Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 9th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
After conquering Rio and Space, where could those Angry Birds go next? The NBA, apparently. In the next episode of Angry Birds Seasons, NBA Ham Dunk!, Rovio Entertainment sends the birds to take the pigs to the court. The update will have 15 free NBA-themed levels and 30 NBA team levels available for purchase.
“Get ready to hit the court with your favorite NBA team, and start dunking birds and bashing piggies for extra points,” said Pekka Rantala Chief Commercial Officer of Rovio Entertainment. “We are really pumped to offer this fun mash-up to Angry Birds and NBA fans.”
You can grab Angry Birds Seasons on the rebound for $0.99.
The long-awaited second episode of The Silent Age, by House on Fire, is finally on its way. Fans will be stoked to hear that the final chapter of Joe’s story will be released on October 16.
Episode two will have over 60 new locations and several new characters to meet, as well as some nice improvements. House on Fire has added a new dynamic animation system while also upgrading the dialog, shadow, lighting, water, and reflection systems.
“We were overwhelmed by the massive response we received after launching The Silent Age Episode One, and we felt we had to rise to the challenge and create an even better Episode Two,” said Uni Dahl, CEO of House on Fire. “These last few months we’ve spent an enormous amount of time fine-tuning the experience in every detail, and we hope we can live up to what fans have come to expect from the game.”
The Silent Age Episode Two will be available October 16 for $4.99 on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 9th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Todoist, the powerful task organizer, has released a new update called Karma.
Karma keeps track of your productivity and assigns you a score. Just like leveling in an RPG, now you can level-up your ability to get things done. You can check out your progress broken down into the last two weeks, last month, or six months via the graphs that Karma creates. You can also use Karma to pinpoint your most productive days so you can make better use of that time.
Whenever you level up in Karma you can broadcast your awesomeness to your friends and family with the new social networking feature. It connects to your Twitter, Facebook, and/or Google+.
“Achieving your aspirations has never been easier. We’re thrilled to bring Todoist Karma – a feature that has set us apart from our competitors – to all of our 13 platforms so that users can set goals and track their productivity no matter their location or device,” says Amir Salihefendic, founder and CEO of Doist.
Can you reach the Enlightened level of 50,000 points? Download Todoist for free today and find out.
Posted by Ellis Spice on October 9th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mochi Bits has released their relaxing yet challenging space-based puzzle game, ORBB. In ORBB, players are tasked with jumping from planet to planet while collecting all of the stars along the way.
While the game has been built to provide a challenge to those who want to race through, with each of the sixty levels having its own achievement for completing it within a set amount of time, players can also choose to relax and take it slow, with the game providing no risk of the player plummeting to their death.
ORBB has already gravitated towards the App Store, and is available for $2.99.
A couple of years ago, with the holiday season rapidly approaching, my mother generously asked me if there was anything I wanted for Christmas. As it turned out my wife and I were just getting into board games as a hobby, but not wanting my mom to bother wandering into a Manhattan board game specialty store I just told her I’d give her the names of a few games we were interested in that I knew she could find on Amazon. She surprised me with her response – that she wasn’t going to be able to get me those games because she didn’t feel comfortable shopping online.
My mother is the first to admit that she’s not the most tech-savvy person around, but I was still shocked that she wouldn’t order anything from Amazon, and further shocked that she had never bought anything online. When I asked why, both she and my father explained that they simply didn’t trust the technology and that it made them uncomfortable.
I guess the reason I found it difficult to accept is because online transactions have represented the majority of my expenses for years. So the idea that people who are otherwise modern, educated, competent folks wouldn’t trust something as universal as online shopping – their instinctive distrust – seemed downright silly to me as someone who is, by upbringing and profession, constantly exposed to the world of social media, online commerce, and internet connectivity.
Which is why I had to stop and scold myself when I saw Apple Pay and immediately shook my head in disapproval.
Sure, there are security features in place. Sure, your credit info isn’t technically stored on the device. And sure, what is locally kept is locked behind a biometric defense system, can be disabled remotely, and probably has a dozen other security protocols I’m unaware of. Still, my gut reaction to the idea of using my phone to pay for things was instantaneous distrust – and that’s ridiculous.
