Celebrate Summer With a Cat in the Hat Learning Library Sale

Posted by on July 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It is now Summer, what a wonderful time, so I bring you news, that will mostly rhyme. 

Oceanhouse Media want to kids to read, whilst home this season, so thus there’s a sale, if you needed a reason. Over twenty apps, now cheaper to get, most down a dollar, others further yet. They’re about science concepts, aimed at ages five to eight, featuring the Cat in the Hat, which is pretty great. They’ll teach your kids, whilst they rhyme, which is pretty impressive, doing both at the same time.

The list of apps can be found below, just in case you wanted to know:

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Can’t remember Which Beer to Drink? Have No Fear Beer Pad is Here!

Posted by on July 22nd, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Have you ever had an amazing beer only to forget what it was called later? Beer Pad by Owen Evans is an app that allows users to take pictures of their beer and record information about.

If your beer has already been logged on Beer Pad‘s online database, the information about it will be auto-filled for you. Using the map function you can set the location of where you tried a beer for return trips. Users can also share their favorite beers with their friends Twitter, Facebook, email, or Messages. The beer lists can be sorted by rating, ABV percentage, name, and date added.

You can find Beer Pad on the App Store for free.

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Coming soon to the App Store is Light in the Dark, a physics and color-blending puzzle game that boasts a cool gaming pedigree. The resumes of team behind it cite such great series as X-Com, BioShock, and Fallout – meaning that hopefully Light in the Dark will be something rather special.

The game will have you leading a cartoon species called totems on a rescue mission to find their babies who have become lost in a maze of old tombs. Mummies and other creatures will get in your way as well as some good old-fashioned puzzles.

Set for release in September, Light in the Dark will be priced at $1.99. Check out the trailer in the meantime for a taster of what to expect.

KEMCO’s RPG Band of Monsters Goes Free for a Limited Time

Posted by on July 22nd, 2014
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To celebrate RPG Machine Knight hitting over 1,000,000 downloads on Google Play, KEMCO has made RPG Band of Monsters free on the App Store for a limited time only. Not bad, eh?

The game is all about a young monster tamer called Zara who meets a mysterious girl named Fene, before getting caught up in a battle against evil and forbidden powers.

Instead of its usual price of $7.99, it’ll cost you absolutely nothing, so it’s the ideal time to check it out.

Take a look at the trailer below for more of an idea of what RPG Band of Monsters is like.

Fly High with Ninja UP! Now Available on the App Store

Posted by on July 22nd, 2014
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Ninja Up by Gameloft has bounced its way into the App Store.

Players control a little ninja with amazing ninja jumping skills, and to help the ninja ascend to the heavens, they must draw lines for him to spring off of. He must avoid obstacles, ufo’s, and other ninja as he ascends.

Truly ambitious ninja can fling themselves all the way to the moon, so bring shame upon your friend’s ninja by jumping higher than them.

You can find Ninja Up on the App Store now, for free.

Scottish developers Outplay Entertainment has announced Alien Creeps TD, a story-based tower defense game set to release on iOS soon. The game will feature a variety of aliens to battle against and terrains to battle in, with players taking control of 50 different towers and three heroes as they attempt to defend humanity from the alien menace.

Outplay President Richard Hare had this to say on the announcement of the game:

We are exceptionally thrilled to be able to announce Alien Creeps TD. This tower defense game is packed with action and will keep gamers coming back for more, and with its crisp 3D graphics and quality gameplay, we’re honored to have our name behind it.

Alien Creeps TD is set to release onto iOS devices sometime soon.

Forza Football Update Adds Player Transfer Tracking

Posted by on July 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: VITAL :: Read Review »

The World Cup has finished, and it’s not long until the European football season starts once again. In the meantime we have the minor chaos that is the summer transfer window, with players from around the world moving from one team to another.

In order to help football fans follow transfers easier, Swedish developers Football Addicts have updated their football tracking app Forza Football, adding the ability to track rumored and confirmed player transfers. Users can now set it so they receive transfer updates for their favorite club via push notifications, giving them details on the player, their current club, the club they are or may be moving to and the price, as well as the source if it’s a rumor and the type of transfer if it’s confirmed.

Forza Football is available on the App Store now and is free to download.

