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Now You Can Use Tempo Smart Calendar on Your Apple Watch - Once You Get an Apple Watch

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 15th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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Tempo AI has announced that their Smart Calendar app will now work with the Apple Watch. The app gives you all your upcoming events in a streamlined fashion so you never miss a beat. You'll be able to check important information in just one tap and contact other event attendeesto let them know if you are running late, enroute,or just arriving.

“When the Apple Watch was announced we were excited to build something entirely new for users,” said Raj Singh CEO of Tempo AI, in a press release. “Our goal for 2015 is to build for all the platforms people use to manage their day, especially wearable platforms where we can deliver smart, predictive experiences.”

You can download Tempo Smart Calendarfor free on the App Store to try it out before the big Apple Watch launch next week.

4 Features We Want to See From the Apple Watch 2

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 15th, 2015

I’ve had an iPhone since they first launched back in 2008. When the original first came out, it had a ton of potential but very little had been realised at that point. Heck, it didn’t even have the App Store! So excuse me while I mutter about how the Apple Watch will be great one day, but probably not until its second hardware revision has been released. Following that logic, here are a few ideas of exactly what we’d love to see the second time around.

Watch Quest is a New Apple Watch Exclusive from the Makers of Shantae and Mighty Switch Force

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 15th, 2015

The Apple Watch will be here in no time, and WayForward is ready with their firstadventure game for the device, Watch Quest. The appconnects your Apple Watch to your iPhone so that the iPhone serves as your kingdom while the watch takes care of your adventures. You'll be able to guide your chosen hero through battles, solve puzzles, and complete quests that will earn you items and treasure.

Watch Quest will come with one free training quest, and you'll be able to purchase more quests, characters, and campaigns on theiPhone app as Quest Packs.Watch Questis set to release on April 24th, alongside the Apple Watch.

GTArcade on the challenges of bringing League of Angels to mobile and what changed [Sponsored]

Posted by Simon Reed on April 15th, 2015

Facebook's hit MMORPG, League of Angels, has been given a mobile makeover in kind-of sequel, Fire Raiders, which contains all the hero and angel collecting, PvE and PvP battling, and combat strategizing you can now expect from the franchise.

While League of Angels - Fire Raiders remains faithful to the Facebook original, it's very much its own game, as David Johansson, Creative Director at GTArcade, was keen to point out.

We spoke to Johansson about the challenges of adapting League of Angels for mobile, what's changed in the sequel, and his and your thoughts on how it plays on mobile.

What challenges were associated with bringing League of Angels to mobile?

Being our first mobile game, the entire process was a learning experience. One of the main challenges was finding ways to take the great League of Angels lore and find a way to make it accessible to mobile players. We really had to start from scratch but this ended up benefiting the game in the long run.

How does the game differ from the browser version?

Countless ways! Though most characters from the browser version can be found in Fire Raiders, we completely overhauled their design to make the game more suited for mobile. We wanted to make the game more interactive so most of the gameplay modes have been changed in the mobile version to achieve this.

For example, Hero and Angel skills are now triggered manually, allowing players to play a more crucial part in every battle. My favorite difference is that we gave the many Heroes and Angels in the mobile version their own unique character voices. I think this adds a lot to the feel of the game and brings the characters to life, creating a more immersive gaming experience.

Which is your favourite way to play - on your browser, mobile, or tablet?

Personally, I prefer the experience of playing games on an iPad. Not only is the performance excellent, but it’s also very nice to have a larger screen to play with during battles. But the game also plays excellently on phones.

How have fans of the Facebook version taken to the mobile version?

So far the response has been great. People are really liking the overhauled design and ability to trigger Hero and Angel skills manually. Some people are a little disappointed that this is a sequel and not just a mobile version of the browser game, but that usually gives way once they have spent a little time playing Fire Raiders. Most players realize it for what it is, a completely separate game, based on the same League of Angels world.

