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Thought evil dragons were just a myth? Well they’re back in Dungeon Gems. And even though the game will seem quite familiar to fans of Puzzles & Dragons, it still has intricacies of its own to master. So gather an elite team of elemental heroes to take down the monsters one dungeon at a time. Here’s how.

Fight Fire with Fire, or Water, or Wood…

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  • Basic attacks are launched by matching elemental gems like a puzzle game. You don’t even need to match three, just one will suffice. However, longer combos create more powerful attacks. Some even create special gems that clear a single element from the board, including new ones that cycle in to replace the old, doling out a massive assault.
  • Each element has different strengths and weaknesses. Fire beats wood but is weak against water while light and dark both beat each other. Be sure to target enemies by touching them so attacks can have the most impact.
  • Some enemies have longer waiting periods between turns. Check the number next to them and use any extra turns you may have to deal more damage or heal yourself by linking heart gems.
  • Defeating enemies grants you action points. These can be used to activate special skills or link separate elements together for huge, multi-elemental attacks.


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  • OMW – On My Way: Anti-Texting While Driving App Might Just Save Your Life

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

    Texting and driving is a serious problem. According to the National Safety Council, mobile use is now the leading cause of death behind the wheel with a crash occurring every 30 seconds involving texting and driving. OMW (On My Way),by Studio Tentpole, is a free iPhone app that is trying to change that. OMW believes that many of these texts are to people you’re on your way to meet.

    The app allows users to connect with the people you are going to meet and then the app creates a custom webpage where invited friends can follow your distance and ETA from any phone, tablet, or computer. The page is updated in real time so there is no need to constantly text where you are and when you might arrive.

    Studio Tentpole says “The idea for OMW came when cofounder Mark Tholking was picking up his wife from her office in downtown San Diego. Every day, he would text his ETA, and every day, whether he was early or late, one of them ended up waiting outside, annoyed. He decided to build an app that could let him focus on driving while giving her updates on his location until he arrived.”

    In no time flat, OMW became the featured app in the Travel section of the App Store. You can pick it up for free from the App Store.

    Fanatic Earth Promises Science Fiction Focused RPGing Galore

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

    Recently released onto the App Store is KEMCO’s latest RPG, Fanatic Earth.

    The game focuses on a world in which an alien bacteria known as Achratoth has nearly wiped out mankind and, of course, it’s down to you to try to make the world a better place. You join forces with a local detective, an android, and a young girl with a mysterious past.

    With a form of combo or chain based system for combat, it’s sure to entice those who love science fiction based RPGs.

    Even better, to celebrate its release, it’s currently on sale for $3.99. Grab it now while it’s still on offer!

    Track Your Stats For Destiny With Destiny Companion

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

    Just in time for the launch of the Destiny public beta test comes Destiny Companion, the ideal app for tracking how you fare at the console game.

    For those not in the know, Destiny is the latest title from Halo developer, Bungie, and is set to be a huge hit for online FPS players when it’s released on September 9. In the meantime, players can enjoy a brief dose of what to expect with the Public beta starting July 17 and running until July 27.

    Destiny Companion enables you to analyze your player stats, see how your friends are performing, as well as manage your inventory, all from your iOS device.

    It’s available now from the App Store and is a free download.

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    Dead Trigger 2 Now Offers Weekly Tournaments, New Weapons, and Plenty More

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

    There’s a huge new update for popular zombie shooter, Dead Trigger 2, and it’s bound to excite fans.

    It brings with it substantial content additions including tournaments, a continuation to the story based campaign, new weapons, and new environments to explore.

    The tournaments side of things allows you to participate in a different challenge each week to show just who the best fighter out there is. Starting with the Purgatory Arena, you can expect new environments as well as new traps such as the Impaling Spikes and Gallows Ropes.

    With a plethora of new regions, environments, and weapons to check out, it’s the ideal time to try Dead Trigger 2.

    The game is free to download from the App Store now.

    via: Our Review

    Chillingo and Finnish developers Nitro Games have today announced Gang of Pirates, a pirate-heavy strategy game. Players will be tasked with building up their own private pirate island into a fortress and rounding up and commanding a crew of scoundrels and scallywags. Players can then control their crew and take on others from around the world in 3D battles for fame and, more importantly as a pirate, fortune. Alongside these battles against other fellow players, the game will also feature a mission-based single-player campaign.

    Gang of Pirates will be available later this year and will require a ‘stable’ Internet connection in order to play online, although offline gamers can enjoy the single-player campaign to their heart’s content.

