Todat 2K and Firaxis Games have announced the iOS version of their fantastic alien-blasting strategy game, XCOM: Enemy Within. This enhanced edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown comes with a ton of new content including new gear, story, classes, maps, and gameplay.
Now you can add new facilities to your base, such as the slightly creepy Genetics Lab that allows you to mess around with your soldiers’ biology and the Cybernetics Lab where you can convert your soldiers into giant mechanical supermen. You’re going to need them, too. The alien forces have a new ally amongst the humans. A shadowy organization called EXALT is working against humanity – you’ll want to infiltrate their inner workings and take them down before they have us all bowing to our new alien overlords.
Enemy Within also has new multiplayer maps, units, and abilities. Gang up on those aliens in one-on-one, turn-based matches.
Unfortunately the app is only compatible with iPad 3, iPad mini 2, iPhone 5 and up. It WILL NOT be able to run on earlier generations of iOS hardware.
You’ll be able to download XCOM: Enemy Within from the App Store for $12.99 tomorrow.
GAMEVIL has announced that their live MORPG, Darkness Reborn, is officially coming to iOS on 11/18.
You’ll take on the role of Damien: a brave knight who faces off against an evil two-headed dragon named Belphegor, but gets cursed for his troubles. You’ll be able to play alone or with your friends through PvP battles, co-op dungeons, and boss raids.
GAMEVIL is also running a pre-launch event for Darkness Reborn, where if you sign up by November 17, you will receive one of two exclusive epic in-game weapons. You can sign up for the pre-launch goodies here.
Candy Crush Soda Saga give us five new game modes including Soda, where players must fill the board with purple soda; Soda Bears, where you free bears floating in soda; and Chocolate, where the goal is to eliminate all of the chocolate from the board.
You can check out Candy Crush Soda Saga for free on the App Store.
RGB Express, by Bad Crane, is a mini-truck puzzle that packs a lot of game onto it’s tiny highway. It’s cute, challenging, and has recently been updated.
Now players with an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus get to enjoy some enhanced graphics, and everyone will celebrate 40 new levels to ponder. Bad Crane has also added Japanese language support smushed some bugs.
You can get RGB Express in the App Store for $2.99.
So little time and so very many apps. What’s a poor iPhone 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.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. In WinterForts players split their time between managing a growing home base and using their resources to fund strategic skirmishes against the computer or other players online. If it’s not broke don’t fix it, and considering the massive success of Clash of Clans, WinterForts decided that formula definitely did not need fixing. Players send workers off to gather raw materials outside the city’s walls, train soldiers and erect defenses to stave off barbarian hordes, and patiently wait as freemium restrictions throttle everything from upgrading buildings to digging up “tightly packed” snow floors. –Jordan Minor
When I first caught wind of Smash Champs, an animal-based fighting game from Kiloo, I was excited. I’m from the old school: I remember when fighting game developers pit all sorts of fauna against each other in mortal combat, including dinosaurs (Primal Rage) and were-beasts (Bloody Roar). How disappointing to learn Smash Champs has almost nothing to do with fighting. Instead, it’s a Fruit Ninja-style game that lets players “train” their champions, but forces them to sit on the sidelines while battles are carried out automatically. –Nadia Oxford
The town of Twisty Hollow has been contorted by odd ordinances passed down by the burg’s self-appointed mayor. Simple tasks are suddenly herculean thanks to these mix-ups. How is a firewoman supposed to slaughter a pig? More importantly, how is she supposed to slaughter a pig using a fishing pole? It’s the player’s job to restore order from nonsense. Each level of Twisty Hollow takes place on a multi-tiered wheel, and on each layer there’s a person, a tool, and an object. Matching up the butcher with a knife and a pig makes bacon, which can then be given to a demanding customer. Matching up a fisherwoman with a fishing pole and a worm makes a fish, which can likewise be given to a customer. –Nadia Oxford
War is hell. The most grave sin against living things is to commit violence against a nation when there is no just cause, and – wait, Dino on Fire is a war game featuring dinosaur soldiers? And armed dragons? Lecture over. Get in line and grab a rifle. Dino on Fire is a Clash of Clans clone with a scaly difference: Instead of commanding barbarians and the like, the player gets to push dinosaurs around. That’s pretty cool. There’s an additional, albeit small difference: Battle tactics depend more on commanding dinosaur heroes than directing smaller, faceless soldiers on where to attack. –Nadia Oxford
I have always been a fan of Duckie Deck apps, as the use of bright colors, upbeat music and fun sound effects are always present within their applications. The presumably watercolor stains seen on the teeth within With Teeth as well as the textures within the mouth really make this app stand out for its level of polish. I equally appreciate all the different hands that one grooms within Hungry Clipper as both my son and I have spend time clipping in order to see who may be next. Gotta Go includes details that make this a kids’ app honest about what may happen when using the toilet to poop. Although some families may not appreciate most vivid sights and sounds included within, parents are doing their children no service to pretend these bodily functions don’t exist as seen within other potty training apps, making Hygiene Essentials an interesting bundle to possibly download, keeping in mind that each of these apps can be downloaded individually as well. –Amy Solomon
