Posted by Ellis Spice on December 19th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Badland developers Frogmind has announced that their popular side-scroller has reached the 20 million player mark worldwide, and their latest level pack ‘Daydream’ is coming out to celebrate.
Featuring ten new single-player levels, 30 missions, and five achievements, this new level pack also includes the journey of SNORF (one of the multiplayer characters) through the more bizarre sections of Badland. To celebrate the holiday season, the pack is also free for a limited time. Fans of Badland will also be happy to know that Frogmind has announced that they are working on ‘multiple’ titles in the series for release next year.
Badland is available from the App Store now, if you aren’t one of the aforementioned 20 million players, for $3.99. The ‘Daydream’ pack is available for free for a unspecified ‘limited’ time.
Welcome, 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.
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 »
Posted by Jessica Fisher 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.
In Card Wars, you’ll get new Holiday Sweater Hero Cards, a holiday-themed tree house with loot chests, special creature, spell, and building cards (limited availability), and the Adventure Calendar – sort of a super mathematical (awesome) Advent calendar with daily gifts for logging in.
Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, on the other hand, is getting Codger the Elf – a weird old guy in Powder Peaks who needs Niko’s help in a new island-spanning quest. You’ll also be able to play new levels where you must find missing presents and you can earn a brand-new costume for Niko if you finish Codger’s quest.
You can grab a copy of Card Wars – Adventure Time and/or Monsters for $3.99 and $4.99, respectively.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 12th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
In Monument Valley, ustwo’s Apple Design Award winner for 2014, you are Princess Ida exploring the gorgeous world and doing your best to outsmart the Crow People. In the game’s newest update, Forgotten Shores, you can play through eight new chapters with even more illusions and graphical beauty.
You can download Monument Valley for $3.99 on the App Store, and the update is available as a separate in-app purchase for $1.99.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 10th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 31st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Card Dungeon, by Playtap Games, has gotten a major overhaul that adds new features and fixes some old bugs.
Playtap has increased the speed of game play by shrinking the max room size and allowing Crusaders to move faster across the map when there are no monsters lurking nearby. Card Dungeon now also saves your game for you after every turn, making it easier to pick up and put down when you need to.
Last but not least, when you beat the boss on each level the dungeon will begin to collapse. You must race to the exit before time runs out.
You can download the newly-updated Card Dungeon for $3.99 on the App Store.
Nightfall is now $0.99 (previously $2.99). Lords of Waterdeep is $3.99 (previously $6.99) and its expansions are $0.99. Finally, Ascension‘s Darkness Unleashed expansion is on sale for $1.99 (previously $2.99) while all other expansions are $0.99.
This Halloween treat is only available through November 1, so pick up these great games on the cheap while you have the chance.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Nickelodeon has released a new ghostly update for SpongeBob Moves In. Lord Poltergeist and his ghost crew have invaded Bikini Bottom and it is up to you to help SpongeBob scare off all of the ghosts with some creepy cooking. You’ll be able to complete tasks to unlock exclusive decorations and costumes.
Download SpongeBob Moves In now for $3.99 on the App Store.
At the base of the campaign is a new maze pack for Ms. PAC-MAN and PAC-MAN, titled the ‘Hope Maze’, with all purchases of the $0.99 pack going directly towards supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In addition, the in-game interface in both games will be going pink for the month of October.
NBCF Founder and CEO Janelle Hail had this to say on the campaign:
We are very excited about our new partnership with Bandai Namco and the Ms. PAC-MAN Pink Ribbon Campaign. By encouraging their gamers to Join the Pac, we can reach more women than ever with our message of hope. The funds they raise will allow us to provide early detection services for women in need in all 50 states.
Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man are both available on the App Store now for $3.99, with the ‘Hope Maze’ available as an in-app purchase in both games for $0.99.
The game is a fun kingdom builder with 30 upgradeable building types, around 100 game achievements, and upgradable heroes. Spread your influence far and wide as you defeat monsters and conquer new lands.
You can pick up the Majesty Bundle for $3.99 on the App Store.
Through their partnership with vividHDR, accurate three-shot HDR capture is now in the app with five different HDR styles (Natural, Vivid, Dramatic, Black and White, and Faded) available. Users can try out the new feature for free but will get watermarks on their pictures, with an in-app purchase of $1.99 required to remove these watermarks.
Meanwhile, new manual controls allow photographers using the app to adjust exposure levels thanks to new control over Exposure Compensation and the ability to manage ISO sensitivity and shutter speed. Control over color temperature and color tint has also been added, as has slow-motion playback for high frame rate videos for the videographers among you.
ProCamera 8 is available to purchase from the App Store now for $3.99, with watermark-less vividHDR available as an in-app purchase for $1.99.