    Slingbox_BlackRed_onWhiteA lot of big things are happening with Slingbox in the near future. I mean a lot of big things. The little black boxes that allow you to watch TV (your TV, streamed from your own cable box) on your computer and mobile devices – from anywhere in the world – are getting an upgrade.

    Starting July 20, the Slingbox 350 will be replaced by the Slingbox M1. It’s basically a redesigned version of the 350 with integrated wifi, internal IR emitters (in addition to an external one that can be hooked up), and a price tag of $149 – the cheapest any Slingbox has ever been at retail.

    Then there’s the Sling TV, which will be a repackaged version of the Slingbox 500. It includes HDMI and Component in and out, can attach to a hard drive to display files to your TV, and comes with its own remote unlike the M1.

    sling-projectorOn the software side of things, the firmware will be receiving an update in August that will add a guide interface similar to the iOS apps. You’ll be able to filter content, view scores for any number of sports games right from the menu, transmit from your Slingbox to a Roku/Apple TV/etc, and even use your iOS device as a remote if need be. The Mac/PC Slingplayer apps are making a comeback as well. The web browser versions are being chucked in favor of dedicated software you’ll be able to install and run on your computer.

    Both the Slingbox M1 and Sling TV will roll out on July 20, with the apps updating soon after.

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    Mini Ninjas Goes Free For Limited Time Thanks To Hitting 6 Million Downloads

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

    Mini Ninjas has just hit 6 million downloads, and to celebrate, publisher Square Enix is offering the popular endless runner game for free. This knocks it down from its previous price of $0.99.

    From the official press release:

    Mini Ninjas mobile is an ‘endless runner’ platform game. Based on authentic ninja values, this beautiful, fast paced, fun adventure game takes you on an epic and exciting journey, free from gruesome violence and high on Ninja fun. Play as one of 4 Ninja heroes: Hiro, Futo, Suzume or Kunoichi, and run, jump and slash your way through amazing spellbound lands to retrieve stolen artefacts and do battle with evil Samurai Warlods.

    We had an opportunity to review Mini Ninjas a while back and quite liked it.

    As noted, the game is currently available for free (with optional in-app purchasing) on the App Store.

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    via: Our Review

    Yap Studios Debuts New reddit Client Feedworthy

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

    Yap Studios has just released a spankin’ new reddit client, titled Feedworthy for reddit.

    The new client packs several features, including Imgur functionality, night mode, collapsible comments and more. From the app page:

    • Inline images and animated gifs
    • Image Albums from Imgur
    • Collapsable comments
    • Night mode
    • Press-and-hold to share
    • Blazing performance
    • Beautiful design
    • And a whole lot more!

    Feedworthy is free (with the in-app paid option to remove ads) on the App Store.

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    Out There Omega Edition Announced, Coming as Free Update to iOS

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

    Alongside the announcement of a PC and Mac version of Out ThereMi-Clos Studio has today announced that their space adventure game is to receive a huge free update on iOS, evolving the game into Out There: Omega Edition.

    This update will add more than 50 interactive stories to the game alongside new aliens, space-ships and a new ending. The game will also get a new graphical engine, adding ‘uncharted’ planets and environments to the game. The soundtrack from Siddhartha Barnhoorn >will also be bolstered with additional pieces of music.

    Out There is available now for $3.99 on the App Store, with no date confirmed for the release of the ‘Omega Edition’ update.

    via: Our Review source: Out There

    Gamers from the 1990s should fondly remember Lemmings. Adorable yet dimwitted, they were a little too keen to jump off cliffs meaning it was down to you to figure out how to stop them doing exactly that. It was a fun puzzle game full of different tools to persuade the lemmings not to jump.

    Kind of like that but with Meerkats, comes Meerkatz Challenge – a game set for release in a little over a week’s time. The game will be immediately familiar to fans of Lemmings and in a very positive kind of way.
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    This time round, it’s the meerkats that have a death wish and there’s a different bevy of tools to keep them safe. There’s the typical blocker tool but there’s also the ability to use a mushroom as a giant trampoline, propelling the other meerkats skyward. A trainer meerkat encourages the others to run at speed, making it possible to get across huge gaps when combined with a mushroom spring. A blower type will keep meerkats in the air, safe from danger.

    We got the chance to briefly check out Meerkatz Challenge and it’s looking pretty entertaining. It offers the same vibe as Lemmings but with its own bunch of tools to keep things original. Controls are tight and effective with the option to speed things along as and when needed. Simple taps cause you to choose which tool to use and it takes seconds to master. Even in the early stages though, some careful thinking is required to get past the stage. Up to three stars can be gained depending on how successfully you completed the stage and how many meerkats you managed to save in the process.
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    Graphically, Meerkatz Challenge isn’t going to wow audiences but it certainly offers a pleasant charm, ensuring you’ll be attached to these cuddly critters.