Whether you’re an adherent to the Cult of Apple, just think their products are cool, or even if you have no intention of buying Apple’s newest miracle device, the fact is that this idea of a unified way of managing your credit, integrated into your mobile electronics, is a very likely technological progression. Of course security will always be an issue, but is there really any difference in using my computer to order something from an online retailer via my credit card or tapping my iPhone against a sensor to initiate the exact same kind of transaction in person? The bottom line is that (semantics aside) there isn’t, and I doubt very much that this feature will remain exclusive to the iPhone for long.
I also doubt I’m the only one who looked at Apple Pay and scoffed. But I think that, like my parents not trusting the idea of internet commerce, it’s just a product of technological inertia. No, I’m not one of the folks who ran out to get an iPhone 6 Plus on day 1, but I won’t be one of the naysayers who resists the direction this new tech is taking us simply because ‘it’s different and that makes me nervous.’
On November 1, Walmart will be offering an exclusive Mini “Buddy Pack” for Skylanders Trap Team along with a “Meet the Minis” experience. You can get Hog Wild Fryno and Small Fry in the buddy pack, as well as trading cards and sticker sheets with secret codes.
For the Meet the Minis experience, the retail giant will post signs around their stores that have codes for the Collection Vault app. These codes will unlock five minis and other exclusive content such as wallpaper, videos and images.
So visit your local Walmart on November 1 to get your trap on.
Stigol and Chillingo have paired up to bring us the unique puzzle game, Find the Line, that goes live tomorrow, October 9. The game asks players to combine lines to form beautifully illustrated images.
It comes with over 200 levels that increase in difficulty in each theme. When you complete a theme there is an animated video that tells the story of the images you formed.
Find the Line looks like a challenging puzzler. Check it out tomorrow on the App Store for free.
Chair Entertainment has announced that their 1.4.1 update for Infinity Blade III is on its way. The update is chock full of fixes, improvements, and things the fans have requested.
Chair has fixed the Dragoor quest, some crashing issues, Boss Perks, and more making skills and items work the way they are supposed to. They have also added a lot. Now item level and max gold caps have been increased, Alerts for new items can be turned off, Solar-Trans weapons now get boots when two elemental gems are slotted, and Dragoor Scale has been added to complete the Dragoor set.
Chair expects the Infinity Blade III update to hit sometime this week so keep your weapons sharp and your downloading finger ready.
Posted by Ellis Spice on October 7th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
As much as I’d like to reveal to you that The Room Two, the great logic puzzle title from Fireproof Games, is currently on sale for 66% off, I’m afraid that you’ll need the spyglasses pictured below in order to see this news.
It’s a shame, really. You likely would have loved to have known that we gave the game 4.5 stars in our review, and that it currently carries an 8.9 rating over on QualityIndex. But alas, you’ll likely never know that this game is very much worth getting at this price, especially with The Room Three set to release next year.
Pokemon TCG Online marks the first official release of a Pokemon game on iOS, and our initial impressions have been rather positive to boot. No doubt many of you have already begun building your decks and hunting for rare cards – and if it’s indeed cards you’re after, then we have a treat for you.
We’ve gotten our mitts on a special code available only for 148Apps readers, which can be redeemed in-game (across all versions) for a free booster pack – and reading this makes you a 148Apps reader, so hurray for you! This random booster may include cards from a number of recent expansions, such as Black & White – Legendary Treasures, XY, XY – Flashfire, or XY – Furious Fists.
Just input the code 148APPS-PLAYS-POKEMON-TCGO (valid for 1 use per game account) and you’re all set. But don’t dawdle – the code will expire this Friday, October 10.
If you haven’t downloaded Pokemon TCG Online yet, you can grab it off the App Store now for free. Oh, and let us know if you get anything good!
Nitropia is an indie developed tower defense title, from Dawn Patrol Games and being published by Bulkypix, that will be coming to iOS soon. The game incorporates real-time strategy elements with a gradual progression of complexity as you play. Each level will add at least one new challenge to keep the game exciting.