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via: Our Review

Coming soon to iOS will be an all-new Warhammer 40,000 tactical strategy game by the name of The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault.

The first ever game to be set in the Horus Heresy, The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault will be a fast-paced strategy game in which players choose to be either a Traitor or Loyalist as they challenge their rivals around the world. The game promises there will be plenty of base building, which probably means it will be a Clash of Clans kind of game.

While a release date hasn’t been announced yet, we do have a teaser trailer to suitably, well, tease you about it. As soon as we know more about The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault, we’ll let you know.

Assassin’s Creed Memories has just been announced, promising to combine card battling, RPG, and strategy elements. A free-to-play game, it comes from a joint effort by GREE, Ubisoft, and PlayNext.

The game will allow you to traverse history in order to build a powerful guild, recruit famous allies, and defeat rival players from around the world. There’ll be a deep and extensive single player experience as well as multiplayer combat involving up to 20 versus 20 players.

Set for release later this summer, Assassin’s Creed Memories will hopefully be one to watch out for.

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So little time and so very many apps. What’s a poor iPhone/iPad lover to do? Fortunately, 148Apps is here to give you the rundown on the latest and greatest releases. And we even have a tremendous back catalog of reviews; just check out the Reviews Archive for every single review we’ve ever written.

Overcast: Podcast Player

 
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For a long time, I have been using Downcast to manage all of the podcasts I listen to. Its ability to create customized playlists and tweak settings for each individual show gave me a complete sense of control over the way I listened to my favorite shows. That being said, I was never 100% satisfied with Downcast for a variety of reasons that I couldn’t quite put my finger on for a long time. Now, I can safely say that my main issue with Downcast is that it isn’t Overcast: Podcast Player. Although this new podcast app isn’t perfect for every podcast listener’s needs, Overcast: Podcast Player has a very impressive suite of features that are smart, elegant, and super useful, provided you pay to unlock all of its features. –Campbell Bird

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon

 
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Much like its namesake team of ragtag misfits, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon is kind of weird and quirky. You see, while the game’s release date is clearly set to build hype for the upcoming feature film (which hits theaters in just about about two weeks) it’s not solely tied to the movie’s feel or continuity. Instead, it’s a rather strange mash-up of elements, sporting both movie-based character designs and story beats, as well as numerous nods to the team’s greater history and place in the comic-based side of the Marvel Universe. But does playing to both sides dilute the overall experience? And is it even a worthwhile game to begin with? Read on, True Believers! Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon straddles a few different genres as well. It’s a little bit action-RPG, a touch of arena combat, and a dash of side-scrolling beat-’em-up (minus the scrolling). Players assemble a team of characters from their roster of unlocked Guardians, Guardians-adjacent affiliates, and even antagonists in some cases (though they can only be used in the wave-clearing Arena mode), and smash their way through screen after screen of bad guys. Characters are controlled by drawing lines from them to their destination (when moving) or target (when attacking enemies or aiding allies). –Rob Thomas

Cascade

 
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Match-3 games are nothing new and to an extent, Cascade is very familiar indeed. It manages to offer a few twists and turns that ensure that fans should be quite appreciative of its efforts, even if it isn’t as revolutionary as it would like to be. The layout of Cascade is very familiar. You work your way through individual levels of gems that must be cleared in some way, in order to pass onto the next stage. Each stage has a slightly different objective, such as reaching a particular score, clearing a set number of boulders, or vanquishing lighter colored squares. Ultimately though, the principle remains the same – match those gems. Jennifer Allen

Magic 2015

 
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Another year, another updated iteration of Magic: The Gathering’s digital form. Fans of Wizards of the Coast’s long-standing, collectible card game juggernaut know exactly what they’re getting into here. But does Magic 2015 serve as a good introduction for new players into what can be a rather daunting new world? Well, it’s kind of a yes and no at the same time. As someone who already has a fair bit of past history with the game, I still felt the need to trudge my way through the tutorial in order to see how well it presents the game to newbies and, for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed. The tutorial is relatively in-depth, with a fully-voiced narrator guiding new players step-by-step through the basics of the game, though I do feel that it may have dragged on for a bit too long and that some of these lessons could have been combined or condensed. However, that could well have just been my urge to get through the stuff I already knew and into the meat of Magic 2015 proper. –Rob Thomas