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After a stupid exclusive deal with Amazon, The Wolf Among Us is finally out on Android. Was it worth the wait? The Wolf Among Us is a game by Telltale Games, a developer we all know and love thanks to the awesome series The Walking Dead. The Wolf Among Us is also a episodic game. Now it is out on Android, you can get the first part for free and buy the rest of the parts via in-app purchase. In the game, we follow Bigby Wolf, none other than the Big Bad Wolf, in his quest to uncover the truth behind a gruesome murder. We won’t go in to too much details here, because of spoilers. –Wesley Akkerman
Remember Monkey Boxing? Wanna see those action junkie primates battle in vehicles Mario Karts-style? Here comes Monkey Racing. Graphically, it looks good, is effective with color without being overdone. Sound is cheery, animations are smooth, and the different locations are designed well. Per gameplay, it flows pretty well; the karts work well as the main racing attraction of the game. It feels a little bit like more entrenched racers, but feels sufficiently different that it doesn’t feel like a clone. It comes in two modes, single and multiplayer, and there are also three different levels to play: easy, normal and hard. –Tre Lawrence
Speakers are big business, and Edifier has a good reputation in that specific sector. It has a host of offerings, portable and not much so, but for the most part, the name invokes quality. As such, we can’t really pretend to be unexcited by the opportunity to take a look at its Prisma Encore Sound System. The review package Edifier sent us was sizable, and hinted at the goodness inside. The review box came with several pieces: three main pieces in black finish with silver accents, and several smaller accessories. The main unit is the subwoofer, and there are two satellite speakers; there is also a power cord, adapter, 3.5mm male-to-male audio cable, a remote with battery and documentation. –Tre Lawrence
And finally, a few words from our friends at AppSpy: You look nice, is that a new outfit? It really suits you! Anyway beautiful, you should get on over to AppSpy because this week we’ve been finding out how to make all sorts of Minecraft-themed cakes, gawping at real life fighting robots controlled by your mobile, and seeing all the stupid stuff you can do in Strung Along. It’s all in our weekly round-up.
And from Pocket Gamer: This week Pocket Gamer picked 18 mobile games to get excited about in November, offered a contentious take on Simogo’s new game, told you all about Seabeard, and hinted at a juicy big game coming next week…
Pocket Casts, by ShiftyJelly, is a podcast manager that organizes all of your favorite shows – and the app has been updated to 5.0 to be bigger and better than before.
Pocket Casts now has an updated UI and a Per Podcast notification setting that makes it so you only get notified about podcasts that you pick. You can also add things to your Up Next list straight from a notification.
To save time, you can now turn on auto download. Any new episodes of your podcasts will automatically upload for your listening pleasure.
There are a ton of other new things that have been added to Pocket Casts, which you can find on the App Store for $3.99.
One of the more exciting gaming developments that has come about thanks to the rise of tablets and the iPad in particular is the resurgence of the adventure game. Touchscreen gaming lends itself perfectly to this kind of experience, and various indie developers are embracing its potential.
One such development studio is that of Belfast-based Billy Goat Entertainment. The studio is currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming title, Her Majesty’s Spiffing, which is a quirky space-based adventure. While the campaign is focused on rewarding PC owning pledgers, there are plans for an iOS release. We took the time to learn more from founder, William Barr.
148Apps: How did Billy Goat Entertainment come about? And why the quirky name? William Barr (WB): The company came about out of necessity seeing as I carelessly decided to leave a job I wasn’t fond of (despite the meagre yet reliable monthly paychecks) and no one else would hire me! As for the name, I’m very much a child of the 90s, a time when every company needed to have some form of anthropomorphic cartoon animal mascot. I’m also incredibly conceited – Billy is of course a common abbreviation of William. These two factors contributed to the choice of name and the fact that we have a Cashmere Goat as our mascot! Continue reading The Challenges of Kickstarting a Project and why Her Majesty’s Spiffing should be Hilarious »
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 10th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Overhaul Games has releasedIcewind Dale: Enhanced Edition for iOS. The app is a port of the old Dungeons and Dragons classic PC game that explores the frozen tundra of Icewind Dale.
The enhanced edition comes complete with dozens of new spells and items, almost 40 new kits and classes, and a new interface to make playing on a touch screen easier. And now players can also invite their friends along as the game has integrated cooperative, cross-platform play.
