TheCodingMonkeys has recently updated Carcassonne, the tiling laying board game app, with two new expansions: the Winter Edition and the Double Base Tile Set.
The Winter Edition adds a custom interface, new tiles, and the Gingerbread Man to your game. The tasty treat is a delicious holiday bonus for towns that passes from player to player. The Double Base Tile Set expansion lengthens the game by simulating playing with two Carcassonne sets at the same time as many long time players often do with the real board game.
The Winter expansion can be purchased in-game for $1.99 and the Double Base Tile Set expansion is $0.99.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 17th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Caramagic Ltd has just launched the MagicFriends Xmas app. The app lets children talk to Santa, Sam the Snowman, Candy the Elf, or Prancer using an iPad or iPhone.
Using a second iPhone or iPad connected via Wi-Fi, a family member can animate the character your child is talking to and hold a conversation with them. The app can change your voice to match each character so that you don’t spoil the illusion. The controls for the characters are simple swipe or tap, so it is easy to make them jump, wave, wink, dance, and twirl.
You can download MagicFriends Xmas for free on the App Store.
Herotainment has released a major update for Mighty Smighties. The update comes with 100 new element-themed levels and Smighty bosses. Each level will have events and more Smighty character cards to collect, and your cards can also evolve now!
You’ll need to strategize on which cards to combine and evolve in order to create mighty superpowers. Some of the evolved powers include Blink, which makes your opponent’s cards invisible; Tangle, which grows roots that hold down your opponent’s cards; and Drain, which decreases the power from your opponent’s deck in battle.
You can check out all the new additions to Mighty Smighties by downloading it for free today.
Plague Inc., by Ndemic Creations, has discovered an all new mutation: Santa’s Little Helper. A new update adds a new Christmas scenario where you infect the world with the holiday spirit. Governments have banned the joyous holiday and it is up to the Neurax Worm and Santa to bring the world to its knees with happiness.
The update brings some upgrades, too. Using highly advanced technology you can now teleport to other countries using portal. The progress screen has also gotten a bit of a redesign so now you can see your completion % and challenges. Several diseases, including Parasite, Prion, and the Neurax Worm, have mutated and the humans are getting smarter so the game will now be a bit more of a challenge.
There is so much to to explore – just try not to catch the flu while you do. You can check out the cheerful new Plague Inc. for $0.99.
The original Out There, by Mi Clos Studio, is a space exploration game where you are an astronaut just awakening from cryonic sleep. The game is a huge text adventure with multiple endings and a crafting system with alien technologies to discover.
The game will be getting a new update, the Ω Edition, for free in early 2015. This update will give players new graphics including a dozen new backdrops for planets. You’ll also encounter new alien races, 50 new interactive stories, find new ships, and a experience a brand new ending.The soundtrack will also have a few new tracks by composer Siddhartha Barnhoorn.
There is a lot to look forward to in this new version of Out There, and the wait is almost over.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 16th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
SimCity BuildIt, by EA Games, has finished construction for the holidays. Now you can enjoy hours of constructing your dream city in 3D. You can pinch, zoom, and rotate your city 360 degrees to catch all the action.
Just like other SimCity games, you must strive to keep your citizens happy. Prevent traffic problems, fires, and pollution, and keep your services like electricity and entertainment balanced, lest your people start looking for someone else to be mayor. You can also create and trade resources with friends and other cities for more interactive fun.
Check out SimCity BuildIt on the App Store for free.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 16th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
The Checkmark 2.5 update, by Snowman, is now available in the App Store now.
The update introduces new features such as the Checkmark Widget that allows you to see any tasks that are due today by swiping down from the top of your screen, and interactive notifications that easily allow you to mark tasks as complete. The app has also been optimized for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and has added iOS 8 support.
To celebrate the update, Snowman is offering Checkmark for 70% off, which means that right now you can buy it for just $2.99.
This new update supports iOS 8 as well, and iPhone users will be happy to hear that it now properly supports the iPhone 5 and up. Players will also be able to enjoy searching for the Mirror of Smoke in central America with new high-resolution visuals.
Check out the new and improved Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on the app store for $4.99.
DeNA has announced that Blood Brothers 2 is currently in development. It’s the sequel to Blood Brothers, obviously; the dark RPG where you must battle enemies across the world of Arnashia.
The game is set one century after the first installment. You’ll be building and recruiting your armies as you explore. Blood Brothers 2 will also feature ongoing weekly game events and strategic player vs. player (PvP). This time your friends will be able to join you in the quest to save the world.
“Blood Brothers was massively popular, spending seven consecutive months as a top 10 app on US Google Play’s top grossing chart,” said Kaz Kondo, Head of DeNA Studios West. “Having worked on the original, we know what fans liked most about the game. We want to deliver again the fast-paced RPG battles and iconic characters fans enjoyed, but we’re also introducing new art style and spellbinding adventure that will be fun and fresh for everyone.”
