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One man Left Studios is Bringing Space Food Truck to iOS

Posted by Rob Rich on July 22nd, 2015

In case you were unaware, One Man Left Studios (Tilt to Live, Outwitters, etc) recently announced their new cooperative digital board game, Space Food Truck, via Kickstarter. We didn't mention this earlier because it was originally said to be for Mac and PC. But now they've officially stated that the game is coming to iOS, so yay!

And the Winner of the 7th Annual Best App Ever Awards is...

Posted by Rob Rich on July 21st, 2015

After much nominating and deliberating, the votes for the 7th Annual Best App Ever Awards have been tallied and the results are in. Congratulations to ustwo and Monument Valley for being selected at this year's Best App Ever!

Pre-Registration has Begun for Kill Me Again, and We Finally Have a Release Date

Posted by Rob Rich on July 21st, 2015

I got my first glimpse of Kill Me Again at GDC last March, and it's been on my mind every time I've seen a match-3 game ever since. Like I said back then, "I shouldn't be this excited about a match-3 puzzle game, let alone one involving zombies, but I totally am."

Age of Empires: Castle Siege - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Building a Mighty Empire

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 21st, 2015

[Want to know what we thought of all this aging and empiring? Have a look at our Age of Empires: Castle Siege review.]

Just downloaded Age of Empires: Castle Siege despite our review? Here are some tips and tricks on how best to get started, and how to eventually have the best empire out there, hopefully.

Mucho Party is Getting 10 More Wacky Levels This Week

Posted by Rob Rich on July 21st, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VARIED MINI-GAMING :: Read Review »

Mucho Party is a weird little collection of weird little mini-games with weird little player avatars - and it's getting even more mini-games later this week.

TVibes Wants to Change the Way iOS Users Share Their Videos

Posted by Rob Rich on July 21st, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Storing and sharing your videos on iOS can be a bit tricky - especially the sharing part. That's something TVibes hopes to address by making it easy to save and stream your videos to cloud storage, and to give you your own personal channel.

This Week at 148Apps: July 13-17, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on July 20th, 2015

July is Heating Up With 148Apps

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.


Heroki

It’s the visuals of Heroki that will first catch your attention - it’s really quite gorgeous. Its palette is as attractive as many of Sega’s past console hits, immediately capturing the imagination. Fortunately, Heroki isn’t all looks either, being a fairly entertaining action adventure game. While the control methods are never quite perfect, no matter what you settle on, it’s still endearing stuff. Your aim is to save the world from the dastardly Dr N. Forchin. It’s the kind of story that’s been around as long as gaming, so I wouldn’t dwell on it too much. While owing much to platformers in terms of design, Heroki is more about flying than anything. --Jennifer Allen


Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp

Infection: Humanity’s Last Gasp is a digital port of a solitaire board game from Victory Point Games and designer John Gibson that puts you in charge of what is essentially the CDC and tasks you with stopping the end of the world. No pressure, right? I’ve been a pretty big fan of the physical game ever since I first got my hands on it last year. It’s a very brutal and surprisingly intense puzzle that will punish mistakes like spreading your proteins too thin or wasting all of your funding on lab equipment you never use in short order. It’s not so difficult if you have enough time to study the virus and prepare a vaccine, but you won’t have time. You never have enough time. Because the virus can and will spread, eventually wiping out all human life if you can’t stop it fast enough. --Rob Rich


Alphabear

Where so many word games are fun but a little soulless, Alphabear crams in plenty of personality thanks to its focus on teddy bears. It’s an unusual mixture of things, but it works really well for Alphabear. Throw in some varied rulesets and you’ve got a word game that’s going to keep you hooked for quite some time.It seems simple enough. You spell words from a selection of letter tiles on a grid. Each tile starts out with a number that gradually ticks down for each turn that you don’t use it. Once that number hits zero, the tile turns to stone and you can’t use it any more. It also blocks your bears because, oh yeah, bears grow bigger on this grid. For every time you use letters next to a bear, that animal grows a little bigger and so forth. The bigger the bear, the more points you earn. The more points, the more likely you are to gain a new bear with additional powers.--Jennifer Allen


This War of Mine

Due to hardware limitations that eventually gave way to time limitations, I was never able to dip more than a toe into This War of Mine’s murky waters. Just enough to know it’s not the sort of thing you play if you want to feel happy. That’s changed now that I can play it on the iPad.
I was right: it’s not happy. But it is impressive. Unlike most other war-themed games out there (on any platform), This War of Mine covers the horrors of mass conflict from the perspective of the civilians who spend their days cowering in abandoned houses - or get caught in the crossfire. It’s about as pleasant as “Grave of the Fireflies.” But that’s what makes it so compelling. --Rob Rich


