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French Developer Pated Unveils Seashine

Posted by on October 30th, 2014

French one-man studio Pated has unveiled Seashine, “a poetic journey into the abyss.” Players take on the role of a jellyfish struggling to survive in the harsh deep ocean caves, with the game set to be an experience built around exploration, reflection, and survival.

In a search for light in the deep dark waters, players will have to hunt for rare light sources to last a little longer, avoiding the many natural and supernatural obstacles in their path. Using one-finger tilt-and-touch controls, players will be able to challenge their logic in levels, or their survival and exploration skills in an endless survival mode.

Seashine will swim into the light App Store sometime either later this year or early next year, and will be free to download.

Calling all agents:
Would you like to see what we thought of this rather pretty base builder? Check out our Agents of Storm review!

Have you downloaded Agents of Storm, been bowled over by the graphics, and aren’t quite sure what to do next? Never fear, for we’re here with some handy tips and tricks to help any beginner get started!
 

Diamonds Are Your Best Friend

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  • Diamonds don’t come easily in this game, which is a shame because they’re very useful. For that reason, don’t use them early on. Encouraging you to do exactly that is a common thing with games like this, but resist. There’s just no point using them up to save you a minute of time, when later on they’ll be far more useful.
  • To boost your diamond supply, work towards the achievements that Agents of Storm likes you to complete. You’ll earn a few diamonds here and there for completing some fairly straightforward tasks.
  • You can watch videos for free diamonds, too. It’s a bit tedious, but it’s handy when trying to earn more. You could always leave the video playing while doing something else away from your phone for those few seconds!

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  • Put those diamonds towards the many enhancements in the shop. These can make all the difference. The Build Module reduces the cool down time between buildings, while Pagoda gives you experience just for being there. Waterfall gives you more gold from every attack you complete.
  • Focus on upgrading your resource gathering buildings for that very reason. Gold is particularly useful as it’s needed for attacking islands. As island attacks are your main source of progressing anywhere in the game, you want to focus on this.


Continue reading Agents of Storm: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to be the Strongest Out There »

Any.DO 2.0 Hopes to Help Manage Productivity

Posted by on October 30th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

An update has arrived for Any.DO‘s productivity app, bringing it to version 2.0. The key element of this update is the optimization for users to manage their collective ‘lives’, allowing them to plan out a productive day for both home life and work life.

Users can send messages to others, be it sending out the latest grocery list to the rest of the family or the latest to-do project to the rest of the team at work. Files can also be shared via Dropbox, with premium users able to upload an unlimited amount to Any.DO. Meanwhile, the app also allows premium users to set up regular reminders and set their own custom background colors.

Any.DO is available to download for free now, with the ‘Premium’ service discounted to $3 a month/$27 a year for the next two weeks.

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Indie Classic King of Dragon Pass Goes on Sale to Celebrate its 15th Anniversary

Posted by on October 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

King of Dragon Pass, by A Sharp, was first released 15 years ago in 1999 for Windows and Mac. In March of 2000 the game won the “Best Visual Art” at the second Independent Games Festival, and in 2012 it was released for iOS.

In celebration of an amazing 15 years of gaming, A Sharp is putting all versions of the game on sale for 50% off for 5 days, beginning today.

The A Sharp team also reports that they are working on a spiritual successor to King of Dragon Pass, set in the same world. It won’t be released for at least another year, but it already has a working title: Six Ages.

While you wait for Six Ages, you can check out King of Dragon Pass while it’s still on sale.

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via: Our Review

Kim Kardashian​: Hollywood Has Gotten a Halloween Makeover

Posted by on October 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Kardashian fans, grab your Prada candy buckets and don a Versace costume because Kim Kardashian​: Hollywood is getting into the Halloween spirit. Glu Games has updated their popular celebrity app with Halloweeney goodness.

Now you can collect candy and do projects to earn costumes to wear to Kim’s Halloween party on October 31. You can also now visit Dubai in the game, where there will be new quests and places to explore. Climb your way to the tippy-top, up all the way to level 27.

The Halloween theme is only available until October 31, so download Kim Kardashian​: Hollywood  for free on the App Store now to start trick-or-treating.

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via: Our Review

Fantastical 2 for iPad Has Been Updated and is on Sale.

