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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It Came From Canada – Moonrise

I think by now we all know that when pocket-sized elemental creatures with awesome powers are afoot, there’s really no other choice than to try and collect all of them. And in case that last sentence wasn’t clear enough, yes, Moonrise is a lot like Pokémon. But it does put its own spin on monster battling, and we find out just how original it is in this edition of It Came From Canada!

When a peaceful race of creatures known as the Solari is corrupted into bestial Lunari through “Moonrise,” it’s up to the player to tame and purify them. But Moonrise‘s world isn’t all dark and foreboding. The game opens with the player graduating into a Warden, and it feels like a friendly martial arts exam. Still, the mood is oddly dour for such a kid-friendly genre, and part of that is due to the aesthetic. Instead of the expressive and cutesy anime characters one might expect, people look weirdly old and realistic, wearing contemporary clothing while exploring ancient ruins. The monsters themselves are more stylized, which is a given considering names like Snaptrap and Buzzle, but they also have a strange, earthy edge that tips over into almost frightening. But style aside, when it comes to visuals, what the game should focus on before launch is fixing its erratic frame rate and overall sluggish feel.

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Players can take on quests and visit side towns, but monster battles are where it’s really at. In the wild, players encounter savage Lunari and can either defeat them outright or trap and train them with their limited Warden keys. Elemental match-ups follow the typical rock-paper-scissors formula where water beats fire, fire beats grass, and so on. Players can also challenge rival Wardens. Once the fighting starts, players launch their attacks in real-time. However, different attacks have different recharge periods, so players must juggle between different skills to keep up the offensive. They can use two Solari at a time and swap between them at will. Players can even use lengthy but powerful attacks of their own to give their team an extra push. It’s hard to say if this system is any better than a standard turn-based one, but at least it is different.

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History has shown that the only things people “gotta catch” all of are these monster battling games themselves. Players will get their chance to snag Moonrise when the game launches worldwide soon.

Free-to-play online tank warfare game World of Tanks Blitz, has finally arrived on Android, courtesy of Wargaming.net.

World of Tanks Blitz features cross-platform play, so if you were desperate to face your iOS friends in combat, rest assured that you can. Don’t be disheartened if your tank explodes into a shower of shrapnel – they have had six months head start.

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The original World of Tanks arrived on PC just over four years ago, but this is no mere port. It’s been built from the ground up with mobile in mind. That means well-executed touchscreen controls and slightly different visuals – which are impressive by mobile standards.

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The matches are brief enough that you can jump right in on your coffee break and feature 7v7 tanks battling in one of ten different arenas. Oh, and did we mention there were over 100 iconic tanks from Great Britain, Germany, United States, and USSR to choose from?

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Though in-app purchases are available in this game, they don’t offer a distinct advantage. Wargaming wants to keep it fair, just like in the PC version, with free-to-play users being able to compete on a level playing field with those who pay.

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With real life physics, detailed tutorials, and plenty of in-game achievements to hunt, there’s a lot of game on offer here for free – so there’s no real reason not to check it out. Wargaming also promises to continue providing updates and graphic enhancements well after launch.

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Head on over to Google Play [download] or the App Store [download] to download either version of this highly popular tank battler.

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

Fluffy Platformer Leo’s Fortune is on Sale for a Limited Time

Posted by on December 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: FORTUNATE SON :: Read Review »

This year, Leo’s Fortune, by 1337 & Senri, was named App Store Best of 2014 and the 2014 WWDC Apple Design Award winner, as well as being nominated for game of the year by the App Store. That’s a lot to be proud of.

In celebration of their achievement, 1337 & Senri are offering Leo’s Fortune for 40% off for a limited time. Help Leo recover his stolen treasure in this gorgeously animated (and controlled) physics puzzler.

You can pick up Leo’s Fortune for $2.99.

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via: Our Review

Kurt Sutter, executive producer of Sons of Anarchy, teased fans earlier this year about a video game about the show that was in development. While details are still scarce, the game’s existence has definitely been confirmed.

Orpheus Interactive and Silverback Games have teamed-up to create Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect. The only specifics given so far are that the game will cover a “previously unknown chapter” of the gang, and that it tells an original story. It’s also going to be episodic, which makes me think there’s a good chance it could be something in a similar vein to Telltale’s critically-acclaimed adventures. Heck, if I let my imagination run wild I could even hope for a spiritual successor to Full Throttle (emphasis on wild imagination and loads of hope).

Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect will be available for phones and tablets in early 2015.

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You Can Grab Hearthstone’s First Expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes, Right Now

Posted by on December 9th, 2014
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Our Rating: ★★★★★ :: PERFECTLY (WAR)CRAFTED :: Read Review »

Hearthstone is, well, kind of popular. So it’s a bit of a surprise that it took as long as it did for the first expansion to roll out. Still, Goblins vs Gnomes is a welcome sight all the same.

