Sago Mini Monsters Celebrates Halloween with Fun Costumes and Special Treats.

Posted by on October 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: Read Review »

Adorable mini-monsters? Check. Halloween Costumes? Check.

Sago Mini Monsters, by Sago Sago, is a fun monster creation game for kids. And they’re gearing up for a fun Halloween. Now players can add fun costumes to their mini-monsters such as a witches’ hat, ghost, or creepy-crawly spider. Once the monster is bedecked in its ghoulish get-up, your kids can feed it holiday treats like candy corn, lollipops, jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin pie, rockets, and hard candy.

The update is only available until Halloween, but you can preserve your monster’s look by saving a picture of it in Sago Mini Monsters.

Check out the only slightly spooky update for Sago Mini Monsters for free on the App Store.

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Curious to know what we though about all this robot-on-robot carnage? Then check out our Bot Squad review!

The Bot Squad: Puzzle Battles offers nearly 200 stages based on its varied approach to tower defense. That’s pretty great, but it also means there are lots of strategies to master and the amount of options can be a little daunting. Here are some tips on how to save Dynamo City.
 

The Best Defense

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The Bot Squad is separated into Defensive stages and Offensive stages. Defensive stages play more like typical tower defense games, and many of the same strategies apply, but they still have their own quirks.

  • To start, use standard Smacker and Blaster tower bots to weaken enemies that cross your paths. Always pay attention to the range of your units and try to cover as much ground as possible.
  • Sometimes it’s good to be redundant and have multiple towers clustered in the same area to kill enemies faster. It depends on the stakes.
  • Stop enemies in their tracks with Stoppabots like Blockers and Grabbers. Unlike towers though, these obstacles can be destroyed. They can also only be placed on certain terrain so be smart with them.
  • Certain levels provide a limited number of towers to take down a limited number of enemies. However, other stages have an unlimited supply of towers that spawn at set intervals. Enemies come fast and furious in these levels though, usually in big groups, so quickly put your extra power to use.
  • If a level already has a few towers, pick them up and rearrange them to forge a better defense.

 

Continue reading The Bot Squad: Puzzle Battles – Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Better Bot Battling »

New Gameplay Mode “Enter the Warzone” for Galaxy on Fire – Alliances Now Available.

Posted by on October 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: JOIN THE FEDERATION :: Read Review »

If you thirst for PVP action in Galaxy on Fire – Alliances, FISHLABS has you covered. They’ve introduced their newest game mode: Enter the Warzone. Now alliances can fight for dominance over an entire server. The new warzone servers have smaller maps with altered travel times, doubled XP for battles, and pre-colonized planets to fight over.

The game has also been updated to include Thai and Turkish, making it available in a total of 14 different languages.

You can check out all the new Warzone action in Galaxy on Fire – Alliances for free right now.

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via: Our Review

Pocket Gamer has noticed that, hidden within OS X Yosemite, the latest update to the Mac operating system that arrived last week, is the ability to capture footage straight from a Lightning cable connected iOS device.

Intended for developers but freely available to all, footage captured this way comes in the full Retina resolution of the device, with no jag or frame rate drops even on bigger 3D games. Whilst it might not give users the editing or streaming options they might be able to get from other software and hardware, it does at least makes the process for getting footage for Let’s Plays and the like more open and a heck of a lot easier.

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source: Pocket Gamer

Do you like Warhammer? Are you looking forward to, or even just curious about, the upcoming Space Wolf mobile game from Herocraft? Then you should head on over to AppSpy because they’re going to be giving away codes for both the game itself and free booster packs as they stream everything on Twitch in a couple of hours. Or, you know, you could hang out here and watch the stream down below. That works, too.

The fun will start at 9am PDT, 12pm EST, 5pm BST. Watch, have fun, maybe get a free prerelease game out of it. What’s not to like?

via: AppSpy source: AppSpy on Twitch

Unbroken, by John Araujo, promises a hack and slash style game of adventure across the world of Midrune with you taking on the role of the “Unbroken”: a hero with the mysterious power to move between timelines.

