Want to see what we thought about exploring the dimension between life and death? Check out our Phantom Rift review!
Phantom Rift from Foursaken Media is a deep adventure/role-playing game that centers around intense battles with enemy monsters. It plays a good deal like Capcom’s Mega Man Battle Network, which thrived on the Game Boy Advance, and veterans of that series should be able to sink right into Foursaken’s title.
But that doesn’t mean surviving the Rift is easy. Here are some tips that will help keep you alive in this strange, dark world.
The questions at the beginning of the game seem to influence the magic spells you receive – When you begin playing Phantom Rift, you’re asked a brief series of questions about who you are. Do you like fighting with friends, or alone? Do you prefer fighting close-up, or from afar? The way in which you answer these questions seems to impact which spells you start the game with. For instance, if you say you prefer fighting up close, you should start off with an assortment of sword spells.
Stuck? Talk to Wispin – Wispin is your guide in the Rift. If you’re unsure of what to do next, tap on him to chat. He can help light the way. [Editor’s Note: *rimshot*]
Use energy sparingly – Early in Phantom Rift, you receive a ring that restores health at the cost of 30 energy. This is a valuable tool, and can mean the difference between life and death. That said, energy is very valuable as it’s also used to buy spells, weapons, and armor. Instead of healing yourself with energy-consuming items, try restoring your health in-battle using spells.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 12th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Magic Notion has released their first game (and it’s an odd one): Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker. This dating sim gives you power over peoples’ lives as you match them through your very own dating agency. You’ll get help from the sassy drag queen diva Kitty Powers and her little black book of lonely hearts. As you find love for these desperate patrons you will unlock upgrades for your salon and gift shop, and find new locales to send your clients. You can even connect to Facebook friends to see who’s the matching maestro!
With lines like “Lorks! An errant Arachnid!” being blurted out during dates, the trailer for Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker has already won my heart.
You can download Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker for $2.99 on the App Store.
The original soundtrack for Glorkian Warrior, the funky shoot ‘em up from Pixeljam Games, is now available on Bandcamp. Jam out to the chiptune music composed by Mark DeNardo, a Brooklyn-based composer and performer. Mark used a GameBoy and the program Little Sound DJ to create the 15 songs on the album.
The “Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork” OST is available for download on Bandcamp right now, for $5.00.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 4th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
In the new Kingdom Come update for Infinity Blade III, Players will finally be able to confront Lelindre, Mistress of the End, and discover the final fate of the Ark. To celebrate this final chapter, Chair Entertainment is offering the game for 50% off.
Players will now be able to explore the frozen wastes of Nafusaan, home to the dreaded King of Dragons, Dragoor. The update includes 6 new treasure maps, 5 new enemies, more items, and you can unlock the ability to upgrade their gear to level 100. You may also challenge yourself with the new goals and achievements to make you last adventure in the Infinity Blade series legendary.
Pick up Infinity Blade III for $2.99 on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 29th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Snowman has just released their 2.1 update for Checkmark 2. The update includes new features such as snoozing, improved recurring reminders, and tappable actions in notes. The recurring reminders now require you check them off so that you never miss them and the tappable actions allow you to add links inside the notes field, such as a phone number, URL, or email address.
Checkmark 2 now also supports a 24-hour clock and has improved their date-specific location-based reminders and “Add from map” zooming. And to celebrate all these new features, Checkmark 2 is 70% off for a limited time.
You can download the latest version of Checkmark 2 today for the temporary price of $2.99.
Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan is a children’s storybook that emphasizes the importance of going to bed, dreams, and those magical moments right before being tucked in.
Now Kelly Paniagua, author of the award-winning children’s book, is planning to bring an interactive story app based on the very same bedtime story to the App Store. Very soon, in fact. Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan marks the first in a planned series of ten, and the intention is to release an app shortly after each title goes to print.
The Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan app includes pretty much everything parents would want in an interactive bedtime story: narration, highlighted text to aid with reading along, character voices (supplied by Paniagua’s own daughter as well as her husband, Julian McMahon), animations, and of course some interactive bits. A couple of mini-games have also been included. One involves flying through space collecting ingredients for baking cookies (finishing the game also reveals a recipe for “Galaxy Cookies”), while the other is about finding hidden animals and learning about nocturnal versus diurnal behavior.