The expansion centers around the titular groups of diminutive tinkerers, and it adds (what else?) a fair number of new cards – including the brand new “Mech” minion type, which can apparently be quite powerful when you use several of them together. These new cards are available to draft in the Arena, or you can buy them in packs from the shop. A new appropriately-themed board is also available, and Spectator Mode is finally up and running for those times when you’d rather study other players’ techniques instead of watching your Murlocks get squashed (for a change).

The Goblins vs Gnomes expansion is live now, and you can download Hearthstone for free whenever you feel like checking it out. And we both know you feel like checking it out.

via: Our Review

Apps Are Us

 

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.

Peggle Blast

 

Take the monetization format of Candy Crush Saga and add the wonderfully addictive Peggle, and what do you get? Peggle Blast – a suitably enjoyable yet similarly cynical version of everyone’s favorite adaptation of Pachinko and Bagatelle. First things first: Peggle Blast plays just as well as any other Peggle game. It’ll still occasionally feel a touch random, but it’s satisfying for the most part. Dragging a finger around the screen manipulates where the ball goes, with holding it down will magnify the area. Lining things up perfectly to perform a loop-the-loop in order to take out loads of tiles at once is particularly satisfying. And, of course, Ode to Joy is still in there for when you succeed at a level. –Jennifer Allen

Wicked Lair

 
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It’s like some kind of unspoken rule that floats through the universe: good guys build towers to the heavens, and bad guys build underground lairs that go down, down, down. Wicked Lair by Stefan Pratter is all about building a hideout that stretches down into the Earth’s molten bowels. If that’s not enough of a hint, let’s just say it outright: Wicked Lair casts players as a lair-loving bad guy. And that’s OK, because foiling goodie-goods with a trapped underground hideout is as fun as it sounds. Wicked Lair is a mash-up between tower defense and tower building. Players assume the role of a berobed baddie whose subterranean lair is under constant threat from heroes that don’t know how to keep their noses in their own business. –Nadia Oxford

Offroad Legends 2

 

Clearly heavily influenced by the Trials series of games, Offroad Legends 2 is a less refined but mostly enjoyable physics-based racer. It can’t quite compare with the mighty Trials, but given the limited options for the franchise on iOS it’s a worthy substitute. With plenty of variety at hand, you won’t just be racing motorbikes either. Instead, you’ll be using trucks, buses, monster trucks, and more to negotiate the various obstacles within each level of Offroad Legends 2. That comes with its own issues – namely that you never quite get fully comfortable with one vehicle before you move onto the next, but this does keep things interesting. –Jennifer Allen

Earn to Die 2

 
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At first, Earn to Die 2 is a lot of fun. Kind of like an endless runner but with more of a structure, you attempt to drive a vehicle from one end of the level to the other. The problem is that there are waves of zombies in the way, plus the terrain itself is far from safe. The other, more significant problem is that things soon turn a bit repetitive and Earn to Die 2 turns out to be too long for comfort. That’s a real shame, as early on Earn to Die 2 easily has that ‘one more go’ factor. Controlling your vehicle is simple enough with buttons to the right adjusting for acceleration or using a boost, while the left side of the screen offers buttons that dictate the trajectory of your vehicle while you’re in the air – much like in a physics based racing game. At first you can mostly get away with hitting the accelerate button and seeing what happens, but soon enough those little tweaks make all the difference in helping you explore. –Jennifer Allen

Bruce Lee: Enter the Game

 
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When dealing with the legacy of its title character, Bruce Lee: Enter the Game smartly opts for a more old-school approach – in more ways than one. The gameplay is classic beat ‘em up and has players swiping the screen to clobber goons with fast fists and feet of fury. It’s not the deepest fighting style, but it unfolds at a blistering pace that feels great to execute. In fact, it’s when the system awkwardly tries something more complex, like charging special moves to take down guarded opponents, that it stumbles. Players can also augment Bruce with limited shields and health boosts as well as a power-amplifying fury attack. They can even give him outfits lifted from his films, each with their own bonuses. –Jordan Minor

Duckie Deck Bird Houses

 
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Toddlers and preschool-aged children will be delighted to try the new app, Duckie Deck Bird Houses, which allows them to explore this helpful craft. From first glimpse, adults will marvel at the use of the depth of field that this app has to offer as a lush green and mildly interactive landscape can be seen in the distance while one chooses a tree to build a birdhouse for. I am fond of the look of all of the tree selections as they are various shades of brown and grey – wonderful representations of real trees that most people have come across, complete with distinguishing features such as maple leaves, apples, or acorns. They are all very nice choices that will jog the memories that children have of trees from their adventures in nature. Also of note is the well-crafted background music used throughout – upbeat and a little quirky, which adds to the overall experience for both children and adults. –Amy Solomon

