So little time and so very many apps. What’s a poor iPhone/iPad 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.
Pairing the Stratus XL is as easy as it is with pretty much any other MFi controller. You just turn it on, get your iOS device to find it, and you should be good to go. Then you start up one of the hundreds of compatible games and start playing. And it does play them all quite nicely. The controls are responsive, the button placement feels right, and it’s got a nice heft to it. The build quality is also rather impressive. Whereas other MFi controllers I’ve recently played around with felt sort of hollow and fragile, the Stratus XL feel dense and sturdy. You could probably hurt someone if you threw it at them, actually. [Note: 148Apps does not condone throwing your MFi controllers at anyone, for any reason. That’s bad form.] –Rob Rich
That’s the main beauty behind Fantasy Solitaire. It uses artwork from fantasy illustrator Ian Schofield, and it shows. Each card looks impressive, with the artwork relating to fantasy characters being really quite delightful. Fantasy Solitaire rewards your success with more cards too, so it soon looks quite gorgeous. Otherwise, Fantasy Solitaire is a fairly typical game of Klondike Solitaire. Each turn involves you drawing three cards before figuring out the best place to put them. The trick, as always, is to try to get the Ace cards pulled out first for any chance of success. Controls are simple enough with taps and drags to place cards, plus an auto-complete button when you’re right near the end of a game. There’s no hints button though, so make sure you’re up to speed with this game type. –Jennifer Allen
Reckless Racing 3 is here, with driving dynamics that are as satisfying and addictive as ever as spot-on traction physics meets fun-fueled racing. There are 6 new and diverse locations that spawn 6 courses each, ensuring that players will still be kept guessing even though the backdrop might often remain the same. Combine that with the new Gymkhana event (specially laid-out courses that test driving skills), the same wealth of tweaks for controls and settings to enhance player experience, plus the recent addition of 4 reversible classic Reckless tracks, and what’s left is a driving game packed with features. –Lee Hamlet
Click Cam is an interesting new way of sharing photos in that it’s entirely random how it does it. It’s more of a curiosity than an app you’d spend great amounts of time with given its many limitations, but hey, it’s free, so that kind of works. All you need to do is enter a few simple sign up details before taking a photo and uploading it to Click Cam. The actual photo taking interface is pretty basic when it comes to options, but you can choose from a few filters once the image has been snapped. Once you’re happy with what you’ve snapped you can name it, then simply hit the red button so it goes off to some other user somewhere. You’ll never know where or really what the person thought of it. The recipient can rate it but you don’t get to find out how you fared. –Jennifer Allen
A simple interface is both a blessing and a curse for AffordIt. It means it’s very easy to use, but it also means that it lacks some important features that would make it really stand out from the crowd. One such pivotal feature is that AffordIt only allows for one format of budgeting at any one time. For instance, you can set things up to plan out your Christmas shopping, but you can’t then have a separate section for your regular outgoings. That immediately restricts AffordIt to one project at any one time. It does that one project pretty well, luckily. You can easily set a budget for whatever it is, before adding additional credits based on whatever comes your way. Have a Christmas budget organized but then you get a bonus at work that you want to set aside for that occasion? AffordIt makes it easy to adjust accordingly. Adding cases of expenditure is just as easy, with the app keeping it simple and focused on what the item is and its value. –Jennifer Allen
Rightfully named Toca Nature, the app opens up with a fertile land ready to be transformed into the landscape of players’ imagination as they transform this area into different regions of their choice – be it hills created with a tap that can easily be built up into snow capped mountains, valleys, and even bodies of water, all of which will soon be inhabited by different animals. The effect is quite magical as one watches fish swimming and beavers climbing out onto dry land for the first time as life is brought to their personalized ecosystem. Trees can be planted that will attract a variety of creatures, be it bears, foxes, rabbits, deer or woodpeckers. An axe is also included as a clever way of arbor clearing and of having a chance to change the topography again and again – a helpful tool to be sure. –Amy Solomon
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Despite its name, Tank Invaders: Shmup Evolved is neither a shmup, nor is it particularly evolved. It’s still pretty good though. The story and characters put McBane to shame with their corniness. The player becomes a missile commander for allied forces that are fighting against the Terror – as in, an organization that literally calls itself Terror. They employ lunatics and fanatics to their side, lacking but a swastika and the actual Devil as their commander to complete the image of a perfect enemy for the forces of democracy and everything that is good. Anyway, the player has to endure endless waves of enemies as they try to destroy the thingy that the player is trying to protect (what is that that we’re trying to protect, by the way?) by shooting a barrage of missiles onto advancing enemies. –Tony Kuzmin
