100 Million Piggies Can’t Be All Bad. Rovio Celebrates Bad Piggies’ Popularity with a New Update

Posted by on February 26th, 2015
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Our Rating: ★★★★★ :: EXTREMELY CRAFTY :: Read Review »

Rovio is celebrating 100 million downloads of the (quite apparently) popular Bad Piggies with a new update.

Bad Piggies is the Angry Birds spinoff that lets you play as the pigs as they build vehicles from scrap and try to navigate their way through levels without being blown up. It’s getting a new Sandbox level called Little Pig Adventure and a new part called the gearbox, which allows you to make your inventions travel in reverse.

There are also some new achievements to collect, so download Bad Piggies for $0.99 and start building.

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via: Our Review

Nexon Co. and Socialspiel Entertainment are teaming up to develop a new roguelike-inspired action role playing game called Legacy Quest. You become the ever-valiant, yet doomed to die, line of heroes that face an adventure that will have them delving dungeons and vanquishing monsters. Each time a hero dies in the game, their soul is collected and you can use that energy to unlock new traits and upgrade the next hero in your bloodline.

The game has a fun 8-bit style look and gives players tons of options for customization. You can even discover lost relics from some of your past selves. The game will have a social features to let you trade weapons and armor with your friends, join Guilds, and play in player-versus-environment challenges.

“Every time a player takes their hero into a dungeon in Legacy Quest they’re creating their own personal journey that will quite literally echo throughout every other player’s game experience in the form of epic loot,” said Mike Borras, CEO of Socialspiel, in a press release. “But it’s not entirely about collecting loot, we’re going to ensure that players are met with an awesome feeling of accomplishment in Legacy Quest as they battle their way through hordes of monsters while sharing that adventure with friends.”

There is no official release date yet, but you can check out the sweet trailer for Legacy Quest below.

Gaia is being invaded by the Devil Prince and the demonic Devil Army at his disposal, and it’s up to you and your avatar to defeat him in League of Angels – Fire Raiders.

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Raise a mighty army from hundreds of recruitable angel heroes and take the fight to the Devil Prince as you endeavor to liberate the lands of Gaia.

The very best gear will be made available to your avatar and heroes, which can be enhanced via socketable gems.

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Your avatar will level-up on its journey to become the finest leader the land of Gaia has ever seen and you can customize it to fit your desired playstyle.

The base of your operations is a castle that must be defended at all costs – bolster its defenses by casting potent magic spells.

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Guilds full of allies can be created or joined and you can battle against fellow or opposing players in local or cross-server arena wars.

League of Angels – Fire Raiders is all set for global launch in the App Store and Google Play soon. Head on over to the official Facebook page and hit ‘Like’ to be the first to know when a date is revealed, and visit the official website for further information.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Burn Rubber on the Ice With a New Cars: Fast as Lightning Update

Posted by on February 26th, 2015
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Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: SMOOTH RIDE :: Read Review »

Cars: Fast as Lightning, by Gameloft, is speeding to a new venue: Russia. You’ll get to meet the newest member of Cars – Pyotr Racinov, the Russian Racer – in this new frosty update. The game will be getting new racer customers, new Russian themed decorations, and the new ICE track. And of course there will be plenty to do, including the Moscow ICE events.

You can download Cars: Fast as Lightning for free to join in the wintry fun.

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via: Our Review

One Man Left Studios has announced that their turn-based strategy game, Outwitters, is getting its 2.0 update this March. And to wet our appetites, they’ve released a new trailer.

Outwitters 2.0 lets 2-4 players take turns investing their resources, or wits as they call it, to control their armies. You can summon reinforcements, navigate enemy defenses, and destroy your opponent’s base as one of the four super-cute races. Challenge yourself to outwit your friends or use the league ranking system to get teamed up and climb the leader boards. With cross-platform play, no less.

You can check out the trailer below.

Call-of-Champions_keyartSpacetime Studios has announced their newest game: Call of Champions – a real-time competitive MOBA that you play in short 5 minute bursts. The game lets you play in 3v3 matches and gives you power-ups, a bunch of abilities for each character, and a five minute max time limit. You’ll get to choose from over twenty different Champions, each with their own special abilities, and join up with your friends to form teams and climb the leader boards.