Posted by on October 29th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Fantastical 2 for iPad, by Flexibits Inc, is a great calendar app for iOS. Recently it was updated include widgets and app extensions to make it easier to use.

Now, using the Today widget, you can view your calendar and event list in Notification Center. The app also allows you to create events or reminders from selected text in extension-enabled apps, making it faster and simpler to add things to your calendar. Flexibits has also fixed some bugs and added interactive notifications.

Fantastical 2 is currently 20% off for a limited time, on sale for $7.99.

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via: Our Review

Over Gets an Overhaul With New Editing Options and Lots of Fonts

Posted by on October 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Over, the app that lets you put text over your art and photos, has received an update that fixes fixes some bugs and increases resolution for iPhone 5 (and above) and iPad 3 (and above). Over also now has the ability to rotate text, has been localization for Russia, and the font list has greatly expanded.

The new fonts include:

  • Ossature by Romain Bergaentzlé
  • Mandinor by Fontyou (@fontyou) and Julien Priez (@BoogyPaper)
  • Bushcraft One Shadow by Rachid Aitouaissi
  • So Brush by Rachid Aitouaissi
  • Cookies and Cream by Nicky Laatz (@creamcherrypie)
  • Hollywood99 by David Slaager (@davidiscreative)
  • Nina Ketchup by David Slaager (@davidiscreative)
  • Millie Bold by Kyle Benson (@kylewaynebenson)

You can check out all the new stuff in Over for $1.99 on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

Ruzzle Adventure, the word puzzle game from MAG Interactive, is donning its Halloween costume.

Check out the new update for their Halloween fun. There are 25 new spooky levels that open up at level 2, and at every 5th level you get free coins as a treat. There will be pumpkins everywhere, naturally, and make sure to beat Ztephan the Skeleton king!

The new world is only around until Halloween (Friday, 10/31) so check out Ruzzle Adventure for free on the App Store before it’s too late.

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via: Our Review

It’s time to get excited, mobile card gamers; Playdek has announced its Halloween Sale. Their top three games – Nightfall, Lords of Waterdeep, and Ascension – are all on sale for the rest of the month.

Nightfall is now $0.99 (previously $2.99). Lords of Waterdeep is $3.99 (previously $6.99) and its expansions are $0.99. Finally, Ascension‘s Darkness Unleashed expansion is on sale for $1.99 (previously $2.99) while all other expansions are $0.99.

This Halloween treat is only available through November 1, so pick up these great games on the cheap while you have the chance.

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CastSpellRemember Puzzle Quest? Just about everybody loved Puzzle Quest, and the team behind the match-3 game that made match-3 games interesting again is back with a sort of spiritual successor to their puzzle/RPG hybrid: Gems of War.

Gems of War has a lot in common with Infinite Interactive’s earlier game. You get to match colored runes to activate spells and skills, you can match skulls to damage your enemies, and there’s decidedly some leveling-up going on behind closed doors (note: the doors aren’t closed – they’re actually wide open). However, things have been streamlined a bit as well.

SpellAnimationRegrettably there’s no crafting in Gems of War, but you’ll be able to fight other players in asynchronous battles and can even join a guild with other players. Emphasis has also been placed on your characters this time around, with you being able to create a party using your chosen hero, a weapon, and three other characters to assist you in combat. Different characters (of which there are over 100 planned) require different runes to activate their abilities, and they can be leveled-up using materials taken from selling off the useless ones.

Another nice feature is that both iOS and Android users will be able to play with (or against) each other, and can even access their account across multiple platforms.

Gems of War will be hitting the App Store for free sometime before the holiday season.

A Million Copies of Bio Inc are Being Given Away Right Now

Posted by on October 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Bio Inc. developers DryGin Studios have started a giveaway of one million copies of the disease simulation game, which they hope to achieve in around 48 hours.

Alongside this giveaway, version 1.5 of the game has arrived. Features added in in this new version include Game Center integration, including leaderboards and 30 new achievements to unlock, a ‘Fast Forward’ mode, new sound effects, and an Italian language option.

Bio Inc. is available for free from now until one million people have gotten the game for free.

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via: Our Review

A New Trials Frontier Update Awakens the Pumpkin King

Posted by on October 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A Halloween-themed update has arrived for RedLynx‘s Trials Frontier, adding new skins and tracks courtesy of the arrival of the Pumpkin King.