Joinz is a puzzle game with deceptively simple gameplay, starting out easy, but very quickly becoming a test for your brain, particularly that part that is responsible for not throwing violent tantrums when you fail to beat a high-score. The gameplay of Joinz is somewhat similar to Lines. There is a square field that has a single building block. The player can slide this block in four directions, making it travel until it hits an object or a border. Every time the player moves a block, another block appears on a random position on the field. Unlike lines, where the player has to create lines from the blocks of the same color to remove them from the field, Joinz requires the player to create one of the three shapes that pop up on the top of the screen. When the shape is complete, the player gets another one to make. As the player progresses, the shapes get gradually more complex, starting from simple tetris-like forms, to the complexities that fill up half of the game board. Also, appearing blocks start to get additional colors, making the field even more difficult to navigate. The player has to “jump” off of the existing blocks in order to create the required shapes. Don’t forget that once two or more blocks are connected to each other, it’s almost impossible to break them apart, so they’ll behave like a singular shape. –Tony Kuzmin
Ironkill: Robot Fighting Game wants you to fight; it might be the easiest directive to follow in handheld gaming. The gameplay boils down to combat. The initial run is a tutorial of sorts, and the gameplay is laid out with the help of an appropriately named intro robot. The fighting is works as player against a CPU opponent, and is a war of attrition: whoever depletes the other’s life bar first wins, and doing a damage is performed with the help of the control buttons at the bottom. One initiates a quick attack, one does a harder type of attack, and there is a defense button. –Tre Lawrence
And finally, what do you get for spending $3000 in Clash of Clans? What does the new Need For Speed game look like? Which punk rocker is a massive fan of F2P games? We answer all these questions and many more besides, over at AppSpy.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 22nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The BuzzFeed app, which brings you all the latest news, lists, and humorous articles, has been updated to be compatible with iOS 8 as well as the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The update includes the new Today Screen widget/extension that lets Buzzfeed fans view and bookmark buzzes in their main feed so they never miss any exciting news.
The app now also has interactive push notifications that allow the user to check out the article immediately or bookmark it to read later and. For Safari on Yosemite users, the Handoff feature allows them to start an article in the app in continue reading in their browser. For iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, the screen size and type adjusts to expand to the correct size based their preferences.
The new and improved Buzzfeed app is available now for free on the App Store.
Announced over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con was the fairly exciting looking Marvel Contest of Champions.
Set to be released this Fall, the game hopes to be an immersive beat-em-up of sorts, offering players the chance to fight their way through various iconic locations from the Marvel Universe. You’ll be able to collect your favorite heroes and villains such as Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, and Thor.
Are you one of those people who likes to watch LetsPlay videos and check out new games that way? Then Kamcord might be just for you.
Newly updated to version 2.0, the app is a social network for gamers, allowing you to check out millions of LetsPlay videos from some of your favorite mobile games. Quick and easy to use, you can now watch videos of the likes of The Sandbox, Stickman Soccer 2014, and even children’s favorite, My Talking Tom.
The Kamcord update means there are now full social features such as the ability to comment, follow, and like videos, so it should be quite the delight for sociable mobile gamers.
Kamcord is out now from the App Store and is a free download.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 24th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 23rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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.
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.
Coming soon to iOS will be an all-new Warhammer 40,000 tactical strategy game by the name of The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault.
The first ever game to be set in the Horus Heresy, The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault will be a fast-paced strategy game in which players choose to be either a Traitor or Loyalist as they challenge their rivals around the world. The game promises there will be plenty of base building, which probably means it will be a Clash of Clans kind of game.
While a release date hasn’t been announced yet, we do have a teaser trailer to suitably, well, tease you about it. As soon as we know more about The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault, we’ll let you know.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 16th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Recently released onto the App Store is KEMCO’s latest RPG, Fanatic Earth.
The game focuses on a world in which an alien bacteria known as Achratoth has nearly wiped out mankind and, of course, it’s down to you to try to make the world a better place. You join forces with a local detective, an android, and a young girl with a mysterious past.
