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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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Good News Review

Good News Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Cleanly laid out and easy to use, Good News is an ideal RSS Reader with a plethora of handy features.

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picomag Review

picomag Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Consolidate one's reading with this twist on a tabbed browsing interface, offering a magazine style layout effect.

Read The Full Review »

Another Week of Expert App Reviews

 

At 148Apps, we help you sort through the great ocean of apps to find the ones we think you’ll like and the ones you’ll need. Our top picks become Editor’s Choice, our stamp of approval for apps with that little extra something special. Want to see what we’ve been up to this week? Take a look below for a sampling of our latest reviews. And if you want more, be sure to hit our Reviews Archive.

In Fear I Trust

 
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I’m always a little skeptical when it comes to horror games, especially those in the survival horror sub-genre. That said, In Fear I Trust was one of those games that certainly caught my eye – not just for its outstanding visuals, but because it looked and sounded highly intriguing. A man finds himself waking up in a creepy abandoned facility deep in the heart of Soviet Russia. He can’t remember who he is or how he got there, just that something rather unsettling has been going on. Designed with the Unreal Engine for iOS, the game delivers an imaginative story over a number of episodes. And fortunately, the first two are filled with enough content to indulge oneself in until the release of the later episodes. –Lucy Ingram

Redd

 
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I have to admit, until recently I never really ventured into the world of Reddit. I’m not a huge fan of the site interface, and for some reason it never really occurred to me to seek out an app for my phone. This has possibly all changed with the introduction of Redd; a Reddit client made especially for those who want to avoid the clutter and chaos of the main website. And one that is perfect for those who, like me, just want to use the dip-in/dip-out approach. The remarkably clean and simple looking interface is the first thing one will notice as they load the app. A sea of whitespace highlighted with a touch of red – it’s easy on the eyes, and a breeze to navigate. The typeface is fairly easy to read despite its light and thin demeanor, and its ability to filter the posts from the tabs at the bottom make it practically effortless to handle. –Lucy Ingram

Baldur’s Gate II

 
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It is impossible to reflect back on the annals of RPG history without hitting on the classic Baldur’s Gate franchise. Fourteen years after the release of Baldur’s Gate II, Overhaul Games have stepped in and given the second iteration in the series a fresh coat of paint. Can an iOS port of such a beloved title ever live up to the expectations of the nostalgic PC gaming audience? The answer to that question is not as straightforward as one might assume. –Blake Grundman

Scribe

 
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Scribe is a new utility for the iPhone that gives users the ability to copy data snippets from their Mac to their iOS device without the need for a Wi-Fi connection. It uses the Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) profile supported by most of Apple’s current-generation devices and Mac systems to send small snippets of text, URLs, and small photos over the air to one’s iOS clipboard. Using Scribe for the iPhone is as simple as making sure the Bluetooth setting is activated. This can be achieved by heading to Settings > Bluetooth > On. Users will then need the Scribe menu bar client. This is sold separately and available on the Mac App Store for $2.99. They will also need to ensure that they have a supported Mac. Scribe currently supports the Macbook Air (2011 or newer), Macbook Pro (2012 or newer), iMac (Late 2012 or newer), Mac Mini (2011 or newer), Mac Pro (Late 2013 or newer), iPhone 4S or newer), iPad (3rd generation or newer), iPad Mini (all generations) and iPod Touch (5th generation or newer).

Snowball Shootout

 
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Recently over winter break I discovered that one of our truly favorite developers, Busythings, had developed a new app for iPad named Snowball Shootout. Downloading this app was an absolute no-brainer as a free application, but I soon forgot that I had added this to our device. It was my son who discovered it, instantly understanding that this was a new game from one of his favorite developers as their style is utterly recognizable, even from the small thumbnail image seen on the iPad. Snowball Shootout has quickly become a new favorite game of my boy’s, as he has reached a new low in asking me to leave the iPad in his bed so he can play this new game immediately upon waking – a request I denied. There is a lot going on that my son really enjoys with this game, incorporating some elements seen in Angry Birds such as a sling shot that needs to be manned, here used to shoot snowballs at the blob-like Pink Men that are seen hiding in trees or popping out of igloos. Controls are simple as one controls both the strength and angle of each shots with the drag of a finger allowing snowballs to be lined up in an exact manner, which I prefer to “pullback and pray” gameplay of Angry Birds. –Amy Solomon

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Little Galaxy

 
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Little Galaxy is a story of hope. It’s about dreams, resourcefulness… and moon boots. It tells the tale of a scientist who believes that sky isn’t a limit in his quest to jump from celestial body to celestial body. And the game developers, smitten with the inspirational story but unable to help improve the moon boots, do the next best thing: they create this game. Thankfully. –Tre Lawrence

