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A Big Update Has Come to Documents 5 Today – Includes Personal Music, Add-Ons for iPhone, and More

Posted by on July 8th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

There are some fun new things for Documents 5 by Readdle that have been released today. Users may now listen to music while reading, continually scroll, and it has integrated ePub and FB2 formats. The e-readers have various settings: sepia or night mode, fast bookmarks, thumbnails, and much more.

The iPhone version of Documents 5 has also received a big boost as it now supports add-ons, which were previously supported only on the iPad. These add-ons include: Readdle apps PDF Expert 5, Scanner Pro, and Printer Pro.

Documents 5 is a great media player and document viewer that you can pick up for free on the App Store.

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Set for release soon comes FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines. The game will have you flying with vehicles inspired by player creations from its Blackberry-based predecessor, FlyCraft.

Looking distinctly wacky in nature, the game is set to infuriate and entertain in equal measure as players use these crafts to negotiate various obstacles across each level. Expect to be challenged if the trailer is anything to go by.

For now we’ll leave you with the teaser trailer, but expect more coverage on FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines once the game has been released.

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Fantastic puzzle game, The Room Two, is currently on sale for $0.99 and, well, I don’t really want to say any more than that. It’s brilliant – what more do you need to know?

Richly deserving of our Editor’s Choice award at the end of 2013, the game has you attempting to unlock multiple boxes in order to piece together the mystery that binds them all together. It’s a deeply atmospheric puzzle game that feels remarkably tactile in nature.

It was a bargain at its regular price and it’s all the sweeter at $0.99. Buy it now before the price goes back up.

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via: Our Review

French developers Galta Apps has announced that their MMO Minesweeper game, A Few Billion Square Tiles, is set to arrive on the App Store worldwide this week. The game takes place on an infinite game board, with the aim being to discover yellow tiles and build an empire of blue. Players can also compete in hourly global leaderboard battles, use power-ups to aid their tile discovery, and combine their empires together with other players to form bigger empires.

A Few Billion Square Tiles is available for free in Europe and Canada now, with the game set to explode onto the App Store worldwide on July 10. You can also see a map of the game world here.

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ReplayCam Lets You Create Slow Motion Replays, is Free for a Limited Time

Posted by on July 7th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Ever want to create slow motion replays of your most amazing moments? Now you can with ReplayCam. The app was released by LuckyClan on July 5, and to celebrate it’s gone free on the App Store for a limited time.

ReplayCam allows users to record video and then replay a section at 60/120 Frames Per Second. It automatically smoothes out the transition from Slow Motion to normal speed after replay. Users can also zoom, set the focus/exposure point, and create a second video while the first is rendering. Videos are saved to the Camera Roll for easy access and sharing.

You can check out ReplayCam on the App Store right now for free.

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Hold on to Your Blocks: There’s a Huge Minecraft – Pocket Edition Update Coming July 10!

Posted by on July 7th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Mojang has dug deep and announced the 0.9.0 update for Minecraft: Pocket Edition. This is their biggest update yet with infinite worlds, abandoned mineshafts, villages, caves, and an insane amount of new blocks and items including Monster Eggs and huge mushroom blocks. Mojang has also added biomes from the PC version including mesas, jungles, swamps, and extreme hills. The biomes will have the new feature generator that makes lakes, vines, and the always exciting monster rooms.

Players will be able to tame wolves and fight new mobs including Slimes, Endermen, Silverfish, and the diabolical Mooshrooms. Alongside a bunch of bug fixes, the interaction button has been revamped so you won’t accidentally sucker-punch your new wolf companion.

Will all these additions and so much more packed into the 0.9.0 update, now is a great time to pick up Minecraft: Pocket Edition. The game is available on the app store for $6.99.

via: Our Review

Table Top Racing: Premium Edition Speeds Onto iOS

Posted by on July 7th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It’s all change for popular fast and furious combat racing game, Table Top Racing, with the introduction of a premium edition for those who want to be free of in-game adverts and the need to grind to earn in-game coins.

Priced at $2.99, Table Top Racing: Premium Edition is set to be the most complete version of Table Top Racing yet. It offers seven different gameplay modes including Combat, Pure, Hot-Lap, Time Trial, Pursuit, Elimination, and Drift. Up to 4 players can play locally or via the internet, plus there are 17 upgradeable cars and 8 different tracks to compete on.

