Crytek and DeNA have partnered to bring The Collectables to the App Store in 2014. It’s a free-to-play title that features gunfights, 3D battlefields, and action heroes as players use tactics to lead squads on missions all around the world. For those who preregister for the game, they’ll receive an exclusive version of the character “Reload” and limited edition gear.
“DeNA offers unparalleled experience in the mobile gaming space, and we’re excited to be collaborating with their team to deliver The Collectables to players,” stated Paha Schulz in a press release, Director of Business Development, Games-as-a-Service at Crytek. “The Collectables will be the first free-to-play mobile game that leverages Crytek’s cutting-edge 3D game technology CRYENGINE.”
Posted by Rob Rich on December 11th, 2013 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Today 5th Planet Games is taking down their rather cool iOS MMO, Legacy of a Thousand Suns, and replacing it with… Legacy of a Thousand Suns??
Indeed, the developer is pushing out the old version of their game for a new one (an entirely new download, not an update) that supports cross-platform play. So now users will be able to enjoy their space adventures at home on Facebook or on the go through their iPhone! The catch is that player data from the original iOS version will, regrettably, be lost in the transition. It’s an unfortunate problem, but 5th Planet hopes to lessen the sting a bit by offering a special Starter Pack – which includes a fair amount of new gear and consumables – to all players who install the game within the first 30 days.
Bottom Line: A great creative lens set from the makers of the Olloclip 4-in-1 lenses. Will be great for creative photographers and others looking to get a lot closer to their subjects.
I’m a huge Olloclip fan. I have been so since their first model for the iPhone 4. As an amateur photographer for many years, I’ve gone from film to digital very early on, to a killer DSLR, and now to almost exclusively the iPhone 5. In that time I’ve lost a little bit of the options for creativity on the hardware side, but slowly they are coming back. This latest 3-in-1 Macro lens set really plays to my interests. I love taking creative macro photos, and this lens set will be a great addition to my camera bag.
Like the other Olloclip lens sets, this one has three different lenses; all of them macro on this edition. A 7x, 14x, and 21x lens allow varying levels of magnification on the subject. The Olloclip macro set also includes light diffraction hoods for the lenses. This allows the camera to be placed right on the subject but still allow light in. Here’s an example what what that hood looks like.
Overall, the Olloclip 3-in-1 Macro Lens is fantastic. While it suffers from that same diffusion of light at the edges as many macro lenses, this is also a desirable effect at times. Take a look at the example image below to see how the focus softens when moving away from the center.
TechCruch reports that Spotify is shaking things up a bit. The freemium streaming radio service will now be available in full for the iPad (i.e. it’s the same thing you get on your desktop), while a whole new option is available for iPhone users.
The new iPhone-centric plan, dubbed “Spotify Shuffle,” serves a similar purpose to other popular iPhone radio apps. However, while there are limited search and listen allotments for freemium Shuffle users, they’ll still be able to access their pre-made playlists. Spotify Shuffle will also allow iPhone users a bit more playlist control; for example, it won’t simply flood their playlist with songs that are “like” a specific artist.
The new Spotify update and service are both available now.
Three days in and, if you’ll forgive the reference, “it doesn’t show signs of stopping.” Welcome once again to another one of our holiday shopping guides! Even the most battle-hardened gift giver can be plagued by indecision. Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.
Today’s guide is for those creative types in your life. These are the people who like to draw, compose music, sculpt, or otherwise make things with their iOS devices. So long as they enjoy creating, and you’re in need of some gift ideas, you should check out our list below.
OlloClip Quick-Flip Case
The Olloclip 4-in-1 Lenses ($69 – iPhone) are about the best recommendation we can make for the creative types in your life. This collection of interchangeable lenses – 2 macro, a fisheye, and a wideview – clips right on to the iPhone, and are a great way to enhance one’s photography without the need for any retouching. The only real issue with the Olloclip lenses is that they can’t clip on to an iPhone unless the case is removed. The Olloclip Quick-Flip Case ($49 – iPhone) is the perfect answer to this problem. The corner can unclip and swing away to make room for the lens attachments without the need to remove the case entirely – and as an added bonus it comes with a tripod adapter. [Our Olloclip 4-in-1 Lenses Review] [Our Olloclip Quick-Flip Case Review]
While the Olloclip lenses are great, there’s no shame in getting a little digital help for those photos and videos. Pro Camera 7 ($1.99 – iPhone) is a very handy app for taking great photos and videos. TimeShiftGen2 ($0.99 – iPhone) with its real-time filter previews and easy-to-use interface would make for another handy inclusion.
