Linkin Park Recharge – Wastelands Goes Universal, is Now Available for Free

Posted by on November 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★½☆ :: SIMPLE SHOOTING :: Read Review »

Kuuluu Interactive Entertainment has updated Linkin Park’s popular iPad game, Linkin Park Recharge – Wastelands. It’s gone Universal, so now the game can be played on the iPhone 4s and above. And to celebrate, Kuuluu has made the game free to download.

So if you enjoy battling evil overloads that have sized the only natural resources left on a dying planet, destroying their robot minions, and exploring a post-apocalyptic world set to Linkin Park’s music, then download your free copy of Linkin Park Recharge – Wastelands on the App Store today.

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via: Our Review

Fuzzy Monster on the Loose – My PomPom, from the Makers of My Singing Monsters, is Available Now

Posted by on November 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you’re a fan of My Singing Monsters then you might recognize PomPom in her new game, My PomPom, from Big Blue Bubble. Now you can talk, juggle, and dance with Pompom. As you play with her, you’ll earn diamonds that can be traded in for treats. PomPom likes treats.

PomPom also likes juggling. Play her juggling mini-game to level her up and unlock new worlds and animations. You can Poke her head, belly, back, or feet to see her reaction, record and share videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or send them by email, and make PomPom dance, do tricks, and sing. Just don’t shake your phone or you’ll cause an earthquake!

My PomPom is available for free on the App Store, so download it today to get a tiny monster to do your bidding.

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Netflix Optimizes for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Posted by on November 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Netflix, the master of video subscription services, has updated their mobile app to Version 7.0. Now the Netflix app is optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus so you can see more content, and you’ll be able to watch your favorite shows and movies in 1080p on the iPhone 6 Plus. They have also added iOS 8 support and Chromecast improvements.

You can download Netflix for free on the App Store.

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Sharing Means Caring – Sharing Comes to SolForge

Posted by on November 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: FORGE YOUR DECK :: Read Review »

The digital collectible card game by Stone Blade Entertainment, SolForge, has been updated to include a new sharing feature. Players can now give their friends copies of their favorite cards without losing the original.

The update also includes the Imprisoned Heralds expansion, which has sixty cards with the four special Heralds for each faction, and two new keyword mechanics: Assault and Upgrade. If you prefer aggressive tactics Assault gives your creatures powerful bonuses. For a more strategic mind, Upgrade lets you swap out creatures that are already on the field.

Check out the new Imprisoned Heralds expansion for SolForge (and the new sharing feature) for free on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

The New Forgotten Shores Expansion is Now Available for Monument Valley

Posted by on November 12th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: SKIN-DEEP BEAUTY :: Read Review »

In Monument Valley, ustwo’s Apple Design Award winner for 2014, you are Princess Ida exploring the gorgeous world and doing your best to outsmart the Crow People. In the game’s newest update, Forgotten Shores, you can play through eight new chapters with even more illusions and graphical beauty.

You can download Monument Valley for $3.99 on the App Store, and the update is available as a separate in-app purchase for $1.99.

via: Our Monument Valley Review

The Latest Plants vs. Zombies 2 Update Introduces Big Wave Beach Part 2

Posted by on November 12th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: FANTASTIC FREEMIUM FUN :: Read Review »

It’s high tide and Plants vs Zombies 2 is updating again. Big Wave Beach Part 2 is here with 16 new levels and 3 fresh plants, including the Homing Thistle, Guacodile, and the Banana Launcher.

Arm yourself against the new horde of zombies, but beware – they now have a zombie octopus on their side! To make matters even worse, Dr. Zomboss will try to wreck your beach party with his new Zombot Shartronic Sub.

If that’s not enough, later this month there will be a Food Fight event for the holidays, running from November 26 through December 2, which will have you flinging food for fun.

The second Big Wave Beach update for Plants vs. Zombies 2 is available now on the App Store.

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via: Our Plants vs. Zombies 2 Review

Ironhide Game Studio has unveiled that the latest entry in their popular tower defense series Kingdom Rush, entitled Kingdom Rush: Origins, will launch on iOS next week. Alongside this announcement, you can take a look at a hands-on video from our partners in crime over at AppSpy (below).

Kingdom Rush: Origins is set to launch onto the App Store next Thursday, 11/20.

Todat 2K and Firaxis Games have announced the iOS version of their fantastic alien-blasting strategy game, XCOM: Enemy Within. This enhanced edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown comes with a ton of new content including new gear, story, classes, maps, and gameplay.

Now you can add new facilities to your base, such as the slightly creepy Genetics Lab that allows you to mess around with your soldiers’ biology and the Cybernetics Lab where you can convert your soldiers into giant mechanical supermen. You’re going to need them, too. The alien forces have a new ally amongst the humans. A shadowy organization called EXALT is working against humanity – you’ll want to infiltrate their inner workings and take them down before they have us all bowing to our new alien overlords.

Enemy Within also has new multiplayer maps, units, and abilities. Gang up on those aliens in one-on-one, turn-based matches.