“While the concept of the mobile MOBA is not new, we feel there’s significant room to improve
the competitive experience, catering to the short sessions in which gamers use their mobile
devices,” said Gary Gattis, CEO, Spacetime Studios. “We’ve distilled the MOBA to its core
components by removing things like item shops, minions, and jungles while adding power-ups, a
five-minute clock, and a full suite of crazy abilities at your fingertips. Add on deep social layers
like friends, teams, and broadcast/spectator modes, and there is nothing like it on mobile.”

You can check out the roster and vote for your favorites by signing up at www.CallofChampions.com.
Call of Champions will be available later this year as a free download.

Chain Chronicle Gets the HD Treatment for Retina Display and a Story Content Update

Posted by on February 25th, 2015
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Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: WARRIOR CHESS :: Read Review »

Gumi has recently updated their JRPG, Chain Chronicle. The update adds HD quality Retina visuals with an aspect ratio of 4:3 to fit the iPad and to give you crystal clear graphics.

You can also enjoy Chapter 9, which includes a new story. The Round-Table Conference is gathering representatives from all over Yggdra, and Phoena discovers a shocking secret about the Black King. Along with the new chapter you’ll get new weapons such as the Skull Rod and Ideal Wand, and new Chain Story quests featuring Silver Wolf Guide Barienna and Thousand Rivers Warrior Jedah. There is also a new 5 star Flame Swordswoman named Sonya.

There is a ton of new content to explore, so download Chain Chronicle today for free to check it out.

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Appspy has found a Japan only Gremlins movie tie-in game! Hacha Mecha! Gremlin Wars was officially released by Warner Bros. and is a free-to-play tower defense game. Players collect Mogwais in order to prevent the gremlin forces from attacking Gizmo, and the graphics are chibi-style adorable.

Hopefully Japan will see fit to share this bizarre little game with the rest of us soon.

source: AppSpy

KEMCO has announced a special sale for four of its RPGs. Right now you can get Shelterra the Skyworld, Infinite Dunamis, Rusted Emeth, and Fortuna Magus, all for $0.99. Most of the games cost between $8 to $9 normally, so this sale is kind of a big deal.

The sale starts today and will only be around for a limited time, so download your KEMCO games now.

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The Pebble Smart Watch is back on Kickstarter with a whole new design called Pebble Time.

The new watch includes a color e-paper display that’s easier to read and doesn’t drain the battery as fast, a new microphone that can send voice replies and take notes, and the timeline function that shows you everything coming up for your day. Pebble Time is water resistant and fully customizable. You can add any standard watch band or even make your own. It’s also compatible with all 6,500+ existing Pebble apps and watch faces, so there’s no need to buy everything all over again. And as an added bonus, the original Kickstarter backers will get a special engraving on their watch if they support Pebble again.

The Pebble Time Kickstarter campaign is funding fast so go check it out.

source: Pebble Time - Awesome Smartwatch, No Compromises

Image Source: Oceanhouse Media

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I am eager to let readers know about Oceanhouse Media’s annual app sale in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday from Wednesday, February 25 through Monday, March 9. During this time, five of their best-selling Seuss stories will be on sale for $0.99 each, and there will be discounts for other classic Dr. Seuss titles as well – including those within The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.
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source: Oceanhouse Media on the App Store

February Fun at 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.

World Zombination

 
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World Zombination tackles the threat of zombie invasion in a different way than most. For one thing, you can choose to play the role of the zombies or the humans. While the former allows you to unleash hundreds of zombies at once, the later is a bit more tower defense in nature with you opting to carefully place units around a city in order to take out the waves of enemies up ahead. In both cases you gradually gain new units, as well as train them and level them up, watching as they improve their skill set. It’s a lot of fun. There are plenty of single player missions to tackle, as well as PvP. It’s kind of like how various base building games tackle things, but it doesn’t feel as staid as that. Outside of each level you can spend time training your units, as well as accumulating resources for more profit. You can even take a step back and send your troops out on their own without your assistance, although this affects your stamina levels quite significantly. –Jennifer Allen

