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This Week at 148Apps: September 1-5, 2014

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Every single week, the 148Apps reviewers search through the new apps out there, find the good ones, and write about them in depth. 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. Want to see what we’ve been up to this week? Take a look below for a sampling of our latest reviews. And if you want more, be sure to hit our Reviews Archive.

Valiant Hearts

 
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Humanity has loads of awful wars to tuck under its belt, but few were as grimy or bloody as the First World War. Appropriately referred to as “The Great War” during its tortured four-year lifespan, the conflict still dredges up images of trenches, sucking mud, lung-searing gas, and a bizarre clash of old war (horse-mounted cavalries) versus new war (machine guns, tanks). The First World War isn’t a period of time to be taken lightly or disrespected, but thankfully Valiant Hearts: The Great War by Ubisoft and Future Games of London treats its subject matter solemnly. The story driving this stark-looking puzzle/action game is packed with emotion, and its characters stick with the player long after the app is shut ff. Players are never asked to judge – only to observe the ongoing events. There are even history lessons galore, courtesy of succinct but informative in-game summaries and item collections. –Nadia Oxford

Heavy Metal Thunder

 
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Heavy Metal Thunder isn’t like other game books. For one thing, you have to pay attention to it and the decisions you make. Some other titles, you can let your mind wander slightly or make a somewhat foolish decision and not be punished for it. Heavy Metal Thunder responds to any foolish call by smacking down on you – hard. It’s a satisfying adventure game, but don’t expect to complete it any time soon. The early stages ably demonstrate what’s expected of you. Plenty of different skills are available, giving you a fairly varied experience. You can choose to be a stealthy warrior or to be a charismatic leader with a plethora of options at hand. It’s not long, however, before the decisions you make can bring huge ramifications. –Jennifer Allen

Spring

 
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For online shopping, websites are becoming increasingly old fashioned. After all, many of us are using phones and tablets to browse and surely an app designed for that discerning market is what you want? That’s the thinking behind the label-focused shopping app, Spring. It’s simple yet stylish, ensuring you can get all the information you want on a product and easily order it. The simplest way to sign up is via Facebook, with Spring promising to not post without your permission. You can then choose from a variety of different brands and labels to follow, so you can always see what your favorite designer is up to. A tabbed interface means you can easily switch between the options available. –Jennifer Allen

Tiny Tower Vegas

 
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Tiny Tower was a big success, given its main draw was in enticing you to build a bigger skyscraper than your friends. It was oddly appealing and spawned many clones. Here we are then, with the true sequel of sorts: Tiny Tower Vegas. And this time around, there’s a bit more going on. The core aim is still there – you build new floors on your skyscraper in a bid to earn coins to carry on building new floors. Keeping each place stocked with stuff to sell is essential, with plenty of timers and checking in on how things are progressing. But this time around you don’t have people living here. Instead they stay on hotel floors, meaning you can additionally earn money that way, too. A lobby at the bottom of the tower provides a place for potential employees to hang out, with up to five sticking around at any one time. –Jennifer Allen

Tizzy ZigZag Cars

 
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There was a bit of a reversal in our home recently, as I was eager to introduce my son to a new app that I had downloaded onto our iPad: Tizzy ZigZag Cars, a car racing app with a heavy use of physics. Little did I know that my son had already taken a closer look at it earlier and was more than happy to walk me through what he had learned about this application. Tizzy ZigZag Cars allows children to build their own simple car as they choose front and back tires as well as the body, keeping in mind that the car will be flipping over and continuing to race as one drives on the included courses. My boy and I appreciate that the selections include two sizes of wood and metal tires, as well as other choices that will directly affect how the car responds to the fantasy track that one will be driving on – possibly driving too fast and not maintaining enough control to collect star badges, or driving so slowly that you lose the momentum you need to move around the course. These tracks – fifteen in total – spread evenly over five different themes including space, candy, western, sports, and a colorful wood option. As the name may suggest, these tracks are reminiscent of the zigzag racetrack, also known as switchback or click-clack tracks, where gravity allows a car to roll down a series of ramps, flipping over to the reverse side of the vehicle as the car falls controllably to the next track to continue on. While these young children’s toys tend to be basic contraptions, the ZigZag tracks include a lot of interesting details that create almost a maze-like effect as one travels on a series of ramps – complete with loops, drops, and flags that will give the car a burst of speed when collected, as well as other themed objects it interacts with. –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:

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Yahoo Aviate Launcher

 
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The ability to customize is one of Android’s biggest virtues, and third-party launchers are a big part of the experience. Thing is, there are a lot of launchers on the scene; as such, new options by the Yahoo acquisition Aviate have to do quite a bit to stand out. Upon starting the app, one gets the “Simplify your phone” mantra, an invitation that is hard to ignore. There is a video intro and tapping on the blue “start” button opens up a three-page promo portion which eventually leads to the set-up, and after selecting Aviate as the permanent launcher, its ready to go. –Tre Lawrence

Game of Thrones Ascent

 
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Finally, Game of Thrones Ascent is released on Android devices. But will the trip through Westeros be worth your time? Let’s find out. One of the coolest aspects of the Xbox 360 game Fable 3 is that players could make a string of decisions at the end of their adventure. Maybe it wasn’t the best solution for that game at that very moment, but the ability to decide what is best for yourself or others is a concept in video games I very much enjoy and appreciate. The Android game Game of Thrones Ascent starts with a couple challenges waiting to be tackled by choosing the option one prefers. A very strong start of the game. –Wesley Akkerman

Sumico: The Numbers Game

 
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Who would’ve thought that solving math challenges would be so much fun? In my book, that can only be when the game’s design is top notch and with Sumico, from the Dutch developer Ludomotion, that is just the case. In Sumico, players will face some harsh math problems. That sounds utterly dull, but bear with me here. The game’s design is really flawless. At it’s core, it is solving math, yes. But this game offers clever use of the renowned Candy Crush design. Players need to solve those problems at a grid full of hexagons. On these hexagons are numbers displayed. Players need to combine them with hexagons showing typical math signs, like the plus and minus, etcetera. By holding the first number, swiping and combining it with a math sign on to another number, a sum is made and the answer shows up on screen. With the answer, it is possible to make a new sum. –Wesley Akkerman

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer picked the best iOS and Android games of August, investigated smartwatches and virtual reality, asked Rovio if Angry Birds Stella is just for girls, found the best gaming phones under $500, rounded up all the iPhone 6 rumors, and looked at a stunning monochrome heist game for iOS called Calvino Noir.

My.com, developers of Jungle Heat, have announced Iron Desert, a new tactical strategy game. Within the game, tactical and strategic skills will be challenged as players face off against the invader Iron Dragon and his assistant, Commander Scar. Players will need to manage their equipment, recruit units and fight battles either alone or with a friend.

Iron Desert features a large social component, with players able to join clans and work together to achieve the goal of dominating the desert. Other players will be able to help by sending tanks, helicopters and more to battle against enemy buildings, with tactics and maneuvers also available to share between allies.

Yury Maslikov, Publishing Director of My.com, said this of the new title:

Iron Desert takes the battle from the jungle to the desert, offering fans of Jungle Heat the next evolution of military strategy games on mobile devices. With more tactical features, mechanic improvements and content, resulting in hundreds of hours of gameplay, Iron Desert will be the next mobile hit in My.com’s gaming catalog that no player should miss.

Iron Desert will arrive on the App Store translated into ten languages sometime soon.

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Alto’s Adventure, the new snowboarding endless runner from Snowman Games, has just had a gorgeous trailer released for it. The game features highly stylized art with dynamic weather and lighting effects to give the player a visually stunning experience. When it comes out, Alto’s Adventure will be a paid, premium app, with no ads or in-app purchases

Alto’s Adventure is coming soon to the iPhone and iPad.

source: Alto's Adventure

It Came From Canada: Might & Mayhem

Of all the “hardcore” game genres that have had recent new life as more casual mobile games, RPGs might be one of the most surprising. With their focus on numbers, organization, and slow, patient play, you wouldn’t expect them to fit in with quick, flashy distractions. However, the upcoming Might & Mayhem offers a pretty clear explanation for this phenomenon. While it has many trappings of a dense role-playing adventure, playing it is a much more straightforward, and arguably stripped-down affair. We find out if it still has enough of the goods in this edition of It Came From Canada!