The Pumpkin King, as he does, is causing havoc, so it’s up to you to take him and his minions on across the world. The update introduces a 16-part live event, with smashing pumpkins being the name of the game. Players will also be able to unlock nine new bike skins and four tracks as they take on the squash plant royalty.

Trials Frontier is available to download for free from the App Store now.

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via: Our Review

Apptastic Reviews!

 

The App Store can be a daunting place. What to try? What to buy? How do you know? Thank goodness the review team at 148Apps is here to save the day. 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.

Puzzle to the Center of the Earth

 
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Puzzle to the Center of the Earth is a puzzle platformer in the most literal sense. The game has players manipulating platforms with a match-three mechanic, with the ultimate goal of journeying further down toward the center of the earth. With bright visuals, smart mechanics, and a satisfying brand of puzzle-solving, Puzzle to the Center of the Earth is a very worthwhile download. As a spelunker, players can move about caverns by sliding their fingers across the bottom part of the screen. As they approach sets of colored blocks underground, they can then tap and slide to link blocks of the same color together and break them. Breaking blocks allows players to move deeper down in a level, which contains an exit on the bottom of the screen. –Campbell Bird

The Silent Age Episode 2

 
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You play Joe Average as he leaps back and forth between the 70s and the modern day. As before, this is easily achieved thanks to your trusty time machine. It’s a mechanic that changes up what you see in each room or building, and is the kind of thing that means you can’t help but switch between timelines regularly just to see what’s changed. For the most part, this mechanic is used to get past a closed door or two, which means it’s a little underused in terms of its potential, but it’s relatively easy to forgive The Silent Age Episode 2 for its flaws. –Jennifer Allen

Angry Birds Transformers

 
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Part auto-runner, part side-scrolling shoot-em-up, you control one of many Transformers as they stop the EggBots by taking out their platforms. Instead of flinging birds at your enemies you shoot at them, aiming for weak points in order to vanquish them. It’s simply done, with you tapping to create a reticule. Each level is much the same meaning that Angry Birds Transformers can get a little repetitive, but it’s often fun. At times you can transform in order to duck under obstacles coming your way, which ensures you keep your wits about you. Each level is also pretty brief so it’s an easy game to dip into for a few minutes here or there. –Jennifer Allen

Zero Age

 
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Zero Age‘s visuals and gameplay are both so stunningly well-executed it’s hard to know where to start the praise. Let’s go with the graphics since they’re more immediately striking. The game takes place in a hauntingly atmospheric geometric world filled with vast, cubic vistas. It’s like a minimalist robot city that’s either unfinished or long since abandoned. Guiding the hooded hero through these multi-tiered landscapes while soulful piano music plays would still leave an impression even without the puzzles. Fortunately Zero Age offers some of the most creative and complex 3D puzzles around. Players must get their character to the end of each level. Sometimes that’s as simple as just tapping on the goal, but usually they will have to create a path by manipulating a handful of blocks. Different blocks have markings specifying their rules – some blocks can only move on a horizontal plane, while others are limited to the vertical. However, players can stack cubes on top of each other to move certain blocks in ways they couldn’t before or shield themselves from deadly lasers. Constructing even something as basic as some stairs requires intense levels of spatial thinking. –Jordan Minor

Sleep Attack TD

 
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Each level offers up a series of paths for the waves of enemies to follow. The trick here is that these paths can be rotated around, thereby enabling you to redirect where the foes go. This means that you can send the waves down areas that you’ve fortified particularly well, giving you the edge. The catch is that you have to be constantly aware of what’s going on around you. Unlike other Tower Defense games, where you can usually set up a strong layout then watch it unfold, things change fast and you’re never entirely comfortable about your chances of success. This keeps Sleep Attack TD consistently interesting. It’d be business as usual otherwise, with a typical plethora of enemies to withstand and a bevy of towers that are useful in different scenarios. The rotation mechanic really makes a difference though, and ensures that Sleep Attack TD is more appealing. It looks pretty charming too, with a more fluid style than the usual lane defense mechanics we’re used to within the genre. –Jennifer Allen

