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OTTTD’s New Update Brings so Many New Things

Posted by on July 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

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.

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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.

via: Our Review

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.

The Room Two Goes on Sale for $0.99 – Buy it

Posted by 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.

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via: Our Review

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.

More Multiplayer Goodness Comes to BADLAND as it Goes on Sale

Posted by 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.

Grab Editor’s Choice winning BADLAND from the App Store now.

via: Our Review

Beamly TV Now Offers Personalized TV guides and More Social Interaction

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

There’s a new update afoot for the TV-focused social networking app, Beamly TV.

Alongside being able to follow your favorite shows and stars, you can now enjoy a personalized guide to plan your week’s viewing and ensure you don’t miss a thing. As well as that, you can now post to other Beamly TV users’ walls, and take and share animated selfies of your reaction to the latest shows.

The update is available now from the App Store, and Beamly TV is a free download.

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Both Battle of the Bulge and Drive on Moscow: War in the Snow are on Sale This Weekend

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

To celebrate Independence Day as well as the launch of Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein, Shenandoah Studio‘s Battle of the Bulge and Drive on Moscow: War in the Snow are now on sale for the next week.

On sale initially at $2.99, in an interesting twist, the price will steadily increase as the week goes by. An extra $1 will be added to the price each day from July 5 – meaning you should get in quick for the maximum discount of 70% off, only for today and tomorrow.

We really enjoyed both historical strategy games, so you know what to do. The games are on sale until July 10 but I’d suggest deciding quickly for maximum benefit.

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via: Our Battle of the Bulge Review
120 Sports Review

120 Sports Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Want to keep up-to-date with the latest sports news and enjoy some videos, too? This will be ideal.

Read The Full Review »

An International Cup Themed Update for Flick Kick Football Legends is Available Now

Posted by on July 1st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The World Cup is still in full swing so it’s an ideal time for soccer games to be updated, which will explain why that’s happened with Flick Kick Football Legends.

The game now offers cut scenes for the International Cup, a new skill change in the form of Stare Down, an increased stamina bottle (up to 16 slots), and the option to play the International Cup in a suitably-themed stadium. Clearer explanations for the country link skill have also been included.

Flick Kick Football Legends is free to download from the App Store, so of course that means the update is free, too!

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via: Our Review

Puzzle/platformer Sky Tourist will soon be joined by a sequel, aptly named Sky Tourist Blitz Trip.

Set for release on July 10, the new excursion for Petey Pendant has him flying around the east side of Plumia, across 60 new levels that aim to be even better the first game’s.

Each level has been designed with a mobile format in mind so they will be smaller and thus more ideally suited for shorter sessions. Never fear though, there’s sure to be some tricky physics and time-based puzzles to challenge you.

Sky Tourist: Blitz Trip is set for release July 10. We’ll keep you in the loop about that. In the meantime, enjoy the teaser screenshot below.

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When it comes to communicating with fans, sometimes the comments section on a blog post or YouTube video just won’t cut it. For those that want to forge a stronger relationship with their audience, several former YouTube executives including the likes of Michael Todd, Bing Chen, and Dean Gilbert have joined together to create Victorious.

But what is “Victorious,” you ask? It is a platform for reaching out to fans in a variety of different ways, with an emphasis on mobile interactions. The main idea is that content creators will be able to engage in an open dialog with their fans. The most intriguing part is that communication will be a two way street, where fans will be able to talk back just as freely with the rest of the community.

While details are scant as of now, it is exciting to see what some of biggest names in media have cooked up to revolutionize the world of mobile promotion. We will have plenty more details on Victorious’ plans as they become available, soon.

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Huge Wayward Souls Update Hits the App Store

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

Exceptional roguelike-inspired action-RPG Wayward Souls has been significantly updated.

The game now offers a new dungeon in the form of The Labyrinth, offering 20 floors of pain, the conclusion of the stories of the current six characters, plus a new boss. There are a bunch of new hats, a new Super Secret Area, some tweaks to the general game, and all-around fixes to anything else that needed correcting.

As is the way with Rocketcat Games’s promised pricing structure, Wayward Souls has gone up in price by $1, increasing to $5.99. There’ll be another price increase to $6.99 when the next update is released soon. Given, there’s already some information about the next update, including MFI controller support and at least two new dungeon modes, it’s the ideal time to dive into it and snap up Wayward Souls, before it rises in price once again.

