Good news, comrades! Word has been getting around that the dystopian paper-shuffling simulator Papers, Please is bound for iPad. Actually this news has been circulating for what feels like forever. But the wait is finally over. It’s been announced that Lucas Pope’s game about the mundane activity of checking paperwork at a border checkpoint (which is anything but mundane, really) is officially coming to iPad. Tomorrow.

If you haven’t played Papers, Please for yourself yet, you’ll have the opportunity in only a few hours. In the meantime, know that it’s a surprisingly dark and somewhat disturbing story about an oppressive government, dangerous extremists, a rebellion, and a hapless paper pusher who gets caught in the middle. That, and lots and lots of cross-checking passports.

Papers, Please will be $5.99 once it releases tomorrow (12/12), and will go up to $7.99 after the weekend.

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source: Lucas Pope via Twitter

Threes! is Currently on Sale in Honor of Being Named the App Store’s Game of the Year

Posted by on December 11th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★★ :: THREE OUT OF THREE :: Read Review »

We’ve reached that time of the year where every man, woman, and corporate entity decides on their favorite games of the previous twelve months. Apple is no exception to this, and this week they named Threes from Sirvo LLC as their iPhone game of the year. To celebrate this honor, the developer has announced that the game is now on sale, with the price having had a very appropriate 33.3 recurring % sliced off.

In other words, Threes is available now for $1.99, down from its usual price of $2.99.

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via: Our Review

Little Galaxy Gets Bigger with a New Update.

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

Little Galaxy, by Bitmap Galaxy, has recently received a big update. Now you can unlock new male and female characters and a ton of costumes to dress them in. Will you explore space as a pirate, princess, or maybe a ninja? The update also gives you a bunch of upgradeable power-ups, including a star-attracting magnet and a comet that adds more time.

Bitmap Galaxy has also added new levels, as well as black holes for each and every one. If you missed any stars on previous maps, don’t worry; you can now replay previously completed levels on the skymap!

Check out all the new additions and explore the universe in Little Galaxy for $1.99.

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via: Our Review

Today DeNA and Hasbro have announced a new, upcoming Transformers title, Transformers: Battle Tactics.

Okay, but what is Battle Tactics?

Well, according to the announcement info it’s going to be a turn-based tactical game with a single-player campaign as well as player-versus-player combat. A whole lot of series favorites will be available to add to your team, from obvious choices like Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Bumblebee, to characters who haven’t been featured in Michael Bay movies, like Wheeljack, Thundercracker, and Arcee. Each bot has their own strengths and abilities, and these can change depending on whether they’re in robot or vehicle mode.

Transformers: Battle Tactics will be released sometime next year as a free download, but if you want to tease yourself a bit you can register on the official website to earn some extra goodies like wallpapers and Recruit Tokens (which I assume have some sort of in-game value).

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source: Transformers: Battle Tactics

The 22nd annual SXSW Interactive Festival is being held this year from Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 17 and SXSW is looking for entrants. This year they’ve added a few new categories including “Mobile Game of the Year”. If you are an indie or AAA developer you can submit your game, so long as it’s been released in 2014. It is completely free to submit for and attend.

This year the show will be co-hosted by actress and comedian Janet Varney (voice of Korra in The Legend of Korra [Editor’s Note: SQUEEEEEEEEE]) along with YouTube personality, Markiplier. They could present your game with an award at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 12, at 11:59 p.m. CT. You can check out their site for more information on the SXSW Gaming Awards.

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appleholidayWelcome, one and all, to another 148Apps holiday shopping guide! Are you having trouble figuring out what to get for a distant relative, new neighbor, or estranged second cousin? Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for [Health Nuts] [Socializers] [Gamers] [Power Users]

Today’s guide is for those creative types in your life. These are the people who like to draw, compose music, sculpt, or otherwise make things with their iOS devices. So long as they enjoy creating, and you’re in need of some gift ideas, you should check out our list below.
Continue reading 148Apps 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide for Creative Types »

We recently got our hands on Heavenstrike Rivals, an intriguing upcoming strategy game from Square Enix and Mediatonic that’s currently in a soft launch phase. To learn more about the game and the East/West collaboration that created it, we spoke with Masanori Ichikawa, a game producer at Square Enix, and Paul Croft, Director of Games at Mediatonic.

148Apps: First, could you give a brief overview of Heavenstrike Rivals?
Masanori Ichikawa (MI): Heavenstrike Rivals was created as a joint effort between Square Enix and Mediatonic, a studio in England. It’s a brand new tactical RPG. One of the game’s key features is the real-time PvP multiplayer.

148Apps: You described the game as a tactical RPG with PvP combat. What does that mean exactly? What would you compare it to?
MI: It means that you can battle in real-time, like if you were playing chess, over the internet with other players.

Paul Croft (PC): I would compare it to many multiplayer games you might find on PC. We have multiple types of leagues and tournaments, similar in structure to those in Starcraft 2 or League of Legends. Players can compete directly with others across the world for the top places and earn promotions into new divisions if they perform well.

Continue reading Heavenstrike Rivals – An Interview with the Makers of Square Enix’s Latest Strategy RPG »

Outpour, an Anonymous Messaging App, Lets You Celebrate Your Real Life Heroes

Posted by on December 10th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Sometimes you want to tell someone they are awesome or congratulate them for doing something you respect. With Outpour you can anonymously write kind messages to anyone who inspires you, without making that person feel like they have to reciprocate. You’ll be able to receive, reply to, and discuss messages anonymously, and spread some much-needed joy to others.

