LEX Goes Free For One Day In Honor of New Update

Posted by on July 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★½☆ :: SIMPLE YET LEXICAL :: Read Review »

It’s a big day for Simple Machine’s word game, LEX. For one thing, it’s just been updated so that it now throws double letters into the mix, plus there are some handy bug fixes going on.

To celebrate that update, LEX is entirely free to download for today only!

Plus, for the coding buffs out there, LEX has also been made open-source for the public, meaning that coders can manipulate the code as they please if they wish. Simple Machine has explained that they believe “ownership is becoming obsolete,” which is why they want to inspire young and old through this venture. A video below explains more on the matter.

For those yet to try LEX, I’d suggest diving in now before the price goes back up.

via: Our Review

Thomas Was Alone Goes Universal, Slashes Price to $3.99

Posted by on July 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: THOMAS WAS EXCELLENT :: Read Review »

Previously, Bossa Studios’ and Mike Bithell’s Thomas Was Alone was itself alone on iOS, being only available to iPad owners. That’s changes today, as the adventures of Thomas and his quadrilateral buddies is now available for iPhones (minimum 4, with 4S upwards recommended) and 5th generation iPod Touches due to the game becoming an universal app. To celebrate this, the game is also on sale, knocking 33% off the usual price for this weekend.

Thomas Was Alone is available now for $3.99, and will be until July 28, at which point the price will rise back up to $5.99.

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Tin Man Games has announced that they will soon be releasing Steve Jackson’s Appointment with F.E.A.R. as an interactive digital comic book.

Players will be able to design their own superhero with their choice of superpower, gender, appearance, and costume design. The comic allows players to collect clues, pit themselves against super villains using narrative-based combat, and discover the location of the insidious F.E.A.R. meeting. The app also includes a trading card system. Players decisions may lead them to discover rare cards that they can trade with their friends via Facebook.

Appointment with F.E.A.R. will be released at the end of August on the App Store.

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It Came From Canada: Epic Skater

For all the hate that it gets for being a pastime for slackers, skateboarding really does require a lot of skill. All those flips and spins take real athleticism, and there’s all the jargon to memorize. Fortunately for us less extreme individuals, Epic Skater makes things a lot simpler by handling all that pesky “moving” business. We check out this upcoming endless runner – or skater, rather – in this edition of It Came From Canada!

Epic Skater always starts with its kid hero bursting out of a dusty old classroom to go skate in the big city. But from there, the game randomly strings together its environments to create a slightly different experience each time. Certain sections will become familiar, but changing the order keeps players on their toes, and their toes on the board. The different backdrops are also lovingly detailed, whether it’s the giant “Epicwood” sign or the various restaurants players skate by after emerging from the sewers. And it’s all brought to life in a colorful, fast-paced, 3D cartoon world.

epic skater 1As an endless runner, the only goal is to make it as far as possible without stumbling over an obstacle. But what’s the fun in that? The real goal is to get as high a score as possible using the game’s fairly robust, Tony Hawk-style trick system. Swiping or holding down on the screen in various ways will trigger all kinds of unique flips, spins, and jumps. Players can chain moves together through manuals, or if their timing is really precise, hop right onto a grind rail in the background. The game gets quicker the longer it goes on, and soon players will be leaping over massive gaps at breakneck speeds. They might even start to worry for the kid – especially after watching some of the gnarly failure animations.

epic skater 2Between runs players can use the coins they’ve gathered to upgrade their board, or buy boosters at the start of each round. With real money they can also buy energy drinks to continue a failed run without losing any points. But as far as freemium elements go, that’s pretty inoffensive. Plus, by paying attention to the achievement system players can earn most of the experience they need to take their skater to the next level without crutches.

Currently, Epic Skater is only available in countries like New Zealand as part of its soft launch phase. But expect it to shred its way onto App Stores everywhere soon.

More Paintings Have Been Added to Paint it Back!

Posted by on July 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: PUZZLED PAINTER :: Read Review »

Casual Labs is pleased to announce that they have released a new, free update for Paint it Back. Their unique logic puzzler has received 12 all-new paintings and a new achievement.

You can pick up Paint it Back now on the app store for $2.99.

via: Our Review

Shuffle as Fast As You Can for The Walking Dead: Season Two – Chapter 4: Amid the Ruins

Posted by on July 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The wildly popular The Walking Dead: Season Two‘s new chapter, Amid the Ruins, sees a return to Clementine’s story about a young girl orphaned in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Who will she save? How will she evolve as a character? It is all up to you as every choice you make changes Clementine’s fate.

This is the fourth chapter that Telltale Games has released for Season 2. Users will be able to buy the chapter alone as an in-app purchase, or Save 25% by purchasing the Multi-Pack [Episodes 2-5 bundle] via in-app in the ‘Episodes’ menu.

An update has arrived for Flexibits‘ calendar app, Fantastical 2 for iPad and for iPhone, bringing new features and bug fixes to the apps. Coinciding with the update, both apps are currently also 33% and 50% off, respectively – knocking the price down to $9.99 for the iPad and $4.99 for the iPhone.

Thanks to the latest update, events and reminders within the app now have snooze options, with contacts and locations now possible to search for and add when creating a new event. The app will also notify users on upcoming birthdays and features new event invitation notifications as well.

Fantastical 2 is available now for $9.99 for the iPad, down from its usual price of $14.99, and available for $4.99 for the iPhone, down from $9.99.