In Might & Mayhem players build a three-person team of fantasy warriors – from dashing but weak sword fighters to mysterious and buff spell casters – and fight a series of turn-based battles. There’s no real overworld to explore, not much grinding, and little emphasis on loot. Rather, players just take on battle after battle in kingdoms full of enemy robots and goblins before reaching a boss. Fortunately, the combat has some depth to justify its prominence. As each match goes on, players accrue more action points. With more action points, they can launch stronger attacks or multiple attacks at once. However, skills still have limits, so balance and strategy is crucial. Go for the strongest foe or take out the weak healer first? Smart tactics become especially necessary in online battles.

might and mayhem 8There is some customization to be had outside of battle, though. Players can upgrade their castle home base along with their fighters. While manually reviving fallen units costs precious diamonds, other upgrades are refreshingly freemium-free. Before quests, players can equip special single-use abilities like massive lightning strikes or health waves that can really turn the tide of battle. And more bonuses of all kinds unlock as players progress.

might and mayhem 9Since Might & Mayhem focuses mostly on its battles, it puts a lot of effort into their visual presentation. Everything is brought to life in colorful 3D environments with great, dynamic animations. Players can even rotate the camera whenever they choose to get a different view of the action. However, even if it is well made, the artwork itself is still fairly generic. Plus battles will glitch out and freeze a little too often, requiring a soft reset.

Might & Mayhem demonstrates how RPGs adapt themselves to mobile by becoming super straightforward. Players can decide from themselves whether or not that’s cool with them when it launches worldwide soon.

1849 Expansion Pack “Nevada Silver” Set to Arrive Later This Month

Posted by on September 8th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Following on from the addition of a sandbox mode, SomaSim has announced that its iPad-only Gold Rush-era city management game 1849 will receive an expansion entitled “Nevada Silver” later this month.

The expansion takes place on the other side of the mountains ten years after the Gold Rush, where silver has been discovered in Comstock Lake. The original gameplay will be built upon, with technological advances like trains and steam-powered mills adding new challenges to trade and mining operations, with players taking on six complex scenarios set in Northern Nevada towns.

1849 is available to purchase now for iPad for $4.99, whilst the “Nevada Silver” expansion will be an In-App Purchase and will cost $1.99 when it releases.

1849: Nevada Silver

via: Our Review
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A new update has arrived for Travian Games‘ and Shadow Masters‘ online strategy title Epic Arena, adding daily quests, a new ‘spy glass’ feature, and the ability to choose a deck.

The Daily Quests provide players with an opportunity to gather extra coins and experience points for completing special tasks. The Spy Glass, meanwhile, is a premium power-up that gives players the chance to peek at what the other player has up their sleeve. Finally, the ability to choose a deck means players can find a decent deck in single-player, then use it in PvP battles.

Epic Arena is available to download for free from the App Store now.

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via: Our Review

Star Wars: Commander Receives its First New Content Update Since Launch

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

Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm have released the Chapter 8 update with a limited-time campaign for Star Wars: Commander.

The new campaign has the Empire and Rebels fighting for control of the planet Dandoran. In playing this campaign, Commanders will unlock the Campaign Store that includes the Rebel Vanguard Trooper, Rebel ATAPs (All Terrain Attack Pod), Imperial Shock Trooper, and ATMPs (All Terrain Missile Platform). These new units can use long ranged rocket launchers and specialize in destroying buildings.

The update contains 26 new missions, and players can earn Campaign Points to spend in the store based on the amount of stars earned for beating each mission. Players will also be able to unlock Level 7 Headquarters and accompanying buildings as well as a host of new units such as the Hailfire Droid, Sniper Trooper, and the Mobile Heavy Cannon.