    With 4 different areas to explore and plenty of levels to negotiate, Meerkatz Challenge is shaping up to be pretty interesting.

    We’ll talk more about it next week, when it’s released on July 24.

    Dark Angels Chapter Pack Added to Warhammer 40,000: Carnage

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

    You can’t keep a Dark Angel down.

    The new Dark Angels Chapter Pack for Warhammer 40,000: Carnage from Roadhouse Interactive, has players taking on the role of the Dark Angel Space Marine on his path to reap revenge after being captured, beaten, and left to die in a ruined temple.

    The new chapter comes with a lot of exciting additions. Players can equip the Plasma Gun and fight their way through Arena Combat gameplay featured in the new missions. Roadhouse Interactive has also included Wargear Supply Caches in which players can find the most powerful Wargear on Mithra. The supply Caches can be bought using gold or found on missions.

    You can buy Warhammer 40,000: Carnage on the app store for $6.99. Once you have it, the Dark Angel Chapter Pack can be unlocked for gold in game.

    via: Our review

    Twake Alarm Lets You Take a Selfie The Moment You Wake Up

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

    Have trouble waking up or simply want to take a selfie of yourself the moment you hit the alarm button? If it’s the latter, I think you’re mad but clearly there are others like you. That’s why apps such as Twake Alarm exist.

    Twake Alarm is an alarm app that allows typical features like setting a sound from your iTunes library and setting up multiple alerts. What makes it special, however, is that it’ll snap a photo of you as soon as you wake up, just ready for you to share with others if you’re so inclined.

    As well as that, a simple numbers game is required to switch your alarm off, meaning by the time you’ve finished, not only will you have a photo of yourself, but you should be pretty awake.

    If that sounds like your kind of thing, you can download Twake Alarm from the App Store for free.

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    The Basics

    Those familiar with mobile gaming will be incredibly famililar with the premise of Farm Hero Saga. Swap the squares to form a row of three or more and remove the tiles to earn points, hopefully beginning a cataclysmic chain reaction of destruction. Farm Heroes Saga exists in a world that begins on a small farm but gradually expands to include ice cover fjords, African savannahas, and fantastical locales such as prehistoric jungles and, finally, a hidden temple. This is all hours, if not weeks, of play time away though as just taking the time to scroll through the map seems to take an eternity. This quick walkthrough will help you grasp the basics in order to make Farm Heroes Saga the go to game on the subway or in the waiting room for months to come.

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    Starting Out

    The first few levels are a walk in the park, so to speak, and the myriad of rudimentary tutorials will probably frustrate seasond veterans of the genre. Getting three stars on a puzzle is really the goal to these kinds of games and this can be done by completing it with enough moves remaining to knock out as many tiles are required for each star “level”. In “Hero Mode”, after the objective is completed, tiles randomly get bonuses and long chain reactions are seemingly easier to come across which allows for major points and a satisfying feeling after solving a tricky puzzle. It should go without saying, but you want to complete the puzzle as efficiently as possible because some are hard enough to solve with the alotted moves let alone when considering how many leftovers are there.

    The main way to get ahead is either matching four or five tiles in a row or by causing chain reactions. Because the game is not timed, take your time and look for potential fours or fives and pay special attention to the consequences of your move. Getting four in a row adds additional points to surrounding tiles which means that that apple with a +2 button on it now counts for 3 apples if it is matched out. Matching 5 in a row causes every similar tile to be removed from the board which can become incredibly powerful. However, it is rare that this happens by accident so be on the lookout to set up possible 5s. There are other combinations that give out bonuses such as completing a corner of 3×3 and creating two 3s with one move.

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    Settling In

    It is tempting at first to add moves to a tough puzzle with in-game currency but be warned it is a predictably slippery slope. I perfer to ignore it for the most part, but luckily the boosters repopulate over a lengthy time period so they can be incredibly effective if used correctly. For those playing in long stretches or multiple times a day, the long reload time will almost make it seem like they don’t really exist. It is also slightly annoying that the game puts a strange arbitrary “heart” limit on length of gameplay, but this is easily avoided by not quitting or restarting games, as every time a level isn’t played to the end, you lose a heart which slowly regenerates over five minutes or so.

    What you will find as the game progresses is the inclusion of special tiles that quickly become a major pain to remove from the field.