League of Angels - Fire Raiders is out now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

Square Enix Releases a Gorgeous New Trailer for Final Fantasy Mobius

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 15th, 2015

Produced by Yoshinori Kitase, director of Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger (among others), Final Fantasy Mobius is the next mobile game from the epic Final Fantasy series set to release on iOS. There is no word from Square Enix if there will be a US release, but we're crossing our fingers because the graphics look like they rival most console Final Fantasysand the fight scenes look pretty slick.

You can take a look at Final Fantasy Mobius in the video below.

Protect the Future of Gaming with Hopiko by Laser Dog Games, Coming This Summer

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 15th, 2015

Hopiko, by Laser Dog Games, promises to be a fast paced twitchfest. As the Nanobytes seek to destroy the future of gaming, our hero Hopiko must jump from platform to platform to avoid them and hopefully save gaming in the process. The game also features an awesome soundtrack that was composed on a Gameboy, whcih you can downloadhere.

Hopiko is due for a release later this summer. Until then you can get a taste of the hyper-platforming action in the trailer below.

This Week at 148Apps: April 6-10, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on April 14th, 2015

The Apps of April

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.

Tiltagon

Tiltagon is an endless survival/tilting game that’s not really anything new, but it looks pretty and it’s fun. We can’t forget about the fun.All you have to do is tilt to steer your ball across a hexagonal tile and grab the floating cube. Then a new hex will appear and you have to make your way over to grab that cube - all before the hex you’re on disappears and without falling off the edge. There’s also a Hard+ mode that tasks you with not touching any of the obstacles (normally they just push you around), just in case the initial challenge isn’t challenging enough. --Rob Rich

DomiNations

As is usual these days, you’re working towards establishing a significant base, chipping away at your enemies, and becoming the greatest leader out there. DomiNations deviates from the typical path, most significantly by requiring you to work your way through the various ages of human history, i.e. from the Stone Age to the Space Age. That means that early on, things are a little basic, but once you reach the Iron Age, you can pick a specific nationality. That leads to unique technologies based upon what you pick, thereby making a big difference.It makes a significant difference in giving you that sense of progression, and DomiNations is kind of full of those - small refinements that can dramatically change how you feel about the game. For instance, you can send out troops to battle but still priotize what they pursue, making battles more strategic than most. Also, the only troops you lose are the ones that are defeated, rather than all of them. It immediately makes you feel better about spending all that time training up troops, knowing you're not doomed to lose them immediately. Even building road networks within your town can help you in some way, as well as look cooler.--Jennifer Allen

Marvel Mighty Heroes

You play through various brief levels alongside three other players. Each of you can choose to switch between characters but rather unusually, you can all play the same character. That’s a problem as four Hulks in battle look silly and highlight just how easy this game really is. While each character offers different skills and abilities, you rarely need to mix things up in order to get anywhere.Also, inexplicably, you have to start at the beginning of each scenario meaning you often replay the same sections over and over again. There’s an energy system too, meaning you can use up a lot of energy simply replaying sections rather than getting anywhere new. Of course, you can always buy more energy. You can buy new characters too, although expect these to be visual changes rather than anything substantial. --Jennifer Allen

Toca Kitchen 2

Learning where your food comes from and how to prepare it properly is an important part of education for children. Generally, knowledge means healthier eating practices. Toca Kitchen 2 is a little lighter than that, focusing on messing around with food more so than following a recipe, but it provides some sensible foundations It’s a very open ended educational game. You can do what you like, for the most part. On one side of the screen are the ingredients, including things such as spaghetti, carrots, potatoes, various kinds of meat, and watermelons. You can serve up food by dragging it onto your character’s plate, feeding it to them raw, but the fun comes through cooking it. --Jennifer Allen

The Trace

Taking its cue from various sources, The Trace isn’t the greatest murder mystery based adventure game but it’s still a pretty fun experience. You play detective as you attempt to figure out who committed a murder and why, by piecing together various clues to come to a sound conclusion. Its closest comparison comes from titles such as the Sherlock Holmes series of games on PC and consoles. You explore various scenes, much like in a Hidden Object game, picking up clues then figuring out how they combine to solve a pertinent issue. Alongside that are various simple puzzles, such as repairing a pair of glasses through a fairly easy jigsaw puzzle. Taking a cue from The Room, you can rotate items and interact with them in a tactile manner, such as by pulling down on a door handle to open it. --Jennifer Allen