This huge update has a ton of new stuff to explore, so check out Star Wars: Commander for free on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

Become the Balancing Master with Balance of the Shaolin’s 1.1 Update

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

Balance of the Shaolin, by Tapinator, has been featured  by Apple under Best New Games, on both the iPhone and iPad. And it’s been updated to bring you more Shaolin-balancing action.

The update includes 2 new stages: Smashing Sumo and Lady Liberty. Players can challenge themselves to gain all 48 new achievements and top the new leaderboard. As you play you can unlock Remix mode after the 3rd stage, Venomous Volcano.

Balance of the Shaolin is free to play on the App Store, so get balancing!

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Dead Trigger 2 Summer Update Adds Daily Challenges, Daily Missions, and a New Region

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

An update has arrived for Madfinger Games‘ Dead Trigger 2, adding a new region, weapons, and daily things to do.

The new Power-T10 region within Siberia is set to provide players with their toughest challenge thus far, with a unique hideout skin and the two new weapons hidden within – the Winchester 94 and the KSG. New Daily Missions, meanwhile, will reward players with double earnings if they take the call to arms, whilst Daily Challenges will provide players with a new special challenge to complete every day, with gold awaiting those who succeed.

Dead Trigger 2 is available to download from the App Store now for free.

via: Our Review

We all know the iPhone 6 is just around the corner, and we all know trading up is an option worth considering.

And what do you know? Much like last year, we’ve teamed up with Newaya Recycling to get you all a sweet little deal for an additional 10% in trade value when you recycle your old iPhone. Because come on, you know you want the newest one. We all do.

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To get a quote for your iPhone’s trade-in value:

1) head to Newaya
2) Click “Get My Quote”
3) Select the appropriate device
4) Select the condition of the phone
5) Click the big green button, “Get My Instant Quote”

Once you’ve got your quote, look towards the bottom of the box for the promo code field. Type in “148Apps” and viola – an instant 10% boost to your price quote.

newaya02Once you’ve finalized everything you just have to enter your shipping info and they’ll send you your own shipping label, which means no paying out of your own pocket. All you have to do is box up your to-be-recycled iPhone, slap the shipping label on there, and send it on its merry way.

source: Newaya Recycling

This Saturday, developer and publisher Tap4Fun will introduce an ‘epic’ new update to massively multiplayer online strategy game King’s Empire.

The update will introduce a brand-new expansion called ‘Dragon Island’ to the game and also push co-operative missions. You’ll also be encouraged to create giant fleets of evolved battle-hungry warriors that are capable are taking down the larger and more powerful dragons that you’ll encounter.

kings empire01The update will also mark the beginning of a special King’s Empire call-back event. During this event, you’ll be able earn free goodies by inviting your friends back to the game. In fact, both you and your friends will nab some free gifts if you successfully encourage them to return.

You (the inviter) will receive five Painites Package Lv3, 50 Ring of the Fallen, and 20,000 Savage Spear, for instance, while your buddy (the invitee) will gain 100 Gem, 10,000 Royal Knight, and five War Order.

If you decide to return to King’s Empire following this update, you’ll also receive a range of special bonuses for a seven day period.

kings empire02You’ll receive a daily Return Pack, which features five Ancient Relics and a Blood Pact Lv2 among other useful items, for example, and your recruiting and building times will be slashed by 30% and 50% respectively, too.

You can download King’s Empire Deluxe [download] from the App Store right now for free. Give it a try.

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

CounterSpy Has Arrived on the App Store and is on Sale for a Limited Time

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

The newly-released CounterSpy, by Sony Computer Entertainment America, is a highly stylized action/stealth side-scroller set against the backdrop of the Cold War.

Players take on the role of an agent of C.O.U.N.T.E.R, a spy agency working to maintain world peace. The missions are continually changing and reward players with blueprints and dossiers that provide access to powerful weapons and features. CounterSpy can be linked to other versions of the game on Playstation systems to continue the action.

Counterspy is on sale for $4.99 for a limited time to celebrate its launch.

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Sonos Becomes Simpler – Removes the Need for a BRIDGE

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

Using a Sonos device is now a little simpler, as the need for a BRIDGE device has been removed with the launch of Sonos Controller 5.1. This major update means that devices can now connect directly via an existing WiFi network, meaning a wired connection to the router or a Sonos BRIDGE is no longer required.