Wayward Souls is available now on the App Store, priced at $5.99.

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Update includes:

– Fixes for the zoom-in bug for iPad 1 and iOS 5.1.1.
– Control tweaks for iPad devices, you can set movement and swipe sensitivy separately.
– Health potions are no longer awful.
– Automatic screen flipping.
– Map now also shows your floor number.
– Try to charge up a power attack when low on energy will no longer prevent you from moving.
– You no longer get an energy regeneration bonus for charging up a power attack.
– Hats stay on your head instead of unequipping.
– Match Hat Color moved to the hatbox menu instead of options.
– A bunch of new hats.
– REPEAT STORY: ON/OFF toggle in options menu.
– Gauranteed rare chest after each boss.
– Chests can now be destroyed after being opened, to prevent weird situations where you could get stuck.
– Some fixes to level generation in the first three dungeons.
– Increased gold drop rate in the third and fourth dungeons.
– Rare chests now drop normal hats if you run out of rare hats to find.
– Guard Captains should no longer attack you immediately when they take damage.
– Flame traps should be a bit more forgiving now.
– Tapping during the retry/victory epitaphs now skips the text much faster.
– Reflection damage buffed to triple of what it was.
– Super Secret Area, will YOU survive its enigmatic horrors?
– Various other minor tweaks and fixes.
– Lots of character balance changes, with more coming in Update 2. For more details, check out this address:

http://www.rocketcatgames.com/wayward/WSupdate1.txt

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Second update plans:

– MFI Controller support
– Further character tweaks, especially to Rogue
– New Cheevos (achievements for the layman)
– At least two new dungeon modes, including Endless
– Saint Statue revamp, including a bugfix to make them actually appear on random floors.
– Boss healthbars
– Looking into some sort of save syncing, not necessarily iCloud
– Other stuff we didn’t get to do in the first update

via: Our Review

Arriving next Thursday, June 26, will be Murder Files: The Enigma Express: a Hidden Object mystery game from the makers of the Editor’s Choice winning, Murder Files (formerly known as Blue Toad Murder Files).

The game has players seeking out stolen items from a secret vault belonging to imprisoned criminal mastermind Five Fingers and promises plenty of humor, much like in Murder Files. For fans of the earlier game, there will be plenty of appearances from the original cast, too!

With story and dialogue from International Emmy Award winning writer, Felicity Carpenter, we have high hopes for this one.

Murder Files: The Enigma Express is out June 26.

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New Cars Come to Asphalt 8: Airborne

Posted by on June 19th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

There’s a shiny new update for Editor’s Choice winning Asphalt 8: Airborne. It adds a host of new cars, new car packs, and sees the removal of rental fees for events. Time-Limited Events can now be enjoyed using an energy-based system centered around the use of in-game Fuel.

The new cars included are:

Chrysler ME 412
Ferrari FF
Ford 2006 GT
Hennessey Venom GT
Mercedes Benz CLK GTR AMG
Mercedes SLS AMG
2015 Ford Mustang

So, there’s something for everyone’s tastes!

Asphalt 8: Airbone is available now from the App Store and is a free download.

via: Our Review

Send Your Hatch Pet to Pocket God: Ooga Jump, Courtesy of a New Update

Posted by on June 19th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

A rather impressive new update for pet care sim, Hatch, has just been released. In conjunction with the folks behind Pocket God: Ooga Jump, players can now take their pet from Hatch and use it to bounce around in Pocket God: Ooga Jump. I can’t recall any other game being able to do such a thing, so that’s pretty cool for fans of both.

As well as that, Hatch now has new blankets, two new decor themes, and a whole bunch of bug fixes. Oh, plus it’s on sale for the first time ever, priced at $0.99. What are you waiting for?

Hatch is available now on the App Store, currently priced at $0.99.


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Hop Adds Convenient and Collaborative Group Emailing to its Resume

Posted by on June 19th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Hop, the email app that turns your messages into a natural chat conversation, has further added to its arsenal with the addition of Hop Groups. Users can now chat with any circle of friends, with a continuous, searchable timeline and no need to sort through the mess of a long email thread. Gone are the days where messages are easily missed, thanks to the chaos of so many replies.

It’s easy to set up group emailing with the option of including text, pictures, links, documents, drawings, and even video and audio, to the conversation. The latest update also includes some other improvements upon the pre-existing service.