Hellraid: The Escape

 
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In Hellraid: The Escape, you will find yourself awoken from a stone tomb and trapped in a violent prison, patrolled by disfigured, demonic guards and decorated with all of kinds of vicious traps. Sounds fun, right? You must then find your way out by solving puzzles, dispatching enemies and collecting items to help pass through each area unscathed. Along the way you’ll find notes with some background information, hints and harrowing tales on them, further fleshing out the gameworld one piece at a time. Controls are simple, with a floating joystick for movement, a swipe to survey the surroundings and a tap to pick up objects or interact with mechanisms. However, these interactions are often more intricate than a mere tap, usually involving multiple gestures, proving how much attention to detail was paid to the environment. Powered by the Unreal 3 engine, the game looks undeniably excellent. From flickering lighting effects to the incredible level of detail throughout, Hellraid: The Escape is one of the best-looking iOS titles to date, and succeeds in creating a real sense of foreboding. –Lee Hamlet

Hoopa City

 
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As readers may know, my son and I are big Dr. Panda fans as many of their apps allow children to role-play their way through differently themed apps such as Dr. Panda’s Restaurant, Dr. Panda’s Veggie Farm, or Dr. Panda’s Beauty Salon. Recently, a new app, Dr. Panda’s Toy Cars, changed things up a bit, allowing young children to drive cars around town, free of the mini-games popular within this series. I would also like to introduce readers to another new app from TribePlay, the developers of Dr. Panda, Hoopa City, a city building application for older children that my son simply adores. Hoopa City allows users to build their own urban landscape as they tap areas of the screen, adding roads, buildings or green spaces as they choose from eight different city building elements, combining them to create other details that my son really fancies such as pools or skate-boarding ramps. Hoopa City stars Hoopa the Hippo, famous from other Dr. Panda applications, as well as other familiar Dr. Panda characters who can be seen wandering around town – a nice touch. –Amy Solomon

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Glowgrid

 
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Some puzzle games can be really relaxing, while other games of the same genre can be brutal as heck. The ambient puzzle game Glowgrid is a little bit of both, thanks to his two game modes. If one would see the title ‘Glowgrid’ and fires the game up, he would instantly see that the title of the game matches with the aesthetics of it. Like anyone could predict, in Glowgrid players get to fill up a glowing grid with some well know and lesser known shaped blocks, where they need to combine four or more blocks of the same color. The goal is to fill up the bar at the top of the screen, with a total worth of one hundred points. If players get to that point, the bar immediately empties itself. The next goal is to fill it up once again, only now while players need to figure out a way in their own mess, because the grid still contains like ninety pro cent of the blocks one previously placed there. –Wesley Akkerman

RBI Baseball 14

 
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After two straight days of no baseball whatsoever, you may finally be ready to accept it back into your life. And between the many games, you may find yourself wanting to play a game. Well, RBI Baseball 14, the MLB-published revival of the classic series, is finally on Android. This is old-school baseball, for better or worse. Seriously, this game isn’t just RBI Baseball in name only, it replicates the original game to a T. Pitchers can throw fastballs, mid-speed breaking balls, and knuckleballs that move erratically and slowly. Hitters can move around the box to try and hit the myriad pitches coming their way with just swing and bunt commands. Each team has 4 pitchers, with the starter tiring midway through the game. David Price relieving Alex Cobb a day after he started? Dr. James Andrews shrieked in horror. This game eschews realism, and any real gameplay advances of the past couple decades or so, in the name of replicating this classic. –Carter Dotson

Hopeless: Football Cup

 
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In Hopeless: Football Cup, players get to experience a different kind of football videogame. If I have to put a game next to it that closely resembles it, it should be Orange Pixel’s Tapkick Football. In the good and the bad way. Hopeless: Football Cup is a game where players need to tap on the touch screen, in order to make the blob on-screen head the ball away. If they don’t, the ball will simply demolish the little bugger and than it is game over for the player. It is a hard concept, similiar to games like Flappy Bird; players just need to keep on tapping at the right moment to succeed in the game. Hopeless: Football Cup perhaps stands even more closely to Orange Pixel’s Tapkick Football, a game that featured the studio’s own vision on the simple tap mechanic of Flappy Bird. –Wesley Akkerman

And, this week Pocket Gamer reviewed games like Battle Fleet 2 and Ingress, provided handy tips for Minecraft and Hellraid: The Escape, found some hot new indie games in Brighton, and gabbed to Luca Redwood about his absurdly ambitious new game. All this and more right here.