    The first of these is the flower tile which cannot be moved and needs 3 separate matches to be made in a non-diagional adjacent square. These, frustratingly, are usually placed in hard to reach spots generally around empty squares which limit the avenues for attack. The challenge comes from removing “dead zones” of unrelated tiles that inevitably stagnate around these cute little flowers. Levels will usually have you collect 5 or 6 of these and the best strategy is to try to get matches that hit more than one flower at a time. The shovel booster sometimes comes in handy late in a game with these.

    The second is even more devilish than the first as it comes in two steps. First the player has to match three or more eggs in a row to form a little hatching chick and after further combining three of these hatchling chicks, you are finally rewarded with just one little bird. Matches over 3 do not count for anything extra, and no bonuses are given. The best method of attack for this is to not worry about getting the other fruits in the objective because the volume is usually fairly low and usually “accidentially” obtained by focusing on the eggs.

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    Going Forward

    I will stop there as not to spoil anything else. By now, I am sure that you have a good head start to truly become a Farm Heroes Saga master, which is a title that will surely make every one of your friends jealous.

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    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2014-01-02 :: Category: Games

    Mynd Calendar Gets Significant Update, As Well As Premium Features

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

    Mynd, the calendar and scheduling app we reviewed last year, is getting a big update.

    Version 5.0.2 expands upon its ability to sync with LinkedIn, and allows for increased search connectivity within the service and the device contacts. Evernote entries can also be shared directly from the app. There is also the new ability to categorize events.

    One big addition is the premium featureset. This is a subscription service that unlocks Inside Mynd, a set of extra functionality, and more.

    New Mynd Premium (in-app purchase upgrade) features include:
    • Traffic-based “time to leave” push notifications so you’re never late again. Note, existing Mynd users will be ‘grandfathered in’ to get this feature for free. New users will have to upgrade to Mynd Premium to get these notifications.
    • Inside Mynd: Much like fitness software helps monitor your health, Inside Mynd gives you the ability to set goals within your calendar and track how you spend your time in a highly visual way. This is part of our new paid upgrade, Mynd Premium (available via in-app purchase) and makes it easy to quantify your business and personal productivity.
    * Set goals and track your progress with Inside Mynd.
    * Categorize your events to see where you spend the most time. For example…
    – If your goal is exercise 5 times a week, carve out 5 hours a week on your calendar to work out and give those events the category heading “exercise.” If you skip a workout, delete it from your calendar. At the end of the week, Mynd will chart how much time you exercised.
    – If your goal is to spend more time managing your employees, and you’re scheduling time-out to think about a particular employee’s performance before their annual review, you can tag that employee in the event, without actually inviting him/her to that event.
    – If you’re a professional services consultant, you can use this feature to track time spent with clients and export it for use in billing.
    * Track the miles you drive for business, and export this data for use in expense reports.
    • Priority Email Support: We now accelerate Mynd Premium users to the top of our support queue.
    • Professional Messaging: Mynd branding does not appear on emails and calendar invites sent through Mynd Premium.

    There is a free trial of the subscription service, which costs $6.99/month to $49.99/year, depending on the number of months purchased.

    Mynd Calendar is available for free (with optional premium features) on the App Store.

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    via: Our Review

    Analyze your Dreams with DreamSphere

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

    DreamsCloud, the interactive service that looks to help people analyze and reflect on their dreams, has announced its new iOS app DreamSphere.

    The app has a host of features, including a Dream Journal which can be recorded via text or voice, a Dreams Map, which allows users to check their dream patterns against that of other users around the globe, a Smart Alarm, and more. There are also premium features that can be unlocked.

    DreamsCloud co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer Jean Marc Emden talks about empowering users. “Dreams have such a significant impact on our overall health and wellness, and are the voice of our subconscious mind,” he says. “With the launch of DreamSphere, we wanted to create an app that provides users with a companion for daily wellness and self-reflection. By empowering our users to remember, process, decode and discuss their dreams on-the-go, DreamSphere will help individuals tap into critical insights and a better understanding of their waking lives.”

    The app is now available for free (with aforementioned optional premium content) on the App Store.

    Another Week of Expert App Reviews

     

    At 148Apps, we help you sort through the great ocean of apps to find the ones we think you’ll like and the ones you’ll need. Our top picks become Editor’s Choice, our stamp of approval for apps with that little extra something special. 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.