Rock On

Do you like SongPop but hate having to wait for your opponent to take their turn? Then Rock On - A SongPop Adventure is just right for you. It’s the single player equivalent, essentially, and it has that ‘just one more go’ thing down to a tee - at least until you run out of lives.Working your way through the game level by level, the idea behind Rock On is simple - guess the song and guess it quickly. Early levels are a simple matter of guessing 5 out of 10 songs correctly. As you progress though, there’s a need to guess 6 songs in a row correctly, or to guess quickly for the sake of points and a steadily decreasing timer bar. The concept remains the same though, as it’s all testing your musical knowledge. Sometimes you need to know the artist, other times the song.--Jennifer Allen


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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:


AndroidRundown

Quicklock Padlock

We all love the connected home? What about a connected lock to start it all off?How about the Quicklock Padlock?The review package contained USB-cable, documentation, and NFC card and the lock itself; there’s no missing the lock, in that it looks like, well, a lock. The review unit is mostly blue and grey, with the metal shackle being the latter. The body is in the shape of a small cylinder, with a recessed charging port on the backside, and a bluetooth button/LED on the front.--Tre Lawrence

Kenu Airframe+

My mobile mantra is “simplicity is best.” Essentially, to be as productive as possible, I look to find solutions that are simple and effective. There are plenty of tools that are overly involved, or simply too much solution for a gentle problem. There are also complex solutions that go way beyond a simple use scenario. Technologically speaking, there can be too much of good thing.As I have gotten older, I have started looking for the easy accessories… stuff that enhances the use of my mobile devices, is just as portable and — this one is a biggie — handily affordable.--Tre Lawrence

WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit

Another day, another business card. A hassle? I can be, but a college professor told me that getting business cards is a good thing. As such, PenPower’s WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit, which purports to give users the opportunity to digitize business cards, has to be great.Right?I’d seen pictures of the piece prior to receiving the review package that PenPower sent us, but I still admit to being surprised upon physically handling it. It comes in a nice, polished metal finish; it looks like a device dock with an extended piece behind it. Said piece folds out into a smaller dock of sorts for business cards. It feels nicely machined, with deliberate stylings and gentle curves, such that there are no real sharp edges. it is mostly grey with black and light gold accents, and the moving pars are smooth in action. The whole unit manages to be stately without being overly pretentious.--Tre Lawrence

Rovio Explodes With Exciting News About Angry Birds Fight!

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 14th, 2015

The angriest of avians have gone to wreck havoc in Japan.Angry Birds Fight!is a cultural mash-up pf a match-3 that's due out this spring. You'll be solving puzzles and challenging other players from around the world.

Rovio hasn't given a specific date for release, but you can expect to be saying Ohaiyo toAngry Birds Fight! soon. In the meantime, they've released two videos for the game on youtube - including a music video fromTempura Kidz.

You Can Finally Play Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft on Your iPhone Thanks to a Universal Update

Posted by Rob Rich on April 14th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PERFECTLY (WAR)CRAFTED :: Read Review »

The wait is finally over - thanks to a recent universal update, you can now play Hearthstone on your iPhone and iPod Touch, along with your iPad. Now you've got an option for just about every platform you could want, really.

You should probably go ahead and get to updating Hearthstone on your iPad, then install it on your iPhone/iPod Touch. Then you can keep the duels going no matter where you are.

Activision Announces Guitar Hero Live and GHTV, and Both Are Coming to Mobile

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 14th, 2015

Activision Publishing has some rocking news forGuitar Hero fans:Guitar Hero Live and GHTV are coming, and theywill be available for tablets and mobile phones. Just like previous Guitar Hero games, in Guitar Hero Liveyou'll be able to experience the rush of playing on stage in front of millions of fans who react to your guitar playing skills.