Montessori Math City

 
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As readers who follow my posts may know, my son’s favorite subject is math, and he is eager to practice these skills whenever he has a chance. One of his favorite ways is making a bee-line for any app that includes “math” in the title. A new favorite of his is Montessori Math City, which has strengthened his ability not only to count to one thousand, but to be able to build different sums with the use of smaller numbers in a way that is actually quite open-ended. There is also a city area he can build within, providing motivation to continue working with this app. I must admit that when I sat down to review it I was intimidated, because without a Montessori background I felt at a loss to explain the goings-on within this app in the technical terms that one may expect. Although I don’t find the gathering of correct words intuitive to properly explain what this app has to offer, I must remember that my son does find this app utterly intuitive to use. –Amy Solomon

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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:

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Republique

 
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We’ve been wanting this one for a while. And now that Republique is on Android, we can breathe a sigh of relief. We can stop giving Camouflaj and Darkwind Media the side eye. And we can taste of the goodness that this title unabashedly brings. The gameplay comes in two modes: Story, which allows players to experience the story and explore environments, and Normal, which is the standard experience. Going the normal route allows one to pick an episode, and we’re off. –Tre Lawrence

Dementia: The Book of the Dead

 
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At the first sight, this game looks like another simple survival horror, which are quite popular on the mobiles. Surprisingly, Dementia: The Book of the Dead is neither simple, nor a survival horror, in a true sense. It has great and scary atmosphere, but once you understand that the unholy abomination before you can be dealt with by the means of stuffing it with holy bullets, or smashing its abominable face with not-quite-holy lantern, the atmosphere dwindles somewhat. Not to say that it’s in any way a bad game, but the main character’s death is more likely to summon a groan instead of shivers. It’s still a horror, so the enemies always overpower the main character and running away is often a better decision than fighting. In other words, great fun. –Tony Kuzmin

Five Nights at Freddy’s

 
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It is nice to see that some pc games are being ported to Android and that the idea behind the game stays intact. Same goes for Five Nights at Freddy’s. If you have played Five Nights at Freddy’s on pc, than you know what you are up for in this Android version of the game. It is a port of the pc version and one that is very well made. Everything from the first version is the same, only now you use the touch screen as an input source, instead of the mouse. Input methods aside, these game is freaky. Very freaky. The first few times it gave me the creeps and my first reaction was to close the game. When that happens, I say: the objective of the developers must’ve been a success by then. –Wesley Akkerman

And finally, this week, Pocket Gamer went hands-on with the latest Pokemon game, found out how to record iOS games with just a lightning cable and a Mac, picked the best gamebooks, and tried the latest SimCity game for mobile. And it’s all right here for your perusal.

Woah Dave!, by Choice Provisions, is a retro-style arcade platformer. This is the first game they are releasing since changing their name from Gaijin Games (perhaps best known for the BIT.TRIP series). Players fight aliens as Dave, a strange little fellow in teal pants. You can reach the top of the leader boards by pocketing the spare change that aliens drop when you kill them.

If you can’t wait and need your Woah Dave! fix immediately, the soundtrack is available on iTunes and CD Baby.

You’ll be able to pick up Woah Dave! this Thursday, October 30, for $1.99.

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Marvel and Kabam have joined forces to create Contest of Champions: a fighting game based on the Marvel Universe that sets players against the Collector, who has trapped heroes in crystals. And so, players must beat the Collector’s team to gather crystals and unlock heroes to form their own super-powered team.

During New York Comic-Con I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cuz Parry (the game’s Creative Director) and Writer Sam Humphries to discuss their new creation.


148Apps: Contest of Champions looks like a fantastic fighting game. Could you give us an overview of the story?
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Sam Humphries

Sam Humphries (SH): The comics and the cartoon are very good angles on the Collector. He’s a little badass, very mighty, and inscrutable. His motivations are not always understandable. That’s been a lot of fun to play with because since day one Kabam has been very adamant in keeping the priority on the story and not just make a game to button mash and curse. They wanted to entice players with a really strong story with escalating stakes, reveals, mysteries, twists and turns, cliff hangers, and all that kinda stuff. So having someone like the Collector, we asked “What are his motivations?” “Why is he doing this?” That’s an important mystery that we build over time, and as we pull all the layers back what we’ve come up with is something that, story-wise, stands up against a Marvel Comic, Marvel Movie, and Marvel TV show.