Check out the trailer below, as well as full details of what’s offered.

Table Top Racing: Premium Edition is available now from the App Store, priced at $2.99. The freemium version also remains available.

  • Console quality graphics and gameplay

  • 7 Unique Gameplay Modes – Combat, Pure, Hot-Lap, Time Trial, Pursuit, Elimination and Drift mode
  • Up to 4 Player Multi-player local or internet play (iOS only at the moment)
  • 30 Achievements
  • 20 Leaderboards
  • 17 Upgradeable Cars
  • 8 Incredible Race Tracks
  • 4 Fiercely Fought Championships
  • Over 30 Special Events
  • 9 Cunning Power-Ups including ‘Weapon Wheels’
  • Multiple Controller Support (MFi/Moga/HID)
  • Native resolution 3D – not upscaled
  • No Advertising/No Opt-in Videos
  • No Grind! Price reductions up to 50% on Cars, Wheel Weapons, Upgrades and Paint schemes
  • Tweet your victories and show off your new cars

  • via: Our Review

    Jump Means You Never Have to Wait For a London Bus Again

    Posted by on July 7th, 2014
    iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

    London based or simply planning on visiting soon? Jump might just be what you’re in need of.

    Newly released to the App Store, the app lets you to track bus progress in real time – allowing you to not only see what bus stops are around you but also giving you the heads up on when you should start heading to the bus stop to catch your ride. In theory, it’ll mean you need never wait around in the rain for your bus again. Because, yes, London can be pretty rainy at times.

    The free version of the app allows you to view what buses are coming up as well as what bus stops are nearby, while for $1.99, you can enjoy push notifications so you know when to get moving.

    Jump is out now on the App Store.

    Dark Guardians Update Adds Checkpoints, Improves Controls, and More

    Posted by on July 7th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Dark Guardians, the gorgeous rhythm runner game created by Mathieu Akita, has released a new update. The game now has more check points, hero upgrades, bosses, and the touch zones have been expanded for easier play. The update also fixes the “Quit crash” bug, everyone’s relief.

    You can pick up Dark Guardians today for $0.99 on the App Store.

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    Chuck E. Cheese’s Skate Universe Skates its Way Onto the App Store

    Posted by on July 7th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Everyone’s favorite pizza peddling rodent has managed to sneak out of the midway and invade an iOS device near you. In Chuck E. Cheese’s Skate Universe, the mousy mascot takes a Temple Run-esque skateboard ride while dodging, jumping, and ollie-ing his way to safety.

    This free title not only acts as an advertisement for the popular food chain, but also allows players to rack up as many as 1,000 tickets in-game that can be redeemed toward actual midway prizes! Cue children pleading their parents to make a pizza run in 3… 2… 1…

    Chuck E. Cheese’s Skate Universe is available for free as a universal app right now.

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    DeNA Brings the Pain With Super Battle Tactics

    Posted by on July 7th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Years after the Advanced War series successfully melded the world of heavy artillery combat with mobile gaming, DeNA is taking their own whack at the turn-based strategy genre. In their newly debuted game, Super Battle Tactics, players get to build up an impressive armory of tanks and then face off against the competition.

    This free-to-play experience revolves around upgrading and purchasing new vehicles, while also performing well strategically in the arena of combat. Successful performances help to attract sponsors, which in-turn brings in the revenue necessary to build out an amazing arsenal. Mix in some social networking features just for good measure, and this may be a recipe for mayhem inducing success.

    Super Battle Tactics is now available for free in the iOS App Store as a universal app.

    Apps Are Us

     

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

    Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

     
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    Trying to explain Monster Hunter Freedom Unite to someone unfamiliar with the series is always a challenge. There’s an almost unrivaled amount of satisfaction to be had the first time you best a Rathalos or when you complete an armor set . You might’ve spent hours hunting dozens of Diablos, to the point that you can do it in your sleep, but now you’ve got what you need and can finish your set and oh it looks so amazing you can’t wait to show it off to your friends! I suppose that’s actually the best way to explain Monster Hunter: you earn it. You earn everything. And it’s difficult not to be extremely proud of that. –Rob Rich