As if all that wasn’t enough, a quest that was originally cut from the game is now playable, giving you even more content to check out.
You can download Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition for $9.99 right now.
BioShock, by 2K, is a pretty good port of the original console game to iOS. And recently, 2K updated the game with a bunch of enhancements. Now you can enjoy voiceovers in French, Italian, German, and Spanish, and get a Japanese text localization.
Feeling like you need more room in your save games? Now you can delete old saves to make way for new ones. The controls have also been worked over with better handling, and a new look inversion option is available. Lastly, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can now enjoy an optimized experience.
You can pick up the new and improved Bioshock for $10.99 on the App Store now.
The app includes sleep tracking, which tracks sleep cycles, duration, and efficiency; a ‘Smart Alarm’, which will attempt to wake users up in light sleep periods; and Moon Phase Tracking among its features, with users encouraged to also track daily variables such as stress levels, caffeine consumption, and workout habits. This data is then visualized for the user, allowing for analysis of sleep behavior based off of what happened on that given day.
Sleep Better is available to download now for free.
Boson X, the endless rotational runner by Ian MacLarty, is currently free. In the game you are a scientist in a suit running inside a massive particle accelerator. You’ll jump and dodge as you search for the elusive Boson X.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 7th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Doodle Jump DC Super Heroes, by Warner Bros., has donned its cape and joined the Justice League. Now you can play this jumping game as powerful DC Super Heroes. The first episode is all about Batman as he fights The Penguin, Mr. Freeze, The Joker, and The Riddler. Can he recover the powerful stolen crystals? He’ll need his batcopter, batarangs, and bat jetpack to be sure.
You can download Doodle Jump DC Super Heroes for free on the App Store.
Creature Academy doesn’t have time for your slow-paced, grandparents’ RPGs. In the span of a few minutes, it has players slicing down monsters, toppling a boss, improving their party, and repeating the whole cycle all over again. But while role-playing this quickly may work during a bus ride, does it sacrifice depth in the process? Find out in this edition of It Came From Canada!
Structurally, Creature Academy is a fairly rote action-RPG. With their three-person party, players venture out into various environments, like meadows or volcanoes, looking for monsters to slay. They’ll encounter everything from Hackits, little burlap sack creatures that recall Dragon Quest’s iconic Slimes, to towering goblins and mushrooms that serve as the bosses of each area. Players can then customize their party between skirmishes by giving them better weapons and gear along with limited-use boosters like extra speed or strength. However, while party leaders will typically be heroic human characters, players can also recruit fallen foes to their squad like the trident-wielding, amphibious Fischenchips. Furthermore, players can evolve and combine captured monsters to create even more powerful allies. Beyond the main campaign, players can also test out their team in a wave-based survival mode.
But what stands out so much about Creature Academy is how it takes those standard tropes and plays them at what feels like double speed, after a painfully, and ironically, slow initial install. The game is divided into dozens of separate levels and, at least initially, players will just cruise through them crushing monsters in seconds. This isn’t to say that the game is mindless. It’s good to know when to use a ranged weapon vs. a sword or when to swap out a weak character because one death equals game over. But the game just moves so freaking fast that everything kind of becomes a blur, especially once screen-clearing special attacks and overpowered online helpers enter the fray. It’s not bad, just chaotic, and at least the graphics keep up.
Hyperactivity isn’t historically a hallmark of RPGs, but maybe that will give Creature Academy its own identity. Players can see if this whirlwind of level grinding and monster battling is right for them when the game fully launches soon.
Knights of Pen & Paper, by Paradox North, has gotten a Halloween-themed update called Haunted Fall. While the holiday has already passed, the update includes plenty to keep you happy.
You’ll have access to a new Witch class, enemies, locations, and quests. The Witch joins your team as a healer and hexer, weakening your foes just when you need it. You’ll be able to explore the Corn Field Maze and the Abandoned Dwarven Mall.
Pick up Knights of Pen & Paper with its Haunted Fall update for $4.99 on the App Store.
Gameloft has released the Descending Depths Update for Dungeon Hunter 4. Now you can explore the 3 new legendary new dungeons Howling Canyon, The Dig Site, and the Chapel of Whispers. Along the way, battle new bosses such as the evil Crow and the brutal Bone Golem, find new armor, and take on the new event, Burdens.
Find your way to the Dig Site via the treacherous Howling Canyon. Try to cross the abandoned bridge while being assaulted by multitudes of monsters. At the Dig Site itself, excavators have uncovered crystals that raise the dead! You must battle your way through the Chapel of Whispers to stop them before it is too late.
You can download Dungeon Hunter 4 for free on the App Store.