“Gratitude and positivity are extremely beneficial for individuals, both emotionally and physically, as well as for society as a whole,” said Calvin Liu, founder of Outpour. “Yet expressing gratitude is not a daily habit, and we rarely take the time to do it. Expressing gratitude has social and reputational costs, so we created Outpour to encourage kind words by harnessing the power of anonymity to loosen lips.”

You can download Outpour for free on the App Store today.

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gumi Launches Chain Chronicle for the US, UK, Canada, and Australia

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

gumi, makers of Brave Frontier and Bot Fight, have brought their popular Japanese game, Chain Chronicle, to the US, UK, Canada, and Australia for the first time.

You’ll take on the role of a soldier in the fight for the world of Yggdra in this mix of tower defense and real-time strategy role playing. The game includes over 150 characters to recruit, each with their own  abilities. As you make friends with these characters you grow bonds that will unlock new stories and quests. The game also boasts some awesome anime voice actors such as AkiraA Ishida (Neon Genesis Evangelion and Mobile Suit GundamSEED), Maaya Uchida (Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live and Gatchaman Crowds), and Ayane Sakura (Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live and A Town Where You Live).

You can check out Chain Chronicle for free on the App Store now.

Gaming peripheral company SteelSeries has announced that its full-sized controller for iOS, the Stratus XL, is now available for sale in Apple’s brick and mortar Stores.

Introduced earlier this year, its little brother the Stratus was one of the first wireless iOS controller to come to market, with the Stratus XL brought in to give players the option to use a controller more similar to the size and layout of console controllers. The Stratus XL features a pressure-sensitive D-pad, four pressure-sensitive buttons, and four shoulder buttons.

The SteelSeries Stratus XL controller is available at Apple stores and on Apple.com now for $69.99.

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via: Our Review
Got a Sweet Tooth?
All these strategies for crushing candy (and soda!) are all well and good, but what if you want to know if you should even bother with it in the first place? Fortunately that’s precisely why we have a Candy Crush Soda Saga review for you!

Have you recently downloaded Candy Crush Soda Saga and are in need of some help? We’re here with some handy tips and tricks to get you out of a jam!


 

The Basics

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It sounds a little obvious but remember – this isn’t Candy Crush Saga or any of the other Match-3 games you may have played. Candy Crush Soda Saga isn’t just about matching up anything and everything. All the levels have key objectives that you really need to focus on. Don’t be distracted.

  • The Bubble Bear stages require you to make the bubble bears float to the top. This is done by matching up soda bottles to make the soda level rise, thereby taking the bubble bears upwards.
  • Always focus on clearing soda bottles first.
  • When you can’t match up a soda bottle, focus on matching directly above the bubble bears to help them float to the top that bit faster.
  • It’s possible to have soda bottles float off the top of the screen. Don’t let them. Match them up before they get that far.
    Continue reading Candy Crush Soda Saga: Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats on How to Take Out All the Candies »

Now We Can All Celebrate the Holidays with Khloe & Kourtney in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

Posted by on December 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★☆☆ :: SHALLOW ROLEPLAY :: Read Review »

The Kardashians are celebrating the holidays in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood by Glu Games Inc, and a bunch of special stuff will be rolling out over the next couple of weeks.

This year Kourtney & Khloe will be joining in; Kourtney will debut on 12/19 and Khloe will debut on 12/26. You’ll be able to collect 12 days of Christmas Gift Boxes starting 12/12, and as you find new holiday items you’ll earn bonuses for Kourtney and Khloe’s hosting holiday events.

You can download Kim Kardashian: Hollywood now for free.

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via: Our Review

Hoplite, the Mythical Spartan Roguelike, is Free for Today Only and You Should Get it

Posted by on December 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: GOLDEN :: Read Review »

Hoplite is one of those games that’s as easy to understand as it is to enjoy. It’s also one of those games that’s about as easy to play well as it is to eat your bodyweight in marbles. But that’s why we enjoyed it so much in the first place.

Well, for an extremely limited time – today only, in fact – you can get your hands on this hexagonal roguelike for absolutely free. There’s absolutely no reason for you not to do so, seeing as the game is both excellent and doesn’t really take up a lot of storage space. Plus there’s the whole ‘being excellent’ thing. I’ve already covered that, right?

So get your posterior onto the App Store and download Hoplite now, while it’s still free.

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via: Our Review

appleholidayWelcome, one and all, to another 148Apps holiday shopping guide! Are you having trouble figuring out what to get for a distant relative, new neighbor, or estranged second cousin? Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for [Health Nuts] [Creative Types] [Gamers] [Power Users]

Today’s guide centers around highly social iOS users. I’m talking about the people who practically live on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and all that. It can be tough to come up with something for such diehard (virtual) social butterflies, and even more tricky to surprise them, but we’re certainly going to give it a shot! Check out our list below for some hopefully useful ideas.
Continue reading 148Apps 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide for Socializers »

Spread Holiday Cheer Around Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob Moves In

Posted by on December 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It’s that time of year again and SpongeBob, Patrick, and even Squidward are getting ready for some holiday festivities. SpongeBob Moves In has unwrapped its newest update, and it’s overflowing with Christmas cheer.

You mission is to make everyone in Bikini Bottom happy by delivering their Christmas wish lists to Santa, building bottle launchers, and collecting bottles to unlock holiday costumes, recipes, and decorations. You may even succeed in bringing a surprise character back to Bikini Bottom. And if you’ve missed any previous events, you can now purchase costumes from the new in-game store tab.

You can join in on the holiday fun with SpongeBob Moves In for $3.99.

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