    World of Tanks Blitz

     
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    It was dark all around and there was frost in the ground when the Tigers broke free. And a good time was had by all. World of Tanks Blitz is a mobile take on World of Tanks, the PC-based online tank combat game from Wargaming.net. World of Tanks has been consistently popular since its North American and European release in 2011, so it’s surprising the game has taken this much time to get an official mobile release. Many imitators have sprung to life in the meantime – some of which are quite good – but unsurprisingly, the real deal is one of the best tank games available for mobile. –Nadia Oxford

    Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake

     
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    I wouldn’t be pleased if monsters actually ate my birthday cake. How dare they snarf up the sugary confection I was poised to chow down on myself?! It’s a sentiment no doubt shared with the developers at Sleeping Ninja, who have crafted a satisfying twist on The Legend of Zelda-like puzzle-solving. Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake is a sweet treat for mobile gamers that serves up an excellent mix of puzzles, bright and colorful characters, and engaging content that rivals triple-A blockbusters in terms of unadulterated fun. When you get started you’ll find yourself swapping out characters in order to complete level-specific puzzles. Each level has characters with differently-assigned abilities, and each monster has its own loadout. In order to conquer the various obstacles scattered throughout each area, you’ll have to become acquainted with the monsters’ abilities while avoiding or eliminating enemies completely. –Brittany Vincent

    X BEATS

     
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    Music theory is one of the trickier parts of learning to play a musical instrument. Learning how to read the musical notes and understand how they each sound different isn’t always that fun to figure out, either. This is where X BEATS hopes to buck that trend. It’s a puzzle game that relies upon musical notes to solve the challenges. Each level consists of a mostly empty grid. Players then have to fill up the grid based on the note values to reach a certain amount at the end. Predictably, early stages are pretty simple and easy enough to bluff through, although that’s not the point. They simply require matching up 4 beats and there are limited options to ensure you can’t go wrong. –Jennifer Allen

    Lars and Friends

     
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    I would like to introduce readers to the new app, Lars and Friends: a charming storybook for young children that contains very special illustrations, making it really stand out among a sea of other apps within iTunes. Lars and Friends is the simple and sweet tale of a horse named Lars and his adventures with many different types of creatures, allowing children to become familiar with the unique names used to describe a group of specific animals such as a colony of ants, knot of frogs, or tower of giraffes. I have had a lot of fun with the different activities Lars engages in with different creatures large and small, creating whimsical images about some unlikely friendships that will stay with readers as well as teaching the sometimes odd name-groupings children of all ages and their adults will enjoy learning about. –Amy Solomon

    yantouch Diamond+ “Music+Light” Bluetooth Speaker

     
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    When turned off in a well-lit room, the yantouch Diamond+ looks kind of like a slightly garish ball of nothing. When turned on in a dark room – especially when displaying colors based on the tempo of the being played through it – it’s more like staring into a technicolored Eye of Sauron. You know, if Sauron were actually a pretty cool guy and not bent on conquering/destroying the world. Setting up the Diamond+ is pretty easy, and there are a couple of options you can pick from. Initially I hooked it up to my computer via the included audio cable, then later via bluetooth. I’m not sure if it’s just my imagination but it actually sounded a little tinny when connected via the cable, but it sounds just fine via bluetooth. –Rob Rich

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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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    Wave Wave

     
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    Life is sweeter when it’s easy. When everything moves the way it should for as long as it should, one can’t complain. There isn’t any shame in appreciating that. With video games, we like reasonable levels of difficulty, but I think that deep down, we all really want an epic battle… something seemingly impossible to conquer. Basically, we love torture by pixel. Why else would games like Wave Wave be so addictive? We’ve known about this game for a while, and finally had a chance to take it for a spin. It is a twitch/reaction games, so it makes sense to go into it with a soothed state of mind. Simplistically explained, the playing area is an insane, jazzy splash of altering colors. A lined arrow travels through this playing area, and the base idea is to use the controls to avoid the quick-appearing obstacles that appear. –Tre Lawrence

    Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville

     
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    I admit to being a bit surprised back when Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville was announced – a Powerpuff Girls Metroidvania, developed by Radiangames, known for their dual-stick shooters and puzzle games? And it released on Steam? I didn’t get around to playing it until now, when it surprisingly released on mobile recently, but it makes a lot more sense that it’s a Radiangames title – and it’s a unique, if imperfect, take on the open-world adventure genre of Metroidvanias. The game starts out with Mojo Jojo, famed villain of the Powerpuff Girls, having erased all of the girls’ memories, imprisoning Bubbles and Blossom, with only a flightless Buttercup around. Flight is the first power earned back by collecting in the world, and here’s where the game shows its original qualities. Many games in the Metroidvania vein restrict progress by restraining movement, but this game relies solely on the lack of certain powers necessary to progress. I feel like it’s almost fairer, because it’s kind of nice to not have things that are just out of short jumping reach. It’s more artificial, but it feels more natural in a weird way. –Tre Lawrence