Galaxy Factions

 
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Galaxy Factions takes the CoC clone genre to space. With lotsa lasers and guns does it have an edge over its sword sporting brethren? Galaxy Factions sets the player up with a command center, a transport ship and little else. As is common with this genre, Galaxy Factions is all about constructing a base, mining resources and taking the fight to pirates and rival mining bases in single player or to other players in multiplayer. –Allan Curtis

Monopoly Bingo

 
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Ever since getting their hands on the Monopoly license, EA has punched out a good number of Monopoly licensed games on the mobile platform. Games like Monopoly Slots and Monopoly Hotels take the iconic board game and expand upon it or mash it up with other styles of games. As cool as that might sound, it isn’t all its cracked up to be sometimes. In the case of these titles, more often than not, they come off as cheap marketing gimmicks, using the popular Monopoly name to garner more players and possibly more money. Monopoly Bingo, of course, is yet another one of those games, feeling more like a desperate attempt to push an otherwise freemium Bingo game, than putting out a quality product. EA has been so hot and cold this year with their free to play lineups; FIFA 14 and Plants vs Zombies 2 knocking it out of the park, while other titles floundering. Monopoly Bingo attempts to spin the age old game of Bingo with one of Hasbro’s most popular board games, hoping to create something new and interesting. However, this attempt faltered short, instead creating a Bingo game with achievements, leveling and a backdrop that is supposedly based around Monopoly. –Mike Deneen

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer reviewed Atomic Fusion and Hopeless, picked the best Roguelikes on the App Store, wrote a huge guide for Hoplite, reported on the Very Big Indie Pitch in London, and chose the best iOS and Android games of the week. It’s all right here!

News Republic 4.0 Update Adds New One Feed and Fresh Look

Posted by on January 15th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

News Republic has just been updated to 4.0. The update adds a new One Feed view showing the top news from all subscribed topics in one view along with a fresh new look. News Republic has long been a great option for keep track of key news items in topics of interest, but this update adds even more brains to the process as it learns what the reader views and presents related items more often in your topic feeds.

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It’s pretty fair to say that 2013 has been an incredible year for Apple. With the company’s stock price currently reflecting upwards of $550 a share, it’s clear that investors have renewed faith in the firm’s ability to deliver on its mission to create some of the world’s most desirable products.

One such investor is billionaire business mogul Carl Icahn. Publicly announcing back in August that he now holds a “large stake” in $AAPL, Icahn is perhaps most known for his reported hostile takeover of Trans World Airlines in 1985.

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While Icahn is keeping quiet on exactly how big his stake in $AAPL is, the Wall Street investor is said to be in ongoing negotiations with company CEO, Tim Cook. These talks, if successful, could see Apple increase its recently announced stock buyback program for investors, resulting in Icahn potentially buying back as much as $60 Billion in stock options.

But it isn’t just the arrival of newfound investors that has seen the company elevate itself to the point of operation we see today. New hires were also a large part of Apple’s fiscal 2013. The most prominent of these being the confirmed hiring of Burberry CEO, Angela Ahrendts.

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Those out there who are familiar with Apple’s movements around this time of year will know that we’re just a few days out from Apple’s annual one-day only Black Friday shopping event. Set to kick-off this Friday, November 29, the day will mark one of the only times in the year that Apple offers significant discounts on its many hardware products – both online and through its physical retail stores.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 15.44.31While specifics on what hardware we might expect to be discounted come this Friday are still a little sketchy, we can take a quick look at the company’s Black Friday events held in previous years for clues as to what type of discounts shoppers should expect to see emerge towards the end of this week.

Last year for example, we saw the firm drop its iPad with Retina Display by a cool $41. Meanwhile, the iPod touch 4th Generation was slashed by $21, the iPad 2 saw an average drop of $31, and the MacBook Pro with Retina Display was available for $101 less than its usual retail price.

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As significant as some of the above discounts may sound though, Apple is almost always beaten in its online holiday discounts by third-party vendors. One of those third-party vendors is Target, who will be offering shoppers a free $75 gift card with any purchase of Apple’s iPad mini ($279), and the chance to bag themselves a free $100 gift card with the purchase of any iPad, (including the iPad 2 – which starts at $399), when doors finally open this Thursday. The retailer will also be offering $30 gift cards for those who purchase the iPhone 5S (staring at $180) with a 2 year contract.

target_black_friday_ipadsRetailer Walmart will be running a similar promotion, seeing all shoppers receive a free $75 gift card with the purchase of either an iPhone 5C ($45, with a 2 year contract) or iPhone 5S ($189, with a 2 year contract). Meanwhile, if you opt to buy Apple’s original iPad mini (without “Retina” display), you could even grab yourself a free $100 gift card.

