EA and Firemonkeys have announced Need for Speed No Limits, the next mobile installment in the Need for Speed franchise.
Firemonkeys is known as the team behind Real Racing 3 and other mobile Need for Speed titles, with No Limits being built from the ground up in order to deliver the best performance and graphics as possible on the newest devices.
More details about Need for Speed No Limits are set to be announced by Firemonkeys in the following weeks and months.
Far Cry Arena Master lets you try your hand at creating the best arena around. Since the app connects directly to your Far Cry 4 game, you can collect animals and mercenary fighters and pit them against other Far Cry 4 players or go solo and battle against AI champions. See how your friends stack up against your roster. You will need to send mercenaries out into the world to to capture bigger and badder animals and recruit dangerous fighters, but the progress you make in Far Cry 4 will give them outposts and bell towers to guide the way. As gladiators clash in your arena you’ll earn in-game cash, experience, and rewards.
Far Cry Arcade Poker is just that: a Far Cry-themed poker game. You can earn in-game cash as you play, and even garner a little help from your friends by hiring them as Jokers that can complete your hands. Your friends get rewarded and you collect the winnings. Sounds like a good deal.
You can play a hand of Far Cry Arcade Poker, and be the ultimate Far Cry Arena Master, for free on the App Store.
Would you like to know what we thought of being an infinite golfer? Check out our Golfinity review!
Golfinity offers unlimited ways to test your skills at golf. Here are a few ways to make sure your score doesn’t get too high and your spirits don’t get too low.
Considering Perspective is Crucial
Yes, Golfinity is most easily compared to Desert Golfing, but did you know the devs from NimbleBit have described the game as Desert Golfing meets Monument Valley? That being said, occasionally the game will present some differences in depth that seem deliberately confusing. When in doubt about these changes, play it safe, be prepared to get a bad score, or get ready to retry.
On the flipside, there will be times when a level presents no depth changes or holes. This is typically toward the beginning of the game. When presented with courses like these, don’t fear the power of your stroke. Hitting the ball super-hard generally won’t knock it out of bounds, and it might be just what you need to ricochet right past some annoying obstacles.
Always look carefully at the course your dealing with. Golfinity makes it really easy to just jump into the next level swinging, but don’t be overly tempted to do so. Courses can be tricky, and making sure you tap the lower left corner of the screen to get a good look at the whole course can save you from some poor initial strokes.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 21st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
As if Haunting Melissa wasn’t creepy enough, her story continues in Hooked Digital Media’s Dark Hearts. The horror of Melissa’s disappearance comes as a chaptered story that you unlock piece by piece. The Haunting Melissa series was conceived, directed, and produced by Neal Edelstein, who produced movies such as The Ring 2 and Mulholland Drive, and the story was written by Andrew Klavan of True Crime and Don’t Say A Word, so you know you’re getting some pretty quality horror here.
If you haven’t played Haunting Melissa yet, check it out so you can get the full story of where the series started. Then creep yourself out all over again with Dark Hearts.
You can download both Dark Hearts and Haunting Melissa for free on the App Store.
Talking Tom, by Outfit7, is a super-popular simulated cat that’s reached two billion downloads this Fall, 2014, and had 14 apps launched within four years. You can raise Tom from a kitten into a fully grown and opinionated cat.
Outfit7 and Toyze have signed an agreement to make 3D replicas of Tom possible. You will be able to use the upcoming Toyze app to turn your favorite Talking Tom and Friends into 3D models and share them with your friends online. You’ll be able to pick out features for your model like eye-color, hairstyle, clothing, and accessories. Tom even comes in eight different poses and 25 colors. The toys can be printed in sizes between one and eight inches tall.
Currently the Toyze site says the price of the models will depend on the size. Models that are around 2-2.5 inch are going for $50.