    First Strike

     
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    First Strike is all about nukes. The crux of many an action movie nukes can be fun to throw around. First Strike contains all the fun of launching arrays of nuclear death without all that pesky fallout afterwards. First Strike throws diplomacy out the window. By the time of the game the world is already going to be bathed in nuclear fire. The only question is who will do most of the bathing? First Strike divides each nation up into sections and each section has a number of silos, the number of which is controlled by tech level. Each silo can have a particular kind of missile. There are cruise missiles which are used to intercept incoming nukes and ICBMs, which are used for nuking other nations. –Allan Curtis

    And finally, 2014 is halfway through, so Pocket Gamer revealed its top-rated iOS, Android, Vita, and 3DS games of the year so far, and found 100 upcoming mobile games to look forward to. The guys also started documenting their adventures in bizarre art installment art MTN, took a look at Civilization Revolution 2, and produced a whopping great guide to Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake.

    Chills, Thrills, and Gambling are Abound in Talisman’s Latest Update

    Posted by on July 3rd, 2014
    iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

    Nomad Games, has just released Version 3.4 of Talisman. The update includes a new game setup screen, new font, Language and text fixes, the ‘View Board’ option, and the Gambler character pack. The Gambler has the special ability to tempt fate by rolling 1 die and add his Craft against another player he lands on. If the gambler’s score is equal to or higher than the other character’s score, he gains 1 fate. Otherwise, he must choose to lose 1 fate or 1 life. He can also discard fate after a die roll to reduce the odds.

    Recently Nomad also gave us the Frostmarch expansion pack. It included 4 new characters (Necromancer, Leprechaun, Warlock, and Ogre Chieftain), 84 Adventure Cards, 20 Spells, 24 Warlock Quest cards and new alternative ending rules.

    You can face the Ice Queen and her frozen minions for $4.99, and snag the Gambler character pack for $0.99.

    via: Our Talisman Review

    Ravensburger Puzzle Puts its Pieces Together as a Universal Version

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

    In real life, figuring out jigsaw puzzles can be an extremely challenging task. Now imagine attempting to do that without the aid of being able to physically touch the pieces! Yet somehow, against all odds, Ravensburger Puzzle managed to pull of the digitization of matching in a very convincing manner.

    Now that the game has established itself as a top 5 iPad app in over 20 markets, it was only a matter of time before they attempted to do the same for the iPhone. Today, Ravensburger Digital is pleased to inform us that the most recent version 1.3 update transforms the title into a Universal App. Best of luck to all of you phone-based matchers, because you’ve got your work cut out for you.

    Ravensburger Puzzle is available on the App Store for $2.99.

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    via: OUR REVIEW

    Later this month you’ll be able to enjoy the pleasures of Meerkatz Challenge, a puzzle platformer that seems rather reminiscent of the classic puzzle game, Lemmings.

    Players must help guide a mob of meerkats as they attempt to travel the world in search of peace and tranquility. Digging, jumping, climbing, and many more activities will be involved when it comes to keeping the cute animals safe.

    Set for release July 24, we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop regarding its development.

    In the meantime, check out the cute gameplay trailer below.

    More Multiplayer Goodness Comes to BADLAND as it Goes on Sale

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

    There’s yet another update for the keenly supported side-scrolling adventure, BADLAND.

    This latest update, number 18 for those who are counting, expands the game’s co-op multiplayer with 40 new levels – ensuring you can play through the whole story with up to four players, all on the same device. The substantial update also brings with it 120 new missions and 6 new achievements.

    To celebrate such great news, BADLAND is currently 50% off in a summer sale, bringing its price down to $1.99 for a limited time only.

    Grab Editor’s Choice winning BADLAND from the App Store now.

    via: Our Review

    While you wait for the grill to heat up, or just waiting for the fireworks to start, you’ll probably want something to keep you occupied. Fortunately a lot of iOS developers have decided to put their stuff on sale for this Fourth of July weekend.