    Civilization Revolution 2

     
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    It is always great to see franchises, that we all know and love, finally grow up. So seems to be the case with 2K’s mobile-exclusive sequel to 2009’s tremendously successful Civilization Revolution. Taking a page from the console version’s book, the title has a completely revamped visual style. But is a fresh coat of paint enough to make this new installment worth the price of admission? Players who adored 2K’s freshmen pass at Sid Meier’s seminal series will notice that Civilization Revolution 2 instantly feels very familiar. That is not to say that the game looks similar, presentation wise, (in fact, the exact opposite is true) but it features the same comfortable gameplay formula that worked so well the first time around. Unfortunately, for some reason that also means that this game has inherited most of the baggage from the first installment as well. –Blake Grundman

    Lomotif

     
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    Want to easily add music clips to Instagram or Vine videos without the use of full-blown editing software? Lomotif is the solution. There’s been plenty of times before I’ve posted a video on Instagram or Vine that I’ve thought, “I wish I could have Rise of the Valkyrie or Dancing Queen playing in the background” (please, don’t judge). Having to export my video to my MacBook, before tinkering with it in iMovie and transferring it back just seemed like too much hassle for a 6/15 second video. Lomotif helps cut out the middle man and adds short music clips to video with no fuss at all, all in one app. –Lee Hamlet

    Sonic Jump Fever

     
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    While Sonic Dash embraced the Endless Runner, Sonic Jump embraced the likes of Doodle Jump, offering a series of levels in which players must keep jumping upwards, saving animals and collecting rings. It appears it’s here again in the form of freemium based Sonic Jump Fever. It’s an ok kind of game but it lacks any real personality, and its freemium-based elements start to infringe on the fun a little too readily. With new levels to explore each week, there’s plenty of time to get to grips with each entry. It’s a generally quite frantic affair, so while the graphics might be sharp, odds are you’re going to be too busy concentrating on what you’re doing to pay much attention to your surroundings. Controls are tilt-based and appropriately responsive with a double-tap causing a double-jump to get you out of danger. –Jennifer Allen

    Blackwell 1: Legacy

     
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    Many would happily point out that the golden era of point and click adventures has been and gone. While a few more recent gems have shone through, all too often the classics have remained the same – remasters of old delights. The Blackwell series aims to buck that trend by embracing the methods that worked so well for older games. In the case of the first episode, Blackwell 1: Legacy it certainly manages to entice with some satisfactory story development, even if it doesn’t quite reach the heady heights of the golden era. –Jennifer Allen

    Age of Booty: Tactics

     
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    Age of Booty: Tactics is a turn-based strategy game in which players build pirate fleets and battle on the open seas to collect as much treasure as possible. While its multiplayer-only structure can get in its own way sometimes, the game itself offers well-built free-to-play strategy with a charming aesthetic. For those not in the know, Age of Booty: Tactics is not the first installment in the Age of Booty franchise. The original Age of Booty is a console and PC game in which players managed a single ship that was controlled in real-time strategic battles. In this installation all of the original game’s charm and spirit is retained, while the gameplay has been translated into a multi-ship, card-based, turn-based game. –Campbell Bird

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    Doug Dug

     
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    I have to say that I’ve almost skipped on Doug Dug, just because it looks like a rip-off of Terraria, or Spelunky, or some other attempt at Minecraft design school – and I’m glad that I didn’t, because Doug Dug is neither of those things. It’s an original, captivating platformer that lacks just a few pieces to become absolutely awesome. The player controls Doug, a dwarf who does two things all dwarves do all the time: digging for gold and sporting a kick-ass beard. Doug Dug is focused on the first task. The level Doug dug 3is a single screen wide, but infinitely deep, containing lots of treasures and challenges beneath. The player needs to navigate around it by digging. Dragging the finger across the screen will make Doug dig right, left, or down. He is unable to jump, unfortunately, so any loot that you miss on the way down, stays there most of the time. That said, it can come crashing down if it lacks any support, or is only held in place by a collapsable dirt block. So, the player needs to be aware of his surroundings and not get caught in the avalanche. Basically, the avalanche system holds about 50% of the game’s worth, as it grants a tricky random element to each run. The avalanches also crush whatever enemies get trapped under them, and it’s great, because the enemies are a pain. They can only be killed by falling on them from above, and Doug can’t jump. So, if he is on their level, or lower, it’s quite difficult to stay alive. The game has no shortage of things that can kill a digging dwarf, and if left unchecked, will definitely do so, leaving but a ghost of the spelunker on the next play through. –Tony Kuzmin

    Boom! Tanks

     
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    Nothing soothes the nerves like a good virtual tank battle, and Boom! Tanks looks like a compelling option in the tested genre. The game boils down to tank battle via attrition. The early going explains the basics of the gameplay and associated elements. In a nutshell, the players tank has a designated enemy unit that it must get its sights on. When this is accomplished, one has to fire while absorbing damage from the event tank. The end goal is to destroy said tank before it destroys the players machine. The sighting mechanism is intuitive without being too simplistic, and involves the use of a moving target that needs to be lined up with a targeting icon on the enemy unit; thankfully, the game gives valuable cues to let the player know when perfect aim has been achieved. And then both tanks engage. –Tre Lawrence

