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Hellfire Review

Hellfire Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hybrid games are often quite popular but not many of them manage or even attempt to combine these disparate elements so effectively.

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I profess I tend to spend a decent amount of time playing virtual solitaire these days, mostly thanks to some ridiculously early commutes. So it’s a game I’m quite familiar with, although I haven’t come anywhere close to mastering it. Why is this significant? Because Popcap is bringing their popular Facebook adaptation, Solitaire Blitz to iOS and I’m expecting to have a grand old time with it.

The rules of Solitaire Blitz are both familiar and totally new. Players still have to empty their cards into piles by following a particular sequence, but suits and linear progression don’t matter anymore. A King can be tossed on a Queen, to be followed by another Queen, then a Jack. Or it could go 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, Ace. But while this might sound like the challenge has been sucked out of the classic solo card game, the fact of the matter is it still makes for an intense game. Mostly thanks to the never pausing 60-second time limit and slots (up to four) for placing cards that have to be unlocked.

It makes for some rather frantic card shuffling as you attempt to spot anything and everything that can get tossed on a pile, attempt to plan ahead to avoid getting stuck, and search out any cards featuring a key icon that will unlock those essential extra card slots. All of this while the clock keeps ticking down. No specifics have been given regarding price yet but we can all look forward to one of the most intense games of solitaire ever this November.


Shadow Spires Review

Shadow Spires Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This strategy card game can be fun but it somehow manages to be too simple and too complicated all at once.

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Fantasica Review

Fantasica Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Fantasica is a freemium collectible card game that actually puts more emphasis on the "game" part. Which is wonderful.

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Lost Cities Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Lost Cities is every bit as fun and interesting as any other Reiner Knizia game. But wait, there's more!

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Blackjack King Review

Blackjack King Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Blackjack King represents the game well, but it doesn't quite live up to its noble title.

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San Juan Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The card game variant of big box board game Puerto Rico outshines its big brother in many respects.

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Michael Schacht’s Gold! Review

Michael Schacht’s Gold! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's simple and could really do with the ability to play with another person instead of the computer, but it's still quite the fun little card game.

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Reiner Knizia’s High Society Review

Reiner Knizia’s High Society Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hobnobbing with high rollers can be lots of fun but make sure to keep a firm grip on that shirt.

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Michael Schacht’s Web of Power Card Game: The Duel Review

Michael Schacht’s Web of Power Card Game: The Duel Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's an interesting mix of domination strategy and Chinese tile-collecting, but it can be more than a little daunting at first.

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Reiner Knizia’s Money Review

Reiner Knizia’s Money Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Only Reiner Knizia could turn the concept of currency exchange into a surprisingly entertaining card game.

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Big Win Baseball Review

Big Win Baseball Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's just like collecting baseball cards, only those cards can be used to create and manage a virtual team. Which is awesome.

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Magic 2013 Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Forget the free option. Plunk down $9.99 and buy a great translation of Magic: The Gathering to the iPad.

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Back when I first reviewed Rage of Bahamut, I knew that I really liked it. I just had no idea how many other people would be every bit as enamored with it. Turns out a whole lot of people think it’s awesome, because the free-to-play CCG with the ingenious approach to duplicates has hit Number One. Number One on Google Play and the App Store grossing charts.

It’s a well-deserved honor as far as I’m concerned. The browser-based card game gone portable for mobile platforms offers a wealth of cards to gather (700+) and almost constant special events to keep the community engrossed and involved. Holy Wars have just wrapped up (my Order ranked in the mid-3000’s, which isn’t too bad), leaving lots of players with a bounty of rare cards. And of course, those that aren’t rare can be used to upgrade those that are.

Reaching the top spot in the App Store as well as keeping said spot for six consecutive weeks on Google Play is no simple feat. It implies that a lot of people are playing. And if that many people are having such a grand old time collecting, trading, and evolving some gorgeous (and powerful) cards on their mobile devices, it stands to reason that it just might be a game worth checking out. And if someone were to check it out, I wouldn’t take offense if they were to use my referral code (lhs90348) at the end of the tutorial to get some extra cash and a special rare card. Just a thought.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-15 :: Category: Games

It feels like it wasn’t all that long ago when Samurai Bloodshow (the rest of the title is too confusing so I’m leaving it off) managed to take me completely by surprise. The combination of strategy, card collecting, and over-the-top arterial spray brought a huge smile to my face. And now Sega is poised to do the same thing to me all over again. Albeit without the surprise since I know what’s coming this time around.