What’s most intriguing about Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan is the special Coloring Activity. It’s actually based on Dr. Wayne Dyer’s theory about how what we see, do, and think about right before bed (about 30 minutes or so) can affect both our dreams and our mood when we wake up. Paniagua wanted to know, “What if you implemented this at a developmental age?”
The idea is for children to use their imagination and draw up something right before bed, and an “Idea Generator” is also available if they have trouble thinking of something. What they draw and/or the mood it puts them in (preferably happy) should, in theory, have an impact on their dreams. Drawings can be saved from within the app to your device’s camera roll for easy sharing, too.
Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan is available on the App Store right now for $2.99 (no in-app purchases). If you’re interested in the physical book as well, you can pick it up in stores now for $13.95.
Trapped in dream in a four-color world, you’ll need to fly the doves out of the mazes of your imagination while avoiding walls and a variety of traps. As the trailer below likely proves however, that’s unlikely to be very easy throughout the three level packs within.
8bit Doves is available on the App Store now for $2.99.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 27th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Star Walk 2, by Vito Technology, aims to bring constellations to life. Users can point their iOS device at the stars and watch as the app identifies and renders 3d models of the celestial bodies that can be turned and enjoyed from different angles.
Star Walk 2 acts as your guide to the night sky by using your current location to find what stars will be visible. You can also search for specific stars, constellations, or satellites and the app will identify where you have to look to find them. Then there’s the Sky Live window, which can show you all the relevant data for your stargazing adventure including sunrise and sunset times, moon phases, and the rise and set times for 4 main planets: Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter.
Star Walk 2 also includes functions such as coordinates on each image to make locating your favorite constellation easier, a soft red-mode that preserves your night-vision while using the app, and a Time Machine mode that allows users to see stars in their calculated past and future positions.
You can pick up Star Walk 2 for $2.99 on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 19th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tom Hanks, the critically acclaimed actor, in partnership with Hitcents, has released his first app: Hanx Writer.
Hanx Writer is a document creator that simulates the feel of a typewriter. Like a real typewriter it makes all the fun clicking sounds of keys hitting paper, but it also offers you the convenience of being able to email, print, or share your documents. The app has 3 different models available. The basic one is free, and if you want more variety the other models are only $2.99 to unlock.
Try out Hanx Writer today for free on the App Store.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 15th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Everybody’s favorite abusive To-Do list app, CARROT, has just benefited from a rather substantial update.
The update brings with it a speech synthesizer, a new story chapter to do with Captain Whiskers, and a cowboy cat costume in the Shop N Slack store. For those at level 15, there’s now a new way to quickly add items to your list through swiping down.
60 new rewards can also be earned (according to the developer, they’re mostly cat facts) and there are 5 new challenges to test you.
For the uninitiated, prepare to be insulted regularly by this bizarre motivational tool. There’s no other task management app quite like it, but it’s a great idea.
CARROT is out now on the App Store and is priced at $2.99.
Smartphones are very useful tools for communicating, playing music, finding out information, and generally entertaining you, but they can be dangerous if used while driving. Navdy seeks to alleviate distractions while still allowing you access to all of those functions.
It is being billed as “Google-glass for your car” as, similar to the glasses, the small heads up display (HUD) is designed to sit on your dashboard and project information on a transparent pane in front of you. Navdy is running a 30 day pre-order campaign where they hope to raise $60,000 to get backers and support the initial production.
Navdy is supported by cars made after 1996 as it connects with the auto’s onboard computer (OBD II port). This allows it to display navigation instructions, fuel economy stats, tire-pressure warnings, speed, and more. The HUD can be controlled with voice and simple gestures to help keep drivers focused on the road. It also supports many popular apps such as Google Maps, Spotify, and various social media platforms.
Backers can pre-order Navdy for $299 – a 40% discount from its projected retail price. You can also use Navdy‘s referral program to alert friends and family, and for everyone who buys one based on your referral you receive a $30 discount. If you pre-order you will be able to vote on which smartphone apps and features Navdy should have when it is finalized in 2015.
Nothing says “Holiday Season” like an Advent Calendar, right? Well the folks at Pocket Gamer, in collaboration with a lot of very generous and generally awesome developers, have set up a special one just for you, the iOS gaming enthusiast. Starting next Monday, 12/8, they’ll be giving away one top-rated premium game for $0, for […]