    Stickman Soccer 2014

     
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    How can a developer make a soccer video game more accessible and reliable than, say, a complex soccer video game like FIFA or PES? By simplifing the controls and putting in some stickmen instead of the well known soccer players. Americans probably won’t watch the World Cup like they did last week. But here in Holland, the World Cup fever keeps getting higher and higher and during those matchless days, we crave for football and look for it else. But not everyone likes or can handle games like FIFA or PES, so mobile game developers have the chance to fill in the gap and can provide us with some casual soccer video game experiences. Enter Stickman Soccer 2014, not the be confused with another sport series that uses the same Stickman name in their games. –Wesley Akkerman

    And finally, over the pond, Pocket Gamer reviewed Beyond Gravity, FFFFF2P, and Transworld Endless Skater, picked the best fighters on Vita and best RPGs from Kemco, and provided tips for Hellraid, Disco Zoo, Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, and World of Tanks Blitz. Read all about it here.

    The Exotic Matter War is on with Ingress, the Augmented Reality MMORPG. Now Available for iOS

    Posted by on July 14th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    The Android app named top Game of 2013 at Google Play Player’s Choice Awards, Ingress By Google, Inc. has finally come to the iOS.

    The game sets players up as one of two factions (the Enlightened and the Resistance) warring over, Exotic Matter, a new energy source sent by a mysterious force called the Shapers to “uplift all mankind”. The Enlightened want to embrace this gift from the Shapers while the Resistance fear for our humanity and fight the shapers’ influence. Players must physically go to a location in their area and use their mobile device to tag real-world landmarks for their team. When players succeed, they are rewarded with Access Points which grant access to stronger items to fend off other teams attacks.

    If you have been waiting to join your Android friends on Ingress now is the time. Ingress is available on the App Store for free.

    GemHero, A Gem Swapping Puzzle RPG, Hits the App Store Today

    Posted by on July 14th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    GemHero by Sayan Chailangka was released today for iOS as well as Android phones and tablets. The game is a puzzle RPG with gem arrangement and Trading Card Game mechanics. The user’s character sets out on adventures using gem swapping to cast elemental magic, collect trading cards, and fight monsters. You can also challenge yourself against bosses to rank up on the leaderboards in Survival Mode. To keep the game exciting, GemHero offers in-game events such as event dungeons, Daily login bonus, and a bonus for your first login.

    Check out GemHero on the App Store for free.

    Being a pretty big fan of Mojang’s Minecraft, I was very excited to hear that Minecraft – Pocket Edition (PE) was receiving a large update. The previous version, Minecraft PE 8.0, had seemed a bit claustrophobic to me. The edges of the world were clearly visible and one only had a space about the size of an island on which to play. I found that the lack of trees, paired with the flatness of the space made the oncoming night less scary. Creepers and spiders were visible from far enough off that I could keep a good distance and there were few enough of them that I could fight them without being overwhelmed. The size issue also made finding materials to work with frustrating. I was frequently crippled by a lack of coal. Lightless, bereft of any cooked meat, and unable to cobble together even a pair of leather shoes, I wandered my small island with nothing to do except contemplate its emptiness.

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    Like a light in the darkness, a town appears.

    The Minecraft PE 9.0 Update is a significant upgrade. It is much more in-line with the PC version of Minecraft, with its infinite maps and more densely populated environments. The first time night fell, I was terrifyingly aware of the fact that I was standing in a forest and I could not see further than a few feet; the sound of hissing growing closer and closer. The landscape is certainly more robust. Where I spent an hour looking for coal in the previous release, in 9.0 I had no problem finding a bevy of ores, including newly-added blocks such as: Diorite, Granite, and Andesite. The variety of biomes that are now included also add to the feeling of wondrous exploration that the PC version captures so well, but which the 8.0 PE edition was lacking. I climbed a high hill one morning to find a small village just a short distance from where I was beginning to build a fort for myself. I ran towards the village and was delighted to find villagers. That moment of discovery was exciting, and speaks to the heart of the Minecraft experience.

    It is amazing how much the presence of NPCs changes the feel of the game; no longer am I a stranger carving out a life in solitude. Unfortunately you cannot interact with them yet in any meaningful way except to attack; trading with villagers has yet to be implemented. However, to further banish loneliness, wolves can now be tamed; loyally following you through thick and thin.