With a form of combo or chain based system for combat, it’s sure to entice those who love science fiction based RPGs.
Even better, to celebrate its release, it’s currently on sale for $3.99. Grab it now while it’s still on offer!
Gamers from the 1990s should fondly remember Lemmings. Adorable yet dimwitted, they were a little too keen to jump off cliffs meaning it was down to you to figure out how to stop them doing exactly that. It was a fun puzzle game full of different tools to persuade the lemmings not to jump.
Kind of like that but with Meerkats, comes Meerkatz Challenge – a game set for release in a little over a week’s time. The game will be immediately familiar to fans of Lemmings and in a very positive kind of way.
This time round, it’s the meerkats that have a death wish and there’s a different bevy of tools to keep them safe. There’s the typical blocker tool but there’s also the ability to use a mushroom as a giant trampoline, propelling the other meerkats skyward. A trainer meerkat encourages the others to run at speed, making it possible to get across huge gaps when combined with a mushroom spring. A blower type will keep meerkats in the air, safe from danger.
We got the chance to briefly check out Meerkatz Challenge and it’s looking pretty entertaining. It offers the same vibe as Lemmings but with its own bunch of tools to keep things original. Controls are tight and effective with the option to speed things along as and when needed. Simple taps cause you to choose which tool to use and it takes seconds to master. Even in the early stages though, some careful thinking is required to get past the stage. Up to three stars can be gained depending on how successfully you completed the stage and how many meerkats you managed to save in the process.
Graphically, Meerkatz Challenge isn’t going to wow audiences but it certainly offers a pleasant charm, ensuring you’ll be attached to these cuddly critters.
With 4 different areas to explore and plenty of levels to negotiate, Meerkatz Challenge is shaping up to be pretty interesting.
We’ll talk more about it next week, when it’s released on July 24.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 15th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Have trouble waking up or simply want to take a selfie of yourself the moment you hit the alarm button? If it’s the latter, I think you’re mad but clearly there are others like you. That’s why apps such as Twake Alarm exist.
Twake Alarm is an alarm app that allows typical features like setting a sound from your iTunes library and setting up multiple alerts. What makes it special, however, is that it’ll snap a photo of you as soon as you wake up, just ready for you to share with others if you’re so inclined.
As well as that, a simple numbers game is required to switch your alarm off, meaning by the time you’ve finished, not only will you have a photo of yourself, but you should be pretty awake.
If that sounds like your kind of thing, you can download Twake Alarm from the App Store for free.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on July 15th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
DreamsCloud, the interactive service that looks to help people analyze and reflect on their dreams, has announced its new iOS app DreamSphere.
The app has a host of features, including a Dream Journal which can be recorded via text or voice, a Dreams Map, which allows users to check their dream patterns against that of other users around the globe, a Smart Alarm, and more. There are also premium features that can be unlocked.
DreamsCloud co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer Jean Marc Emden talks about empowering users. “Dreams have such a significant impact on our overall health and wellness, and are the voice of our subconscious mind,” he says. “With the launch of DreamSphere, we wanted to create an app that provides users with a companion for daily wellness and self-reflection. By empowering our users to remember, process, decode and discuss their dreams on-the-go, DreamSphere will help individuals tap into critical insights and a better understanding of their waking lives.”
The app is now available for free (with aforementioned optional premium content) on the App Store.
Posted by Ellis Spice on July 11th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Bicolor, the minimalistic two color puzzle game from 1Button which we gave four stars back in May, has received sixty new hand-crafted levels in its latest update, bringing the level total in the game up to 240.
Bicolor is available on the App Store now for $0.99.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 11th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A new update has just been released for Plague Inc and it ties into forthcoming movie, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
The update adds a special Simian Flu expansion pack for $1.99. Players must control communities of intelligent apes, seeing how the disease evolves to allow ape-to-ape transmission. You must decide when your apes should rally against research labs and work towards making apes the dominant species on the planet. Fun, huh?
Plague Inc. is priced at $0.99, with $1.99 snagging you the Simian Flu expansion pack.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 11th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A new update has come speeding onto the App Store for everyone’s favorite racer, Real Racing 3.