This doesn’t mean that the need has gone completely for the BRIDGE, however. In situations where WiFI doesn’t reach every room you want to put a speaker, or where Sonos 3.1 and 5.1 home theater setups are being used, Sonos still recommends the use of a direct connection to the router or the use of a BRIDGE.

For those who use Sonos, the Sonos Controller app can be downloaded from the App Store now for free.

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via: Play:1 Hardware Review

Ubisoft Has Freed the Creed – Assassin’s Creed Pirates is Now Totally Free

Posted by on September 4th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Hey Assassin’s Creed fans, if my terrible pun hasn’t put you off then you should be interested to know that the Assassin’s Creed Pirates mobile game is now free-to-play. Not ‘on sale’ for free, but completely free.

Ubisoft has also added a new chapter appendix called Cold Blood. Now you can sail the arctic seas, meet a legendary new crew member who will help you navigate the frozen north, and upgrade you ships in new ways.

Grab a copy of Assassin’s Creed Pirates for free right now.

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via: Our Review

New Hats and… Gnome Dating..? in a Huge New Update for Wayward Souls

Posted by on September 4th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Wayward Souls by Rocketcat Games has gotten an update of megalithic proportions.

There is a totally new Endless Mode Dungeon where you can pit yourself against ever-changing floors on max difficulty and see how you rank up on the Gamecenter Scoreboards. Rocketcat has even integrated MFi support so that you can hook up your favorite controller. The update also includes more hats, boss health bars, and a Gnome dating simulator (hidden in the Super Secret Credits Level).

Wayward Souls has also received a bunch of quality of life upgrades, like being able to save export/import, a new “Support” section, a more powerful coin magnet, and some class changes for the Rogue and the Adventurer.

Rocketcat has been upping the price by $1 with every update, so pick up Wayward Souls now before it jumps to $6.99 USD on Monday. You can download it for $5.99 on the App Store now.

via: Our Review

On today’s Who Wore it Best?, similar iOS games fight for superiority. So what better games to pit against each other than Writer Rumble and Stay Dead, two radical spins on the fighting game genre?

Hello Wasteland Wanderers:
Wondering what we thought of the grueling trial-by-fire that is The Ensign? Then take a look at our review!

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The Ensign is the prequel to the smash-hit A Dark Room by Amir Rajan. The game starts with the player’s starship crashing onto a hostile planet. The commanding officer gives up hope, and the player takes charge to refuel the ship so that the crew can make their escape. Using only a meagre amount of supplies you will have to journey through an unknown world with only your compass and wits to guide you.

The Ensign is actually a spin on an old genre of games that saw its heyday in the late-80s and early-90s called “roguelike adventures.” Roguelikes are known for their high difficulty and being unforgiving to any mistakes. Many of them feature permanent death as well, forcing the player to start over entirely from the beginning if they die. The Ensign can be very unforgiving, and players will need to be aware of the limitations of the in-game character if they hope to make it to the end.

These tips will help you face the harsh world of The Ensign. The best advice however, is to not get discouraged. This game, unlike many mobile games, is a very harsh and unforgiving one. It cannot be said to be unfair, though.

Continue reading The Ensign – Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Give You a Fighting Chance »

Amazon Game Studios Announces Sev Zero: Air Support, a Companion to the Fire TV Game

Posted by on September 4th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Sev Zero is the first game made by Amazon Game Studios to have made its way to the Fire TV, and now there’s a companion app for iPad to go alongside it.

With the iPad app, players can bring friends and family into the battle against the Ne’athu, with the player on the iPad acting as air support, sending down air strikes to take out the enemy. Meanwhile, the other player can continue the tower defense and first-person shooter side of the combat.

Sev Zero: Air Support is available on iPad now and is free to download, whilst Sev Zero is available on the Amazon App Store and costs $6.99.

Sev Zero: Air Support

Tempo Smart Calendar is Now Available on iPad

Posted by on September 4th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Following on from their link-up with Uber a couple weeks back, Tempo Smart Calendar has received another update that adds iPad support.

