The gravity-based platformer will challenge players to control the titular protagonist Naught through a mysterious and dark underground world. Naught will feature procedural animation that allows him to walk, jump, and climb in a dynamic way affected by his surroundings.
Canadian developer Snowman has announced that their endless procedural snowboarder Alto’s Adventure is set to ride its way onto the App Store next week.
Featuring physics-based movement and dynamic lighting and weather, players will need to master the ‘easy to learn’ one-button trick system in order to chain elaborate tricks and maximize their speed down the alpine environment. Along the way the game features 180 goals to achieve, from rescuing llamas to leaping over vast chasms. THere’s also a Wingsuit to acquire, which will allow players to gracefully fly and loop their way down the snowy peaks.
Alto’s Adventure will be available in the App Store next Thursday, February 19, for $1.99.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 12th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Youda Games’ Stratego is based off the classic board game of strategy and bluffing. Recently, Youda has added an AI engine that offers a single player mode. The new AI can be set to easy, normal, and hard depending on your level of skill, and you can play against it in the campaign, classic 40 v/s 40 battle, or a quick 16 v/s 16. The update also makes the game universal, revamps the campaign, and tweaks the overall style.
“This version of Stratego is tailored to the way mobile players are used to playing on their devices. Short sessions and the possibility to play whenever you want are important to players. With this in mind we have made a great game that appeals to young and old alike. Just like the physical board game does,” says Jur van Teunenbroek, producer of Stratego.
You can download the updated Stratego for $1.99 right now.
Kumobius has released a new purchasable chapter for their minimalist game, Duet, called the Encore Chapters. And once again you’ll need to keep your two vessels in sync to survive the barrage of obstacles in your path.
The update includes a new story, music, and 30 new stages. It also includes new features such as two directional attack waves and boomerang blocks. Yikes.
You can download Duet for $2.99 and check out the new in-game update for $0.99.
Still on the fence about downloading this particular soccer/football manager? Check out our Top Eleven 2015 review!
Have you just downloaded Top Eleven 2015 – Be a Soccer Manager and you’re not quite sure where to begin? Don’t worry, we’ll guide you through the basics so that you’ve got some idea when it comes to what to do next.
It should be obvious, but sign in via Facebook. Besides being able to play alongside friends, you’re also safe in the knowledge that none of your progress is going to be lost. And Top Eleven 2015 is a lot more fun when competing with friends.
Learn what everything in the menu does. Top Eleven 2015 doesn’t have the easiest of tutorials to follow.
Squad is there for setting up formations and tactics, as well as moving players around. Examine each player’s abilities as it highlights where they’re strongest and weakest. Contemplate whether you want to be a more defensive or offensive team, and plan accordingly.
Training is where you’ll spend a lot of time. You can pick different training regimes for each of your players and even focus on one in particular (for a price). There’s a choice of three different training methods: match practice is best for honing tactics and boosting team play, cardio is great for general fitness boosts, and stretching reduces the chance of your players picking up injuries.
The game’s pretty dependent on time, with Fixtures telling you when your next match is. You get bonuses for being around to watch a match so try to do that whenever possible.
Transfers can be reliant on time too, with live auctions running out all the time. This is more something to focus on when you’ve got money spare, though. Early on, just focus on the players you have.
You can upgrade your Stadium through the option of the same name. That can lead to more fans, which also means more money. Plus you can upgrade the pitch to reduce the chance of injuries, as well as boost team morale.
Note taking app Beesy now supports the Livescribe 3 Smartpen. The new combo allows folks to manipulate data captured on/by the Livescribe 3 from within the Beesy task management app.
With the Livescribe 3 and Beesy, professionals can take notes with a real pen on paper and turn their handwritten notes into reusable digital text. To simplify organization, customers can create comments, tasks or drawings just by tapping short-cut buttons printed at the top of each page in their Livescribe notebooks. The Beesy app automatically turns those notes into professional meeting minutes, project tracking documents and organized task lists complete with assignments and due dates for team members.
Playworld Superheroes, by Starship Group, is a exciting way to let kids engage their imagination – and now it’s on sale.
Players get to create their own super hero outfit, along with some helpful gadgets, from items they find in their tree house and then jump into Playworld to defend it from the Golumites. Using their gadgets and imaginary super powers, they can stop the Golumites and save Playworld.
You can download Playworld Superheroes for $0.99 for a limited time.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 11th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cheddar the Mouse is an adorable chess master who aims to teach your kids how to play chess. He’s also the star character of HeroCraft‘s new, Garry Kasparov-endorsed educational game, MiniChess by Kasparov.