Gold payout has now been improved drastically with the maximum payout for levelling up now increased to a whopping 100 gold, 20 times more than it was before! Once you hit Driver level 6, you can enjoy such bonuses every time you level up. Check out the video below to learn more about the gold increase.
Besides that, new cars are available including the Ferrari F40 and the Ferrari F50. The inclusion of those cars also mean you can enjoy a Ferrari Showdown Series to see which is the very best vehicle out there.
Real Racing 3 is out now and is free to download from the App Store.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 11th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
New to the App Store is Pinch, a dating app that hopes to make finding your perfect match more fun and that bit easier than it was before.
By using your Facebook friends, it enables you to browse friends of your friends before ‘pinching’ them to get in touch, all with the blessing of your mutual friend. The fun part comes from being able to ask a series of ‘and/or’ questions to get the idea of what kind of things that person enjoys most. It’s simple but potentially quite fun.
Pinch is out now on the App Store and it’s a free download.
Game of War – Fire Age has gone from strength to strength since its initial release, so we thought it was about time that we helped newcomers to the game figure out the best strategies to be the very best at it. Or at least, not quite as bad as they could be without any assistance. Take note of these helpful tips and tricks, and enjoy making your way towards world domination.
First things, first
Most games like these are good at teaching you the basics and Game of War – Fire Age is no different.
Follow the quest lines it offers up at first. They’ll run you through the basics better than any explanation could offer, plus they get the foundations settled ready for your steady path towards being the best.
Be aware of one particular quest, though. It asks you to scout another player, which is potentially a recipe for disaster if you annoy the wrong person.
Pick out a player with a random name full of letters and numbers. That tends to mean they haven’t fully thrown themselves into the game because they haven’t renamed themselves, so they’re probably quite weak. Even better, they might have abandoned the game at some earlier point.
Also, keep an eye on what alliance the player being scouted is part of. Safety in numbers is key here and you don’t want to annoy someone that’s part of a big alliance.
Join an alliance as soon as possible. Game of War – Fire Age isn’t like other games where being anti-social is fine. Much of your success is going to be down to being part of an alliance.
For one thing, an alliance means you can ask others to help speed up your timers when building or researching things. Plus, in return you can do the same for other players.
Build a name and reputation for yourself. People are more likely to help you if they know who you are, rather than being an anonymous number.
Remember to follow orders. Alliances are serious business and while they can protect you from attack, you need to be a team player, too. It might sound occasionally tedious but it’ll pay off in the long run.
Having said that, don’t mouth off in general chat. While you want to build a name for yourself within the alliance, you don’t want to draw undue attention from others who might be keen to bring you down a peg or two.
Resources are Everything
Keep your resources ticking along wherever possible. Game of War – Fire Age is pretty tactical here as you have limited space to allocate to your resources.
Those wanting to amass a huge army might want to focus on farm building for the sake of food production, but a more balanced approach is better.
Build around 10 farms with the rest of the spaces divided up between the other resources and watch as you’re rarely short of anything for particularly long.
Build, Build, Build
As soon as you’ve joined an alliance, you can use a free teleport to move your city to a location near your allies. Do it. It’ll help. A lot.
Once that’s done, focus on upgrading your stronghold. Don’t do it in a different order as once your stronghold reaches level 6, you lose that free teleport.
Build plenty of villas to gain silver, which is vital for research. As well as that, try to keep everything reasonably balanced.
Hospitals are useful because they help get your troops back up to scratch after a rough battle, but you also need plenty of barracks to train those troops up.
Level up that academy as soon as possible for even better units to throw your enemy’s way.
Try to keep your storehouse in line with your other resource levels, so nothing goes to waste.
Finally, don’t forget the Gymnos. It ensures that if you get killed, a certain percentage of your hero’s experience points transfer to the new hero, meaning you don’t miss out as much as you could. Each Gymnos upgrade adds to the percentage gain.
Take on alliance quests and daily quests every time you play. Free rewards are handy, plus it’ll make the game more interesting than simple busywork.
Scout for abandoned places to attack. Some players will have given up a while back but still have left plenty of resources for you to gain for easy profit. After all, there’s no fear of retaliation!
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 10th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
There’s a new update out for Birdseye Mail and it’s a pretty significant one.
The update adds support for iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, and FastMail accounts alongside the Gmail support that’s already there. You can also toggle notifications for different accounts now.