Cuz Parry (CP): In the Marvel Gaming universe there’s this substance called Iso-8. That’s the resource that basically everybody uses in all the marvel games, such as in Ultimate Spiderman you use it to level-up your characters. We’re telling the story where there is this big, powerful weapon: the Iso-Sphere. We go to the source of the Iso-8 and the mystery behind it.

SH: What we find out about the Iso-Sphere and Iso-8 is that they are directly tied to the battle realm where you play the game, and to what the Collector’s doing and why he’s doing it. Also, maybe there’s someone behind the the Collector pulling his strings and making this happen.

Continue reading Sam Humphries and Cuz Parry Talk About Their Upcoming Marvel Fighting Game, Contest of Champions »

Star Wars: Commander Adds “Death Troopers” to a New Limited-Time Campaign

Posted by on October 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The scientists of a secret Imperial research facility on Dandoran have reported an “oopsie” – there’s outbreak of zombie Death Troopers!

Star Wars: Commander, by Disney, is getting “The Sickness” Campaign for Halloween. Undead Stormtroopers, infected by an Imperial bioweapons project, are terrorizing the Empire and the Rebellion alike.

The update includes 3 new enemies: Death Troopers, Scout Death Troopers, and Heavy Death Troopers. Both sides are also getting new ships. The Rebel Starship Strike – HWK–290 is a freighter outfitted with incendiary bombs to crush infantry units while the Empire Starship Strike – VT–49 Decimator uses firebombs to wash an area with flame.

You can pick up Star Wars: Commander for free on the App Store, and The Sickness will start spreading this Thursday (10/30).

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via: Our Review

Oh no, it’s not that kind of ‘skin.’ I’m talking about the kind of skins you can put on electronic devices to dress them up a bit.

These oversized stickers come with a backing that makes removing air bubbles easier, are custom cut to fit whatever device you order them for, and are available in all sorts of styles. I mean a lot. It’s Redbubble. The site is full of all sorts of interesting artwork, and if you don’t like what you see you can always make your own like I did.

These new skins should be rolling out later this week and will be available for a number of different devices, including the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5s, and 5C as well as the iPad Air, Mini, and Gen 2/3/4.

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Image Source: Upoyk (Redbubble)

Welcome one and all to the season of spirits, ghouls, and discounts. Yes, discounts. Didn’t anyone ever tell you that October is the ideal time for some sales?

Someone clearly passed on the memo to Double Fine, as they recently tweeted that its seasonal adventure title Costume Quest and Kickstarted point-and-click game Broken Age will both be on sale on iOS until the end of October.

Broken Age is available to download now for $4.99, whilst Costume Quest can be gotten for $2.99 and its DLC ‘Grubbins On Ice’ for $0.99.

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via: Our Costume Quest Revew

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Well met, warriors:
Curious to see how much fun we’ve been having with all this hero-shuffling? Check out our Terra Battle review!

Terra Battle is a strategy-based puzzle RPG that is accessible and addictive, yet multi-faceted and challenging, so take heed of these hints and tips before you and your squad head into dangerous, uncharted territory.
 

On the Battlefield

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Terra Battle‘s fighting system is based on a form of Rock Paper Scissors, in which certain weapon types can outperform others: swords have the advantage over bows, bows can dominate spears, and spears can best swords. Remembering this cycle is key in deciding which squad member to use in the next attack. The staff simply highlights a mage character with healing attributes but no attacking ability.

There is a time limit in which each movement must be completed, so try to plan a movement in advance – particularly if it involves displacing another tile into a better position for chain support or a direct attack. If you’re smart about it, pre-planning a route and approaching multiple characters from certain angles can set up multiple chain attacks were before there was none.

Continue reading Terra Battle – Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats for Setting Up Your Best Lines »

HeroCraft has announced that Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf, a turn-based strategy set in the Warhammer 40k Universe, will launch on iOS later this week.

The game is set to feature a single player campaign against Word Bearers and other enemies of the Space Wolves, with different heroes available to select for different play styles. Players will be able to unlock perks for each class and companions, two of which can be taken into each battle. The game also features a collectible card game element, with victories unlocking bonuses, tactics cards, and new weapons.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf will make its way to the App Store on Tuesday, October 28, and will be free to download.