     

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    A side by side comparison of 8.0 & 9.0

     

    I am really happy that Mojang is continuing to make the app more robust. Minecraft – Pocket Edition 9.0 has come a long way from its alpha release back in 2011, and with all the new content that has been added, Minecraft PE is finally living up to its namesake.

    $6.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2011-11-17 :: Category: Games

    Hunted Cow Studios has just announced a new partnership with board game publisher Victory Point Games. The new partnership looks to bring digital versions of Victory Point games to iOS.

    VPG co-founder Alan Emrich is looking forward to the pairing. “Victory Point Games is a boardgame publisher staffed by many digital game developers,” he says. “That’s why we’re so glad to have found our kindred spirits in the digital game publishing industry who ‘get’ manual-to-digital game translations. We’re very excited to be working together with a great publisher, our new friends at Hunted Cow Studios.”

    Hunted Cow marketing chief Craig Withers mentions some of the titles that should be out in the near future. “Everyone at Hunted Cow is incredibly excited to help bring Victory Point Games to a larger audience. At the moment, the first titles we expect to release are the solitaire games Astra Titanus, Dawn of the Zeds, Infection: Humanity’s Last Gasp and Legions of Darkness. The opportunity to work directly with a company of their quality doesn’t come along every day, and we look forward to showing our fans what we can accomplish together.”

    The new digital versions should arrive soon; Hunted Cow will also be partnering with other studios, such as Hex War Ltd and Criss Cross Games Ltd.

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    MuseAmi Launches Video and Music Recording and Networking App Hook’d.

    Posted by on July 14th, 2014
    iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

    MuseAmi has just launched a new, social app based on the ability to take, edit and share video called Hook’d.

    The app incorporates MuseAmi’s proprietary technologies, one of which is real-time audio processing, which allows for users to create and share content directly from an iOS device. MuseAmi also offers authentic backing tracks, including licensed music from Warner Music Group, and says it will announce additional licensing deals in the coming weeks.

    MuseAmi chief Bob Taub mentions the partnership with Warner Music Group. “In Hook’d, we’ve created a fun, addictive and totally new way to capture moments through music, and share it with one person or with many,” he says. “We’re proud to have the support of Warner Music Group at launch. They’ve been a real champion of our technology, and their incredible catalog provides our users with authentic master recordings that make Hook’d like no other app on the planet.”

    Hook’d is available for free (with optional in-app purchases) on the App Store.

    It’s an advergaming assault on Who Wore it Best? as Grindcore and LINGsCARS compete to see which is the best interactive brand engagement.

    6 Wunderkinder Announces Upcoming Release of Wunderlist 3

    Posted by on July 14th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Wunderlist, the celebrated to-do list app from 6 Wunderkinder, is due to get an update to its feature-set.

    Tentatively named Wunderlist 3, this update promises a new design, real-time sync, fast performance and more. All in all, the developer promises more than 60 new improvements to the app.

    We had the opportunity to formally review the last iteration of the app a while back and were big fans.

    A sneak peek of the future update and how things will be further improved is below.

    via: Our Review source: https://www.wunderlist.com/blog/wunderlist-3-is-coming

    Wave Introduces Free Invoicing App Invoice By Wave

    Posted by on July 14th, 2014
    iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

    Wave, the company behind well-regarded invoicing solutions, has just released an iOS app Invoice by Wave.

    The app looks to be a mobile solution for people who need to create and catalog invoices while on the go, directly from one’s iOS device. From the press release:

    Wave, the creators of full small business financial tools at WaveApps.com, have launched the mobile Invoice by Wave app, their most powerful mobile application to date. Featuring one-tap activation of credit card processing, and no-fuss instant integration with Wave’s accounting tools, the app simplifies the entire process of getting paid for small businesses. Invoice by Wave launches today for iOS, with the Android version to follow. Wave’s New App Makes Mobile Invoicing and Accepting Credit Card Payments Faster and Easier Than Ever…

    To get paid faster than ever, business owners can begin accepting credit cards with just one tap, compared to the piles of paperwork and weeks of waiting that make up an application for traditional merchant services.

    Invoice by Wave also imparts critical information when it’s needed most. Designed to display quick snapshots of information to help business owners make decisions, the app notifies business owners when invoices are viewed, paid, or become overdue, and provides insights on income and expenses, invoices coming overdue, average days to payment and more!

    Like everything Wave creates, Invoice by Wave is seamlessly integrated with Wave’s 100% free accounting software. Records are updated instantly across web and mobile platforms, saving business owners’ time and effort and ensuring accurate records with zero hassle.

    Invoice by Wave is available for free on the App Store.

    It Came From Canada: Bio Inc.