You will be able to play both offense and defense, collect resources, and pit your 3 best characters against bosses in Survival Mode. For an interesting change of pace, you will also be able to destroy enemy bases in Base Battle Mode.
Nitropia will be a premium game, but the developers will be giving a bunch of levels away for free and letting users choose what level of content they would like to buy into – such as the full game or the full game + all the advanced towers. The price is set to begin at $1.99, which gives you the full game and 3 characters to play with. You will be able to use earned in-game currency to unlock bonus characters, upgrades and advanced attacks.
The Bot Squad, by Ubisoft, is a free-to-play strategy game that mixes puzzles with tower defense.
Players control robots as they pick their way through Dynamo City’s trapped areas, searching for orbs. Beware though, because other robots want those orbs! So players will also have to defend their stockpiles from waves of invading robot forces with defensive units. The game will have 180 stages to complete and dozens of robots to manage. Ubisoft says that they will have regular free content updates that include new stages, units, and modes.
You’ll be able to check out The Bot Squad on October 16 in the App Store.
Rocket Rainbow and Team17 Digital have announced that their ‘ewe-nique’ puzzle game, Hay Ewe, will be making its way onto iOS later this week. Featured within the ranks of Rocket Rainbow are a number of ex-PopCap staff who worked on Bejeweled, Plants vs. Zombies, and Peggle.
Centering on the adventures of natural-born leader Matilda the Sheep, who has the task of rounding up mischievous lambs, players will find sixty levels to play, leaderboards to compete on, and an in-game level editor that will allow them to create and share their own levels.
Hay Ewewool will make its way onto the App Store this week for $4.99.
Shadow Fight 2, by Nekki, is the popular sequel to Facebook-based game, Shadow Fight. Nekki reports that Shadow Fight 2 has reached the #1 position on the App Store and has received 35 million downloads to date over various platforms. The game combines RPG elements with martial arts action as you send your ninja against skilled fighters, demon bosses, and eventually try to close the Gate of Shadows.
“We are thrilled to see such an enthusiastic reception for Shadow Fight 2, allowing us to reach 35 million downloads in under four months,” said Nekki Co-founder and CEO Dmitry Terekhin. “Our goal is to always create games that we want to play, and we know we’ve gotten it right when our community of loyal and vocal fans use the power of word-of-mouth to propel our games to the top of the charts.”
Shadow Fight 2 is available for free on the App Store.
Posted by Ellis Spice on October 7th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Yesterday at their MAX conference, Adobe unveiled a series of new mobile apps and the public beta of the Creative SDK, which will allow third parties to link mobile apps into Creative Cloud.
New ‘Creative Profiles’ allow users to connect to files, photos, colors, fonts, and more from wherever they are, from whatever device they’re using, and from all of their CC-supported apps – with assets appearing automatically in contexts where they could be suitable. Nine new mobile apps were also unveiled, each with their own unique function that feeds into the Adobe ecosystem. The announced (and now released) apps are:
Photoshop Sketch – Allows for drawing with new built-in brushes and integrates with Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC.
Photoshop Mix – Updates to Mix allow for precise compositing and enhanced integration with Photoshop CC.
Lightroom Mobile- Builds off of Photoshop CC and allows clients, friends, and family to select favorites and leave comments on photos shared online.
Illustrator Draw- Formerly Adobe Idea, this new vector drawing tool gives users a more modern interface and integration with Illustrator CC, Adobe Ink, and Slide.
Illustrator Line – A precision drawing app, Line features new functionality for perfectly distributing shapes as users draw and for sending sketches to Illustrator CC.
Adobe Premiere Clip – Premiere Clip allows users to quickly edit their videos on the move and send them to Premiere Pro CC for further editing.
Adobe Brush CC – Using this app, users can create unique brushes from any photograph and use these brushes in Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, or Adobe Illustrator Sketch.
Adobe Shape CC – Shape CC allows users to create shapes from high-contrast photos of anything, with these photos turned into vector art that can be used immediately in Illustrator CC and Illustrator Line.