Most important of all though is Birdseye Mail‘s new way of dealing with attaching files to your emails. It’s now much faster to add attachments, plus there’s the added benefit of being able to rename files before you send them.
Birdseye Mail is available now for the iPad, and it’s free to download.
New features have come to freemium-based reverse Tower Defense game Royal Revolt 2, and they’re sure to prove enticing for fans.
The game now offers the Chamber of Fortune, giving players the chance to earn additional rewards. You can now share your fearsome King with your Facebook friends, plus there’s a new and distinctly spooky Graveyard environment for those keen to mix things up.
New achievements and quests, as well as many bug fixes, round off the package.
Royal Revolt 2 is out now and free to download from the App Store.
Tactical board game Damn Little Town has just been updated to include some very handy new features. The game now offers online multiplayer, along with some limited-edition Meeples to enjoy along the way.
As well as that, the game offers online leaderboards, a new gameplay rule during the Escape Phase (unfinished constructions), and various minor tweaks and bug fixes.
We described the game as being ‘fun’ with ‘good solo and pass-and-play potential’ so the addition of online multiplayer should sweeten things up.
Damn Little Town is out now on the App Store. It’s free to download but $2.99 will buy you the full version.
There’s a new update out for Tower Defense game, OTTTD, and it’s a big one!
The update adds (time to take a deep breath) – an Endless mode with five Endless missions, 5 new campaign levels, over 20 new enemies, over 30 new pieces of upgradeable armor, a tactical field guide offering an in-depth encyclopedia of everything imaginable within the game, iCloud saving, and plenty more smaller fixes and tweaks. Phew.
While OTTTD doesn’t re-invent the wheel we’ve had a ton of fun with it, so a new update is all the sweeter for this fun Tower Defense game.
OTTTD is out now, priced at $2.99.
Update includes –
1) Endless Mode. 5 Endless missions to pit your skills against
2) 5 new tough campaign levels
3) Over 20 new enemies added
4) Game Center leaderboards for Endless mode battles
5) NEW Armor, over 30 pieces of upgradeable armor to equip your heroes with
6) The Herocorp Tactical Field guide, an in depth encyclopedia of all monsters, heroes and tower types.
7) Cloud saving and restore. Save your game to the cloud and restore to other devices.
8) Control the level of Gore, from none, to full bloody carnage
9) More hero names to choose from
10) Memory enhancements to make the game play smoother
11) Skill reset. Reset your skill tree to change your heroes strengths and abilities
12) Performance tuning, overall FPS increase
13) Later levels reward you with more loot.
Set for release soon comes FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines. The game will have you flying with vehicles inspired by player creations from its Blackberry-based predecessor, FlyCraft.
Looking distinctly wacky in nature, the game is set to infuriate and entertain in equal measure as players use these crafts to negotiate various obstacles across each level. Expect to be challenged if the trailer is anything to go by.
For now we’ll leave you with the teaser trailer, but expect more coverage on FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines once the game has been released.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 8th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Fantastic puzzle game, The Room Two, is currently on sale for $0.99 and, well, I don’t really want to say any more than that. It’s brilliant – what more do you need to know?
Richly deserving of our Editor’s Choice award at the end of 2013, the game has you attempting to unlock multiple boxes in order to piece together the mystery that binds them all together. It’s a deeply atmospheric puzzle game that feels remarkably tactile in nature.
It was a bargain at its regular price and it’s all the sweeter at $0.99. Buy it now before the price goes back up.
Later this month you’ll be able to enjoy the pleasures of Meerkatz Challenge, a puzzle platformer that seems rather reminiscent of the classic puzzle game, Lemmings.
Players must help guide a mob of meerkats as they attempt to travel the world in search of peace and tranquility. Digging, jumping, climbing, and many more activities will be involved when it comes to keeping the cute animals safe.
Set for release July 24, we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop regarding its development.
In the meantime, check out the cute gameplay trailer below.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There’s yet another update for the keenly supported side-scrolling adventure, BADLAND.
This latest update, number 18 for those who are counting, expands the game’s co-op multiplayer with 40 new levels – ensuring you can play through the whole story with up to four players, all on the same device. The substantial update also brings with it 120 new missions and 6 new achievements.
To celebrate such great news, BADLAND is currently 50% off in a summer sale, bringing its price down to $1.99 for a limited time only.
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 […]