    Bio Inc. is an evil game. It can make players feel legitimately guilty. It’s not only about killing, but killing as subtly and fiendishly as possible. It’s about death as inevitability. After blackening our hearts and poisoning our souls, we’re here with the autopsy in this latest edition of It Came From Canada!

    Remember the villainous virus from Osmosis Jones that took pride in killing people as fast as possible? That’s basically Bio Inc.’s premise. Players dive into the body of some unsuspecting sucker and try to end their life quickly and efficiently. It’s like Trauma Center in reverse. At the start of each round, players hop between different body systems, like the brain and the skeleton, harvesting minor bacteria like resources in a strategy game. From there, they use the points they’ve acquired to unleash new ailments like the flu and insomnia. As new symptoms take their toll, players can climb further up the tech tree discovering even stronger ways to cripple their victim’s heart or immune system defenses. They can even unlock bonus risk factors to buff their attacks like making the victim smoke or eat junk food.

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    But as in real life, killing in Bio Inc. isn’t that simple. Eventually the victim will go to the doctor and start receiving care. Once that happens, their recovery meter will start to go up. As the player’s attacks become more vicious and more systems start to fail, the doctors start working even harder and recovery increases faster. The game then becomes a race against time to murder the mark before the doctors can save them. Players can even use downright abhorrent sneaky tricks like making the doctors go on strike and halt recovery.

    What’s most diabolical about the game though is how its deep strategic elements make players thoughtfully plan out their dirty deeds. Target one system aggressively or spread out the infections? Pepper the body with little diseases or save up points and release The Big C? Each new victim also has specific traits like high stress or a family history of genetic deficiencies. Exploiting these facts is crucial, especially on higher difficulties. Players can even name their targets for maximum meta cruelty.

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    The horror inherent to the premise is only slightly blunted by a few funny voice clips accompanying each new development. Upping the victim’s age to over 60 sounds especially, hilariously painful. But beyond that, the game pulls no punches while forcing players to watch their victim’s body slowly breakdown through the harsh, clinical interface.

    Bio Inc. isn’t available yet, so fortunately we have some time to brace ourselves for the complete extent of its malice. Once it fully launches though, it just might spell the end for our current age of innocence.

    Minimalistic Puzzler Bicolor Adds New Levels in Latest Update

    Posted by on July 11th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Bicolorthe minimalistic two color puzzle game from 1Button which we gave four stars back in May, has received sixty new hand-crafted levels in its latest update, bringing the level total in the game up to 240.

    Bicolor is available on the App Store now for $0.99.

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    via: Our Review

    Simian Flu Infects Plague Inc.’s Latest Update

    Posted by on July 11th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    A new update has just been released for Plague Inc and it ties into forthcoming movie, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

    The update adds a special Simian Flu expansion pack for $1.99. Players must control communities of intelligent apes, seeing how the disease evolves to allow ape-to-ape transmission. You must decide when your apes should rally against research labs and work towards making apes the dominant species on the planet. Fun, huh?

    Plague Inc. is priced at $0.99, with $1.99 snagging you the Simian Flu expansion pack.

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    via: Our Review

    Real Racing 3′s Gold Payout Substantially Increased in Latest Update

    Posted by on July 11th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    A new update has come speeding onto the App Store for everyone’s favorite racer, Real Racing 3.

    Gold payout has now been improved drastically with the maximum payout for levelling up now increased to a whopping 100 gold, 20 times more than it was before! Once you hit Driver level 6, you can enjoy such bonuses every time you level up. Check out the video below to learn more about the gold increase.

    Besides that, new cars are available including the Ferrari F40 and the Ferrari F50. The inclusion of those cars also mean you can enjoy a Ferrari Showdown Series to see which is the very best vehicle out there.

    Real Racing 3 is out now and is free to download from the App Store.

    via: Our Review

    Roll a Critical Sucess for Getting in Shape With FitRPG: Gamifying Fitbit

    Posted by on July 11th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    So you’ve bought a Fitbit. Now what? How about turning it into an RPG?

    FatChicken Studios has released FitRPG; a game that turns the data collected by your Fitbit into your character’s strength, hit points, endurance, dexterity, and experience. Your character will receive quests and battle monsters to receive gold and experience. With that loot you can buy weapons, potions, armor, and other accessories, then battle your friends. The fittest player gets to steal their opponents gold and experience! Don’t have a Fitbit? Not to worry, FatChicken Studios says they plan on having FitRPG integrate with Jawbone and other fitness trackers pretty soon.

    FitRPG sounds like it might be a fun way to stay motivated about working out when you’d rather be gaming. You can pick it up on the App Store for free.

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