The iPad version of the app supports many of the features users can already find on the iPhone, including the ability to create and complete iOS reminders, send ‘running late’ texts and e-mails, and check flight status, including the terminal and gate information.

Tempo Smart Calendar is available on the App Store now as a universal app and is free to download.

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Comedy Central Partners with Pocket Gems to Revive Cult TV Show Ugly Americans

Posted by on September 4th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Ugly Americans is back! Fan of the show will be excited to hear that Comedy Central has partnered with Pocket Gems to bring 4 new story arcs (that’s 40 chapters) to iOS.

The new game lets players take on the role of Mark Lilly as he tries to help new American citizens while they acclimatize to life in New York City. The four featured stories are: Escape From Neverland, Single White Shapeshifter, Attack of the Praying Womantis, and A Bronx Demon Tale.

Check out the new season of Ugly Americans for free on the App Store.

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24me Update Adds Smart Notes and iOS 8 Widget Support

Posted by on September 4th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

An update has arrived for the 24me all-in-one personal assistant app.

This ’3.0′ version contains Smart Notes, which allow users to quickly and easily take notes and embed photos and videos into them. These notes can also be synced into the calendar within the app, meaning that users can easily assign the notes with a date.

The new version also puts a widget on the ‘Today’ screen onfordevices with iOS 8, allowing a quick overview of all your events, tasks, and notes for that day. Users will also be able to check out their To-Do lists from within the widget and will receive notifications with relevant information.

24me is available on the App Store now and is free to download.

via: Our Review

A New Challenge and Leader Arrive in the Latest Civilization Revolution 2 Update

Posted by on September 4th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

2K has released version 1.2.0 for Civilization Revolution 2.

The strategy game now includes a new French leader, Charles De Gaulle, an enhanced event system with leaderboards, and a new tournament. The new Guadalcanal historical challenge has players taking on the role of America as they fight against the Imperial Japanese Navy.

You can download Civilization Revolution 2 for $14.99 on the App Store.

via: Our Review

Progressive Insurance Partners with Zubie to Promote Safe Driving Rewards

Posted by on September 4th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Progressive auto insurance and Zubie, the app that tracks your driving habits, have combined forces to reward you for safe driving via your iPhone.

Zubie drivers plug a Zubie Key into their car’s on-board diagnostic port, which provides feedback straight to their iPhone. That information can now be shared with Progressive to earn a discount on auto insurance through Progressive’s Snapshot program.

Dave Pratt, general manager of usage-based insurance for Progressive says:

“With Snapshot, we’re always looking for ways to help more people participate in the program and save money on their auto insurance. Now Zubie customers can take advantage of this option using their Zubie Key. By using the driving data that the customer is already sharing with Zubie, we make the process even easier for customers.”

You can buy a Zubie Key for $99.95 from the Zubie Website, and download the app for free.

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Infinity Blade III Gets its Last Update, Kingdom Come, and Goes on Sale

Posted by on September 4th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

In the new Kingdom Come update for Infinity Blade III, Players will finally be able to confront Lelindre, Mistress of the End, and discover the final fate of the Ark. To celebrate this final chapter, Chair Entertainment is offering the game for 50% off.

Players will now be able to explore the frozen wastes of Nafusaan, home to the dreaded King of Dragons, Dragoor. The update includes 6 new treasure maps, 5 new enemies, more items, and you can unlock the ability to upgrade their gear to level 100. You may also challenge yourself with the new goals and achievements to make you last adventure in the Infinity Blade series legendary.

Pick up Infinity Blade III for $2.99 on the App Store.

via: Our Review

Craft and Control Contraptions in The Sandbox’s New Brainiac Update

Posted by on September 4th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Pixowl Inc. has brought us not one, but two new campaigns in the Brainiac update for The Sandbox.

In this new update you now have access to machines such as the Spaceship, Plane, and Kamikaze Drone, and can assemble your own controllable contraptions. You’ll also be able to make doors with gate controls and can devastate your pixel worlds with the Rocket Launcher. The two campaigns have 17 new levels to solve and teach you how the mechanics of the Brainiac work.