Big Huge Games, headed by Brian Reynolds (co-founder of Firaxis Games and lead designer on Civilization II), and Nexon M (a leader in free-to-play online games) have partnered to make DomiNations, a mobile combat strategy game that takes players from the Stone Age to the Space Age as they build and advance their civilizations. The game will include a single-player campaign as well as cooperative game play modes.

“Brian and the team at Big Huge Games have built a truly epic new game with DomiNations. Strategy game fans and mobile gamers are going to love the innovation, depth, and player choice DomiNations gives each user,” said John Robinson, general manager of Nexon M.

DomiNations will launch on mobile devices next year and be free to play.

Rami Ismail, Chief Executive of Business and Development at indie game studio Vlambeer, has created a new way for developers to keep track of press and distribution lists called distribute() (pronounced ‘do distribute’). Users can send their press contacts a distribute​() link and the program will organize their contact information into a list that the system manages and maintains for them.

distribute​() can also send out codes or token for games on platforms such as iOS, Steam, Xbox, PSN, and Humble, without all the hassle of spreadsheets. The program keeps track of who you are sending tokens to and how many you have left. If you prefer, you can create a simple link to the content and distribute() will send it out for you.

distribute​() values security. They encrypt their information and verify press contacts for you. This way users can avoid fake requests or leaked information.

Currently, distribute() is free for small and independent developers. If you are a developer who would like to be distribute​() verified, you can you can register for the service with their  verification form. The build is still in Alpha so there may still be some hiccups, but the distribute() seems like a smart new way to handle your press info.

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Great Hitman GO Goes on Sale and Gets New Update – Say That Three Times Fast

Posted by on October 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Square Enix’s Hitman GO has received 8 new levels based on Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.

You be able to sneak around the snow-draped landscape of Varosnij Square while you line up your next kill. Players will be able to unlock the new content by either completing missions or by skipping all that and purchasing everything for $0.99. The update also adds cloud-saving functionality, so you can sync your completed levels between devices.

This update comes alongside a limited-time sale where fans can buy Hitman GO for just $1.99. The price will go back up after a week so if you want to check it out, now is the time.

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via: Our Review

Rubicon Development, makers of the award winning Great War Games series, has announced a huge sale on 15 of their most popular games that will run until Monday morning at 9:00am. The games that will be included in the sale are:

Great Little War Game 2
Great Big War Game
Great Little War Game
Zombies: Dead in 20
Yachty Deluxe
Fruit Blitz
Combat Monsters (always free)
FairGround Coin Falls
Gold Rush Coin Falls
Jungle Coin Falls
Poker Slots
Cupcake Frenzy
Astro Invaders
Spin Master Bowling

Remember to act fast if you want any of them as the sale will end Monday.

Developed by Newin Inc, nPlayer may seem like your standard video player – but is aiming to be the best in its field by providing high quality video play performance and support for a huge number of video formats and codecs.

User reviews include quotes such as “I have tested many apps but this one is my only official player for all my iDevice,” “I’ve used a number of video players. This is by far the best,” and “this is by far the best streaming app ever” just demonstrate that it’s well on its way to achieving this aim too.

One way it looks to be the best video player on iOS is the Network Function, which – uniquely for video players for mobile devices – enables stream-play from a range of servers including WebDAV, FTP, SMB, and UPnP/DNLA.

You can also adjust a huge number of options while watching videos – including brightness, audio set-up, subtitles, aspect ratio, and more. Touch screen controls allow you to easily adjust playback, subtitle positions and fonts, and volume and brightness, too. The app makes sure that high resolution videos play fluidly without interruptions.

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File management is also simple to grasp, with options to delete, move, rename, and create files – alongside a password lock system to make sure that your videos are kept safe. You can also transfer files without USB cable connection through a wi-fi connection.

As mentioned a range of video formats are supported, including (but not limited to) MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, WMV, ASF, FLV, OGV, RMVB, TP – as well as audio files in MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC, and APE.

For real videophiles the app also allows H.264/MPEG4 hardware acceleration for MKV, AVI, and FLV formats over Local, HTTP, FTP, SFTP and SMB protocols – and even supports the official Dolby audio codec (AC3, E-AC3). The recently released 2.6.4 version of the app added support for Toshiba wireless storage devices too, such as FlashAir, Wireless SSD, and the Wireless Adapter.

