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Valentine's Candy Beware! Candy Crush Saga's Valentine's Day Event Will Have You Crushing Like Crazy

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 13th, 2015
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In celebration of Valentines day on February 14, King is releasing it's first player challenge for Candy Crush Saga. You'll have to crush candies against opponents all over the world, but if you manage to decimate 1000 red candies you'll get a reward of 10 gold bars and a lollipop hammer. To help players achieve this, anyone who buys gold bars during the contest will also be granted unlimited lives for 24 hours. It is going to be a 'smashing good time' for fans of Candy Crush Saga.

"At King we’re always looking for new ways to entertain our players and continually add new content to our games,” said Sebastian Knutsson, Chief Creative Officer at King. "And this Valentine’s Day is no exception. For the first time we’ll be offering all the Candy Crush Saga players around the  world the chance to compete in a live in-game challenge. Players will have 24 hours to match 1000 red candies on any level and those that reach the target will receive some sweet in-game rewards."

You can download Candy Crush Saga for free on the App Store now, and the special event kicks off tomorrow, 2/14.

Bust-A-Move Islands Review

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By Jennifer Allen on January 20th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STEADY POPPING
It's Bust-A-Move all over again, but with a few tricks up its sleeve.
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Candy Crush Soda Saga Review

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By Jennifer Allen on November 12th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NEW TRICKS
Candy Crush Soda Saga is the latest of King's match-3 games, and it's just as fun as the rest.
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Bee Brilliant Review

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By Jennifer Allen on October 22nd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SAMEY MATCH-3
Want even more Match-3 gaming and fancy a bee based twist? Bee Brilliant is that game. Don't expect innovation though.
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Diamond Digger Saga Review

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By Jennifer Allen on September 3rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar ::
King's latest is a bit simpler than the usual crowd, but Diamond Digger Saga will still draw some in despite their better judgment.
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King Announces its Newest "Saga" - Diamond Digger Saga

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 21st, 2014

Diamond Digger Saga, by King Digital Entertainment, promises to be another addictive, adorable game in the "Saga" line.

Players will get to control Diggy, a cute little guy with a glowing deedlybop on his head. Diggy mines the lands of Diamond Dale, Turquoise Meringue, and others in search of hidden treasures with help from his friends Moustache Pistache, Orange Owl, Jolly Joyphant, and Jiggly Jiraffe. Players will need to match gems and clear paths to advance through the game.

“Having already launched Diamond Digger Saga on Facebook, we’re so excited to be bringing this charming, yet challenging digger adventure to mobile devices,” says Tommy Palm, Games Guru at King, “We think players will love all aspects of this game, from the fun gameplay modes to the delightful characters, to the bright and colorful graphics. We can’t wait for fans of our games to start their mobile digging!”

Diamond Digger Saga will be available soon for free download on the App Store.

Swords & Poker Adventures Review

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By Jennifer Allen on July 21st, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SOULLESS POKER PLAY
Swords & Poker Adventures is a mishmash of Poker and RPGing, but it lacks anything particularly exciting.
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Fairway Solitaire Blast Review

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By Jennifer Allen on April 3rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NOT QUITE A BLAST
Fun to play in short doses, Fairway Solitaire Blast isn't quite as addictive as its predecessor was. At least not yet.
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Farm Heroes Saga Review

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By Jennifer Allen on January 15th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ADDICTIVE MATCHING
There's a new freemium based Match-3 game to lose one's self to, and Farm Heroes Saga is a great example of the genre.
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Distimo Releases Global Top 10 Grossing Apps for 2013 - Clash of Clans Lands Top Spot

Posted by Andrew Stevens on January 8th, 2014

Distimo released their numbers for the complete month of December - sharing the top 5 free apps, paid apps, and grossing apps for the month. With that also came the yearly analysis for the top 10 grossing apps for the year. Supercell's Clash of Clans came out on top as the number one global top grossing app on the App Store. This left Candy Crush Saga sitting in second and Supercell's other popular title, Hay Day, in third.