As kids play,they’ll solve puzzles that will teach them the basic rules of chess. The game also lets you play an actual game of chess so you can try out your new skills.
You can download MiniChess by Kasparov for $3.99 on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 11th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
BANDAI NAMCO Games has brought their popular mobile game, One Piece Treasure Cruise, to the U.S.
The game lets players engage in strategic battles while following the story of the original comic. You’ll get to form your own crew from new characters created for the game, and when it comes time for your crew to fight the one-touch tap controls will have you knocking out opponents in no time.
You can download One Piece Treasure Cruise for free on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 10th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Do you shovel well? Even if you’re not a character from Mystery Men, you can develop awesome shoveling skills in CoalMaster, by Jank Games. In the game you strive dig your way out of being a lowly shoveler to become the ‘Coal Master’. What does the Coal Master get? A throne of Shovels! Shovel your butt off and compete against your friends on the leader boards. You can also customize your shoveler and level them up as you shovel.
You can download CoalMaster for free on the App Store.
For a limited time the game will feature a Fist of the North Star dungeon and several of the characters including Kenshiro, Rei, Shin, and Toki. If you manage to fight your way down to the hardest depths of the dungeon you’ll face off against Raoh, Ruler of the Century’s End, and in defeating him you’ll get the Raoh ChibiDra.
The event has already begun and will run through Sunday, Feb. 22. You can download Puzzle & Dragons for free to check it all out.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 10th, 2015 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Band On Tour by Davide Cardea is working to make musician’s lives easier. With the app you can book your tours quickly and easily. It provides you with maps you can use to select venues to play, and each location provides detailed information including e-mail, telephone number, and/or website. Once you’ve selected your venue you can email or phone the booking agent directly through the app.
Band On Tour also manages budgets, timetables, and even individual set lists. And once you have all of your venues booked you can export your Tour Book in PDF to make it easier to read or share. The app has over 9,000 venues to choose from and more are being added everyday.
You can check out Band On Tour for free on the App Store.
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.
Monsters aren’t what makes horror movies scary. It’s the idea of the monster that truly frightens us. The shrouded inhuman figure we can barely make out forces us to fill in the terrifying details with our own imagination. That’s why whenever the monster fully arrives, it just looks silly and the fear disappears. What makes Dark Echo one of the tensest, most ingenious horror games on the App Store is that it’s all about not seeing the monster. Based on the development team’s Ludum Dare game You Must Escape, Dark Echo puts players in the poor shoes of some anonymous victim stuck in a pitch black hallway. Virtually blind, the only way to move around is to rely on your other senses, particularly hearing. The game represents this Daredevil-style echolocation by showing sound waves as white lines bouncing around the black screen. Beyond just being a striking visual effect, this gives players enough information they need to progress while also leaving them incredibly vulnerable. –Jordan Minor
It’s a good sign when finishing a game causes me to audibly yell “Nooo, don’t finish there!” at my iPad. It’s also a sign that the first episode of The Detail could perhaps do with being a little longer. It offers just enough to really grab your attention, but its premium price tag doesn’t quite match up with the quantity offered here. The App Store description suggests a mixture of The Walking Dead with the grim realism of The Wire. That’s about right, too. The Detail is a pretty dark game, even this early on, but it hooks you in fast. Following two very different characters – a grizzled and cynical veteran detective and a reformed criminal with a family – it’s not long at all before you’re drawn into the storyline. Action is much like other adventure games with you tapping on hotspots to interact with them in some way. Within a few minutes, you’re inspecting a body, trying to glean clues as to what’s unfolding. You can also talk to people, ask them questions, and adjust your tone accordingly. –Jennifer Allen
The Witcher Battle Arena is a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) for people who have never played one before. It lacks the depth of most of the rest of the genre, as well as a few other features that would beguile you. Instead, it’s a bit too simple to really recommend, although I guess it works as a gateway to superior offerings. Unlike other MOBAs, each match is very straightforward with little opportunity for tactical play. Games are 3-vs-3, with teams having to capture the three checkpoints across each map in order to whittle down the opposition’s tickets. Starting out with 500 tickets, games typically take around 10 minutes to complete but will sometimes run a little longer. –Jennifer Allen