The game uses 2 tap controls (jump and attack) instead of gestures or joysticks and pits you against a variety of dark enemies. It’s beautiful retro-style graphics with a limited palate give it a creepy haunted feel.

Araujo has not stated a release date for Unbroken yet, but for now you can check out a few visuals on the new site.

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So little time and so very many apps. What’s a poor iPhone/iPad 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.

Pokemon TCG

 
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I’ve been playing and enjoying collectable card games for 20 years, now – yeah, I’m old, shut up. While Magic: the Gathering has always been my main game, I’ve tried and enjoyed several others over the years. One of my favorites was always Pokémon, but at my age (I said shut up!) almost none of my peers play. The only way I could enjoy a game was to go to a tournament and play almost entirely against children. Since that’s as awkward as it sounds, I haven’t played in years. Now there’s a solution to that problem. And unlike Magic’s foray into iPad, Pokémon TCG allows a great deal of freedom. –Jade Walker

Diner Dash

 
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Almost a decade after its launch, the classic time management franchise Diner Dash has returned once again to cause stress headaches in a whole new generation of mobile gamers. It’s been about four years since the last entry in the series – Diner Dash 5: BOOM! – and PlayFirst has revamped the venerable workhorse into a mash-up of classic and all-new styles. And, for the first time ever, the series has embraced the free-to-play model. How well do Flo and the crew make the transition to freemium? Well, let’s take a look, shall we? You’d be hard-pressed to find someone these days who isn’t at least passingly familiar with the basic concept of Diner Dash. Players are in charge of Flo, a good-natured (but doubtlessly exhausted) waitress whose job is to seat, serve, and generally keep happy all of the customers of her restaurant – many of whom have specific quirks and needs. Unfortunately, as Flo is only one person with two hands, she can only do so much at a time. This leaves her sprinting about madly to take orders, make coffee, clean up dirty tables, and more, all before customers lose their patience and leave. You really have to wonder why this place doesn’t hire at least a busboy, right? –Rob Thomas

Air Supply-SOS

 
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Sheep aren’t loaded with natural defenses. They’re great at standing around, chewing their cud, and waiting to be sheared. That’s about it. That’s why Air Supply – SOS calls on players to foil the Time Travel Company: a greedy organization that kidnaps sheep, robs their fluffy down, and makes clothing. Though these distressed sheep are quantum sheep, they’re still incapable of defending themselves. Do the right thing. Save Our Sheep (“SOS” – get it?). Air Supply is a shooter inspired by the classic ZX Spectrum game Jetpac. Players endure waves of aliens while catching the quantum sheep that fall from the sky. The sheep need to be returned to the rocket ship waiting at the bottom of the screen. Once the requisite number is loaded, the player gets to progress to the next level (often accompanied by a “sheepy hug” of thanksgiving). –Nadia Oxford

Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary

 
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Like in the original, players control Rockford: a scrappy young spelunker exploring a series of caves. But these aren’t just ordinary caves; they’re full of gems, and to open up the exit Rockford must collect a certain number of gems before time runs off. From that description, one might think that gem-collecting would be, if not a difficult process, then at least one that took some thinking. But in Boulder Dash, most of the initial free levels can be beaten by tracing the most straightforward route through the dirt and collecting the obvious gems in plain sight. Players spend the majority of the game performing this deeply uninteresting act again and again. Sure there are a few enemies, but with Rockford’s ability to move basically anywhere and survive anything short of a falling rock, there’s far too little in the player’s way. It almost makes one wish the controls weren’t as smooth and forgiving as they are. Later worlds do ramp up the challenge, but the dull and lengthy introduction discourages players from grinding and earning the stars necessary to unlock the more interesting content for free. –Jordan Minor