FilterBaker

FilterBaker is a photo filtering app with a difference. Rather than offering a series of instant results, it gives you plenty of options to manipulate things exactly how you want them, before allowing you to save your own filter options. It’s pretty useful.Each step of the way is clearly laid out. You can apply a form of photo filter initially before adjusting brightness, contrast, and saturation. You can then move onto more complex tweaks, such as the shadows and highlights, RGB color distribution, and sharpening. By the end, you can have completely transformed your picture. More importantly, it won’t look like you’ve put it through the same process as everyone else as FilterBaker is more individual.--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:


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MyScript Stylus

We’ve been working on write ups pertaining to smartpens, and looking at what they bring to the mobile productivity table. For the most part, we’ve found them to be great tools, but only as good as the add-ons that allow them to be harnessed by the platforms they are being used on.One of the names that continually cropped up during reviews and research was MyScript. MyScript is a name that should resonate with smartpen users; it powers a lot of the image recognition software that some smartpen device makers bundle with their products. The premise is fairly simple: one “writes” with a stylus (or finger) on compatible surfaces with compatible peripherals, and MyScript helps translate the script to formal text.--Tre Lawrence


TYLY RIBBN

As our use of mobile devices increases, so does the need to keep them powered. Portable chargers do the the trick, but one key concept is the ability to charge in vehicles.TYLT has established a name in the power accessory segment, and with good reason. The units it puts out tend to straddle the fence between form and function quite admirably; it’s nice to have a piece that looks good, and, well, works. We recently had an opportunity to review its RIBBN 4.8A Car Charger.We didn’t hesitate.--Tre Lawrence

All this, plus news, game guides and even more reviews than we can share here!

Shibuya: Grandmaster is Bringing Techno Puzzles Back to the App Store

Posted by Rob Rich on July 20th, 2015

The original Shibuya was a fairly straightforward puzzle game with a catchy techno soundtrack, and it was pretty difficult to put down. Now it's coming back to the App Store by way of the new Shibuya: Grandmaster.

Look Out, Apple Music - Spotify is Making Music Recommendations Now

Posted by Rob Rich on July 20th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It seems as though one of the biggest advantages Apple Music has over Spotify is the way it recoomends music to its listeners. Well, now Spotify is following suit with its new Discover Weekly feature.

Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Going Over 9000

Posted by Rob Rich on July 20th, 2015

[Wondering if revisiting Goku and Co. is worth it? Have a look at our Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle review.]

Being the world’s greatest fighter is no easy task. Especially when the bar keeps getting raised with each new “impossible to defeat” foe. Fortunately it’s nothing a little training can’t fix. Or in this case, a few beginner’s tips.

After Almost 20 Years, the Zoombinis are Coming Back

Posted by Rob Rich on July 20th, 2015

The world was introduced to the Zoombinis for the first time back in 1996 with Logical Journey of the Zoombinis fromTERC (published by Brøderbund Software, back when they existed). The quirky learning puzzle game earned its fair share of supporters over the year - so much so that TERC recently reaquired the rights to the series and ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to remake it. Which means you're going to have Zoombinis on your iPad pretty soon.

The Executive - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Running a Business and Punching Werewolves

Posted by Rob Rich on July 17th, 2015

By now you’ve no doubt heard of Riverman Media’s The Executive - at least certainly I hope you have. If not, or if you still haven’t decided on buying it yet, you can check out our review right here. With that out of the way, it’s time to talk business. Specifically the mining business. Well, that and the business of kicking werewolves in the throat.

Despite having a formidable set of moves you won’t actually be much of a fighter at first. Thankfully it’s nothing some practice (and a few prudent investments) can’t fix.

Aliens Drive Me Crazy is Getting Lots of New Stuff and will be Free for Good

Posted by Rob Rich on July 17th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: OUTLANDISHLY PLAYFUL :: Read Review »

The newest update for Aliens Drive Me Crazy will be adding quite a bit of new stuff to the already bonkers action game. That, plus it's going to be free.

Now You Can Play Dave & Buster's Games on Your iPhone and Win Real Stuff, Apparently

Posted by Rob Rich on July 16th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you like going to Dave & Buster's and playing arcade games while you wait for your food to be ready, then this one's for you. It seems as though the grownup version of Chuck E. Cheese has just released three new iOS games picked from customer favorites, and you can earn real world stuff by playing them.

Surprise! Angry Birds 2 has Been Confirmed for Later This Month

Posted by Rob Rich on July 16th, 2015

With all the forewarning of a bird crashing through a cement wall, Rovio has announced that Angry Birds 2 is officially coming. Not only that, but it's due out at the end of this month.