The Toyze app is available for free on the app store, so you can print up your favorite Talking Tom models for the holidays.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 21st, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
In the tradition of round-robin storytelling, Threadz is a Creative writing social game. To play, you select a theme such as “Once upon a time” or “It was a dark and scary night,” that will help start your story. Then you will take turns with either friends or random users writing sentences that further your story.
Threadz allows you to customize your sentences with different fonts and colors, and lets you compete with other groups to produce a story with the most participants and top the leaderboards.
You can download for Threadz $0.99 on the App Store.
Bottom Line: The Stratus XL is definitely a quality controller, but it’s not the best fit for smaller devices.
I’ve always been of the mindset that touch controls need to be done well for mobile games. If they rely purely on physical controllers, well, that’s just no good. That said, I can still certainly appreciate physical controllers for mobile devices.
And I have to admit, the Stratus XL is a controller I can appreciate. It’s not super-great when used with an iPhone, simply because the device is so tiny and usually lacks anything to help it stand up on its own, but functionally it’s quite nice.
Pairing the Stratus XL is as easy as it is with pretty much any other MFi controller. You just turn it on, get your iOS device to find it, and you should be good to go. Then you start up one of the hundreds of compatible games and start playing. And it does play them all quite nicely. The controls are responsive, the button placement feels right, and it’s got a nice heft to it.
The build quality is also rather impressive. Whereas other MFi controllers I’ve recently played around with felt sort of hollow and fragile, the Stratus XL feel dense and sturdy. You could probably hurt someone if you threw it at them, actually. [Note: 148Apps does not condone throwing your MFi controllers at anyone, for any reason. That’s bad form.]
The only thing that really bugs me about the Stratus XL is that thing I mentioned before about how it’s not particularly convenient to use with smaller iOS devices like the iPhone. The iPad is a great fit because you can just stand it up using one of the many iPad case options that allow for it. The iPhone, on the other hand, is just too tiny. It sort of works to place it on a desk and hunch over, with the controller in your lap and the iPhone closer to your face, but it’s awkward and uncomfortable, and it’s not particularly easy to see the screen even then.
Still, if you’ve got an iPad (newer “lightning connector” models only, unfortunately) and are in the market for an MFi controller, the Stratus XL is a very nice option. It’s well made and responsive – just not a very good fit for a smaller screen.
Kingdom Rush: Origins is a prequel to the popular Kingdom Rush by Ironhide Game Studio. The game adds new towers, heroes, levels, and enemies to the world, as well as over 70 unique achievements and three difficulty modes.
You get to control one of nine unique heroes including Prince Denas the Knight, Arivan the Battlemage, or the wizard Vez’nan before he decided to join the forces of evil. The game pits you against the Dark Elf Army, which has over 30 new enemy types including gnoll, baldersnatch, evil spider, and dark elf warrior. You’ll be able to defend against them with the eight new towers that are available.
The is a ton of new stuff to try out, so download Kingdom Rush: Origins for the iPhone for $2.99 and for the iPad HD for $4.99 from the App Store today.
With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 out this weekend, Who Wore it Best? pits two Hunger Games tie-ins, Girl on Fire and Panem Run, against each other in a brutal and pointless fight to the death. I wonder where we got that idea from?
TOAST has announced that their real-time action-RPG match-3 game Crusaders Quest will release on iOS on December 4. The 8-bit stylized title features elements from the action, RPG, and matching genres, with players able to select from six classes and recruit from a pool of over 200 unique heroes.
If players so wish, they can also pre-register for the game. Players who do so will get special characters, items, and in-game currency upon launch, with more prizes being given out depending on the number of people who pre-register.
Crusaders Quest is set to match march its way into the App Store on December 4.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
MediaFire is a fast and easy way to backup all of your media. It’s also been recently updated to include the new “Power Upload” feature – now you can upload all your photos and videos even faster than before. You can toggle the Power Upload feature on or off at you leisure.
This update also optimizes MediaFire for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and includes various bug fixes.