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Rise of Vigil Expansion Released for Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer

Posted by on July 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: COLLECT THIS :: Read Review »

Playdek and Stone Blade Entertainment have released Rise of Vigil – an in-app expansion for the iOS card game Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer. The expansion adds a new energy shard mechanic, which gives players the ability to upgrade heroes, monsters, and constructs. This changes the dynamic of certain cards; making weaker ones potentially much more powerful.

Rise of Vigil also includes 46 new center deck cards; including 11 new Monster cards, 24 new Hero cards, 11 new Construct cards, and new starting deck art as well as new background theme art and music.

Joel Goodman, CEO of Playdek says,  “We’re excited to release this new expansion to the popular Ascension series and we thank fans for waiting. The new energy shard cards energize the gameplay by making players rethink old strategies.”

You can download Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer for free, and purchase the Rise of Vigil in-game update for $3.99.

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Finnish developer Boomlagoon has released a teaser trailer of their forthcoming side-scrolling action platformer, Monsu.

Looking like a pretty cute auto-runner, Monsu has another trick up its sleeve, courtesy of the many cards that you can collect as you play.

Coming from some of the minds behind Angry Birds, there will be dozens of customizable characters to get to know, with the hope that Monsu is more character-driven than most running platformers.

A series of online tournaments besides the rich single-player world should ensure there’s plenty of fun to be had when Monsu arrives on the App Store later this summer.

Check out the trailer below to see just what to expect very soon!

Things have changed in Berk, the fantasy Viking village of DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon series. Dragons and Vikings, once mortal enemies, now must learn to live together in peace. Dragons: Rise of Berk lets players manage dragon-Viking relations first hand, and here are some tips for keeping everyone happy and prosperous.

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Obviously, dragons play a pretty big role in a game named after them, and they’re good for much more than just flying and fire-breathing. Here’s how to put them to work.

  • To get started, level up Toothless by feeding him tasty fish. Once he’s strong enough, you can then send him out to search nearby islands for more dragons eggs. Get a Whispering Death on Bashem or maybe a Scauldron on Unlandable Cove.
  • After hatching an egg, place your new baby dragon wherever there is room and feed them until they level up and reach adult size. You can also train dragons by sending them to the academy for a few minutes.
  • Adult dragons can independently perform many tasks around Berk, and as they grow they learn new skills such as how to gather resources like fish and lumber. Having more dragons at your command also increases Berk’s ability to expand.
  • As you progress, tons of new dragon breeds become available to search for, including some limited time offers. Also, by helping characters from the movies their personal dragons, like Astrid’s Stormfly, can be yours.

    Continue reading Dragons: Rise of Berk – Tips, Tricks, and Strategies on How to Train Your Dragons »
  • Cowabunga! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run Is Currently Free

    Posted by on July 23rd, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Our Rating: ★★½☆☆ :: NOT EASY BEING GREEN :: Read Review »

    Presumably due to the forthcoming movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is free on the App Store at the moment.

    The game allows you to control your favorite turtle as he runs, jumps, fights, and drives his way through New York’s endless landscape.

    We weren’t too keen on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run when it first came out, mostly because there was a ton of grinding to it. However, as it’s gone free for a limited time this might be just the right time for you to see if you agree with us.

    We’re not sure how long it’s on sale for, so we’d suggest grabbing it as soon as possible.

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    Lots of New Modes Have Been Added to Canabalt

    Posted by on July 23rd, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    A mere month after Canabalt was updated for the first time in over two years, it’s been updated again! That’s speedy!

    The update brings with it eight new game modes, new leaderboards for each of those, two-player modes, plus 16 additional achievements.

    The new modes change up the tried and tested formula with challenges such as alien ships coming at you, invisible buildings, and the rather risky Defenestration requiring you to throw yourself through windows. For the more cautious gamer, there’s also the addition of the Purity mode in which there aren’t any obstacles at all.

    Don’t forget the fun of two player local multiplayer too!

    The update for Canabalt is out now and the game is priced at $2.99.

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    Line-Drawing Puzzler Mole Smash Saga Announced by Zing Games, Developers of Mr. Runner

    Posted by on July 23rd, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Zing Games, developers of the multi-million downloaded Mr. Runner series on iOS, have today announced Mole Smash Saga, a line-drawing puzzle game. In the game you run Old McDonald’s farm, which has been infested with annoying moles. In order to save the farm, players will need to grab a hammer and smash them away. The game features six different modes, with the smashing of moles done by connecting lines over them.

    Mole Smash Saga is available now and is free to download.

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    Table Tennis Touch on Sale for a Limited Time

    Posted by on July 23rd, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: KILLER SPIN! :: Read Review »

    Table Tennis Touch by Yakuto is having a sale to celebrate the Commonwealth Games, which is a huge event in the table tennis world. This fun Ping Pong app will be 50% off from today, July 23, to August 3. Players will be excited to hear that Yakuto is also working on updates including a new multiplayer mode.

    You can pick up Table Tennis Touch for $1.99 on the App Store during the sale.

    via: Our Review

    Celebrate Summer With a Cat in the Hat Learning Library Sale

    Posted by on July 22nd, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    It is now Summer, what a wonderful time, so I bring you news, that will mostly rhyme.

    Oceanhouse Media want kids to read, whilst home this season, so thus there’s a sale, if you needed a reason. Over twenty apps, now cheaper to get, most down a dollar, others further yet. They’re about science concepts, aimed at ages five to eight, featuring the Cat in the Hat, which is pretty great. They’ll teach your kids, whilst they rhyme, which is pretty impressive, doing both at the same time.

    The list of apps can be found below, just in case you wanted to know:

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