Puny Stupid Humans

 
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When aliens land on prehistoric Earth, naturally they are scared and confused. But, like the evil invaders they ultimately are, soon they begin terraforming their crash site into a futuristic headquarters and conscripting the vicious local wildlife to their cause. If that sounds suspiciously familiar then congratulations because you’ve successfully deduced that this is yet another game about building a base, improving its defenses against lesser hordes, managing freemium currency, and raising an army to take on real-time strategy missions and other players online. How novel. But as its title foreshadows, Puny Stupid Humans milks enough cleverness out of its stranded aliens premise to give it at least some personality. There is legitimately humorous banter between the dopey overlords as well as some fun fourth wall-breaking moments involving their mind control device. The mechanism is actually a living creature aware of the player’s presence and finds it deliciously ironic that there’s another force controlling the ones who think they are in control. –Jordan Minor

Clear for Action

 
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While it’s fair to say that pirates were ultimately all about making money, their lives were filled with things other than loot. Most pirate-themed media, games, movies, or whatever else captures these more exciting aspects of the job. But Clear for Action steers clear of such unprofitable diversions. After losing their impressive ship due to some family disagreements, players have to build their fleet back up from a single, measly skiff. So they’ll need to purchase new ports and sail between different islands while stealing goods and selling them elsewhere. As players earn money and experience, they can upgrade their ship and recruit new crewmen. They can also buy additional ships to carry out multiple transactions at once. The map starts out small, but players unlock new locations as their nautical forces improve. –Jordan Minor

Swipes

 
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Swipes is a productivity app designed to help users organize their task lists and get things done. Although the idea of a task app is certainly not new, Swipes has some awesome integrations with Evernote that may make it worth picking up. Most users familiar with any third party task apps like Clear and Wunderlist will feel right at home with Swipes. Its interface shows users the tasks for that day in a simple, minimal-looking list that can be manipulated by tapping or swiping on items to mark them as complete, edit, or ‘snooze’ them for later. The core idea is to present a user’s tasks effectively and beautifully while also being careful to just keep the focus on the most time-sensitive tasks. –Campbell Bird

Foldpass

 
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Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry with many different iterations and nuances, but the format the West is most familiar with is a three-line verse with a five – seven – five syllable count. I’ve always been a writer, but I suck at writing poetry. Whenever I was instructed to put together a poem, I’d go the “easy” route by banging out a haiku. Sometimes the teacher was impressed. Often they weren’t. See, writing haiku is not actually easy. You have to express yourself and paint a visual with a very limited sentence structure. Once you harness the joy of minimalistic creation, you can put together some neat stuff. –Nadia Oxford

Clementine Wants To Know: Where Do Babies Come From?

 
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Clementine Wants To Know: Where Do babies Come From is a warm and charming app for children about where babies come from that focuses on the social side of sexual education as well as including factual material about a baby’s evolution from an embryo to a fetus, including a live birth. Unlike 9 Months!, which I reviewed previously, Clementine Wants To Know takes a decidedly child-centric tone as it tackles this subject from the point-of-view of Clementine: a six year old who has just found out that she is going to be a big sister. From here, the age-old question of “where do babies come from?” is approached in a way that really makes me smile. –Amy Solomon

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D-Link Pan & Tilt Wifi Camera

 
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When it comes to a secure home, why no pull out all the stops? Connected cameras are a big part of home safety options, and devices made by D-Link — a company that can actually afford to name drop — are especially interesting. As such, we were eager to check out the D-Link Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera. The review unit D-Link sent us came in retail packaging; in the box, one gets the camera itself, a mounting bracket, ethernet cable, power cable, mounting paraphernalia and documentation. The camera itself is mostly white with black accents. Standing right-side up, it looks like a short lighthouse with a matching white antenna out the back. Dimensions-wise, it is 5.26 x 4.03 x 3.99 inches, and weighs 0.64 lbs. –Tre Lawrence