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MageCraft: The War

 
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Magecraft: The War is yet another in a very long line of freemium city builders for mobile. Aping games like Clash of Kings and injecting a well-worn fantasy vibe does it stand out? Magecraft starts off a lot like most city builders. Starting with a threadbare base, the player must construct buildings and crank out troops to capture resources from enemies and become stronger and gain experience to become even stronger and so on. All player cities exist on the same map so rather than the arbitrary “neighbors” system common in other social games cities must be marched to to be attacked and distance always matters. –Allan Curtis

Antec PULSE Lite Bluetooth Headphones

 
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Antec should be known by now for its mostly great, affordable accessories; we’ve had the opportunity to look at several of its offerings. Its line of headphones, as exemplified by the PULSE (which we reviewed a few months ago), are nice value propositions, and we expected similar of the Antec PULSE Lite Bluetooth Headphones that were sent to us to review. So what comes in the box? Well, there’s the white headphones, matching white micro-USB charging cable, and ( I liked this small touch) a simple black drawstring carrying pouch. –Tre Lawrence

Red War

 
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Red War may look a bit like Clash of Clans but it is in fact a mobile clone of War Commander, a Facebook game that allows players to build a base and take the fight to other players. Red War has the player take control of a basically non-existent base. After rebuilding some basic structures and receiving a small force of units the player must build a base, crank out more troops and generally roll over anyone who gets in their way. The game features a pretty familiar set of units. There are the ever useful rifle armed infantry, heavy machine gunners and snipers. Later on vehicles such as tanks and APCs come into play and medics and engineers round out the tactical options. –Allan Curtis

And finally, Pocket Gamer returned from the Basque Country with the winners of another Big Indie Pitch, reviewed Game of Thrones and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, picked the best iOS and Android games of November, and recommended some freebies to hold you over until Christmas. Check it all out right here.

Christmas Comes to The Simpsons: Tapped Out

Posted by on December 8th, 2014
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Our Rating: ★★☆☆☆ :: SOULLESS CASH-IN :: Read Review »

How does Santa get into so much trouble every year? In The Simpsons: Tapped Out, by Electronic Arts, someone’s going to have to save Christmas.

In the game’s new holiday update, you’ll be tasked with collecting presents and helping the elves in exchange for prizes. The update also includes new characters, buildings, decorations, and more.

You can download The Simpsons: Tapped Out for free right now.

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via: Our Review

appleholidayWelcome, one and all, to another 148Apps holiday shopping guide! Today marks the first of five guides for iOS-related holiday gifts we’ll be sharing with you all every day, over the course of the week. 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 [Socializers] [Creative Types] [Gamers] [Power Users]

Today’s guide is for the health nuts. Those people who get up inhumanly early to exercise, bike and/or jog with regularity, or otherwise make athletic activities a significant part of their day. If you’d like to help the health-conscious iOS users in your life with some handy gizmos, or maybe nab a useful app or two they may not have heard of, check out our list below for some ideas.
Continue reading 148Apps 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide for Health Nuts »

Space Ape Games, makers of Samurai Siege, has announced that they are launching their second title Rival Kingdoms: Age of Ruin in early 2015.

Rival Kingdoms is a high fantasy mobile RTS with multiplayer combat, guilds, and a story written by award-winning game writer Rhianna Pratchett. You’ll take on the role of the elite ‘Guardian’ army’s newest recruit. Will you be able to defend the planet Estara against the forces of the Ruin?

You can pre-register for Rival Kingdoms: Age of Ruin here, which will give you access to character backstories, a teaser trailer, and a bit of in-game gold to help get you started on ce the game officially releases.

Defend Your Home in an All-New Combat Mode for Dragons: Rise of Berk

Posted by on December 8th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★☆☆ :: PLAYING IT SAFE :: Read Review »

Dragons: Rise of Berk, by Ludia, lets you build your own version of Berk. But now you have to defend it from raiders! The newest update introduces a combat mode where you can use your dragons to defend the town and rescue other dragons. Assist your fighting dragon with your catapult and check out your stored dragons in the new Dragon Hangar.

The island is covered in a fresh fall of snow for the holidays and you’ll be able to find collection objects and treasure chests. Give them to Trader Johann for rewards. You might even get an exotic dragon in the exchange! The update also brings you a ton of new dragons, including some that are holiday themed and some from the films like Thunderpede, Grapple Grounder, Sliquifier, and more.

You can find all the new and exciting additions in Dragons: Rise of Berk for free on the App Store.

via: Our Review

Vainglory, a MOBA by Super Evil Megacorp, is adding the new character named Skaarfungandr, aka Skaarf. The Halcyon Fold welcomes its newest and cutest flamethrower.

Skaarf excels at dealing long-range and area-of-effect damage, especially during team fights. You can see him in action on Vainglory‘s Twitch channel right here. You can also find some great “Unsolved Case-Files” about Skaarf on the official site.

You can download Vainglory for free.

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via: Our Review


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