Blood Brothers 2 will be coming to the iPhone and iPad in 2015.
The biggest update yet for Ernest Szoka‘s Only One has arrived on the App Store, bringing new enemies, abilities, and classes to play as into the free-to-play arena fighter.
Players can now take on the hordes of enemies as either the Barbarian, Valkyrie, Ninja, or Only One, with new ‘Inferno’, ‘Cripple’, and ‘Bloodlust’ abilities available as well. Bat, Skeleton, and Golem enemies have also entered the arena, along with twenty more levels and two new levels, optimization for iPhone 6, a retina-quality interface, and big fixes rounding everything out.
Only One is available to download from the App Store now and will cost you only one moment of your time to get.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 16th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kabam and Marvel Entertainment have officially released Marvel Contest of Champions, a Super Hero fighting game that encompasses a huge amount of the Marvel Universe. Marvel Comics writer Sam Humphries (writer of The Legendary Star-Lord) has written an exciting story pitting your team of heroes against those of the villainous Collector.
The Collector has been capturing famous heroes and villains from the Marvel Universe, and it’s up to you to free and recruit them for your own team. The game comes with 25 unlockable characters to start with. Each has their own unique traits, abilities, and special moves that can be upgraded and create synergy bonuses giving you plenty of ways to strategize. You’ll also be able to play through the single player campaign or face off against your friends in multiplayer.
You can download Marvel Contest of Champions for free right now.
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.
Boulder Jack is a free-to-play endless runner that mixes up the standard formula by having players view the action from in front of their character rather than behind. For fans of the Crash Bandicoot series, this isn’t a particularly new trick, and the developers of Boulder Jack seem to be keenly aware of this as the game also stars a character that is remarkably similar to Crash. Playing Boulder Jack is very, very similar to other endless runners. Players must swipe left, right, up, and down to move between lanes, leap over obstacles, or slide under others, all in the hopes of outrunning a large boulder. Along the way there are invincibility power-ups, speed boosts, and coins to collect – all of which create some risk vs. reward mechanics, but everything presented gameplay-wise is pretty standard. –Campbell Bird
Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure is an ambitious adventure game that hearkens back to sci-fi tropes of of the 1960s and 70s – complete with alien saucers, fishbowl helmets, and a deep sense of exploration. While the game achieves this aesthetic beautifully, Space Age suffers when it abandons its roots as a game about exploration and decides to try to be something else. Playing Space Age can be kind of difficult to describe. It’s simultaneously an adventure game, a real-time strategy game, a stealth action game, a puzzler, and something of a visual novel. Going into any one of the available ten missions, players might encounter just one or all of these gameplay elements. One thing is for sure, though: every part of Space Age is oozing with character and style that is super-charming, funny, and endearing. –Campbell Bird
There’s a word that keeps bouncing around my head as I play Astro Boy Flight. Rather appropriately, that word is ‘repetitive’. It sums up this endless 2D shooter, based around the famous Japanese manga character, oh so very well. A few seconds of Astro Boy Flight and you’ll see everything the game offers, with little there to mix things up later on. You glide through the skies, all via a portrait perspective, using one finger to move Astro Boy around. Shooting is done automatically, so your sole method of interaction is via this one finger. Waves of enemies come at you, so you have to line up quickly to shoot them down. This isn’t R-Type though, so it’s not exactly challenging stuff. Instead, you’re more likely to fail because you got bored for a moment and stopped paying attention. –Jennifer Allen
When you start the game, you’re given the chance to design a character. There are quite a few classes to choose from, as well as several races. Without a knowledge of the system in advance, I had a very hard time designing my character and just picked an elf and went with the basic warrior type. Then I was presented with detailed statistics to tweak, again with no idea of what was good or needed in this game’s world. The walkthrough/tutorial said that if I wanted more help I could consult the full rules on their website (linked within the app). When I went to check it out it was pages and pages long and very hard to digest, so I went with a few random choices instead. Shadowrun: Dragonfall is set in a futuristic world where society has changed dramatically. It’s futuristic cyberpunk meets high fantasy, and information is the commodity everyone trades in. You’re part of a group of criminals that’s been hired to raid someone’s mansion and steal data from them. Of course once we moved into the mansion, we tripped an alarm and security came in to stop us. –Jade Walker
Over the years, Adobe has done a fantastic job of giving us a plethora of powerful yet user-friendly tools for video and graphic editing. They’re doing a pretty good job of converting that magic to iOS. Adobe Premiere Clip is the latest example, allowing you to easily create videos from earlier clips or brand new ones. Taking you step by step through the process, Adobe Premiere Clip can take as long or as brief a time as you want it to. You can choose to just edit one clip or you can bundle a few of them together, creating a montage of your media. Working mostly through dragging and dropping, as well as a few swipes to trim parts out, it doesn’t take long to line things up correctly. In each clip’s case, you can adjust the color, exposure, or shadow effects before moving onto arranging some transitions between each clip. Slow motion effects can also be included. –Jennifer Allen