SanDisk Wireless Media Drives
These wireless SanDisk Drives ($50 to $100 – iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) are also a worthwhile consideration for most artistic types. Whether they like to snap lots of photos, mess around with amateur (or even professional) video, or illustrate, they’re a fantastic option for storing a massive body of work without eating up an iOS device’s storage space. They can be particularly useful for when users are on-the-go or otherwise away from their computer for extended periods of time. [Our Review]
Pretty much any apps that allow users to store their created content would be a great fit with these SanDisk drives. AppCooker ($9.99 – iPad) allows would-be developers to create rough app prototypes, so having an external backup for all of those files and assets is a good idea. Music creation apps along the lines of Session Band – Piano Edition ($5.99 – Universal) aren’t a bad idea either. I mean those remixed tracks need to be saved somewhere, right?
Intuos Creative Stylus
The Intuos Creative Stylus ($99 – iPad) and drawing go together like two things that go really, really well together. Wacom knows tablets, and by extension they know styli. The Intuos feels great, works great, comes with an assortment of attachment tips, and the compatible apps (listed on the official site) offer palm rejection and pressure sensitivity. [Our Review]
For the more musically inclined, consider the iRig HD ($99 – iPad/iPhone). The device can connect a guitar to any iOS device and plays the sound directly through the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. Producing songs or simply screwing around with a guitar and converting the resulting tunes into a digital format doesn’t get much easier than this, and Amplitube for iPad (iPad – $9.99) is the most significant companion app to consider along with it – since it’s actually developed specifically to work with the iRig HD and allows users to do all their recording and editing directly on their device. [Our Review]
Castiv Guitar Sidekick
The Castiv Guitar Sidekick ($29 – iPhone/iPod Touch), on the other hand, is a surprisingly simple contraption that’s equally as clever. This little clip attaches to the neck of a guitar and allows the user to clip their iPhone or iPod Touch to the other end – an ideal spot for reading tablature, recording tunes, tuning, and more. [Our Review]
Why not add The Backing Track App ($0.99 – Universal) to the Sidekick while you’re at it? This useful little app adds a background track for the guitar player to mess around with. The tempo can be adjusted and the tracks will loop until the users decides to turn them off. It makes practicing improvised tunes a snap, and is a lot more portable than a computer or radio.
Feel free to peruse our Editor’s Choice selections for more top-rated creativity app ideas.
Rovio’s latest release has just released. It’s been a busy year for them, hasn’t it?
Angry Birds Go! eschews the typical formula a bit – okay, more than a bit – by going 3D. Oh, and it’s a downhill kart racer instead of a physics puzzle game. That’s a little different too, I guess. Players guide their birds through multiple courses and circuits; smashing through rival pig racers, recruiting new birds to the cause, and using character-specific abilities to give them an edge during each race.
Just in case you haven’t already, you can grab Angry Birds Go! for free off of the App Store right now.
Dead Man’s Draw has gone free-to-play, making its strategic card-based gameplay available at no cost for players to enjoy. Also, those who purchased the game at its original $1.99 price will receive a “generous” sum of in-game currency as a thank you.
Rubicon have kept their ears open and made a number of changes to Combat Monsters based on the feedback received from fans. The new update provides users with a revamped user interface, a new skeleton monster, asynchronous multiplayer, and new matchmaking that keeps the multiplayer battles fair with no need to pay to win.
Pardon the obvious lead-in but ’Tis the Season. And truly, ’tis. If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet (or even started it), chances are you could use a hand. That’s where 148Apps comes in. We’ve got a list of helpful shopping apps for you to browse through that should make the mad rush for gifts a touch easier. They won’t help to shove crowds of last-minute shoppers out of your way, but they could very well keep you from having to deal with such circumstances in the first place.
With that in mind, we present you with 148Apps’ Big List O’ Holiday Shopping Apps!
Mashalot (Free – iPhone) is a kind of hybridization between social apps like Twitter and Pinterest, and consumerism. Users create a profile, snap pictures of their purchases, add tags, categorize their finds, and share news of their catch with the community. The power lies in its open-endedness. Since all content is use-created and supplied, it can include information on more than just simple retail items. Cars, houses, insurance rates – the sky is pretty much the limit. And it works well as a wish list, too!
Shopping by TheFind
Shopping by TheFind (Free – Universal) is more of a cross-referencing tool. You can search the app to find the best prices and stores for the items they’re looking for, or even scan barcodes to compare prices while in the store. It can also notify you of coupons and other deals while you’re in the checkout. And if that’s not enough, it’s also possible to sign in with Facebook (don’t worry, they won’t post on your timeline) for a much more personalized experience.