GHTV will be aplayable live music video network where you'll be able to pick frommultiple channels and themed shows to find the latest songs to play with your friends. You can even challenge players from all over the world.

There is no official release date for the mobile versions, but if you can't wait to try Guitar Hero Live there's some good news: Best Buy is having events in select cities where you can demo the game. The tour stops are:

•April 14, 2015: Best Buy Theatre, New York City, 6pm - 9pm
•April 18, 2015: Best Buy Store, Union Square, New York City, 1pm - 5pm
•April 18, 2015: Best Buy Store, Torrance, CA, 1pm - 5pm

Dungeon Highway Adventures is Substantial Inc's New Sequel, With Even More Exploding Monsters

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 14th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Substantial Inc. has released Dungeon Highway Adventures,a sequel to their popular game Dungeon Highway. The game is a fast-paced dungeon runner of pixellyproportions. As a tiny wizard you must run through dark caverns and forests, explodinating monsters with your magic wand.Dungeon Highway Adventures has over 20 dungeons, more than72 monsters, and tons of equipment to customize your character.

“We were thrilled to see how the first title, Dungeon Highway, was received in the gaming community. We heard incredibly valuable feedback and we've listened to fans in designing this next title in the series. Dungeon Highway Adventures expands on everything fans loved about the original, plus loads of new characters, dungeons, enemies and more surprises," said Paul Rush, Founder & CEO of Substantial, in a press release.

You can downloadDungeon Highway Adventures for free on the App Store right now.

MMORPG Forsaken World Mobile is Coming Soon to iOS

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 14th, 2015

Fedeen Games is bringing their gorgeous MMORPG Forsaken World to iOS. Fans of the series and new players alike can enjoy the huge open world where you get your choice of five different classes; assasin, mage, cleric, kindred, or warrior. With your role secured you'll explore dungeons, destroy bosses, loot epic treasures, and team-up with your friends in raids to beat the ultimate bosses.

"I'm incredibly excited to be bringing the Forsaken World series to mobile enthusiasts across the world," said Project Lead Vincent Li in a press release. "The ability to dive into the rich, detailed universe at any time is truly amazing."

There is no official release date as of yet, but Fedeen Games says Forsaken World will be coming soon.

Friends Don't Let Friends Forget Their To-Do List With Cuckuu

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 14th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Cuckuu, by Ake Ideas, is an alarm clock for your daily schedule. The app lets you set reminders for tasks and share them with friends.

When you complete a task you can get points and win prizes. You can also chat with friends and add pictures and videos to your alarms for extra motivation. By making your schedule a social event you make it a whole lot harder to ignore, so you can actually get things done. You can also set private alarms for activities in case you don't feel like sharing.

Cuckuuis free on the App Store, so set a reminder to download it.

No Castle is Safe Now that PvP has Been Added to CastleStorm - Free to Siege

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 13th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Zen Studios recently released an update for their tower defense brawlfest, CastleStorm - Free to Siege. With the new PVP mode you'll be fighting other players from all over the world. Build up your castle, design your defenses, and siege away against your enemies. You can play as one of four different nations and dominate the map for weekly rewards.

Bring down the castle by downloading CastleStorm - Free to Siege for free (obviously).

Apple Watch Fitness - Why Apple's New Smartwatch May Not Live Up to Expectations

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 13th, 2015

The end of this month will see the release of the Apple Watch, a product that was officially announced late last year that has many people speculating about how having an extension to your phone that you actually wear will change how we operate. As someone that tries to withhold judgement about products until we know what they are - rather than what they promise to be - I have held off on figuring out how the Apple Watch could or should fit into my lifestyle.

Recently though, early reviews of the watch have come out and - upon reading them - I've been pretty disappointed. As a runner that enjoys the outdoors, I was hoping the Apple Watch would incorporate all of the things I would need to abandon all of my current running tech (namely an iPod and Garmin GPS watch) but the Apple Watch's current form just doesn't seem up to the task. Here's why.