Posted by Ellis Spice on September 22nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An update has arrived for Frogmind’s BADLAND, bringing enhanced visuals for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, which the developers claim bring “even more beauty and atmosphere” to the side-scrolling title. For those without one of the newest iPhones, you haven’t been forgotten – fixes for bugs, including issues with replay sync, as well as support for the Czech language also coming in this update.
BADLAND is available to download from the App Store now for $3.99.
The Nightmare Cooperative is a distinctive and challenging puzzler that drops players right in the thick of things and forces them to adapt. We’ve prepared a few tips and hints to prepare you for the countless trips you’ll be taking through the dungeons.
Top of the Class
Utilizing and familiarizing yourself with the perks of the class system is an extremely important part of The Nightmare Cooperative, as it can dictate who is worth saving and who is worth leaving behind. Below is a list by order of personal preference, starting with the most valued member of my team.
The Ninja uses his stealth to slip past enemies unnoticed, covering a great distance in one bound. Being able to traverse the entire board can mean the Ninja has often been the only one in my team to escape a level unscathed, making him my greatest asset. Pick him up.
The Priest has the power to fully heal the closest member of his team, so the selfless sap can sacrifice his own well-being in the hope that a teammate will live on, which when having to fight your way out is often a lifesaver (literally).
The Warrior is the most prolific fighter, as you would hope, and can dish out a double-dose of pain per attack – which is particularly useful when being stalked by an enemy or backed into a corner. However, it does mean having to get close to an enemy and risk taking a hit, so try to draw them closer beforehand.
The Archer is particularly useful for dispatching enemies at range (though not over over walls), as long as they are directly in-line with her. Particularly useful when wanting to clear a path from a safe position.
The Astral Walker has the ability to walk through walls (though not through enemies). However, use up his last move before passing all of the way through one and suffer instant death. Not a good way to go.
The Barbarian knocks enemies flying in the opposite direction with his special attack. Think of him like a human battering ram, but with awesome mutton chops.
The Mage can also attack at range, though only diagonally, which is a slightly more difficult attacking position to take up.
Don’t open chests if possible, since it multiplies the amount of enemies on the map. Collect scattered gold or go for the chest with the lowest number on top, representing the amount of enemies it spawns.
If you are a bit of a hoarder, try sending the last member back before they exit the level, if the path is safe enough. Get the others through first and leave the one remaining lonesome soul to pilfer gold, potions and health vats for the team.
When an enemy shell appears – whether it’s due to the opening of a chest or reaching the step counter limit – use allies with long-range attacks to take them out in one hit.
Most enemies can only attack on their second move (i.e. if you move alongside them, they cannot attack straight away), so move away from them once they are in striking distance. For enemies that like to follow you around, attacking is the best way out, so hit them from a safe distance with the Archer/Mage and lure them into striking range where you can get the first strike. Either way, always be careful not to put the others in jeopardy in the process, since when one team member moves, all members move. And no one wants a quick dip in the acid pit.
In the end, The Nightmare Cooperative is a game of sacrifices. Sacrificing a heart, gold, or even a teammate’s life for the chance to escape is often a necessity. There’s no “I” in team, but there’s one in “winner”. Think about that.
Posted by Ellis Spice on August 25th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Doggins, the adventure game from husband and wife team Brain&Brain that stars a terrier and a villainous monocled squirrel, was previously only available for iPad users.
That’ll change this Thursday however, with the app set to let iPhone users play when it becomes Universal. Alongside letting those with smaller devices play, the app will also get some minor fixes, a new icon, and a slightly refined final puzzle.
Doggins will become universal this Thursday, but is already available on the App Store for the iPad for $3.99.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
In an interesting move, Yakuto has updated their fun ping-pong game, Table Tennis Touch, by eliminating their previous in-app purchases. If you have already purchased an arcade key they will still work, but now all of the boosts are free. You can earn boosts in career mode, and in the quick game mode boosts are now infinite.
According to James Gratton, programmer for Yakuto, “Table Tennis Touch is a challenging game. If you can’t beat an opponent you could say you need more practice, or you could blame the game for being too difficult. But if the idiot developers allow you to buy an elixir that suddenly enables you to vanquish your foe, you cry paywall! And that’s a reasonable conclusion… This is a big, bold step for us. We really hope it’s received in the way it’s intended: to remedy our past mistake and to make Table Tennis Touch an unarguably premium product with zero paywalls, be they real or perceived.”
Table Tennis Touch now also includes 10 new achievements, improved messages and visuals, and a few bug fixes.
You can pick up Table Tennis Touch for $3.99 on the App Store.
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 […]
Toyze, the 3D marketplace app by Eligo Games, has signed a licensing agreement with Game Insight to offer fans the chance to own 3D figures from three of their properties: Tribez, Dragon Eternity, and Mirrors of Albion. “Game Insight is one of the most successful players in the international mobile gaming industry and we are thrilled to […]