Coupons by Shopular
Coupons by Shopular (Free – Universal) creates a personalized coupon book just for you. It offers up a selection of hand-picked coupons every day, throughout a large assortment of stores like Best Buy, Starbucks, Hollister, and so on. The app uses the iOS device’s location services to tell when you’re near various stores, then automatically notifies you of all the deals when you’re in the vicinity. No subscriptions, no prepaying for savings, no need to sign up, and most importantly: no searching.
RedLaser (Free – iPhone) focuses on using your iPhone to scan barcodes and QR codes in order to comparison shop instantly. It will cross-reference the price of whatever you scan with online stores, pull up coupons and circulars, and even suggest alternatives if needed. It can also be used to store loyalty card info, pull up store maps and listed hours while in-store, create shopping and wish lists, and backup all of your info securely with a RedLaser account.
Price Check by Amazon
Ever pull out your iPhone while shopping to check the price of something on Amazon? Well that’s exactly why Price Check by Amazon (Free – iPhone) exists. This official app will let you search through Amazon’s online stock via barcode scanning, text, voice, or photo. Entries include customer reviews along with the pricing information, and the app even offers price-matching for products in the US Amazon store.
BuyVia (Free – Universal) is another concierge-style app that lets you create your own custom profile of favorite stores and products, both online and off. It will search for deals catered to your specifications, alert you when an item you’re after goes on sale or has a price drop, and offers those ever-popular barcode scanning price comparisons. Perhaps the best part is that the app stores your details securely on the cloud, and allows you to access your lists and deals across all of your iOS devices. So you can set up a list at home on the iPad, then double-check it on your iPhone when you’re out.
Retale (Free – Universal) aims to be your go-to app for finding deals at big name stores. It provides you with digital circulars to peruse, and can also notify you when your favorite stores are having sales. It can be used to search for individual products, create a shopping list (or several), save your favorite pages, and notify you when a sale is actually about to end. No more coupon clipping and no more forgetting!
PriceGrabber (Free – iPhone) is another app in the vein of RedLaser. Nothing wrong with having a few options, is there? You can scan barcodes to compare prices with other online and brick-and-mortar stores, receive price alerts, favorite items you may not be ready to purchase just yet, and other such cool stuff. Get directions to physical stores, see if a specific item is available – the list goes on. It also features a “Gift Shaker” that will provide random gift suggestions.
Spacetime Studios is set to bring permanent updates and seasonal content to each title in the Legends and Battle franchises. This includes Star Legends, Dark Legends, Pocket Legends, Arcane Legends, Battle Command, and Battle Dragons.
Players can now experience Tarlok’s Wrath, which is the winter event for Arcane Legends that goes until January 6. The rest of the holiday content will be available on December 17; including new winter campaign levels, seasonal battles and quests, and special holiday loot.
Robot Invader has announced that they’ve been working on Wind-up Knight 2, which is scheduled to release sometime in early 2014. This is a sequel to their first game, Wind-up Knight, which released in 2011. Not much else is known at the moment, though they did mention in their blog that, “We’ve put so much insane stuff into it that even our most veteran players, the folks who beat Turnover’s Fair Play without rotating their phone, will be surprised.”
Posted by Andrew Stevens on December 10th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
HeroCraft has released its latest strategy title to the App Store. Medieval Wars: Strategy & Tactics comes with a free and premium version so players can test the waters before committing to the premium price. Players control the armies of England, France, and the Crusaders in three campaigns set in medieval history.
The free version allows users to play three missions from the England campaign, one Hotseat mode map, and one historical game scenario. The premium version comes with 16 total missions and four game scenarios.
Temple Run 2 comes running in with a new update that allows players to go slipping down a water slide and swimming through rapids. The update is also ready to celebrate the holiday season as players can collect holiday artifacts and unlock Santa Claus as a limited-time character. By collecting candy canes, wreaths, holly, stockings, and presents players are rewarded with a Santa hat that can be placed on any character of choice.
“We’re approaching the one-year anniversary of Temple Run 2’s launch, and with this update we wanted to introduce new gameplay elements that keep the run exciting for players,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios, in a press release. “And of course, we love the holidays, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to incorporate Santa and holiday artifacts into the game.”
Posted by Andrew Stevens on December 10th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
12 Days of Gifts is a new app from Apple that allows users to download a gift every day from December 26 to January 6. This includes songs, apps, books, movies, and more. Each day’s gift will only be available for 24 hours until the app moves on to the next day’s gift.