Adobe Color CC – Formerly Adobe Kuler, colors can be captured and saved as themes for further use in other Adobe applications.
All of the above apps are free to download on iOS and are available now.
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.
All too often, endless runners lack some much-needed personality. They can be mechanically sound and still quite satisfying to play, but they rarely feel particularly charming. Monsu aims to buck that trend, even despite the fact it doesn’t really offer much of a story. All you need to know is that you’re attempting to retrieve treasure from thieving villagers. This ties into your reasoning for running wild and bouncing on the heads of spear wielding enemies. You automatically run, with one tap for a single jump and two for a double-jump. Controls are simple yet tight; not once was there a sign of unresponsiveness. –Jennifer Allen
Card Dungeon is a breath of fresh air when it comes to the roguelike genre, eschewing lackluster Western fantasy imagery and the trappings of “normal” turn-based dungeon exploration with (of all things) two-dimensional art and cards. The delightful whimsy of Card Hunter, similar in scope to this title, shines through as Play Tap Games expertly marries the addictiveness of a card game with the strategic requirements of a rogue like. The game gets underway as you select from a handful of cards for how your character will perform. Once you’ve chosen them, you can choose a campaign from a wide selection of areas as the adventure begins. The game and the tutorial mode are one in the same as you make your way through your first dungeon floor, tapping on tile after tile to navigate through. The game is turn-based, with you tapping on a directional tile on the dungeon floor to navigate, then selecting cards from the bottom of the screen in order to play different actions. It’s simple enough to understand by just tapping around to get a feel for what’s going on, but difficult enough that it’s hard to master unless you truly pay attention to the varieties of cards you can use for equipment, defense, attacks, and so on. –Brittany Vincent
If you’ve come to Galaxy Trucker looking for a grim, seedy simulation full of illicit stimulants, questionable encounters with alien females in the docking bays of intergalactic refueling depots, and tiny, pine tree-shaped air fresheners then you may be a bit disappointed. On the other hand, if you’re after an iPad adaptation of a 2007 board game classic that has been nominated for multiple awards, then I have much better news for you. Apparently, in the future, interstellar freight hauling vehicles are made out of jumbles of leftover pipes. Yeah, it seems like a weird choice to me, too. Now, pilots of these long-haul junk freighters are competing with one another for the most choice parts in an attempt to cobble together a ship that will withstand the rigors of deep space, pirates, and the occasional meteor shower. Oh, and also still turn a profit while doing so. –Rob Thomas
It’ll take some practice to truly figure out Nexticy but once you do, you’ll realize it’s a very useful tool for those in many different forms of business. Its flexibility is quite impressive. It’s a form building tool. At its simplest, you can use one of many templates to get started. There are templates for all kinds of situations, such as a nutritional log, invoicing, meeting report, quiz, and even a professional resume tool. For many, a great starting point is to use one of these and edit it to your needs rather than start from scratch. This is especially true when bearing in mind that the app could do a better job of explaining things. Experimentation is key here. –Jennifer Allen
As readers may know, my family really enjoys a good building or math app at our house – very useful for when I need to get my boy tucked in and out of the way so I can perform family business such as dealing with contractors, make other important phone calls, or sometimes just early in the morning when my son wakes prematurely but is not looking to get really active just yet. Although we find applications very helpful at these moments, I do prefer him to work with building toys and other manipulative items during the rest of this free time. We have more natural wood building blocks than I care to admit, but the toys that I feel most overrun by are those that form some kind of tracks and include dozens of smaller pieces needing to be fitted together. I acquired a large amount of Zhu Zhu tracks free with the purchase of robotic hamsters from a woman eager to rid herself of these plastic parts, along with too many fractured Hot Wheels sets as well as the Nano Bug habituate tracks that my son had to have, which he is still working on earning – a day I am not looking forward to. Although I obviously see the value in being able to construct these kinds of toys in many different and creative ways, the reality of all these pieces is at times too much to bear. –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:
Man, Cannon Crasha is ‘one of those games’. In a good way! When you like games like Worms and Swords and Soldiers, you will definitly like this instant classic Android game. Go play it. No seriously. This is one of those games. One of those games where the only thing you need to know is that you need to play it. It should be one of those games everybody should talk about, you know, like the time you were in high school, still playing those GBA games. Cannon Crasha is a turn-based-ish, real time strategic-ish game that borrows elements from games like Worms and Sword and Soldiers, covered up in light-humoured conversations and easy to learn controls. –Wesley Akkerman
I love my gadgets. I’m told that as far as addictions go, it could be much worse, so there is that. With a family that likes to be connected, the most important resource in our home can sometimes be an unoccupied power outlet. With that in mind, and keeping with the drive to keep solutions simple, it’s relatively easily to see why a gadget like the Antec 4-Port USB Charging Station would catch one’s eye. As with most things from Antec, the device looks sleek without being overly flashy, compact and seemingly well constructed. It is in the rough shape of a rectangular cuboid, except that the hard plastic exterior tapers into a curve on the one side of its 5x5x6 inch frame; it isn’t too heavy either at less than 13 ounces, and the sedate finish is only really broken by the USB ports and input slot. There is an LED indicator at the top; the package also comes with AC cable and documentation. –Tre Lawrence
At this point, we hope that the need for a good password manager is akin to common sense. We’re regaled with stories of database intrusions daily; it’s smart to protect one’s self with the basics of password security: using different unique password for different websites. Also, passwords should be changed to new unique ones at regular intervals. But, if one even has only a dozen websites to log in to every now and then, those passwords start to blend together; that’s where mobile password keepers shine. Keeper Password Manager looks to be another option in this category, and we got to take it for a spin. First thing to do is to to sign in with a master password. Off the bat, I liked the UI options; who says a productivity app can’t have some personality? It’s possible to change the main color, and while this isn’t life-changing, I feel that one can’t put a price tag on the ability change up looks. –Tre Lawrence
And finally, it was a bumper week for new iOS games, but Pocket Gamer has covered the lot of them. Plus: the best games of September, the most anticipated games for October, and hands-on with The Room 3, Assassin’s Creed Identity, and Hitman: Sniper. Read all about at Pocket Gamer.
According to Cult of the Mac, Apple is planning to release its latest update info for the iPad this Thursday, October 16.
Along with the update they are rumored to be announcing a new iPad Air. It will come with a new A8 processor, improved cameras, and a new gold option. Also the Retina iMacs might show up present their new 5120 x 2880 display and updated processors.
On one hand it’s a bit depressing to see LittleBigPlanet (i.e. a PlayStation franchise adored for its abundant creativity) turn into an endless runner (i.e. one of the most overexposed mobile genres there are). However, maybe it’s better for a familiar formula to feature a familiar face. In any case, we’re checking out Run, Sackboy, Run!, LittleBigPlanet‘s iOS debut in this New Zealand edition of It Came From Canada!
Let’s not mince words. Run, Sackboy, Run! is totally just an endless runner with a LittleBigPlanet skin. Anyone looking for the robust platforming and level creation the series is known for will end up disappointed. But as far as skins go, it’s a pretty faithful recreation. The warm and fuzzy feel of the franchise looks just as great and tactile here as it does on Sony’s devices. As players progress they travel from earthbound environments to more futuristic areas, but the handcrafted aesthetic ties everything together. Like its siblings, the game also offers a plethora of costumes and collectibles. Players can gather stickers and outfit their Sackboy with new looks, like a kangaroo ensemble, to increase their score multiplier.
Fortunately, beloved license aside, Run, Sackboy, Run! is a pretty good endless runner in its own right. The controls are floaty but still fluid – ironic, considering how poor the controls in console LittleBigPlanet games can be – letting players easily jump and squish enemies. Levels don’t feel procedurally generated, but they are so large and dense with multiple branching paths that each run can feel unique depending on where players decide to turn. Along the way, players find power-ups like magnets and jetpacks, and they can charge their own inner powers like a shield for walking right over sticky pink goo. But if players do get trapped, a simple dash will save them from the monster in hot pursuit. And beyond just looking cool, using these skills completes missions and causes Sackboy to slowly level-up.