Alexandria Bloodshow is the official sequel to that other fantastic genre mash-up. This time players can take control of two separate armies – the Egyptians and the Greeks – as they attempt to collect, cut-up, and conquer. With the requisite art styles (Greek pottery, Egyptian hieroglyphics) to match of course. All the engrossing card gathering and deck building is still on offer, now with a whole new set of units to strategize with. Over 120 in all, actually. And with the two selectable armies, five difficulties, and seventeen stages it makes for a total of 170 campaign levels to conquer. And that’s not even taking the two player versus mode (via WiFi or Bluetooth) into account.

Alexandria Bloodshow is available on the App Store now, and it’s only $0.99. Okay, it’s actually free to download but it’s $0.99 to unlock the full game. Not a bad deal.


FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-07 :: Category: Games

Rage of Bahamut Review

Rage of Bahamut Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It's got one heck of an ugly and not very intuitive interface, but Rage of Bahamut is still an unexpectedly great CCG.

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Big Win Blackjack Review

Big Win Blackjack Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It feels a little empty, but Big Win Blackjack is still a worthwhile game of twenty-one.

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Kings’ Corners Review

Kings’ Corners Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A fun Solitaire game that requires some careful move planning.

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Now, I’ve never been a huge card game enthusiast. That is to say, the kind of card games that use playing cards. Because of this, I have absolutely no idea how to play Hearts. I am a fan of turn-based multiplayer iOS games, however. Seeing as there are a good deal of iOS users who have similar tastes in their multiplayer, and a good deal of people who actually do know how to play Hearts, this seems like a kind of natural progression.

Hearts Tournament from Trivial Technology was designed to juggle multiple games simultaneously. Up to 30 in fact. Best of all, players can mess around with their own single player games while waiting for their friends or random opponents to take their own turns. Along with all the card-slinging goodness are leaderboards to dominate and challenges to complete in order to earn special items, achievements, and more.

Hearts Tournament is available on the App Store now for $0.99. Hearts fans should feel free to dive right in and start juggling dozens of games immediately.


$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-10 :: Category: Games

Big Win Soccer Review

Big Win Soccer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Collect cards to build and manage the perfect soccer team.

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Fairway Solitaire Review

Fairway Solitaire Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A freemium solitaire game that makes it all too tempting to buy new level packs.

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Pyramid ♠ Solitaire Review

Pyramid ♠ Solitaire Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pyramid ♠ Solitaire fills the solo-play card game void nicely, but it might be hard for enthusiasts to get past the sticker shock.

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Assassin’s Creed Recollection Review

Assassin’s Creed Recollection Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
A different take on the Assassin's Creed style, being part board game part card game, but it's an ideal mix for fans.

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Single-player card games and portable devices, especially phones, have always seemed to be a perfect match. There’s just something inherently right about shuffling cards around on a phone (or something of relatively similar dimensions) during the morning commute. And honestly, a game doesn’t get much more accessible than solitaire, right?

Of course, there isn’t just one kind of solitaire. At least, not anymore. Sprightly Software has provided App Store users with their own rendition of a variant called Golf Solitaire, in which players have nine rounds in which to clear a field of 35 cards. This is done by drawing a card from the bottom deck, then taking cards from the field that are one number higher or lower (i.e. 3-4-3-2-3-4-5-etc…).

The new 1.2 update has added a few Game Center achievements and a single hole mode for an even quicker on-the-go experience. Just in case this quirky little solo card game with golf-styled sound effects sounds appealing, it’s available right now on the App Store for $1.99.