Hop is available now on the App Store for free.

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Magneto Calendar Comes to iPad

Posted by on June 19th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Magneto Calendar, a powerful and convenient calendar app, is now available for the iPad, in addition to the iPhone.

Taking advantage of the extra screen space of the iPad, Magneto Calendar offers a 5-day view with to-dos clearly displayed and draggable, as well as various other optimized views including for your daily map and alerts.

Available for both iPhone and iPad, Magneto Calendar now also includes public transit travel times, easily finding you the best route to get to your meeting before it starts.

Magneto Calendar is available on the App Store now and is a free and universal download.

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Update includes:
Now on iPad! Magneto Calendar for iPad includes all the great features of the iPhone app plus:
* 7-day view
* 5-day calendar view + to-dos
* Choose which day is first in your week view (Sat, Sun, Mon or Today)

NEW on both iPhone and iPad:
* Public Transit travel times! In addition to Drive, Walk, and Bike travel times.
* Automatic mileage reporting! Turn your work travel times into a mileage report in just a click.
* Supports 24-hour or military time formats (based on your device settings).
* Various bug fixes and usability improvements.

Organizational App Boximize Goes Free For a Limited Time Only

Posted by on June 18th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

One of the better note taking/organizational apps out there, Boximize has gone free for a limited period of time. Currently saving users $1.99, as well as plenty of time when it comes to organizing one’s life in a multitude of different ways, Boximize is the ideal tool for those trying to get their life into order.

It’s as comfortable dealing with your movie collection as it is your diet log or expenses account.

Be quick though, Boximize is on sale for a very limited time, courtesy of Apps Gone Free.

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via: Our Review

Last week, Lucid Games announced that episode 2 of charming puzzle adventure game, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery, is set for release this July. While scant details have yet to be revealed about the latest installment, a teaser trailer has been released.

For those who have yet to try out the delightful adventure game, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Prologue is now available for free, allowing players the opportunity to experience the complete first day of Jacob Jones’s stay at Camp Eagle Feather.

Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Prologue is available now on the App Store for free. We’ll let you know when Episode 2 is released.

via: Our Jacob Jones - Prologue Review

Garmin Launches viago, a Low-Priced, Feature-Packed Navigation App

Posted by on June 17th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

There’s a new navigation app on the market, and its name is Garmin viago.

Offering advanced navigation features at an impressively low $0.99 (rising to $1.99 from July 13), Garmin viago comes with off-board maps for many regions around the world – with turn-by-turn navigation, current speed, and speed limit details, as well as lane assist features.

Through optional in-app purchases it’s possible to buy downloadable maps, real-time traffic information, mobile speed camera alerts, directions with spoken street names, as well as many more features. The key feature here is that it’s possible to buy exactly what you want and nothing more.

Garmin viago is available now, priced at $0.99.

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New Farmer’s Campaign Comes to The Sandbox

Posted by on June 17th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

There’s a bumper new update for sandbox adventure, The Sandbox, with the new Farmer’s Campaign offering 15 additional levels.

The update includes six new elements such as the Tractor to help farmers harvest quicker and the Chicken that can be raised and converted to food, or hunted by the new Fox element. New blueprints are also available, including the Bullseye for aspiring archers and the Chicken Pen, because all chickens need somewhere to live!

The Sandbox is free and available now on the App Store.

Update includes:
+ New campaign (15 levels): the Country Life Campaign

+ Improvements on the Humans:
– The Hunter will be able to shoot animals and place Traps!
– The Farmer will raise chickens and convert them to food
– After collecting a certain amount of specific resources (food, aluminite, etc), you can create special buildings with which your humans will interact with emoticons (with a brand new UI)

+ 6 New elements:
– The Tractor to help the farmer to harvest quicker
– The Chicken, the Chicks and the Egg will be raised and converted to food or hunted by the fox
– The Fox the worst enemy of the chickens!
– The Crow will fly around and eat the crops
– The Scarecrow will drive away the crows
– The E-drain to build advanced irrigation system drove by electricity

+ 2 New blueprints
– Bullseye for all the wannabe archer
– The Chicken Pen to raise your future meat

via: Our Review

Tweetbot 3 is Even Better With this New Update

Posted by on June 17th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

There’s a chunky new update for everyone’s favorite Twitter client app, Tweetbot 3. The app now offers support for viewing and posting multiple images, as well as a shiny new play icon for Instagram videos.