Again, as great as a proper LittleBigPlanet game could be on iOS, Run, Sackboy, Run! is not that game. It’s a simple spin-off. So potential players should make sure to keep that in mind when the game launches globally soon.
Through sheer force of will, along with a few legitimately great games, Ubisoft has turned their historical murder simulator Assassin’s Creed into one of the biggest franchises of the generation. But aside from a handful of questionable spin-offs, the series has never had a strong mobile presence – until now. We enter the Animus and check out Assassin’s Creed – Identity, the first “authentic” Assassin’s Creed experience for iOS, in this New Zealand Edition of It Came From Canada!
What’s so striking about Identity is how it manages to feel like a real Assassin’s Creed game by only making a couple of small compromises for the platform. Instead of controlling one protagonist for a sprawling, story-heavy campaign, players create and customize their assassin and take on a series of self-contained missions. The franchise’s infamously bonkers conspiracy meta-narrative is still there for those who choose to read it, but it never gets in the way of the neck-stabbing. And along with outfitting their avatar with collected weapons and skills, like the ability to summon online recruits for assistance, the different classes freshen up play styles on a more fundamental level.
The missions themselves are familiar fare – things like stealthily kill this one dude, deliver this item, or run across these rooftops – and the Renaissance city playgrounds do feel more compact than usual. But again, it’s a small price to pay for gameplay and visuals as fluid and detailed as the franchise’s high-end portable entries at least. Players swipe to fight, sneak, and parkour with ease, and as they reach the tops of buildings they’ll get amazing views of the vistas before them. Assassin’s Creed‘s smooth systems have always been criticized for feeling too automated, but here it’s the perfect fit.
Right now levels are limited to adventures in 16th century Italy, but the game promises modern-day Montreal missions are coming as well. However, Assassin’s Creed – Identity presents such a promising framework the team should consider throwing in stages from however many eras as they can fit. For right now though, getting the game in shape for launch should be the top priority. As we played, the game would freeze and hard reboot the iPad after every completed mission while attempting to ping the server. But that’s why this is a soft launch.
Assassin’s Creed – Identity will be creeping onto iOS devices everywhere soon.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 6th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Might & Magic: Duel of Champions will be getting a new update, titled Sins of Betrayal, on October 9. In this new update you will be able to play as one of the six heirs of Duke Slava Griffin after his murder. In addition, you’ll have new decks and up to 100 new cards as well.
Sins of Betrayal also introduces the new Replay manager, which allows you to watch your previous games. This a great new option for serious gamers who want to improve their strategies or players who just want to show their friends their awesome moves.
You can unlock each figure with the unique code inside each bag. The game includes tons of minifigures to play with in a variety of worlds including Dino World, Pirate World, Medieval World, and Mythology World. As you level up your minifigures you can unlock achievements and fight big boss battles.
You can check out LEGO Minifigures Online for free on the official website, and it will be coming to iOS sometime in the (hopefully near) future.
Throughout the month of October, Bandai Namco Games America and the National Breast Cancer Foundation are running a special Ms. Pac-Man Pink Ribbon campaign to raise important funds for the charity.
These funds will help to fight the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the US, and allow the NBCF to help those affected by breast cancer via early detection, education, and other helpful support services.
“Awareness and early diagnosis are critical in the fight against breast cancer,” James Kucera, Bandai Namco’s head of mobile, said. “We are proud to lend our voice to the fight with Ms. Pac- Man and Bandai Namco’s Pink Ribbon Campaign.”
If you want to take part and raise some money, just download Ms. Pac-Man or one of the other Pac-Man titles featured in the campaign, and then download the exclusive new themed 69p/99c maze that’s for sale.
All of the proceeds that Bandai Namco Games America makes from the maze will be donated straight to the NBCF.
If you do download one of the included apps, you should also notice that it boasts a new Pink Ribbon-themed interface and artwork, and the ability to invite your friends to make a donation to the NBCF.
Below is a full list of the included titles. Click on the links to download them.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Nickelodeon has released a new ghostly update for SpongeBob Moves In. Lord Poltergeist and his ghost crew have invaded Bikini Bottom and it is up to you to help SpongeBob scare off all of the ghosts with some creepy cooking. You’ll be able to complete tasks to unlock exclusive decorations and costumes.