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This Week at 148Apps: December 30-January 3, 2014

Posted by Chris Kirby on January 4th, 2014

Happy New Year from 148Apps!


It's a new year and, as always, an exciting one for all of us here at 148Apps. Take a look at what we've reviewed this week, as well as our end-of-year lists, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.

2013 wrAPP-Up: Simogo's Twin Masterpieces

Most developers get one masterpiece. One magnum opus that they get to unleash on to the world. Simogo released two in 2013 alone. Both Year Walk and Device 6 were absolutely amazing experiences, not just games, and so different from almost everything else this year. --Carter Dotson


2013 wrAPP-Up: Developers, Hardware, and Carter

Sure 148Apps is known far and wide for its diverse array of app reviews, but we also love to spotlight some lesser-known developers, review the occasional piece of useful hardware, and challenge developers to duke it out in their own games. --Chris Kirby


2013 wrAPP-Up: Most Distinct Apps and Games of the Year

Every year, with thousands more apps and games being released on the App Store, it becomes increasingly difficult to single-out just which are the crème de la crème of this ever-growing iOS market – and more specifically, which of them truly set a higher standard in terms of innovation, uniqueness, and individuality. Be it a game designed for the iPhone or iPad, anything developed and released on the iOS market in this day and age has to have that special something to grab our interest and retain it for months to come. In no particular order, here are a selection of the most notable games and apps of 2013 that raised the bar in one way or another. --Lucy Ingram


2013 wrAPP-Up: Why Candy Crush Saga was the Biggest Game of the Year

Candy Crush Saga would be perhaps an ill-fitting choice for the game of 2013: it was hardly the “best” game of the year by traditional “Game of the Year” metrics, and it didn’t even release in 2013. But Candy Crush Saga was still the game that defined mobile gaming in 2013...The thing that was most fascinating about Candy Crush Saga, though? Did anyone really have an unequivocal, gushing love for it? Whenever the game would be brought up, there was always some degree of resentment toward it for being so addictive, in the sense that people just could not stop playing, paying, and bugging their Facebook friends with requests. The thing that was most fascinating about Candy Crush Saga, though? Did anyone really have an unequivocal, gushing love for it? Whenever the game would be brought up, there was always some degree of resentment toward it for being so addictive, in the sense that people just could not stop playing, paying, and bugging their Facebook friends with requests. --Carter Dotson


2013 wrAPP-up: Happy New Year's Resolution: Fitness Apps for All

It’s the same story every year: not long after the ball drops in Times Square and the champagne runs out, people all over the world face the dreaded New Year’s Resolution. After all the eggnog, fudge, and candy canes, it’s no surprise that losing weight and getting fit tops the list. And these days there are a plethora of digital goodies out there making anyone’s quest for fitness that much easier. Many of these apps even throw the motivation and inspiration in for free. In other words, you’re running out of excuses. You can thank me later. --Stacy Barnes


2013 wrAPP-Up: The App Store's Experimental Games of the Year

Cynics would have you believe that the App Store is full of Match-3 puzzle games, Endless Runners, and attempts at stealing money through a multitude of in-app purchases. OK, so the App Store isn’t perfect and those games are certainly out there (and a plentiful amount of them are still fun!), but that’s far from all that’s available. In the spirit of it being the end of the year and the ideal time to look back at what the App Store does so well, I took a look at some of the best experimental delights out there. These are titles that are a little bit different from the norm, either in terms of having a very open ended storyline or through offering a way to interact that’s unconventional. As many of us wind down for the Christmas and New Years break, it’s the perfect time to relax and try something a little different. --Jennifer Allen


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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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Top 10 Kickstarter Spotlights of 2013

