Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 9th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
After conquering Rio and Space, where could those Angry Birds go next? The NBA, apparently. In the next episode of Angry Birds Seasons, NBA Ham Dunk!, Rovio Entertainment sends the birds to take the pigs to the court. The update will have 15 free NBA-themed levels and 30 NBA team levels available for purchase.
“Get ready to hit the court with your favorite NBA team, and start dunking birds and bashing piggies for extra points,” said Pekka Rantala Chief Commercial Officer of Rovio Entertainment. “We are really pumped to offer this fun mash-up to Angry Birds and NBA fans.”
You can grab Angry Birds Seasons on the rebound for $0.99.
The long-awaited second episode of The Silent Age, by House on Fire, is finally on its way. Fans will be stoked to hear that the final chapter of Joe’s story will be released on October 16.
Episode two will have over 60 new locations and several new characters to meet, as well as some nice improvements. House on Fire has added a new dynamic animation system while also upgrading the dialog, shadow, lighting, water, and reflection systems.
“We were overwhelmed by the massive response we received after launching The Silent Age Episode One, and we felt we had to rise to the challenge and create an even better Episode Two,” said Uni Dahl, CEO of House on Fire. “These last few months we’ve spent an enormous amount of time fine-tuning the experience in every detail, and we hope we can live up to what fans have come to expect from the game.”
The Silent Age Episode Two will be available October 16 for $4.99 on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 9th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Todoist, the powerful task organizer, has released a new update called Karma.
Karma keeps track of your productivity and assigns you a score. Just like leveling in an RPG, now you can level-up your ability to get things done. You can check out your progress broken down into the last two weeks, last month, or six months via the graphs that Karma creates. You can also use Karma to pinpoint your most productive days so you can make better use of that time.
Whenever you level up in Karma you can broadcast your awesomeness to your friends and family with the new social networking feature. It connects to your Twitter, Facebook, and/or Google+.
“Achieving your aspirations has never been easier. We’re thrilled to bring Todoist Karma – a feature that has set us apart from our competitors – to all of our 13 platforms so that users can set goals and track their productivity no matter their location or device,” says Amir Salihefendic, founder and CEO of Doist.
Can you reach the Enlightened level of 50,000 points? Download Todoist for free today and find out.
Mochi Bits has released their relaxing yet challenging space-based puzzle game, ORBB. In ORBB, players are tasked with jumping from planet to planet while collecting all of the stars along the way.
While the game has been built to provide a challenge to those who want to race through, with each of the sixty levels having its own achievement for completing it within a set amount of time, players can also choose to relax and take it slow, with the game providing no risk of the player plummeting to their death.
ORBB has already gravitated towards the App Store, and is available for $2.99.
A couple of years ago, with the holiday season rapidly approaching, my mother generously asked me if there was anything I wanted for Christmas. As it turned out my wife and I were just getting into board games as a hobby, but not wanting my mom to bother wandering into a Manhattan board game specialty store I just told her I’d give her the names of a few games we were interested in that I knew she could find on Amazon. She surprised me with her response – that she wasn’t going to be able to get me those games because she didn’t feel comfortable shopping online.
My mother is the first to admit that she’s not the most tech-savvy person around, but I was still shocked that she wouldn’t order anything from Amazon, and further shocked that she had never bought anything online. When I asked why, both she and my father explained that they simply didn’t trust the technology and that it made them uncomfortable.
I guess the reason I found it difficult to accept is because online transactions have represented the majority of my expenses for years. So the idea that people who are otherwise modern, educated, competent folks wouldn’t trust something as universal as online shopping – their instinctive distrust – seemed downright silly to me as someone who is, by upbringing and profession, constantly exposed to the world of social media, online commerce, and internet connectivity.
Which is why I had to stop and scold myself when I saw Apple Pay and immediately shook my head in disapproval.
Sure, there are security features in place. Sure, your credit info isn’t technically stored on the device. And sure, what is locally kept is locked behind a biometric defense system, can be disabled remotely, and probably has a dozen other security protocols I’m unaware of. Still, my gut reaction to the idea of using my phone to pay for things was instantaneous distrust – and that’s ridiculous.