While games on the whole are noticeably simpler and easier than the games of the 80s and 90s, there’s also a genre full of games keen to remind you of why you enjoyed such challenges once upon a time. Potatoman Seeks The Troof is part of that genre, testing your ability to react exceptionally quickly. Some control issues aside, it’s mostly quite fun if all too brief. With the graphical prowess of an 8-bit console or computer, Potatoman Seeks The Troof is simple looking but also quite charming. Your sole objective is to dodge everything and survive. There’s a certain amount of pattern recognition involved here, but just when you think you fully get it down, it changes things up. Early on, you jump over various cacti. Then, inexplicably, one cactus leaps in the air – usually catching you out the first time round. So, Potatoman Seeks The Troof isn’t just about pattern recognition but also trial and error. Fortunately, it restarts quickly so you never lose out too much. –Jennifer Allen
As far as conspiracy theories go, the Philadelphia Experiment is a good one to base a game around. Urban legend states the priject, which was supposedly conducted by the United States’ Army in 1943, turned a US Navy destroyer invisible – thus paving the way for technology that would hide other ships and weapons from enemy eyes. But where do “invisible” things go once they’re zapped out of our realm of existence? According to Radiation Island from Atypical Games, the answer is “some mysterious place that’s super-hostile.” Thus begins a game that’s all about survival, crafting, and exploration. –Nadia Oxford
Toca Kitchen 2 is a companion to the popular Toca Kitchen – a favorite digital toy for both children and adults. I admire Toca Boca for their willingness to update their apps as well as to develop new versions of their creations in order to continue to challenge the creativity of young people in their various Toca Hair Salon apps, as well as Toca Kitchen apps – be it Kitchen Monsters, the original Toca Kitchen, and now Toca Kitchen 2. A few things have changed from the most recent update of Toca Kitchen; specifically the ability to combine ingredients both in the cooking process as well as on the plate to serve. The other major change here is the use of 3D graphics – as also seen in Toca Nature – when representing the three customers, as well as using muted shades of food textures to replicate the ingredients instead of the bright and colorful food illustrations I was fond of in the original app. –Amy Solomon
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Here’s the problem: I’ve come to appreciate quality earphones the older I’ve gotten. I won’t describe myself as an audiophile, but I do enjoy the output a quality set of phones can bring. As such, I do have write a few. Wired, wireless, over-ear, in-ear, lounging, sport… you name it, and I probably have a set for the occasion. I baby them too. They’re cased when not in use, and issued in places that negate the possibility of silly mishaps, like (gasp!) sitting on them. All because I like having options, and dislike procuring stuff twice.
You know what is kryptonite to gadget longevity? Kids. Take my daughter for instance. Ariana Grande must be heard, ave outside hearing the SAME song played on loop, I have to reluctantly lend her a pair of mine. Why aren’t there more gadgets available for kids? That’s a question the Puro Sound Labs Kids Headphones looks to answer. –Tre Lawrence
City Island 3 plays somewhat like a simpler version of SimCity. The player begins with a empty island and must construct a city from the ground up. Houses are placed for your citizens to live in and just like SimCity it is best to construct ones that hold more people to make maximum use of space. Businesses can be placed as well and these are the ones that generate money for the player, using a familiar timer based system. Businesses must be staffed with employees and thus you need to balance the amount of houses and businesses so there is always enough staff to crew your profitable businesses. –Allan Curtis
Checkpoint Champion is a cool new driving game that rewards careful, skilful driving. Taking control of cute SD versions of well-known cars the player weaves their way to greatness. Checkpoint Champion is a great fit for mobile gaming. Using a simple control system, the player must weave their way through very short ten second challenges. These involve driving into checkpoints before time runs out. Each challenge features plenty of fiendish challenges like hairpin turns; handbrake turns, obstacles that need to be avoided and plain tough driving. Checkpoint Champion rewards precision and it is very satisfying to get a level right. –Allan Curtis
Finally, this week Pocket Gamer got you free currency in Midnight Star and free critters in Pokemon, picked the best iOS and Android games of January, and handed out its first 10/10 of 2015. What was the lucky game? You’ll just have to click here, won’t you?
Auro, the monster-bumping game from Dinofarm Games, uses strategic positioning combined with magic spells and the titular bumping mechanic to push monsters right off the map. You’ll play as the impetuous Prince Auro as he explores dungeons and fights monsters.
He only has nine spells to work with, however, so you’re going to have to engage your brain on these procedurally generated maps to win. The game also has a competitive play mode that lets you rank up over time to become the Master Bumper.
You can download Auro: A Monster-Bumping Adventure for $2.99 on the App Store and give those monsters a well deserved bath.
Boom and Zap have returned to their magical matching adventure in Rescue Quest. They will once again explore ruins, fight monsters, and rescue spritelings by matching colorful games. Specifically, the new update adds 20 new levels in the Kadabra Ruins and an awesome tile-clearing Cannon.
You can download Rescue Quest for free on the App Store.