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Bug Mazing – Adventures in Learning is a new title from Little Bit Studio, the developers known for their series of apps such as Bugs and Buttons, Bugs and Numbers, and a recent favorite, Bug Art. As the name may suggest, Bug Mazing is a maze app with a bug theme that includes activities such as working with numbers, letters, colors and tracing in ways that children will find engaging and adults will appreciate for their educational value. Nature is a big part of these apps and the landscape may either be beautiful and pristine with flowers and insects like bees and ladybugs or include worn details that are possibly less beautiful, but I find these details quite interesting. It also includes a fantasy adventure theme as well as bugs that are styled with different adventure elements, such as Indiana Jones’ hat and other details. A narrator gives encouragement while on each exploration and valuable coins and precious gems are collected as rewards. Each area of this app includes different levels of difficulty and unique bugs select. Do note the selection of languages that is also included within this app – always a nice touch. Multiple children can also keep their own games separate, which is good for at home or the classroom. –Amy Solomon

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Entwined Challenge

 
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Twitch games are an addiction of mine now, so checking out Entwined Challenge was destined to be. The visuals rely on simulated distance perspective; to start, the two flying beings are colored red and blue. In the distance is a circle with colored segments; the colors of the segments are generally red, blue and green. the flying beings can be controlled by thumb gestures on either side to move along the axis of the circle, so that each flying being is guided through a matching color segment. As progress is made, the game adjusts too; for example, where the color segments were stationary, they begin to move, forcing the player to make adjustments and quicker decisions on the fly. While the concept remains simple, the developer does a good job of delicately layering levels of difficulty upon the easy-to-understand premise, and it flows well, with no major deviations to distract from the chase of excellence. –Tre Lawrence

Antec LifeBar 10 Portable Charger

 
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Yes, batteries in mobile devices have gotten better, but in the spirit of being prepared, it just makes sense to have a backup plan. Way back when, getting a couple extra OEM batteries was sufficient. Now, sealed batteries are more commonplace, and having multiple devices at any given time is not unheard of; in any case, all those extra batteries start to add up. Nah, it makes sense to have a portable battery, and when it comes to mobile power solutions, few are as capable of Antec; hence, checking out the new LifeBar 10 Portable Charger is far from a chore. –Tre Lawrence

Withings Smart Body Analyzer

 
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Health tools with a mobile component are especially compelling, and as such, we jumped at an opportunity to check out the Withings Smart Body Connected Scale. The black (white is an option) review unit Withings sent us is pretty much ready to go. At first glance, the first thing that comes to mind is that somehow, the product pictures do not do it justice. It looks like a chiseled dark colored slab. frankly, it look dashing, managing to be modern without being Jetson-silly. The full dark look is accented, and the silver center piece highlights the whole package. The expected display is digital in nature, and still manages to effect art. The battery compartment is at the bottom of the unit, and there is a tab preventing the batteries from cycling; beneath that are two buttons for syncing and selecting units. It looks like a “traditional” scale, but clearly wants people to know it has an extra trick or two up its sleeve. Officially, it comes in at 12.8 x 12.8 x 0.90 inches and 4.62 lbs. –Tre Lawrence

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer covered Apple and Google’s big announcements, wrote a massive guide for The Silent Age: Episode Two, tackled GamerGate, and picked 11 iOS games that you may never get to play. All that and loads more, right here.

Mark of the Dragon, by GAMEVIL, puts you in the saddle of your very own army of dragons. Build your kingdom as you organize your army and eventually lead the charge against your enemies lands. You can control your troops or go first-person as you storm the castle on the back of your dragon.

Mark of the Dragon has over 130 dragons with different characteristics and players can level-up their favorites with specific classes. Mix and match in breeding to create the very best dragons to ride to battle.

Mark of the Dragon will be available worldwide on the App Store this November.

source: GAMEVIL

angry birds transformers (1)Angry Birds Transformers recently transformed and rolled out worldwide. This run-and-gun title is a hit with young Transformers fans, but the ample references to classic Transformers fandom has also earned it a place in the hearts of long-time admirers of Optimus Prime. Nick Harper (Game Director for Exient Entertainment) and Mika Rahko (Executive Producer for Rovio) kindly took a few minutes to talk to 148Apps about the problems and inspirations that came to them while cross-breeding birds and robots.



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Find Free Food on Campus with Ypay

Posted by on October 20th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Ypay, by By Arctur Apps, helps college students find free food at events on campus. Students can search a map of their area and see all of the events that offer free snacks.