The Brainiac update for The Sandbox is available now.

via: Our Review

Dungeon Gems Update Brings in Daily Challenges, Multiple Decks, and More

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

An update has arrived for Gameloft‘s Dungeon Gems: adding a daily challenge mode, new quests, new heroes, and more.

The Tower of Trials will provide players with a new set of 20 waves of foes every day, with better performances resulting in more rewards. Players will also find 20 new quests to take on alongside new heroes to collect. Multiple decks, meanwhile, allow players to prepare different teams of heroes, as well as allowing them to pick the best for the situation. The new ‘Card Lock’ feature will also make sure players don’t accidentally trade or enhance Rare or Super Rare cards they’re holding onto.

Dungeon Gems is available to download for free from the App Store now.

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via: Our Review

ib3fig10As you’re probably already aware, Infinity Blade III has begun offering 3D prints of your custom Siris and Isa characters through Sandboxr. And if you weren’t already aware, well you are now.

But just how “worth it” are these 3D prints? What’s the process of ordering one like? How long does it take? I took the liberty of finding all of this out for myself by ordering a custom print of my own Isa.

Here’s a look at how to order your own custom Infinity Blade III figure, and what to expect along the way.

[Please note that the $10-off introductory promotion ends after today (9/3). I’m very sorry I couldn’t get this posted sooner, but I hadn’t received my print until yesterday so there wasn’t enough time to get it all put together]


Continue reading Thinking About Getting a Custom Infinity Blade III Figure? Here’s How You do it and What you Can Expect »

Become Pottery Barn’s Worst Nightmare! Plants vs. Zombies 2 Update Brings Back the Vasebreaker Mini-Game.

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

The fans demanded pottery to break and PopCap listened. Plants vs. Zombies 2‘s popular mini-game, Vasebreaker, has returned in the latest update. You can once again be surprised by the assortment of zombies hidden away in vases at the end of your lawn. The update also includes new game modes, power-ups, and custom levels.

You will now have access to the Butterizer power-up that lets you fling butter to stun zombies, the X-ray Vase just in case you hate surprises, and Vase Move that can move vases to any empty tile. If you can’t get enough, Plants vs. Zombies 2 now also brings Endless Mode for a never ending wave of zombies.

Pick up the Plants vs. Zombies 2 Vasebreaker update for free now on the App Store.

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via: Our Review of Plants vs. Zombies 2

Pocket Gamer reports that Double Zero One Zero has announced their Papers, Please-esque “censorship simulator,” The Westport Independent, will be making its way to iOS. In the game you play the role of the editor of an independent newspaper based in Westport – a  city of liars, politicians, and rioters. The citizens rely on your newspaper to get the truth, and it’s up to you to decide what to print. In the meantime, you also have a guidebook from the government to follow if you want to stay on their good side.

Here, Game designer Pontus Lundén explains the newest addition of the game, with your decisions now also possibly affecting the lives of your journalists as well as yourself:

Throughout the game you will censor articles, pick out headlines, and layout your paper. Your actions will affect the peoples’ opinion of both the rebels and the Loyalist government. At the same time, it’ll also affect the lives of your employees. They have both their lives and the lives of their families to protect, so don’t blame them if they don’t want to follow you onto the Loyalist’s or the rebel’s hit list.

The Westport Independent will be coming to iOS, but no release date has been hinted at yet.

source: Pocket Gamer

SEGA Brings Player Versus Player Combat to Dragon Coins in a New Update

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

SEGA has released the biggest update to Dragon Coins yet. Now Coin Masters can battle it out in the Arena. Form your tactics by assembling a team of your most elite monsters and check out their new arena skills. Victories in the arena will give you battle coins for both offensive and defensive wins. SEGA will also be holding Arena Ranking Missions, where your ranking on the leader boards is based off of how many battle coins you collect.

The new Dragon Coins update also includes new Rare, Super Rare, and Ultra Rare monsters. As they level-up the left over experience will now carry over to their evolved forms.

You can pick up a copy of Dragon Coins today for free on the App Store.

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