Along the way, Tapbots has also ironed out a number of niggling bugs as well as included Spanish localization for those who prefer who prefer their exciting tweets to have an element of ‘Ole!’ to them.

Tweetbot 3 is available on the App Store for $4.99.

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via: Our Review
NewsRunner Review

NewsRunner Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Being able to listen to news headlines is handy, but NewsRunner feels restrictive and limited in scope.

Read The Full Review »


Bush League is, on its surface, a curious game: it’s essentially a baseball take on Puzzle Quest, featuring crude parodies of famous players and figures around the sport, using performance-enhancing drugs that serve as the game’s special powers. But it’s the creator of the game that is particularly noteworthy. Dirk Hayhurst is a former baseball player who’s become an author of several best-selling books about his life in baseball and some of the things that fans don’t necessarily see about the culture. He’s also become a provocative analyst, and was part of the post-game show on TBS for the 2013 MLB playoffs. And now he’s a game developer, and he took the time to talk to me about this baseball parody he’s helped to create.

The genesis of Bush League came about when Hayhurst noticed that “There’s no good baseball game out there that kind of trolls baseball. You have all these scandals every year, but you never to seem to have a game that has all these players and all the drama they get into. And it’s such a big thing right now in Major League Baseball to get caught using steroids, right? I thought, why can’t we just make a game where you have to use steroids to win, and just troll the entire industry? I’m kind of like a black sheep of the baseball world anyways, and I always have kind of shown the other side of it, I thought, this is a great premise for a video game. Let’s make Candy Crush with steroids.”

The hook to Bush League is in the way that it tries to parody baseball. Famous players and other figures around the sport both past and present are the opponents that populate the game, and their personalities and dialogue make light of things that, say, MLB: The Show or RBI Baseball 14 would never touch.

Hayhurst’s unafraid to make fun of situations that he was involved in. There’s one character, Purcey Tweeps, who parodies David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays. Hayhurst criticized Price’s performance after a playoff game he lost, and Price insulted Hayhurst’s playing career and said “SAVE IT NERDS.”. Purcey in the game makes reference to social media and to the nerds comment. Everything is a bit crude and over-the-top, but meant to, as Hayhurst says, “troll baseball” and “[service] that idea that baseball takes itself too seriously and needs a good mocking every now and then just to keep things even.”

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While Hayhurst financed the development of the game and his name is on it, he didn’t just slap his name on it – he played an active role in development. “I was in charge of the art direction, the music direction… all the powers, I had to nest all the AI development, I had to decide the way it was going to look, the way it was going to feel, I had a say in all of that. At times I frustrated the guy doing the code, but it was a learning experience. And so there were things that I learned taking a shot at making a game that I never would have learned had I pursued a degree.” Hayhurst says he realized his strengths were “the writing, and designing the characters and how the game should feel, and my coder had his strengths, which was taking all these wild ideas I had, parsing them down, teaching me the ropes, and making them work in the actual game.

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Hayhurst doesn’t want Bush League to be a static product either: he wants to, over time, update the game to incorporate other notorious events and scandals as characters and powers. He says he would love to tackle other sports in a similar way.

But given that he’s created this media career for himself, is Hayhurst afraid of the blowback that could come from this parody of the sport and its players that he’s created? He says “I don’t think of the church of baseball as some holy sacrament that everyone has to be reverential to, especially guys like me that didn’t have long careers. This kind of stuff deserves to get picked on a little bit, because it’s quite ridiculous when you think about it. I have always done that. And I understand because I’m in the sports entertainment field, I’m criticizing the sports entertainment field. I’m not criticizing these individual players, I’m criticizing the Franken-player that we’ve made out of them by knowing very little about who they are and taking what we know publicly and hyping it up, and turning it into something it isn’t. That is what I’ve always done, and that’s what got me on TBS and ultimately keep it from it at some point, but that’s who I am, and that’s the style that I like to work in.”

Thanks to Dirk Hayhurst for his time. Bush League is available now.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2014-04-25 :: Category: Games

Noot Intends to Make News Discovery Easier and More Intelligent Through its Learning Engine

Posted by on April 30th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Noot Mobile for iOS is a new app, described as a “news discovery engine” that’s intended to make finding relevant news on the go simpler. Launch the app and choose from thirteen news categories, including Entertainment, Sports, World News, and more, each with their own subcategories, all aggregating news from numerous sources. Articles can be shared, saved to the front “Saved Articles” section, and sources subscribed to for easy access from the front page. As well, there’s a “Learning Technology” that’s meant to help suggest new topics that match the user’s interest over time.