Download SpongeBob Moves In now for $3.99 on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Marvel Puzzle Quest, by D3PA, is celebrating its 1-Year Anniversary with the inclusion of the new Thor: Goddess of Thunder. She will be a a legendary 4 star character reward for Season VII and will be available October 17. This is her first video game appearance, making it a landmark event.
Starting October 8, players will be able to earn Devil Dinosaur – the character who looks like a big, red Tyrannosaurus Rex – and play in special in-game events. For New York Comic Con fans you can check out Marvel Puzzle Quest at Booth #347. D3PA will be offering hands-on demos and a free raffle for prizes, and new users that download the game now through October 18 will receive bonus Iso-8 resources.
Now is a great time to check out Marvel Puzzle Quest for free on the App Store.
I’m an iPod Touch owner, and I think it may be time for me to admit that my device’s time is almost up. But firstly, a little bit of back story for you:
My first iOS device was a 2nd generation iPod Touch, which is long ago enough for it to not have had a camera or microphone. My second iOS device was a 4th generation iPod Touch, with my current device being a 5th generation device. Putting it bluntly, I’m a fan of the iPod Touch.
To me, the iPod Touch was Apple’s accidental handheld console. Sure you can purely use it as an iPod with a camera if you so wish, but to someone like me, it was (and still is) my gateway into iOS gaming at a much cheaper cost than an iPhone – one that also just happened to fit into my pocket. The fact that I could access the wide variety of iOS games through a relatively cheap device (compared to other iOS devices, anyway) is the reason I’m here today, on a site devoted to iOS apps.
Once upon a time the release of an iPod Touch was a yearly thing, with the tech in the device just below that found in that year’s iPhone. The 4th and 5th seemingly started the pattern of a new device every two years, meaning this year should’ve bought on the release of the 6th generation. The September 9 iPhone 6 announcement event has long since come and gone however, and the world is seemingly nowhere nearer to seeing a six next to the iPod Touch name.
If you sit down and think about it though, in this day and age the iPod Touch is an unusual thing. It’s the size of the phone and does almost everything you’d expect from a modern phone besides be a phone: it has a touch screen, two cameras, a microphone, and the ability to run apps. To be fair, that’s also everything the average person would likely expect from a modern tablet as well. And therein lies the rub.
I can understand why Apple seems to be no longer supporting it. In the past year, the hardware giant released four iOS devices – the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, and the 2nd generation iPad Mini. Four devices, all varying in price and size, and each with their own niche to cater to. Within those devices, there’s something there for pretty much everyone. You want a phone-sized device to play your iOS games on? Fine, go get an expensive contract and get an iPhone. You want a device devoted to running apps? Fine, go get an iPad or iPad Mini with their bigger screens and better resolutions. You want both? Before, the answer to that question was the iPod Touch. Now, I think Apple would much rather you gave them more money and bought an iPhone and an iPad.
This time next year, we’ll likely see the release of iOS 9 and the end of support for the generation of devices that used the A5 chip – including the 5th generation iPod Touch. As much as I hope Apple will announce a new iPod Touch next year, part of me knows that the brand is effectively a dead parrot at this point. And as much as I want to nail it to a perch, it’s already pushing up the daises and has joined the choir invisible.
So, farewell iPod Touch. The iPhone minus the phone. The iPad Mini but even smaller. The accidental handheld console. You will be missed.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Flintstones : Bring Back Bedrock, by Ludia, is now available on the app store. Meteors have destroyed the Town of Bedrock and it is up to you to rebuild. And there are a ton of classic characters to play with while you do: Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Bamm-Bamm, Pebbles, Hoppy, Dino, and Baby-Puss.