The last of the biggest retailers – Best Buy – will be offering Apple’s iPhone 5C for the lowest upfront cost we’ve been able to find at just $48 (a $51.99 savings). The firm will also be slashing the cost of Apple’s just-launched 16 GB iPad Air to $450, providing a super-neat saving of $50.

Other smaller retailers, such as RadioShack, will open their doors at 8AM. The purchase of Apple’s iPhone 5S, (starting at $200 with a 2 year contract), will see you receive a free $50 gift card, while opting for the iPhone 5C – (starting at $50 with a 2 year contract) – will also see you receive a free $50 gift card. Pick up an Apple TV for $100 on your way and you’ll get a free $20 gift card. Plus, those looking for some extra in-store credit to spend on even more Black Friday deals will probably appreciate the chance to bag a $10 RadioShack gift card with the purchase of any $50 iTunes Card. Those looking for some added protection to add to their iOS devices might also be pleased to hear that RadioShack will be offering 30% off all Zagg Screen Protectors, and a further 10% off all Otterbox cases.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 16.18.17Sam’s Club will be opening its doors for black Friday super-early, this year. 7 AM to be exact. If you get down there quick though, you might just be able to bag yourself a few $100 iTunes Cards for $79.88 each.

The lowest prices for iOS devices available for Black Friday 2013 are listed below.


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The App Store can be a daunting place. What to try? What to buy? How do you know? Thank goodness the review team at 148Apps is here to save the day. 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.

Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies

 
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The great strategy of Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol returns with Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies. It’s set during World War II; where players have the choice to play as the US Navy, US Army, Imperial Japanese Navy, and Imperial Japanese Army. It certainly has a familiar presentation for those who played the original, but it’s also more polished and enhanced. The mission set-up is different as players are given one mission instead of a choice between three. I also find the visuals to be more polished and likable, but that’s probably because I love the old warbirds. –Andrew Stevens

Rayman Fiesta Run

 
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Rayman Fiesta Run is the sequel to Rayman Jungle Run, Ubisoft’s mobile version of their Rayman revival series, taking the form of a level-based auto-runner. Rayman Fiesta Run really only serves as an iteration on the previous one, but more of the familiar excellent gameplay and an improved level structure make this a better game. Players control the jumps and punches of Rayman, who can’t stop running for reasons both justified and unjustified depending on the level, trying to collect Lums and just get to the end of each level in however many pieces is optimal for Rayman because he has invisible limbs. Levels, which take on many forms from horizontal platforming to back-and-forth ascents – with the occasional wall-running and jumping, too – are challenging due to the timing needed to succeed and survive the various hazards. –Carter Dotson

Tiny Death Star

 
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Tiny Death Star is one of those ideas that’s absolutely brilliant: take Tiny Tower and put it in the Star Wars universe, having players build a Death Star instead of a non-descript tower. Oh, and the bitizens are all Star Wars characters. If that sounds appealing, then go download Tiny Death Star. It really isn’t too much different from the original Tiny Tower, the game where players earn money by stocking floors of a tower that sell different items, building new stores and residential floors for new people to move in to. Managing where bitizens work is important because they’re more efficient at certain floor types. This whole process continues until one’s tower is as high as players want it to be. It’s just all decked out with Star Wars characters and themes this time. –Carter Dotson

Hipster CEO

 
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Let’s get this reviewing cliche out of the way: Hipster CEO is an acquired taste. It sounds like an excuse to basically say “Some will like it, some will hate it,” but it’s remarkably true in the case of this game. Unlike so many other titles on the App Store, Hipster CEO doesn’t mollycoddle its players. There’s a gameplay guide rather than a comprehensive tutorial, but even that isn’t as useful as simply giving the game a shot and gradually figuring things out. It’ll be rewarding, but it will take patience for those who want to succeed. Occasional moments of being crash-prone can irritate, too. –Jennifer Allen

Sorcery! 2

 
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Bigger, better, stronger. That sums up Sorcery! 2, the sequel to the rather great Sorcery!. Feeling substantially weightier than its predecessor, much like the book it’s based on, Sorcery! 2 is a veritable bargain even despite its premium price tag. It’s been promised that there are over 300,000 words to it with more than 10,000 choices. I have no reason to doubt such a claim as there are plenty of hours of content here. Continuing from its predecessor, it’s not essential to have a save file at the ready but I’d recommend it, purely to carry on the storyline. Players explore Khare: the Cityport of Traps, and it’s a huge city indeed, as they attempt to move forward in their quest, potentially overthrow the city port’s council, and more. I’m grateful that Sorcery! 2 has such an extensive backtracking feature as there really is a lot that can be done here. –Jennifer Allen