You can download Noot Mobile off the App Store now for free.

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Although currently only available for PC, Democracy 3, an awesome political simulator from indie developer Cliff Harris, will be coming to the iPad according to Pocket Tactics and a post on Harris’ blog. This is the second port of one of Harris’ games following the release of Gratuitous Space Battles, which was released on the App Store in 2012.

Democracy 3 lets you play the role of a blood-sucking politician (such as a president or prime-minister), taking control of the entire country and giving you the power to cater to the “motivations, loyalties, and desires of everyone in the country.”

Keep your eye on 148apps as we’ll be sure to let you know when there’s more to tell you about the upcoming release of Democracy 3 for iPad.

source: Pocket Tactics

App-tastic!

 

How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you’re looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we’ve been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.

CLARC

 
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It’s the classic love story. Boy meets Girl, Boy loses Girl, Boy tries to get Girl back. But did I mention the Boy is a downtrodden maintenance robot and the Girl is pastel pink nuclear missile? I guess maybe ‘classic’ would be stretching it a bit. Things are not going well in the deep recesses of this dilapidated Martian factory. F.A.T.H.E.R., the supercomputer in charge, has disappeared, leaving the worker robots confused and without direction. Lacking anything better to do in the interim, some enterprising bot discovers that consuming diesel fuel gets them quite tipsy. The result? NON-STOP ROBOT PARTY! –Rob Thomas

FTL: Faster Than Light

 
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A year and a half after its critically-acclaimed PC/Mac release, FTL: Faster Than Light makes the jump to iPad. However, this isn’t an inferior late-to-the-party port. Subset Games has just released a free update for the original, dubbed FTL Advanced Edition, that gives players a slew of new options. Why does this matter? Well, the iPad port also has all of those new tweaks under the hood. And what a package it is. A bit of backstory. FTL is a strange hybrid of a thing: one part RTS, one part sim, two parts Roguelike, all white-knuckle frustration. Players control the crew of a Federation ship trying to deliver a vital data payload to their home sector. As they jump from sector to sector, a fleet of Rebel ships dogs their heels, sweeping across the galaxy like a swarm of locusts. Along the way, players will have to fight hostile ships, respond to random events, and generally scrounge for supplies to keep themselves operational long enough to get home. –Rob Thomas

Fairway Solitaire Blast

 
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One of the iOS games I often find myself returning to is Fairway Solitaire, an addictive card game based around golf solitaire. It’s been a mainstay on my iPhone since launch so the prospect of a new title in the series, Fairway Solitaire Blast, got me pretty excited. This new installment is more freemium-focused, more reminiscent of King’s selection of titles, and currently lacks a certain amount of the ‘wow’ factor. Working on a level-by-level basis with a structure very similar to the mighty Candy Crush Saga et al, Fairway Solitaire Blast leads players down a path of increasingly tricky challenges. At first, players simply progress by clearing all the cards across three holes of each course (or level), but as they move through these stages other requirements emerge. Clearing 10 face cards in a row might be one such challenge, while others might require the player to clear 10 cards, each alternating in color, in order to progress. –Jennifer Allen

Monument Valley

 
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Monument Valley – ustwo’s puzzling adventure game where players must twist and turn an Escherian world to discover its secrets, able to tell protagonist Princess Ida where to go and with various levers and twisting points that they can manipulate – can be approached and analyzed in two ways. One is purely as an experience. The other is as a game. As a game, Monument Valley is really quite short: it’s 75 to 90 minutes long across 10 levels that pose few threats to players. There’s maybe one puzzle in the entire game that made me really confused. Those who can’t comprehend the Escher-esque levels and designs, (that perspective can mess with one’s head) will probably have a hard time with the game. Those who have an eye for it will likely breeze through it. There’s not much in the way of replay value as there’s no time being kept for a level, which is a shame as it would be a fantastic way to promote coming back. As well, if there are any secrets they’re really, really well-hidden, which is a shame because this kind of game would promote hiding things. Its clear Fez inspiration sure had plenty of secrets of its own, so why not this too? The story isn’t really engaging – it’s ethereal and always felt out of touch to me, except for one moment that focuses on emotion rather than narrative. It’s not a perfect game. –Carter Dotson