$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-02-04 :: Category: Games

This Week at 148Apps: August 15-19

This week at 148Apps.com, Jeff Scott took a look at the new Dexim iBlueK iPad2 Keyboard Folio Case, saying, “I must admit that I was a little disappointed overall by the iBlueK. Partially because of the 6+ month wait. While it’s a competent keyboard and a good case, it now just feels behind. The 6 months in production, after announcing it at CES, now makes it feel a bit dated. While it was innovative in January, it just feels bulky and a generation behind. Other manufacturers, led by Apple and the Smart Cover, have gone for more sleek and thin cases.”

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Meanwhile, at sister site GiggleApps, Amy Solomon reviewed part game-turned iPhone app Spot It: Dobble. Amy writes, “This app has made me very curious about the related party game, something I will be on the lookout for when my son shows interest and aptitude for this application. Like books, I find value in both the classic presentation of a game like this as well as its application counterpart. Although far into the future, I see myself buying this card game as a standard gift in grade school if my son allows this. I highly recommend this app!”

Read the full review at GiggleApps.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-06-17 :: Category: Games

Android Rundown featured an article this week on Talkbox Voice Messenger, an app that allows sharing of small voice recordings between Android and iOS users. Writer Carter Dotson says, “By holding down on the push to talk button, the user’s voice is recorded and then immediately sent to the other user in the conversation. They can then send messages back, and users can listen to the messages. The app can either play back through the loudspeaker or phone speaker by holding the phone up to the ear. Users can send more than just their voices to their friends and other TalkBox users, as they can also geotag their messages and include pictures. It’s kind of like the best walkie-talkie ever.”

Read more about Talkbox Voice Messenger on Android Rundown.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-01-18 :: Category: Social Networking

Finally, 148Apps.biz writer Rob LeFebvre shared a quick overview of AppBlade, a new service for devs wishing to test their apps. Rob writes, “Typically, companies trying to deploy applications, for the iPhone especially, have to use a number of complex steps to move developed applications from the developer to testers or other enterprise users. The process can be confusing and involves many steps. AppBlade hopes to help manage this complexity from one simple, easy to use centralized location.”

Read the full article on 148Apps.biz.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to stop by our 148Apps lists for updates on the latest releases and more, and don’t forget to check out our Twitter and Facebook streams too! See you next week.

Kard Combat Review

Kard Combat Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Additional content and a bit more access for freemium users makes Kard Combat a serious "Not Quite a CCG" contender.

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Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer successfully merges simplicity with strategy to create one of the most addicting and accessible card games in the App Store.

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Reiner Knizia’s Modern Art: The Card Game Review

Reiner Knizia’s Modern Art: The Card Game Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's a no-frills, no-auction card game variant of Dr. Knizia's classic Modern Art. How does it stand up to the original?

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Hothead Gets Rough With Kard Combat

Lots of genres are a bit over-saturated on the App Store, and card games are no exception. Combination card and fighting games, however, are few and far between. Aware of this deficiency, Hothead Games has seen fit to release Kard Combat this week. For the low low price of nothing.

Granted it’s still more of a card game than a fighter; players choose from a handful of different mages with a few unique cards in their collection, matches involve planning and strategy as opposed to quick reflexes and so on. The fighting aspects have more to do with the brevity of each match and their one-on-one nature. It utilizes a slightly less complex version of the “line of cards” system some are no doubt familiar with, in which each user lines up their cards while any unopposed summons will do direct damage to the opposing player. Naturally, some cards have special effects that can create some interesting strategies.

Players can try out each of the four types of mages (Holy, Death, Machine and Dominator), as well as the Single Duel and multiplayer modes, for free. Full access to a single mage’s campaign will require an in-app purchase of one dollar, while unlocking all four will cost three. And for any players interested in diving straight in to the multiplayer stuff, everything (all cards, etc…) can be unlocked for ten dollars. Bear in mind that the cards can eventually be unlocked through diligent play, and that the ten dollar purchase is only necessary for those who don’t want to “waste time” with the singleplayer campaign.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-07-13 :: Category: Games

Orions 2: Deckmasters Review

Orions 2: Deckmasters Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Until Wizards of the Coast finally creates an official Magic the Gathering adaptation for iOS, Orions 2 is likely as close as it gets.

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