ProCam 2

 
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ProCam 2 is the kind of photography app that should, theoretically, mean that no other photography app is really needed. While some might find themselves keen to stick to an app they’re more used to, or with a slightly different look, ProCam 2 covers all the bases meaning that there really isn’t a need to do so. I’m assuming the developers wrote up a list of requirements for a good quality photography app, then kept working until every single one had been included. I’m struggling to think of anything that could have been missed. –Jennifer Allen

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Dot.Stop.Run

 
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Dot.Stop.Run is a pretty eye-catching runner, but how does it play? Players control Dot, an enigmatic female as she runs along a landscape littered with hazards, such as pits, falling blocks and moving platforms. Using well timed jumps, the player must guide Dot through each level. Dot.Stop.Run has the bare vestiges of a story. Dot has escaped from the unseen system and now runs through an endless binary domain that changes constantly to recapture her. Only by making her way safely through the binary domain can the true power of Dot be unleashed. This story doesn’t really make an appearance in game, but at least it sets the tone for the trippy gameplay to follow. –Allan Curtis

Lost Chapters HD

 
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There has to be some science behind the way certain games force you to stop playing and instead ‘come back later’. I’ll happily admit I’m no expert in the economics of designing free-to-play games, but I always thought turning people away was a dangerous idea. They just might not come back. It’s with this in mind that we talk about Lost Chapters HD. It’s a game all about exploration of an island, completing tasks to unlock new buildings and discovering treasure along the way. –Matt Parker

Wake the Cat

 
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Cats. Lovable bundles of fur or feline freeloaders? How you feel about cats will determine how you want to look at this game. LIKE CATS: Wake the Cat is a puzzle game where you gently roll a ball of yarn towards a sleeping kitty so that you may wake them from their peaceful slumber and play with them. HATE CATS: Wake the Cat is a puzzle game where you launch a ball of yarn (maybe with a rock in the middle of it) so that you stir the cat from its unearned slumber. Maybe to then throw the cat out of the house. I don’t know. –Matt Parker

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer picked the best iOS and Android games of October, reviewed Rayman Fiesta Run, provided some top tips for Tiny Death Star, and followed the saga of an indie developer who got rejected from the App Store… twice. Check out the Pocket Gamer weekly wrap-up right now!

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Announced at the company’s special media event held last month, the iPad Air will go on-sale today at Apple retail stores, the Apple Online Store, and select wireless carriers in the U.S, Canada, Europe, and select parts of mainland China. Apple began taking orders for the redesigned tablet device – which arrives at a thickness of just 7.5 millimeters, and weighs in at a super-light one pound – around Midnight (Pacific Time); with the company focusing heavily on conveying the added convenience that the tablet’s new weightlessness will bring to customers looking to carry the device on them or simply hold the device for long periods of time in one hand.


However, weight isn’t the only factor new with the iPad Air. Still boasting Apple’s ‘Retina’ display, the Air also features the A7 system-on-a-chip processor. Built for both speed and performance, the new chip offers 64-bit architecture; making the iPad Air the first tablet of its kind to do so. This, Apple says, will ensure the new tablet is able to deliver “killer performance,” whilst at the same time retaining that all-important battery life.

The iPad Air going on-sale in Australia has already sent the internet abuzz with photos and unboxing videos detailing what’s new, as Apple has once again seemingly managed to convince people to line up at its many retail stores to grab a taste of the action.

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Shoppers line-up at Apple Store in Sydney – [credit: CNET/CBS]

Available in both Space Gray + Black and Silver + White, the iPad Air will run anyone looking to take advantage of its new features the same $499, $599, $699, and $799 for the Wi-Fi Only models (16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB respectively), then jumping to the more premium entry price of $629 if you wish to add cellular connectivity. The line maxes out at $929 for the 128GB cellular version.

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Skimmin Brings You the Most Important News From the Day in Short Summaries

Posted by on October 7th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

There is a new app for all of us very busy people, called Skimmin, that brings us the latest news in the fastest way possible. The app is designed to inform people of the most important need-to-know information from the day in one minute. It’s done by selecting 5-10 stories from the day which are presented to the readers in short summaries.

Start skimming through the day!

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Reeder 2 Review

Reeder 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With an attractive new iOS 7 style, Reeder 2 is certainly eye catching, but is it all too familiar for comfort?

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