as Pocket Gamer laid out the steps to complete sci-fi adventure Space Age, comic book puzzler Framed, and those awesome new levels for Monument Valley. All that, plus XCOM, Anki Drive, and iPhone 6 vs Nexus 6, right here.
And finally: What is AppSpy? Is it a website about video games? Is it a state of mind? Is it an energy beverage? It’s all those things (except that last one), and we’d love for you to come pay us a visit. This week we’ve been talking about playable Angry Birds cakes, that new Borderlands game, and endless amounts of golf.
United for Wildlife, a collaboration between seven of the world’s largest conservation organizations including WWF-UK and the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Finnish game developers Rovio, most famous as the creators of Angry Birds, have announced a partnership in an effort to help prevent the extinction of the Pangolin. Pangolins live in tropical regions of Asia and Africa, and all eight species are being threatened by illegal poaching.
From now until November 23, players can take part in a special tournament within Angry Birds Friends, ‘Roll with the Pangolin’, where they’re tasked with freeing illegally captured pangolins. Rovio has also created a series of videos featured The Duke of Cambridge, President of United for Wildlife, describing the situation they face and the activities the group of charities is carrying out, with these available to watch from within the Toons TV channel within all Angry Birds games.
Indie games development can be tough, especially when you’ve got a good idea for something but you’re not quite sure what way to take it. Having heard about Booya Squad, a Wisconsin-based team keen to turn their childhood comics into a mobile card battler, we wanted to learn more about their journey.
Booya Squad is a joint effort between Mike Bloom and his brother-in-law, John. They’re currently working on a social card game called Mario Italiano Four Families, but the story starts much earlier than that. Based on a comic book world they created over ten years ago, it’s been a long time coming. In that time, they’ve had to juggle big moves across country, raising a family, job changes, health issues, and many more challenges. The team’s blog explains the full story, such as how Mike skipped on a regular sleep pattern in order to get work done, but we also had a chat with him to learn the pertinent details behind everything.
148Apps: How much have various free internet resources helped you in your quest to go into game development? What would you recommend to other aspiring developers? Mike Bloom (MB): We used the internet to learn how to do everything we needed to know. When we started, we were very naïve to the amount of knowledge and skills we would need to complete the game. So as we progressed through the project we often came upon an obstacle where we needed to learn or come up with something. So we would Google it or search for it on YouTube. We were constantly amazed that if we dug deep enough into these sources, we would always find exactly what we needed. The trick is to use different search phrases. We did this for everything from balancing stats, building a clean UI, all the way to marketing methods.
The idea here is to not be scared to start down the development path because you don’t know how to do everything you will need to do, or better yet you don’t even know what is all needed. Since we went in half blind, we just found the answers when we needed them, and that was actually fun. It was like, oh we have to do that? Well, I’ll do that one, learn the skill and put it to use right away. Continue reading Booya Squad and the Long But Satisfying Path of Indie Development »
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 17th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
GoodReader, by Good.iWare Ltd., is one of the top document management apps out there. In its latest update, Text-to-speech for PDF and TXT files has been added.
When you’re viewing a document you can use the “Speak” command and the app will read specifically selected portions of text or the whole document. You can control the language, speed, and use the controls to pause, resume, skip, and rewind. GoodReader also now supports Dropbox’s business accounts, has had a few bugs fixed, and expanded the versatility of bookmarks.
You can download GoodReader for $4.99 on the App Store.
Liber Primus Games has announced the upcoming launch of Narborion Saga, a fantasy adventure story. In the game you play as a hero who must discover the secret of his heritage as the one true king of the land.
How you rule your country is up to what class you play in the game – fighter, mage, or priest. As you explore the world you’ll gain fame points that eventually determine your royal popularity. Narborion Saga will have dynamic storytelling, virtual dice, side quests, and mini games to keep the player wanting to discover every scenario.
You can register on the Narborion Saga website to get 350 gold coins in-game that can be exchanged for equipment, spells, or weapons when you download the interactive book at launch.
Narborion Saga will be released later this month for free.
It looks like Overkill fans will have to wait a little bit longer for Overkill 3. The mobile shooter by Craneballs has been pushed back into next year as the developers wanted to take an extra few months to refine the game and release something more polished.
One of the issues that led to the decision is the tutorial. Craneballs is working hard on creating a guide that can stand up against the 30 levels that are included. The all-new level design is also a stumbling point. Creating so many non-repeating levels is taking longer than anticipated, but the extra effort going into making them means getting a better product. They are also planning on doubling the number of levels and bosses to give you more bang for your buck.
Craneballs has been listening to their fans as well. By request they are adding more realistic blood spatter, enemy-hit animations, and bigger explosions. They’re also adding live-event cooperation missions so that you can play with your friends as a team. The teams that top the leaderboards will be rewarded with fame and in-game prizes.
So while Overkill 3 may be delayed until February of 2015, there will be even more to look forward to when the game is finally released.
Haunt the House: Terrortown is a supremely cute action/puzzle game that’s all about a ghost on a quest to shut some humans up. Permanently. Players take control of a little ghost that makes itself as scary as possible in order to drive away the loud and obnoxious folks that are partying near its clock tower. Humans are sometimes a bit too stupid to realize when they’re being haunted, so this guide will help players clear the area of all objectionable presences as quickly as possible.
Use small taps to dart from place to place – Learning to control your ghost is vital for a haunting job well done. If you’re restricting yourself to a single area, use small taps to move from place to place. That way you can explore your surroundings calmly and efficiently.
Hold down to zip from scene to scene – On the other hand, if you’re wanting to travel from one scenario to another lickety-split, hold down on the screen to barrel through an area at top speed.
Possess a bell in the clock tower to change your ghost’s appearance – Once a person is dead, they take up residence in one of the tower’s bells. Your ghost can possess these bells to take on the inhabitant’s visage.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 14th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Sandbox, by Pixowl Inc., is a popular crafting game that’s reached 13 million downloads. The game was recently updated to include two action oriented campaigns.
As Arnold, you must fight your way through new enemies such as the Mummy, Grunt Soldier, Slime, or even a Predator. Using 13 new elements, you cant lay traps, build armor and weapons, and jump around to survive the onslaught.
As always The Sandbox is free to download on the App Store.
Phoenix Online Publishing has released a Collector’s Edition for their bestselling point-and-click horror adventure, The Last Door. The game has been favorably compared to a H.P. Lovecraft style tale with its creepy retro visuals and otherworldly horror.
The Collectors Edition compiles all four chapters into one set and adds new puzzles, scenes, and stories. Phoenix Online has also enhanced the graphics and remastered the sound.
Developed in cooperation with teachers and aimed at those aged 6 to 12, this new version of The Sandbox features over 50 original ‘lessons’ on various subjects, including those based on Earth science, lab science, pixel art, and music. Players will also find over 150 elements available to them in the open-ended ‘Create’ mode, with work also available to be saved and shared in the game’s online gallery.
The Sandbox EDU is available now on the App Store for $2.99.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 13th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kuuluu Interactive Entertainment has updated Linkin Park’s popular iPad game, Linkin Park Recharge – Wastelands. It’s gone Universal, so now the game can be played on the iPhone 4s and above. And to celebrate, Kuuluu has made the game free to download.
So if you enjoy battling evil overloads that have sized the only natural resources left on a dying planet, destroying their robot minions, and exploring a post-apocalyptic world set to Linkin Park’s music, then download your free copy of Linkin Park Recharge – Wastelands on the App Store today.