Whether you’re an adherent to the Cult of Apple, just think their products are cool, or even if you have no intention of buying Apple’s newest miracle device, the fact is that this idea of a unified way of managing your credit, integrated into your mobile electronics, is a very likely technological progression. Of course security will always be an issue, but is there really any difference in using my computer to order something from an online retailer via my credit card or tapping my iPhone against a sensor to initiate the exact same kind of transaction in person? The bottom line is that (semantics aside) there isn’t, and I doubt very much that this feature will remain exclusive to the iPhone for long.
I also doubt I’m the only one who looked at Apple Pay and scoffed. But I think that, like my parents not trusting the idea of internet commerce, it’s just a product of technological inertia. No, I’m not one of the folks who ran out to get an iPhone 6 Plus on day 1, but I won’t be one of the naysayers who resists the direction this new tech is taking us simply because ‘it’s different and that makes me nervous.’
On November 1, Walmart will be offering an exclusive Mini “Buddy Pack” for Skylanders Trap Team along with a “Meet the Minis” experience. You can get Hog Wild Fryno and Small Fry in the buddy pack, as well as trading cards and sticker sheets with secret codes.
For the Meet the Minis experience, the retail giant will post signs around their stores that have codes for the Collection Vault app. These codes will unlock five minis and other exclusive content such as wallpaper, videos and images.
So visit your local Walmart on November 1 to get your trap on.
Stigol and Chillingo have paired up to bring us the unique puzzle game, Find the Line, that goes live tomorrow, October 9. The game asks players to combine lines to form beautifully illustrated images.
It comes with over 200 levels that increase in difficulty in each theme. When you complete a theme there is an animated video that tells the story of the images you formed.
Find the Line looks like a challenging puzzler. Check it out tomorrow on the App Store for free.
Chair Entertainment has announced that their 1.4.1 update for Infinity Blade III is on its way. The update is chock full of fixes, improvements, and things the fans have requested.
Chair has fixed the Dragoor quest, some crashing issues, Boss Perks, and more making skills and items work the way they are supposed to. They have also added a lot. Now item level and max gold caps have been increased, Alerts for new items can be turned off, Solar-Trans weapons now get boots when two elemental gems are slotted, and Dragoor Scale has been added to complete the Dragoor set.
Chair expects the Infinity Blade III update to hit sometime this week so keep your weapons sharp and your downloading finger ready.
As much as I’d like to reveal to you that The Room Two, the great logic puzzle title from Fireproof Games, is currently on sale for 66% off, I’m afraid that you’ll need the spyglasses pictured below in order to see this news.
It’s a shame, really. You likely would have loved to have known that we gave the game 4.5 stars in our review, and that it currently carries an 8.9 rating over on QualityIndex. But alas, you’ll likely never know that this game is very much worth getting at this price, especially with The Room Three set to release next year.
Pokemon TCG Online marks the first official release of a Pokemon game on iOS, and our initial impressions have been rather positive to boot. No doubt many of you have already begun building your decks and hunting for rare cards – and if it’s indeed cards you’re after, then we have a treat for you.
We’ve gotten our mitts on a special code available only for 148Apps readers, which can be redeemed in-game (across all versions) for a free booster pack – and reading this makes you a 148Apps reader, so hurray for you! This random booster may include cards from a number of recent expansions, such as Black & White – Legendary Treasures, XY, XY – Flashfire, or XY – Furious Fists.
Just input the code 148APPS-PLAYS-POKEMON-TCGO (valid for 1 use per game account) and you’re all set. But don’t dawdle – the code will expire this Friday, October 10.
If you haven’t downloaded Pokemon TCG Online yet, you can grab it off the App Store now for free. Oh, and let us know if you get anything good!
Nitropia is an indie developed tower defense title, from Dawn Patrol Games and being published by Bulkypix, that will be coming to iOS soon. The game incorporates real-time strategy elements with a gradual progression of complexity as you play. Each level will add at least one new challenge to keep the game exciting.