As in the cartoon, all of the technology in Bedrock City is dinosaur based. You can collect over 100 of these “Gizmosaurs,” from the Mammoth Vacuum to the Pterodactyl Jackhammer, along with a huge amount of items that you can use to customize the city. The Flintstones : Bring Back Bedrock will also let you visit your friends’ cities and check out their progress.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on The Flintstones: Bring Back Bedrock game, which promises to elate generations of players who love these Hanna-Barbera characters”, said Alex Thabet, President and CEO of Ludia Inc. “The Flintstones cartoons remain one of the top television family favorites and we are proud to bring the characters to brand new platforms! Gamers are in for hours of fun.”
The Flintstones : Bring Back Bedrock is available for free on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, by Glu Games, has recently been updated. Now players can travel to romantic Italy and plan their dream wedding. Other additions include new clothing and items, such as wedding gowns, tuxedos, and (of course) wedding rings. And of course new clothing and other in-game items, new quests for you and your spouse, free gifts, and video messages from Kim Kardashian West herself.
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is also now available for Facebook users.
“I really enjoy engaging with my fans through Facebook and Instagram, that’s why I’m so excited that Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is now available on Facebook,” said Kim Kardashian West. “I continue to be so proud of this project and hope my fans enjoy the fun updates coming soon!”
You can download Kim Kardashian: Hollywood for free on the App Store.
If you’re eager to sink your teeth into a meaty space-based strategy game, you may want to check out AstroNest, which is now available to download from the App Store worldwide following its soft- launch in Canada.
Open AstroNest for the first time, and you’ll be asked to choose between two different nations: The Federation of Terra and The Alliance of Neos – each of which offer unique bonuses. The former offers increased gold income and fleet production, for example, while the latter sports better mineral production and research.
Your aim in AstroNest, then, is to strengthen your nation and prepare them for war. The universe in which you reside houses a prosperous element known as Cosments, and you’ll have to fight opposing nations for it.
Don’t expect battles in AstroNest to be a walk in the park. Strategy is a big focus here, and you won’t survive for very long if you don’t think about upgrades, expansions, and anything else that will ensure you stay one step ahead of your opponents.
You can research brand-new beam and missile weapons for your various crafts, for example, or spend your time developing new engines and armour plating, as well as fleet formations. You can even enhance your current tech to make it stronger, and work on.
As you progress through AstroNest, you’ll be required to upgrade buildings, such as residential facilities and energy plants; and recruit heroes to take up positions within your community, such as fleet captain.
As soon as you reach Level 10 in AstroNest, you can access a new area of the game named War, which allows you to compete against other real-world players from the opposing faction for control of the universe. Hit Level 30, and you can join a Raid mode, too.
Based on the feedback the developer of AstroNest has received so far, players love the game’s sci-fi graphics and detailed scenario. AstroNest’s dynamic strategy gameplay is also a big hit among those who’ve played the game.
You can download AstroNest and form your own opinion right now – just head on over to the App Store [download]. It’s free, so you have nothing to lose.
This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.
Posted by Ellis Spice on October 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Strap in for some news, brother! SEGA Networks has announced that the multiple-time World Wrestling Champion Hulk Hogan is taking over Crazy Taxi City Rush for the month of October.
The month-long Hulkmania Takeover event will feature a Bay City full of Hulkamaniacs, giving players a chance to hire Hulk Hogan as a driver and earn bonus cash for every smash, crash, and pick-up. As players use him they will fill their Hulkameter, unlocking unique Hulk Hogan-themed customizations for their taxis that, along with some bragging rights, add a ride bonus.
Alongside this event, the update also brings full controller support, the ability to share stills of taxis, and the ability to share video via Kamcord.
Crazy Taxi City Rush is available to hulk out download from the App Store now for free.
Dead Trigger 2, by Madfinger Games, is having a new ITHACA Tournament Tour. The tournament will visit London, Paris, Berlin, Prague, and Moscow, and offers real prizes for the winners in the form of in-game currency. The tour will feature the new ITHACA shotgun and M1 Garand. Players will have 3 attempts and only their best score counts. Can you reach the top and win the first place prize of $500,000 of in-game cash?
The Dead Trigger 2 ITHACA Tour has already kicked-off today, and ends on Sunday, October 5, at 11:59pm PDT. You can pick up a copy of Dead Trigger 2 for free on the App Store now.