    Really it’d be a shame to let such prices go to waste, right?

    Updates:
    7/3 – It didn’t take long for a lot more games to jump on-board. We’ve got some stuff from 2K, Sid Meier, and more and it’s still just the first day!
    7/4 – Now things are really starting to get moving. Arcade classics, popular favorites – even Autumn Dynasty is getting in on the action.
    7/4 Part II – The flood has slowed down a little but a healthy selection of games has been added, including Siegecraft and Tennis in the Face.

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    Infinity Blade III - price returned to $6.99, was on sale for $2.99

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    Castle Doombad - price returned to $2.99, was on sale for $0.99

    Gunslugs - price returned to $1.99, was on sale for $0.99

    Boost 2 - price returned to $1.99, was on sale for FREE!

    Avadon: The Black Fortress HD - price returned to $9.99, was on sale for $4.99

    Air Supply - 1bit Run - price returned to $0.99, was on sale for FREE!

    Faif - price returned to $1.99, was on sale for $0.99

    Blaster X HD - price returned to $2.99, was on sale for $0.99

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    Released: 2014-03-06 :: Category: Games

    Blokus™ - price returned to $1.99, was on sale for $0.99

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    Price was: $7.99
    Sale: FREE!
    iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, works on iPad
    Released: 2013-06-27 :: Category: Games

    The Infinity Project 2 - price returned to $2.99, was on sale for $0.99

    Sine Mora - price returned to $5.99, was on sale for $2.99

    Beamly TV Now Offers Personalized TV guides and More Social Interaction

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

    There’s a new update afoot for the TV-focused social networking app, Beamly TV.

    Alongside being able to follow your favorite shows and stars, you can now enjoy a personalized guide to plan your week’s viewing and ensure you don’t miss a thing. As well as that, you can now post to other Beamly TV users’ walls, and take and share animated selfies of your reaction to the latest shows.

    The update is available now from the App Store, and Beamly TV is a free download.

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    Both Battle of the Bulge and Drive on Moscow: War in the Snow are on Sale This Weekend

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

    To celebrate Independence Day as well as the launch of Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein, Shenandoah Studio‘s Battle of the Bulge and Drive on Moscow: War in the Snow are now on sale for the next week.

    On sale initially at $2.99, in an interesting twist, the price will steadily increase as the week goes by. An extra $1 will be added to the price each day from July 5 – meaning you should get in quick for the maximum discount of 70% off, only for today and tomorrow.

    We really enjoyed both historical strategy games, so you know what to do. The games are on sale until July 10 but I’d suggest deciding quickly for maximum benefit.

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    via: Our Battle of the Bulge Review

    Check Your Baggage with Hitman GO’s New Airport Box Update

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

    Square Enix has released the Airport Box Update for Hitman Go today. It’s the first content update for the game since it’s release and it includes 15 new levels, new game-play mechanics (civilian mode, moving walkways, skipping turns), and new enemies. You can access the Airport levels either by unlocking them through regular play or by paying $0.99 to unlock them early.

    Hitman Go is available in the App Store for $4.99.

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    via: Our Review

    Sometimes You Die, Sometimes You Get Updated – the Brutal Platformer gets New Levels and a Price Drop

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

    Philipp Stollenmayer, maker of the platforming puzzler Sometimes You Die, has just released a major update! The update includes 7 all new levels that are harder than the original story mode, a German translation, and players will have to find a code that unlocks a secret new feature of the game.

    To celebrate the update Sometimes You Die will be going on sale on from today (7/3) through Saturday (7/5) for $0.99!

    via: Our Review

    mhfu-huntMonster Hunter Freedom Unite is a surprisingly intricate game – well, surprising if you’re unfamiliar with the series, anyway – and as such there’s no shame in getting a little help. Which is exactly why we’re here! We’ve put together a handy guide for hunters who are just starting out, full of all sorts of useful knowledge that will hopefully keep you all alive out there.

    So suit up, grab your gear, and get ready to lay the smack down on to very large critters!

    So You Want to be a Hunter?

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    The first step to getting anywhere in Monster Hunter is figuring out what type of weapon (or weapons) will work for you. There are quite a lot to choose from – 11, in fact – and each one is different. The best way to try them all out is at the Training School.