I am always happy to introduce a new Sago Sago app to readers. As many know, Sago Sago is now a part of the Toca Boca family, which develops charming and colorful apps for toddlers and beyond. Their most recent app, Sago Mini Road Trip, allows children the chance to go on a road trip with their favorite orange cat, Jinga. Young ones will appreciate being able to choose from three destinations among a larger selection of choices such as jungle or desert adventures, as well as travels to the beach, mountains, forest, or city. They also will have a chance to pack their own bags with a variety of clothing, toys, and other objects into their bottomless suitcase, adding as much or as little in the way of personal effects as there is always room in their bag – details that will make both parents as well as children smile. –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:
At first glance Bitcoin Billionaire hardly seems like a game and in some ways it isn’t. It is in fact a devilishly addictive habit that uses a finely tuned system to show you ads while ensuring you won’t care and will in fact welcome the sight of ads! Bitcoin Billionaire as you might expect is a game about mining the virtual currency known as Bitcoins. After customizing your avatar with clothes and a spiffy pirate bandana it’s simply a matter of tapping the screen as quickly as possible to generate riches; the faster you tap the more Bitcoins you earn. Once a few Bitcoins have been earned, these can be spent on investments like lottery tickets or collectable comic books. These generate a constant stream of income whenever the player is actively mining or not and also while the app is closed. –Allan Curtis
To say that the card battler is a well worn genre on Android would be the understatement of the year. A basketball card battler is much rarer however. Is NBA All Net swish? NBA All Net’s gameplay is mind numbing and no different to other card battlers on the platform except it’s in the form of basketball. Players simply tap on the “challenge” they would like to play (Which features a description that has nothing to do with the game) and then sit back and watch the game as it unfolds. Players play no role in the game once it has started and it is based on card stats only. Games are dreadfully boring to watch and feature more repetitive animation than an entire season of Scooby Doo so they are best skipped. –Allan Curtis
I know we’ve been harping on being organized… with good reason, too. With all the devices and accessories, it gets busy. Toss in a kid or two (with their own electronics and such) and a company-issued device, and one begins to approach wired purgatory. So, it makes sense that accessories that help us to more effectively manage these devices will be if a high premium. Thankfully, proprietary cables are not the norm on Android, because solutions like the RAVPower USB Charging Station use cable standardization as a means to being order to chaos. In essence, this series of products looks to a central port for multiple USB cables, theoretically eliminating the need for several plugs and outlets. –Tre Lawrence
And finally, this week, Pocket Gamer investigated Apple’s ban on nudity in Papers, Please; gave away five amazing iOS games in its Advent Calendar; picked the best MFi controllers for iOS; and reviewed Tales from the Borderlands. All that and loads more, here.
Cross DJ HD, by MIXVIBES, has been updated to version 2.0. They’ve tweaked the UI and upgraded the performance so Cross DJ now runs faster, takes up less space, and scales to the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus’ screens.
MIXVIBES has modeled the new interface off of traditional hardware equipment. Each of the two decks are independent with separate tabs, and the pitch bend zone is bigger and easier to use. You can add your SoundCloud account to Cross DJ for free and the app now has iTunes integration; letting you sort tracks by BPM, title, artist, album ,or genre.
There are a ton of other new features to check out. So grab a copy and start mixing. You can download Cross DJ HD for $5.99 on the App Store.
‘Where Eagles Freeze’ is the new update for Tiny Troopers: Alliance, by Chillingo and Kukouri Mobile Entertainment. Your tiny soldiers will be donning their long johns as winter has come to the battle field.
There is a new map populated by snowmen and penguins, two new campaigns with 20 new missions, and you can get 100 free medals for logging in between December 25th – 31st. Also, to get into the holiday spirit of giving, you’ll be able to donate troops to other players.
You can try out all the frosty fun in Tiny Troopers: Alliance for free on the App Store.
FDG Entertainment has released the Oceanhorn “V2.5 Ultra Graphics Update” for the holidays. Now fans can enjoy super-refined graphics with ambient occlusion (really fine shading), improved lighting effects, and 60fps performance on their iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or iPad Air 2.
FDG is also holding an Oceanhorn Screenshot and Fan Art Competition where you can win an iPad Air 2. All you have to do to participate is take a cool screenshot and tweet it with the hashtag #oceanhorn before January 10, 2015. The development team will select the best entry. For more details check out their blog.
You can check out this sleek new Oceanhorn for $8.99 on the App Store.