It’s the end of the year and everyone knows what that means: Top Ten Lists. There are lists for every possible subject, and I figured that it was only appropriate if I looked back and chose ten of my favorite KickStarter projects. All of these projects were successfully funded, and were just a handful of the great KickStarter projects that I had the pleasure of choosing from during 2013. So, as they say, theres no better place to start than the beginning. --Joseph Bertolini


Fleet of One

This is a phrase I didn’t expect to say today, but Fleet Of One is a top-down shoot-em-up that’s quite different from the other space shmups. It also looks quite a bit more logical. If the player is supposed to save the galaxy, as is usually the case, then the least you can do is give him a nice ship. Rather than piloting a flying version of a hybrid compact, the player controls a giant flying saucer with more guns than an army parade. But only two of them can be active at the same time. Oops. --Tony Kuzmin

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer looked back at 2013 with the best games of the year, interviews with Simogo and Fireproof, and looked ahead to 2014 with a massive list of 50 upcoming iOS games. They also reviewed Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, handed out top tips for new iPhone and iPad owners, played the best iOS games of the week, and even chose the best app icons of 2013. See the full week in review here.

148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up - Why Candy Crush Saga was the Biggest Game of the Year

Posted by Carter Dotson on December 31st, 2013
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Candy Crush Saga would be perhaps an ill-fitting choice for the game of 2013: it was hardly the "best" game of the year by traditional "Game of the Year" metrics, and it didn't even release in 2013. But Candy Crush Saga was still the game that defined mobile gaming in 2013.

There weren't many games that were the cultural phenomenon that Candy Crush Saga was: walk down the aisle of an airplane and there was always someone on a tablet or phone matching fruits around. It was the one mobile game that friends who never talked about mobile gaming would talk about. And it wasn't just casual gamers: anyone who's friends with Touch Arcade editor Eli Hodapp on Facebook suffered the wrath of his lives requests for a while there.

The thing that was most fascinating about Candy Crush Saga, though? Did anyone really have an unequivocal, gushing love for it? Whenever the game would be brought up, there was always some degree of resentment toward it for being so addictive, in the sense that people just could not stop playing, paying, and bugging their Facebook friends with requests.

Candy Crush Saga - New Dreamworld Expansion Sweetens Up the Gameplay With New Challenges

Posted by Andrew Stevens on December 13th, 2013
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Candy Crush Saga gets its first expansion ever, titled Dreamworld. It takes players to a parallel world that provides them with magical changes as they enter Dreamworld mode. This allows users who've completed level 50 on the Saga map to replay those stages with new challenges.

“We’re thrilled to offer new and existing Candy Crush Saga players an exciting new way of playing the game” said Tommy Palm, Games Guru at King, in a press release. “We hope that the new ‘Dreamworld’ mode will prove a fun twist for newcomers to the game and a tantalizing challenge for our loyal fanbase. As with all our games, we endeavor to offer our valued players a regular flow of exciting new content – we hope that they will love the new map, as much as we’ve enjoyed developing it.”

Candy Crush Saga - King Celebrates One Year of the Popular Game, Which Has Seen Over Half a Billion Downloads

Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 15th, 2013
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Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TASTY CHALLENGE :: Read Review »

King is in a celebratory mood today because it's been one year to the day that its popular game, Candy Crush Saga, has launched. To celebrate, King has released an infographic with plenty of interesting numbers, which include that the game has been installed over half a billion times across all platforms. Wowza! They've also mentioned that new updates will be on the way in the coming weeks.

“The past year has been one of the most exciting times for King since Candy Crush Saga launched on mobile,” says Tommy Palm, Games Guru at King, in a press release. “The incredible milestone of more than half a billion downloads of the game, as well as the continued enthusiasm from our community, really delights the entire King team. Fans can look forward to even more exciting new Candy Crush Saga content over the coming months, including an exciting new twist to the game.”

Juice Cubes Review

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By Jennifer Allen on November 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FAMILIAR FUN
Sure it might look like something we've all played before, but that doesn't stop Juice Cubes from being pretty enjoyable.
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