    - In order to access the Training School you’ll need to first speak to the village chief (the elderly woman by the fire). To find her, just head up/North from your home. Once that’s finished you can find the Training School on the opposite side of the Guild Hall.
    - Select the Beginner School, read through the basic Hunter Info, then you’ll be able to select Weapon Usage.
    - Weapon Usage will allow you to try out every single category of weapon in the game. You’ll be given a temporary set of equipment, and an item box full of handy items at the start. The weapons you use are decent, and the tasks are simple – just enough to give you a sense of how the weapon functions.
    - The distinctions between each of the 11 weapon classes are too numerous to go into in a beginner’s guide, but an important thing to remember is that there are two main groups: Melee and Ranged. Both groups utilize completely different types of armor, so make sure to keep that in mind when crafting new gear.

    Continue reading Monster Hunter Freedom Unite – Tips, Tricks, Cheats, and Strategies for New Hunters »

    Take a Look at the Magical Peace of MTN, a Mountain Simulation Game

    Posted by on July 2nd, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Imagine having your own tiny pet mountain, floating through space, needing nothing from you and yet still intriguing you with its serene beauty and occasional falling detritus from the stars. MTN, by David O’Reilly, presents us with a game that has no controls. The mountain does not need tending. It does not offer farming. It is a gently spinning safe haven from the world outside. The player can sit and watch time pass, seasons change, things grow and die off, all while the mountain babbles at you about how it is feeling that day.

    MTN will bring a smile to your face for only $0.99 on the App Store.

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    Cyanide Studio and Focus Home Interactive have today announced that their video game adoption of Blood Bowl is set to arrive on the iPad this July. The football-based board-game set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer world lets players form teams of Humans, Orcs, Dwarfs, Skaven, Wood Elves or Chaos and battle out on the field.

    The iPad version of the game will feature a single-player Campaign mode that’ll allow players to develop their team and gain players as they progress towards conquering the Blood Bowl. For those who want to face off against other players, the game will also feature Hotseat local multiplayer and an online multiplayer mode with a massive permanent league, where players can create and develop their own teams.

    Blood Bowl is set to arrive for iPad sometime in early July.

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    In what could be a landmark ruling, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) in the UK has ruled that an email ad for Dungeon Keeper, which stated that the game was free, was misleading to consumers.

    The ad read as such:

    GET DUNGEON KEEPER ON MOBILE FOR FREE! … DIG. DEVISE. DOMINATE. Build the most badass dungeon ever! Raise an army of diabolical minions and lay twisted traps to destroy any opponents foolish enough to set foot in your lair. MASTER THE HAND OF EVIL Cast powerful spells, pillage and plunder other players’ dungeons, and slap your imps around to make them work harder. A world of wicked fun is right at your fingertips. What are you waiting for, Keeper? Get it for FREE!

    The ad also featured a footnote stating “WIRELESS FEES MAY APPLY” and showed a well-developed dungeon. The complainant challenged that the ad was misleading as it omitted significant information.

    dungeonkeeper09EA argued that this was not the case, as the app does not require in-app purchases (IAPs) to be bought and that gameplay without IAPs is ‘not severely limited.’ EA also provided data on ‘spenders’ and ‘non-spenders,’ which they said showed that non-spenders were well represented in players who reached the middle and end of the game, in a time not substantially slower than spenders.

    EA went on to state that the “average player would expect a free-to-play title to be monetized with countdown timers and premium currency,” that they gave “balanced gameplay and provided players with a sense of progression and enabled resource management,” and that timers would be still be present in Dungeon Keeper even without any monetization.

    In response to this, the ASA assessed that EA had indeed branched three rules of the Advertising Code. Within the ruling, they commented that the ad could possibly mislead players into thinking that their progression would be “unhindered by unexpected and excessively onerous delays,” and that it should “have made clear what consumers could expect from the free elements and that in-app purchases would have a significant impact on gameplay.” Finally, they stated that “the game had the potential to restrict gameplay beyond that which would be expected by consumers and the ad did not make this aspect of the role of in-app purchasing clear.”

    As the ASA upheld the complaint, the ad cannot appear again in its current form. EA has also been warned by the ASA to ensure that the limitations of free gameplay and the role of IAPs are made clear in future ads.

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    via: Our Review source: Full ASA Ruling

    New to Boom Beach and in need of a helping hand? We’ve got you covered. While a lot of the fun of such games is figuring out your own strategies for success, it’s also useful to have someone give you a few helpful tips and tricks to get you started. We offer up a few pieces of advice for those just starting out and confused as to where to go or what to do next.