You will be able to play both offense and defense, collect resources, and pit your 3 best characters against bosses in Survival Mode. For an interesting change of pace, you will also be able to destroy enemy bases in Base Battle Mode.
Nitropia will be a premium game, but the developers will be giving a bunch of levels away for free and letting users choose what level of content they would like to buy into – such as the full game or the full game + all the advanced towers. The price is set to begin at $1.99, which gives you the full game and 3 characters to play with. You will be able to use earned in-game currency to unlock levels.
The Bot Squad, by Ubisoft, is a free-to-play strategy game that mixes puzzles with tower defense.
Players control robots as they pick their way through Dynamo City’s trapped areas, searching for orbs. Beware though, because other robots want those orbs! So players will also have to defend their stockpiles from waves of invading robot forces with defensive units. The game will have 180 stages to complete and dozens of robots to manage. Ubisoft says that they will have regular free content updates that include new stages, units, and modes.
You’ll be able to check out The Bot Squad on October 16 in the App Store.
Rocket Rainbow and Team17 Digital have announced that their ‘ewe-nique’ puzzle game, Hay Ewe, will be making its way onto iOS later this week. Featured within the ranks of Rocket Rainbow are a number of ex-PopCap staff who worked on Bejeweled, Plants vs. Zombies, and Peggle.
Centering on the adventures of natural-born leader Matilda the Sheep, who has the task of rounding up mischievous lambs, players will find sixty levels to play, leaderboards to compete on, and an in-game level editor that will allow them to create and share their own levels.
Hay Ewewool will make its way onto the App Store this week for $4.99.
Shadow Fight 2, by Nekki, is the popular sequel to Facebook-based game, Shadow Fight. Nekki reports that Shadow Fight 2 has reached the #1 position on the App Store and has received 35 million downloads to date over various platforms. The game combines RPG elements with martial arts action as you send your ninja against skilled fighters, demon bosses, and eventually try to close the Gate of Shadows.
“We are thrilled to see such an enthusiastic reception for Shadow Fight 2, allowing us to reach 35 million downloads in under four months,” said Nekki Co-founder and CEO Dmitry Terekhin. “Our goal is to always create games that we want to play, and we know we’ve gotten it right when our community of loyal and vocal fans use the power of word-of-mouth to propel our games to the top of the charts.”
Shadow Fight 2 is available for free on the App Store.
Posted by Ellis Spice on October 7th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Yesterday at their MAX conference, Adobe unveiled a series of new mobile apps and the public beta of the Creative SDK, which will allow third parties to link mobile apps into Creative Cloud.
New ‘Creative Profiles’ allow users to connect to files, photos, colors, fonts, and more from wherever they are, from whatever device they’re using, and from all of their CC-supported apps – with assets appearing automatically in contexts where they could be suitable. Nine new mobile apps were also unveiled, each with their own unique function that feeds into the Adobe ecosystem. The announced (and now released) apps are:
Photoshop Sketch – Allows for drawing with new built-in brushes and integrates with Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC.
Photoshop Mix – Updates to Mix allow for precise compositing and enhanced integration with Photoshop CC.
Lightroom Mobile- Builds off of Photoshop CC and allows clients, friends, and family to select favorites and leave comments on photos shared online.
Illustrator Draw- Formerly Adobe Idea, this new vector drawing tool gives users a more modern interface and integration with Illustrator CC, Adobe Ink, and Slide.
Illustrator Line – A precision drawing app, Line features new functionality for perfectly distributing shapes as users draw and for sending sketches to Illustrator CC.
Adobe Premiere Clip – Premiere Clip allows users to quickly edit their videos on the move and send them to Premiere Pro CC for further editing.
Adobe Brush CC – Using this app, users can create unique brushes from any photograph and use these brushes in Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, or Adobe Illustrator Sketch.
Adobe Shape CC – Shape CC allows users to create shapes from high-contrast photos of anything, with these photos turned into vector art that can be used immediately in Illustrator CC and Illustrator Line.
Adobe Color CC – Formerly Adobe Kuler, colors can be captured and saved as themes for further use in other Adobe applications.
All of the above apps are free to download on iOS and are available now.