You can download MediaFire for free on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is a blisteringly hard nope-fest that will have you stocking extra underwear as you play. The game is a sequel to the popular Five Nights at Freddy’s, and once again you have accepted a meager wage for a terrifying job: night guard at a children’s character restaurant.
The old night guard has since moved to the day shift after some strong words with his manager about the characters trying to get into the office to do… things. But hey, the characters have all been upgraded with the latest facial recognition technology, tied into local criminal databases. So what are you complaining about? It’s not like they’re going to try to dismember you, right? Just stick your Freddy Mask over your face, wave your flash light around, and pray they go away.
You can download Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 for $2.99 on the App Store, and you can huddle in a corner instead of sleeping ever again for free.
Start your engines:
Would you like to know what we thought of all this drifting and rough racing? Check out our Reckless Racing 3 review!
Reckless Racing 3 is down and dirty racing that prides itself on crazy drifts, breakneck straights, and fantastic in-game physics. Here are few tips to help you to take those corners like a pro.
Start Your Engines
Use the straight sections to steal a glance at the mini map towards the top of the screen and check for any fast-approaching sharp turns.
It’s only on those severe turns that braking becomes necessary. Usually releasing the acceleration while turning into the bend, then hitting the gas and turning out of it will suffice. When using the default button layout, tapping to turn out of a drift is a much better technique than holding down on the directional arrow, ensuring maximum control rather than veering into another drift accidentally. Just be aware that terrain can sometimes dictate otherwise.
While the green guideline might be a great tool for rough navigation, deviating slightly wide and then taking corners as close as possible without crashing is a surefire way to overtake and undercut other racers.
The reset button isn’t as damning as you’d think. In fact, in any situation that requires a reversal maneuver the reset button is actually preferential as it only incurs a minimal time penalty, can serve as an obstruction to opponents, and sometimes players won’t even lose their position.
Larger, heavier vehicles can use their weight to their advantage by smashing other cars off-course. This is best achieved by hitting the back of an opponent’s car during a turn, forcing them into a tailspin. Be sure to judge how this will effect the speed and trajectory of your own car, though.
In the settings menu, turn on the Chase Camera to have a clearer view of the road ahead, putting you behind your racer rather than at a fixed bird’s eye view. While this new angle may bring on a bit of motion sickness for the weak-stomached (if you had a problem with iOS’ home screen animations then you might want to play Zen Garden instead) it grants a better perspective for upcoming turns. For Gymkhana Mode however, the sheer amount of donuts and spins makes the Chase Camera a dizzying nightmare, so it’s better to have it saved for Races and Drift events.
Posted by Ellis Spice on November 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
D3 has revealed that the Guardians of the Galaxy are set to arrive in the next Marvel Puzzle Quest episode, titled “Meet Rocket & Groot.” In addition to this, both Rocket and Groot will appear in their own Versus Tournament starting on November 28, two days after the new episode arrives.
The episode will be run twice, with Thor: Goddess of Thunder available to win in the first run and Gamora in the second run, which will start on December 1.
Marvel Puzzle Quest is available to download for free now, with the episode bringing Rocket and Groot set to arrive on November 26.
Mojang has updated Minecraft – Pocket Edition with so many new things. After exterminating a whole lotta bugs, they’ve improved the graphics and increased performance.
Animal lovers, rejoice! The baby animals have been given swimming lessons and now will no longer sink to the bottom of the ocean when wandering around. While we are on the subject of oceans, the water graphics are now extra watery-looking and fog has been made to look even foggier. The lighting has also improved, with tinted lighting on terrain and mobs.
For the miners, Mojang has added gold mines to the Mesa biomes. Grab one of the newly added fences and stake your claim.
For people who just enjoy making stuff, the creative mode now has night and day effects. You can enjoy making awesome lighting displays and spectacular dynamite shows to be enjoyed in the dark.
There is a ton of new content to check out so grab a copy of Minecraft – Pocket Edition for $6.99 on the App Store – if you haven’t already.