Boom Beach

 
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The follow up to Clash of Clans, Boom Beach is guaranteed to be quite the success. While it maintains many similarities to its alliterative predecessor, it also improves upon the format. While Boom Beach still won’t sway its cynics (yes, it does like one to spend money), it’ll still entertain many. As before, players are given a home base to defend and build upon. Attacks from enemies will be on a daily basis, so it’s fortunate that there are plenty of defensive capabilities to install – such as sniper bases, mortars, and the trusty mine. The latter adds a strategic element to the game, allowing one to place them in whatever order they wish, hopefully taking out the enemy before they get too close to one’s base. Defense isn’t all that’s required of the player, with conquering (or liberating as this game like to sometimes call it) other bases just as important. –Jennifer Allen

Kapu Forest

 
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Having reviewed many apps for children and families, I am on a special lookout for applications that I find truly beautiful to look at – making them desirable choices to share with young children who may be getting very limited screen time. Kapu Forest, with versions for both iPad as well as iPhone, is such an application that will delight the youngest app users as well as their families. At first glance, adults will be quite pleased with a rich palette of blues, greens, and browns, as well as a thoughtful use of sophisticated jazz music that real keeps in mind the needs of the adults who will most likely be spending time sharing apps alongside their young children. There is a non-specific vintage quality to the look of this app that I find utterly appealing, making it stand out among a sea of other applications. –Amy Solomon

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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:

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Expedition Platformer

 
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Expedition Platformer surprised me. It’s a retro-looking 2D platform game with an arcade feel that tells the story of Bogee, a budding anthropology expert on an expedition to different environments. The game scenery clearly looks to be framed by this narrative, and does a good job of creating a somewhat pixelated jungle environment. There are platforms that make up the playing area at different heights, and green is the predominant coloration in the early level. The controls are fairly flexible, with a movable direction-cum-jump-cum-dodge button, and a “shoot” button to dispense bananas. –Tre Lawrence

Mesh

 
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Mesh looks like a neon drenched coin muncher game of old, but is it worth playing? Mesh is all about tapping accurately. Formations of blocks rain down the board interspersed with bombs. The idea is to tap the blocks without hitting the bombs, which ends the game. Missing too many blocks also ends the game. As the player survives longer, the formations get much tougher with many blocks surrounding bombs and it becomes tough fast. A robust combo system rewards players for tapping blocks quickly and without missing taps .Since the game scrolls blocks down quite slowly it’s a good idea to let the screen fill with blocks before starting a combo so the player can’t just tap as quickly as possible. This adds a nice risk dimension to gamepay. –Allan Curtis

Beyond Space

 
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Space cowboys take heed: Beyond Space is here. The gameplay is quite engaging. The tutorial is a mission in and of itself, replete with instruction and back and forth dialogue. It shows the basics of flying, dogfighting and more. Controlling the space fighter is a matter of using one of the options provided: tilt or virtual joystick. There is a frontal radar system, and spot buttons for shooting and afterburnrs to the right of the screen. There is also gesture-based controls for evasive and tactical maneuvering like rolling and U-turns, and vitality meters at the top left. The tutorial goes on to show how to bring all these parts together, and I found it to be a pretty fun affair. Finishing the tutorial by successfully completing the tasks given leads the main missions. –Tre Lawrence

And finally, this week our comrades at Pocket Gamer took a look at the best games of March, reviewed FTL and Monument Valley, went hands-on with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and tried to trick everybody into believing something implausible for reasons of tradition. And it’s all right here.

The New York Times Releases NYTNow App for iOS Devices

Posted by on April 4th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Apple smart device users that have a hankering for The New York Times curated news content have a new app to satisfy their needs: NYTNow. The app features the biggest news stories of the day, as summarized by a team of New York Times editors.

NYTNow features hand-selected top stories from The New York Times, selected stories from other sources, a morning briefing, and article summaries. Regular use includes access to 10 articles per month, but subscribers get unrestricted access to everything the app offers (as well as access to NYTNow on the web).

NYTNow is available for free on the App Store.

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Consolidate one's reading with this twist on a tabbed browsing interface, offering a magazine style layout effect.

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