    The Importance of Being Resourceful

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  • As with most freemium-based city or base building games, the resources you gather are vital to getting anywhere in Boom Beach. Early on, you’ll mainly be dealing with wood and gold. Wood is used for building new things as well as upgrading existing structures. Gold is primarily used to recruit new units and reveal more of the map, thereby opening up more opportunities to progress.
  • As well as that is the premium currency: diamonds. These can be used to fill up the gaps left behind by lack of wood or gold, but they’re much more efficiently used to speed up timers on things that have long waiting times. Early on, few things take long to build so save any diamonds acquired (when possible) for later on in the game when things can take days to finish. Completing achievement objectives unlocks more diamonds, so focus on these where possible.
  • Later on in the game stone and iron will play valuable roles in upgrading buildings, but by then you should have a handle on what’s going on.
  • Unusually, in the early levels gold is quite plentiful while wood is much harder to come by. A useful tip is to remove as many trees as possible. It’ll cost 600 gold a turn but you’ll gain 300 wood in exchange, thereby making it much simpler to afford those all-important building upgrades.

    Continue reading Boom Beach – Tips, Tricks, Cheats, and Strategies on How to be the Biggest and Baddest »
  • Summoners Rejoice! Brand New Update for Summoners War: Sky Arena Bring Guilds, New Monsters, and More

    Posted by on July 2nd, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Since it was released in June, Summoners War: Sky Arena, has become one of the top 10 grossing games in the App Store and Google Play in 17 countries. Com2uS Corp. has just released the July Update, which features Guilds, a new Monster Review System, and 5 New Monsters: Pixie, Mystic Witch, Bounty Hunter, Phantom Thief, and Occult.

    The new monster review system allows players to rate monsters and share with other players the positives and negatives of each. Once players hit level 10 they will be able to form guilds of up to 30 and be able to chat privately with their guild-mates. For the holiday weekend Summoners War: Sky Arena will have some special events:

  • Mystical Scroll (7/4): Players who log in will receive a free mystical scroll to summon a 3-5 star monster.
  • Event Dungeon (7/4-7/6): By simply participating in this limited time dungeon, players can collect pieces to summon a guaranteed 4 star monster.
  • Extra Energy (7/4-7/6): Players will receive 20 extra Energy each day they log in.
  • Double Experience (7/7): Players will receive 2x experience for their monsters.
  • Now is a great time to check out Summoners War: Sky Arena, which is available for free on the App Store.

    via: Our Review

    MyScript, which deals in creating handwriting recognition technology, has announced that it intends to bring two applications to iOS 8 as alternatives to keyboard entry.

    The first app will allow for real-time text input using a fingertip and stylus, with handwritten input converted into digital text in real time. Users will also be able to use gestures for editing – meaning that words and sentences can be moved, split, joined, overwritten, and erased quickly.

    The second app will allow users to write characters on top of each other, which should be helpful for quickly inputting phone numbers, composing tweets, and writing text messages with fingertips.

    These two applications from MyScript are set to launch alongside iOS 8 this Fall.

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    When an elite group of Flyhunters accidentally loses their precious cargo of rare insects on a return trip from Earth, it’s up to the ship’s bumbling janitor, Zak, to recover it. Three guesses as to how that cargo was lost in the first place, eh? But that’s how it goes in Steel Wool Games‘ upcoming Flyhunter: Origins.

    The bug-hunting adventure game is being developed by a team of current/former Pixar animators and published by Ripstone Games (Knytt Underground, Stick it to the Man, etc), so it’s definitely got potential. I wasn’t able to play too much of it back at E3 due to hardware issues but what I did manage to mess around with seemed well put together. And it’s definitely got some great character designs and animations going for it.

    Keep an eye out for Flyhunter: Origins as it’s due to hit the App Store sometime this summer.

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    Platige Image and Vivid Games are looking forward to bringing players future updates, interesting new content, and challenges for Godfire: Rise of Prometheus. In anticipation of those goals, they have released an official art book with 100 pages packed full of gorgeous illustrations and designs for the game from the early concepts to its current form.

    If you liked the game, The Art of Godfire: Rise of Prometheus is a great addition as it’s available for Free on iTunes.

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    via: Our Godfire Review
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