They can also pin unlisted events they see so that their friends can find them and add add photos, links, and even special invites. The service even helps organizers advertise their events by listing them with Ypay, while feeding those hungry co-eds.

You can download Ypay for free on the App Store now.

Auro, by Dinofarm Games, is coming soon to iOS. The game lets players try out Bumping Tactics, where they push a monster back one tile, and stun them for one turn.

You play as Prince Auro as he explores procedurally generated dungeons and fights a variety of monsters by shoving them into the water or each other. The Prince is equipped with nine spells to help him battle his way through the forces of evil and you can choose either Story Mode where you play through his first quest or Play Mode to explore at your leisure.

There is no set release date, but Dinofarm Games assures us that Auro is coming soon.

The Sandbox Says “Hello” to New Levels and a New Playable Character in its Latest Update

Posted by on October 20th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: CREATE, DESTROY, REPEAT :: Read Review »

Version 1.9980 of Pixowl‘s The Sandbox has arrived on the App Store, adding a third volume and some optimizations to the game.

This new volume contains ten levels with a mixture of elements including Brainiac, Contraptions, Controllable Elements, Pixel Art, and Music. The pack also introduces Arnold: a new controllable character who can jump, shoot, and launch grenades.

Optimizations have also been brought in, meaning that the game is now optimized to work with the latest version of iOS 8, whilst at the same time still working on devices running up to iOS 5.

The Sandbox is available to craft download for free from the App Store now.

via: Our Review

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File sharing services like Dropbox have security issues. Email attachments can be problematic when it comes to sharing large files. USB dongles don’t fit into your phone.

Send Anywhere, a peer-to-peer file transferring application, solves all of the problems listed above by enabling you to send and receive all types of files of any size.

Send-Anywhere-4Send-Anywhere-3Send Anywhere works perfectly across different platforms and devices. This means you can now send a video file from your iPad to a Samsung Galaxy S without any problem. You can also send files from your PC or laptop to your mobile devices.

You don’t even have to provide any personal information to use this service. To transfer a file, all you need is a one-time 6-digit key that will be used to identify the transfer between you and the receiver.

Furthermore, thanks to its signature R-P2P (Relay Peer-to-Peer) technology, Send Anywhere doesn’t leave your data in the cloud, which means your files are free from cracking.

To celebrate breaking one million downloads, the Send Anywhere Team is running a huge Facebook giveaway event and offering up iPhone 6s and Amazon Gift Cards to lucky winners.

Send-Anywhere-2Send-Anywhere-1Since it’s not a lottery, your odds of winning an item are actually pretty high. All you need to do is check out the event page (link below) on Facebook, give it a ‘Like’, and follow the instructions.

What’s up for the grabs? Let’s find out!

The giveaway will run from 10/17 (11:59PM PST) to 10/31 (11:59PM PST). Get involved.

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

The First Major Update for Godus Adds New Lands, Mini-Games, and More

Posted by on October 20th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★☆☆ :: FLAWED CIVILIZATION BUILDING :: Read Review »

The first major update for 22 CansGodus has arrived, bringing new lands, tweaks for Halloween, and more.

The big new feature for this update is the new lands to explore. Players can now construct an Ark and stock it with supplies, bringing their followers into the new, more advanced Frontier Age, which contains new cards to collect.

Meanwhile, in order to get into the spirit of the season, the landscape has been given a ‘scary’ change as well as followers dressing up for the holidays. Players can also win items from the new ‘Voyage’ challenge mode to decorate the world with .

Godus is available to lord over download from the App Store now for free.

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via: Our Review

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With the Apple Watch’s generic release date of, “early 2015” hovering on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time before gamers begin to ask “What’s in it for us?” The obvious choice would be to place entire games directly on the face of the watch, but its limited form factor could prove to be a problem – to say the least. We’ve thought long and hard about the impending reality of wearable entertainment and decided to think outside of the box a bit. Here are just a few of the ideas of what developers might have waiting for us very soon.

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