So if you want to check out the video player that seems to be making waves you can download the iOS 8 compatible version of nPlayer for iPhone and iPad for $4.99 / £2.99 now [download].

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

Dig this:
Would you like to know what we thought of all this puzzling-around the deep recesses of the planet? Check out our Puzzle to the Center of the Earth review!

Puzzle to the Center of the Earth is a surprisingly deep and challenging puzzle platformer. Here are a few tips for players looking to stay alive while down in the depths.
 

Energy Management is Key

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  • Once you start using formulas, make sure you build combos of blocks toward your character and not away – The catalyst energy that allows for formula usage always drops at the end of a string of six blocks, so if you start linking blocks as far away as possible and move in, they are easier to get (see above). The combo on the left will end up dropping the red catalyst crystal in a hard-to-reach place significantly further down into the cavern whereas the combo on the right, which is the same exact structure, will drop the crystal right at your feet.
  • Use moves wisely – Players begin every level with 20 energy and it costs 1 energy to interact with any amount of blocks. This means that dropping blocks or linking 4, 5, or 6 blocks all costs 1 energy. Since the ultimate goal is at the bottom of each level, using 1 energy to dig as far down as possible is generally a good strategy – at least in the beginning.
  • Look for energy blocks – To help recoup energy, there are blocks in the world that have pieces of energy in them. These energy blocks give players 4 energy. Therefore, it’s not necessarily worth going out of the way to mine an energy block if it costs more than 4 energy to get.


Continue reading Puzzle to the Center of the Earth – Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats for Daring Spelunkers »

Earn Your Master Camper Badge in Camp Pokemon

Posted by on October 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

What does it take to be a great Pokémon trainer? You can find out by going to Camp Pokémon, a lovely little island designed by The Pokemon Company International. The app provides you with six fun activities that, when completed, earn you pins for your pin book and stickers to decorate photos with. You be able to warm up you throwing arm with “Poké Ball Throw” or master your encyclopedic knowledge of Pokémon with “Find the Pokémon”.

Once you’ve earned a few stickers, you can take them to the photobooth where you can add your favorites to photos of you and your friends.

Camp Pokémon is available for free, so pack your tent and watch out for wild Pokémon!

Garruk Gets His Revenge in a New Magic 2015 Expansion, Coming This November

Posted by on October 23rd, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Wizards of the Coast has announced that this November they’ll be releasing Garruk’s Revenge, a brand new expansion for Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers. The expansion will add four new campaign levels and a Garruk Wildspeaker deck from the Alara block.

Crushing your foes will earn you more cards from the Alara series, and in exciting news all of the original Magic 2015 campaign cards (as well as Hunt Bigger Game and the Expansion cards) will be earnable through gameplay. Also, if you’ve already played the heck out of the game and unlocked the previous five chapters (Innistrad, Theros, Ravnica, Zendikar, and Shandalar), you’ll be able to win Battle Boosters in multiplayer matches.

Garruk’s Revenge for Magic 2015 will be available for $4.99 on the App Store in early November.

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Build Your Own Fantasy Football Dynasty with Draft Day

Posted by on October 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Draft Day is a new fantasy football app from Grant Hancock.

The app lets you build a team and develop your own stadium. Players can then push their players to victory or trade them away. Just be careful to stay within your budget, otherwise your dreams of glory will be shattered.

Draft Day is free on the App Store now.

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Want to know all about how impressed we were with Radiator Springs? Check out our Cars: Fast as Lightning review!

Cars: Fast as Lightning is a cute and fun app that combines racing and town-building with the charisma and marketability of Disney Pixar’s Cars franchise. It’s a friendly game, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use a few tips to help you make Radiator Springs shine again.


 

Starting Out

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  • Complete quests to earn rewards – Quests queue up on the left side of the screen when you’re not racing. Quests offer rewards like experience and coins, and they’re a good way to get back on track if you’ve been meandering from task to task.
  • Pay attention to the difficulty meter before you race – Each car you engage in a race has a difficulty measuring from one to four. Make sure to race within your rank if you don’t want to waste gas on a loss.
  • Place attractions on the track to earn more experience with races – Don’t neglect putting attractions on race tracks. They earn you a bit of extra experience with every race, plus they make the joint look classy.


Continue reading Cars: Fast as Lightning – Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats For an Easy Ride »

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