Unfortunately the app is only compatible with iPad 3, iPad mini 2, iPhone 5 and up. It WILL NOT be able to run on earlier generations of iOS hardware.

You’ll be able to download XCOM: Enemy Within from the App Store for $12.99 tomorrow.

GAMEVIL has announced that their live MORPG, Darkness Reborn, is officially coming to iOS on 11/18.

You’ll take on the role of Damien: a brave knight who faces off against an evil two-headed dragon named Belphegor, but gets cursed for his troubles. You’ll be able to play alone or with your friends through PvP battles, co-op dungeons, and boss raids.

GAMEVIL is also running a pre-launch event for Darkness Reborn, where if you sign up by November 17, you will receive one of two exclusive epic in-game weapons. You can sign up for the pre-launch goodies here.

Save the Bears! Candy Crush Soda Saga Available Today

Posted by on November 11th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★½☆ :: NEW TRICKS :: Read Review »

King Digital Entertainment has launched Candy Crush Soda Saga worldwide on iOS. Just like Candy Crush, Candy Crush Soda Saga takes place in the ‘Candy Kingdom’ – but now players have new environments, new candies, and new characters to play with.

Candy Crush Soda Saga give us five new game modes including Soda, where players must fill the board with purple soda; Soda Bears, where you free bears floating in soda; and Chocolate, where the goal is to eliminate all of the chocolate from the board.

You can check out Candy Crush Soda Saga for free on the App Store.

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Beep-Beep! RGB Express Update Coming Through

Posted by on November 11th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: DELIGHTFUL PUZZLING :: Read Review »

RGB Express, by Bad Crane, is a mini-truck puzzle that packs a lot of game onto it’s tiny highway. It’s cute, challenging, and has recently been updated.

Now players with an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus get to enjoy some enhanced graphics, and everyone will celebrate 40 new levels to ponder. Bad Crane has also added Japanese language support smushed some bugs.

You can get RGB Express in the App Store for $2.99.

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via: Our Review

This Week at 148Apps: November 3-7, 2014

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So little time and so very many apps. What’s a poor iPhone lover to do? Fortunately, 148Apps is here to give you the rundown on the latest and greatest releases. And we even have a tremendous back catalog of reviews; just check out the Reviews Archive for every single review we’ve ever written.

Winterforts: Exiled Kingdom

 
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. In WinterForts players split their time between managing a growing home base and using their resources to fund strategic skirmishes against the computer or other players online. If it’s not broke don’t fix it, and considering the massive success of Clash of Clans, WinterForts decided that formula definitely did not need fixing. Players send workers off to gather raw materials outside the city’s walls, train soldiers and erect defenses to stave off barbarian hordes, and patiently wait as freemium restrictions throttle everything from upgrading buildings to digging up “tightly packed” snow floors. –Jordan Minor

Smash Champs

 
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When I first caught wind of Smash Champs, an animal-based fighting game from Kiloo, I was excited. I’m from the old school: I remember when fighting game developers pit all sorts of fauna against each other in mortal combat, including dinosaurs (Primal Rage) and were-beasts (Bloody Roar). How disappointing to learn Smash Champs has almost nothing to do with fighting. Instead, it’s a Fruit Ninja-style game that lets players “train” their champions, but forces them to sit on the sidelines while battles are carried out automatically. –Nadia Oxford

Twisty Hollow

 
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The town of Twisty Hollow has been contorted by odd ordinances passed down by the burg’s self-appointed mayor. Simple tasks are suddenly herculean thanks to these mix-ups. How is a firewoman supposed to slaughter a pig? More importantly, how is she supposed to slaughter a pig using a fishing pole? It’s the player’s job to restore order from nonsense. Each level of Twisty Hollow takes place on a multi-tiered wheel, and on each layer there’s a person, a tool, and an object. Matching up the butcher with a knife and a pig makes bacon, which can then be given to a demanding customer. Matching up a fisherwoman with a fishing pole and a worm makes a fish, which can likewise be given to a customer. –Nadia Oxford

Dino On Fire

 
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War is hell. The most grave sin against living things is to commit violence against a nation when there is no just cause, and – wait, Dino on Fire is a war game featuring dinosaur soldiers? And armed dragons? Lecture over. Get in line and grab a rifle. Dino on Fire is a Clash of Clans clone with a scaly difference: Instead of commanding barbarians and the like, the player gets to push dinosaurs around. That’s pretty cool. There’s an additional, albeit small difference: Battle tactics depend more on commanding dinosaur heroes than directing smaller, faceless soldiers on where to attack. –Nadia Oxford

Hygiene Essentials

 
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I have always been a fan of Duckie Deck apps, as the use of bright colors, upbeat music and fun sound effects are always present within their applications. The presumably watercolor stains seen on the teeth within With Teeth as well as the textures within the mouth really make this app stand out for its level of polish. I equally appreciate all the different hands that one grooms within Hungry Clipper as both my son and I have spend time clipping in order to see who may be next. Gotta Go includes details that make this a kids’ app honest about what may happen when using the toilet to poop. Although some families may not appreciate most vivid sights and sounds included within, parents are doing their children no service to pretend these bodily functions don’t exist as seen within other potty training apps, making Hygiene Essentials an interesting bundle to possibly download, keeping in mind that each of these apps can be downloaded individually as well. –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:

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The Wolf Among Us

 
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After a stupid exclusive deal with Amazon, The Wolf Among Us is finally out on Android. Was it worth the wait? The Wolf Among Us is a game by Telltale Games, a developer we all know and love thanks to the awesome series The Walking Dead. The Wolf Among Us is also a episodic game. Now it is out on Android, you can get the first part for free and buy the rest of the parts via in-app purchase. In the game, we follow Bigby Wolf, none other than the Big Bad Wolf, in his quest to uncover the truth behind a gruesome murder. We won’t go in to too much details here, because of spoilers. –Wesley Akkerman

Monkey Racing

 
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Remember Monkey Boxing? Wanna see those action junkie primates battle in vehicles Mario Karts-style? Here comes Monkey Racing. Graphically, it looks good, is effective with color without being overdone. Sound is cheery, animations are smooth, and the different locations are designed well. Per gameplay, it flows pretty well; the karts work well as the main racing attraction of the game. It feels a little bit like more entrenched racers, but feels sufficiently different that it doesn’t feel like a clone. It comes in two modes, single and multiplayer, and there are also three different levels to play: easy, normal and hard. –Tre Lawrence

Edifier Prisma Encore Bluetooth Sound System

 
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Speakers are big business, and Edifier has a good reputation in that specific sector. It has a host of offerings, portable and not much so, but for the most part, the name invokes quality. As such, we can’t really pretend to be unexcited by the opportunity to take a look at its Prisma Encore Sound System. The review package Edifier sent us was sizable, and hinted at the goodness inside. The review box came with several pieces: three main pieces in black finish with silver accents, and several smaller accessories. The main unit is the subwoofer, and there are two satellite speakers; there is also a power cord, adapter, 3.5mm male-to-male audio cable, a remote with battery and documentation. –Tre Lawrence

And finally, a few words from our friends at AppSpy: You look nice, is that a new outfit? It really suits you! Anyway beautiful, you should get on over to AppSpy because this week we’ve been finding out how to make all sorts of Minecraft-themed cakes, gawping at real life fighting robots controlled by your mobile, and seeing all the stupid stuff you can do in Strung Along. It’s all in our weekly round-up.

And from Pocket Gamer: This week Pocket Gamer picked 18 mobile games to get excited about in November, offered a contentious take on Simogo’s new game, told you all about Seabeard, and hinted at a juicy big game coming next week…

Pocket Cast​s Version 5.0 Has Been Released

Posted by on November 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: STYLISH AND USER-FRIENDLY :: Read Review »

Pocket Casts, by ShiftyJelly, is a podcast manager that organizes all of your favorite shows – and the app has been updated to 5.0 to be bigger and better than before.

Pocket Casts now has an updated UI and a Per Podcast notification setting that makes it so you only get notified about podcasts that you pick. You can also add things to your Up Next list straight from a notification.

To save time, you can now turn on auto download. Any new episodes of your podcasts will automatically upload for your listening pleasure.

There are a ton of other new things that have been added to Pocket Casts, which you can find on the App Store for $3.99.

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via: Our Review

One of the more exciting gaming developments that has come about thanks to the rise of tablets and the iPad in particular is the resurgence of the adventure game. Touchscreen gaming lends itself perfectly to this kind of experience, and various indie developers are embracing its potential.

One such development studio is that of Belfast-based Billy Goat Entertainment. The studio is currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming title, Her Majesty’s Spiffing, which is a quirky space-based adventure. While the campaign is focused on rewarding PC owning pledgers, there are plans for an iOS release. We took the time to learn more from founder, William Barr.


148Apps: How did Billy Goat Entertainment come about? And why the quirky name?
William Barr (WB): The company came about out of necessity seeing as I carelessly decided to leave a job I wasn’t fond of (despite the meagre yet reliable monthly paychecks) and no one else would hire me! As for the name, I’m very much a child of the 90s, a time when every company needed to have some form of anthropomorphic cartoon animal mascot. I’m also incredibly conceited – Billy is of course a common abbreviation of William. These two factors contributed to the choice of name and the fact that we have a Cashmere Goat as our mascot!

Continue reading The Challenges of Kickstarting a Project and why Her Majesty’s Spiffing should be Hilarious »

Roll a D20 – Icewind Dale Has Been Released for iOS

Posted by on November 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Overhaul Games has released Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition for iOS. The app is a port of the old Dungeons and Dragons classic PC game that explores the frozen tundra of Icewind Dale.

The enhanced edition comes complete with dozens of new spells and items, almost 40 new kits and classes, and a new interface to make playing on a touch screen easier. And now players can also invite their friends along as the game has integrated cooperative, cross-platform play.

As if all that wasn’t enough, a quest that was originally cut from the game is now playable, giving you even more content to check out.

You can download Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition for $9.99 right now.



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