Blood Brothers 2

 
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We all know that most ‘free’ games are built around hooks. Hooks that get you to come back to the game once a day. Hooks that make you want to spend a little bit of money here, a little bit of money there. Hooks that make you want to know when the next update is coming. Blood Brothers 2 knows exactly what it’s doing when it sets up all of these hooks right off the bat. To start with, Blood Brothers 2 is essentially a strategic card game where you can play through an extensive story mode or play online against human opponents. –Matt Parker

Feed The Cat

 
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When cats aren’t busy playing the keyboard, flying on rainbows across the sky and generally being cute for the Internet, they have to eat. At least that’s what the game Feed the Cat suggests. Feed the Cat turns the concept of feeding the cuddly creatures into a puzzling affair in its most literal sense — players must solve puzzles by swiping food across levels and into hungry cats’ mouths. The concept is simple and adorable, but the execution fails as the game’s levels are about as challenging as actually feeding a cat in real life. –Ryan Bloom

And guns are being censored on the App Store and GEOFF knows why, plus Swap Heroes 2 and a cool new skateboarding game – that’s the week according to AppSpy.

Finally, this week Pocket Gamer told you how to make a Minecraft server, reviewed the excellent AG Drive and Alto’s Adventure, showed the first footage of Sonic Runners, and went hands-on with games like DomiNations! and Magic Touch. It’s all right here.

DeNA and Marvel Entertainment have just released a trailer for the, Marvel Mighty Heroes. The brawler will pit super heroes against super villains from the Marvel universe – including classic characters such as Iron Man, Groot, Captain America, Star-Lord, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Spider-Man. You’ll get to develop your own team of super stars and even play against your friends in multiplayer.

“Building off of the success of Marvel War of Heroes, our first Marvel-licensed title, Marvel Mighty Heroes, is a fast and tactical battle game that will combine evolving Marvel stories with enthralling co-op and competitive multiplayer gameplay,” said Barry Dorf, Vice President of Partnerships and Alliances at DeNA. “Marvel fans and gamers alike will have the chance to create the ultimate team of Super Heroes and Super Villains to take on waves of enemies from the Marvel Universe.”

You can pre-register for the game on the Marvel Mighty Heroes site, and you’ll get to vote for Hulk or Rocket to be a a free special hero at launch for a limited time.

Marvel Mighty Heroes will be free to download on the App Store soon.

AerenaAs mentioned earlier this week, free-to-play turn-based MOBA Aerena: Clash of Champions has a new premium priced version called Aerena – Masters Edition. This new edition eschews its former F2P model in favor of asking players to pay upfront for an experience that’s ad-free and eliminates the grind. Since I reviewed Aerena when it first came out and noted the game’s somewhat slow progression, I decided to take a look at Masters Edition to see how well it delivers on its promises.

aerena-masters-edition-iOS-02As it turns out, I found myself able to purchase unlocks including new units, ships, and shells all within playing a couple matches, which is a big difference from Clash of Champions. It seems as though Masters Edition is more generous with its in-game currency in general, making progression feel a lot smoother. In doing so, playing it felt more like a game about crafting a loadout that fits a particular playstyle rather than a game about slapping together whatever units and items are the most affordable.

aerena-masters-edition-iOS-04It is worth noting that with this re-release players can still opt to play Aerena in its free-to-play form, and both versions of the game allow players to play against one another. Also worth noting is the fact that the free-to-play version offers time-limited trials of new units, whereas the paid version does not. This isn’t really a big deal though, since it is easy enough to unlock units in Masters Edition anyway.

Overall, those that were frustrated by the progression mechanics of Aerena: Clash of Champions in its original form should be pleased with the changes that Aerena – Masters Edition has made. That being said, anyone that wasn’t initially compelled by it won’t be won over by this new version.

Kiloo has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming game, Stormblades. The game is a slashing beat em’ up where you become a tribal warrior going through his rite of passage. You’ll be exploring ancient ruins and discovering lost relics as you bring your sword to bear against an onslaught of enemies.

Stormblades is still in the beta-testing phase, but they expect a late March release. And if the trailer isn’t enough for you, AppSpy has also posted a hands-on video for your enjoyment.



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