Real Boxing’s New Combo Update is a Knockout

Posted by on July 18th, 2014
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Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: A KNOCKOUT :: Read Review »

Put up your dukes! The folks over at Vivid Games are proud to announce the newest update to their 2012 Editor’s Choice garnering boxing simulator, Real Boxing.

The appropriately titled, “Combo Update,” adds a whole new brawling mechanic to the player’s arsenal. Successfully landing six consecutive punches from alternating sides will unlock a stamina boost that allows for up to three additional strikes. This should hopefully help simulate the adrenaline boost that a fighter would get when pummeling an opponent into submission.

Real Boxing usually costs $0.99, but it is currently on sale in the App Store for free. So be sure to not miss out on this limited time offer.

via: Our Review

Hearthstone Has a New Expansion Pack Incoming

Posted by on July 18th, 2014
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Our Rating: ★★★★★ :: PERFECTLY (WAR)CRAFTED :: Read Review »

For those of you that are already shamelessly addicted to Blizzard’s interactive trading card combat game and Editor’s Choice recipient Hearthstone, the siren’s call is about to get much stronger. Touch Arcade is reporting that this coming Tuesday, the title will be getting its first of what will undoubtedly be many expansion packs.

Entitled, “Curse of Naxxramas,” the new content will be broken up into five chunks that can be purchased piecemeal for a beefy $24.99. If that sounds a bit steep for your liking, there are also options to unlock pieces using the in-game gold, and supplementing whatever is left of the cost with real cash. 

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is an iPad only app and free from the App Store right now.

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Atari announced today their development of Pridefest a social-sim game for tablets and mobile devices. This is the first LGBT-themed game from Atari. With Pridefest, players can build their own personalized pride parade and march it through a city of their choosing.

Players can customize their own parade floats with festival supplies and other bonuses they receive by completing quests. They can unlock new parade and festival supplies, or receive other bonuses. Pridefest also allows players to chat with friends, visit each other’s city and create avatars.

Todd Shallbetter, Chief Operating Officer, Atari Inc. said, “We are excited to be developing Atari’s first LGBT-themed game that will give players of all backgrounds the chance to play a fun and unique game that represents a passionate cause. We will continue offering a variety of games that are inclusive for all Atari fans and Pridefest is another example of how we are doing that.”

You can sign up for updates about Pridefest on their website PridefestGame.com

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Even though we’re iOS loving people around here, we’re still proud to announce the winners of the very first Best App Ever Awards for Android!

With 1,500 apps nominated for over 30 categories, over two months, it’s been a fantastic success at finding the very best apps and games out there. Here are the winners:

Best App Ever – Android Division

Winner: Dead Trigger 2 by MADFINGER Games
Second Place: SolGroup by SolStudio at Daum
Third Place: WhatsApp Messenger by WhatsApp Inc.

Most Innovative App – Android Division

Winner: Dead Trigger 2 by MADFINGER Games
Second Place: WhatsApp Messenger by WhatsApp Inc.
Third Place: SnapChat by Snapchat Inc.

Best Visual Design – Android Division

Winner: Timely Alarm Clock by Bitspin
Second Place: JotterPad (Writer) by 2 App Studio
Third Place: Smart Volume Control+ by Direct-services s.r.o.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners in all categories of the 1st Annual Best App Ever for Android Awards!
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The Nightmare Continues for In Fear I Trust. Episode 3: Rust and Iron is Available Now.

Posted by on July 17th, 2014
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Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF CREEPY :: Read Review »

In Fear I Trust, the chilling interactive story by Chillingo Ltd, has received its latest episode: Rust and Iron. In Fear I trust is a psychological thriller where the player wakes up in a facility where bizarre and disturbing experiments have been conducted.

Players must solve puzzles to unravel the mystery of the facitlity. Rust and Iron is a continuation of the story and is available as a free update. The new update also includes new iCloud support and various performance and graphical improvements for low-end devices. Chillingo reports that more episode are on their way over the coming months.

via: Our Review


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